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Sony SmartWatch 2 Review

Sony SmartWatch 2 Review

There's a smartwatch war going on right now - did you know? With the Smartwatch 2, Sony reminds the world that they've already been in the market for a generation, with months of head start going in an unbroken line of evolutionary products (even if it's just two) that lead to today's wearable. While the Sony Smartwach 2 was largely overshadowed this year by the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the smartwatch known as Pebble, the mission we've got before us today is deciding if this wearable is up to the task of taking on those other similar wrist-bound computers, both large and small.

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Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue piercings may be associated with rebellion, but one researcher is aiming for revolution instead, creating a Tongue Drive System that allows paralyzed wheelchair users to more easily navigate than traditional hands-free control options. The handiwork of a team at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the system uses a magnetic tongue stud which is wirelessly tracked by a headpiece, with up to six instructions differentiated by tongue position.

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Sony SmartWig patent app surfaces with, among other things, a laser pointer

Sony SmartWig patent app surfaces with, among other things, a laser pointer

In what is quite possibly the oddest wearable device that has ever been proposed, Sony is attempting to patent a device it calls the SmartWig, which -- as the name suggests -- is a wig with technologies embedded. The idea is that the wig will communicate with a "secondary device" like a smartphone to give indicators for certain things like incoming messages. In addition, it is also proposed the SmartWig could house a camera and a laser pointer.

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Stir Kinetic Desk goes on sale for standing work addicts

Stir Kinetic Desk goes on sale for standing work addicts

Stir's Kinetic Desk, the smart standing desk which not only shuffles electrically between different heights, but tracks your fitness and teases you with twitches when it thinks you need to change, has gone up for order. Priced at $3,890, the first fifty orders will ship out in February 2014, though everybody else will need to wait for the second production run, expected from April. As we found when we went hands-on with the desk back in September, it's an expensive way to get off your feet, but Stir's integrated computer does have some appeal.

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Flexible plastic image sensor shown in world’s first “Mona Lisa” demonstration

Flexible plastic image sensor shown in world’s first “Mona Lisa” demonstration

This week the folks at ISORG and Plastic Logic are ramping up for their first full showing of their flexible plastic image sensor with a demonstration video that scans an image of the Mona Lisa. This demonstration comes after the technology was first introduced back in June with a description and first push for manufacturing. Here near the end of 2013, ISORG and Plastic Logic prepare to show the technology off at Printed Electronics USA 2013 in Santa Clara.

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Glass gets non-profit deployment as Google pushes real-world relevance

Glass gets non-profit deployment as Google pushes real-world relevance

Google has given five non-profits Glass headsets, to document their work as well as explore how wearables might impact charity operations. The scheme, which the search giant is calling "Google Giving Through Glass", has seen the head-worn computer handed out to the World Wildlife Fund, Samasource, Give Directly, DoSomething!, and charity: water to see how it "can amplify their impact and tackle some complex challenges" in projects around the world. Meanwhile, for Google it's an opportunity to fight suggestions that Glass is just a rich-geek's toy.

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Google Glass double-blink for photos appears in firmware update

Google Glass double-blink for photos appears in firmware update

There's little doubt at this point that a future update for Google Glass will unveil the ability to take a photo using little more than a blink. In the most recent firmware update pushed to the wearable headset, it's been revealed that a previously known feature has been given a new name, complete with connection to the icon known as wink_for_photo. This icon can readily be attached to the likes of a new "gaze" folder with "double_blink_detector" inside.

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Intelligent Windows Phone Microsoft’s big investment in machine learning

Intelligent Windows Phone Microsoft’s big investment in machine learning

Microsoft Research's biggest investment is machine learning, the R&D division's new chief has revealed, claiming the team is "well within reach of solving speech recognition" as well as intelligently analyzing the content of images. "Machine learning is the really big one" Peter Lee told MIT Technology Review, "it is our number one investment." With the Nokia acquisition in the pipeline, Lee also says that the goal is to make tomorrow's Windows Phones "aware of what you are doing" through sensors and wearables.

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