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Pencil stylus by FiftyThree gains pressure sensitivity in iOS 8

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The really nifty FiftyThree Pencil stylus for iPad will get a new and exciting feature once iOS 8 becomes available.

Once the newest iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system hits the streets, the Pencil will automatically get support for pressure sensitivity. Read more »

Cue is a $199 at home medical lab you use with your smartphone

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Imagine a world where you can test yourself for the flu, check your fertility, or a vitamin deficiency at home with your smartphone.

That’s the world that the creators of the Cue are envisioning. Read more »

Samsung showcases the Smart Bike concept

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Samsung’s Maestro Academy has come up with a new Smart Bike concept. This bicycle connects to your phone and attempts to create a safer riding experience for bikers.

The Smart Bike comes with features such as built-in camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You connect your smartphone wirelessly to the bike and it shows you what is going on bend you on the screen using the camera mounted on the back. Read more »

Scribble pen can scan any color and reproduce it on paper or a mobile device

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Scribble is an upcoming pen that can scan any color and then use it to write or draw – even with real ink. It’s got a built-in 16-bit RGB color sensor, and it comes with a mobile app that will stay in sync with all the colors that the pen has scanned.

The Scribble has two versions, one featuring actual ink and a mixing chamber used for reproducing the scanned color, and a stylus variation that will work with your mobile device’s touchscreen. Read more »

Corning makes anti-reflective coating for screens

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One of the most annoying things about using a smartphone is taking it out in the sun. Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, have been working on an anti-reflective coating for smartphone screens for a while now to combat that problem.

The company demoed the coating at Computex this year. Hit the jump to learn more about this new tech and see it in action. Read more »

MotionSavvy: a tablet app that reads sign language

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So there are plenty of applications for your tablet that are used to kill time and entertain you. Not to say that this pursuit isn’t worthwhile, but then there are apps that can make significant improvements to the way we, on a collective social level, can use to improve our lives.

MotionSavvy looks like it’s one of those apps: as it is designed to read your sign language motions. Read more »

New chip lets your phone use any wireless charging station

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One of the biggest issues with wireless charging and why it hasn’t really caught on is that there are a few different mediums out there. So not all phones play nice with all technologies.

But Broadcom has put an end to that with their BCM59350 chip, which will let your smartphone work with any pre-existing wireless charging standard. Read more »

Roger Federer brings Google Glass to the tennis court

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The legendary tennis player, Roger Federer has posted a video of him playing his favorite sport while wearing the Google Glass. The video posted on Roger’s YouTube channel gives all of us an opportunity to see the game through his eyes.

The action took place when Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg visited Google’s Silicon Valley campus. Both players then hit the court to play a few rounds while wearing the Glass. Read more »

Google Glass bill of materials estimated at just $80

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Google Glass is one of the most futuristic gadgets out there, but you can’t have one. Mostly because it’s not on sale to the general public and even during the one day that it was, it cost a whopping $1,500.

But how much does it cost to make Glass? About 5% of the sales price say analysts at Teardown.com. Catwig took Google Glass apart last year, but this is the first estimate of the bill of materials. Read more »

Lytro unveils second generation Illum light field camera

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Lytro unveiled its proprietary self-titled camera – the first of its kind – back in 2011, and now its decided to follow it up with a new light field camera called Illum.

The Illum sports a more conventional design compared to the original’s box-shaped configuration, as well as a revamped interface running on Android that lets you see your 3D scene while you frame it. Read more »

Nest Learning Thermostat now available on Google Play

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Google recently acquired Nest Labs, the company behind the successful Nest Learning Thermostat. It was being rumored that Google would soon start selling the thermostat from its own Google Play Store, and that indeed has happened.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is now listed under the Devices section on Google Play in the US and is available for $249, same as everywhere else. As is usual for the Play Store, however, you will have some shipping charges, so you may get it for a bit less elsewhere. Read more »

Samsung Gear Fit flexes silicon muscles in a tear down

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The iFixit team has been all over Samsung’s latest offerings in both the smartphone and wearable departments. The latest gadget to pay their tool shop a visit is the Gear Fit.

The Gear Fit is easily removable from its wristband with a simple push and this enables wristband makers to offer a wide variety of options. As you’d expect in a device that’s so small, everything is soldered on the main chip with only the display, battery and shell being stand alone parts. Read more »

Google makes Glass available to anyone in the US for a day, asks $1500

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Google has announced it will put Glass Explorer edition on sale for one day only. That day is Tuesday, April 15 and the pricetag remains the same old $1500.

Only those living in the US are eligible to get a pair and Google says you can pick your favorite shade or frame. Sadly, for everyone outside the US, Google Glass is still not freely available. Read more »

Fire TV beats out Chromecast as Amazon’s best-seller

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After just one short week on the market, Amazon’s set-top box dubbed Fire TV has overtaken Google’s Chromecast as the best-selling device on Amazon.com.

Although the actual metrics used to generate top-selling devices on Amazon are a mystery, it’s a particularly impressive feat given the extremely short time the device has been on market. Read more »

Samsung Gear Fit to support vertical screen rotation with an upcoming update

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Samsung might soon release an update for the Gear Fit giving it the option to flip the display vertically. This would enable better use of the fitness tracker for certain scenarios – such as checking out the time.

The photo above is taken in an official Samsung store in South Korea. Currently, the Gear Fit’s display works only horizontally, but the evidence above is pretty suggestive this would soon change. Read more »