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Concept capacitive tech unlocks doors with a swipe

Concept capacitive tech unlocks doors with a swipe

Most of us associate capacitive touch sensors with the screens on our smartphones or tablets, but the technology can be applied to other fields as well. The Touché project illustrates this perfectly, integrating a more contextual method of touch sensitivity into everyday objects like door handles, tables and even water or a person's body. One of the most interesting demonstrations of the technology behind Touché includes setting a door handle to different states by grasping it in different ways.

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Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

The Kinect has made motion controls a reality for consoles, and we might soon be seeing similar technology make the jump to PCs and laptops. Rather than using a dedicated motion sensor bar, Microsoft Research is developing a technique called SoundWave that would detect motion and implement controls using only the microphone and speakers on a laptop.

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Lamborghini Urus official: 600hp sports SUV

Lamborghini Urus official: 600hp sports SUV

Lamborghini has officially revealed the new Urus SUV, a "super luxury" model with room for four and styling evolved from the company's crazed sportscars. "Powerful, but not bulky" and "muscular and highly athletic, but also elegant" in Lamborghini's words, the Urus - codenamed "LB736" - is currently a concept but previews what the company expects to see hit the road in the next few years, bringing with it around 600hp and the sort of performance you'd hope for from the Italian bull.

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Mercedes Concept Style Coupé is all swoops, leather and evil eyes

Mercedes Concept Style Coupé is all swoops, leather and evil eyes

Mercedes-Benz's latest showpiece, the Concept Style Coupé, has been revealed, an "almost production-standard" design exercise likely to preview the next-gen CLS. A four-door with a riot of concave and convex surface detailing, the CSC features "powerdomes" in the bonnet and a diamond-finish grille, while the wheels are the usual concept frippery and the indicator lights manage to look like evil vampire eyes.

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Battlefield 5 gets Project Glass concept makeover

Battlefield 5 gets Project Glass concept makeover

While Google's Project Glass has a lot of people interested in the future of augmented reality, another area that could use the technology is gaming. A new video posted to YouTube shows a mockup of what Google Glasses would be like if used to play the fictional Battlefield 5. Rather than requiring a console and television, the game would run on the glasses and generate enemies and weapons on top of your existing surroundings.

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Audi RS Q3 concept debuts

Audi RS Q3 concept debuts

Audi makes some very nice cars with meticulous build quality. The thing that always strikes me as odd about Audi is that many of them used a strange five-cylinder engine. Audi has unveiled a new concept car called the RS Q3 concept. The car was unveiled at Auto China 2012 in Beijing, and it uses a five-cylinder direct injection turbocharged engine.

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iPod Nano Touch concept gets skinny

iPod Nano Touch concept gets skinny

Designer Enrico Penello is known for his conceptual work in the industrial design world - and not least of all this week for his undeniably interesting Apple iPod Nano Touch design. What we're looking at here is a different direction entirely for the iPod, taking the height of one model and adding the touchscreen of another. Would such a design give Apple designers pause, or would they have a heart attack at the imperfect aspect ratio?

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Ubi-Camera makes your fingers the frame

Ubi-Camera makes your fingers the frame

Making a frame of your fingers, peering through it and telling pretty people "yeah baby, yeah, work it for the camera" may one day actually result in photographs rather than odd looks, if researchers at Japan's Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences get their way. Their Ubi-Camera concept puts the lens onto a finger and uses the wearer's distance from the finger-frame to control zoom, DigInfo reports, doing away with viewfinders and displays that add a layer of disconnect between you and the subject.

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Toyota teases sleek US-designed sedan

Toyota teases sleek US-designed sedan

Toyota is teasing a new sedan ahead of its full reveal at the New York International Auto Show, though the company hasn't confirmed whether the sleek, US-designed car is headed to full production. Only shown so far in render form, and from this rear three-quarters perspective, the new car is the epitome of mystery: Toyota won't talk engine types, number of seats or anything else.

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Engineer creates slick omnidirectional wheelchair for the handicapped

Engineer creates slick omnidirectional wheelchair for the handicapped

Wheelchairs are the only way some people are able to be independent. People that simply lack the stamina to walk or suffer from some sort of injury that resulted in inability to stand or walk often find themselves bound to a wheelchair as their only way to get around. A professor of mechanical engineering from Japan has unveiled a new wheelchair design called the willPersonal Mobile Vehicle is able to move in any direction.

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