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  • California drivers are among the first in the U.S. to use Rplates, digital license plates whose displays are controlled by a mobile app. Rplates cost $499 to $799, plus a $99 annual subscription.
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    Bonfire of the Vanity Plates

    - Digital license plates may soon offer personalized messages, Amber Alerts, and ads—and fewer trips to the DMV.
HUDSON CHRISTIE
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Lab-Grown Meat: From Beakers to Beef

Lab-grown meat is coming—first to high-end restaurants and someday soon to a drive-through near you. Are you ready to try it? 

Photographer Cindy Hegger, left, and her mother Nina. The two women spent a day at the beach just before Nina’s death so Cindy could take photos of her mother enjoying one of her last days.
CINDY HEGGER
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Photographs and Memories

Photographer Cindy Hegger and her clients treat the end of one’s life just like any other major milestone — something that should be documented with photos and treasured.

VR Church
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Virtual Religion

Why go to church on Sunday when you can stay home, put on your virtual reality goggles and experience a virtual church service?

Vi headphones by LifeBeam, a new kind of wearable exercise aid, provide training instructions tailored to an individual’s particular workout needs.
LIFEBEAM
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Getting Help in Working It Out

Hearables, wearables and magic pills are arriving to make it easier to exercise — or even to avoid it.

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY LEIGHLANI WIGLITTON
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White Weedings

If you’re saying ‘High do,’ cannabis-friendly wedding planners know just how to get the cake perfectly baked.

James Vlahos exchanges texts with the Dadbot he created to simulate his late father, in a screen grab from a video produced by Wired magazine. The video, which is available on YouTube, can be seen here: altaonline.com/dadbot
WIRED
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Virtual Immortality

Your loved ones may be gone, but you can keep talking with them. Bots are the next best thing to having them there.

That’s not George Jetson. It’s Cameron Robertson, co-lead engineer, flight-testing the Kitty Hawk Flyer prototype.
IAN MARTIN
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Flying Cars

Forget autonomous cars; the next big thing in transportation may be Jetson-like vehicles that dart through the skies.