oculus rift

A small team at Netflix used its recently Hack Day event to create a cool 3D user interface for the Oculus Rift virtual reality helmet, but it may never be released to the public. The result of this effort have been posted on YouTube, which has been given the mash-up name "Oculix". Basically, the software runs on the Oculus Rift and allows the user to view a 3D representation of the Netflix...

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Google's autonomous car hits a road bump as it steers itself through new California regulation

Google's autonomous car project has hit a bit of a road bump, but not quite a road block, as it faces challenges from an upcoming regulation from California's Department of Motor Vehicle that takes effect on September 16. Under the new state law, autonomous cars must have a steering wheel along with brake and acceleration pedals, elements that the Google car currently lacks. Designed as a...

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Pebble scores a win with ESPN and the latest scores on your wrist

ESPN and Pebble bring the score to your wrist

ESPN app for Pebble now brings the latest sports scores from your favorite teams to your wrist. Whenever a score is updated, your Pebble smartwatch will buzz and you'll see updates on your watch where the ESPN app will serve as a "wrist-top SportsCenter." Users of the app will be able to track scores from MLB, College Football, NCAA Men's College Basketball, NFL, NBA and NHL teams. You can...

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The new Jaguar XE promises connectivity at its heart

Jaguar XE

Ahead of the world premiere of the new Jaguar XE in London on September 8, the car maker has been talking up how connected its new model will be. Here's a hint; a lot. At the center will be the already established InControl system used by both Jaguar and Land Rover, which offers in-car app support for both iPhone and Android users. At the heart of the cabin – and that InControl system – is...

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Sony has a $200 sensor to analyze why your tennis game sucks

If you've been wondering why you're just so bad at tennis, or hoping to improve on your already awesome game, Sony's new Smart Tennis Sensor might be just the gadget you've been looking for. The gadget, which will screw into the lower end of compatible "select tennis racket models by top manufacturers such as Wilson, Prince and Yonex" will log shot counts, impact location, swing and call speed...

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Samsung Gear App Challenge picks its first 200 finalists

Gear

Samsung has announced that it has picked the first 200 finalists in its Samsung Gear App Challenge, each of which will receive $2,000 and move onto the second round of the competition to help develop the best apps for the wearable devices. The company said that it received 980 entries for the first round of competition, with a wide range of apps made for the Gear products such as a "LBS (...

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Eve smart irrigation system integrates with more

Santa Clara, California based start up Plaid Systems is currently raising money on Kickstarter to finish development of Eve and Adam, a new connected home irrigation system that taps into the SmartThings platform to help water yards and gardens more efficiently. This new product is, on the surface at least, similar to the previously announced Droplet intelligent sprinkler system, and perhaps...

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Tesla

Tesla are the premium electric auto mobiles available for those who not only wish to save some money on purchasing fuel, but also to have the latest toys available. The software running the Tesla vehicles is set to be upgraded to version 6.0, which will bring numerous features, including the ability to start the Tesla with nothing more than an iPhone. It's already possible to connect the...

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Glass update makes staying in contact easier

Glass update makes staying in contact easier

With the latest firmware update to Google Glass, staying in touch with your favorite contacts just got a bit easier. Now, tapping on a contact will easily give you options to start a Google Hangouts session, send them an email, or message them through SMS. The update is arriving now to Android users and is coming next week to iOS users via the companion MyGlass app. To gain the new...

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Omate X scales back the features and goes for stylish

Omate's new smartwatch isn't as smart, but it looks good

Omate's first smartwatch was a full-blown Android device on your wrist, but their second is dialing back the features in favor of something that's affordable and stylish. The Omate X, first teased just yesterday, trades in the Android OS of its TrueSmart predecessor for a more notifications-from-your-smartphone focused design. It is, as Omate calls it, a "companion smartwatch". Unlike the...

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