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Startups Gest Thinks It Has Invented the Best Way to Interact with Virtual 3-D Objects. Keyboards, mice, and touch screens all have their uses but have distinct limitations.

Startups Gest Thinks It Has Invented the Best Way to Interact with Virtual 3-D Objects

They’re not particularly good for interacting with 3-D objects, such as those found in virtual reality or design programs. A company called Gest thinks its device, which slides onto the back of your hands and fingers to track their movements, provides a more natural and useful alternative. The Gest controller has four soft, rubbery half-rings that clip onto your fingers, and a pad that straps onto the back of your hand. Each device contains 15 inexpensive sensors that measure motion with gyroscopes and accelerometers, much like those found in mobile phones. Thumb movements are inferred using data from the other sensors. “The keyboard and mouse don’t make sense for things like augmented reality and virtual reality,” Gest cofounder Mike Pfister says. Fast and Spacious Helium-Filled Hard Drives Ready for Liftoff. Data-storage company HGST has begun making a six-terabyte helium hard drive that has a 50 percent greater storage capacity and uses about 20 percent less power than conventional hard drives.

The secret to this leap forward in performance? Pumping the drives full of helium. Helium reduces friction, vibration, and other mechanical issues that limit the storage density of conventional hard drives. It also makes hard drives less power hungry. MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete. The Wristify prototype is a personal climate-controlling wearable. Image: Wristify Here’s a scary statistic: In 2007, 87 percent of households in the U.S. used air conditioning, compared to just 11 percent of households in Brazil and a mere 2 percent in India.

Another one: By 2025, booming nations like those are projected to account for a billion new consumers worldwide, with a corresponding explosion in demand for air conditioning expected to arrive along with them. Keeping indoor spaces at comfortable temperatures requires a huge amount of electricity–especially in sweltering climates like India and Brazil–and in the U.S. alone it accounts for a full 16.5 percent of energy use. A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it. Like all technology, USB has evolved over time.

A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it

Despite being a “Universal” Serial Bus, in its 18-or-so years on the market it has spawned multiple versions with different connection speeds and many, many types of cables. The USB Implementers Forum, the group of companies that oversees the standard, is fully cognizant of this problem, which it wants to solve with a new type of cable dubbed Type-C. This plug is designed to replace USB Type-A and Type-B ports of all sizes on phones, tablets, computers, and other peripherals. When it comes to chasing clicks, journalists say one thing but feel pressure to do another. Online media is made of clicks.

When it comes to chasing clicks, journalists say one thing but feel pressure to do another

Readers click from one article to the next. Advertising revenue is based on the number of unique visitors for each site. Editors always keep in mind their traffic targets to secure the survival of their publications. Writers and bloggers interpret clicks as a signal of popularity. Internet Anywhere, Your Phone as a Remote, Logitech Mouse [Deals] Seagate’s new 8TB hard drive is for all you digital hoarders. Solid-state drives get most of the love from gadget sites these days—they're faster and cheaper than ever, and they're a great way to extend the life of an older computer.

Seagate’s new 8TB hard drive is for all you digital hoarders

If you need to store more than a terabyte of data, however, you still need to turn to old fashioned spinning hard drives. To that end, Seagate yesterday announced an 8TB hard drive that's a full two terabytes larger than the largest drives on the market today. How to sneak a Tesla into Russia for just 6.5 million rubles. In much of the Western world, the Tesla Model S is becoming a normal sight in traffic; it’s just another sedan.

How to sneak a Tesla into Russia for just 6.5 million rubles

A particularly quiet and environmentally friendly one, granted, but a workaday four-door nonetheless. In Russia, on the other hand, a Model S attracts the attention of pretty much everyone. Tesla doesn’t do business there, so when Dmitry Grishin — the wealthy 35-year-old entrepreneur behind internet mega-portal Mail.ru — navigated hell and high water to bootleg one into Moscow, his hard-fought prize made the cover of Автомобили magazine. Over 600 of the 3,000 employees at his company signed up to test drive the car in a rented lot.

What I figured out about Tesla’s future after finally driving one myself. It’s easy to forget that Elon Musk’s electric car company, Tesla Motors, is still very much in its infancy.

What I figured out about Tesla’s future after finally driving one myself

It’s been listed on the stockmarket for barely four years and has sold only about 40,000 vehicles. Yet the company, which is now worth more than $32 billion, attracts a disproportionate amount of media attention. That’s because many people (like us) think it has the potential to revolutionize not just the $1 trillion-dollar-a-year global automobile industry, but potentially the way we consume and store energy. KeyGrabber USB 8MB Hardware Keylogger - 8 Megabyte USB Keylogger. The KeyGrabber USB keylogger has 16 Megabytes of built-in memory, accessible as a Flash drive.

KeyGrabber USB 8MB Hardware Keylogger - 8 Megabyte USB Keylogger

Old car batteries could make cheaper, more efficient solar panels. A single battery could power 30 homes.

Old car batteries could make cheaper, more efficient solar panels

(Christine Daniloff/MIT) Lead-acid car batteries have the potential to cause a whole host of environmental issues, but their continued use – which allows manufacturers to recycle the dangerous lead from one battery to another – keeps the pollutants out of the environment. As those batteries are retired in favor of newer, more efficient types (like lithium-ion batteries), however, we’ll stop having somewhere for all that lead to go. According to engineers at MIT, we can recycle them to make long-lasting, low-cost solar panels. In recent years, researchers have worked on solar cells that use a compound called perovskite.

The new study, published in Energy and Environmental Science, shows that these solar cells can be built efficiently using recycled lead. Three Big Ideas in Google’s Modular Phone That No One’s Talking About. Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept, could reshape the entire mobile landscape.

Three Big Ideas in Google’s Modular Phone That No One’s Talking About

As conceived, modules could be hot-swapped from phone to phone, including different size endoskeletons. New Deal Design. Sharp's new phone for Sprint looks like something out of a sci-fi fantasy. Jump To Close.

Sharp's new phone for Sprint looks like something out of a sci-fi fantasy

Green Tree-based 360fly raises $17.8 million. By Deborah M. Todd / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Green Tree-based tech company behind the 360-degree video camera 360fly has closed a Series B funding round designed to boost the product's fall launch to consumers. 360fly, formerly known as EyeSee360, has closed a $17.8 million round of funding led by San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures. The round adds Qualcomm to a list of lead investors that includes Greenwich, Conn. How Long Does a Flash Drive Last - Josh's Blog.url. So the question has been bothering me for quite some time, how many times can I really write to one of these USB memory stick things before it finally dies.

With as popular as the USB drive based distributions are becoming, I was wondering, how practical are these distributions. The stick used in this experiment is a 1G Sony Microvault USB Flash Drive. I'm going to see how many times I have to write to this before it dies. (more after the fold, this is a very long post) Prepping the Media I had to write a utility that could do file reading and writing using the O_DIRECT flag. Here is how I created the filesystems: Nexus 7 (2013) vs Nexus 7 (2012) – what’s new.url. Google officially unveiled the second-generation Nexus 7 model a few hours ago, so it’s time to check out what’s new compared to the first-generation model.

The 2013 Nexus 7 model brings several important improvements, from screen quality, to size and weight, to processing power and even prices. In every aspect, the Nexus 7 offers better hardware compared to last year’s model – not that we expected anything else from a new device. Size matters. PC Connection - USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Combo Adapter.url.