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Air Hogs Supernova Review: Simple drone with motion control

Air Hogs Supernova Review: Simple drone with motion control

Over the past week we've played with the Air Hogs Supernova, a tiny drone made to be minimal. This drone is controlled with an on-switch and sensors. The user tells the drone what to do and how to act with a series of gestures - hand signals in the air - and all power is provided by a charging cable that's not unlike what smartphone users have for their smartphone. This drone is just about as simple as a drone gets.

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ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

Smartwatches have become more than just smaller smartphones. Many of them are smaller clinical labs as well. Health and fitness have become the focus of many smartwatch makers, especially Apple. Despite having countless sensors, almost all of them are missing one important functionality: measuring the user’s blood pressure. At Computex 2018, ASUS, following Omron’s footsteps at the start of this year, is addressing that problem with the new VivoWatch BP that brings a blood pressure monitor to the consumer wearable market.

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Chrome 67 to make mobile Web-based games, VR, AR better

Chrome 67 to make mobile Web-based games, VR, AR better

Chrome 66 just came out of production, finally blocking annoying autoplaying content, but Google is already whetting developers' and users' appetites on what's coming next. While it might not be a grand launch just yet, Chrome 67 will be laying the foundations that will make Web-based mobile experiences better by taking advantage of the smartphone's sensors as well as the new WebXR framework that combines VR and AR APIs into one.

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Another step toward the perfect smartphone

Another step toward the perfect smartphone

When I say "the perfect smartphone" I of course mean the four-sided screen. That is the dream of the panel you hold in your hand without any sign of interruption - logos, buttons, or anything in-between. That dream is one step closer to reality now that phones are coming with a feature that's going live thanks to a group called Goodix.

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Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

SlashGear was invited to join Starkey's Hearing Innovation Expo, prior to this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is always a time to show off the latest innovations, the latest products, and the latest technologies for consumers and opportunities for potential business partners as well. But technology isn’t just about self-driving cars, talking speakers, or even the latest smartphones and connected televisions. Technology is about making lives better for people, especially people who need to see better or, in the case of Starkey Hearing Technologies, hear better. Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear's Editor-in-Chief sat down with Achin Bhowmik, the company’s chief technology officer and executive VP of engineering, to learn where the current technology’s at and, more importantly, where hearing innovation is headed.

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Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

iPhone X TrueDepth-like radar (see: Face ID) may be employed on the next generation of Android Wear devices. In a set of concept drawings made by Google, we've seen the ways in which radar could make the next generation of wearable devices not only more usable, but useful, too. Google's Radar-Based Gesture-Recognition Through A Wearable Device might well be the reason why the future of Android Wear is a reality.

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iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

The next age in smartphone sensory abilities began with the iPhone X - but the biggest waves might not come from Apple. While Apple's first moves with 3D sensing technology were to unlock the iPhone and make hyper-creepy Animoji, Android's coming up real soon. Reports from China and South Korea indicate more than one hardware manufacturer is traveling full speed ahead toward creating 3D-sensing modules for a wide variety of smartphones now.

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Galaxy S9 may equip iPhone X innards

Galaxy S9 may equip iPhone X innards

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 both have facial recognition abilities, but not to the degree the Galaxy S9 might. A new report suggests that Samsung is currently in the process of sourcing their own 3D-sensor, not entirely unlike what Apple has in the iPhone X. But what would Samsung do to differentiate themselves further from their competitors - surely not continue to rely on curved edge displays alone?

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iPhone 8’s software isn’t ready yet either, dread ensues at Apple

iPhone 8’s software isn’t ready yet either, dread ensues at Apple

Although Touch ID is the favorite whipping boy for whatever delays or flaws the iPhone 8 might, it is apparently far from being the only source of worry for Cupertino. This time, however, it isn’t the new hardware that’s the problem but the software using those hardware. If theses issues aren’t resolved in time, Apple might be forced to either delay the iPhone 8 launch or ship it on time with certain features disabled. Neither are ideal scenarios for this 10th anniversary smartphone.

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Qualcomm Clear Sight dual camera tech mimics human eyes

Qualcomm Clear Sight dual camera tech mimics human eyes

Cameras are the big focus of smartphones this year, and dual cameras are all the rage. Even Apple has joined the party with the iPhone 7 Plus. But camera sensors don’t do all the work by themselves and usually work in tandem with dedicated image processors. And when it comes to mobile processors, Qualcomm is pretty much the king of the hill. That is why it is now proudly announcing its new dual camera technology called Clear Sight, which works in perfect harmony with the its Spectra image signal processor (ISP) found in none other than its latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 821 mobile processors.

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Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se has a small smart temperature monitor called ThermoPeanut (it does kind of resemble a peanut) that can be stuck just about anywhere to keep track of the area’s temperatures. Inside of the fridge is one example, if you’re particularly concerned about the temp getting too high; you could stick one in your bedroom or the basement, behind your electronics in the entertainment system, or even in the car. Temperature data both past and present can then be accessed from your mobile device.

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LG reveals textile pressure sensors that bend and fold

LG reveals textile pressure sensors that bend and fold

While its rival is still obsessing over bendable and foldable mobile devices, LG is working on something somewhat more traditional but still groundbreaking. Its Innotek "cutting edge materials" manufacturing arm has unveiled a new type of textile that can sense pressure across its whole surface. And since its textile, it can be bended and folded in any which way, making it a suitable material for clothing and accessories for use in medical, health, and even automotive industries.

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