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L’Oréal’s hairbrush hears the sounds of mistreatment

The battery-powered brush is splash-proof and is said to work with a variety of hair types

Might we one day wonder how our delicate hair ever withstood the harsh treatment of a brush that wasn't connected to the internet? Probably not, but L'Oréal has a few ideas about how it can make for more lovely locks. Developed with Kérastase and Withings, the Hair Coach uses a microphone and sensors to detect brushing patterns and signs of excessive force, presenting users with insights and recommendations through a companion smartphone app.

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This desktop 3D printer is (mostly) 3D-printed, runs on batteries

The base model Poly 3D is expected to retail for €249

There are now a good many desktop 3D printers vying for dominance in the home office, making it difficult for newcomers to stand out from the crowd. Italian digital prototyping laboratory 3DRap is looking to make its mark with a 3D-printed 3D printer that makes use of open source software and will retail for just over $250.

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Underwater drone lets anglers lay eyes on the prize

The PowerRay can dive 30 meters (98 ft) below the surface

Beijing-based drone builder PowerVision Robot is no stranger to peculiar design, having previously bought us the PowerEgg, a high-flying machine shaped exactly as its name suggests. For this year's CES, the company has taken the wraps off perhaps an even odder creation, a submersible drone that uses sonar to detect fish, blue light to lure them in and a 4K camera to stream all the action back to the boat.

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‘Atomic Super Lander’ 1.1 Update Brings Checkpoints, Booster Packs, and ReplayKit Support

Crescent Moon Games has announced that Atomic Super Lander [$2.99], developed by bitWeird, has gotten a 1.1 update that brings some new features to the game. Asteroids now have checkpoints, allowing you to continue from the various points, which should help make taking on thse asteroids just a bit easier. Booster packs can be purchased

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NASA goes old school with SLS aerodynamic testing

NASA engineers adjust a 10 ft model of the SLS rocket prior to aerodynamic testing

NASA is turning to a 56-year-old wind tunnel to put its next generation Space Launch System (SLS) rocket through its aerodynamic paces. The model used in the test represents a cargo variant of the SLS that will stand slightly taller than the eventual first crewed version of the rocket, which will be tested during an unmanned mission in late 2018.

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Polygon’s 2016 Games of the Year #6: The Witness

Most descriptions of The Witness are reductive, but then, perhaps that’s appropriate for a game that is literally nothing but drawing lines to solve puzzles.

As my colleague Justin McElroy put it in his review, saying that The Witness is just maze puzzles is “like saying that a book is ‘just words.’” It’s true that the hundreds of puzzles littered throughout the alluring and confounding island on which The Witness takes place are all solved essentially the same way. It’s also true that...

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