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Temporary Tattoos Become Computer Interfaces in New MIT Project

PhD candidates at the MIT Media Lab have demonstrated a technique for producing customizeable user interfaces in the form of temporary decorative …

This Temporary Tattoo Can Monitor Diabetics' Glucose Levels as Accurately as a Finger Prick

A flexible and easy-to-wear temporary tattoo could help diabetics manage their condition without daily finger pricks.<p>Engineers from the University of …

5 pieces of wearable tech poised to revolutionize healthcare

While the consumer version of Google Glass was an epic fail, its reincarnation as a potentially life-saving tool in the emergency room is exploring exciting new territory for the computerized lenses.<p>Hospitals across the country are adopting the technology in myriad ways, from livestreaming …

New insight into how brain makes memories

Every time you make a memory, somewhere in your brain a tiny filament reaches out from one neuron and forms an electrochemical connection to a …

Could we 'de-extinctify' the woolly mammoth?

Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP<p>Lyuba, a baby woolly mammoth discovered frozen in clay and mud in Russia’s Yamal Peninsula in Siberia.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/15/1429115009175/72bf25f1-f36b-42b9-9a62-6a01a61a3729-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP<p>Lyuba, a …

Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

The Raspberry Pi made experimenting with computing hardware and software more accessible to millions, and now a new project wants to take that concept further with an even smaller developer board that runs full Linux and has built-in Wi-Fi, all on a circuit board just 1/4 of the size of the …

A $60 Gadget That Makes Car Hacking Far Easier

The average automobile today isn’t necessarily secured against hackers, so much as obscured from them: Digitally controlling a car’s electronics …

A $60 Gadget That Makes Car Hacking Far Easier

The average automobile today isn’t necessarily secured against hackers, so much as obscured from them: Digitally controlling a car’s electronics …

Stare to unlock: This phone scans your iris

BARCELONA -- Fingerprint swiping is so 2014. With fingerprint sensors on phones, you have to make sure your finger isn't wet or dirty and you may have to wait a couple of seconds or slide your finger multiple times to register. What if you could unlock your phone just by opening your eyes?<p>This week …

​Eye tracking on a smartwatch? There's a prototype for that

BARCELONA -- How many more surprises will wearable tech spring on us? Maybe eye tracking for one. The EyeTribe, a company that already makes a $99 eye-tracking device for tablets and PCs, is working on one for smartwatches, too.<p>EyeTribe CEO Sune Alstrup showed me a development prototype of the …

Eye Tracking

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To Counter The Glasshole Image, Google Shows A Worthwhile Glass Wearer In New Spot

The wearable tech has to work on its image, something nonprofit wildlife research can probably help with.<p>The idea of a face-mounted computer is at the very forefront of consumer technology but since its launch, a lot of the discussion around Google Glass tends to be one of image. The company took …

Build your own open source hardware Nest-style smart thermostat

Alan sez, "Spark.io provides instructions for making your own Nest-like 'smart' thermostat. Of course it's entirely open source, with files on …

Bitcoin start-up raises $25m venture capital funding

<b>Coinbase, a start-up that lets people trade Bitcoins, has raised $25m (£15m) in venture capital funding - the largest by a Bitcoin start-up.</b><p>Bitcoin, a virtual currency, has been attracting a lot of interest and its value surpassed $1,000 recently.<p>Backers of the currency, which is not controlled by …

Bitcoin

Data, cloud, & mobile startups, pay attention: Wing raises new $12.9M fund

Good news for mobile, cloud, and big data startups: A newly established venture-capital group focused on those sectors just got some more money to invest.<p>Wing Venture Partners has brought in $12.9 million, according to a fresh filing submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. That’s on …

Google and Raspberry Pi join forces to create Coder

Over the last few years, interest in coding (especially for the web) has led to a blossoming of resources that help average people learn how to …

