Hardware

Facebook is building a brain-computer interface

 Today Facebook will reveal its progress on creating brain-computer interface that could let people control augmented reality and virtual reality expereinces with their mind instead of a screen or controller. Facebook’s CEO and CTO teased these details of this “direct brain interface” technology over the last two days at Facebook’s F8 conference. Regina Dugan, the head… Read More

Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom

 On day two of Facebook’s F8 conference, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s CTO showed off designs for two new 360 cameras that the company is going to help push to market. The x24, with 24 cameras, and its little brother the x6, with six cameras, can each capture in six degrees of freedom for more immersive 360 content. Facebook plans to license the designs of the two cameras to… Read More

Sony debuts the new Alpha 9 mirrorless camera with 20fps continuous shooting

 Sony invited members of the tech press and renowned Sony photographers to Midtown Manhattan for the launch of the new Sony Alpha 9 flagship and a new G Master telephoto lens. Sony’s Alpha 9 will be available next month for $4,500 in the United States and $5,299 in Canada. The cherry on top of the Alpha 9 is a new digital 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2MP CMOS sensor. It sports insane… Read More

HP’s new x360 laptops miss the point of 4K on the Spectre but get security right with the EliteBook

 The Spectre 13 x360 I strangely loved from late last year is back with a 4K screen and pen support for the Windows Creators update that went global this month. Read More

Smart running shoes won’t make you faster, but they could help you avoid getting hurt

 Altra’s Torin IQ were inevitable. Sensors integrated into articles of clothing have long been acknowledged to be the next step in wearable tech, and the Utah-based footwear maker just happened to beat most of its competition to the finish line with a pair of running shoes that bake tracking directly into the sole. But unlike the scads of smart clothing that’s almost certainly on… Read More

LeEco pulls the plug on its EcoPass video service as stories of US struggles mount

 LeEco’s coming to America tale has been fraught with one bad piece of press into another. The company added to the laundry list this week by announcing that it formally pulled the plug on its EcoPass content package earlier this month. The Chinese hardware maker confirmed the story first spotted by Variety in a statement to TechCrunch. “We discontinued the EcoPass Beta program as… Read More

Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

 A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about USD $900), Musio is now sold online through Softbank’s marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through handful of brick-and-mortars stores. Musio’s parent company, AI venture AKAStudy, is the latest startup… Read More