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Google To Introduce New Video Chat App

Gone are the days when email was the newest and most exciting form of quick communication. Today, many consider video chat to be the easiest way to get in touch with  someone quickly, with the added bonus of a personalized, face-to-face component. Now, Google will be capitalizing on this trend with the introduction of their new video chat, Duo. Duo will work with any mobile device that uses Google’s Android operating system, as well as iOS. It will rely on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks, and like other…

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Microsoft In Development On Pre-Sensing Touchscreen Technology

Touchscreen technology for smartphones is great and all, but it still has its share of kinks that can be annoying. Since menu options sometimes don’t appear on your phone screen until you physically touch it, it can be easy to hit the wrong thing and then have to backtrack. First world problems, I know – but if you’ve ever fumbled around with your phone or had to frantically tap over and over until the screen recognizes your touch, then you know where I’m coming from.…

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Hyperlapse Smooths Out Your Shaky Smartphone Videos

For the most part, video shot on a smartphone sucks. Now that we can all be little Steven Spielbergs with our phones, everyone wants to capture video of everything but, let’s face it, cinematography is not our strong suit. And even if it was, smartphone cameras register every slight movement so sensitively that the end result tends to be extremely jerky-looking. Now that can all change with Microsoft’s new Hyperlapse app. Available for Androids (nothing for the iPhone yet), Hyperlapse takes your shaky footage and…

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Headset Helps Blind People Navigate Cities Using Sound


Microsoft, Future Cities Catapult and the Guide Dogs charity collaborated together to create this headset  that helps blind people navigate a city through the use of sound. The creators describe the experience as having a 3D soundscape painted for you as you roam.

3D sensors are used to detect landmarks and other features of the city, and then that information is delivered to the wearer using bone conduction on the jaw bone. That means that the sound is picked up by the jaw instead of the ears so that the wearer can still listen to his/her surroundings. For example, the headset may say “there is a coffee shop on your left in 75 meters,” or it could relay relevant information like bus schedules when the user is approaching a bus stop.

The developers do not see this technology replacing things like guide dogs. They instead see it as augmenting such tools. They compare it to Google Glass with sound instead of sight. The video makes the device seem like a potentially revolutionary product for the visually impaired. Hopefully it will be developed further and will proliferate to help out as many people as possible.

Source: Dezeen


What’s On At E3 2014?

For all you electronic edgies, this is the conference for you: E3 2014 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), is on right now from June 10 – 12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Here, the hottest video and computer games of the year are being showcased, gabbed about and most importantly played by hoards of gaming fans just waiting to hear the latest game updates in the industry and see some cool new technology at play. This isn’t just a trade show for people who loving tech entetainment, but…

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