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Microsoft’s Path Guide is an unconventional approach to indoor navigation

 Indoor mapping is one of those problems that seems to only have solutions that involve a great deal of money and infrastructure: beacons, lasers, emitters, scanners… who wants to install those in malls across the world? Microsoft Research has produced an indoor navigation app that keeps things simple, using existing sensors and the fact that people already go most of the places you want… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 14th

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Researchers 3D print a soft artificial heart that works a lot like a real one

 The science of prosthetics has been advancing by leaps and bounds over the last few years, and research into soft robotics has been especially complementary. The same techniques that go into making a robot arm that flexes and turns like a real one can go into making more complex, subtle organs — like the heart, as Swiss researchers have demonstrated. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 13th

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These stretchy, durable sensors could be woven right into clothing

 If we must have an internet of things, it makes no sense to leave clothes out of the party. But clothes must be worn, washed, bunched up, and folded — it’s hard to make electronics that can survive all that. Plenty are trying, though; the latest attempt is from Harvard’s Wyss Institute, which uses a simple but effective layering method to make a durable, customizable flex sensor. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 12th

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These stretchy, durable sensors could be woven right into clothing

 If we must have an internet of things, it makes no sense to leave clothes out of the party. But clothes must be worn, washed, bunched up, and folded — it’s hard to make electronics that can survive all that. Plenty are trying, though; the latest attempt is from Harvard’s Wyss Institute, which uses a simple but effective layering method to make a durable, customizable flex sensor. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 12th

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Logitech picks up gaming hardware maker Astro for $85M

 Logitech is expanding its territory in the rapidly growing gaming space with the acquisition of Astro Gaming, a younger company known for their high-quality headsets. The price: a highly respectable $85 million. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 11th

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Logitech picks up gaming hardware maker Astro for $85M

 Logitech is expanding its territory in the rapidly growing gaming space with the acquisition of Astro Gaming, a younger company known for their high-quality headsets. The price: a highly respectable $85 million. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 11th

Gadgets

Make your Nokia 3310 great again with a special $2,500 Putin-Trump gold and titanium edition

 It’s time for the big G-20 summit in Hamburg, and Russian phone customizers Caviar are commemorating the occasion with a very special Nokia 3310 (the new one). Encased in the best metals, titanium and gold, the back features a touching double profile of Trump and Putin. Only 149,000 rubles, or about $2,500. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 6th

Gadgets

Mobile

WTF is a particle collider?

 How do things work? To find out, we observe them and we take them apart. But not everything is easily observed, and until recently some things couldn’t be taken apart. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 5th

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WTF is a particle collider?

 How do things work? To find out, we observe them and we take them apart. But not everything is easily observed, and until recently some things couldn’t be taken apart. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 5th

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5 years after the Higgs boson, the Large Hadron Collider is just getting started

 It’s been five years since physicists at CERN reported that they had observed a particle “consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson.” The discovery capped decades of theory and was an important triumph for the Large Hadron Collider, the means by which the elusive particle was found. But they didn’t close up shop and go home after that — the LHC is just getting up… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 5th

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