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HaptX reveals high-tech haptic gloves that let you feel and touch in virtual reality

Experiencing something in virtual or augmented reality can be pretty life-like. But adding haptic touch technology to the mix — letting you <i>feel</i> the …

Amazon Alexa devices can finally tell voices apart

One of the Amazon Echo’s biggest blindspots has just been addressed. Starting today, the company will finally start rolling out customized voice detection. That means users in multi-person homes will be able to get individualized experiences, based on voice recognition. So each user gets their …

Smart Homes

Google Express partners with Target, Assistant shopping coming to phones

Google has made some pretty big changes to Google Express over the past few months, including the abolishment of its membership fee and adding a lot …

Amazon slashes Echo Show price by $30 after sales drop due to YouTube removal

Amazon just put the Echo Show on sale for the first time since launching in June, dropping the price on the screen-equipped Echo from $229.99 to $199.99.<p>The timing of the sudden sale is particularly interesting given that, as <i>Variety</i> reported on Friday, sales of the Echo Show have noticeably dropped …

Tech Trends

GM’s self-driving unit just bought its own LIDAR manufacturer

The Strobe effect<p>Cruise, the self-driving startup acquired by General Motors last year, is now gobbling up companies of its own. Today, the company announced its plan to buy Strobe, a startup that makes LIDAR sensors that help autonomous vehicles “see” their surroundings.<p>the whole LIDAR array …

Waymo might launch its own ride-sharing service this fall

People in select areas might be able hail Waymo's self-driving cars (with no human drivers!) as soon as this fall, according to <i>The Information</i>. In a piece talking about the Google spinoff's internal issues, the publication has revealed that it's gearing up to launch an autonomous ride-hailing …

Ridesharing

Lumos Labs expands from brain-training games to educational math titles

Lumos Labs has had more than 85 million downloads for its brain-training games since 2007. Now the company is launching four new math titles aimed at making learning math more fun.<p>The four games are adaptive, meaning they adjust the difficulty based on how well the player is doing. They are aimed …

Best Buy Banks on Smart Homes, Experiential Merchandising in Stores

In its quest to better connect with customers, Best Buy is focusing on connected living. At the Minneapolis-based retailer's Investor Day on Tuesday, …

Amazon Alexa Now Warms Up Your Bed, Tracks Sleep Patterns

Eight’s smart mattresses and smart mattress covers can now be enabled for voice-control commands via a new Alexa skill. The home portal can tell …

Amazon Echo

GM and Cruise announce first mass-production self-driving car

Kyle Vogt, CEO and founder of Cruise Automation, revealed very big news for his company and its owner GM, which acquired the startup last year. The news is that they’re ready to mass produce a vehicle ready for self-driving, with everything on board they need to become fully autonomous vehicles …

Autonomous Cars

Lenovo MR Headset Can Run On Integrated Graphics

One of the barriers to high-end virtual reality (VR) at the moment is cost. For those who wish to experience VR using a device such as a HTC Vive or …

Jaunt’s VR App for Windows Mixed Reality to feature Cortana Voice Navigation

Today’s virtual reality (VR) news has been firmly focused on Microsoft and its Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headset announcements. One of which was the …

Spot launches to help users share recommendations on local gems and travel tips

Spot, a startup that says it can help you find “the best places in the world,” is launching to the public.<p>The company emerged from “startup studio” Expa. It’s also announcing today that it has raised $2 million in seed funding from Expa, SV Angel, Ram Shriram, Tim Ferriss, Fenwick & West and others.<p>…

Apps

Augmented reality’s future isn’t glasses. It’s the car

In the next seven years, true augmented reality will likely not become mainstream anywhere, except the automotive industry — and here are the reasons why. By “true” augmented reality” we mean AR that shows virtual objects to be actually integrated with the real environment and visible on various …

