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New wearable tracker can transmit vital signs from a soft, tiny package

Body sensors have long been bulky, hard to wear, and obtrusive. Now they can be as thin as a Band-Aid and about as big as a coin. The new sensors, created by Kyung-In Jang, professor of robotics engineering at South Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, and John A. Rogers, Northwestern University, consists of a silicone case that contains “50 components connected by a network of 250 tiny wire coils.” The silicone conforms to the body and transmits data on “movement and respiration, as well as electrical activity…

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This 3D-printed sign language robot can translate speech on the fly

Guy Fierens, Stijn Huys and Jasper Slaets realized that finding sign-language interpreters in Belgium – or anywhere, really, was wildly difficult. Their solution? A 3D-printed hand that recreates sign language automatically. Called Project Aslan (Antwerp’s Sign Language Actuating Node), the hand is available for printing and you can also have it printed for you by 3DHubs. “Thanks to the innovative design, the Aslan robot remains affordable, without losing any quality. By using the 3D printing technology, modifications can be done easily and new design features can be added,” wrote the…

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Lilium, a German company building an electric ‘air taxi’, makes key hires from Gett, Airbus and Tesla

Left to Right: VP Production Dirk Gebser, Head of Recruitment Meggy Sailer, CCO Dr Remo Gerber, and co-founder CEO Daniel Wiegand Lilium is almost as ambitious as European startups come. The Munich-based company is developing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet, which it hopes will one day power an on-demand “air taxi” service, arguably making flying cars a reality. And although it’s still early days — the two-seater Lilium Jet prototype only took its first public (and successful) test flight in April — the startup is announcing a…

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Google Maps suggests BlaBlaCar for long-distance rides

Google Maps on Android and iOS now has a new transportation option. If you’re living in a country where French startup BlaBlaCar operates, you can now open the BlaBlaCar app and book a ride straight from Google Maps. Google isn’t adding a new tab just for BlaBlaCar. Instead, BlaBlaCar appears as a new option in the public transportation tab. For instance, if you’re looking at ways to go from Paris to Lyon, Google Maps suggests taking the TGV train — and now also BlaBlaCar. As BlaBlaCar uses cars (duh), the…

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The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S’17 Demo Day 1

A stem cell cryobank, self-flying personal planes, and an augmented reality data platform were amongst the highlights of the prestigious Y Combinator startup accelerator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day part 1. You can read about all 50 startups that launched today in verticals like AI and biotech, and check back later for the full list and favorites from day 2. For now, based on investor buzz and what caught the eye of TechCrunch’s writers, click or scroll through to see our picks for day 1’s top 7 startups. Additional reporting by…

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Latch adds HomeKit-approved smart lock to its enterprise suite

Smart access startup Latch, which targets the enterprise market in the U.S., selling smart lock hardware and access control services to building owners and operators, has added a third product to its portfolio. The ‘Latch C’ is notable as its first smart lock to be certified to work with HomeKit — Apple’s hardware certification program for makers of connected devices wanting to integrate with the iOS ecosystem. Latch says it’s also the first “enterprise-certified smart lock” to work with HomeKit — enabling tenants living in apartments equipped with the device to…

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ClassPass plans launch in 10 new cities

ClassPass, the subscription service that lets you work out where you want, when you want, has today announced that it’s launching in 10 new cities across North America. In September, interested folks from New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio will be able to join the platform. Following the September launch, ClassPass will open up in Cincinatti, Calgary, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Riverside, and Salt Lake City. ClassPass recently closed a $70 million funding round, led by Temasek, and is using those funds to fuel this expansion plan. In case you’ve been…

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Dubset makes Sony the first major label legalized for remixing

Spotify and Apple Music could soon get the legal grey area of music like remixes and DJ sets that today live unofficially on SoundCloud. Sony Music Entertainment today became the first major record label to allow its music to be monetized through unofficial mixes thanks to a deal with rights clearance startup Dubset. That means Sony’s master recordings will be indexed by Dubset, and rights holders will be compensated even if just a tiny one-second snippet of their song is used in a DJ set or remix. Dubset raised a…

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