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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 …

Virtual Reality

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

06 July 2015 | 10446 views | 6<p>Lloyds Bank customers may soon be able to use their contactless debit card as a way of securely authenticating their …

FinTech

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 …

Bitcoin

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 …

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Interactive "holographic" tabletop platform Holus heads to Kickstarter

In the future we'll all be sitting around a box in the middle of the room, rather than a TV in the corner. Canadian startup H+ Technology thinks so, …

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 …

Wearable Tech

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 came up with a very clever solution to this problem.<p>The Argentinian arm of the South Korean tech giant is showing off what it calls a Safety Truck, a …

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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 …

Aerospace

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 …

Startups

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 …

Apps

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 …

Virtual Reality

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 …

Virtual Reality

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Apps

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 …

Internet of Things

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 …

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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>…

Virtual Reality

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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