Amazon’s social media ‘Influencers’ program opens up to YouTube stars

Amazon’s Influencer Program, a service that allows social media personalities to earn commissions on the Amazon products they promote, is now accepting sign-ups from YouTube influencers who want to participate. Last Thursday, Amazon quietly enabled a self-service tool for YouTube stars that lets …

Social Media

bHaptics’ TactSuit Promises Better Actuator-Based Haptics at a Lower Price-Point

Gamescom is one of the few truly gargantuan expos dedicated to gaming, holding within its massive Zeppelin hanger-sized halls all manner of …

Samsung says it's building an Echo-like smart speaker

Samsung is spilling the beans on more than just its smartwatch plans in the wake of its Galaxy Note 8 event. In an interview with <i>CNBC</i>, mobile division chief DJ Koh has confirmed that his company is working on a smart speaker. He's shy on details, as is usually the case with teases like this, but he …

Galaxy Note

Google and Walmart Team Up to Fight Amazon on Voice Shopping

Google will handle shipping through its Google Express service.<p>Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone.<p>The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it's working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items, from laundry …

eCommerce

WellVR Looks To Use Scans Of Your Mind To Aid Your Meditation

Stress. It affects many in different ways throughout their life, it can be small and bothersome, it can be truly life altering. It can kill. Stress …

Ford Offering VR Driving Experience At Gamescom [Updated]

An increasing number of car manufacturers are turning to virtual reality (VR) to help with car sales. Reports have shown that customers are keen to …

ApolloBox Uses ARKit For Shopping Experience

Since Apple entered the augmented reality (AR) sphere we have seen several companies experiment with the newly released ARKit to create new …

Augmented Reality

VR Expected to Reach Over Quarter of a Billion Users by 2022

According to figures released by ABI Research, the rate of adoption of virtual reality (VR) will continue to increase over the next few years, …

Augmented Reality

Strider VR a new take on an omnidirectional treadmill for VR

As soon as there were virtual reality headsets, people began developing ways to move within these new worlds. Previous attempts focused on …

DoorDash is expanding robot delivery with a company that makes self-driving containers

Your old faithful delivery guy could soon be replaced by a cooler on wheels. DoorDash is deepening its investment in robot-enabled delivery through a new partnership with Marble, which makes large self-driving containers. The company has big ambitions to be more than just a food delivery</b> …

San Francisco

Intel's self-driving powerhouse group adds another major carmaker

One of the biggest alliances in the race to develop self-driving cars just got even stronger by adding another key member.<p>The autonomous development …

Automotive Industry

UPS is developing virtual reality tech to train its drivers

UPS drivers preparing to get behind the wheel will soon be using virtual reality to do so.<p>The company’s new VR training program will be rolling out next month at nine of the company’s training facilities, simulating some of the uncertainties and challenges of delivering packages on city streets. …

Virtual Reality

Google sees a future in wearable-free health monitoring

Google and its Alphabet parent haven't been shy about their interest in digital health, and now they're taking that curiosity in an unusual but potentially very helpful direction. <i>GeekWire</i> reports that Google has acquired Senosis Health, a Seattle-area startup whose focus was on turning smartphones …

Digital Health

Amazon just unveiled a better alternative to vending machines

Called Amazon Instant Pickup, the new service will allow customers to pick up items within minutes of ordering them, according to Reuters. That's faster than the hours that Amazon Prime Now requires — and much faster than traditional shipping options.<p>Customers order from the Amazon app and use a …

Samsung's next Gear Fit will let you plumb the briny depths and listen to music without your phone

Like its phones and tablets, Samsung makes different wearables to fit different roles. One of these roles is the traditional watch, filled by the …

Google now recognizes 119 languages for voice-to-text dictation

You can also dictate emoji<p>If you’re too lazy to type, Google’s speech-to-text recognition has added another 21 languages today. That brings support to 119 language varieties for users who want to dictate a message to their phone, which Google claims is three times faster than typing. The 21 …