The Week In Weird Tech

This week: Robots with morality, cameras in the sky, a DNA cleaner and more

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1 | The Fabric That Changes Colour When It Hears Music 

The real-life Aladdin’s magic carpet. From Budapest-based designer Judit Eszter Karpati comes Chromosonic, a textile that responds to sound and touch by changing colour. Temperature-sensitive dye is weaved into a material, then an alarmingly clever piece of kit processes audio files, which heat up nichrome wires in the fabric. No, we don't really get it either, but it does look cool. 

 
 
2 | The Flying Camera 
 
Ever fancied being a bird for a day so you can see the world from up in the sky? Of course you have. Well wireless products company Parrot has come up with this ingenious drone that can support a 14MP still and video camera with a 180-degree lens. The Bebop is controlled via Wi-Fi, meaning you can direct it from your smartphone or tablet. Send it looking wherever you want and watch its adventures unfold on screen. There's no price on it yet, but we'd be willing to dig deep for this. 
 
 
 
3 | The Spray That Wipes Your DNA 
 
Are you a blood-hungry psycho-killer criminal type? If 'yes' is the answer, then you're going to love this. Invisible is a spray that eliminates the traces of your DNA that we leave everywhere, from our fingernails, saliva and skin particles. Perfect for destroying the evidence of your illegal activity. (Unless there's CCTV there, in which case, you're screwed.) 
 
 
 
4 | The Machine That Lets You Google Physical Objects 
 
A crazy-intelligent machine that scans an actual object right in front of you to work out what molecules its made up of. Named SCiO, you direct it, for example, at the burger in front of you, and it can work out its nutritional break down. The consumer-friendly piece of kit has raised over a million dollars and annihilated it's Kickstarter target, so we should be able to get our hands on one soon. 
 
 
 
 
5 | The US Navy Robots Learning Morality
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Yes, it is all getting a bit I, Robot. Scientists at Tufts and Browns universities in the USA are looking into instilling intelligent machines with a sense of right and wrong. The idea is that if they were being used in warfare, they would ne able to make ethical choices – so if they should stop to assist a wounded soldier while helping another one, the ability to reason what is the most important task to hand and how to prioritise giving aid. Progress, we're sure, but we can't help but envision a world where humanity ends up shackled and obeying the command of some malevolent mass of metal. 

 

 

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