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Fluffy dog tails could be the next step in robot-human interactionFluffy%20dog%20tails%20could%20be%20the%20next%20step%20in%20robot-human%26nbsp%3Binteraction2013-dogtail-mainjohn

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:14:46 +0000

(image)  The IEEE unearthed a fascinating 2013 study that showed that a cute dog tail does more than just amuse — it can communicate. The study, created by Ashish Singh and James Young, posited that a Roomba with a tail attached could communicate quickly and easily with a human — a fast, excited wag means things are going OK, while a slow side to side motion shows disdain. “Any… Read More


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Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130Snap%20starts%20selling%20Spectacles%20online%20in%20the%20US%20for%26nbsp%3B%24130spectacles-on-salejoshscspectacles-bought

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:58:42 +0000

(image)  Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt. So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the U.S. at Spectacles.com. Read More


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The next iPhone could have a bigger display and more batteryThe%20next%20iPhone%20could%20have%20a%20bigger%20display%20and%20more%26nbsp%3Bbatteryapple_001romaindilletkuoiphone8size-800x470screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-15-35-51

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:27:02 +0000

(image)  While the iPhone 8 isn’t going to be announced until September, this week has been packed with rumors about the upcoming device. And it looks like the display is going to be the main star of the show. Rumor has it that Apple is going to announce three new devices — two new versions of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and a new high-end device that could cost more than $1,000. Read More


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Barbie becomes a hologram version of herselfBarbie%20becomes%20a%20hologram%20version%20of%26nbsp%3Bherselfmattel_nytf_ta1sarahbuhr

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:11:56 +0000

(image)  Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the president of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D-animated hologram that can serve up the weather on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. And like… Read More


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OxSight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impairedOxSight%20uses%20augmented%20reality%20to%20aid%20the%20visually%26nbsp%3Bimpairedoxsight1reelfeedOxSight layers different Prisma-esc modes and that can be adjusted using hand controls. A research participant wearing OxSight while bowling. The attached battery pack can be worn over the shoulder and has hand controls for adjusting to different lighting and settings.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:11:25 +0000

(image)  One percent of the world’s population, approximately 70 million people, are blind. That is not a huge number when you think of it in terms of a potential use base for a consumer product, but it is massive when you consider that there are currently few assistive technologies available as an aid to make easier the lives of the visually impaired. Read More


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Verizon buys Skyward, a drone operations companyVerizon%20buys%20Skyward%2C%20a%20drone%20operations%26nbsp%3Bcompanytreasury_wine_estates_drone_operatorsmjburnsy

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:49:27 +0000

(image)  Forget about Yahoo for a minute. Verizon just announced it has acquired Skyward, a drone operations and management company based out of Portland, Oregon for an undisclosed amount. Verizon says Skyward will help developers and businesses better create and manage drones that also happen to utilize Verizon’s mobile network services and infrastructure. Skyward had raised $8.15M since its… Read More


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Apple’s WWDC is moving to San JoseApple%E2%80%99s%20WWDC%20is%20moving%20to%20San%26nbsp%3BJosewwdcromaindillet

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:13:41 +0000

(image)  Apple just announced that its Worldwide Developers Conference is going to move back to San Jose after a long run at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s going to happen on June 5-9, 2017 and registrations will open on March 27. Why is Apple leaving San Francisco for the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose? San Francisco and Apple have changed quite a lot for the past decade. Read More


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Lytro pursues 360-degree video and cinematic tools with $60M Series DLytro%20pursues%20360-degree%20video%20and%20cinematic%20tools%20with%20%2460M%20Series%26nbsp%3BDlytro_immergedevinimmergedof

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:50:43 +0000

(image)  Ever-shifting camera tech company Lytro has raised major cash to continue development and deployment of its cinema-level camera systems. Perhaps the company’s core technology, “light field photography” that captures rich depth data, will be put to better use there than it was in the ill-fated consumer offerings. Read More


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MakerBot lays off 30% of its staff as company’s scope narrowsMakerBot%20lays%20off%2030%25%20of%20its%20staff%20as%20company%26%238217%3Bs%20scope%26nbsp%3BnarrowsMakerbot 2015 Featured Imagedevin

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:27:18 +0000

(image)  MakerBot is laying off 30 percent of its staff as part of an ongoing effort to adapt to a changing market, the company announced in a blog post today. Read More


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Pokémon GO will get its first huge update this week: 80+ new Pokémon, new items, and moregen-2gregkumparakgen-2berriesevolve

