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  • VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus
    by Devin Coldewey on August 15, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smart glasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype "autofocals" from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own. […]

  • XYZPrinting announces the da Vinci Color Mini
    by John Biggs on August 15, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    XYZPrinting may have finally cracked the color 3D printing code. Their latest machine, the $1,599 da Vinci Color Mini is a full color printer that uses three CMY ink cartridges to stain the filament as it is extruded, allowing for up to 15 million color combinations. The printer is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo […]

  • Fitbit’s upcoming Charge 3 to sport full touchscreen, per leak
    by Matt Burns on August 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    This appears to be the Fitbit Charge 3 and, if it is, several big changes are in the works for Fitbit’s premier fitness tracker band. The leak comes from Android Authority which points to the changes. First, the device has a full touchscreen rather than a clunky quasi-touchscreen like the Charge 2. From the touchscreen, […]

  • This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact
    by Devin Coldewey on August 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Humans already find it unnerving enough when extremely alien-looking robots are kicked and interfered with, so one can only imagine how much worse it will be when they make unbroken eye contact and mirror your expressions while you heap abuse on them. This is the future we have selected. […]

  • ‘Unhackable’ BitFi crypto wallet has been hacked
    by John Biggs on August 14, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    The BitFi crypto wallet was supposed to be unhackable and none other than famous weirdo John McAfee claimed that the device – essentially an Android-based mini tablet – would withstand any attack. Spoiler alert: it couldn’t. First, a bit of background. The $120 device launched at the beginning of this month to much fanfare. It […]

  • StarVR’s One headset flaunts eye-tracking and a double-wide field of view
    by Devin Coldewey on August 14, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    While the field of VR headsets used to be more or less limited to Oculus and Vive, numerous competitors have sprung up as the technology has matured — and some are out to beat the market leaders at their own game. StarVR's latest headset brings eye-tracking and a seriously expanded field of view to the game, and the latter especially is a treat to experience. […]

  • This bipedal robot has a flying head
    by John Biggs on August 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Making a bipedal robot is hard. You have to make sure maintain exquisite balance at all times and, even with the amazing things Atlas can do, there is still a chance that your crazy robot will fall over and bop its electronic head. But what if that head is a quadcopter? University of Tokyo have […]

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