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Innovation

  • (Back to) the Future is here: Lexus builds a working hoverboard
    While it isn’t quite a flying car, one highly-anticipated vision of 2015 predicted 30 years ago in ‘Back to the Future’ seems to be just around the corner: Lexus has announced that it managed to build a functional hoverboard.
  • Pepper first emotional humanoid robot to be sold in Japan for $1,600
    A joint venture between Japan’s SoftBank, China’s Alibaba and Foxconn Technology is bringing the emotional human-like robot Pepper to the global market. It’s the first step to make robots available to general consumers for home and work.
  • 'Unexplored territory': Robots to build 3D-printed bridge across Amsterdam canal
    There are more than 1,200 bridges cross the canals of Amsterdam, but one may soon stand out more – because it will be 3D-printed and built by robots. The machines will create the bridge mid-air, constructing their own supports along the way.
  • Russia, China plan to develop joint transport navigation platform
    ​Russia and China plan to develop a joint transport navigation platform that bundles the advantages of Russia’s GLONASS and China’s BeiDou navigation satellite systems. The platform will be developed for commercial trucks this year.
  • China develops first facial recognition ATM
    China has unveiled the world’s first ATM with facial recognition technology, which its designers say will help reduce theft and fraud.
  • Tiny $9 computer CHIP rocks Kickstarter, promising tons of free apps
    A $9 computer created in California, does everything any average family PC is supposed to do including surfing, programming and entertainment. The tiny gadget has raised more than $1.5 million on Kickstarter – 30 times more than its developers asked for.
  • Thomson Reuters launches tool to track Russian sanctions
    Financial news agency Thomson Reuters has launched a Russian Sanctions Tracking Service to monitor the impact of sanctions on Russian businesses. The service will be updated daily from open sources and databases.
  • Switzerland unveils its first driverless cars
    A Swiss leading telecom provider has reported on the first test-drives of an autonomous car equipped with sensors, computers and special software. The car is being trialed around the streets of Zurich with two human passengers on board, Swisscom said.
  • Cashless Denmark: Should total e-commerce be embraced?
    With Denmark moving towards a completely cash-free economy there has been a heated debate between the experts who think it’s a natural thing caused by technological development and those who warn that total traceability has a dark side.