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Swarm debuts $499 Evaluation Kit for consumers and tinkerers

Satellite connectivity company Swarm has come out with a new product that will give anyone the ability to create a messaging or Internet of Things (IoT) device, whether that be a hiker looking to stay connected off-the-grid or a hobbyist wanting to track the weather. The Swarm Evaluation Kit is an all-in-one product that includes a Swarm Tile, the company’s flagship modem device, a VHF antenna, a small solar panel, a tripod, a Feather S2 development board and an OLED from Adafruit. The entire ki...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, China, Nasa, Modem, Satellites, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Swarm, Tile, Sara Spangelo, Ben Longmier


Liquid Instruments raises $13.7M to bring its education-focused 8-in-1 engineering gadget to market

Part of learning to be an engineer is understanding the tools you’ll have to work with — voltmeters, spectrum analyzers, things like that. But why use two, or eight for that matter, where one will do? The Moku:Go combines several commonly used tools into one compact package, saving room on your workbench or classroom while also providing a modern, software-configurable interface. Creator Liquid Instruments has just raised $13.7 million to bring this gadget to students and engineers everywhere. ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Education, Funding, Stem, Tech, Engineering, Phillips, FPGA, Anzu Partners, Liquid Instruments, ANU Connect Ventures


Google is making a 3D, life-size video calling booth

Google is working on a video calling booth that uses 3D imagery on a 3D display to create a lifelike image of the people on both sides. While it’s still experimental, “Project Starline” builds on years of research and acquisitions, and could be the core of a more personal-feeling video meeting in the near future. The system was only shown via video of unsuspecting participants, who were asked to enter a room with a heavily obscured screen and camera setup. Then the screen lit up with a video fee...
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Augmented Reality, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Lytro, Light Field, Google I/O 2021, Google Io 2021


Cognixion’s brain-monitoring headset enables fluid communication for people with severe disabilities

Of the many frustrations of having a severe motor impairment, the difficulty of communicating must surely be among the worst. The tech world has not offered much succor to those affected by things like locked-in syndrome, ALS, and severe strokes, but startup Cognixion aims to with a novel form of brain monitoring that, combined with a modern interface, could make speaking and interaction far simpler and faster. The company’s One headset tracks brain activity closely in such a way that the wearer...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Disability, Hud, Fda, Disabilities, Brain-computer Interface, Alexa, Eeg


Deep Science: Introspective, detail-oriented and disaster-chasing AIs

Research papers come out far too frequently for anyone to read them all. That’s especially true in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect some of the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in, but not limited to, artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter. It takes an emotionally mature AI to admit its own mistakes, and that’s exactly what this project from the Te...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Japan, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Technical University of Munich, TUM, Nagoya City University, Deep Science, Army Research Lab, EC Enterprise Applications, EC Column, EC Robotics


Quest for prosthetic retinas progresses towards human trials, with a VR assist

An artificial retina would be an enormous boon to the many people with visual impairments, and the possibility is creeping closer to reality year by year. One of the latest advancements takes a different and very promising approach, using tiny dots that convert light to electricity, and virtual reality has helped show that it could be a viable path forward. These photovoltaic retinal prostheses come from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, where Diego Ghezzi has been working on the ide...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, Computer Vision, Disabilities, Lausanne, EPFL, Blindness, Ghezzi, Diego Ghezzi, Alain Herzog, Jacob Thomas Thorn


Quest for prosthetic retinas progresses toward human trials, with a VR assist

An artificial retina would be an enormous boon to the many people with visual impairments, and the possibility is creeping closer to reality year by year. One of the latest advancements takes a different and very promising approach, using tiny dots that convert light to electricity, and virtual reality has helped show that it could be a viable path forward. These photovoltaic retinal prostheses come from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, where Diego Ghezzi has been working on the ide...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, Computer Vision, Disabilities, Lausanne, EPFL, Blindness, Ghezzi, Diego Ghezzi, Alain Herzog, Jacob Thomas Thorn


ColdQuanta Could Become the Fastest Scaling Quantum Computer Approach

Nextbigfuture interviewed Tom Noel, ColdQuanta’s Director of Quantum Computing and Interim CEO Dan Caruso. ColdQuanta is using neutral atoms instead of trapped ions as the basis for its quantum... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, News, Interviews, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Lasers, Machine Learning, Quantum Computers, Qubits, Tom Noel ColdQuanta, Quantum Computing and Interim, Dan Caruso ColdQuanta


Oculus Will Soon Support Multi-User Accounts, but Sharing a VR Headset Sounds Disgusting

Beginning next month, Oculus will roll out multi-user accounts and app sharing, in a move meant to make it easier for multiple people to share a single headset. The feature will first launch on the Quest 2 before rolling out to all Quest devices, and yes, you will have to do this using your Facebook accounts.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Facebook, Science, Vr, Oculus, Consumer Tech


