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Ford outs first RHD new Mustang prototype

Ford outs first RHD new Mustang prototype

You might assume that, after fifty years, Ford had tried everything with the Mustang, but there's one remaining big challenge for the muscle car: right-hand drive. Testing of a new RHD version of the 2015 Mustang has just begun, Ford has confirmed, as the company prepares for configurations of the car with the steering wheel on the other side to hit mass production for the first time in five decades.

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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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Lenovo C1 Google Glass rival launches NBD Internet of Things push

Lenovo C1 Google Glass rival launches NBD Internet of Things push

Lenovo has revealed a new wearable prototype, the Lenovo C1, a Google Glass aping set of smart glasses to help launch its NBD platform for the smart home and Internet of Things. Announced in China today, the NBC - or "New Bench" - platform aims to make connected devices like web-enabled air purifiers more inter-compatible, by providing a framework, manufacturing support, R&D, and even funding to third-party firms.

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This incredible floating display belongs in a sci-fi movie

This incredible floating display belongs in a sci-fi movie

Floating displays may be the stuff of science-fiction, but one research team is looking to make them real, using a carefully tuned acoustic-potential field to create swarms of particles clustered into physical graphics. Dubbed Pixie Dust - after the Peter Pan quote - the system can cause objects up to 7g per cubic centimeter to hover in moving forms, effectively translating digital objects into real, and with a Kinect sensor thrown in they can even respond to the viewer's movements.

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Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford wasn't going to let all that aluminum research on the 2015 F-150 be used on just one truck, and so now there's the Ford Lightweight Concept, a prototype car that, along with Samsung battery collaboration, aims to change the way we look at tomorrow's vehicles. Effectively delivering a car akin in size to a 2013 Fusion but with the weight of a Fiesta - a car two classes beneath it - the Lightweight Concept trims weight from the suspension, interior, glazing, and powertrain by using materials like aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, and composites.

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Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

At first glance you don’t notice the Ford F-150, not when there’s a vast Liebherr T282B dump truck towering above. Looks can be deceiving, though: this is no ordinary Ford truck, but in fact an experimental prototype of Ford’s new 2015 F-150, potentially worth more than the 2,700HP monster that looms over it. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. First of all I’m wearing steel-toed boots and standing in a gold mine in the middle of Nevada.

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Metaio Thermal Touch uses hot fingers to make anything AR

Metaio Thermal Touch uses hot fingers to make anything AR

A hot finger and a set of smart glasses could change the way we interact with the digital world, with Metaio tackling augmented reality interaction by turning every surface into a virtual touchscreen. The company's Thermal Touch system uses infrared and regular cameras to track the heat signature left when the user touches a surface, whether that be a display or a wall, and then overlays digital content on top.

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Rabbit Proto adds circuitry to 3D-printed objects

Rabbit Proto adds circuitry to 3D-printed objects

The latest work in the world of 3D printing is the Rabbit Proto, an attachment for 3D printers that prints circuitry at the same time an object is being printed, making it possible to print electronic prototypes that are functional.

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JVC 4K camera prototypes teased

JVC 4K camera prototypes teased

JVC, which recently introduced a couple new rugged cameras during CES, has detailed its 4K efforts, dropping details on a handful of prototype cameras boasting Ultra HD recording. Included among them are a couple of UAVs -- unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly called drones -- equipped with small 4K cameras.

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Emotion-sensing game controller enables customized gameplay

Emotion-sensing game controller enables customized gameplay

As virtual reality continues to grow and interactive gaming in general becomes a bigger focus, some Stanford engineers have developed the next item of attention: an emotion-sensing game controller, which could lead to customized game play based on how the gamer is responding.

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Charger prototype offers 30-second smartphone charging

Charger prototype offers 30-second smartphone charging

We've seen a variety of new battery technologies over the years, the most intriguing of which being the prototype from Israeli startup StoreDot. The company has shown off the prototype for a rapid smartphone charger that can fully charge a Samsung Galaxy S4's battery in 30 seconds.

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Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Google may be turning to the fashion behemoth behind Oakley and Ray-Bans to make Glass more aesthetically appealing, but three years back a set of cable-ties would've been more appropriate, a new image of a prototype version shows. Revealed at ThinkLA by Google's Janine Gianfredi of the Glass marketing team, the photo dates back to the days when the wearable headset was physically tethered to a computer in a backpack.

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