If you try to use your smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch to guide yourself around, it will guide you through images and voice cues, telling you when and where to turn or to keep driving straight, and so on. However Yale engineer Adam Spiers decided that maybe this could be improved upon and has since created the Animotus.

This is a 3D printed cube that will be able to shapeshift in order to direct its user where to go. For example the top part can spin in any direction, so if you have to turn left, it will turn left, if you need to turn right, the cube will spin right. However if you need to keep going straight, the top part of the cube will actually move forward on top of its base to let you know to keep going ahead. Read full post →Navigational Device Shapeshifts To Point You In The Right Direction



vtt sleep sensorWant to track the quality of your sleep? At the moment there are apps and wearables that can do that for you, but those usually base it on how often you toss and turn in your sleep, which in turn determines whether or not you are in a REM cycle. However a Finnish company by the name of VTT has developed a gas sensor that can be attached to your smartphone.

So how will a gas sensor help with your sleep quality? Basically the idea is to try and measure if there are any substances in the air that might be affecting your sleep, like measuring the levels of carbon dioxide in your room. According to Anna Rissanen, leader of the VTT research team, “Many day-to-day issues, such as precision and efficiency in the workplace, can depend on carbon dioxide levels and internal air quality.” Read full post →Scientists Create Gas Sensor To Help Track Your Sleep



Over the years we’ve seen increased efforts at boosting the security of our smartphones where malware attacks can be prevented, such as more in-depth app reviews, automated screening processes, and more. However it looks like Qualcomm wants to lend a hand in the fight against malware as they have announced Qualcomm Snapdragon Smart Protect.

Basically this is a malware protection feature that will be baked into its chipsets directly, and it will begin starting with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which has been pegged to make its way into devices come 2016. To ensure that the feature is up to the task of protecting smartphone owners, the company has worked with the likes of Avast, AVG, and Lookout. Read full post →Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon Smart Protect


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Sony added its new Action Cam camera with 4K video recording to its Action Cam wearable camera lineup at CES 2015. The Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam has a similar form-factor as the previous Action Cam models and will cost $499 and $599 with the Sony Live View Remote, a utterly useful accessory when you are skiing.

Price-wise and feature-wise the Sony 4K Action Cam is comparable to the Gopro Hero4 Black, with slight differences here and there. Just like its competitor, the new Sony wearable camera can also shoot 1080p video at 120 frames per second (and 60 fps, 30 fps as well) and 720p video at 240 frames per second for slow motion. The 4K video recording supports 30p/25p and 24p frame rates.

Sony invited a group of journalists in Crested Butte Colorado to try the new Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam while skiing. I bought all my gears including the Gopro compatible helmet 9in the photo), and I rented the skis and boots, Sony paid for the flight, the hotel for 2 days and the ski pass. For this experiment, I brought a GoPro Hero4 Black to see how the new Sony wearable camera compared in video quality and user experience.

Read full post →Sony 4K Action Cam Review (FDR-X1000V)


Imagine you are paralyzed, how would you communicate with others? Sure there are some methods available at the moment, but nothing quite beats the written or spoken language, right? The good news is that scientists are working towards that and have recently managed to develop a device that can turn your breath into words.

Basically the system will be able to detect changes in your breathing patterns. From there it will be able to convert those patterns into words via a recognition system, after which a speech synthesizer will be used to read those words out aloud. In a way we are reminded of the speech system used by Stephen Hawking where he uses a computer to speak on his behalf. Read full post →Scientists Create Device That Turns Breath Into Words


Selfies are a huge thing with smartphone OEMs creating smartphones designed to take selfies, which basically means that these phones come with wide-angle, bright, and high megapixel front-facing cameras. In fact some camera makers have also tried to create compact cameras aimed at selfie lovers too.

Basically selfies are huge, and it looks like Tourism Australia wants to capitalize on that. The organization has recently launched an oversized selfie service called GIGA Selfie. This involves the person standing at a pre-determined spot and activating the camera via a dedicated smartphone app. Read full post →Tourism Australia Launches Giant Selfie Service To Attract Tourists


In the past we have seen Sony launch wearables before, although when it comes to smartwatches, the company hasn’t really made that leap yet, at least until now. It seems that Sony has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for a smartwatch called the Wena Wrist, which stands for “Wear Electronics Naturally”.

As you can see in the video, the Wena Wrist does not look like your typical smartwatch. In fact upon first glance you might even think that this is a regular analog watch, and to a certain extent it is. However thanks to it being able to pair with your smartphone via a dedicated app, it will be able to alert the wearer to notifications. Read full post →Sony’s Wena Wrist Is The Company’s Next Smartwatch


assassin's creed syndicateUsually when movies are made about video games, they tend to deviate from the game’s original story. We suppose this is done because the story has already been played out, and also maybe because some directors don’t want to step on the toes of hardcore fans of these movies, but so far most video game-cum-movies have turned out rather badly.

However could things change with the Assassin’s Creed movie? According to a tweet by the Assassin’s Creed Twitter account, it has been revealed that the movie and the games will all be connected to each other. Not just limited to game, but it will also affect future comics and books that are made about the Assassin’s Creed universe. Read full post →Assassin’s Creed Movie Will Tie-In With The Games


Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV has been in the works for a while now, and we’re sure many are curious as to when the game will be released. In fact it was last year that we were treated to some gameplay footage, so it should be soon, right? The good news is that while it isn’t necessarily soon, we at least have a timeframe to look forward to.

Announced at PAX Prime, the game’s director Hajime Tabata has revealed that Final Fantasy XV will be released in 2016, or so we hope. According to Tabata, he stated that Square Enix will be holding a special event in March 2016 where the game’s release date will be revealed. We can only imagine that the release will probably be in the same year, otherwise that would just be mean! Read full post →Final Fantasy XV Has Been Pegged For A 2016 Release


warcraft logoUntil today, the public has yet to see any kind of footage from the upcoming Warcraft movie. We have seen photos, but an officially released trailer has yet to make its way online. Heck, the closest thing we got was footage leaked from Comic-Con which has since been taken down, but if that wasn’t enough, you’re in luck.

It seems that thanks to a new leak, additional footage of the movie has made its way online. Based on what we’ve seen, this appears to be the trailer for the movie which hopefully will be released in the near future. The footage appears to be very heavy with the amount of CGI used, which may or may not be a bad thing based on the final product. Read full post →New Warcraft Movie Footage Leaked Online