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Intel's new cameras add human-like 3D vision to any machine

Intel has released two ready-to-use RealSense depth cameras, the D415 and the D435, that can add 3D capabilities to any device or machine. They both come in a USB-powered form factor and are capable of processing depth in real time, thanks to the chipmaker's new RealSense vision processor D4. The …

Cameras

How Good Sound Design Dictates the Perspective, Mood and Tension Within a Film

In “See With Your Ears“, video essayist and web producer Evan Puschak (aka The Nerdwriter) insightfully examined the 2005 Steven Spielberg film …

Steven Spielberg

Emmanuelle Moureaux's rainbow-hued installation seemingly changes colour

Artist Emmanuelle Moureaux used over 100,000 paper numbers cut-outs to create this multihued installation designed to visualise the passing of …

Art

You can assemble this paper booklet to create electronic music toys

An interactive booklet called Papier Machine is making beautiful STEM toys that are actually fun and accessible, by combining paper with electronic circuitry. The booklet contains pages silkscreened with conductive silver ink that can be assembled to create six electronic paper toys. It also comes …

Engineering

11 Sounds Today's Kids Have Probably Never Heard

Who knew that some noises could eventually become as extinct as the passenger pigeon? Depending on your age, you or your kids or grandchildren may …

Sennheiser’s first-ever soundbar shakes up CES with brilliant virtual surround

A long line of eager listeners stretches outside a small, dark room at the heart of Sennheiser’s CES booth. Inside, they will experience the new …

Audiophile

Tiny new Bluetooth chip is a big revolution for high-tech headphones

Everyone knows about Bluetooth technology; it’s been around for quite some time, and we call upon it to do a great deal of things, from connecting …

Headphones

DanTDM named richest YouTuber of 2017 after making £12.3m

<b>DanTDM has been named the highest-earning YouTuber of 2017 - making £12.3m this year, according to Forbes magazine.</b><p>The 26-year-old, from Aldershot, started off making videos of himself playing Minecraft and Pokemon.<p>He's got more than 16 million subscribers and has had more than 10 billion views of …

These 3D-printed objects don't need batteries to connect to Wi-Fi

One of the big tradeoffs that comes with the convenience of having smart devices run your home is the hassle of keeping them powered, either with batteries or by plugging them into the wall. But a new project devised by researchers at the University of Washington could one day help guide the …

The best-sounding cars turn internal combustion into music

When looking at cars, objective elements like horsepower, fuel economy, and the number of USB ports are important. But what separates cars from other …

Trucks

Giant robot fighting is finally here as America and Japan do battle

The US and Japan will square-off in robot combat this Tuesday in a battle to determine who builds a better battle bot. The event will be streamed live on Twitch and will feature two giant robots clashing head-to-head in melee combat.<p>The American team created a 15 foot tall behemoth of steel and …

Robots

EE’s Helikite balloon delivered 4G data to a rural sporting event

All of the 4G<p>The world’s first commercial Helikite “air mast” took flight over the weekend, providing 4G coverage for hundreds of users in rural Wales. EE’s Helikite air mast is designed to provide temporary data coverage for remote but densely populated events like music festivals, and for …

Project Loon

WaveNet launches in the Google Assistant

Google Assistant

US reveals details of recent 'sonic attack' on Cuba diplomats

<b>A suspected acoustic attack on US embassy staff in Cuba was reported as recently as last month, US officials have revealed.</b><p>It was originally thought that the incidents had ended several months ago.<p>The US State Department also said the number of staff who have reported health problems had increased …

Heather Nauert

This edible sensor could help keep food fresh

Making sure fresh food is kept at the right temperature during transit is a harder problem than one might think — but the Swiss are on the job. Not only did they create robo-fruit to mix in with the real ones, but another research team has created a biodegradable temperature sensor that sticks to …

Biodegradation

This 3D audio soundbar promises to beat your home theater setup

Surround sound is an exercise in compromise. Surround speakers are cumbersome and expensive to set up. They require you sit in a ‘sweet spot’ to achieve a decent sense of positioning, and can’t really replicate the sensation of sound getting close to your head. Headphones can position sound more …

An Historic Cape Town Grain Silo Converted into 80 Cylindrical Art Galleries | Colossal

<p>Housed in what was once Cape Town’s tallest building is the newly unveiled Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), created by …

Art

Navy plans to use Xbox controllers for new periscope systems

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy plans to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate periscopes aboard its newer submarines.<p>The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, reported Saturday that the Navy's Virginia-class subs don't have a traditional rotating periscope. They're being replaced by …

Xbox

The Companies That Will Track Any Phone on the Planet

Tracking or tapping phones across the planet used to be a niche capability. Now, a myriad of for-profit spy companies sell border-crossing …

Surveillance

Massive robot dance sets a Guinness world record

Watch as 1,069 robots dance simultaneously in China to break the record.<p>Cowboys, disco divas and "Thriller" zombies aren't the only ones who can line dance in unison. Earlier this month, robots showed off their dance skills, which may have included twerking, and broke a Guinness World Record at the …

Over 50,000 digitized pieces of vinyl can now be listened to on Internet Archive

Get familiar with the Great 78 Project<p>New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public. Along with audiovisual digitization vendor …

Vinyl Records

No Place Like Home, GPS shoes

<b>Date:</b> 2012 <b><br>Materials:</b> Leather, Micro-processor, GPS, LEDs<p>Dominic Wilcox has created the world’s first fully functional pair of GPS shoes that will …

Robots at Work and Play

Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines—some fully autonomous, some requiring human input—extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to places …

Robots

Logitech's latest MX mice are ready for your multi-PC setup

Most mice are designed with the assumption that you'll pair them with one PC at a time. But that's just not realistic these days -- there's a good chance you have multiple systems. And Logitech thinks it can do something about this with its latest flagship mice. It's introducing the MX Master 2S …

Music for 18 Musicians - Steve Reich ; Video clip made with Machine Learning.

NASA Has Recorded The First Sounds of The Eerie Void Inside Saturn's Rings

Hold me.<p>If you happen to have an irrational fear of one day getting sucked out into space to die a lonely, silent death in the sad, black void of the …

Solar System

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”<p>You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to …

Publishing

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The death of interactive infographics?

<i>(This is a write-up of the talk I gave at</i> <i>INCH Munich</i> <i>on March 11 )</i><p><i>(edit:</i> <i>Gregor released a new blog post</i><i>, clarifying some of the aspects and made some</i> …

Data Visualization