The Watchy Is an Open-Source Smartwatch for Those Who Miss the Pebble

There are gadgets you like, and then there are gadgets you love. For many, the Pebble smartwatch fell into that latter category. It was simple, affordable, and the first smartwatch that made everyone realize smartwatches weren’t just a gimmick. The company deserved better than having its corpse picked apart by Fitbit,…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Tech, Smartwatches, Pebble, Consumer Tech, Tindie, Watchy


Fisher-Price's New Toys Will Teach Your Kids About the Glory of '80s Gadgets

Want your infant to grow up and appreciate what a technological marvel a touchscreen tablet really is? Fisher-Price has revealed three additions to its preschool learning line: new educational toys inspired by retro gadgets of the ‘80s and ‘90s that will let parents teach their kids what life was like before streaming…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Tech, Retro, Educational, Consumer Tech, Fisher Price


I Miss My Disney SketchBoard and Making Secret Magical Girl Manga

Believe it or not, Disney’s software for kids used to be top-notch. In the early 2000s there were no bizarre CoCoMelon videos on YouTube or hundreds of phone-based apps to educate younger users, but there was high-quality edutainment software, and Disney (as well as several others) excelled at reaching the little…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Youtube, Disney, Tablets, SketchBoard


Nintendo Is Making Copyright Claims on Videos of Game & Watch Hacking

Despite its retro charms, for $50 the Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld felt like it could benefit from a few more games: an upgrade some talented hackers made possible before the device was even released. But Nintendo doesn’t like consumers messing with its hardware, and today it appears it started…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Youtube, Tech, Hacks, Nintendo, Super Mario Bros, Retro, Consoles, Consumer Tech, Game Watch, Stacksmashing


Lora DiCarlo Brings Hot Vibes to CES—As In They Are Warm to the Touch

A lot has changed for Lora DiCarlo since CES 2019, when the Consumer Technology Association stripped its innovative Osé sex toy of a well-deserved CES Innovation Award. Not only does CES fuck now, Lora DiCarlo is also announcing a new product line for the all-virtual CES 2021.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Vibrators, Consumer Tech, Consumer Technology Association, Sex Tech, Lora DiCarlo, CES 2021


Linksys' First Wi-Fi 6E Mesh Router Will Be an Expensive Way to Future Proof Your Wifi

Every year at CES there’s a new buzzword generously thrown around: last year it was 5G, and for 2021 it’s going to be Wi-Fi 6E. If you’ve recently upgraded to a Wi-Fi 6 router that’s really unfortunate because 6E promises to genuinely fix a lot of the bottlenecks caused by overcrowded wifi networks. Netgear has…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Networking, Tech, Routers, Belkin, Linksys, Netgear, Consumer Tech, Wi Fi, CES 2021, Wi Fi 6e, Linksys Axe8400


Linksys' Motion-Sensing Wifi Now Uses All Your Wireless Devices For More Accurate Alerts

Over the next decade the smarthome as we know it is going to change dramatically thanks to technologies like Linksys Aware that turns a wifi network into a motion detector that watches every corner of your home. The tech is still in its infancy, but Linksys has announced a major update that leverages IoT devices to…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Wireless, Wifi, Routers, Belkin, Linksys, Consumer Tech, Wi Fi, Motion Sensing, Linksys Aware, CES 2021


The First Wi-Fi 6E Routers Are Going to Make You Feel Really Mad About Already Buying a Wi-Fi 6 Router

For a couple of years, Wi-Fi 6 was hyped as the solution to wireless networks that had become over-crowded with smartphones, computers, and countless smart home devices all demanding their slice of bandwidth. In 2020 we finally saw a big influx of Wi-Fi 6 devices, just in time for the arrival of a new protocol, Wi-Fi…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Routers, Netgear, Consumer Tech, Wi Fi, CES 2021, Wi Fi 6e, Nighthawk Raxe500


The Only Standing Desk I'll Ever Consider Using Lets Four People Play Pong at Once

As uncomfortable as it may seem to some, working at a standing desk is better for your health than sprawling out on a couch all day long. But how do you convince millions of people responsibly working from home to stand all day? You build a standing desk with a built-in retro arcade that even includes a rare…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Tech, Pong, Arcades, Dragons Lair, Consumer Tech, Arcade1Up, CES 2021


As Enticing As Soft Serve Ice Cream on Demand Sounds, We Probably Don't Need Another Pod Machine

Despite the spectacular failure of Juicero—a $400 machine that created freshly squeezed juice by squeezing juice-filled pouches—there are still companies willing to bet on pod-based instant food machines. The latest is the ColdSnap which creates on-demand soft serve and other frozen treats if you’ve got another chunk…Read more...
Tags: Kitchen, Food, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Ice Cream, Appliances, Consumer Tech, CES 2021, Coldsnap


