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Google has begun shipping the Explorer Edition of its high-tech headset to a select few over the past week. In a brand new edition of our e-magazine, Tim Stevens gives Google Glass the full review treatment, chronicles life behind the lens for a week and sits down with Google Ventures’ Bill Maris for a chat on the device. We also get cozy with Google Now for iOS in Hands-On, ogle more of Mission Workshop’s goods in Eyes-On and PlayJam CEO Jasper Smith tackles the Q&A. You can probably take it from here, but just in case, all of the download sources are down below for snatchin’ up a copy.
When it concerns GPS sport gadgets, TomTom has actually decided that it doesn’t have to linger under Nike’s wing anymore. Information is dribbling out that the Dutch navigation company has simply announced a pair or wearables that is meant to bring a whole brand-new level of “simplicity” to exercisers. The TomTom Jogger is, unsurprisingly, made for joggers, while the waterproof Multi-Sport can be used by swimmers and cyclists also. There’s nothing about pricing or availability yet, however as early as we understand more, we’ll fill you inFiled under: GPS, WearablesCommentsSource: TomTom
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Technical details of Sony’s rumored Alpha A99 have actually been overflowing. The real video camera, nonetheless, has actually been elusive till now. A press photo simply detected on Xitek (and passed along to Sony Alpha Rumors) is thought to be genuine and talks volumes about Sony’s pro camera technique: as revealed, there’s no evident room for an optical viewfinder, mentioning that the company’s full-frame shooter is choosing an OLED-based electronic eyepiece like that of its crop-frame A77 precursor. The picture does not reveal a lot more than that and a conspicuous orange ring to remind us that we’re gazing upon an Alpha, but it’s hard to ignore that even more compact (and with any luck lighter) body. Whatever the cosmetics resemble, rumors now assert that the 24.3-megapixel, translucent-mirrored A99′s very early September release has actually been locked down to September 12th; if that’s real, it could give photographers as much explanation to be pleased that day as phone customers.
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Great, Now They’re Hiding In Plain Sight: Squishy Octopus Robot Can Change Colors To Blend Into Surroundings
Research workers at Harvard University have established a squishy octopus-like robot that can easily have different colored dyes pumped through its skin to change color schemes, then continue to be motionless until you walk by and HELLO, FACEHUGGER.
The equipment was made from silicon-based polymers, and its motion was driven by air pumping with tiny cyndrical tubes in its four “legs”.
The camouflage-bots are covered in a network of little channels. As different dyes are pumped in, the robotics can rapidly alter their look.
In addition to changing color scheme, hot or colder fluids can easily be pumped into robots, allowing them to be thermally camouflaged, and fluorescent liquids enable them to glow in the dark.
Currently, the fluid is pulled in from a reservoir, but in the future it could possibly be incorporated into the robot’s body.
Wow, not just color-camouflaged, however thermally camouflaged too? Now also Predators will not be able to hunt them. You recognize, it’s times like this that I want NASA had actually sent me to Mars as an alternative of that silly rover.
Hit the jump for a video clip of the octobot’s color-changing in action.
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Samsung started making 2GB low-power mobile memory last year, but as the 1GB-equipped phone you likely have in your hand shows, the chips weren’t built on a wide-enough scale to get much use. The Korean company is hoping to fix that now that it’s mass-producing 20-nanometer, 4-gigabit LPDDR2 RAM. Going to a smaller process than the 30-nanometer chips of old will not just slim the memory down by a fifth, helping your smartphone stay skinny: it should help 2GB of RAM become the “mainstream product” by the end of 2013, if Samsung gets its way. New chips should run at 1,066Mbps without chewing up any more power than the earlier parts, too, so there’s no penalty for using the denser parts. It’s hard to say whether or not the 20nm design is what’s leading to the 2GB of RAM in the Japanese Galaxy S III; we just know that the upgraded NTT DoCoMo phone is now just the start of a rapidly approaching trend for smartphones and tablets.
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It’s getting tough for bands to out retro each other these days (what with even cassettes making something of a comeback), but Birmingham, Alabama’s own Fort Atlantic has managed to come up with something that’s likely to break through the nostalgia-filled haze. While you’ll soon be able to buy the band’s self-titled debut album in all the usual formats, you can now pre-order a limited edition version that ships a week before the proper release date and comes in the form of an NES cartridge modded to hold a USB drive ($ 25 and apparently limited to just 50). That includes the full album in both lossless and MP3 formats, along with an added EP, videos and other bonuses. Unlike past NES album releases, though, there’s no chiptunes to be found here — you can listen to one song from the album courtesy of the Paste Magazine link below, and see frontman Jon Black explain the cartridge decision in the video after the break.
