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HP Sprout gets integrated desktop 3D scanning capabilities

HP has announced a free software update for its all-in-one dual-workspace Sprout computer that adds 3D capture capabilities. Sprout could already scan objects placed on its horizontal workspace when it was first released last year, but it was limited to generating two-dimensional images. Now it can generate full 3D models of any objects positioned beneath its cameras.Read More

Sonder e-ink keyboard reconfigures itself as needed

It can get confusing, trying to remember which keys are used for which shortcuts in which programs. That's why Australian startup Sonder Design developed the Sonder keyboard. Utilizing e-ink technology, all of its letter, number and function keys can change appearance and function, depending on the application being used.Read More

HGST's helium-filled HDD offers a world-first 10 TB of storage

We first caught wind of HGST's high capacity hard drives in 2012, when the company claimed it could boost storage capacities by 40 percent by replacing regular old air inside the drive enclosure with helium. The Western Digital subsidiary stayed the course, producing a helium-based 6 TB HDD in 2013 and 8 TB model in 2014, and has now continued the upward trend with the world's first 10 TB hard drive.Read More

Engineers create a computer with a water droplet processor

From driving water wheels to turning turbines, water has been used as the prime mover of machinery and the powerhouse of industry for many centuries. In ancient times, the forces of flowing water were even harnessed to power the first rudimentary clocks. Now, engineers at Stanford University have created the world’s first water-operated computer. Using magnetized particles flowing through a micro-miniature network of channels, the machine runs like clockwork and is claimed to be capable of performing complex logical operations.Read More

Intel announces Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C connector, double the bandwidth

Intel has unveiled its third generation Thunderbolt interface, shedding its loyal Mini DisplayPort connector in favor of the nascent USB-C format. Further to offering greater degrees of versatility when hooking up peripherals, Thunderbolt 3 beefs up bandwidth from 20 Gbps of the second generation to 40 Gbps and can pipe power to your devices at the same time.Read More

SanDisk goes big on capacity and small on form factor

SanDisk, whose flash memory offerings are usually in the form of memory cards and SSDs for laptops, desktops and enterprise applications, has now expanded into the portable SSD market. Its new Extreme 900 and Extreme 500 lines of portable SSDs were revealed alongside its highest capacity USB flash drive and the world's smallest 128 GB thumb drive at Computex in Taiwan.Read More

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