Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moments February 8th- February 12th

This robot cockroach could eventually help search-and-rescue teams

Lizzie Plaugic, The Verge 

The sight of a cockroach on the run may strike fear into your heart, but what if it were running to save you? That’s what researchers at UC Berkeley had in mind when they designed CRAM, a robot prototype that looks just like a cockroach.

 

Confirmed: The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Will Be Unveiled in March 2016

Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics

We’re getting close to the March 2016 mark when Elon Musk told the world that Tesla would reveal the Model 3, it’s new, more affordable take on the electric car. But Musk now says the event at the end of next month may not, in fact, be a full reveal. Musk promised only “the first pictures of the Model 3,” meaning some of the details about the much-anticipated EV could remain in a dark deeper into 2016.

 

Gravitational waves detected — and that’s creating waves in science

Todd Leopold, CNN

Just over 100 years after he published his general theory of relativity, scientists have found what Albert Einstein predicted as part of the theory: gravitational waves.

 

Australia scientists develop ‘bionic spine’ which could help paralysed patients walk

Jonathan Pearlman, The Telegraph 

Device can be inserted in the brain – without brain surgery – and could allow paralysed patients to operate robotic limbs “using thought alone

Instagram now lets you switch between multiple accounts

Chris Welch, The Verge

After testing the feature on both Android and iOS in recent months, Instagram today announced that it’s officially launching multi-account support inside the photo sharing social app. Now, users can maintain more than one account on the same device.

 

Drone Racing is Starting to Look More Exciting than a Top Gun Dogfight 

 

Andrew Liszewski, Toyland 

Racing drones still isn’t considered as challenging as other vehicular sports given the pilots aren’t actually inside the vehicles they’re controlling. But watching the first-person footage of this drone absolutely tearing through a packed warehouse, you can’t argue there isn’t a ton of skill required.

 

Apple will reportedly release new iPhone and iPad Air 3 on March 18th

Chris Welch, The Verge 

Apple’s planning to release the upcoming iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 on March 18th, according to 9to5Mac. If accurate, that would come just three days after the rumored March 15th press event — also still unconfirmed — so Apple may skip preorders entirely for the new products.

 

6 things you should know about Twitter’s timeline change

Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld 

After several days of Twitter users in an uproar over an online report that said the social network was about to change the way its users see their timeline, Twitter laid out its plans.

 

A BUILDING THAT EATS SMOG

Nicole Lou, Popular Science

A new construction material could make the concrete jungle function a bit more like a natural one. Palazzo Italia, which debuted at the 2015 World’s Fair in Milan, is the first building made of concrete that’s designed to clear the air.

 

The future of LED clothes is finally brighter

David Yi, Mashable 

We’ve already seen the crowded field of LED wearables at CES, as such products try to find their places in the fashion universe. But most fall flat for one major reason: They are way too gimmicky. When tech always comes first, and fashion always comes second, looks can appear cheesy at best.

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