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  • FIDO’s speaking dog tech gives man’s best friend a voice

    Wearable tech has become some kind of wonder for us all. From Google Glass and friends to smartwatches and gesture armbands. They're all being experimented with -- trying to make our lives more efficient or simply just more exciting. FIDO, though, is meant for mankind's faithful hounds. This technology could let your dog communicate specific commands by triggering certain sensors and could help save lives. It just so happens that one of the brains behind Google Glass, Thad Starner, and fellow research scientists Clint Zeagler and Melody Jackson are working on including our much-loved furry friends in this technological leap...

  • Recon Jet is the Google Glass for pros and athletes

    Imagine watching a re-run of Tour de France through the eyes of your favorite cyclist on your TV. Recording a mountain bike ride through the forests should be awesome too. Recon Jet wants you to experience and share moments like these at only US$499. That's a third cheaper than the popular Google Glass alternative. Recon Instruments from Vancouver, takes on the Silicon Valley tech giant in a race that brings the Recon Jet into the spotlight. The Jet is, like Google Glass, a disguised computer that aims to blend things like video, voice and social-media into an everyday wearable...

  • Kreyos Meteor is first smartwatch with voice and gesture control

    Update: Since the Kreyos Meteor was launched 24 June, this IndieGoGo project has successfully raised its funding goal of US$100 000 while new orders keep on flying in. The campaign runs till 8 August. The Kreyos Meteor claims to be the "only smartwatch with voice and gesture control." The Indiegogo crowdfunding project launched today and has so far received over US$30 000. It uses customisable wrist gestures, gyrometers, voice commands and more for you to control, play around with and access most of your smartphone features. On top of the fact that it can act as an extension to...

  • Google Glass undergoes surgery and shows it has guts

    Yes, the very rare and expensive Google Glass has been given a thorough shakedown. Star Simpson and Scott Torborg are both former students at MIT and have been overcome by their curiosity to dissect Google's popular head-computer. In the introduction of their post the teams states the following: "Growing up on a rich diet of dystopian tech fiction, we were filled with both intrigue and concern about Glass and decided to take...

  • Rondo Motion ‘brings life to headphones’, is only for iOS devices

    The company that's attempting to bring the live concert experience to your ears has successfully reached its funding goal. It's called Rondo Motion and has just raised over US$60 000 on Kickstarter this week. It's a small device that uses motion sensing technology to bring the live and natural experience of a concert to your ears. The company responsible for this idea, Dysonics, claims that usual headphones create a "big 'open' sound," and that the sounds are unnatural, uncomfortable and sometimes overwhelming. Put simply, the music is "stuck" inside your head. Rondo Motion wants to change that. Dysonics says that it's...

  • MYO gesture control armband gains 30k preorders

    Gesture technology has come a long way. Just far enough to leave room for more improvement. Since the Wii's Remote and the Xbox Kinect, the idea of using body movements to make your gaming experience more immersible is still pretty awesome. Thalmic Labs, though, are taking things to the next level it seems and has raised more than US$14.5-million. The MYO is a stylish, light armband that "let's you add gesture control to everything." You can posses devices can ranging from desktop computers, smartphones and tablets to other robotic devices such as drones or the very lovable Sphero robot ball. On...

  • FLOOME smartphone breathalyzer saves lives one app at a time

    Personal breathalyzers are on its way to your smartphone. We all know drunk driving is very dangerous and a frustrating issue in this spinning globe of ours. Even more common, though, is being caught drunk driving. The Italian-based 2045Tech company wants to change this. The company is launching a breathalyzer that you can seamlessly plug into your mobile. This device lets you know whether or not your alcohol-level is over the legal limit so you could drive after some partying. It's called the FLOOME and promises to be the first reliable smartphone breathalyzer. The company is currently running a IndieGoGo...

  • Razer unveils the Atrox, an arcade stick for serious modders

    Younger gamers might not know this, but there was a time when most people played in arcades, not on consoles in their lounges. Razer's newest outing, the Atrox looks to be one of the coolest attempts to bring that arcade feel to your lounge we've yet seen. The Xbox 360 controller is ideally suited to fighter games and should bring joy to the faces of button mashers everywhere, especially because it features swappable parts. If that sounds a little scary, don't panic. It looks like Razer's tried to take care of all levels of modders with the Atrox. That means...

  • HP reveals new Tegra 4 laptop/tablet hybrids: Windows 8 Split x2, SlateBook x2

    To our knowledge, there are no commercially available Tegra 4 lappietablets (laptop/tablet hybrid computers, our term) and certainly none from HP, until now. HP’s just revealed the Split x2 and the SlateBook x2, two lappietablets running Windows 8 and Android respectively. Let’s begin with the Split x2. HP’s Windows 8-running Split x2 The Split x2 is a Windows 8 device with a 13.3-inch HD screen, an i3 or i5 CPU, Beats Audio, an optional 500GB SSD (for some reason, HP won’t reveal the storage of the Split x2, but we’re guessing 64/128GB) and "eye-catching design with a soft-touch coating”. It’s a...

  • Samsung surprises no one, announces 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3

    Samsung’s beginning to show its hand here with the announcement of the Galaxy Tab 3, a 7-inch Note 8 lookalike that sheds a few corners and drops the S Pen. So that’s a 7-inch tablet with a 1024x600 (169ppi) display, a 1.2Ghz CPU, 8/16GB internal memory (priced dependent and unknown), a  3-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front  camera, Wi-Fi and 3G support, Android 4.1 and hopefully a mask to cover your shame after you buy this underpowered tablet. One of the only saving graces is the 4000mAh battery, which should provide well over two days of heavy usage. Also, the Tab...