Computer scientist Katia Vega from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has created what she is calling Beauty Technology, a range of wearable cosmetics that conduct electricity and control devices. Blinklifier, demonstrated at the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference in the UK, lets the wearer power devices on and off just by blinking. … Read more
The wearable technology market is set to expand rapidly in the next several years, according to new data from Juniper Research.
The research firm on Tuesday forecast that worldwide spending on wearable technology will hit $1.4 billion this year. By 2018, that figure will hit $19 billion. The increase is due in large part to "heightened consumer awareness of wearable technology," Juniper Research's Nitin Bhas said in a statement.
That heightened awareness has resulted in large part from reports that Apple could be getting ready to launch a new smartwatch and from the actual debut of … Read more
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Self-driving cars are coming It won't happen in one step, but it will probably happen during the introduction and improvement of a dozen or so technologies that might be in your car already.
3D gesture technology We are on the cusp of moving from the 2D gestures of touch screens to 3D gestures that happen the way humans have always communicated.
What's next for mobile platforms? If you're waiting to see who will shape up to be the third major mobile platform, you might want to change your viewpoint to if there … Read more
So many complex minds claim that they can solve the alleged budget crisis.
One report, though, may have an insight which many have overlooked.
It seems that America isn't much good at math. You know, the adding, subtracting, and multiplying thing? We're terrible.
You might think, though, that dividing is still a strength. No, it is not. At least if you believe the latest report (PDF) from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (Thank you, Quartz, for discovering this gem.)… Read more
According to the paper, some of those possible targets have included Unity Technologies, a San Francisco-based gaming platform developer; Green Throttle Games, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that makes game controllers and software that connects mobile devices to televisions; Israeli mobile search engine Everything.me; Israeli video-chat app maker Rounds; and location-sharing app Glympse of Seattle, Wash.
It's not clear from the report whether Samsung is still looking at any of the companies aside from Glympse. In … Read more
I tested the $300 Panasonic NN-SD997S with inverter technology against three other countertop microwaves: the $290 Sharp Convection Grill R-820JS, the $279 Whirlpool WMC50522AS, and the $219 Amana AMC2166AS. As the most expensive of the four models, it was the microwave to beat.
To test it, I popped popcorn, baked potatoes, heated lasagna and macaroni-and-cheese frozen dinners, reheated pizza, defrosted chicken, boiled water, cooked burgers, and made omelets -- all in this microwave. It also means I endured a lot of taste tests (with varying levels of deliciousness) to deliver you a comprehensive review. You're welcome.
For the most … Read more
Ready for a random confession? I'm addicted to Zumba.
I admit this embarrassing fact to help build the case for workout trends that may be written off as fitness fads. I'm well aware that I look ridiculous trying to duplicate my Zumba instructor's fancy footwork and complicated cumbia steps. Still, I show up at every class because it's fun, and more importantly, it doesn't bore me. I can't say the same for putting in time on the treadmill, which is why I was interested in trying Fitwall.
This new workout has its fair share … Read more
As the world becomes more digitized, smartphones, smart watches, and smart cars have begun to hit the market -- and smart guns are no exception.
High-tech weapons, gun-centric apps, and tech-infused optical shooting scopes are popping up not only at hunting and gun shows but also at consumer-focused electronics shows. Earlier this year, one of the world's most high-tech long-range shooting rifles, Tracking Point's XS1, went on sale. And it has competition.
While many of these firearms and apps are geared toward perfecting a shot or feeding the shooter ballistics information, some new inventions are focused on making … Read more
One of the biggest challenges when traveling to new places is not looking like a clueless tourist while you're there. The Triposo travel belt on Indiegogo is raising funds to help make intrepid explorers look less lost when they're walking around.
The belt works by connecting with a cable to the headphone jack on your smartphone. Open up the Triposo travel guide app, select a destination, and choose the "buzz me there" option. The app communicates with the belt, which then vibrates at different spots to tell you to go straight, turn back, turn left, or turn right. … Read more