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Mouse/keyboard hybrid provides fast single-finger typing

A new crowdfunding campaign is looking to change how we interact with our PCs and other smart devices, providing users with an all-in-one solution that combines keyboard and mouse. The peripheral, known as the Nydeum Sense, lets users trace out letters on a contoured touch surface, while providing a more conventional touch experience on its second side. Read More

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ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick Is a Thumb Drive for iOS and Desktop, Now 60% off

Considering iOS devices are made for staying connected, it is surprisingly difficult to transfer files from your computer to an iPhone or iPad. Apple even blocks Bluetooth for anything other than audio. The ZeroLemon iMemStick is a 64GB thumb drive that offers a neat solution. It has a USB connector at one end and a Lightning connector at the other, meaning you can store and transfer files with ease.Read More

Wearable keyboard lets users Tap to type

The decline of desktop computing and the proliferation of other devices that require text input mean that alternatives to the traditional keyboard are now needed. The Tap Strap wearable keyboard is one such alternative that works with Bluetooth devices and lets users tap on any surface to type.Read More

Keyboard shortcut tech keeps an eye on your fingers

If you're finding that there just aren't enough shortcuts on your computer's keyboard, an experimental new system from Canada's University of Waterloo may be what you need. It accesses different functions assigned to the same key, based on which finger you use to press it.Read More

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Game changers: Do clever machines add up to AI?​

In March, a computer achieved what many thought impossible when it won a best of five series against world-class go champion Lee Sedol. The victory by the DeepMind computer was the most significant milestone in artificial intelligence since Deep Blue beat chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, and once again sparked many predictable headlines about humans being knocked off our IQ perch. The question is, what do such human versus computer matches tell us about AI? Is it the harbinger of a machine-led future or are computers just very good at playing board games? To see how this might play out, we first need to look to the past.
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Head-tracking mouse designed for people with disabilities

Technology is intended to make life easier, but our most popular devices are based on the assumption that users have full control of their hands. For those with disabilities who are unable to use a mouse or a touchscreen, mass-produced devices can become more of a hindrance than a help. This is why a Turkish designer says he came up with GlassOuse, which puts the capabilities of a mouse on a pair of glasses.Read More

Training dogs by computer and "smart harness"

While it's important that dogs know some basic obedience commands at the very least, training them can be a monotonous and frustrating experience. Well, perhaps before too long, we could have computers doing the job for us. They're already being used to teach dogs to sit, at North Carolina State University.Read More

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