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Augmented Reality Glasses Could Be The First Step To A Real Holodeck

When Valve laid off around twenty-five employees, Founder Gabe Newell assured everyone they wouldn't be cancelling any projects. As it turns out, one got away - a pair of augmented reality glasses. Those glasses are still being built; they've just blown past their Kickstarter goal in a day.

Chinese Inventor Builds Robot Roommate

Tao Xiangli - the same inventor that built his own homemade submarine back in 2008 - just recently came forward with something even cooler: where most of us would be lucky just cobbling together a few tools; he's constructed his own working robot entirely out of spare parts.

Motion Control Lag Will Soon Be A Thing Of The Past Thanks To Disney

Latency has always been one of the biggest problems with motion tracking hardware. It's something most gamers have just learned to live with - systems that don't have any noticeable input lag are usually quite expensive.That may change, thanks to Disney and Carnegie Mellon.

Feed Your Pet From Your iPhone: Pintofeed™ Intelligent Pet Feeder™

With Wi-Fi devices we can watch our pets from afar, we can call them and tell them to come home, and we can even play with them from a distance.  Starting this November, we'll be able to feed them from wherever we are with Pintofeed, The Intelligent Pet Feeder.  Our pets can now have virtual owners....

Review: RavPower Dynamo On-The-Go Power Bank

Our mobile devices are our lifelines; when they die, we feel it. Keeping them charged (and operational) is thus a huge priority. Unfortunately, this isn't always possible - one doesn't always have access to an outlet.

Ravpower's got a solution to that problem - the Dynamo-On-The-Go Power Bank.

Billionaire Paul Allen Founds The Allen Institute Of Artificial Intelligence

Paul Allen - "The Idea Man" - has some lofty ideas brewing. The Microsoft co-founder's latest venture is an institute which he hopes will expand the frontiers of artificial intelligence; this will also help him to explore his own fascination with the human mind.

A worthy cause, if ever I heard one.

How Smart is AI, Really?

Artificial Intelligence has made some downright incredible leaps and bounds over the past few years. It's actually a little difficult to believe that only a few decades ago, the notion of a human-like, intelligent robot seemed wholly the realm of science fiction. Is that still the case?

Just how intelligent IS AI, really? 

Could Valve's Steam OS be Just What The Console Industry Needs?

For those of you who've been living under a rock, Valve this week announced the Steam Machine - a video game console which runs entirely on the new Steam OS. That's not even the most interesting part, either - the OS is free.

Folks, this might be just what the console industry needs.

Dyson Engineers Make Flying Objects In Their Spare Time

Dyson Inc., which specializes in machines that inhale and exhale, like vacuum cleaners and fans, prides itself on the number of attempts its engineers make to get to perfect.  On average, it's around 5000 prototypes to one finished product.  I don't know how many prototypes went into each of the flying machines created by the Dyson engineers for this year's Challenge Dyson, but they sure came up with some strange-looking ones - all made from Dyson product parts.

Take VR Gaming To The Next Level With The Sixense STEM

Sixense - the same folks responsible for the development of the Razer Hydra - earlier this month announced a new VR sensor system that, quite frankly, makes the Hydra look a little bit old-fashioned. It's called the Sixense STEM, and it allows you to take full-body control of your video game.