motion tracking

Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

You would think wearables like smartwatches would be just as secure at protecting sensitive data like passwords and PINs as the smartphones they're paired with, especially when they run on the same software platform. It turns out, however, that smartwatches have a very distinct way of making it easier for hackers to obtain that data: the motion sensors used to detect movement and gestures.

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Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Now that we've got the first consumer-level VR headsets out in the wild, it's only a matter of time before we see full motion capture immersion. What I mean is when you see someone inside the virtual world, you'll see their whole body. Their face will reflect what's actually being shown on their actual head in real time. Their body will be represented by a reasonably reconstructed virtual version of their real form. All we need is faster internet and the world's best GPUs.

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Motion-captured Homer Simpson to give live Q&A on TV

Motion-captured Homer Simpson to give live Q&A on TV

It's some time since The Simpsons did something truly fresh and ground breaking, but now it's breaking that streak in a big way. An upcoming episode is set to feature a live segment with Homer Simpson, where he will answer questions from fans and comment on the day's news (in order to prove the questions weren't picked in advance). How is this possible? In a "first for animation," Fox says the performance will be a combination of real-time animation and motion capture technology.

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Zkoo hand gesture tracking camera plays games and more

Zkoo hand gesture tracking camera plays games and more

A new hand gesture motion tracking camera called Zkoo has been unveiled that promises high-speed vision tech for the living room. The camera can be used on your TV to interact with existing apps and games. The Zkoo camera supports Windows PCs, Android devices, tablets, and smartphones.

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Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Fitness tracking device maker Misfit has teamed up with sports equipment specialist Speedo to cross-brand their way into a unique kind of smart device. The Speedo Shine takes the abilities of previous Misfit Shine devices and dives in to the water. The Speedo Shine will be able to track fitness, swimming, and sleep in a waterproof package, waterproof up to 50 meters under the surface of the drink. This is the first Misfit device to be tested with the high-accuracy underwater requirements set by Speedo's own Aqualab.

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Withings Activite watch adds swim tracking

Withings Activite watch adds swim tracking

Smartwatch Withings Activite ads the ability to detect when its user goes swimming. This new bit of functionality is built in to the device that's already on the wrists of users, needing only a software update to activate. This system will automatically recognize when its user is swimming so its user does not need to do anything special - not even tapping a button - before diving in. The watch sends information to the users smartphone for health tracking - both on dry land and in the water.

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Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

With Apple's entry into the smartwatch market, watch makers are finally taking note that the fledgling wearable isn't just a fad that's going away any time soon. At the same time, however, they have the unique problem of staying steadfast to their calling of making "true" watches. Some have dived head on with smartwatch models. Others are taking sort of middle road. And instead of doing things completely alone, some have grouped together to bring forth what will be collectively known as the Swiss Horological Smartwatches.

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Eye-tracking hits AAA gaming with Assassin’s Creed

Eye-tracking hits AAA gaming with Assassin’s Creed

This week the folks at SteelSeries have announced that their Tobii eye-tracking system will be used to track the eyes of gamers playing Assassin's Creed Rogue on the PC. Released last year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (at the same time as Assassin's Creed Unity, Assassin's Creed Rogue will employ eye-tracking technology to allow the user to work with an "infinite screen." Your view will center wherever your eyes do so gaze - left, right, up, down, or anywhere you peek in-between.

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Samsung EYECAN+ lets people control mice with their eyes

Samsung EYECAN+ lets people control mice with their eyes

It's quite encouraging that people are now pouring more attention into technologies that will empower those who otherwise cannot take advantage of all the fancy gadgets and software that this generation has at its disposal. After all, even people with disabilities might want to go online, use Facebook, or watch videos on YouTube. That is why efforts like Samsung's EYECAN+, actually in its second generation already, are welcome additions to the slowly growing number of accessibility products that bring these people and technology closer together.

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Fibaro Motion Sensor features glowing eyeball design

Fibaro Motion Sensor features glowing eyeball design

If you prefer your motion sensors to remind all nearby that they're under someone's watchful eye, Fibaro's new offering fits the bill. With the Fibaro Motion Sensor comes a real eyeball design similar to that of a (glowing) cat's eye, which can be controlled from a mobile device.

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Recon Jet gets Myo control as gesture band hits up HUDs

Recon Jet gets Myo control as gesture band hits up HUDs

Recon's Jet HUD is stretching its usefulness, linking up with the motion-sensing Myo armband for a more natural method of control that doesn't rely on voice. The integration uses Myo's gesture and motion tracking to quickly navigate the Jet's UI, with a range of speedy movements that can be done without falling off your bike.

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The irony: Microsoft makes depth-tracking phone while ignoring Kinect

The irony: Microsoft makes depth-tracking phone while ignoring Kinect

Microsoft may have conspicuously ignored Kinect in its Gamescon event today, going as far as to leave the motion sensor out of all three of its new Xbox One bundles, but that doesn't mean the rest of the company is giving up on clever camera tech. Microsoft Research has been working on turning a regular smartphone into a depth-camera, delivering Kinect and Google Project Tango style scanning and tracking but with a fraction of the complexity.

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