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For all the benefits that come with living in Europe — sharing a unified currency, easy access to medical care — getting timely access to Amazon’s popular line of Kindle e-readers isn’t one of them.
Amazon begun rolling out their WiFi-only Kindles in a few new markets this past December and followed up by shipping their Kindle Touch to new markets as well. At long last though, digital bibliophiles in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy will soon get their chance to curl up with the online retailer’s touch-friendly e-reader — starting on April 27, the Kindle Touch will officially launch in each of the countries’ respective Amazon stores.
If you were perhaps hoping for an explanation for the delay, I’d advise you not to hold your breath. The BBC posed that same question to Amazon European Vice President of Kindle Jorrit Van der Meulen, who offered no insight into what caused the five month delay between the Kindle Touch’s U.S. release and its debut in Europe. Devin laid out a few credible possibilities when the news first broke, but the official rationale is still under wraps for now.
Whether or not the Kindle Touch will actually sell is another question — the WiFi-only Kindle Touch will cost users £109/€129, while the tricked-out 3G model will retail for £169/€189. Meanwhile the bog-standard non-touch Kindle has been readily available in all those markets since December, and its €99 price tag has endeared it to many a thoughtful shopper over the holidays. Amazon also faces competition from players like Sony and Kobo, whose own touchscreen e-readers have been on the market for quite some time.
While a total of two modern Kindles (three if you count the 3G model) are definitely better than none, there’s still no word on whether or not Amazon’s wallet-friendly Kindle Fire tablet is slated to take a similar trip across the pond. Here’s hoping it makes the transition soon, though considering Amazon’s track record, European Fire fans should probably settle in for a long wait.
We’d bother with the obvious, but there’s no sense in acting exasperated that this thing is finally shipping — let’s just be glad it didn’t take a day longer, shall we? Second Sight, a California-based company aiming to help those with degenerative eye disease by way of technology, has finally seen its flagship product approved for “clinical and commercial use” in Europe. The product is the Argus II, and for all intents and purposes, it’s a retinal prosthesis (read: implant) that can at least partially restore lost vision. It works a little like this: patients don the camera-laden glasses, where signals are grabbed and fed wirelessly to a chip implanted near ones retina. The information is beamed to around 60 electrodes that “stimulate retinal cells, producing light in a patient’s view.” According to Technology Review, “the process works for people with retinitis pigmentosa because the disease damages only the light-sensing photoreceptors, leaving the remaining retinal cells healthy.” For now, the $ 115,000 device will only be available through a smattering of clinics in Switzerland, France and the UK. If all goes well, it’ll be actively seeking FDA approval next year for use in the US of A, and a version with way more electrodes shouldn’t be too far behind.
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Daytona International Speedway is synonymous with speed, auto racing, and . . . blind people? Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa), along with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), recently debuted its sight-optional and street-legal SUV at the famed racetrack. Dr. Dennis Hong and his students first let blind folks drive a dune buggy without the help of a sighted copilot in 2009 — as a first step to achieving the goal of a street-legal SUV for the sightless crowd. The SUV in question was designed for the NFB’s Blind Driver Challenge, and is equipped with a drive-by-wire system — also seen in the RoMeLa autonomous vehicle — that was modified for use with RoMeLa’s SpeedStrip and DriveGrip tactile interface technology. It works by using a laser rangefinder to map the surrounding area, relaying information for acceleration and braking to the driver by rumbling the SpeedStrip seat, and passing along turning info through vibrations in the DriveGrip gloves. The system was not developed solely for the purpose of getting blind drivers on the road, however, as Virginia Tech suggests that its technology could also be used in gaming applications. We’re not quite ready to see blind drivers on actual roads just yet, but why shouldn’t our sight-impaired friends get to enjoy Gran Turismo 5 with the rest of us? Video’s after the break.
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You know that Verizon FiOS iPad app we spied back in August, the one that streamed TV and VOD content? Nope, still not here — check back 2011. Want to use your Apple slate as a giant remote for your (HD) set-top box, browsing TV / VOD listings and remotely programming DVRs? Set parental controls and bookmarks, even update your STB names? Look no further than the iTunes store; all it’s gonna cost you is 3MB of space.