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Watch Thalmic Integrate The Myo Armband And Oculus Rift To Get Your Hands In The Game

Waterloo’s Thalmic Labs has a new demo video out for their upcoming Myo armband, a controller that uses the electrical impulses generated when you use your arms and hands to generate input for computing devices. This time, they’ve shown how they built in-house support for the Oculus Rift virtual …

HTC says it will launch a wearable device by the end of the year

For 2014, HTC is betting on more devices and a renewed focus on marketing. After “years of development,” the company will launch its first wearable device by the end of the year.<p>Company executives talked to <i>Bloomberg</i> about the challenges and opportunities awaiting HTC, after a year of falling sales …

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Apple Dives Deeper Into Improved Device Display Research With Quantum Dot-Enhanced Tech

Apple has filed for three new patents, according to applications published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) today. The applications all relate to the use of quantum dot-enhanced displays, which provide a number of advantages to electronic device screens, including richer and more vibrant colors, …

Apple Hiring Fitness Physiologists, Sleep Experts On The Heels Of Recent iWatch Rumors

Apple is seeking physiologists to join its team, according to a new call for job applicants discovered by 9to5Mac today. The position on offer is for a “User Studies Exercise Physiologist,” and seeks a candidate who will be responsible for creating and conducting studies “related to cardiovascular …

Smart socks give runners data most fitness trackers don't

Competition among fitness devices might soon be moving from your wrist to your ankles. Startup Heapsylon lets CNET try out the Sensoria smart socks.<p>We live in an age of smart. We talk on smartphones, ride smart bikes, chill beer in smart refrigerators. And soon we'll be wearing smart socks. At …

New Malware Can Jump Air Gaps Using Inaudible Sound

A team of computer scientists has developed a new breed of malware, which can leap between devices using inaudible audio signals—then covertly …

There’s a Naturally Occurring Nuclear Fission Reactor in West Africa

In May 1972 in a uranium enrichment plant in France, scientists examining ore from a mine in Gabon, West Africa, discovered that a natural nuclear …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Maps of neural circuitry show women's brains are suited to social skills and memory, men's perception and co-ordination<p>Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of …

5 Surprising Principles For Designing Smartwatches

Soon, wearable technology will be as common as the iPhone. An expert in ergonomics shows the best way to design for the small screen.<p>Five years ago, I coined the phrase “Ergonomics of Interaction Design,” to explain how physical ergonomic principles could be applied to the design of user …

iFlex Concept Showcases Flexible Display Technology

Flexible displays are the hottest new trend in smartphones and mobile devices. While Samsung and LG have recently released smartphones with curved …

Nest's mobile app gets a full makeover, Protect smoke detector support

Since Nest's hardware and app go together like birds of a feather, new mobile software was inevitable after it launched the Nest Protect smoke detector. However, the startup darling has also taken the opportunity to completely revamp its app, mostly to make it easier to see all the important …

The Intelligent iHome Cometh, If Apple’s Patent Ideas Come True

Home automation has never been easy or cheap, but new patents from Apple hint at a promising future for the tech.<p>Apple has filed a new patent in the U.S. patent office with the nearly incomprehensible name, “System and method of determining location of wireless communication devices/persons for …

Wristify thermoelectric bracelet makes heating and cooling personal

Most bracelets aren't likely to alter your temperature too much either way, but the Wristify isn't most bracelets. Developed by four MIT engineering …

Clean Energy

Tablet shipments will jump 53% in 2013, Gartner says

Tablets shipments will blast ahead by 53 percent in 2013 as desktop and laptop shipments decline by 11 percent, research firm Gartner forecast last week.<p>The emergence of ultramobile devices, which marries a PC with the form factor of a tablet, will help ease the declines in other PCs, but not by …

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Hybrid solar eclipse on November 3

Much of the world can see at least a partial solar eclipse on Sunday, November 3. From North America’s east coast, the eclipse will be in progress at …

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Apple makes $27B in China, but Cook wants ‘better’

This year, Apple made $27 billion from the Chinese market alone. Chief executive Tim Cook is happy with the results, but is looking for more in 2014.<p>“We had a good quarter in China. We obviously want to do better,” said Cook on today’s earnings call.<p>China is a huge market for Apple, where interest …

Samsung patents design of smartphone-connected 'sports glasses'

If you hadn't noticed already, several companies believe there's a market for smart spectacles that do more than your standard head-mounted display. Microsoft is allegedly revisiting the idea, and now a design patent recently approved in South Korea indicates Samsung may have other wearable …

Nokia's multi-display smartwatch concept revealed in patent application

Nokia appears to be experimenting with its own smartwatch concepts. In a patent application submitted in August last year, the company details a "multi-segment wearable accessory." According to the description, and some related diagrams, it's a plan for a modular watch than can be worn on the …

As top tablets reach ‘Retina’ resolutions, which has the sharpest screen?

Apple's iPad announcements on Tuesday renewed a conflict that has smoldered since the announcement of the iPhone 4: When it comes to "Retina" displays, who has the sharpest, and at what point does it stop mattering?<p>As displays gain higher and higher resolutions, there's a point at which those …

Men Sleep Naked and Other Useful Stuff Jawbone Up Can Tell Us

Women sleep on their sides more often then men do, men are twice as likely to sleep naked, and most of us are guilty of bringing our mobile phones …

Wearable Tech

Samsung Buys Share Of Gorilla Glass Maker Corning

Corning has been at the forefront of glass technology for over a century, but recently they’ve become known as the maker of the very tough and flexible glass that protects your smartphone screen. Now, Samsung is going to own 7.4% of the company, and the two have signed deals that should assure the …

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>Each suit …

The world's fastest running robot is off the leash

A relative of Boston Dynamics' Cheetah robot, which last year managed to outpace the world's fastest man Usain Bolt on a treadmill, is now able to run outdoors untethered. Named the WildCat, the outdoor runner is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is being …

Nike FuelBand designer joins Apple, sparks iWatch rumours

Time for some more rumours of an Apple timepiece. The Cupertino company has poached Ben Shaffer from Nike. Shaffer was the man behind the FuelBand …

Wearable Tech

Don’t fancy a smartwatch? ION's sub-$100 smartglasses might be for you

Wearable tech is becoming increasingly popular, whether that’s high-profile yet to be released items like Google Glass or the plethora of smartwatches currently being funded by crowdsourcing. Either way, we haven’t seen too many smartglasses take off yet.<p>ION Glasses is looking set to change that by …