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Modders are turning the NES Classic Edition into an all-purpose retro gaming machine

Nintendo Classic Edition If you were lucky enough to get your hands on an NES Classic Edition this last holiday season, you were probably impressed (as was I) with the quality of the emulation — so much so you wished it had a few more games, or maybe even that there was an SNES version. Well, your dream is coming true — kind of, anyway. Read More
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Devin Coldewey

February 22nd

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Lytro pursues 360-degree video and cinematic tools with $60M Series D

lytro_immerge Ever-shifting camera tech company Lytro has raised major cash to continue development and deployment of its cinema-level camera systems. Perhaps the company’s core technology, “light field photography” that captures rich depth data, will be put to better use there than it was in the ill-fated consumer offerings. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 15th

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MakerBot lays off 30% of its staff as company’s scope narrows

Makerbot 2015 Featured Image MakerBot is laying off 30 percent of its staff as part of an ongoing effort to adapt to a changing market, the company announced in a blog post today. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 15th

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Making VR less painful for the vision-impaired

hmd_stanford You don’t have to have perfect vision to enjoy VR, but brother, it helps. Otherwise you’re looking at having to worry about accommodating glasses, eye tracking not working, ocular distances maxing out and so on. Stanford researchers want to make things easier for people with vision problems to use VR, but it’s not going to be easy. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 14th

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Making VR less painful for the vision-impaired

hmd_stanford You don’t have to have perfect vision to enjoy VR, but brother, it helps. Otherwise you’re looking at having to worry about accommodating glasses, eye tracking not working, ocular distances maxing out and so on. Stanford researchers want to make things easier for people with vision problems to use VR, but it’s not going to be easy. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 14th

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Nikon restructuring causes casualties to bottom line, camera line, and production line

pic_160223_01_02 Nikon’s plan to restructure in the face of challenges to the digital imaging space has proven more costly than expected in more ways than one. A rough quarter means the company will not only miss profit expectations, but will have to buy out a thousand employees and end its DL line of compact cameras. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 13th

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Nikon restructuring causes casualties to bottom line, camera line, and production line

pic_160223_01_02 Nikon’s plan to restructure in the face of challenges to the digital imaging space has proven more costly than expected in more ways than one. A rough quarter means the company will not only miss profit expectations, but will have to buy out a thousand employees and end its DL line of compact cameras. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 13th

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WTF is lidar?

wtf-is-lidar Long ago, people believed that the eye emitted invisible rays that struck the world outside, causing it to become visible to the beholder. That’s not the case, of course, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a perfectly good way to see. In fact, it’s the basic idea behind lidar, a form of digital imaging that’s proven very useful in everything from archaeology… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 12th

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Cassie the ostrich bot does the bipedal robot chicken walk

cassie_head Bipedal robots are one of the most intensely researched areas of mechanical engineering, and while it’s a notoriously difficult problem, there’s no shortage of material from which to draw inspiration. Cassie, a new robot from Agility Robotics, is a great example of that: its stable yet precise gait and was based on that of birds — specifically, ostriches. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 9th

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Tiny chip looks deep inside your body with millimeter-wave radiation

radiator_170201_02_sz Researchers at the University of California Irvine have created a chip for use in medical imaging and other applications that’s as powerful as it is tiny. The pint-size millimeter-wave radiator could lead to better scanning of tissues and organs, but may also work as part of our everyday wireless data ecosystem. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 7th

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