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Research heralds better and bidirectional brain-computer interfaces

A pair of studies, one from Stanford and another from the University of Geneva, exemplify the speed with which brain-computer interfaces are advancing; and while you won’t be using one instead of a mouse and keyboard any time soon, even ...

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Modders are turning the NES Classic Edition into an all-purpose retro gaming machine

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on an NES Classic Edition this last holiday season, you were probably impressed (as was I) with the quality of the emulation — so much so you wished it had a ...

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Fluffy dog tails could be the next step in robot-human interaction

The IEEE unearthed a fascinating 2013 study that showed that a cute dog tail does more than just amuse — it can communicate. The study, created by Ashish Singh and James Young, posited that a Roomba with a tail attached ...

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The next iPhone could have a bigger display and more battery

While the iPhone 8 isn’t going to be announced until September, this week has been packed with rumors on the upcoming device. And it looks like the display is going to be the main star of the show. Rumor has ...

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Verizon buys Skyward, a drone operations company

Forget about Yahoo for a minute. Verizon just announced it has acquired Skyward, a drone operations and management company based out of Portland, Oregon for an undisclosed amount. Verizon says Skyward will help developers and businesses better create and manage ...

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Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the president of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D-animated hologram that can serve up the ...

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OxSight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impaired

One percent of the world’s population, approximately 70 million people, are blind. That is not a huge number when you think of it in terms of a potential use base for a consumer product, but it is massive when you ...

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Lytro pursues 360-degree video and cinematic tools with $60M Series D

Ever-shifting camera tech company Lytro has raised major cash to continue development and deployment of its cinema-level camera systems. Perhaps the company’s core technology, “light field photography” that captures rich depth data, will be put to better use there than ...

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Wiivv steps on $4 million to bring your feet into the 21st century

Hardware Battlefield favorite Wiivv has announced a $ 4 million Series A funding and an acquisition. Not too shabby for a footwear company. But remember: this isn’t just any shoe company. Founded by Shamil Hargovan and Louis-Victor Jadavji the team at ...

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Making VR less painful for the vision-impaired

You don’t have to have perfect vision to enjoy VR, but brother, it helps. Otherwise, you’re looking at having to worry about accommodating glasses, eye tracking not working, ocular distances maxing out and so on. Stanford researchers want to make ...

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