Need a nap? Call on your car copilot

Self-driving cars are all very well and good, but what if you are not ready to give up the driver’s seat? Gimlet Systems offers an alternative: a car co-pilot, which not only avoids collisions but can train you to be a better driver. Its makers expect a similar system to be in production cars within a decade.

The Europas: 6 of the best winners (and losers)

The Europas European startup awards just held in Berlin may not have been an unqualified success (the bone-cracking temperatures didn’t help), but the event did shine a welcome light on tech startups from across the continent and beyond. The full list of winners is a long one, so here’s an entirely subjective list of interesting startups spotted at the event. 

Top five exoskeletons (gallery)

Human beings have been using technology to extend their physical capabilities since the first stone tools but the bionic man is no longer just a sci-fi dream. Meet five exoskeletons which let paraplegics walk again, extend the endurance of soldiers and keep first-responders safe in a nuclear accident.

Automate your life with 24me

Oscar Wilde said that “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world.” But for those of us who would love to be doing nothing, there’s 24me, a free new iPhone app that populates your daily to-do list automatically and lets you complete those tasks at the touch of a button.

Measure your brainwaves and modify your mind

Can a sleek headband which reads your brainwaves help you to achieve inner peace? Interaxon’s CEO, Ariel Garten certainly thinks so. Her company’s first product, Muse, is an EEG (Electroencephalography) headband which determines what kind of brain waves you are producing and a Brain Health package which tells you how to change them.

Dutch bio-hackers mobilize malaria testing

Amplino may be the ultimate garage project. Three DIY bio-hackers have created a malaria testing kit that can identify different strains of malaria with 95 percent accuracy in under 40 minutes. The testing device is connected via Bluetooth to a mobile phone, making it possible to track malaria outbreaks and the spread of particular strains.