Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


ISS crew to return to US sector: no ammonia detected

ISS crew to return to US sector: no ammonia detected

Early this morning, a potential ammonia leak on the International Space Station forced a trio of astronauts to move from the US segment of the ISS into the Russian segment, sealing off the US segment in the process until further data could be collected. An alarm had been triggered that could have indicated an ammonia leak, and in addition the ISS's protection software proceeded to shut down one of a pair of redundant cooling loops. Fortunately, all has ended well.

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MemoryMirror: trying on clothes using a smart mirror

MemoryMirror: trying on clothes using a smart mirror

Our future will involve "trying on" clothing at stores without removing a single garment, something achieved through the use of smart mirrors. MemoMi's MemoryMirror has given us a glimpse (pun intended) of this future, allowing customers to stand in front of it and see their digital visage in the reflection adorned with outfits other than the one they're wearing. It's simple, fast, and is (soon) coming to a store near you, assuming you live near a certain Neiman Marcus department store in California.

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NEEO home automation system is beautiful, robust

NEEO home automation system is beautiful, robust

Home automation. More than a few options exist at this point, allowing consumers to be more picky about what they want, and among it all is a desire for products that are both attractive and able to offer extensive support for one's existing hardware. Cue the NEEO, a two-part home automation system that aims to satisfy both of those demands, doing so with with a "brain" and remote and support for thousands of gadgets. All the while, the device brings with it a sleek design.

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Hovertrax is like a miniature Segway and skateboard combo

Hovertrax is like a miniature Segway and skateboard combo

Walking is overrated, at least some of the time. Skateboards are the de facto way to breeze from place to place in a compact way, but maybe you find them to be a bit too much work. To fill that gap is the Hovertrax, a sort of compact Segway small enough to carry and powerful enough to tote someone from room to room. Though it somewhat resembles a skateboard, the Hovertrax features two large wheels on either end, and rolls from side to side rather than front-to-back.

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Fujitsu smart ring prototype brings control to your finger

Fujitsu smart ring prototype brings control to your finger

Wearables largely revolve around fitness and health at the moment, but we're slowly seeing ones with other functionality surface. Fujitsu has set its attention on turning your finger into a stylus, one that works by writing in the air rather than on a touchscreen. This wearable will prove particularly useful for those wearing head-mounted displays, allowing for non-auditory input and control in situations where it is preferable. Other useful situations can be things like having children practice penmanship using their finger.

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LG’s display operations halted following factory tragedy

LG’s display operations halted following factory tragedy

This past Monday, an LG display factory near Paju, South Korea experience a gas leak that resulted in the death of two workers and caused a few more to fall ill. The cause was tied to a nitrogen leak that seemed to occur while contractor workers were performing maintenance and repair activities. At the time, LG expressed sorrow over the incident and vowed to work with authorities in determining what caused the leak. As of now, operations have been ordered to a halt.

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GTA V for PC details drop ahead of March 24 release

GTA V for PC details drop ahead of March 24 release

Rockstar Games has dropped the details for Grand Theft Auto V for PC, as well as a gallery of several screenshots. The title will be released on March 24, a date shift that Rockstar has apologized for. According to the company, this change was due to needing a little extra time for "testing and polish", and Rockstar says it will make sure the few extra weeks of waiting will ultimately be worth it for gamers. We've got the system specs after the jump.

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Samsung Z1 smartphone: powered by Tizen, destined for India

Samsung Z1 smartphone: powered by Tizen, destined for India

Samsung has taken the wraps off its new Tizen-powered smartphone, the Z1. This relatively modest smartphone is the first running Tizen that will be offered to users in India, and it will be bringing with it things like regional entertainment apps and a simplified UI. The handset is tailored to certain needs found in emerging markets, including elements that help keep data use to a minimum. The handset is available as of today for INR 5,700 (about $92 USD).

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Elon Musk wants a Seattle engineering office to further Mars push

Elon Musk wants a Seattle engineering office to further Mars push

Elon Musk has had a lot to say in recent times, and among the discussion of cars and business have been tidbits about his Mars aspirations. It is no secret that Musk is looking to expand humans' presence in the universe, and he has spoken extensively about reasons why it is important (not to mention concern about artificial intelligence becoming troublesome in the very near future). In a recent interview, Musk revealed plans for a satellite engineering office in Seattle.

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Nintendo’s New 3DS: North America announcement tipped

Nintendo’s New 3DS: North America announcement tipped

Nintendo's uncomfortably named "New 3DS" handheld console has thus far eluded fans in North America. Those long dark days of waiting may be nearing their end, however, with a flier that recently surfaced via NeoGAF suggesting an announcement for North America will be happening in the very near future, and that the console's release will be taking place in nearly one month on the dot. It isn't an official announcement at this point, of course, but such fliers often prove accurate.

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