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Google embraces Bluetooth low-energy beacons by launching open format Eddystone, APIs, and management tools

Google today launched Eddystone, a new open format for Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) beacons to communicate with people’s devices. To help developers build apps using this technology, Google is also debuting APIs and updating its various mobile services. Last but not least, Google is also offering a …

Internet of Things

Square launches Dashboard app, for analytics on the go

Square is launching a new mobile app called Dashboard, so business owners can stay on top of sales while they’re away from the shop.<p>This is just the latest product from Square aimed at capturing the small and medium-sized business market.<p>The app is a mobile extension of its analytics platform, …

Business Intelligence

Facebook’s Oculus Confirms Pebbles Interfaces Buy To Grow Its VR Footprint (And Fingerprint)

Facebook’s Oculus division has made another acquisition: the company today has confirmed the acquisition of Pebbles Interfaces, a computer vision specialist based out of Israel. It’s not disclosing the terms of the deal but the WSJ reported it as $60 million, and Calcalist reported that it was in …

Lloyds experiments with 'tap to bank' card tech for mobile authentication

06 July 2015 | 11046 views | 6<p>Lloyds Bank customers may soon be able to use their contactless debit card as a way of securely authenticating their …

Banking

Verisart Plans To Use The Blockchain To Verify The Authenticity Of Artworks

Verifying the authenticity of a fine art work has become almost the raison d’être of the art world itself. Without either, an art work can be entirely worthless. For instance, in this year’s respected Hiscox Online Art Trade Report, “Certificates of Authenticity and Condition Reports” are the top …

This 3D-Printed Hydroponic System Snaps Together Like Pot-Laced LEGO

As we move towards a 420 future, hydroponic systems for a bit of homegrown foliage will be in great demand. The folks at 3Dponics are ready. They’ve announced a sort of modular hydroponic garden that snaps together like stoner LEGO and feature little pots, shields, and filters for your wee buds.<p>The …

Interactive "holographic" tabletop platform Holus heads to Kickstarter

Billed as a "3D holographic experience," Holus uses an optical illusion called Pepper's Ghost. It's an old parlor trick that reflects a hidden object …

Augmented Reality

New ‘FitBit for cows’ tracks livestock health, lets farmers know when cows are sick

Wearables are definitely the thing for 2015. The same technology that we wear to track our calories, exercises, moods, and schedules can apply just …

Samsung attaches screen to semi-truck to show the road ahead

Getting stuck behind a slow, smelly semi-truck is no fun, but big vehicles are often too hard to pass on a narrow two-lane road. But Samsung just …

Transportation

Airbus to build satellites for OneWeb to beam Internet from space

(By Irene Klotz, Reuters) — Europe’s Airbus Group will design and build about 900 satellites for privately owned OneWeb Ltd, which plans to offer high-speed, space-based Internet access to billions of people worldwide, company officials said on Monday.<p>About 700 of the satellites, each of which will …

Space Travel

Doctor On Demand Pulls In $50 Million To Continue Expansion Of Its Virtual Doctor Visit Platform

Telemedicine startup Doctor on Demand announced that it has raised $50 million in Series B funding and signed its 200th employer customer today. The funding will be used to continue to grow the service as well as sign up new partnerships.<p>Doctor on Demand provides customers one-on-one sessions with …

Nowy Friends Is A P2P Social Radar App That Does Not Log Your Location

A Swiss startup has built a social radar app with a pro-privacy twist: instead of tracking users via GPS, or other location triangulating technologies, the Nowy Friends app uses peer-to-peer proximity to power nearby notifications without storing smartphone users’ location data on its …

Oculus Previews “Oculus Touch” Handheld Motion-Tracking Haptic Controllers

Oculus wants to go beyond the Xbox One controller shipping with the Rift, so today it showed off the prototype of Oculus Touch, a set of handheld motion controllers that let you see your hands in virtual reality. Known as the “Half Moon” prototype, they’ll let you pick up objects, fire a gun, or …

Google Launches ‘Expeditions,’ An App For Shared Virtual School Field Trips

Google is focusing its VR efforts on bringing the variety of the wider real world closer to more people, and its new Expeditions app for virtual field trips is no exception. The app is aimed at giving students the ability to travel to places they otherwise might not had the opportunity to …

