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Samsung Buys Cross-Platform AI and Voice Recognition Team Viv Labs

The tech companies of the world are still kidding themselves that we care about voice control and AI women who can occasionally set alarms at the right time for us, so much so that Samsung's blown a large chunk of money on buying Viv Labs -- the latest AI startup from some of the people that gifted Siri to the world. Read More >>

gaming
The Next Oculus Rift Might Let You See Your Actual Hands in VR

When you don a virtual reality headset, it blocks out the real world. You no longer see your body. But what if there were a way you could see your hands through the headset, and use them in virtual reality? Pebbles Interfaces, the company Oculus just bought, might have that technology. Read More >>

gadgets
This Little Device Turns Your Thumb Nail Into a Track Pad

Sometimes your hands are completely tied up when you need to use a device the most; even gesture recognition is no use, let alone a touchscreen. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s latest input device, which turns your thumbnail into a track pad, could help. Read More >>

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Apple Patents iPad Stylus With Fancy Retractable Nib

A new Apple patent has been uncovered, one that was originally filed in September of 2012, that sees the tech giant filing details of an interactive stylus with multiple nib settings to cater for different uses. A pen and a paintbrush, for example, popping out of the same hole. Read More >>

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“OK Google, Make a Boat Go. NO! Take a PHOTO.”

Google thinks fumbling for the voice input button and talking to your phone is somehow easier than fumbling for and pressing the camera icon. Hmm. In a G+ post, Google reveals that saying "OK Google, take a photo" is the new, exciting and easier way to make your phone take pictures via the search box. It's not. Even boss Larry Page thinks speech input is rubbish. [Google] Read More >>

samsung
Samsung Patents AR Finger Keyboard for “Gear Glass” Wearable Tech

A patent for a complex augmented reality input system has been filed by Samsung, one that would replace the Google Glass style of vocal input with a text entry system activated by staring at your hands and wiggling your fingers about. Read More >>

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Apple Patent Supports Rumours of Pressure-Sensitive Touchscreens

Over the weekend, Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on enhanced sensors capable of detecting different levels of pressure. Now, an Apple patent for pressure-sensitive touchscreens could lend that rumour some credence. Read More >>

advertising
Playable Captchas are the Future of Logins and Internet Ads

A new way of verifying you're a real person and not a spam machine might eliminate the chore of typing phrases like "beetle sausage" and so on, with a start-up looking to gamify the art of verifying you're a human. Read More >>

gaming
Valve Testing Sweat-Sensing Biometric Gaming Input in Left4Dead

One of the ways in which PC gaming saviour Valve is looking to innovate is in the field of biometric input, with the Half-Life creator apparently now testing various control methods that use eye-tracking and take data from sweat sensors so the software knows when you're panicking or at the limits of your skills. Read More >>

Leap Motion
gadgets
This Sick 3D Gesture Control Hardware Will Only Cost About £75

Leap Motion's amazing-looking gesture control debuted last May, and it's had developers crawling all over it ever since. Now, the company is finally getting ready to sell it to you—and it'll only cost about £75 all-in. Read More >>

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gadgets
Asus Is Putting Sick 3D Gesture Controls in Its PCs This Year

Leap Motion's amazing-looking gesture control debuted last May, and has had developers crawling all over it ever since. Now, Asus has announced that it's teaming up with the company to produce a range of computers using the tech — and they should be here this year. Read More >>

android
Why Wait For Jelly Bean, Grab Android 4.2’s Fancy New Keyboard Now

A slightly unfinished but perfectly usable version of Google's new gesture-based Android 4.2 keyboard has been made available online, which should work for just about anyone using a phone or tablet running Google's Android 4.0 code or higher. Read More >>

microsoft
Why a Keyboard—not a Processor or Screen or Anything Else—Is the Only Way to Beat Apple

The killer (or be killed) feature of that new Microsoft Surface for Windows RT is its keyboard. The tablet itself is a wonderful device. It's got a great body and a (seemingly) fast processor. But input is everything. Read More >>