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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Building as a modular gadget Crunch Network

    Building as a modular gadget

    Researchers and companies have been exploring new ways to improve buildings through analytics software, prefabrication, connected devices, new materials and construction automation. It’s striking that most of these efforts are trying to patch problems within the legacy framework of “permanent” construction. Could it be that the one thing that is taken for granted is the… Read More

  • Running at 150,000 RPM, this tiny motor could help satellites keep on course

    Running at 150,000 RPM, this tiny motor could help satellites keep on course

    The future is small in space: picture Cubesats the size of toasters and Femtosats an inch across crowding the skies. A newly invented motor that’s both tiny and powerful goes hand in hand with that vision, providing compact spacecraft with the ability to adjust their position without using a drop of fuel. Read More

  • A $99 add-on that promises to bring 3D sound to standard headphones

    A $99 add-on that promises to bring 3D sound to standard headphones

    3D sound, it’s, ahem, all around you. From the look (or, rather, sound of it), hardware startups are convinced that the effect is set to be the next big thing in consumer audio, and Kickstarter, accordingly, is littered with headphones that promise a more immersive listening experience akin to the recent VR boom. Most companies went ahead and built the technology directly into a pair… Read More

  • NASA’s Curiosity rover can now pick which bits of Mars to scan on its own

    NASA’s Curiosity rover can now pick which bits of Mars to scan on its own

    Curiosity may be an older dog (the rover landed on Mars in 2012), but it’s still picking up new tricks. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently revealed (via Verge) that the robot can now pick its own targets when choosing rocks to scan with its laser spectrometer, a task formerly reserved for remote operation by scientists back here on Earth. JPL created the software that now… Read More

  • 3Doodler’s CEO talks about what comes after the crowdfunding

    “You don’t just hand over a prototype to manufacturing and say, ‘make this,’ ” Maxwell Bogue explains, offering some off-hand advice to hardware startups. “Whatever you made is wrong. It’s just not mass producible, as much you think it is.” He speaks from experience. The first time I met Wobbleworks’ CEO, his office was a small cube in… Read More

  • Apple will sell limited edition Apple Watch bands for the Olympics as sales stall

    Apple will sell limited edition Apple Watch bands for the Olympics as sales stall

    Are you ready for the performance-enhancing drugs TV special called the Olympic Games? It looks like Apple is ready for the marketing branding extravaganza as the company is releasing limited edition bands for the Apple Watch. GQ first spotted these new bands. Unfortunately, you’ll have to book a flight to Rio to buy one. Read More

  • Shiny and chrome! Rendering sparkly surfaces in CG just got massively better

    Shiny and chrome! Rendering sparkly surfaces in CG just got massively better

    As the graphics in games and movies edge closer and closer to photorealism, even the subtlest tricks of the light must be simulated. For years an especially tough one has been recreating the sparkling, uneven surfaces of water, metals and other materials — but these glints can now be rendered 100 times faster than before thanks to a new technique from computer scientists at UC San Diego. Read More

  • This amazing search engine automatically face-swaps you into your image results

    This amazing search engine automatically face-swaps you into your image results

    Ever wonder what you would look like with long, wavy hair? I think you’d look great. But how can you try on a few looks without spending a fortune at the salon, or hours in photoshop? I’m glad you asked. All you need is a selfie and Dreambit, the face-swapping search engine. Read More

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