Kamcord Launches On Android With A Streamlined Video Capture Experience

Mobile gameplay streaming service Kamcord has launched on Android, letting users share clips of their time playing games on their phone with voiceover.<p>The move to Android brings more than a wider potential audience: an API Google made available in Android 5.0 lets developers record video of other …

ATAP’s ‘Soli’ Radar-Based Gesture Control Could Be The Perfect Wearable Interface

Google’s ATAP Project Soli is an attempt to harness the power of hand and finger manipulation to make it easier to interact with ever-smaller devices and screens. It posits that instead of using tools, we should use our “hand motion vocabulary” to control devices, even when the devices aren’t …

Open Source Platform Emojidex Offers “Emojis-As-A-Service”

Like them or not, emojis are turning into the mobile era’s lingua franca. Now a project called emojidex is offering “emojis-as-a-service,” with a platform that lets developers share new emojis with each other and add them to their websites and apps.<p>The platform is “the first service that lets …

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon says he’s invented technology that can identify someone from across the room with the precision of a fingerprint.<p>An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the …

Biometrics

IMVU’s virtual rooms are ready for social VR

IMVU was founded in 2004, back when virtual worlds like Second Life were the hottest thing. They’re not as hot any more, but IMVU has figured out how to survive and adapt. And now it’s getting ready for the renewed excitement about virtual reality.<p>The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has had …

Virtual Reality

Automatic Launches Its SDK, Turning The Car Into An App Platform

Automatic, a startup whose sensor-and-software combo has been described as “Fitbit for your car,” is today rolling out a software development kit and new hardware that turn your car into a platform for apps.<p>The company has partnered with more than 20 third-party app developers for the first wave of …

Konekt IoT "starter kit" brings connectivity to any device

The Konekt Dash lets developers build "Internet of things" devices that easily and securely connect to the Internet with cellular connectivity.<p>Konekt …

Rentecarlo Launches U.K. Peer-To-Peer Car Rental Marketplace

Rentecarlo, the U.K. startup and graduate of accelerator Ignite100, is officially launching today with a peer-to-peer car rental marketplace that lets anybody rent out their own car. The idea, which the company’s three Danish founders have been toiling with since mid-2013 before quitting their jobs …

FOVE, The Virtual Reality Headset Controlled By Eye Movements, Launches On Kickstarter

FOVE, the virtual reality headset that you can control with just your eyes, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. The Tokyo-based startup, which launched at Disrupt SF last year as a Battlefield finalist, has already raised more than two-thirds of its $250,000 goal, with 44 days left to go.<p>…

Samsung and Samsonite team up to create satellite-tracked suitcases

Samsung and Samsonite are reportedly creating a new generation of "smart luggage" that relays its location to owners' smartphones and checks itself in at the airport. <i>The Daily Mail</i> reports that the bags will use GPS to track their location, alerting travelers when their luggage is unloaded from an …

Crowdsourced bicycle courier service in Amsterdam

Add / Remove For the eco-conscious city dweller, sharing a scooter ride or carpooling lifts for heavy cargo are both steps in the right direction — …

Prediction: 12 million wearable patches will ship in 2020

Research firm Tractica predicts that worldwide unit shipments of clinical and non-clinical connected wearable patches will grow to 12.3 million per …

Digital Health

Recommended Reading: The making of a self-driving semitruck

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p><b>How Daimler Built the World's First Self-driving Semi</b><br>by Alex Davies<br>Wired<p>In case …

Texas Instruments

London Gatwick among UK airports fitted with location-based marketing tech to reach 100m passengers

The nationwide launch has been achieved through a partnership with airport advertising firm Eye Airports. It will see Proxama fit 200 Bluetooth …

Marketing

Peeple Launches On Kickstarter To Be Caller ID For Front Doors

Peeple is a small camera and sensor that attaches to the peephole on your front door. When someone knocks, Peeple takes a video and sends a mobile notification. With Peeple, co-founder Chris Chuter says, the front door is no longer a blind spot.<p>Unlike other similar front door cameras, Peeple sits …