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  • Duke Researchers Create Artificial Human Muscles

    Duke Researchers Create Artificial Human Muscles

    As a representative of M.U.S.C.L.E., I find artificial muscles a bit unseemly. However, researchers at Duke University have been able to grow their own twitching tissue, a first that could allow researchers to test drugs on working muscle without damaging a live host. Read More

  • GoPro Taps Vislink To Offer Live HD Broadcasting

    GoPro Taps Vislink To Offer Live HD Broadcasting

    GoPro has forged a partnership with Vislink to bring live HD broadcasting to the GoPro line of portable, rugged HD cameras. The companies have been working together to build a small live transmitter that can be attached to GoPro Hero4 cameras, taking the professional use of the GoPro camera line to a whole new level. Thus far, professional athletes and television networks alike use GoPro to… Read More

  • Designer Builds Cute Little 3D-Printed Robots, You Know For Kids

    Designer Builds Cute Little 3D-Printed Robots, You Know For Kids

    Meet Charlie and Billy, the most adorable little robots in all the land. Billy, the first iteration, is a combination of 3D-printed parts, an Arduino Leonardo, and dual DC motors to form a hexapod robot. Billy is controlled through a simple joystick app on the phone, and can handle various types of terrain based on his build. Charlie is the second prototype, and is much smaller and smarter. Read More

  • Toyota TeenDrive365 Oculus Rift Demo

    Toyota’s Oculus Rift-Based Distracted Driving Simulator Perfectly Parrots Annoying Friends

    The education potential of VR and the Oculus Rift is already well-established, but this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota showed off TeenDrive365, a driver education simulation to teach new drivers about the risks of distracted driving. The simulator puts drivers in the cockpit of a Toyota vehicle, in a fully immersive virtual environment that includes… Read More

  • Nintendo’s New 3DS XL Is Heading To The U.S. February 13 For $200

    Nintendo’s New 3DS XL Is Heading To The U.S. February 13 For $200

    Nintendo has revealed that it will bring the new version of the 3DS XL to the U.S. on February 13, following its launch of the redesigned hardware in Japan last year. The new version features a second analog stick, as well as two new shoulder triggers, microSD and NFC support. It also has improvements to the 3D viewing system that makes for better viewing from a range of angles, meaning… Read More

  • Watch Google’s Project Ara Developers Conference Live Right Here

    Watch Google’s Project Ara Developers Conference Live Right Here

    Excited about modular smartphones? So is Google, which is hosting its second Project Ara Developer Conference today in California. The Ara project is designed to provide a consumer-ready platform for modular smartphone tech, letting users buy and swap out individual components like cameras, processors and sensors in configurations of their choosing. Remember, as you watch this, that Project… Read More

  • Sony-Backed Mesh Sensor Kit Looks To The Crowd

    Sony-Backed Mesh Sensor Kit Looks To The Crowd

    After crowdfunding a minimalist e-paper smartwatch last year, another Sony-backed ‘special project’ is currently passing a donations bowl around on Indiegogo — as the electronics giant continues to try to nurture new ideas via an internal seed acceleration program. And by allowing the employees working on these internal projects to seek external crowd-support for their ideas. Read More

  • Get Somewhere with Hovertrax

    The Hovertrax Is Like Two Dumb Little Segways For Your Feet

    If laziness was a sport, the equipment would be the Hovertrax. You step up onto the foot pads, tip your feet forward, and two motorized wheels carry you around while gyroscopes auto-balance the Hovertrax so you don’t fall off. What’s hilarious is just how casual you look riding it. You’re basically standing upright while cruising up to 8 miles at 5 miles per hour on a… Read More

  • Apple Watch Companion App Features Said To Include Activity Reminders, Phone Unlock

    Apple Watch Companion App Features Said To Include Activity Reminders, Phone Unlock

    A new leak of details from within the upcoming companion app for the Apple Watch claims to show some unannounced features we can expect from the wearable when it arrives sometime early this year. The dump of the app’s settings screens from 9to5Mac show panels that let users tweak how it handles Activity, Accessibility, Messages, Motion and Fitness and more on the watch, with plenty… Read More

  • Why Is Apple Going To Have A Better Time Launching A Wearable?

    Why Is Apple Going To Have A Better Time Launching A Wearable?

    At some point in the next few months (“Early 2015″ can’t push much past March, can it?), Apple will release its Watch, likely defining the high end of the wearable category. The Apple Watch is, in hindsight, exactly what Apple would make when entering a new category: a general purpose computer trimmed down to the essentials needed for its particular form factor. It shares… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Wireless Action Camera And Wrist-Based Remote

    Apple Patents A Wireless Action Camera And Wrist-Based Remote

    Apple has been awarded a patent by the USPTO based on IP it acquired from Kodak in a deal from 2013, which details a remote digital camera system that can be controlled from a smartwatch (Apple Watch fantasists should note that this patent was originally created in 2012). The Apple patent specifically seeks to address flaws identified in the design of competitors including the GoPro HD… Read More

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