Haptix is a compact 3D motion sensor that turns any flat area into a multitouch surface. It could help do away with the traditional keyboard as well as the mouse.
Silicon Valley startup Local Motion has picked up $6 million in funding, as well as a new board member in former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky.
The company, which makes hardware and cloud services to control access and track the activity of vehicles, announced $6 million in series A funding on Wednesday. The investment was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and Sinofsky, who joined the venture capital firm as a board partner last week.
Look, I'm not terribly partial to babies.
I'm no more partial to seeing them in ads. Yes, those E-Trade babblers were quite sweet, but I would no more recommend a baby ad than I would recommend dating someone who wears Crocs.
Oddly, then, I came across this new ad from Samsung, in which the star is another little bald person, and I reluctantly find it endearing.
The ad is for a vacuum cleaner. I think I own a vacuum cleaner, though I'm not sure where it is.
Yet here the creators have found a way to make … Read more
Have you ever seen Europe's magical architectural masterpieces? If you've never viewed any of these buildings, or maybe seen just a few, an amazing video called "Nightvision" gives you the visual tour of a lifetime. The short film bounces between astounding nighttime views of monuments such as the towering Colosseum in Rome and the Tower Bridge in London.
After raising nearly $20,000 on Kickstarter for "Nightvision," Director Luke Shepard and Assistant Director Henry Farrow Miller spent three months photographing 36 cities in 21 European countries. Their goal? Create an inspirational exploration of European buildings, monuments, and landmarks in a new and unique way.… Read more
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Sweden has invented The Sweat Machine for purifying body sweat into drinkable water. The Improv Anywhere group makes 7,000 people follow commands. And NASA goes out of its way to make us feel small and insignificant. Thanks a lot, NASA! … Read more
For most computer tasks, nothing beats the good ol' keyboard and mouse. But the Leap Motion Controller is here, and it's challenging the way we think about navigating our computers.
If you're one of the early adopters looking for a hint of "Minority Report" in your life, the Leap Motion is already quick to impress (or at least entertain). With it, you can play games, draw, and even perform unexpected tasks -- like unlocking your PC -- without ever touching the mouse. Sounds awesome, but the device does have some quirks that could cause some … Read more
The Leap Motion Controller, which lets you guide your computer by gesturing in the air, started shipping this week.
So who's ready to start typing e-mails in midair?
The DexType displays a range of keys on your screen for selection and also lets you draw characters in the air. … Read more
The New York Times is ditching the keyboard, mouse, and touch with a free app that works with Leap Motion's $79.99 gesture-based controller for desktops and laptops running Apple's OSX 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Windows 7 and 8.
The app displays news stories as "cards," and users navigate them using gestures, such as a circular motion to scroll up and down and tapping to flip a story card from the preview to the full story. The app also includes the potential addition of gesture-controlled advertisements slotted between story cards.
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Odds are strong that Apple will debut an iPhone 5S in September or October, making this peak season for both rumors and educated guesses about the future device. This one, from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, seems to fall squarely into the latter category and substantiates earlier speculation that an improved camera is in the works.
Gurman was tipped by a developer to some hidden references inside of the latest iOS 7 betas that indicate Apple is designing a new iPhone camera mode called "Mogul," which would allow for the capture of video at a superfast and precise rate … Read more