You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

headphones Shutterstock Researchers have created a new technology that uses the camera and accelerometers in an average cellphone to measure real objects in 3D space. Created at Carnegie Mellon University, you can use the system to build “3D models of the world” just by waving your phone around an object or scene. The accelerometers, called inertial measurement units, roughly tell the phone’s… Read More

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Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

surface3-outline Microsoft announced the Surface 3 today, a new edition to its Surface lineup of tablet-hybrids. The Surface 3 is best described as a  thinner, smaller, lighter, and less-powerful Surface Pro 3.
The Surface 3 also costs less, starting at $ 499, sports a smaller, 10.8 inch screen, a claimed 10 hours of video playback on a single charge, and runs a full build of Windows that comes with a… Read More

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Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

WATCH 1 The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $ 149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds… Read More

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Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

tile-purse Tile, the lost item tracker that you can attach to purses, keys, luggage, bikes or anything else that tends to go missing at times, is today rolling out a new feature designed to make it easier for people to get help finding their items. In an update to the company’s iOS and Android applications, users will now be able to share their Tiles with others, including friends, family,… Read More

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