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This robot is almost human

This robot is almost human

Depth perception and hydraulic limbs help this humanoid robot function.
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Bing search gets a scientific calculator almost two years after Google

If Bitcoin currency conversion is too trivial a use for you, loyal Bing user, perhaps the addition of a calculator will help solve the equation of your unhappiness. Simply type a math problem into Microsoft’s search engine and, as Windows Phone…

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Fin, The Bluetooth Ring That Turns Your Hand Into A Wireless Controller, Is Almost At Its Funding Goal

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Back at CES in January, TechCrunch met Fin, the Bluetooth ring that went on to become one of our Hardware Battlefield finalists. Fin, which turns your hand into a wireless controller for smartphones, TVs, and other connected devices, is now just a few hundred dollars short of its Indiegogo goal. To be sure, Fin has a flexible funding campaign, which means it will receive all money raised even if it doesn’t hit its target amount. But if Fin reaches its stretch goal of $ 150,000, it will be able to make the ring available for a discounted price to visually impaired people.

Fin is worn on your thumb and has a tiny optical sensor that detects movements, allowing you to send commands to connected devices with a few swipes and taps of your fingers. As TechCrunch’s Greg Kumparak described when he wrote about the device’s prototype in January, you can turn down your phone’s volume by swiping your thumb down your index finger or skip the current track by swiping your thumb across the palm of your opposite hand. In the future, creator RHL Vision wants to use biometrics to assign a different behavior to each segment of your finger, basically turning them into buttons.

Fin is one of the coolest wearable devices out there because it makes you look like you have magical powers. But the ring is also very useful, especially for people with visual or motor impairments. RHL Vision says that Fin can potentially help more than 285 million visually impaired people interact more smoothly with technology. If it reaches its stretch goal, the company will make its ring available for $ 59 to blind people.

To get a sense of a visually impaired person can use Fin, take a look at this video, in two users talk about how Fin helps them control their smartphones and tablets without struggling to see controls on their touchscreens.

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FDA approves swallowable ‘PillCam’ after almost a decade (video)

It’s been about nine years since we last heard from from Given Imaging, but the FDA has finally granted a version of the firm’s minuscule snapshooter its blessing. Not everyone has an easy time undergoing traditional colonoscopy procedures (due to…

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Almost every NES ‘Press Start’ screen compiled into one great video

Video game developers didn’t have a lot to work with on the Nintendo Entertainment System; the 8-bit console didn’t have much power to throw around compared to today’s 3D extravaganzas, and something as basic as animating a character would eat up resources quickly. That’s why the static title screens often featured the most elaborate artwork, as all they had to do was implore the player to “press start.”

YouTube user NicksplosionFX has compiled a list of the start screens from what he claims is every NES game. We’re not so sure — the alphabetized compilation only appears to feature the second entry in the Final Fantasy series, for example — but the result is impressive and oddly compelling in any case. If you have a spare two hours…

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Madden 25 Ultimate Team Xbox One Gameplay – SMH QJB Almost Gets Shutout

Madden 25 Ultimate Team Xbox One Gameplay – SMH QJB Almost Gets Shutout Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/QJBeat IG – http://instagram.com/qjbeat FB – https:/…
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AllCast app launches in Google Play, works with almost everything except Chromecast

Developer Koushik Dutta first released his app AllCast shortly after the launch of Google’s Chromecast. Back then, it allowed Android users to display content from their phone’s gallery, Dropbox account, and Google Drive on a TV screen with the help of Google’s HDMI dongle. But it was a short lived experiment; in late summer, Google delivered a Chromecast update that broke AllCast. The company voiced support for local playback apps, but said that the Chromecast SDK is currently limited to select partners — at least during the developer preview stage — “to provide a great experience for users.” Undeterred, Dutta kept working on AllCast, and today it has launched in the Google Play Store. Just don’t expect Chromecast support, as it’s…

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Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere

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There is less difference between our work and home devices, our tablets and our mobile phones. They are not meant for “work” or for the “home.” We just use them wherever we are. The idea of a balance or even the concept of an enterprise hardware manufacturer seems quaint.

