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As frivolous as it may seem, the humble mouse pad can be a serious tool on the desktop. Whether it’s a simple run-of-the-mill pad from a vendor or a more robust ergonomically-crafted wrist support system, a good mouse pad can save your sanity after hours of clicking away on a project. But you’ve likely never…

It’s not every day when we hear about an exciting new power tool innovation—so when we do get one, it’s usually worth giving a hoot about. The LignoLoc wood nail fastening system is most certainly one of those. Designed to be used in industrial production and ecological timber construction, LignoLoc is the first-ever fireable wooden…

Nike made a splash with their self-lacing shoes, but a foot isn’t the only place to take advantage of auto-adjusting tech. According to AppleInsider, Apple was granted US Patent No. 9,781,984 for a self-adjusting Apple Watch band—leaving puny straps, buttons, velcro, clasps and every other attachment ‘inconvenience’ in its wake. Reads the patent’s abstract: “Systems…

As fall beckons the inevitable release of Apple’s ARKit, more developers are releasing demos of what looks to be a big step forward into an invisible world parallel to our own. The latest foray into the ARKit by Japanese VR/AR/MR programmer Daiki Taniguchi shows just how close this augmented world is. Using a series of…

Ever since Apple’s beloved iPad was released, developers have been clamoring to create the ideal second screen experience. Now, over seven years since Steve Jobs presented the first iPad on stage, Astro HQ just might have cracked the code. The company—whom some might remember as the creators of Astropad, a utility for turning your iPad…

Until that fateful day when someone manages to create a self-thinking synthetic android, we just have to continue making robots which unquestioningly follow our orders. This robot, created by imgur user HenschelRobotics, may not have the legs nor the mental facilities to overthrow mankind, but it can balance itself through the use of two “HDrive”…

Featuring the world’s first back-illuminated 35 millimeter full-frame CMOS image sensor, Sony’s α7R II mirrorless camera holds a pretty significant torch next to some of the older players in the camera game. And at $2,900 for just the camera body, it’s priced that way, too. But before the α7R II ever captures an image, it…

That’s not wordplay. This thing REALLY shocks you. STEER, a wearable armband designed by Creative Mode now on Kickstarter, aims to save countless lives by waking drowsy drivers on the road. The bracelet isn’t meant to shock drivers into submission, but rather monitor their vitals and deliver a gentle reminder that sleeping should be done…

tech and robots killing jobs

Well, the future is looking bleak folks. BLEAK. A word that’s sure to become more familiar and hit the Top 10 baby names for 2024. According to a study by Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), the United States is highly vulnerable to the effects of technological advancement, namely automation, trade…

Spectra Electric Skateboard

As a polite, never rebellious teenager, you probably never wanted to get away from the rest of your family… but when did, you put your angst-ridden, hormonal-imbalanced body to good use by participating in an edifying hobby of your choice, right? Seeking solace through painting or songwriting. Others (like myself) found it through skateboarding. With the wind…

From smart homes with voice interfaces to AI-powered cars that can navigate morning rush hour traffic hands-free, many promises of the so-called ‘future’ have been slowly making their way into our day-to-day lives. And while we’re still waiting on a reliable Breakfast Machine, there’s plenty more cool doodads to hold us over until then. Doodads…

If you thought Augmented Reality (AR) was cool when if first came out, was overshadowed by the resurgence of Virtual Reality (VR), then picked up steam again with the advent of Mixed-Reality (MR), then you’ll be interested in this new headset called Aryzon, dubbed ‘The Cardboard of Augmented Reality’. The Netherlands-based ID team developed Aryzon as a fold-and-go AR…

Not everyone was happy about Apple removing the 3.5mm jack from the latest iPhone. Understandable if you sunk good money into a pair of expensive, wired cans because, of course, we can never settle for anything less than perfect sound playback. There are workarounds for the lack of a jack by using a Bluetooth connector…

WorldViz is a developer of virtual reality software, but they’re approaching it differently than most. The team, led by Matthias Pusch, Peter Schlueer & Andrew Beall, Ph.D have been developing VR tech since the 90s (no, not the Virtual Boy). They started out in academia, at MIT and the University of California, creating methodological tools…