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— Science

Empa invents chemical computer faster than a satnav

By - October 28, 2014 2 Pictures
If you’re going out for pizza in Budapest, which would you choose to get you there; a smartphone with GPS or a drop of gel on a little maze? A team of scientists from Switzerland, Hungary, Japan and Scotland under the leadership of Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, thinks that the gel might be your better bet because that little bit of plastic and goo is a chemical computer capable of navigating a maze faster than a satnav. Read More
— Electronics

Yubi Navi helps you feel your way around

By - October 16, 2014 4 Pictures
Anyone who’s walked down the street using their smartphone for navigation will know that it’s not an ideal solution. While the service itself is invaluable, the need to constantly keep glancing down at the display to check you’re heading in the correct direction can be more than a little tedious. NTT Domoco’s Yubi Navi is a prototype device that looks to simplify on-foot navigation, replacing visual, on-screen prompts with subtle, tactile cues. Read More
— Good Thinking

SightCompass uses Bluetooth beacons to inform visually impaired of their surroundings

By - October 15, 2014 8 Pictures
With their GPS capabilities and navigation apps, smartphones have undoubtedly made it easier for us to find our way around. The good news is we are starting to see these benefits extended to the visually impaired. SightCompass is a system that harnesses these strengths of the smartphone and combines them with proximity beacons to inform blind people of their surroundings. Read More
— Automotive

Pioneer's new infotainment systems first to feature Apple CarPlay

By - October 15, 2014 7 Pictures
Apple's CarPlay announcement back in March would have certainly caught the attention of many iPhone-toting drivers. But with the system to be integrated only in selected vehicles, at least initially, it may have left many scratching their head with their free hand. Pioneer has now come to the party, launching three multimedia systems that can be fitted to any vehicle and feature Apple CarPlay to offer smartphone control from behind the wheel. Read More
— Automotive

Pioneer packs latest in-car tech into rearview mirror telematics module

By - October 11, 2014 7 Pictures
Digital gadgetry for cars is progressing by leaps and bounds, which is great – except when they your car doesn't have them. Japan's Pioneer Corporation has developed one way to keep up with the high-tech motoring Joneses in the form of its rearview mirror telematics unit – a wireless information module that fits over a car's original rearview mirror. Read More
— Computers

LocName gives your address a URL

By - October 6, 2014
Repeatedly typing out addresses to share via email can be time-consuming, especially if they are written in a foreign language. A new service wants to make the need to type out addresses a thing of the past. LocName allows users to create a URL for an address that can then be easily shared. Read More
— Good Thinking

wayfindr tech guides the blind through London Underground using Bluetooth beacons

By - August 8, 2014 2 Pictures
Even more so than their sighted counterparts, blind people rely heavily on public transport. In a survey of blind youth conducted by the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB), however, about half of the participants stated that they were uncomfortable using the London Underground. With that in mind, the RLSB's Youth Forum partnered with the ustwo design firm to create a prototype system known as wayfindr. It uses a combination of Bluetooth beacons, an app, and bone conduction headphones to guide users through the subway system. Read More
— Automotive

Navdy adds a HUD to any car

By - August 6, 2014 3 Pictures
A modern heads-up display (HUD) projects a great deal of what was traditionally shown on a car’s instrument panel onto the windscreen, and is becoming must-have equipment for high-end modern cars. However, as many of us don’t drive high-end expensive cars, we don’t get to take advantage of this technology. That’s where Navdy comes in. Currently in prototype form, the device promises to bring a projection display with voice and gesture controls to any car. Read More
— Automotive

Continental's Augmented Reality HUD puts information on the road

By - August 5, 2014 4 Pictures
Displaying your speed on the windshield can be handy for keeping under the speed limit, but Continental is taking things to the next level with its Augmented Reality Head-up Display (AR-HUD) prototype. In addition to showing your current speed, the system can overlay information on the road specifically where it is most relevant to the driver, such as the distance to the car in front, when to make a turn, or even upcoming driving conditions. Read More
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