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Microsoft has made a number of announcements regarding its next-gen console

Microsoft has made a number of recent announcements regarding its next-gen console, including an all new headset and a pair of updates that aim to streamline the service. The software fixes and hardware releases combined, should solve a number of the Xbox One's early issues such as the lack of a storage management utility and an inability to use third party headsets.  Read More

Revolv aims to be the one system and app to rule all home automation devices

Once you start automating your home with electronic locks, lights, switches, and other components, the list of apps on your phone suddenly proliferates, and worse, it seems like you should be able to easily link their behavior together yet can’t. After all, if you want the lights to turn off when you leave the house, shouldn’t the thermostat also turn down? The Revolv home automation system and associated smart phone app aim to simplify all the device clutter into one centralized control hub and promises easy setup, no additional support fees, and an evolving lineup of supported devices and features.  Read More

Muku Labs' Shuttr (Photo: Gizmag)

Hong Kong's Muku Labs has launched a Kickstater campaign for its news gadget, the success of which suggests there's a thirst for remote camera shutter controls for iPhone and Android handsets. Gizmag goes hands on with a pre-production prototype of the thin and compact Shuttr to see whether the excitement is justified.  Read More

The Satechi Bluetooth Smart Trigger brings wireless DSLR control to smartphones

Wirelessly triggering a camera was once the reserve of professional photographers, but it's now something more of us want to do, ideally via our smartphone. However, while more compact and mirrorless cameras now have wireless capabilities, DSLRs have mostly been left out of the smartphone-shooting fun. The Bluetooth Smart Trigger from Satechi is a wireless remote which aims to address this by bringing smartphone control to many DSLRs.  Read More

The Harmony Touch has less buttons and a 2.4-inch swipe and tap touchscreen

Logitech has just revealed its latest universal remote, the Harmony Touch. It marks the first big shift in the company's Harmony remotes in quite some time, and is designed to simplify some of the complicated controls that came with previous models.  Read More

A Stryker lies on its side following a buried IED blast in Iraq in 2007

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have attracted a lot of attention as a result of their use in Iraq and Afghanistan, but IEDs are used by guerillas and terrorist groups in many parts of the world, including Colombia. Being sensitive to the problem of IEDs, two Colombian doctoral students from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) set about looking for a way to explode such devices at a distance. In collaboration with two Colombian Universities the EPFL students developed a device that can explode IEDs remotely by using energy from their electromagnetic impulses.  Read More

The Okii Systems USB Follow Focus works with many Canon EOS DSLRs (shown here with the EOS...

With the Okii Systems USB Follow Focus, photographers and videographers can remotely control their Canon EOS HD DSLRs. The compact remote device uses Canon’s built-in USB capability to operate many camera functions including focus (even while recording video), record start/stop, shutter release, and more. Built in a rugged, compact case, the Okii USB Follow Focus eliminates the need for a bulky mechanical setup or being tethered to a computer.  Read More

Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 allows for physically-interactive gaming without a remote

The new era in gaming which began when Wii remotes started showing up in living rooms just four years ago is about to be taken to the next level. That’s because Microsoft has premiered its Kinect for Xbox 360 – a motion control system that allows players to take part in full-body physically-interactive games without the use of any remote. First coming to light a year ago under the code name Project Natal, it utilizes a CMOS camera, infrared projector and multi-array microphone to track the movements and voices of players. Kinect is set for release later this year.  Read More

Softbank's  Mimamori Z001 camera

Hoping to capitalize on over-protective pet owners (like myself!), Softbank is rolling out its innovative – and admittedly cute – Mimamori Camera. This clever pet monitoring system allows you to keep tabs on your pet remotely via your mobile phone, all in real time using a Japanese handset's 'TV call' function.  Read More

The Redrock MicroRemote accepts an Apple iPhone to display detailed focus information

Redrock Microsystems, a manufacturer of cinema-quality camera accessories for digital filmmakers, has unveiled its new MicroRemote focus control system for use on DV and HD DSLR cameras. The wireless system includes an iPhone-compatible remote control unit, base station, motorized focus ring, and a sonar rangefinder.  Read More

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