Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:46 AM May 14 2015
Gadgets // 

Simple white canes have helped the blind to navigate the world since World War II. Now, this old technology is getting a high-tech upgrade.

Kristen Hall-Geisler
at 09:45 AM May 14 2015
Gadgets // 

There are heads-up displays out there already that project things like speed or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield. Some of them come directly from the manufacturer, some of them are aftermarket add-ons, but none of them incorporate augmented reality like the upcoming Navion system from WayRay will.

Dan Moren
at 10:36 AM May 8 2015
Gadgets // 

Now that we've all gotten used to our high-definition video, it's time to take it up a notch. While TV manufacturers have already started rolling out sets that support the new 4K resolution, native 4K content has been in short supply. That may soon change, with Comcast's announcement that it will begin offering a 4K-compatible set-top box later this year.

Dan Moren
at 08:08 AM May 7 2015
Gaming // 

Virtual reality is about to meet actual reality. Oculus VR, the company behind the long-in-development Oculus Rift, has announced that it will finally begin to ship the virtual reality headset beginning in early 2016.

Sarah Fecht
at 08:08 AM May 7 2015
Gadgets // 

Nepal is still reeling from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near Kathmandu on April 25. The quake has flattened three quarters of the city's buildings and killed at least 7,500 people. Beneath all those collapsed structures, more bodies await discovery--either to be rescued or given a funeral. If it is to be the former, then time is of the essence. To help out in the search-and-rescue efforts, NASA and the Department of Homeland Security have sent two portable heartbeat detectors to Nepal, and the machines are already saving lives.

Alexandra Ossola
at 08:08 AM May 7 2015
Gadgets // 

Inevitable, really. Earlier this year, Apple's ResearchKit apps brought scientific studies to people's fingertips. Though the apps aren't yet foolproof, they allow eligible iPhone users to participate in scientific studies, recruiting thousands of participants at a speed never thought possible. Now two new studies out of the University of California, San Francisco and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City will release an iPhone app to recruit people for genetic research; participants will send in samples of their DNA in order to better understand how their genetics connect to disease, according to an article published yesterday in MIT Tech Review.

Dan Moren
at 09:32 AM May 5 2015
Gadgets // 

Airline travel can often feel like a game of roulette when it comes to your luggage: It gets lost, misrouted, or even confused for someone else's suitcase. But a collaboration between technology giant Samsung and luggage purveyor Samsonite could put an end to that, thanks to the same technology utilized in our smartphones.

 
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