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Microsoft Research and University of Melbourne open center to study social natural interfaces

According to Microsoft this will be "the world's first joint research center dedicated to studying and perfecting the social applications of NUI [natural user interfaces]." That's about as incredibly specific as these sorts of claims get, but still, Redmond's new Australian facility is an …

Beam's Android-powered projector fits in your light sockets

Let's face it: most projectors aren't very useful outside of home theaters or boardrooms, even if they're packing some smarts. Beam may get you to change your mind, though. Its namesake Android-powered projector runs apps, streams media from your mobile gear (through AirPlay or Miracast) and starts …

Pew, Pew, Pew! NASA space lasers to map Earth's forests in 3D

A new laser instrument developed for the International Space Station is expected to generate incredible 3D maps of Earth's forests.<p>The instrument called Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) uses lidar, a special kind of laser technology, to create detailed 3D maps and measure the biomass …

Dolby is launching its super-vivid IMAX theater competitor in the Netherlands

Dolby has just announced a huge new project, but it's not about audio as you'd expect -- it's about the upcoming launch of its IMAX competitor called Dolby Cinema. This giant screen format will be able to project movies using the "Dolby Vision" technology (something it's been working on for years), …

Parrot's latest plant sensors can also do the watering for you

Following last year's Flower Power plant sensor, Parrot's decided to take it to the next level with two new Bluetooth Smart devices: the H2O and the Pot (pictured above). Starting off with the smaller device, the H2O is essentially a direct successor to the Flower Power, but featuring more accurate …

Home Automation

Hey, Car Companies — Here's How To Get Digital Gauges Right

I know they're not to everyone's tastes, but I'm starting to like this trend towards these digital instrument panels being installed in everything …

IRL: the iPad mini and racing the Lexus IS with Google Glass

<i>Welcome to</i> IRL<i>, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.</i><p>Like every good sitcom family, we've got friendly neighbors who sometimes drop in to say hello. This week, at …

Sharp's new any-shape displays are coming to cars and a whole lot more

Sharp's been working on its isn't-that-concept-art free-form displays (FFD) for a few years and, well, CES is a good place to show and tell us where they'll eventually end up, you know, in real life. We've just seen some of the more polished prototypes that will form the basis for dash-based …

Audi's Q7 SUV tries to make you a better driver

I'm sitting in the passenger seat of the new 2017 Audi Q7 as it prepares to turn left. Another car is barreling towards us in the opposite lane. An Audi engineer sitting behind the wheel assures me everything will be fine. Suddenly, at the last minute, the driver turns the wheel and punches the …

Apple Watch And Holistic Presence

What if you went to start your car and Apple Watch stopped you?<p>Yes, Apple Watch, with your permission, knew you had spent time at a bar, monitored your heartbeat and other physiological data and saw changes indicating that you had been overdrinking.<p>When you walked to your car, it connected to the …

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