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Leap Motion revealed a new video today showing off the device’s gesture control capabilities with Windows 7 and 8. When plugged into a Windows OS device, the Leap Motion will support full multitouch gestures out of the box, allowing users to click, drag, scroll, swipe and rotate screens entirely with gestural input. Leap Motion’s previous demos focused on native apps and building out the device’s Airspace app store, but the latest news confirms that the device will also be useful for OS-level navigation. The company will enter its recently announced beta testing round next month, before the product’s final release on July 22nd.
With much of its information obscured it’s hard to say what Google has planned for this new device revealed by its FCC filing, but the model number at least indicates someone has a sense of humor. Called an “H840 device” and rocking the model number H2G2-42 (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – 42, the ultimate answer to the question of life, the universe and everything) it has WiFi of the 802.11 b/g/n varieties, but that’s all we know for sure. The natural question is whether this is a proper revamp of / follow up to the failed Nexus Q project, particularly with its appearance coming so closely after the unveiling of its Google Play Music All Access subscription. Of course, Google has no shortage of mysterious device projects in store, we’re hopeful this one will reveal all of its secrets soon.
The capture of alleged diplomat-turned-CIA spy Ryan Fogle in Russia this week has to stand as one of the more bizarre moments in recent memory. Reportedly attempting to hire a Russian intelligence agent as a US spy, Fogle was wearing an ill-fitting blonde wig when arrested in Moscow on Monday, in a scene that many have likened to a Hollywood spy movie. The Russian secret service released video of the arrest, along with images showing a “spy kit” of sorts, with wigs, a collection of sunglasses, a hunting knife, a compass, a map, and other tools.
We know Glass comes with some snap-on shades, which is no doubt great when casually vlogging in the sun. If you’re heading down a mountain, though, you’re going to need something a little more like Recon Jet. You may know Recon Instruments from its line of technolicious HUD ski goggles, but Jet sees the firm leap into more casual (yet no less useful) eyewear. Inside you’ll find a dual-core processor, WiFi, GPS, Ant+, Bluetooth and an HD camera, plus all the sensors you could want (altimeter, thermometer, accelerometer etc). Recon Jet comes with its own open platform (which typically has been based on Android), and will have some existing native apps (video streaming, Facebook integration, etc.) on display at Google I/O this week. Comparison with Mountain View’s own product will be inevitable, but we’re guessing that Recon hopes you’ll leave Glass on your desk, while popping Jet on for the weekend.
Remember those “eye gestures” spotted in Google Glass code? Developer Mike DiGiovanni, who just released the “Bulletproof” lockscreen for Glass, has already used them to develop an app to snap photos on the Explorer Edition of the AR eyewear called “Winky.” When activated and calibrated, a simple wink of the eye allows you to capture a still of whatever you’re looking at, rather than using a voice command or tapping the side of the glasses as normally required, which DiGiovanni says “takes you out of the moment.” He released the app purely as Android source code to protect users’ personal info, so if you’re interested, you’ll need to compile and run it as an APK — assuming you’re lucky enough to have a pair of the specs, of course.
Source: Mike DiGiovanni (Google+)
Telenav reveals Scout for Cars: Developed In, brings together phones and in-dash systems in navigation consistency
Telenav has long been a purveyor of navigation apps for phones, web browsers, and vehicles, but today the company’s revealed Scout for Cars: Constructed In to bring those platforms together. It’s an in-dash system that provides both the form factor and UX enhanced for cars and all the attributes of the Scout for Phones app. It works using Bluetooth to link to iOS, Android, or Windows Phone devices to sync your details and let you access the mobile app’s existing map information. It also obtains your phone’s information connection, which offers users access to voice control and search and discovery functions, plus real-time weather condition and traffic updates making use of the in-dash touchscreen.
Search for Cars: Constructed In can also seamlessly hand off navigation responsibilities to the phone when you exit your vehicle– a convenient function for individuals as directionally challenged on foot as they are behind the wheel. And, if you’re bothered with getting lost ought to you forget to bring your phone, fear not, for Scout for Cars: Built In uses your phone to offer a better experience, but it’s not reliant upon it, so it still gets you where you should go on its own. The system is presently offered to automakers today, so the system should be finding its way into car dealerships sometime quickly.
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After a self-imposed 12-hour stop in trading due to crammed servers, Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox tried to obtain back in business today with upgraded hardware– but it didn’t take long before things went wrong again. The website is currently offline due to what the exchange tells The Verge is a “substantial” DDoS attack; trading resumed for less than 2 hours.
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I always wanted but never got a Virtual Boy, but I’m glad I waited since the Oculus Rift looks like a much better goggle-based gaming platform. The gadget got the teardown treatment over at iFixit today, thanks to a developer edition secured by the site. The Rift was remarkably easy to pull apart, earning it a very high repairability score. Rare for an iFixit teardown, the Oculus Rift one also includes some hands-on gameplay before the team pops the case.
iFixit offers a great video of the view from inside the Rift, showing exactly how it manages the 3D effect by offsetting the image slightly for each eye, which are then combined by your brain and give the illusion of depth. The rest of the teardown shows the Rift’s core parts, like the 1280×800 resolution LCD that outputs the 640×800 image to each eye, supplied by Taiwan’s Chimei Innolux. iFixit dubs this “good news,” as Chimei Innolux is Taiwan’s largest LCD supplier.
Other key components include the ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller with a 72MHz CPU (most processing is handled by the host computer, of course), and there are a variety of motion, acceleration and gyroscope sensors on board to help the device follow and compensate for changes in head movement.
The Oculus Rift was already one of the coolest, geekiest gadgets on the horizon, but now that it’s been pulled apart in a remarkably easy function to reveal its relatively simple, but very functional internals, I’m even more excited to get my hands on one.
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If you’ve ever had an earworm you just can’t put a name to, SoundHound and its music recognition app — that even translates your humming — can be just the sorcery you need. There’s now an Android version with a more tablet friendly design and tighter Google integration that brings “streamlined sharing to Facebook, Twitter and more,” according to the company. It also trumpeted a stronger relationship with digital music service Rdio, which added interactive music mapping to its SoundHounded track-linking abilities, letting you see others across the globe with the same musical tastes and bad memory. You can grab it at Google Play or Amazon’s Appstore for Kindle, but if you’re as tone deaf as some of us, don’t forget the auto-tune.
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This year’s Battlefield series entry — Battlefield 4 — is headed to PCs this fall. The game wasn’t given other platforms, but logic dictates it’ll arrive on the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 successor. Apparently, since only Sony’s next-gen console is a known quantity and Microsoft’s staying mum, EA isn’t sharing other platforms yet (but hey, it’s probably PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox). The game’s being built on the latest iteration of DICE’s Frostbite engine, though no other details were given about the engine just yet.
Like previous Battlefield entries, EA-owned Swedish game studio DICE is at the helm, and Battlefield 4 remains planted in current times (unlike the pseudo-future of Call of Duty‘s latest entry, Black Ops 2). A beta for the game will go live some time this fall, and folks who bought last year’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter are automatically part of said beta. We’ll have more info as EA offers it up, but color us not surprised if Battlefield 4 makes a reprise appearance at Microsoft’s still undated Xbox 360 successor unveiling.
Update: EA also released a 17-minute gameplay demo of the game’s prologue section, played on a PC. It features a squad of four soldiers on the run from Russian spec-ops militants in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. You’ll find it just beyond the break.
Update 2: Per a listing on EA’s digital store, Battlefield 4 is headed to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in addition to the PC. PlayStation 4 is curiously missing, as is mention of Microsoft’s next-gen game console.
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