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— Computers

Five powerful free apps to play DVDs on Windows 8

By - July 20, 2013 13 Pictures
If you get a new Windows 8 computer, you might be surprised to find out that it won't play your DVDs as Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, omitted this feature in the new version of the OS. Although optical media is going the way of the VHS tape, there's a lot of content out there that's not available for streaming or in compatible video formats. Hare are five free apps to get around the lack of native Windows DVD playback and let you enjoy your DVD collection. Read More
— Games

Pingtime ping pong table hints at the future of AR in games

By - July 15, 2013 9 Pictures
If, like me, you've always found ping pong a little lacking in flashing lights, Pingtime, an augmented reality project created for the 2013 Rokolectiv Festival in Bucharest, may just take your fancy. Conceived by Sergiu Doroftei, the arts project augments an ordinary table tennis table with projections and sounds by equipping the paddles with sensors and using an infrared camera to track the ball. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Squito: A throwable camera prototype worth catching

By - July 10, 2013 3 Pictures
It's already possible to take aerial shots using your smartphone, but doing so means throwing your expensive piece of kit into the air and hoping you're a good catch. What's really needed is a standalone device that can be launched skywards to capture panoramic views. Enter Squito, a prototype throwable camera ball capable of producing stabilized 360-degree images and video that could prove useful in several different fields. Read More
— Electronics

New technology from MIT may enable cheap, color, holographic video displays

By - June 24, 2013 8 Pictures
Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab have developed a new form of holographic projector that may enable the introduction of practical color 3D holographic video displays as well as higher-resolution 2D displays with lower power consumption. The new projector is built using principles of guided wave optics to construct the spatial light modulator (SLM) that is the heart of digital holography. The MIT holographic projector, which contains an SLM costing US$10 to fabricate, provides 3D images at 30 frames per second (fps) with a resolution similar to that of a standard-definition TV. Read More

Thunderbolt 2 twice as speedy for 4K video streaming

Intel has released further details of the next generation of Thunderbolt, the high-speed hardware interface it originally developed with Apple. Thunderbolt 2 doubles data transfer rates to 20 Gb/s which, with the incorporation of DisplayPort 1.2, will allow the transmission of raw 4K video as well as data. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Twitter releases Vine video app for Android with exclusive zoom feature

By - June 3, 2013 1 Picture
Twitter has released an Android version of its popular video-sharing app, Vine, the company announced on its blog today. iPhone owners have been beavering away sharing funny, silly and creative 6-second videos ever since the release of the app for iOS in January. But from launch, Android users will have access to a feature unique to their platform of choice, the ability to zoom. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing Feature

ASMR – free, intensely pleasurable relaxation for a lucky few

Have you ever been in a situation where a certain situation, or a certain person's voice, has made you slip into a super-relaxing trance? Have you ever felt your scalp or neck tingle as a result of some visual or auditory stimulus? If so, you're among the unknown percentage of people capable of experiencing ASMR, or the Autonomous Sensory Meridien Response. There's no science out there to confirm that the effect even exists, but for those of us that feel it, there's an emerging community of YouTube artists producing a huge array of content specifically designed to bring on scalp-tingling pleasure and extreme relaxation. Check out some of these videos to see if you're one of the lucky ones. Read More
— Wearable Electronics

Eidos allows users to tune their senses

By - May 10, 2013 8 Pictures
They may look somewhat bulky and a bit like someone wandered out of an avant garde theater, but a pair of concept pieces developed by students and the Royal College of Arts in London allow wearers to fine tune their senses of sight and hearing. Called “Eidos,” from the Greek for "form," "essence," "type," or "species," the system uses sensors and computer processing to select sensory input and alter it for applications in sport, the arts and medicine. Read More
— Space

NASA squeezes three years of solar activity into a three minute time-lapse video

By - April 28, 2013 12 Pictures
Three years ago the very first images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) were beamed back to earth. Since then, NASA’s SDO has effectively had continuous coverage of the Sun’s rise towards solar maximum, the period of the most intense solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle. NASA has now provided a fascinating snapshot of this ongoing research in the form of a time-lapse video that squeezes three years of solar activity into three minutes of footage. Read More
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