Gadgets

Benjamin Choi demonstrates his robotic prosthetic arm invention

High School Student Develops A Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

17-year-old Benjamin Choi used his time during the pandemic to invent a low-cost gadget that uses artificial intelligence to interpret brain waves.

 | By Newsy Staff

Pistols on display

New 'Smart Gun' Technology Looks To Address Safety Concerns

Two companies are developing personal authentication technology for handguns so they can only be fired by authorized users.

 | By Meg Hilling

President Joe Biden participates in a summit on semiconductor and supply chain resilience

Fixing Semiconductor Shortage Isn’t As Easy As Building New Foundries

Analysts suggest the U.S. may face a semiconductor shortage until at least 2022. That could lead to higher prices for tech devices.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

Wearable tech on display at CES 2020.

How Much Can Wearable Tech Influence Your Health?

Wearable health technology is as popular as ever, but it's not always clear if it's effective or secure.

 | By Lindsey Theis

Amazon's Ring doorbell is seen on a house in Silver Spring, Maryland on August 28, 2019.

How Your Holiday Tech Gift Could Compromise Other People's Privacy

Consumer privacy advocacy groups and other tech companies want to inform shoppers on how gadget gifts may compromise user security.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

Apple watches have taken over in the age of wearable technology.

How Far Can Wearable Technology Go?

Think about how often you have some type of technology on you. Your phone, headphones and Apple Watch are all apart of the wearable tech movement.

 | By Ashley Holt

A drone in flight

FBI Director Says Drones Will Likely Be Used In Terrorist Attacks

FBI Director Christopher Wray's remarks come just days after President Trump signed a law that will impose new regulations on drone use.

 | By Sebastián Martínez Valdivia

Person looks at the screen display of the new iPhone XS.

Apple Reveals Its New Phones And A Heart-Monitoring Watch Feature

The three new iPhone models are followups to last year's iPhone X.

 | By Cristina Mutchler

A drone helicopter captures another drone helicopter in a net

When Can The Government Bring Down A Drone?

Government agencies are trying to develop clear rules on when an agent can shoot down a dangerous drone, but the process could last years.

 | By Steven Sparkman

Artificial intelligence exhibit

AI 'Thinks' Using Deep Neural Networks, But They're Still A Mystery

It's not clear how some artificial intelligence machines arrive at their conclusions.

 | By Phil Pruitt and Chance Seales

A research assistant prepares for an electroencephalogram experiment

Some Businesses Use Brain Wave Detectors To Monitor Employees

When businesses can't get automated robots, some opt for technology that can tell them how their employees feel at any given moment at work.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

A man rides a hoverboard at the 2016 CeBIT digital technology trade fair

Hoverboards Cause Thousands of Injuries Annually, But Not By Exploding

Researchers looked at how many kids visited the hospital with hoverboard-related injuries and found that most involved falls, not burns.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

A CES attendee examines LG's Nano Cell display

Internet Of Things: Our Shoes And Watches Like To Surf The Web, Too

Those "smart" devices we use every day are becoming more widespread.

 | By Chance Seales

An Artificial Intelligence Lightweight Android presses switches on a panel

No, Robots Aren't From the Future — They Go Back To The 1700s

The history of artificial intelligence goes back to way before the Turing test.

 | By Chance Seales

A closeup photo of the hands of President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Stan Smith

Scientists Invented A Way To Control Objects Like A Jedi

Scientists wanted to see if they could create something that works like current virtual and augmented reality devices but without the wires.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

Atlas robot in 2015

2017 Proved Clumsy Bipedal Robots Could Be A Thing Of The Past

Years ago, bipedal robots could barely stand on their own. But by 2017, those robots can now exercise and even perform backflips with relative ease.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

An artificial muscle lifts a tire

These Origami-Inspired 'Muscles' Can Lift 1,000 Times Their Own Weight

Researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology created special muscles for soft robots.

 | By Lindsey Pulse

Small camera that connects to a phone

A Tiny Camera Wants To Change How You Film Everyday Encounters

The creator of Streamcam — a discreet, smartphone-connected video recorder — wants to change how important interactions are filmed.

 | By Melissa Prax

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 underwater

Smartphones Are Getting More Expensive — But Are They Worth It?

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is one of the priciest smartphones on the market, and the iPhone 8 is rumored to cost even more.

 | By Casey Mendoza

Andy Rubin's "Essential" smartphone.

Android's Creator Is Back In The Gadget Game With A Titanium Phone

Essential will have to compete with these three big smartphone makers: Apple, Samsung and Google.

 | By Casey Mendoza

Eye-controlled glasses

New Smart Glasses Let You Get Things Done With The Blink Of An Eye

The assistive technology lets you perform everyday tasks, like typing a message or turning on a light, without using your hands.

 | By Sarah Schlieder

Possible nuclear waste in Fukushima reactor

The Robot Searching Fukushima's Reactors May Have Made A Big Discovery

Cleaning up the nuclear debris around the power plant could take up to 40 years and will cost billions.

 | By Jake Jones

A man shoots photos on a Nikon D5 DSLR camera

Modern Editing Software Could Make Identifying Fake Media Difficult

New research suggests people aren't great at identifying fake still images; researchers warn the problem could get bigger as technology progresses.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

An AGCO employee uses Google Glass at work

Google Glass Is Back From The Dead — But You Won't Be Able To Buy It

The "Glass Enterprise Edition" is now available to manufacturing, agricultural and health care companies.

 | By Casey Mendoza

A multirotor drone flying at a trade fair

Hobbyists No Longer Need To Register Drones With The US Government

An appellate court said the Federal Aviation Administration can't require registration of recreational drones due to a 2012 act.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

An elderly man wearing a robotic balancing device on his hips

This Robotic Exoskeleton Helps You Stay On Your Feet

The balance-boosting device could be especially useful for the elderly and people with prosthetic limbs.

 | By Sarah Schlieder

A Keurig on display.

Forget Coffee. Keurig Wants To Brew Your Beer And Booze

Keurig is partnering with Anheuser-Busch InBev for its latest attempt to branch out from coffee.

 | By Grant Suneson

A racing drone and a pilot

Drone Racing: The Best Sport You Didn't Know Existed

The new, high-flying sport could be headed to a screen near you.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

A robot solving a Rubik's cube

This Robot Solved A Rubik's Cube So Fast The Human Eye Can't See It

Infineon Technologies just created a robot that broke the world record for the fastest solve by a robot. If you blink, you'll miss it.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

Cows look at a camera

Cows Eat This Device, And It Lets Them Text Their Farmer — Sort Of

Austrian firm SmaXtec developed a device that sits in a cow's stomach and messages farmers about the animal's health.

 | By Lindsey Pulse