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This week we were promised floating parks, flying bikes, and earbuds that will give us superhuman hearing.

In a fun, fashionable move forward, Google’s Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP) lab has teamed up with Levi's to develop a smart fabric that is able to conduct “electrical variations in the skin,” bend, and morph according to the wearer. This means that your denim, in the near future, could potentially act like a touch screen, and even sync up with your social media devices. Called Project Jacquard, the collaboration recruited creatives in fashion, textile production, coding, and development to produce the conductive yarns that make up the smart fabric. According to Prote.in, “gesture-sensitive areas can be woven at precise locations, anywhere on the textile. Alternatively, sensor grids can be woven throughout the textile, creating large, interactive surfaces that could be used to make larger products, like smart furniture and art installations.”

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Aerofex Corporation Shows Off Its Prototype "Hover Bike"

Flying cars have been a long time coming, but we do have a prototype "hover bike" now.

Flying cars and most other futuristic modes of transportation promised by science fiction have been a long time coming, but we do have a prototype "hover bike" now. Manhattan Beach, California-based Aerofex Corporation has been developing this vehicle for a while, but recent test-flight footage shows it in action.

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