Best Tech Stories around the web #144

This week: a shark-detecting drones, a new AR experience at Eiffel Tower, Robot suit helps children with cerebral palsy and Audi is introducing solar roofs.

Shark-detecting drones take to the skies in Australia by

Australia will deploy a fleet of drones to patrol its shores for sharks next month, as part of an effort to enhance beach safety. As Reuters reports, the drones are equipped with AI-powered software that can distinguish sharks from sharks, boats, and other marine life in real-time. The so-called “Little Ripper” drones were first used in a trial program last year. Read more

STAR WARS-ify the Eiffel Tower with new AR experience by

How would the Eiffel Tower or Golden Gate Bridge look with a Star Destroyer overhead? You don’t have to rely on Photoshop to make this Star Wars magic happen, because Lucasfilm and Disney have you covered with an augmented reality (AR) experience. Count down to Force Friday II and new The Last Jedi products, starting September 1, by heading outdoors to one of 20 landmarks around the globe and using your phone to watch a short Star Wars AR scene. Read more

Robot suit helps children with cerebral palsy to walk better by

If you are a child with the most common childhood physical disability, cerebral palsy, there is only a 50 per cent chance that you will still be able to walk as an adult. Robotic exoskeletons may just be about to change that. Read more

Audi is introducing solar roofs to increase the range of future vehicles by

We may be a long way away from solar powered electric vehicles the likes of which Lightyear is trying to build, yet some larger car companies are starting to toy with the technology in some novel ways. The German luxury car manufacturer Audi is partnering with Chinese solar company Hanergy to integrate solar cells into future vehicles, hoping to embed their solar cells in upcoming panoramic roofs. Read more