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GDC 2014: Unity 5 Introduces 64-Bit Engine Support; Lighting And Audio Updates

The latest version of the ever-popular Unity game development engine was announced this week at GDC 2014. Unity 5 brings to the table a whole array of significant changes, including a huge update to Unity's audio and lighting tools as well as 64-bit support. That's not all it brings, either.

Robotic Behavioral Tics Are The Key To Bridging The Uncanny Valley

Currently, the problem with a lot of human-like robots is how undeniably inhuman they appear. In spite of their creators' best efforts, there's still something undeniably 'off' about them. Researchers may have just discovered why, and in so doing, how to address the issue.

Can Lasers Aid Australian Scientists To Collect Space Junk?

For the last half century, space junk has been circling the earth in very destructive patterns. Now an Australian team of scientists addresses the problem head on armed with high- tech, infra-red lasers that will zap the debris out into space. Read on for more information.

Cyber Berkut & The Ukrainian Cyber War

As the Ukrainian Spring has escalated and boiled over with the Crimea vote for succession from the Ukraine, it's now clear these altercations are not only land-based. A group calling themselves the 'Cyber Berkut' have also gone digital to attack their opponents in cyberspace.

New Toshiba Medical Breathalyzer Sniffs Out Illness, Not Drunkenness

Diagnosing illness just got easier and, well, breezier thanks to an innovative medical breathalyzer from Japan's Toshiba Corporation. The dishwasher-sized device, currently in the testing stage, is able to detect a wide range of illnesses within 30 seconds after a user blows into the machine.

Just Announced: Oppo O-Band Fitness Wristband for Chinese Market

At the Oppo Find 7 press conference, Oppo announced the O-Band wearable fitness device, their contribution to the host of existing wearable fitness devices on the market. Functionality includes a pedometer, a sleep monitor and an alarm clock. As well as the regular bells and whistles, the O-Band works as a phone locator, and a remote shutter so you can take photos with your phone from a distance.


Keep Your Epilepsy Secret with This Sticky Medical Device

Epilepsy affects over 3 million people in the US alone. Not as many as Asthma (25 million people), or Diabetes (26 million people), but more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's combined with 50,000 people dying from epilepsy causes each year. Dialog is "a concept to help people with epilepsy gain a deeper understanding of their condition and make better decisions about their care".


Victor Is A Robot That's Better At Trash Talking Than Scrabble

Students at Carnegie Mellon University have put together a robot that's capable of playing scrabble - and trash talking its opponents as it does so. Victor, as its known, has been installed in the computer science lounge for the last 18 months, where it's battled - and berated - countless foes.

Plaid Looking To Collab With Inventors For New Craft Products!

Plaid Enterprises, Inc., the company behind classic crafting goodies like Mod Podge, FolkArt paint, and Gallery Glass, are searching for the next big thing in do-it-yourself consumer products. If you’ve got an invention that will make crafting easier and more fun, they might pick up your product!

Chinese Sourcing Can Save You Money, If You Follow These Rules

Chinese products at one time were known as cheap and poorly made, today’s Chinese manufacturing can produce goods from low value mass produced items to highest quality handcrafted items.There are several factors that are critical  for effectively sourcing products from overseas manufacturers.

Nestlé Japan's Baked Kit Kat Chocolate Bars Toast Great!

You don't have to be half-baked to enjoy toaster oven Kit Kat bars but hey, it wouldn't hurt! Individually sealed in bite-size portions, Nestlé Japan's latest and possibly greatest Kit Kat variety (and that's saying something) is a cool idea best eaten when hot.

Take Your Camping Experience Into The Trees With Innovative New Tents

Going camping? If so, you probably have a tent. Nothing special, just a regular old, set-it-up-and-go-to-sleep tent. Imagine taking your tent off the ground and into the trees. With the Tentsile Stingray and Dre Wapenaar's Tretents, you can enjoy the camping experience suspended in midair.

Samsung Smartphone Case Gives Blind People Bat Powers

Samsung have just released an Ultrasonic Cover that works as a virtual white cane for smartphone users who happen to be blind or visually impaired, so users can detect obstacles and navigate unfamiliar places. With 90% of the world's 285 million blind people living in developing countries, it's no surprise Samsung have built this Ultrasonic Cover for their low-end Galaxy Core Advance.

A Lego Robot Just Solved A Rubik's Cube In Less Than Four Seconds

You can add puzzles to the long list of things robots are already better than us at doing. A Lego robot called Cubestormer 3 just solved a Ruik's Cube puzzle in 3.253 seconds, shattering the existing world speed record. Yes, a robot constructed out of a children's toy is a world-class puzzle champ.

The Immersive Technology Alliance Will Push Gaming Into A New Frontier

A group of video game and technology companies have banded together to found the Immersive Technology Alliance. This nonprofit group is dedicated to developing games for augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D, and gesture controls. Curiously, Oculus VR is not part of this coalition; no one seems certain why.

Get Shooting: How To Build Your Starter Videography Kit For Around $1000

Whether you’re a budding amateur, someone who’s looking to dip their toes into the professional world, or even just an individual looking to dabble in the world of videography – a few things are for certain: you’re going to need your very own camera, lights, and audio equipment.  Also, you’re most likely going to need it on a budget.Here's what I recommend:

Speed Up Natural Recovery Of Muscles With RecoveryPump

If you've ever worked out or trained physically for an event, then you have probably been introduced to muscle soreness, fatigue and stiffness, and you know that there's only so much ice and rest can do to help you recover. However, there is a way to speed up the recovery process and eliminate some of that stiffness and soreness. RecoveryPump is a natural, aggressive system designed to enhance recovery.

Rilakkuma Alloy Wheels Let You (And Everyone Else) Roll With Laughter

They see you rollin, they hatin... not to mention pointin & gigglin. Rilakkuma automotive alloy wheels are not only officially licensed by Sanrio but Japanese auto parts & accessories company MLJ Inc also offers colorful Rilakkuma tire valve covers to complete the uber-cute look and keep your car in character.

Lost A Body Part In An Accident? You Can Just 3-D Print A New One!

Doctors in the United Kingdom are advancing medical 3-D printing at a rapid pace, and have just announced the first facial reconstruction using all 3-D printed parts.

Ten Things You Don't Need for St Patrick's Day

Alcohol and poor purchasing choices go hand in hand. Which is why some businesses think they can sell crap by sticking "It's fun/beer related!" on the front. They are wrong.