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HoloLens: The hands on experience

Let’s get this out of the way: Microsoft HoloLens is not exactly a holographic system, but don’t hold that against it. The reality of Microsoft’s …

10 Classic PC Games You Can Play Right in Your Browser

5 Tools That Foster Technology Innovation

<b>Technology innovation thrives most when human ingenuity is uninhibited to deliver intrinsic value for unmet needs.</b><p>Becoming a technology consultant more than a decade ago was a huge wake up call for me. I’d just left a position as a customer asking others to design new technology solutions or …

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10 children's app trends for 2015

How your kids might be playing, learning and creating on devices this year, as well as how those apps may get them out in the real world<p>Many children are growing up with apps and digital media as part of their lives, alongside reading, physical play, television and other forms of entertainment and …

Zombification from notifications: How to fix the problem of too many alerts

When was the last time you suspended all notifications on your phone? Maybe in airplane mode or at night (and even then, only if your alarm can still work), right?<p>Of course, you don’t want to miss your boss’ urgent email, an alert about a family emergency in the middle of the night, or that call …

Coding is made child’s play by new electronic building blocks

If Lego had a 21st-century facelift, it would look a lot like SAM, a new kit where the building blocks are electronic modules (or SAMs: sensor actor modules), which wirelessly communicate with each other over Bluetooth.<p>SAMs are either motors, lights, switches or sensors, and appear as “drag and …

This Company Wants To Use Games To Reimagine How Your Child Learns

In the mid-20th century, Linus Pauling was one of the world’s most celebrated scientists. His discovery of the structure of hemoglobin and other biological molecules created an entirely new field of science and, when he focused his ample talents on deciphering the structure of DNA, no one doubted …

Traffic Light That Lets You Play Pong with Person on the Other Side Officially Installed in Germany | Colossal

<p>Back in 2012, a trio of interaction design students from HAWK University unveiled a concept for StreetPong, an interactive game of pong installed at …

White House focuses on computer science in schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today's teenagers. But finding out how to make computers work has taken a …

New Bluetooth devices will connect directly to the internet

For all the talk of an Internet of Things, many Bluetooth devices aren't very internet-savvy; they usually have to rely on WiFi (or another gadget entirely) to hop online. That's going to change very shortly with the advent of Bluetooth's new 4.2 spec. If a sensor, smart light bulb or other …

Google's Santa tracker can teach kids how to code this Christmas

Like millions of private citizens around the world, Santa Claus is under surveillance. This December, thanks to Google's Santa Tracker, people will be able to keep tabs on the mythical gift-giving demigod, following him on Christmas Eve as he crosses the planet to hand out presents. Google tracked …

Enter the tech-powered playground of the future

There are playmats where you build the roads in seconds, a ballpit where the balls are as big as you, and a drawing-board where your doodles come to life. This is Team Lab's "Theme Park of the Future" .. but it isn't really a theme park. It's an attempt to bring projection mapping, motion gestures …

How Magic Leap’s Augmented Reality Works - MIT Technology Review

A Florida startup called Magic Leap announced Tuesday that it had received $542 million in funding from major Silicon Valley investors led by Google …

Exoskeleton for your hand lets you feel virtual objects and control robots

Chinese company Dexta Robotics set out to develop a hand motion-capturing device last year, but instead of creating a glove like everybody else, they designed an impressively affordable exoskeleton. This device called Dexmo -- available in classic and F2 variants -- can be used as a virtual reality …

Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers

A group of developers thought it would be fun to merge playground activities with mobile gaming -- so they did. They've created a system called Hybrid Play that lets kids (or adults, no judgment here) control games on their phones with see-saws, swing sets and other playground toys. To transform …

We rode a $10,000 hoverboard, and you can too

It's impossible to talk about hoverboards without invoking a particular movie title, so we're not even going to try: Remember that awesome scene from <i>Back to the Future Part II</i>? It's one step closer to reality: A California startup just built a real, working hoverboard. Arx Pax is attempting to …

Apple Pay: The Real-World Test

It's finally here: Apple Pay arrived on Monday as part of iOS 8.1, which turns the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into mobile payment machines. Just …

How Can You Use Technology to Make You Happier?

Many say technology is tearing us apart but studies generally show that tech and the internet make us happier. What gives?<p>There’s certainly a …

'Doctor Who' will soon teach kids how to code

The BBC is tapping everyone's favorite time-traveling doctor to help get kids into coding. The broadcaster is launching <i>The Doctor and the Dalek</i>, a <i>Doctor Who</i>-themed game that features a number of puzzles designed to instill the fundamentals of programming in players. It ties in with the BBC's …

Local multiplayer is coming to Android games

Ever wish that you could just whip out your Android device and harass a passer-by to play games with you? It's the sort of thing that Nintendo 3DS users, for example, have been using thanks to that company's StreetPass feature, but, until now, hasn't been available on Google's smartphones. Now, …

Is The Chinese Game Industry Years Ahead Of The West?

<i>This is a guest post written by Jazy Zhang, the Chief Financial Officer of Giant Interactive Group.</i><p>People in the game industry often say that Chinese game companies are five years ahead of their western counterparts. While western game makers have traditionally led the way in terms of technology, …

Nest CEO Tony Fadell On Why Jetsons-esque Connected Homes “Just Don’t Work”

Fadell on the future of smart homes, Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of his company, and why the Nest Protect has “a motherly voice.”<p>Kicking off Fast Company’s Innovation By Design 2014 Conference, Fast Company Executive Editor Noah Robischon hosted an intimate chat with Nest CEO Tony Fadell. The …

August Smart Lock review: August makes the smart lock mostly simple - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Good looks, strong user management, and convenient automated features make the August Smart Lock a leader in its niche.<p><b>The Bad</b> Android users don't get auto-unlock at launch, Bluetooth can cause irritating connection lag, you can't control the August Smart Lock over Wi-Fi without a separate …

Building turned into the world's biggest game of Mastermind

Do you want to show the world how brilliant you are at Mastermind? Now you can -- well, Stockholm, at least, anyway. Sound artist Håkan Lidbo and a team of students from the Royal School of Technology have collaborated to turn the windows of the Nod building into a playable version of the board …

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Disney is working on more natural moving robots

Disney may not have much of a stake in robots at the industrial scale, but the company sure employs plenty of animatronics at its parks and films. So it only makes sense that it would want to build the most natural moving robots it can and encourage you to suspend your disbelief. Its research labs …