Kreditech uses Facebook to make faster credit decisions, nabs $7M more

We hear the term big data so often, it’s beginning to lose its meaning. But Kreditech claims to have an actual use for big data that is already making a difference in people’s lives.<p>Today, Kreditech nabbed $7 million in additional funding from Europe’s largest growth debt provider, Kreos …

Intel Has Acquired Natural Language Processing Startup Indisys, Price “North” Of $26M, To Build Its AI Muscle

Intel has quietly made another international acquisition in its push into artificial intelligence technology: it has bought Indisys, a Spanish startup focused on natural language recognition. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it is reportedly “north” of €20 million ($26 million). …

The seven-point plan to save Microsoft, as told by veterans who abandoned the company

Yesterday Quartz outlined the reasons for Microsoft’s “lost decade.” But now that CEO Steve Ballmer is on his way out, it’s time to talk about the way forward.<p>The web is already full of experienced Microsoft watchers’ opinions. Some of them, like IDC analyst Al Hilwa’s dive into how Microsoft needs …

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The “Internet of School Things” comes to the UK to teach kids the power of data

OK class, quiet down. Once upon a time, British schools taught serious computing skills through the BBC Micro program. Things went downhill in the …

AvantCredit secures $20M to make financial loans more accessible with big data

Online lending startup AvantCredit has raised $20 million for its big data technology that assesses loans.<p>AvantCredit’s platform uses machine learning to determine lending risk, rather than relying solely on a credit score. The platform takes inputs from dozens of data sources while the customer is …

Hot Russian travel site OneTwoTrip acquires TechStars alum DealAngel

Russian travel site OneTwoTrip has purchased young hotel analytics startup DealAngel for its team and technology, the companies said today.<p>DealAngel analyzes historical hotel pricing data and uses that to help you find the best possible price on your hotel room. The startup initially launched at …

With Shine, Misfit Says It Has Made a Wearable You’ll Actually Want to Wear

This week, a small, round, metal device will go on sale in the Apple Store. It has little lights on it. You snap it into a wristband or necklace, or …

Wearable Tech

Court stops scientists from publishing codes that could wirelessly lockpick Porsches

Three cryptography experts from a Dutch university have cracked the codes used to start luxury cars such as Audis, Bentleys, Porsches, and Lamborghinis, knowledge that could allow anyone with the right tools to wirelessly lockpick a $300,000 car. The researchers were preparing to publish a paper in …

Ultra-thin e-skin could lead to advances in medicine, cool wearable computing (video)

Remember the names Martin Kaltenbrunner and Takao Someya -- that way, you'll have someone to blame when kids start pointing and laughing at gadgets we consider high-tech today. Leading a team of University of Tokyo researchers, they have recently developed a flexible, skin-like material that can …

Google's cross-platform: No BlackBerry or Windows Phone

Google has no love for BlackBerry or Windows Phone.<p>While unveiling the<p>Chromecastsmart-TV dongle on Wednesday, Google inadvertently (or not) slighted the two upstart mobile operating systems. In acknowledging the need for a cross-platform service, Google only touted its interoperability with both …

Augmented-reality greeting cards really pop out at you

Years ago, someone came up with the bright idea of building little pop-ups into greeting cards so, when you open them, a little paper birthday cake or present jumps out at you. That concept is not too far off from what greeting card company Artiphany and augmented-reality tech company DAQRI are …

Red Pitaya Lets You Measure All The Things

As a wannabe science nerd I’ve always been fascinated by oscilloscopes, wave generators, and sensors of all types. Sadly, because of my inability to add simple figures (even with a calculator) nobody ever let me play with their lab equipment. That’s about to change.<p>Red Pitaya is a Slovenian-born …

Is Seattle Being Buzzed By Drone-Equipped Peeping Toms?

From the Yes-We-Live-In-The-Future file we have the story of an unnamed Seattle woman who looked out her upper-floor window a couple of weeks ago to allegedly find an aerial drone hovering outside. On the sidewalk next to her house, on public property, she also found the man operating the drone, …