Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


Nintendo Switch running Zelda: Breath of the Wild showed off on Fallon

Nintendo Switch running Zelda: Breath of the Wild showed off on Fallon

Nintendo has been teasing us about the Switch game console with bits and pieces of data here and there. The most recent release came when Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime went on the Jimmy Fallon show and took the Switch console with him. The big news here isn't another glimpse at the Switch hardware, it's the game Fallon got to play.

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ReSound Up Smart pediatric hearing aid supports Apple devices

ReSound Up Smart pediatric hearing aid supports Apple devices

ReSound has announced that it has launched a new hearing aid for kids called the ReSound Up Smart Pediatric Smart Hearing Aid. The device is the only pediatric Smart Hearing aid with Made for iPhone capabilities inside. The Made for iPhone capability allows support for speech and language development, educational skills, and social interaction.

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HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hubs adds all the ports to Macs

HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hubs adds all the ports to Macs

Mac users know that the thin and svelte design of the latest MacBooks means that the connectivity options for the notebook are limited. You need a different dongle for just about anything you want to connect to the Mac. A new product called the HyperDrive has turned up on Kickstarter and it may be the ideal thing for MacBook users looking for expanded connectivity.

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Salto jumping robot mimics the African bushbaby

Salto jumping robot mimics the African bushbaby

The Biomimetic millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley is rather known for making small robots that mimic animals and so far Ron Fearing and his team have created some unique little robots. They have bots that can run, bots with wings, bots with tails, and hairy robots. The latest robot is a tiny thing that is hailed as the most agile robot ever made and it is designed to mimic a very cute animal that lives in Africa called the bushbaby or galago.

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Casio Exilim FR110H camera is a 1.9MP ultra low-light snapper

Casio Exilim FR110H camera is a 1.9MP ultra low-light snapper

Casio has rolled out a new digital camera for specialty photography and at a glance it sounds like a camera from years and years ago. It has a scant 1.9MP resolution, but Casio says that those pixels are extra large and meant specifically for gathering light in low-light situations. The image sensors is a back-illuminated CMOS sensor and you only have to look at the image of the lion to see how much better at low-light photography the FR110H is than Casio's other cameras.

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Pebble Time 2 and Core cancelled amid Fitbit deal

Pebble Time 2 and Core cancelled amid Fitbit deal

We mentioned that Fitbit was reportedly close to buying some of the assets and people that were involved with Pebble early this month. Word has now surfaced that the financial woes at Pebble mean that the company is cancelling two of its products that lots of people backed on kickstarter. The Time 2 and Core devices have now been cancelled and sources say Pebble is planning to refund all Kickstarter backers.

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Yuneec Breeze First-Person View Controller lets you be onboard your drone

Yuneec Breeze First-Person View Controller lets you be onboard your drone

The problem for many people who want to fly drones is that they can be a bit hard to pilot when they are coming towards you. Anyone who has ever found one knows the challenges controls making the drone move in the opposite direction pose. Yuneec has a controller that will take that challenge away and lets the pilot see what the drone sees as if they were on-board the drone. The controller is called the Breeze First-Person View Controller.

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German nuclear fusion machine creates 3D magnetic fields as predicted

German nuclear fusion machine creates 3D magnetic fields as predicted

German scientists turned on a new type of nuclear reactor at the end of 2015 and found that it was able to contain incredibly hot helium plasma inside its 3D magnetic fields. The nuclear fusion reactor is called Wendelstein 7-X stellerator or W 7-X for short and the big question that the scientists have been trying to answer is if the reactor was working the way it was designed.

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Obi the parrotlet wears goggles and flies through lasers for science

Obi the parrotlet wears goggles and flies through lasers for science

Scientists at Stanford University have trained a Parrotlet called Obi to wear some pretty rad goggles and fly through laser sheets in an effort to test models that predict the lift generated by flying animals. The purpose of this experiment is to help develop better flying robots in the future. Obi wears those cool goggles to protect his bird eyes from the laser beams he is flying through.

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Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music has unveiled a new set of over-ear headphones that have some cool and premium features. The headphones have automatic noise cancelling function to eliminate noise from the outside world to allow focus on the music. Active visual monitoring is a feature that gives a VU meter on the left and right ears of the headphones.

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Meizu M5 Note and Meizu Band break cover, neither available in the US

Meizu M5 Note and Meizu Band break cover, neither available in the US

Meizu has a new smartphone that is debuting today called the M5 Note smartphone. The device is aiming at people who want a budget offering that doesn't look like a budget offering. The M5 Note has a premium looking all metal unibody that is sandblasted for a smooth feel and comes in four colors. The colors include gold, silver, grey, and blue.

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Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Medical researchers in California have made a breakthrough in understanding Parkinson's disease. The discovery was made while performing animal research and a direct link between the brain disorder and a bacteria living in the gut has been found. The scientists hope that the discovery could someday lead to new treatments for the disease by focusing drugs on killing the gut bacteria or via the use of probiotics.

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