Texan Creates a Hoverboard with 4 Leaf Blowers

The technology in science fiction films has always fascinated people. Take the hoverboard, for example, that cool floating skateboard Marty McFly uses in Back to the Future. It makes you wonder – would it be possible for this type of technology to exist in our lifetime? And if so, how would we go about building our own?

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Double Telepresence – Your Double is Here

Double Telepresence – Your Double is Here

If you’re a telecommuter, then there’s probably been a time or two when you wished you could physically go around the office and talk to people directly. If you’ve ever wanted to be in two places at once, then you’ll be interested to know that there’s this new robot that allows you to do just that.

Double Telepresence
The Double is being manufactured by Double Robotics which has dubbed the robot “the ultimate tool for telecommuting.” The firm calls this method of communication double telepresence. It allows you to be “physically” present in a certain place even if you’re not there. The technology is quite simple: it’s essentially a wheeled stand (it looks like a Segway) that holds an iPad, which you can drive remotely. Voila! You can now remotely roam around your office.

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Technology Highlights and Trends during 2014

Technology Highlights and Trends during 2014

Here is a brief summary of the many highlights and trends blending in from 2013 and moving into 2015. Smartphones, Tablets and now many phablets. Apple jumped in with the iPhone 6 Plus and the skinniest ever iPad Air 2. The Internet of Things is really taking off with regular household items such as connected toothbrushes, tennis rackets and basketballs. They are continuing to embed technology in everyday objects. Televisions keep making strides to be bigger, better, and more immersive with 4K TVs (Ultra HD) and many curved screens. Wearables with Google Glass and integrating into personal clothing such as socks and baby clothes, even a wearable drone. Speaking of drones, they are getting very popular with professional photographers and videographers, not to mention just as fun toys. With vehicles we have improvements towards self-driving, driverless parking, and even cars with 4G Internet connections. 3D Printing is taking huge strides to print  every days objects, tools, parts, and even different foods. Affordable 3D printers in every household is becoming more of a reality. We also have constant improvements in intuitive computing with moving away from the traditional keyboard and mouse. Better recognition in voice, gestures, and even eye movements. Looking into 2015 there will be continued advancements in virtual reality, streaming video, and wearables. The Oculus Rift already creates stunning VR experiences with their video and head motion tracking.

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Sony unveils e-paper watch

Sony unveils e-paper watch

Technology plays a role in so many things in our everyday lives that it doesn’t come as a surprise that visionaries and developers are continuously coming up with concepts that make fashion play a larger role in the tech industry. Enter wearable technology. Alright, it’s not a new concept, but experimentation on the use of different materials for gadgets is pretty awesome. Japanese electronics giant Sony’s e-paper watch is definitely worth looking at.

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GoPro is Now Making Drones

GoPro is Now Making Drones

If you’ve seen one of those awesome aerial footages on YouTube, there’s a pretty good chance the very camera used to capture that was a GoPro. The wearable action camera brand is definitely the top-of-mind choice among enthusiasts, hobbyists and videographers looking for a versatile and durable high-definition camera to capture all kinds of “extreme” action footage. To illustrate, many consumer drone products already come with GoPro-compatible mounts.

In a recent announcement, GoPro is now planning to create their own line of drones equipped with high-definition cameras, which they plan to release by late 2015. These new devices will retail somewhere between $500 and $1000 USD.

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