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Google’s 3D Smartphone: Project Tango

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 16th, 2014

Google’s Project Tango is putting 3D Point Cloud capture into a smartphone, reports PhoneArena. Using an advanced custom-made processor and Kinect-like infrared cameras, the smartphone can make 3D indoor maps quickly and easily. iFixit got their hands on a Project Tango device and gave it their usual teardown treatment to expose its internals. They found […]

Amazon Phone: 6 Cameras?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 15th, 2014

Amazon plans to sell its own-brand of smartphone with a 4.7″ touchscreen, 6 cameras and a 3D display, according to BGR. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the company’s cell phone will be announced in June and released in the third quarter. BGR says Amazon’s first phone will be powered by a Qualcomm […]

Google Buying Drone Company Titan

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

Google is buying drone maker Titan Aerospace, a startup maker of high-altitude drones, reports the WS Journal. Google didn’t disclose a purchase price for Titan, of Moriarty, N.M., whose solar-powered drones are intended to fly for months at a time. Facebook was also reportedly looking to buy Titan Aerospace, and was rumored to offer $60 […]

exactEarth Gets Partner for Space-based AIS

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

exactEarth has agreed to jointly develop with Software Radio Technology an AIS transceiver for global tracking from space. A new technology called ABSEA which, when embedded within standard low powered AIS transceivers, enables AIS transmissions to be received by exactEarth satellites. It enables extended tracking of small vessels. Their first nanosatellite was launched in April, […]

Facebook Announces Connectivity Lab

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 28th, 2014

Facebook today unveiled the Connectivity Lab, part of its Internet.org initiative, which is working on drones, satellites and lasers for connectivity. Facebook’s Yael Maguire explained some of its plans for low earth orbit satellite and solar powered drones. Internet.org said it is working with Ascenta, in the UK that specializes in high-altitude long-endurance aircraft. Facebook […]

Interactive Sculpture Illuminates TED’s 30th Anniversary

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 24th, 2014

Unnumbered Sparks is an interactive net sculpture that spans 745 feet between the Fairmont Hotel and Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver BC. Passersby can control it via their smartphones, notes The Verge. Artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin collaborated to create Unnumbered Sparks, for TED’s 30th anniversary. Spectators connected to the project’s Wi-Fi can use […]