Wearable, VR, AR, AI & IoT

By J Bernard | Wearable Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence & IoT

The Pentagon Wants Your Help Analyzing Satellite Images

On a trip to Silicon Valley last year, Defense Secretary James Mattis openly envied tech companies’ superior use of artificial intelligence …

Artificial Intelligence

Razor's e-skates are equal parts Heelys and hoverboard

As a cranky, childless adult in her late thirties I've largely missed the boat on personal transportation trends like Razor scooters, Heelys and hoverboards. This year Razor manages to combine all of those things into its new Turbo Jetts e-skates: It's the sort of thing that your inner child will …

Hoverboards

The Best Smart Plugs for a Smart Home’s First Steps or Add-Ons

Smart home automation and smart technology is definitely on the rise in popularity and commonplace. While it’s not a big step to move toward smart …

Home Automation

Microsoft's new 'canetroller' brings VR to the visually impaired

Microsoft recently developed a haptic controller for VR with an unusual target audience in mind: the visually impaired.<p>Developers from Microsoft’s research lab created the “canetroller,” a peripheral device designed to work with the HTC Vive headset and tracker. The team’s goal was to create a …

Augmented Reality

Rolex Daytona Madness Reigns at 2018’s Most Anticipated Auction

↵<p><i>Originally published by Stephen Pulvirent on Hodinkee.</i><p>Just a few weeks after dropping the hammer on Paul Newman’s own Paul Newman Daytona—making it …

Rolex Daytona

There's a 360-degree wearable camera that is absolutely demolishing its Kickstarter goal

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

Handsfree

The new $349 Apple HomePod is a waste of money for most

How it stacks up to other smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Sonos One<p>Listen up — Alexa and Siri want you to hear them out.<p>This week, …

Smart Homes

Augmented reality set to revolutionize cultural tours in the US

Major historic sites in the US are set to enter the virtual world for the first time ever with thanks to new augmented reality (AR) tours using smart glasses. Places like George Washington’s Mount Vernon and James Monroe’s Highland are now to be kitted out with the latest storytelling AR software …

Augmented Reality

This $30 Smart Power Strip Gives You Four Alexa Smart Plugs For The Price of One

If you’re looking for a power strip that allows you to turn on your fans, lights, coffee machine, and more with Alexa, <i>Boy Genius Report</i> has …

Home Automation

Apple publishes new guide on how to use the HomePod [Video]

After a handful of how-to videos last week, Apple has now published a new HomePod video on its Apple Support YouTube channel covering how to get the most out of the smart speaker, noting that Siri will be your main interface with the device.<p>The guide goes in-depth on what to ask, such as asking …

Tech Trends

Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand

Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in the near future, but display them for the world to see. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an e-skin that can measure vital signs like your heartbeat and display them in real time on a skin display. The design blends a breathable …

Nanotech

Amazon owns my Echo; I’m just feeding it

It’s no secret that voice assistants are a Trojan horse. You “buy” a voice assistant like an Echo Dot or a Google Home, and you plug it in and give it your Wi-Fi password. But you don’t “own” it like you own a computer. The software is controlled entirely by Amazon or Google or some other …

Automation

Bluetooth Sensor Beacon And Data Logger Offer Flexible Reporting Options

Fujitsu Components America expands its beacon offering with a Bluetooth 4.1 sensor beacon featuring data logging capability for on-demand reporting …

Internet of Things

Google Is Acquiring Xively's Internet of Things Platform

The search giant continues to expand its Internet of Thing offerings.<p>Yesterday, <b>Alphabet</b> (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google announced that …

Investing

How Augmented Reality Is Shaping the Future of Play

If you ask 13-year-old Keanu Snyder what he wants for his birthday, he won't tell you about Nerf blasters or Playstation games. He’ll tell you all …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft’s Cortana is finally on IFTTT

Microsoft keeps striving to find Cortana a place in the crowded smart assistant market, and despite losing a minor feature, it's still adding functionality. Today, Cortana added IFTTT, and launched with interactions to link it up with 550 apps and devices.<p>Cortana lags behind some of its peers in …

Software

Apple Watch Series 4, The Good and Bad.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) Apple says it has a watch for everyone. But it’s not completely true, and that’s why we are waiting for the Apple Watch Series 4 …

Smartwatches

The "father of artificial intelligence" says singularity is 30 years away

You’ve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time — likely, a point in our very near future — when …

Singularity

Nokia might give up on wearables

Less than two years after spending millions repositioning itself in the consumer health market, Nokia has announced a strategic review of its digital health business which will see 425 job losses in its home country of Finland. Nokia acquired French fitness tracker manufacturer Withings for $191 …

Digital Health

'Don’t tell me to oil my wood': users angry at marks left by Apple HomePod

White rings formed due to oils and polish in the wood reacting negatively with the silicone foot on the bottom of £319 speaker<p>Early adopters of Apple’s new £319 HomePod smart speaker have started complaining that the “new sound of home” is leaving white ring marks on wooden surfaces that are …

Woodworking

Robert Rodriguez preps VR action series 'The Limit'

Director Robert Rodriguez has been teasing a virtual reality video project for a while, and now it's clear just what it entails. He's partnering with STX on <i>The Limit</i>, a short-form VR action series starring long-time collaborator Michelle Rodriguez as a "genetically enhanced weapon of mass …

Virtual Reality

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and we're not ready for what comes next

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz thinks his company's mysterious goggles will, one day, be able to replace "your phones, your televisions, your laptops, your tablets," he said at Recode's Code Media conference on Tuesday.<p>It's a bold claim. But he's not the only tech executive who's claiming that the …

Augmented Reality

Google becomes the latest tech giant to join the 'let's rip off Snapchat' club

Google this week announced a feature called AMP Stories, a shortform visual medium through which Google could deliver curated news. Within minutes of this announcement, everyone was calling it a copy of Snapchat.<p>I checked out the feature and, yeah, it’s pretty much Snapchat. Specifically, it’s very …

Google Plus

Inside Cupertino’s Upcoming Breakthrough Product: Apple Glass

Apple is working on something big. And if all goes according to plan, that something could eventually replace the iPhone.You might have guessed that …

Augmented Reality

Machine learning won’t kill lawyers, but blockchain will

I fear for the professions.<p>Those which have enjoyed a monopoly for so long due to their protection by Royal Societies and Official registries. Those which require accreditation and continued professional development.<p>I’m not saying they never provided a quality professional service, I’m saying they …

Blockchain

Best smart home hubs: The differences between the Echo and other Amazon devices, Google Home, and Apple HomePod

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

Smart Homes

Apple and Android are destroying the Swiss Watch industry

In Q4 2017 – essentially during the last holiday season – market research firm Canalys found that more people bought Apple watches than Swiss watches. Two million more, to be exact. Brian Heater has more data but this news is quite problematic for the folks eating Coquilles St-Jacques on the slopes …

Watches

UK outs extremism blocking tool and could force tech firms to use it

The UK government’s pressure on tech giants to do more about online extremism just got weaponized. The Home Secretary has today announced a machine learning tool, developed with public money by a local AI firm, which the government says can automatically detect propaganda produced by the Islamic …

Internet

Don't even try to repair Apple's HomePod

You may not like the thought of paying Apple a pretty penny to fix the HomePod, but you might have to -- it definitely isn't meant for DIY repairs. An iFixit teardown has revealed a clever design that makes good use of a tiny space, but is also nigh-on inaccessible. It appears that you can pull the …

HomePod