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Yes, You Can Build VR Goggles Out of Cardboard

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Maybe you’ve heard of virtual reality. Maybe the concept intrigues you to such a degree, you checked out how much it would cost to buy one of those nifty Oculus Rift headsets. Maybe you saw the note on the Oculus Rift website that the device isn’t yet available for consumer use, and the news crushed your soul to a fine pulp. But never fear, Google has a solution for you: a step-by-step guide to building your own virtual-reality goggles out… continue…

How Wearable Electronics Could Change Your Life

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With Google, Apple and other hardware companies reportedly gearing up to release a bevy of “smartwatches,” augmented-reality headsets and other wearable electronics over the next few years, it’s likely that you or someone you know could soon sport an ultra-connected device on their wrist, head or finger. But how will these devices actually affect how you work, live and play? Read on.  Related Articles Is Your Business Ready for Wearable Tech? Google Wants to Conquer the Wearable-Electronics Market The Sucess… continue…

Is Your Business Ready for Wearable Tech?

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Salesforce has announced Salesforce Wear, which it bills as an initiative for “wearable computing in the enterprise.” In theory, the platform will allow developers to build enterprise-centric applications for a variety of wearable devices, including the Samsung Gear (a smartwatch), Android Wear, and Google Glass. (A full list is available here.) Salesforce’s motive here seems pretty obvious: By releasing an enterprise-centric development kit for wearable electronics—one that focuses on Salesforce software, no less—it can gain a head start on what… continue…

Bloomberg Testing Real-World App for Oculus Rift

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So far, the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset has found its most widespread use in gaming. But as the device rises in prominence, more companies are testing its capabilities as a work tool. Bloomberg is one of those companies, having designed software that allows Oculus-equipped traders and financial pros to view dozens of virtual “screens,” each one packed with data. The platform is clearly aimed at those Masters of the Universe who stack their real-world desks with four, six or eight… continue…

‘No Google Glass on the Hyperloop’: Signs From the Future

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There’s a good deal of talk about technology that might become commonplace over the next several years—things such as particle-sized robots, or augmented-reality headsets like Google Glass, or the high-speed Hyperloop proposed by Elon Musk. Once those technologies are widely deployed, of course, society will need to indicate their presence. Thirty years from now, security checkpoints could warn anyone passing through to turn off any chips implanted in their brains; on the street, signs could show which roads are specially… continue…

3 Conundrums for the Internet of Things

Connected Home
As the Internet of Things expands its reach, the range of technologies being used to build and support it is expanding, as well. Languages including Java, Ruby and C are being employed, as are platforms like Microsoft’s Windows Embedded, Android, BlackBerry QNX and the relatively new Tizen. Cloud technologies are being put to use for connect devices, data and users. “You’ll see a whole bunch of technologies, not just programming languages,” Jnan Dash, senior advisor at MongoDB, told InfoWorld. “Data… continue…

Apple Eyeing iPhone as ‘Smart Home’ Controller

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  As tech companies rush to capitalize on the so-called “Internet of Things,” many have taken an interest in the idea of a “smart home,” in which most appliances and devices are connected to the Web and each other. A new rumor suggests that Apple is planning to make the iPhone into a control for the connected home. Imagine tapping a button on your screen to control your security system, or your washer. In theory, the iPhone could signal various… continue…

Too Tired to Walk the Dog? Use a Drone.

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Need to walk your dog? Feeling reluctant to go outside yourself? Use a drone to walk your pooch. Videographer Jeff Myers recently documented how he uses his AR drone to remotely walk his golden retriever around his neighborhood. For its part, the dog seems relatively unconcerned by the fact that its leash is clipped to an unmanned aerial vehicle. But Mashable, which posted the video, also makes a vital point about the experiment: Without a mechanical limb of some sort,… continue…

Google’s Self-Driving Cars: Perfect Safety Record?

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Google Self-Driving Car
Google’s self-driving cars have spent the past year cruising the roads of Mountain View, California. Google engineers use the data from those drives to make the cars’ onboard computers more sophisticated. But how good are the cars’ driving records? Pretty flawless, according to the local cops. “We have not cited any Google self-driving cars,” Sergeant Saul Jaeger, the press information officer at the Mountain View Police Department, told The Atlantic. He also claimed that no special understanding about the cars… continue…

Google: Ads Coming to the Internet of Things

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Google’s bottom line depends on advertisements, and its all-consuming quest for revenue might one day drive it to serve up ads on everything from car dashboards to thermostats, according to a letter the company submitted last year to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). “We expect the definition of ‘mobile’ to continue to evolve as more and more ‘smart’ devices gain traction in the market,” reads an excerpt from the letter, which was originally submitted to the SEC in December… continue…