The difference, really, is in the applications we choose to apply with these things we wear over our eyes and hold in our hands. Hardware like Google Glass and Atheer Labs 3D Augmented Reality glasses are all badass, of course.  But the data is the special sauce that makes these tools work for us. Like the smartphone, augmented reality is also something neither for work or at home. Instead it’s a layer that can be applied to our home and work life.

And now just as we saw with smartphone and tablets, examples are emerging that show how augmented reality is applying in universal ways.

For example, in the workplace the complexity of repair gets simplified when the various mechanical parts get treated as something digital. An animated wrench can be shown how to be used on a piece of heavy equipment that has also been rendered into a data object. Like smartphones, augmented reality can be used anywhere to get work done.

ResolutionTube, a TechStars Seattle startup, has raised $ 1.5 million in seed funding for an augmented reality app that helps the technician fix everything from a heating vent to sophisticated medical equipment. Madrona Ventures led the investment with participation from TechStars CEO David Cohen and other angel investors.

The company is targeting the field services market with a knowledge base and a smartphone app that a technician can use to fix things without needing to call a toll-free number for help. Instead, the technician can use the app to scan the serial number that connects to the ResolutionTube knowledge base. If the technician gets stuck, the app can be used to contact an expert who connects with the the technician over video. The technician uses the smartphone camera to show the expert the machinery in question. That is followed with some advice and use of a whiteboard to draw and show what the technician needs to do for the issue to get resolved.

ResolutionTube will use the funding to develop new advanced product features like as superimposing 3D models into video. The vision is to create an augmented reality experience that instructs people how to repair items simply by pointing a device at whatever needs to be fixed. Currently the app listens to the worker and the expert. It then pulls out keywords that gets stored in the knowledge base. The next step is to use natural language processing so the entire conversation can be added to the ResolutionTube information network.  The transition will help ResolutionTube answer questions more so than provide a search capability.

The company is also creating a prototype app on Google Glass. With wearables they can work and get the instructions without having to use their hands to hold a device. Companies like Vuzix have even developed their own eyewear, showing how the market is expanding for augmented reality technologies to serve a workforce that has almost universal connectivity.

Metaio provides another example for how augmented reality is changing the way people work. The company developed an augmented reality app for technicians to  do service and repair work on the Volkswagen XLI,  the company’s latest concept car. The app shows the technician how to repair the car without any prior training.

Devices now enable augmented reality in the way people have always wanted to experience it, said Occipatal Co-Founder Vikas Reddy in an email interview. The company has developed Structure, a 3D sensor that customers can strap to the back of their iPads. The 3D sensor, small enough to fit in your pocket, has an SDK for developers to build consumer-facing apps that take advantage of 3D data.

The future of augmented reality is tied to devices like as the iPad. But that’s just the foundation for a next generation of apps. These apps will leverage endless stores of data that will take the form of physical objects and provide people with expert knowledge that will be immediately available. This will allow us to see the world in whole new ways and forever transform how we live and work.

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Motorola’s modular phone prototype is almost ready, final product might be sold on Moto Maker

Sure, Moto Maker makes it easy to deck out your phone with a fresh paint job, but the company’s CEO has bigger goals in mind for the customization engine. Speaking with YouTuber Marques Brownlee, Dennis Woodside envisioned a Moto Maker capable of …

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That Twitter thingy was almost Smssy

Twitter wasn’t always Twitter. According to Nick Bilton’s book about the birth and growth of the microblogging site, Hatching Twitter, it was once Twitch, once Smssy, and — worryingly — once Friendstalker. Bilton gained access to emails exchanged between Twitter’s founders during the recently priced company’s early days, and in a blog post, shows how their creation’s logo could’ve looked.

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