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01.15.15 Rhett Jones

Piloting drones can be pretty damn hard. The traditional remote control format has been a mainstay since the beginning, but keeping an eye on a drone in flight while looking at a screen to see through the camera’s eyes can also create an ambidextrous nightmare for newbies. Two companies are hoping to make the whole […]

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12.26.14 Prachi Gupta

New research on smartphone touchscreens suggests that daily use is changing your brain. Wired UK reports on the interesting study, by researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, first shared in Current Biology. While there is an increasing body of research that studies the effects of “repetitive gestures” in the use of technology […]

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11.18.13 Andy Cush

Wired UK points to a group of Stanford researchers who have created what they call “self-healing” batteries–that is, batteries that can withstand long-term use without any adverse effects to their life. The silicon in ordinary Lithium ion batteries cracks after repeated charges, which cause it to expand and contract, until it eventually can no longer hold […]

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05.23.13 Marina Galperina

Do you have a dumbphone, but still want to access internet things? Welcome to The Dumb Store. A project by Allison Burtch and Ramsey Nasser, just premiered week at the ITP graduate program showcase in Tisch. “We think that information should be available to everyone, irrespective of the hardware or software they have,” Burtch tells ANIMAL. The Dumb Store is truly a platform for everyone: […]

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02.25.13 Julia Dawidowicz

As you read this, an intrepid Google Nexus smartphone is blasting through space, where it will continue to orbit the Earth for the next six months. Today marks the launch of a multi-faceted experiment designed by a team of researchers from England’s University of Surrey, who hope to test several theories on outerspace physics, screams, […]

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01.29.13 Julia Dawidowicz

With the help of certain organic light-emitting materials, engineers from the National Taiwan University in Taipei are developing fingernail polish that interacts with your smartphone or tablet. The polish will literally turn your nails into extensions of your smart device’s screen, displaying text and images that would otherwise be blocked by those inconveniently non-transparent fingers of yours. About time! While […]

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11.08.12 Lily Streeter

Any well-trained New Yorker knows what to do when entering a subway car: sit down (unlikely), shut up, and attempt to block out the chaos around you with whatever distractions you have on-hand or in-ear. Well, apparently that technology-driven sense of social disconnect is no different in Thailand, and one frustrated photographer decided to do […]

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