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Synaptics announces first self-enclosed fingerprint sensor for laptops

Synaptics announces first self-enclosed fingerprint sensor for laptops

Synaptics has debuted the first fingerprint sensing hardware for laptops and other devices that is completely self-enclosed, or "off the grid" in that it doesn't rely on other parts of a computer when authenticating a fingerprint. The company calls its technology "match-in-sensor," and says it will allow more secure transactions on computers as users get more accustomed password-free logins. By isolating fingerprint authentication, it prevents threats like malware on the computer gaining access to the data.

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NHTSA tech will prevent drunk drivers from starting cars

NHTSA tech will prevent drunk drivers from starting cars

No one will argue that driving under the influence is an irrational thing to do, but once you're in that situation, all rationality is clearly thrown out the window. This causes around 10,000 people to lose their lives each year. So when you aren't in a condition to make that decision not to drive, your car might make that decision for you. That is what the US Department of Transportation's National HIghway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed, showing technology that could stop cars from even starting when the driver is drunk.

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Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

While we talk a lot about fitness wearables, we don’t talk about sports sensors nearly enough. Companies like Zepp are trying to quantify your sports movements, providing contextual data in real-time to eek out maximum results. While you might get info and feedback, that only goes so far. If you’re not met with the right drills and tools once you know where you’re making errors, you’re probably doomed to be more aware of your shortcomings. To that, Zepp is launching Coaches Center, a service to provide your coach the tools they need, too.

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BKB, Hit Chip tech show how hard pro boxers really punch

BKB, Hit Chip tech show how hard pro boxers really punch

Boxing fans everywhere have an idea how hard their favorite fighter hits, at least when they see them in the ring snapping someone’s head back. There are a lot of variables with boxing, making the severity of a punch open to interpretation. Is Gennady Golovkin’s jab really than harsh? Is Ruslan Provodnikov as devastating as it seems, or is he just a suffocating brawler? New tech may answer that for us. In a recent BKB boxing match, the Rosado/Stevens title fight saw puches with as much as 600 lbs of force.

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Windows 10 for phones gets more sensors, activity tracking

Windows 10 for phones gets more sensors, activity tracking

Last week has seen a lot Windows 10 goodies drop on our laps, but if you're more of a Windows Phone kind of guy, there's still something for you. The information, though, doesn't come from Microsoft's presentation in China, so take it with a grain of salt. But if the leak is the real thing, then Windows Phone users will be greeting some new abilities on their devices, thanks to Windows 10 for Phones' support for a broader range of sensors as well as for a new Activity Tracking framework.

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Motion Tennis arrives to turn your Android into a Wiimote

Motion Tennis arrives to turn your Android into a Wiimote

In 2013, Rolocule Games revealed its fancy new Rolomotion Technology that turned data from a smartphone's sensors into accurate gestures. Back then, it demonstrated this idea by turning an iPhone and AirPlay combo into a Wii-like tennis game. Last year, it did the same, only with an Android smartphone and a Chromecast. Fast-forward to today, the game developer is finally releasing the app to the public and for free! It is even promising an interesting new feature coming soon for Android fans in an upcoming update.

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Synaptics Natural ID biometrics scanner will come to mobile devices

Synaptics Natural ID biometrics scanner will come to mobile devices

Your fingerprint is more important than you think. J Edgar Hoover may have been right about it being a useful law enforcement tool, but fingerprints are also a good option for securing your mobile devices. Synaptics, a leader in the field of biometric recognition, is announcing their Natural ID will be made available for high-end mobile devices. The benefit of Natural ID is that it needs a touch, not a swipe. That will have more mobile device emulating Apple’s class-leading Touch ID.

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DOLE has a wearable banana you can eat

DOLE has a wearable banana you can eat

We've seen a lot of wearable devices, ranging from normal looking fitness bands and smartwatches, to onesies and even bras. But admittedly, this one takes the cake. Or in this case, the fruit. Food company Dole has just revealed their next hit product. Or produce, rather. The world's first ever wearable banana. A smart fruit that can notify you of your body status, especially when running. And, at the end of it all, you can even have your banana and eat it too.

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MESH offers a DIY platform for non-DIYers

MESH offers a DIY platform for non-DIYers

If you've ever been jealous of all the fancy and creative things hobbyists and makers have been doing with their Arduinos and what have you, but really don't have the patience or the skill for assembling and soldering, someone has just heard your prayer. MESH almost sounds and looks like a toy, but if so, it's a very smart toy at that. It offers non-intimidating modules and an easy to use, drag and drop programming interface to give you an appetizer of what you can do with the right tools and a bit of imagination.

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Clime tiny sensors offer home monitoring, go up for pre-order

Clime tiny sensors offer home monitoring, go up for pre-order

The Clime tiny sensors, first introduced this past summer, have gone up for pre-order, offering those interested in a connected home a relatively low-investment option for getting into the automation game. The Clime sensors track different home metrics like light levels and temperature, with four different types of sensors being offered to meet various needs. As with similar products, Clime connects to the home's network and shuttles data off to the user's smartphone for mobile monitoring.

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