technology

Wed
13
Mar
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Google Glass Compatible with Prescription Eyewear

Google has announced good news for four-eyed people like me: the company's upcoming Google Glass technology will be compatible with prescription eyewear. If you haven't heard of it, Google Glass is new, cutting-edge technology that allows wearers to ... access unique applications displayed in front of their eyes. The device looks like a cross between a set of the latest, trendy eye glasses and the special visor worn by Geordi La Forge in the popular 1990s sci-fi show "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Google Glass to Retail for $1,000 or More So, what can Google Glass do? New ... (view more)

Tue
12
Mar
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'Move' Smart Clothing Reacts to Wearer's Movements

An innovative clothing line includes workout garments designed to help athletes correct their form and posture while exercising. The prototype shirt is called 'Move' and looks like any other article of clothing. Move features four sensors woven into ... the front, back, and sides of the garment. These sensors monitor the body position and movements of the wearer. Through feedback components built into the hips and shoulders, the shirt prompts users to correct their body positions. The shirt is able to notify the wearer, through vibrations, the second it detects that the body position of the ... (view more)

Fri
18
Jan
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Microsoft Immerses Gamers with 'IllumiRoom'

Microsoft has revealed a new video game technology that turns the space around a television set into an extension of the screen, completely altering the gaming experience for the people playing. During this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las ... Vegas, Microsoft unveiled 'IllumiRoom.' It's a new technology that draws part of the room into the gaming experience and delivers additional game content. The 'IllumiRoom' technology relies on Microsoft's Xbox 360-based Kinect device and a projector. IllumiRoom uses the Kinect peripheral to capture the geometry of the gamer's surroundings and ... (view more)

Tue
08
Jan
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'Ultra HDTV' Hyped at Consumer Electronics Show

Think the image projected by current high-definition televisions (HDTVs) is as sharp as it can get? Think again. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, experts expect Ultra HDTVs will push other TV display systems off center ... stage. Sony's new 4K television, for example, utilizes 4,000 pixels across the width of the TV screen. This effectively doubles the pixel density, compared with most 1080p displays currently on the market. Sony currently delivers its Ultra HDTV technology in the form of an 84-inch television set, which it sells for just over $24,000. As reported ... (view more)

Fri
04
Jan
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New OLED TV Displays Much Thinner, Lighter, Pricier

South Korean TV manufacturer LG has announced it is now accepting pre-orders for its new 55-inch Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) high-definition television. However, the high capability TV is priced at $10,000. Many technology experts believe ... Organic Light Emitting Diode, or OLED, TVs represent the next-generation in high-definition television technology. For one thing, OLED televisions are more efficient than Light Emitting Diode (LED) televisions and far more efficient than Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) TVs, the technologies that have made flat screen TVs currently popular and relatively ... (view more)

Thu
03
Jan
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Windows 8: Navigate Files, Folders With Your Eyes

A new PC peripheral offers users of Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system (OS) the ability to control their computers using only their eyeballs. Produced by the Swedish tech firm Tobii, it's called the Rex, and it connects to a Windows 8 ... computer's standard USB port. Tobii's eye-controlled technology was first unveiled at last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Today, it has evolved into an eye-tracking hardware tool that uses Tobii's own 'Gaze' user interface software to interact with a Windows 8 PC. Look Your Way Around Windows 8 The Tobii Rex hardware connects to a USB port, and ... (view more)

Wed
26
Dec
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'Smart Gun' Only Fires if Owner Pulls Trigger

An entrepreneur says he has a response to the intensifying debate about gun control in the US. He says that by utilizing innovative computer technology, he can ensure that only the rightful owner of a weapon can fire it. The technology requires a ... radio chip in the handle of the gun. The gun's owner would wear a corresponding chip, in the form of a ring or a bracelet. Some observers even suggest the chip could be implanted directly into the gun owner's hand. Robert McNamara, who owns the company TriggerSmart, patented this radio chip technology last spring. Smart Gun Tech Not New Of course, ... (view more)

Tue
11
Sep
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'Stretchable Skin': Researchers Make Breakthrough

A team of researchers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have created the world's first batch of stretchable electronics. The researchers say they're hoping to use the new stretch polymer skin patches to help doctors and nurses monitor a patient's vital ... signs. MC10, the startup firm behind the stretchable electronics, is the same company now in the process of commercializing electronic sutures , which are said to be capable of healing deep wounds much faster than present technology. Stretchable Polymer: A Worldwide Pursuit To be considered "stretchable," technology must contain electronic ... (view more)

Wed
05
Sep
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Researchers Fly Helicopter Using 'Thought Control'

A group of researchers at China's Zhejiang University have used fast-emerging 'thought-control' technology to successfully launch a helicopter into the air and have it perform a controlled series of maneuvers. To make the mind-controlled device ... (called FlyingBuddy2) soar, the scientists first adapted a Parrot AR Drone 2.0 so that it could be operated by an Emotiv EPOC electroencephalogram (EEG) headset hooked up to a PC running special software. Basically, the operator wears the headset, connected via Bluetooth to a laptop, which then transmits flight instructions to the helicopter. At that ... (view more)

Tue
14
Aug
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Disney Plants Respond to Human Touch

Disney researchers at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University have successfully given common houseplants electronic sensors that make them responsive to human touch. Called Botanicus Interacticus, the project leverages an innovative technology that ... allows humans to interact with everyday inanimate objects in ways never before thought possible. At the heart of the project is a custom-built 'capacitive sensor module' which transmits a low current through an otherwise ordinary plant. This allows the plant to 'sense' when and where an individual touches it. Because the human body is naturally ... (view more)

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