It's no secret that parents of babies -- especially after the nights of interrupted sleep begin to add up -- go to great lengths to get their kids to sleep as many hours straight as possible. From dark rooms and swaddles to pacifiers and fans, any trick deemed safe is on the table.
Unfortunately, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics, one popular tool may not be as safe as previously assumed: the steady hum of white noise machines.
Researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto say that after testing 14 popular sleep machines, they … Read more
Microsoft is about to make some big changes as to how Office 365 looks and works.
At the company's SharePoint 2014 conference, which kicks off on March 3, executives will preview some of these coming changes -- specifically ones involving social and machine-learning technologies that Microsoft is baking into its cloud suite of Office apps. Once these technologies begin rolling out later this year, the lines between Exchange, SharePoint, and Yammer will be blurred, and social collaboration will become more of a centerpiece of the more tightly integrated suite.
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.
I'm told that soon a machine will see to my every need.
Which is a relief, as my needs are many, my time is short, and my tastes are variable and eclectic.
Or will that be the other way around? Will we have to see to machines' every need?
It's hard to tell at the moment. Machines are pestering me to allow them to push things on me -- be it "better" ads or pushy push notifications. They want my address book, all my e-mails, and please, please, can they have my photo album to show … Read more
It seems Compressorhead, a literal metal band consisting entirely of robots, has some hot competition. For his upcoming EP "Music for Robots," Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, has engaged the musical help of Japanese three-piece all-robot band the Z-Machines.
Or rather, the Z-Machines' musical producer Kenjiro Matuso engaged Squarepusher. In 2013, Matsuo and his team assembled the band, with the aim of creating machines that could perform in ways no human could. Several artists were invited to compose for the band -- which includes a 78-fingered guitarist (like Compressorhead's hydraulic guitarist, Fingers) and a 22-armed drummer. … Read more
Dinner from a vending machine usually evokes images of chips, cookies, frozen burritos, and other junk food. But if Farmer's Fridge has its way, meals from a vending machine could mean organic meats and cheeses and healthy salads full of locally grown veggies, fruit, beans, and seeds.
The Farmer's Fridge vending machines offer a selection of salads, including Antioxidant, High Protein, Detox, Thai, Mediterranean, North Napa, and more. The salads, with dressing included, are presented layered in BPA- and phthalate-free plastic jars. Smaller jars of organic meats -- such as lemon pepper chicken, tuna salad, lemon tofu, and salmon salad -- are sold separately.… Read more
Who among us hasn't wondered at one point or another what it would be like to be another person, and maybe one of another gender?
Gender Swap, an experiment from Spanish art and technology collective BeAnotherLab, combines Oculus Rift head-mounted displays and first-person cameras to, well, let participants virtually swap genders.
Gender Swap uses BeAnotherLab's low-budget, open-source Machine To Be Another, a system that allows one person to share a story by transmitting first-person video in real time to the goggles of a second person in another, identical room. … Read more
Valve, the gaming company behind the hit series Half-Life, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, and Portal, is looking to change the industry once again. With more than 75 million users and a market share estimated at around 75 percent, the company's Steam digital distribution platform has already changed the way computer owners purchase and play games.
Unsatisfied with the way the game console market has shifted in recent years, Valve in 2013 announced a new strategy for invading the living room. The company created SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system designed for playing video games.
Valve unveiled an updated design for its Steam Controller on Wednesday at its annual Steam Dev Days developers conference. Attendees of the conference, including those behind the Steam Database Twitter account, snapped shots of the new prototype and posted them online this afternoon.
In removing both the center touch screen and relocating the surrounding buttons into two diamond-shaped configurations -- one a revision of the existing ABXY button layout and the other potentially a directional pad -- the new device now resembles something closer to an Xbox controller.