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NutriRay3D laser and app scans food, estimates the calories

NutriRay3D laser and app scans food, estimates the calories

The University of Washington has unveiled the prototype of a device called the NutriRay3D, a hand-held nutrition scanner not unlike something out of classic sci-fi movies. The NutriRay3D prototype aims to take the guess work out of calorie counting, keeping track of how many calories as person is consuming simply by scanning the dish and analyzing the calories.

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Intel’s Google Tango phone released for sale

Intel’s Google Tango phone released for sale

Intel has decided that this week, amid the masses of information being released on all manner of CES 2016 devices, they'd release a phone too. This device isn't just any phone, of course, it's a developer-aimed device - which means they aren't aiming to sell them in droves, by any means. Instead, Intel's device is meant to be sold to developers who will then use the capabilities of the device to create their own unique applications for the near future, complete with Google Tango action.

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VUZE Camera is a portable 360-degree 3D VR camera aimed at average Joes

VUZE Camera is a portable 360-degree 3D VR camera aimed at average Joes

A new consumer focused 360-degree 3D VR camera has been unveiled at CES 2016 called the VUZE Camera. The camera is billed as the world's first consumer, portable 360-degree 3DVR camera and it will sell for under $1000. The exact price isn't offered, but expect around $999. The VUZE Camera has been simplified as much as possible to make use and operation as easy as possible.

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Adobe intros Fuse CC for easily creating 3D characters

Adobe intros Fuse CC for easily creating 3D characters

For some creatives, Christmas may have come early as Adobe unleashes a flood of announcements and updates to many of its apps, most of which have already been prefigured at its MAX 2015 conference last October. Among the myriad of software updates, Adobe is also announcing a new tool. Fuse CC, which is still in preview, is the fruit of the company's acquisition of Mixamo, which had a tool of the same name, last June. Now available to more than just gamers, designers can start creating their ideal 3D human character and drop them directly into Photoshop CC.

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How Iron Man tech is helping Mercedes build better dashboards

How Iron Man tech is helping Mercedes build better dashboards

The 21st century dashboard is about more than just a speedo and fuel gage, and Mercedes is looking to blockbuster movie tech to fend off CarPlay and Android Auto. I caught up with the latest in infotainment at the Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America center with the team responsible for recent concepts like the autonomous F 015 and the shape-shifting Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, to find out why a supercomputer-on-wheels is the future of transportation.

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100 day Star Wars The Force Awakens countdown begins in 3D

100 day Star Wars The Force Awakens countdown begins in 3D

Depending on where you're living in the world, you're either hours or minutes away from the 100-day countdown 'till the release of the next Star Wars movie. To celebrate the occasion, it would seem, the folks at RealD 3D have revealed four sets of official Star Wars 3D glasses. RealD is the licensor of the stereoscopic 3D technology most likely in a theater near you. If you've ever gone to a 3D movie with a pair of black glasses (not red and blue), you've probably done so using RealD technology. Now they've gone fully Star Wars crazy.

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Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

In early October, researchers will show off Microsoft’s new MobileFusion technology, a project that enables an ordinary smartphone to serve as a 3D scanner. MobileFusion is notable for a number of reasons: it doesn’t require any special attachments, nor does it require an Internet connection, and it is something any smartphone user could utilize. Most present day smartphones are powerful enough to use the 3D scanning system, with the phone’s camera being the starting point of that system and an algorithm doing the rest of the work.

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Intel Tango phone hands-on: Android RealSense

Intel Tango phone hands-on: Android RealSense

Intel's RealSense 3D camera technology always seemed like a natural bedfellow with Google's Project Tango, and sure enough they've met up at IDF 2015. The Android phablet isn't expected to ship for developers until the end of the year, but Intel brought along a handful of prototypes - along with some apps to make use of them - to its annual event, which is where I caught up with the smartphones to see what's new.

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Android Vulkan will actually make use of newer, more powerful phones

Android Vulkan will actually make use of newer, more powerful phones

This week the folks at Google behind developer support for Android have pushed for a much more optimized environment for 3D rendering. Not 3D printing - not anything having to do with creating real world objects - but 3D graphics. Inside Android, developers will now have access to a system called Vulkan, a method which lowers overhead and makes the graphics workload move to the graphics processor, where it should be. This opens up the CPU for quicker loads and better optimization of apps on the whole.

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