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Drones

Students develop drone to locate survivors via their mobile phones

These days, most people are inseparable from their mobile phone, with the device being one of the essentials along with keys and cash or cards that people don't leave home without. A project at EPFL's Mobile Communications Laboratory is looking to take advantage of this fact by developing a drone that would help rescuers search for victims of natural disasters by locating their phones.Read More

Robotics

JIBO family robot wants to join the household

Looking like a cross between Pixar’s Luxo Jr lamp and Apple’s iMac G4, Jibo is an interactive electronic buddy that is touted as the "world’s first family robot." Designed to engage with people in a human-like way, Jibo takes on various roles around the house including mail deliverer, environment controller, storyteller, telepresence device, event reminder, and cameraman.Read More

Home Entertainment

Lights, camera, action: A closer look at the Keecker entertainment computer

Back in January, French startup Keecker made a bit of a CES splash with a cute and curvy home entertainment computer capable of moving around on its own or as instructed by an app-based remote, and transforming any wall, door or ceiling into a huge projected screen. Gizmag dropped in on the company's Paris home at the weekend for a chat with CEO and Founder Pierre Lebeau, and a one-on-one with the multi-talented Keecker prototype.Read More

Music Review

Review: The PUC Wireless MIDI interface for iOS, from Zivix

iOS has matured as a music-making platform in recent years, but those of us who wish to hook-up a real MIDI controller such as a keyboard or drum machine to an iPad or iPhone generally need to use a couple of cables and adapters per device. It's a minor issue, but one that feels distinctly un-Apple. The PUC iOS MIDI interface by Zivix promises to free iOS music-makers from this hassle by enabling a MIDI controller to connect to an iOS device wirelessly. Read More

Home Entertainment

Android at the heart of the Odin handy projector

The wealth of available online content can mean that a TV sits in the corner gathering dust and the monthly subscription to a set-top box service just goes to waste. Such was the case for Alex Yoo of Dos Owls, so he got rid of both. Though quite liberating, he missed being able to sit back on the sofa and watch a movie on a big screen TV. He turned to a hefty projector and connected computer, but fighting through the cable spaghetti and dealing with issues like overheating prompted him to try and find another way. And so the idea for Odin was born – a pocket-sized projector with its own computer running Android KitKat, and packing built-in speakers, Wi-Fi and a battery.Read More

Music

Interactive Music Battle turns anyone into a musician

Even though music-driven games like Rock Band and Just Dance could see you engage in epic contests with friends and family, you still spend much of the time looking at a screen rather than truly interacting with fellow players. The only display needed for the Interactive Music Battle system from Paris-based phonotonic is an iPad screen to choose from banks of sounds. After that, motion sensors convert player moves into music – one providing the rhythm and the other the melody.Read More

Mobile Technology

Glastonbury gets free "moobile" Wi-Fi hotspots

Running on and off since 1970, Britain’s Glastonbury Festival is famous for hosting such acts as David Bowie, The Who, Coldplay, and Beyoncé. It’s also famous for its sea of mud and streams flowing through tents thanks to the typical English weather. This year, high tech meets the bucolic at the Festival as visitors are greeted by a herd of life-sized, glass-fiber cows that double as free Wi-Fi hotspots to keep them connected.Read More

Home Entertainment

Voxtok aims to redefine the Hi-Fi music experience

Headquartered in the US, with R&D in Montpelier, France, Voxtok is currently putting the final touches to what's described as a new generation of Hi-Fi equipment. The company's Hi-Fi system is made up of a VXK Capsule that acts as both audiophile-grade music player and home music server, a mobile device app for remote control and more, and a dedicated cloud service for music library backup and playback while out and about. Two generations of prototypes have been developed, and a pre-production run of alpha units secured. Now Voxtok is looking for crowdfunding success to get its end-to-end solution into the hands of music lovers.Read More

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