Panasonic Made a Self-Oscillating Hair Dryer That Shoots Hot Wet Air

How many times have you rolled out of bed in the morning barely able to stand on your own two feet, let alone get ready for the day? Panasonic’s got a new hair dryer en route for 2021 that makes at least one morning chore less of a chore with a built-in oscillator so you barely have to move your hands to use it.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Appliances, Panasonic, Consumer Tech, Hair Dryers, Hairdryers, CES 2021, Panasonic Nanoe


Philips Has a New Smart Toothbrush That Adapts as You Brush

It’s not CES without at least one AI-powered toothbrush that promises to revolutionize how you clean your mouth. It’s usually some form of Bluetooth connectivity with an app that lets you view which teeth you’ve brushed, and which ones you may have missed. At this year’s show, however, Philips’ Sonicare 9900 Prestige…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Philips, Health Tech, Smart Toothbrushes, CES 2021, Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige


SanDisk and Western Digital's Portable SSDs Double Their Capacities to 4 Terabytes

If you haven’t already swapped out your backups for SSDs, then congratulations, it means you haven’t lost data after accidentally dropping a drive on the floor. For many reasons solid-state drives are a safer solution for digital hoarders, and with a bump to 4 TB capacities, Western Digital and SanDisk’s portable SSDs…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Storage, Tech, Sandisk, Ssd, Western Digital, Consumer Tech, Flash Drives, CES 2021, Wester Digital


This Wireless Earbuds Clear Charging Case Requires Impeccably Clean Ears or Zero Shame

Just a few years ago, truly wireless earbuds were few and far between. Today, there’s almost too many to choose from, and new offerings get quickly lost in the sea of earbuds if they don’t stand out. Edifier’s approach to making its new wireless buds distinctly different is a transparent charging case that may only…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Audio, Tech, Headphones, Earbuds, Consumer Tech, Edifier, Wireless Earbuds, CES 2021, Gm5


These $50 Clip-On Speakers Let You Turn Any Pair of Glasses Into Earbuds

Everyone seems desperate to strap a pair of smart glasses to their faces (or at least tech companies seem desperate to sell us on this solution), but the closest we’ve got to that right now are the $200 Bose Frames or the $250 Amazon Echo frames. The problem is they only deliver audio. That’s a lot to pay for a…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Headphones, Amazon Echo, Consumer Tech, CES 2021, JLab Audio, Jbuds


Retractable Headrest Speaker Wings Give Every Car Passenger Their Own Stereo System

Well-equipped vehicles come with climate control systems allowing every passenger to customize the temperature at their seat. Today Harman revealed a more ambitious idea that brings that same level of customizability to a car’s sound system, with retractable speaker wings on the headrest of every seat in the vehicle.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Automotive, Jbl, Harman, Consumer Tech, CES 2021, Personal Audio Headrest Platform


Nvidia's Acquisition of Arm Has a Long Way to Go

When Nvidia announced back in September that it had reached a deal to buy Arm Limited for $40 billion, a regulatory investigation was just a matter of time. And lo, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun soliciting third-parties to weigh in on how the deal might affect competition ahead of an…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, UK, Science, Nvidia, Antitrust, Processors, ARM, Consumer Tech, Competition and Markets Authority CMA


Amazon Might Be Working on an Alexa-Enabled Sleep Apnea Gadget

Amazon might be working on an Alexa-enabled device that could potentially track sleep and detect sleep apnea, according to a Business Insider report.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Science, Health Tech, Alexa, Sleep Trackers, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Tracking


You Have No Excuse When LG's New Stick Vac Sucks Dirt, Mops Floors, and Cleans Itself

It’s a feature first introduced on robovacs from companies like iRobot and Shark, but LG has just revealed a cordless stick vacuum with a charging station that automatically empties the vac’s dirt bin whenever it’s docked, giving you one less excuse to deal with all the chip crumbs that fall onto the floor during your…Read more...
Tags: Cleaning, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Appliances, Lg, Vacuums, Consumer Tech, CES 2021, Lg Cordzerothinq A9 Kompressor


There Are No Excuses When LG's New Stick Vac Sucks Dirt, Mops Floors, and Cleans Itself

It’s a feature first introduced on robovacs from companies like iRobot and Shark, but LG has just revealed a cordless stick vacuum with a charging station that automatically empties the vac’s dirt bin whenever it’s docked, giving you one less excuse to deal with all the chip crumbs that fall onto the floor during your…Read more...
Tags: Cleaning, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Appliances, Lg, Vacuums, Consumer Tech, CES 2021, Lg Cordzerothinq A9 Kompressor


I Miss the Commodore 64, My First Console and Computer

As a child of the 80s, I didn’t have an Atari, an NES, or even a Sega Master System. My first console was actually our family’s first computer: the Commodore 64. It was a passable gaming system, but more importantly, it was a device that taught me that technology was something that could be fun to explore and its…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Computers, Retro, Consumer Tech, Commodore 64, C64



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