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:59:19 +0000

(image)  “When is another generation of Pokémon coming to Pokemon GO?!” It’s a question that the game’s players (including myself) have been shouting since… well, pretty much immediately after the game launched. We’ve finally got an official answer: “later this week”. The once oh-so-shaky servers have stabilized. The game is now available in most of… Read More


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Wiivv steps on $4 million to bring your feet into the 21st centuryWiivv%20steps%20on%20%244%20million%20to%20bring%20your%20feet%20into%20the%2021st%26nbsp%3BcenturyWiivv - 3john

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:01:45 +0000

(image)  Hardware Battlefield favorite Wiivv has announced a $4 million Series A funding and an acquisition. Not too shabby for a footwear company. But remember: this isn’t just any shoe company. Founded by Shamil Hargovan and Louis-Victor Jadavji the team at Wiivv is making and selling 3D-printed insoles. The company has sold 10,000 insoles already and they’re going to start shipping… Read More


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HTC has another tough quarter, with revenue down 13% YOY, but smaller lossesHTC%20has%20another%20tough%20quarter%2C%20with%20revenue%20down%2013%25%20YOY%2C%20but%20smaller%26nbsp%3Blosseshtc-evo-3dnelomasHTC Q416

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:15:58 +0000

(image)  HTC’s latest financials make for another fairly dismal read for the mobile device and VR headset maker, though — crumbs of comfort — it’s making a slightly smaller year-over-year loss. Read More


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Making VR less painful for the vision-impairedMaking%20VR%20less%20painful%20for%20the%26nbsp%3Bvision-impairedhmd_stanforddevinvr-vs-eyegearvr_modded

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 01:00:01 +0000

(image)  You don’t have to have perfect vision to enjoy VR, but brother, it helps. Otherwise you’re looking at having to worry about accommodating glasses, eye tracking not working, ocular distances maxing out and so on. Stanford researchers want to make things easier for people with vision problems to use VR, but it’s not going to be easy. Read More


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Nikon restructuring causes casualties to bottom line, camera line and production lineNikon%20restructuring%20causes%20casualties%20to%20bottom%20line%2C%20camera%20line%20and%20production%26nbsp%3Blinepic_160223_01_02devin

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:30:27 +0000

(image)  Nikon’s plan to restructure in the face of challenges to the digital imaging space has proven more costly than expected in more ways than one. A rough quarter means the company will not only miss profit expectations, but will have to buy out a thousand employees and end its DL line of compact cameras. Read More


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The Nimb aims to be a smart personal security platform, not just a cool ringThe%20Nimb%20aims%20to%20be%20a%20smart%20personal%20security%20platform%2C%20not%20just%20a%20cool%26nbsp%3Bringnimb2mike-butcher

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:52:52 +0000

(image)  If you ever find yourself in danger, trying to whip out your phone, switch it on and open the Phone or Message app is just far too slow, especially when time is of the essence. So the makers of a new device had an idea: place an emergency panic button on the inside of a ring, which is connected to an app on your phone: press the button and help comes running. Read More


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The next iPhone could feature wireless chargingThe%20next%20iPhone%20could%20feature%20wireless%26nbsp%3BchargingiPhone 7romaindillet

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:35:33 +0000

(image)  Apple is now a member of the Wireless Power Consortium. As spotted by 9to5mac, the website has recently been updated to feature Apple as one of the 213 members. This update fuels recent rumors that Apple is going to add wireless charging in the next iPhone. While wireless charging is nothing new, Apple has been very cautious about this feature. The Apple Watch already works with a magnetic… Read More


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Sonos to boost UK prices by up to 25% because of BrexitSonos%20to%20boost%20UK%20prices%20by%20up%20to%2025%25%20because%20of%26nbsp%3BBrexitsonos-boostnelomasscreen-shot-2017-02-13-at-12-24-21-pm

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:35:24 +0000

(image)  Another tech firm is raising its prices in the UK by up to 25 per cent following the June 2016 Brexit referendum vote which triggered a massive drop in the value of pound sterling. Read More


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WTF is lidar?WTF%20is%20lidar%3Fwtf-is-lidardevinlidar-scanned-sick-lms-animationpointcloud

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:00:35 +0000

(image)  Long ago, people believed that the eye emitted invisible rays that struck the world outside, causing it to become visible to the beholder. That’s not the case, of course, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a perfectly good way to see. In fact, it’s the basic idea behind lidar, a form of digital imaging that’s proven very useful in everything from archaeology… Read More


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