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Beyond Glass: Inside Epson’s scheme to make the de-facto smart glasses

Beyond Glass: Inside Epson’s scheme to make the de-facto smart glasses

Epson can forgive you if your first thought when you hear augmented reality is Google Glass, even though you're wrong. Google may never had actually described its wearable as an AR device, but a combination of the over-promising original concept video and a general naivety about the segment overall led many would-be Glass wearers to be surprised at what the headset really is: a convenient notifications pane in the corner of your vision. If you're looking for true AR, though, Epson might have the answer. We caught up with the company to check out its latest headset, the Moverio BT-200, and find out why it's confident it can become the de-facto choice for augmented reality.

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Google Chromebox for Meetings aims to usurp enterprise with Chrome OS

Google Chromebox for Meetings aims to usurp enterprise with Chrome OS

Google has revealed Chromebox for Meetings, it's attempt to further push Chrome OS into the enterprise by offering a simpler way for multiple people to collaborate. Offered as a $999 kit including a Core i7 Chromebox - such as the ASUS Chromebox announced this month, though models from Dell and HP are also in the works - a noise-canceling microphone, 1080p autofocus HD camera, and double-sided remote with a QWERTY keyboard, Chromebox for Meetings plugs into an existing display or projector and can, Google claims, be up and running in minutes. We caught up with Google to find out more.

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Tivitas Sinister modular gamepad working-proto hands-on

Tivitas Sinister modular gamepad working-proto hands-on

It looks like a 3D-printed mousetrap, or maybe some sort of torturous orthopedic device for your hand; in actual fact it's what startup Tivitas believes will pave the way for console gamers to move over to the PC. Dubbed Sinister, we'd spent some hands-on time with a non-functional prototype back at CES, but the team invited us back to play with a functional version ahead of its Kickstarter campaign launch next week. Aiming not only for $100,000 but to bring haptics back to PC gaming, it's an ambitious project, certainly; read on for our first impressions.

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EverQuest Next Landmark alpha lands today: Everything you need to know

EverQuest Next Landmark alpha lands today: Everything you need to know

Later today, Sony Online Entertainment does something the developer of titles like EverQuest, PlanetSide, and DC Universe Online has never done before: it invites gamers into alpha code that's far, far from being shipping-ready. EverQuest Next Landmark is the first step of a two-punch release that will launch SOE's next-gen MMO, fifteen years after EverQuest hit shelves, and a decade after EverQuest 2.

Unlike all previous versions, however, Landmark will be seen by public eyes well before its signed-off as market ready. "This is not a bug-hunt" Dave Georgeson, director of development laughs, "it's a 20,000 person dev team." We joined the developers to get some early hands-on time with the alpha and to find out exactly what players can expect from this new universe.

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2014 Toyota Highlander First Drive

2014 Toyota Highlander First Drive

Making a big SUV that satisfies every driver is difficult. Do you make it sporty, or edgy, or aim for super-comfort, or as capacious as possible, or some combination of all of the above? With the 2014 Highlander, Toyota had to work with the reliable-but-staid reputation of its predecessor and inject both some dynamism and an extra seat, as well as crank up the comfort levels so as to compete in what's become an increasingly competitive segment. It takes more than an angry new face to satisfy demanding families, so does the new Highlander offer enough? We grabbed the keys to find out.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 hands-on: Tiny retro snapper packs a punch

Olympus OM-D E-M10 hands-on: Tiny retro snapper packs a punch

Olympus has had a run of success with its OM-D series of cameras, not least the E-M5 we reviewed last year, and now there's the new OM-D E-M10 to carry that torch, a model the company claims rivals APS-C DSLRs while being considerably smaller. In fact, at 63.9mm deep and 516g with the new 14-42mm EZ kit lens, the OM-D E-M10 is even smaller than the body alone of Canon's EOS Rebel SL1. We caught up with Olympus ahead of the new camera's launch to find out what makes the E-M10 so special, what the company had to do to pack so much into so little space, and to see the new lenses - including an updated version of the surprisingly popular fish-eye body cap lens - to go along with it.

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Olympus Stylus SP-100EE IHS flaunts crazy 50x optical super-zoom

Olympus Stylus SP-100EE IHS flaunts crazy 50x optical super-zoom

As zoom lenses go, the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE IHS certainly puts the "super" into super-zoom. Also known as the "Eagle's Eye", the new 16-megapixel snapper's snout extends to accommodate a whopping 50x optical zoom - 24-1200mm, in fact - with Olympus even fitting a laser dot sight to make lining up your frame more straightforward when you're getting up close. Paired with the company's digital zoom, the SP-100 manages a near-ridiculous 100x magnification.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 IHS packs tilting LCD in rugged case

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 IHS packs tilting LCD in rugged case

Olympus has added a new ruggedized camera to its Stylus Tough line-up, the TG-850, the first such model to offer a swiveling LCD. Packing a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS and a 21mm, 5x zoom - the widest, Olympus points out, in its class - the TG-850 can deal with dives down to 33 feet, as well as up to 220 pounds of crushing force, and cold temperatures of as much as -14 degrees Fahrenheit.

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LG G Flex hands-on: AT&T gets curvy

LG G Flex hands-on: AT&T gets curvy

Just because a smartphone can flex, doesn't mean it will on a regular basis. The LG G Flex does have the term in its title, but - rather similar to the S Pen in the Samsung Galaxy Note series - the amount of times we're seeing the feature in action is not one whole heck of a lot. Here LG goes gigantic - with a device that's curved and CAN flex, but does a lot better at describing its best uses when you first slide it into your pocket.

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