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Tiny accelerometer adds motion detection to clothes and cheap phones

Imagine a shirt or pants that can detect movement and tell you if that golf swing was weak or that jump shot was a bit lacking. That's the biggest goal of a company called mCube: to have its new and really tiny accelerometer embedded in clothing, though it could obviously be used for sports bands …

Console OS will let you run Android on a Windows PC or tablet

Toggling between Windows and Android on a single device? That <i>sounds</i> desirable enough maybe, especially the way Intel describes it, but the quest for a practical mixture of green and blue has had its hiccups. (And that's putting it mildly.) A new project has just arrived on Kickstarter, however, …

HP’s The Machine project could one day bring us smartphones with 100TB of memory

Memristor based wafer<p>HP Android devices, such as the Slate 7 tablet or the Slate 21 PC, aren’t exactly known for their good looks and amazing specifications. But HP could still secure a place for itself in the history of Android if it manages to turn The Machine into reality.<p>The Machine project is …

Mobile Devices

Starbucks starts rolling out wireless phone chargers nationwide

Starbucks plans to install Powermat's wireless charging stations at its coffee stores across the US. After a small pilot run with these "Powermat Spots" — small circles that are seamlessly implanted in tables and counters — the larger rollout will kick off within Starbucks and Teavana locations in …

Google Now tells you when to get off public transit

Drunk, exhausted, or just plain oblivious subway riders touting Android devices now have a bit of a safety net.<p>Google has integrated smart alarms into its Google Now public transportation card, reports Android Police.<p>That means the contextual software, which surfaces information on “cards” that pop …

US will auction bitcoins seized from Silk Road, bidders must deposit $200,000

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Julia Zakharova/Shutterstock<p>The United States government announced Thursday that it will sell the nearly 30,000 …

The Vessyl smart cup knows how many calories are in your favorite Pinot

"How many calories are in this mojito?" you ask yourself three drinks in. Or maybe you don't -- but you should. (Those cocktails really add up.) If you want to get a handle on your beverage habit and make sure you're adequately hydrated, a sleek, 13-ounce container designed by Yves Béhar can help. …

Spotify Hits 10 Million Subscribers

Spotify has reached the 10 million subscriber mark, an important milestone as it competes in the increasingly crowded streaming music market.<p>The new …

Google Fiber: we don’t charge for peering, don’t have fast lanes

Advertisement<p>46 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>Google (S GOOG) used its Google Fiber internet access business Wednesday to chime in on the continuing debate …

Now There's A Drone That You Can Control Using Oculus Rift

Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux demoed the new drone, which is very lightweight at 380 grams, and includes a 14-megapixel fish-eye camera that has a 180-degree field of view. The full-HD camera has a three-axis stabilization system, which basically means that the picture doesn't look wobbly or off-center, …

Electric aircraft are on the way: Stylish Airbus plane makes its first flight

While electric vehicles are gaining popularity in the automotive world, the aviation industry is also looking into ways to clean up its act.<p>French firm Airbus is best known for its large passenger jets — including the double-deck Airbus A380 — but its latest project is rather smaller.<p>The E-FAN is a …

Solar Roadways wants $1 million to turn the US' roads into an energy farm

At some point, you've probably sat back and said "Couldn't we solve climate change and the broader energy crisis just by sticking solar panels to everything?" It's not a bad idea, mind, but the cost and resistance to such a scheme would make it a nightmare to implement. But what about if we turned …

Google Tried And Failed To Build A Jetpack

But the lab ultimately had to shelve the idea.<p>"We try to have our failures as early as possible," Teller said. In fact, Google X shuts down over 100 projects a year.<p>It turns out that there is a way to build a jetpack that won't kill you, Teller said, but the real problem was that it'd be incredibly …

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Smart bike can track rides and give directions

Bicycles have been around for well over a century, and while we've seen a multitude of clever connected accessories for them pop up recently, the bike itself hasn't really changed that much. But a new Kickstarter project is now trying to make some big improvements to it by updating the bike for the …

Microsoft keyboard prototype integrates gesture control

<b>Microsoft Research has designed a keyboard that integrates gesture controls for a more seamless user interface.</b><p>The Leap Motion gesture control system …

Augmented Reality