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The Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill is finally a finished product

It's like playing laser tag on ice, wearing bowling shoes. That's about as close as I can come to describing the Virtuix Omni treadmill, which has been kicking around tradeshows since mid-2013. When we first saw it, the Omni was a slippery wooden prototype that let you move in one direction. Now, …

Roaming CES on ZBoard's second-generation electric skateboard

Has there ever been a product as paradoxical as an electric skateboard? After all, the price and concept can intimidate any amateur, and yet it's this group that would get the biggest benefit out of owning one. It's a tricky tightrope that companies like ZBoard have to walk, creating a product that …

How $40 oil would impact Canada’s provinces

What does Canada's economy look like with oil prices at $40 a barrel? Certainly it won't be the energy superpower envisioned by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.<p>If $40 a barrel still seems a ways off, consider that the benchmark price for oil sands crude is already trading in that price range. What's …

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Researchers twist lasers to beam data across Vienna

Twisted laser beams have been used to send up to 2.5 terabits per second of data over fiber-optic cables, but the technique has never been worked very well over the air. Researchers in Vienna managed to use those bizarro quantum laser properties, also known as orbital angular momentum (OAM), to …

Executives in Asian luxury hotels fall prey to cyberespionage: study

High-end business executives travelling in Asia are being targeted by a complex spying malware that is lurking in the Wi-Fi networks and business centres of their luxury hotels, the security firm Kaspersky Lab says.<p>In a new report, Kaspersky describes a sophisticated software package it calls …

Temporal Power spinning renewable energy wheels

For centuries, spinning wheels have been used to store energy. That's how potter's wheels work, with the energy in the disk helping maintain a consistent velocity. Flywheels are also key components of steam engines, where they convert energy from pistons into consistent rotational motion. Even toy …

SamMobile Reveals Credible-Looking Details About The Upcoming Galaxy S6, Dubbed Project Zero

We all know that Samsung is working on what will eventually be known as the Galaxy S6. This isn't news. If anything, it ranks right under a new …

Electric Turbochargers Forecast To Boom For Gas-Mileage Gains

Carmakers are increasingly turning to downsized turbocharged engines as a way to increase fuel efficiency without compromising power output.<p>Now, a …

Recon's 'Google Glass' for sports gets a finalized design ahead of September launch

No, the Recon Jet <i>still</i> isn't out yet, but its manufacturer has a few bits of news to share. For starters, the sports-minded heads up display's brain box is now angled slightly upward, which supposedly improves the display's viewing angle and camera orientation. This tweak apparently boosts the …