Low Latency is a weekly comic on CNET's Crave blog written by CNET editor and podcast host Jeff Bakalar and illustrated by Blake Stevenson. Be sure to check Crave every Friday at 8 a.m. PT for new panels! Want more? Here's every Low Latency comic so far.
Everyone knows a washing machine requires water and detergent to clean your clothes.
So when you think about halving that amount of water and adding beads -- yes, imagine beads flinging around in the washing machine -- into the equation, it might sound a little off.
But that wasn't the case for University of Leeds' Stephen Burkinshaw, professor of textile chemistry, and his students.
Whenever someone tells me they're serious, I'm wary. Whenever someone tells me they're "100 percent serious," I imagine their noses at twice the length.
So when I hear that BiteLabs is making salami out of celebrity tissue, I reach for a precautionary Kleenex.
BiteLabs offers an impressive headline: "Eat Celebrity Meat." After all, it's what we do every day.
We masticate on celebrities' personal lives and we swallow the storylines often peddled by their own PR people.
But would we really push a little genetic matter from a celebrity into our mouths and stomachs? Of course we would. It would be something to talk about, to post on our every social network.
BiteLabs promises that it will obtain biopsies from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence ("A Different Type of Hunger Game"), James Franco ("He's Sexy. He's Artsy. Let's Make Him Salami") and, quite naturally, Kanye West ("Always Push The Boundaries In Taste").… Read more
The complaints with wearable fitness trackers are routinely uniform. If a device is slim and sleek, it tends not to provide very useful data beyond counting steps and telling you when you rolled around in your sleep. If it's powerful, on the other hand, it's typically bulky and designed at the expense of looking like something you'd actually want to wear in public.
The team behind Moov, originating from a partnership between a former Apple engineer and two veterans of sensor research at Microsoft, is trying to change that paradigm. They're offering a device that they … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Want eye wear that connects to your smartphone but don't relish the prospect of looking like a glasshole? Perhaps the Weon glasses from Ion Eyewear are more your speed. Essentially a standard eyeglass frame with one arm hollowed out to hide an electronics module, the Weon blinks a color LED light when notifications hit your phone.
The company behind the device, Ion Eyewear envisions the Weon as the perfect solution for discrete mobile notifications. I got a chance to see a prototype of the Weon Glasses, made by a 3D printer no less, at MWC 2014. … Read more
Tesla is raising up to $1.84 billion dollars to realize its plans of a massive, lithium-ion battery-producing plant -- dubbed the "gigafactory" by CEO Elon Musk -- that will, among other things, help it more quickly and efficiently develop, bring to market, and produce its cheaper third-generation electric car, the company announced Wednesday.
"Tesla intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to accelerate the growth of its business in the US and internationally, for the development and production of its "Gen III" mass market vehicle, the development of the Tesla Gigafactory, and … Read more
There's a flood of wearable tech arriving early 2014, and it feels unavoidable. Look around and spit, and there's a product in the works. Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, Pebble, Garmin. They're all coming sooner or later, be it by wrist or glass. January, February, March, April: most of the wearable gear we've seen at CES and Mobile World Congress will be here before you know it.
So fast, so soon, so sudden: does it mean wearable tech's great time has come? Or, does it really mean what I think it means, that everyone's trying … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- In the future, the world will be full of wearables and smartphones that can bend whatever way you want -- at least, that's what Kyocera imagines it will be.
At MWC this year, the Japanese phone company showed off some of its quirky concept devices, along with its family of waterproof Hydro smartphones.
Though none of these devices are officially brewing inside Kyocera's R&D arm, they are still enticing to think about it.
In fact, some of these products don't appear to be that far into the future -- like the arced-display … Read more
Sony is keen to prove that it has potentially brilliant ideas in the world of wearable tech, showing off an interesting concept camera that could strap itself around your neck, and document your whole life.
The idea seems similar to the Autographer wearable camera, which automatically takes a photo when it detects a change in your surroundings, to build up a photographical catalogue of your entire existence.
Sony says that silver plate on the front could eventually be a touch panel, and the device -- were it ever to become real -- could work with Sony's new Lifelog app, … Read more
This week, Google decided that some people were giving Google Glass such a bad name that it had to release an official guide to good behavior. That got me thinking. There's plenty of bad behavior with tech gadgets and services outside of Glass. Maybe other companies should be offering advice to their users. If so, here are a few pet peeves from me and others that might be worth including.