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  • Google reveals new powerful 3D-mapping tablet with Kinect-like features

    Google just released a prototype tablet that carries NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra K1 and can smoothly map out physical spaces in real-time. Developed by Google's Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) division, Project Tango's tablet uses 3D cameras to make virtual replicas of your surroundings. Now, how sci-fi is that? Given its larger size to the smartphone, Google's three-dimensional mapping device is able to hold more than enough hardware than your everyday tablet. Similar to the Nexus 7, the Android tablet carries a 7" display but features much beefier mechanics such as NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra K1, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of...

  • Hold the phone: this hoodie will let your mom know you miss her

    Meet the smart hoodie, a wearable that doubles as a cellphone and a comfy sweatshirt. I know, who knew that technology didn’t just have to be housed on your wrist, face, or in your pocket? Finally, a wearable you can actually wear. The hoodie, designed by two New York University ITP graduate students, allows the wearer to send text messages to preprogrammed numbers with discrete gestures. Currently, the hoodie can notify your friends when you are in class, by touching a switch on the left sleeve. It can also send your mom a message telling her that you miss her...

  • 8 3D printed foods that will change the future of cuisine

    Like it or not, 3D printed food will be at the forefront of future cuisine. The technology to print edible foodstuffs practically on demand is around the corner, but the real issue for companies will be ridding 3D printed food of its unnatural, synthetic taboo. Food supply is a global issue and as the population continues to balloon, alternative resources must be found. 3D-printing provides a potential solution to the problems of food and time wastage, by producing 3D-printed food that one can enjoy  immediately, without the added strain placed on the environment. As human existence moves closer to a fully-automated life,...

  • Meet Joytone: the Raspberry Pi musical instrument with joysticks for keys

    We've covered the highly customisable Raspberry Pi and its potential before, but no prior applicator sought to transform it into a full blown musical instrument. Dave Sharples, a student at University of Pennsylvania, has created just that. It's called the Joytone, and it sounds as incredible as it looks. Developed as a senior project for his BSE course, Sharples and his teammate David Glanzman have created a novel musical instrument using the Raspberry Pi, that privileges user convenience and expressive musical creations over design. The project has been featured on the official Raspberry Pi blog. Based on exterior aesthetics, there's no...

  • Reddit leaks full game list for Nintendo’s E3 showroom

    Thanks to user-generated news site Reddit (via Powerleveled), we can now see all the games Nintendo plans to showcase at E3 2014. While the image is a blurry screenshot from (presumably) a hotel room, and the legitimacy of the list cannot be confirmed, it's difficult to argue with the lineup of games, as they are genuine Nintendo titles that most fans expect the financially-battered company to release. Super Smash Bros. for both the Wii U and 3DS, Bayonette 2 and Hyrule Warriors are Nintendo titles that have been previewed extensively by the gaming press. The list, titled "E3 Showroom Instruction...

  • Stir’s Kinetic Desk with Fitbit integration creates health-tracking ecosystem

    The Stir Kinetic Desk, the "world's first" actively learning work surface can now exchange wellness information with the Fitbit range of health bands, Stir has announced. The new partnership will allow wearers of the Fitbit (namely the Flex, One and Zip) and users of the Kinetic Desk, to track their fitness more intricately than ever before. Stir's US$3890, American-built Kinetic Desk actively records data regarding its user's sitting and standing habits, resultant calories burnt and overall wellness. It learns user preferences through some nifty software, while intelligent motors allow the legs to extend if the user has been sitting too long....

  • Smart 4 Mini review: an affordable, efficient Jelly Bean smartphone

    As I was set to retire my battered old handset, I was in the market for an affordable smartphone. That's when Vodafone’s humble Smart 4 Mini so conveniently entered into my life. I’ll admit that until then I’d not seriously considered this particular model. Happily though, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the R899 (well under US$90) Smart 4 Mini. It’s not the sexiest or most powerful handset but the Smart 4 Mini still delivers a lot for its price tag. It can’t do everything perfectly but it does enough. This is a nifty little smartphone that can let you check...

  • Dark Souls II to get trilogy of pain with ‘Lost Crowns’ trilogy DLC

    From Software's difficult Dark Souls II gains a trilogy of new content when the Lost Crowns DLC launches for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC from July 22 2014. Along with the exciting yet upsetting news (see below), From Software drops a brand new launch trailer for what is sure to be another tough-as-nails experience. The Lost Crowns DLC was announced on From's official Facebook page and promises new enemies, challenges and bosses to slay. DARK SOULS II IS BESTOWED ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS WITH THE LOST CROWNS DLC TRILOGY Three new DLC chapters known as The Lost Crowns trilogy will take you through...

  • Catch a glimpse of Tizen, set to power the Samsung Z

    This week, Samsung gave the world its first look at Tizen, the OS slotted to power the Samsung Z, set to launch in Russia later this year. Tizen is a Linux-based open source OS developed in part by Samsung for multiple platforms. Samsung started its partnership with Tizen back in 2013, in a move set to distance itself from Android and play into the internet of things. Tizen will allow Samsung to better integrate across platforms from SmartTVs to tablets to mobiles. So far, however, Tizen looks an awful lot like Android. The similarity will allow Samsung to retain customers, but...

  • WiGig, Rezence, Skylake aim to kill wired computing and charging by 2016

    Intel has figuratively cut the cord, announcing yesterday that its next platform will revolve solely around wireless data transfer and charging technology, reports CNET. The platform dubbed "Skylake" will signal the death of wired computing as we known it, instead adopting the WiGig wireless data transfer and Rezence wireless charging standards. Many computer users loathe the dust-laden cable spaghetti plaguing their workstations, but Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president of the PC Client Group has unveiled at Computex, how this could be a thing of the past. Skylake will make use of WiGig (802.11 ad), capable of 7Gbps transfers, or around...