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PrintDisplay: DIY displays and touchscreens anyone can print

Using a regular inkjet printer equipped with a special ink, a DIY thin-film electroluminescence (TFEL) display can simply be printed out from a …

Sony SmartEyeglass costs £620, has monochrome green display

Sony's SmartEyeglass developer edition augmented reality glasses will cost £620 when they go on sale in the UK on 10 March. Like Google Glass, the …

Voltera’s Circuit Printer Launches on Kickstarter, Smashes Goal in Minutes

The Voltera V-One circuit printer, one of our favorite finds at CES this year, just launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter — and hit $100,000 in 35 minutes.<p>The Voltera system provides multiple capabilities: It will print the traces for your prototype circuit board (at 8mil space and …

This Technology Could Change the Way Deaf People Live

Ryan Hait-Campbell says his San Francisco company’s invention is really about jobs. Deaf people like himself, explains the MotionSavvy CEO, are too …

You'll Soon Be Able to Detect Cancer Using Your Smartphone

I spoke to the people behind a device that hopes to simplify the detection of cancer and other diseases.<p><i>Left to right: Jorge Soto, Chief Technology Officer at Miroculus, Foteini Christodoulou, Chief Science Officer, and Alejandro Tocigl, CEO</i><p>The thing about cancer is that you need to catch it early. …

Ybrain Raises $3.5M To Fund Trials Of Its Wearable For Alzheimer’s Patients

Ybrain, a Korean startup that makes wearables for Alzheimer’s patients, announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding led by Stonebridge Capital, bringing its total raised so far to $4.2 million. Co-founder Seungyeon Kim told TechCrunch that the money will be used for clinical …

Spheree lets you watch animated images in full 3D

It's official: we're well on the way to a true 3D display. This one, called Spheree, is the work of a team of researchers working together from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and the University of British Columbia, Canada, and it's mesmerising to behold.<p>Like its name suggests, it's in the …

Command Your Own Holodeck With An iPad Mini

For $50,000, this unbelievable 3-D illustration system could be yours next year.<p>Imagine drawing a tree on an iPad, and having that tree appear in 3-D Space, life-sized right in front of your eyes–no virtual reality headset needed. Someone could walk in and see exactly what you drew. And then they …

Google Street View Gets Sound via Amplifon Experiment

Google Street View is a brilliant way to immerse yourself in some of the most remote parts of the world, but right now it’s a strictly visual experience. Amplifon, a specialist in hearing aids, is hoping to change that with a new project called ‘Sounds of Street View.’<p>As the name implies, this web …

YC-Backed VizeraLabs Projects New Materials Onto Any Surface

Let’s say you’re at a furniture store and see a couch you like. It has the number of seats you need for your living room and the cushions are comfortable. But the model in the store is cotton, and that just won’t do — you wanted leather. How are you supposed to know if you like how it looks in …

How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, the implications for business model innovation are huge. Filling out well-known frameworks and streamlining established business models won’t be enough. To take advantage of new, cloud-based opportunities, today’s companies will need to fundamentally rethink …

Fove head mounted display expands possibilities with eye-tracking technology

Back in 2011, Google filed a patent for an unlock system for Google Glass that would use eye-tracking technology. Tokyo-based startup Fove believes …

TouchPico Projector Turns Any Wall Into a Touchscreen

Handheld projectors are nothing new, but TouchPico from TouchJet offers a new twist that could be useful: the ability to turn any flat surface into …

Control Google Glass with your mind... and a second headset

Up until now, you can only navigate Google Glass by touching or talking to it, but London-based firm This Place just made it possible to control the device using something else: your brainwaves. The company just released an open source application called MindRDR that gives you something akin to …

Hands On With Google’s Incredibly Clever Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset

Each year at I/O, Google gives all of the developers in the audience a gift. Some years it’s a tablet. Some years it’s a laptop.<p>This year? It was a piece of cardboard. Yeah, yeah, they gave attendees some other stuff, too — but that cardboard!<p>Once you tear the seal on Google’s lil’ slab of …

Rendor Turns Your Single-Camera Smartphone Into A Real 3D Scanner

Using a piece of paper with a specially printed grid and a regular smartphone, Rendor may have just cracked the 3D scanning code. The system allows you to create a 3D scan of almost any object simply by taking video of it from every angle. The program interpolates the shape of the object based on …

These VR gloves will let you control Oculus and more for $350 (updated)

With the sale of Oculus Rift to Facebook for $2 billion, virtual reality has officially become <i>very</i> interesting for developers. One of the companies trying to ride that wave is Control VR, which is ready to launch its gesture control gloves on Kickstarter. Though VR gloves have been around for a …

Eye tracking could make Oculus Rift VR consumer-ready

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: left;"/>Over the last two years, the Oculus Rift has won the …

New smartphone chip will beam high-definition holograms as early as 2015

Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. If you can wait until the end of next year, and if you can believe the claims being made by a well-funded company called Ostendo, then your next handset could be capable of just that. Thanks to breakthroughs by the Californian …

Consumer Technology news, analysis, how-to, opinion and video.

Are you sitting down? Probably. The results of anonymous, aggregated, global Fitbit user data reveals that the U.S. needs to seriously step up its …

Samsung Moves To Upstage Apple With New Biometric Data Platform

Samsung is building a “data bank” of people’s biometric information that app developers and researchers can plug into to create clever, health-related services — ideally for Samsung devices.<p>Following the release of its Gear Fit wearable fitness tracker, its new SAMI platform, overseen by a former …

New smart glasses warn when you're fatigued

Many people know that they <i>should</i> take breaks when they're fatigued, but actually recognizing that worn-down state is tricky; it's all too easy to push past the breaking point. If JINS' upcoming Meme smart glasses live up to their billing, though, you'll always know when it's time to relax. The …

Dropcam adds $29 motion sensors (and teaches its cam to recognize cats)

Dropcam, whose Wi-Fi video security system impressed us when we previously tried it, is now adding separate motion sensors to its product range. Costing just $29 each, Dropcam Tabs are small, weather-resistant devices that can be attached to doors, windows, and valuables. They use Bluetooth LE to …

Can we keep the elderly safe by tracking them with radar?

It tracks a person's breathing and heart rate — it even knows when someone falls<p>Americans are growing older, fast. In 2000, people 65 and over made up 12 percent of the population, and by 2030, that number is expected to climb to 19 percent. As a result, "elderly monitoring" products — products …

Shape-shifting PaperFold smartphone joins the fold

Long before Korean electronics giants LG and Samsung rolled out smartphones with curved displays in the form of the G Flex and Galaxy Round, the team …

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A new way to see: Why Oculus Rift and Google Glass are on a collision course

As a technology executive since the early ’90s, I’ve enjoyed a front-row seat to the digital revolution. I’ve observed the meteoric rise of the Internet, broadband, social media, and mobile and watched their consumer adoption soar from 9 percent to 90 percent. Today, we’re on the cusp of a similar …