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Digital running coach tracks more than steps or beats

Those looking to track athletic progress and prowess are likely to turn to a fitness wearable for answers and acumen. But to some users, such devices …

Biomechanics

Facebook open sources Surround 360 camera with Ikea-style instructions

Facebook needs you to fill its News Feed, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR with 360 content. So today it put all the hardware and software designs of its Surround 360 camera on Github, after announcing the plan in April. Thanks to cheeky instruction manual inspired by Ikea’s manuals, you can learn how to …

Virtual Reality

'Star Wars' VR experiment comes to HTC Vive on July 18th

You don't have to wait much longer to live out you dreams of wielding a lightsaber in virtual reality. HTC and Lucasfilm have revealed that <i>Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine</i>, their VR gaming experiment, will be available on July 18th through Steam. And it's free as long as you have an HTC Vive, so it …

Oxbotica’s New Autonomous Vehicle Software Learns As It Goes - MIT Technology Review

A spin-out company from the University of Oxford called Oxbotica has developed a new software system for making regular cars into driverless vehicles.<p>…

DeepMind’s Work With The NHS Shows It Is Google’s Best Purchase | Articles | Big Data Innovation Magazine

When Google bought DeepMind for $500 million in 2014, it was just one of a number of artificial intelligence (AI) acquisitions, albeit a highly …

Artificial Intelligence

These six-wheeled delivery robots are starting trials in Europe

Partnering with takeaway services Just Eat and Pronto in London<p>Starship Technologies — the maker of these adorable six-wheeled delivery robots — is partnering with services across Europe for a new set of real-life trials. The company's bots will be put to work in London and three other European …

Augmented reality atom kit makes hands-on chemistry easier to grasp

Growing kids tend to repeat all sorts of colorful language heard while at school, yet there's one particular <i>C-word</i> that causes some parents to feel a …

Augmented Reality

Google researchers teach AIs to see the important parts of images — and tell you about them

This week is the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Las Vegas, and Google researchers have several accomplishments to present. They’ve taught computer vision systems to detect the most important person in a scene, pick out and track individual body parts and describe what they …

Artificial Intelligence

Autonomous buses hit the road in Switzerland

Switzerland has joined a growing number of places around the world exploring the potential of electric autonomous buses, with a pair of driverless …

Washington D.C.

Awesome gadget transforms your smartphone into a head-up display for your car

Your neighbor up the block just paid $60,000 for some fancy car and <i>still</i> had to pay another $800 or even $1,000 or more to add a head-up display, …

Will your driverless car be willing to kill you to save the lives of others?

Survey reveals the moral dilemma of programming autonomous vehicles: should they hit pedestrians or avoid and risk the lives of occupants?<p>There’s a chance it could bring the mood down. Having chosen your shiny new driverless car, only one question remains on the order form: in what circumstances …

Autonomous Cars

A closer look at Lenovo’s foldable Android tablet

Lenovo got lots of attention for finally launching augmented reality (AR) smartphones today at its Lenovo Tech World conference in San Francisco. But the most exciting thing didn’t make it onstage — it was only teased in a video that was recorded somewhere else. The video showed a person wrapping …

Robots Are Invading Malls (and Sidewalks) Near You - MIT Technology Review

At the upscale Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, people are taking selfies with a roving robot that looks like a cross between …

Robotics

Chips that Mimic Organs Could Be More Powerful Than Animal Testing

Each year, millions of rats and mice die for the sake of human safety. Scientists studying toxicity in chemicals feed, inject, or spray them on …

You can now watch Hulu in VR on the Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift has been out for months now, and one of the more curious quirks of its library is a conspicuous lack of video content — especially when compared to Samsung's Gear VR, which also uses the Oculus store. Hulu launched its own Gear VR app in March, for example, but now the streaming …

The Elderly May Toss Their Walkers for This Robotic Suit - MIT Technology Review

No one wants to walk with a walker, but age has a way of making people compromise on their quality of life. The team behind Superflex, which spun out …

Tech CEOs Declare This the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in …

Cortana now works on the Microsoft Band with Android phones

Microsoft originally launched Cortana on the Microsoft Band strictly for Windows Phone users. Less than two years after releasing the original Band, Microsoft is now extending its Cortana feature to Android phone users. The latest Microsoft Health app unlocks Cortana integration for Android users, …

Google Play

The US Olympic cycling team is training with smart glasses

When the US cycling team heads to the Olympics in Rio this summer, it'll have an ace up its sleeve: training with smart glasses. Solos has worked with the team to create augmented reality glasses that show vital data in mid-ride (such as cadence and heart rate), making it ideal for athletes looking …

Apple opens Siri to third-party applications

Apple will make its software development kits (SDK) open to all third-party developers that want to give Siri access to their apps, The Information reports.<p>This will make Siri more useful for users, more competitive against rival voice assistants, and will address concerns that the virtual …

Magic Leap’s Latest Surprise: It’s Working on Robots - MIT Technology Review

Could secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap be working on artificial intelligence for robotics, too?<p>A brief mention in a lawsuit the company …

Researchers create high-speed electronics for your skin

Make no mistake, today's wearables are clever pieces of kit. But they can be bulky and restricted by the devices they must be tethered to. This has led engineers to create thinner and more powerful pieces of wearable technology that can be applied directly to the skin. Now, researchers at the …