Do-it-yourself home security options seem to be growing more numerous by the day, and we've tested a lot of them. None of them have left us quite as impressed as SimpliSafe. With its wide variety of easy-to-install sensors, SimpliSafe protects your home in a way that's comprehensive and yet also remarkably user-friendly. The system is totally wireless and designed to keep running even if the power gets cut, and unlike most other DIY security kits, SimpliSafe features both live monitoring and a cellular backup. If something's amiss at home, you can count on your system to keep … Read more
Leap Motion announced Thursday that Hewlett-Packard is embedding its gesture control technology in 11 new computers.
In a blog post, Leap Motion -- which developed a system designed to enable users to control their computers with hand gestures alone, with accuracy down to a hundredth of a millimeter -- said that HP is integrating its technology into 11 desktop and all-in-one machines.
In September, HP said it was incorporating Leap Motion's tech into the Envy 17 laptop, making it the first manufacturer to build the system directly into a computer. This time around, however, HP is embedding the system … Read more
We've been keeping a close eye on the partnership between Quirky and GE, with high hopes for a new generation of smart home gadgets. That partnership now seems to be bearing fruit, as the first wave of Quirky+GE-branded devices is hitting stores just in time for the holidays. I've already reviewed the Pivot Power Genius smart surge protector, and we've currently got the Quirky Egg Minder chilling in the company fridge. However, it's the Quirky Spotter Multipurpose Sensor that I've been most eager to play with.
The Spotter is a small, puck-shaped device that'… Read more
Leap Motion, makers of the matchbox-sized motion tracker that launched back in July, has gone even further in its efforts to make interacting with computers in open space as accurate and powerful as possible. An upcoming software upgrade announced Wednesday will allow any Leap Motion device to perform far more precise tracking by viewing one's hand as a whole object without needing to see its every move, allowing for new and more accurate forms of interaction.
The upgrade, which has been in the works for about a year and marks the first substantial overhaul to the device's software, … Read more
Some of the most entertaining musicians to watch are the ones who really get into their instruments, moving around the stage and playing guitars over their heads. With the Motion Synth system from Auug, movement is a requirement. The Kickstarter project brings gesture-controlled music creation to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The Motion Synth consists of a case and strap that holds the iPhone in position on your hand and an app. An overlay over the screen helps you position your fingers to trigger different sounds. The app turns movements into signals that control other audio apps or external hardware devices. Which means by moving and angling an iPhone, musicians can do things like control audio, trigger vocal effects, and shape notes and harmonies.… Read more
Stop Motion & Assemble is a mishmash of tools designed to help you create stop motion or other types of video on your iPhone. The result at first looks like a misfire, if only because of the sheer volume of options on screen and the lack of organization or instruction in how to use them, but if you take the time to dig through options, Stop Motion & Assemble can be a useful tool.
When you open the app for the first time, you'll find a range of options onscreen, from adding new pictures to setting your timeline and … Read more
Stop-motion animation is usually a pretty meticulous process by anyone's definition, but graphic artist Nando Costa is apparently a lot more hard core. He's created a 2-minute, 30-second stop-motion animation -- by laser cutting each frame into wood.
"As seen in the video, each frame is unique," he said. "Aside from the design of each frame itself being distinct, small variances that naturally occur in the laser-engraving process, as well as the different wood grain of each frame, naturally created subtle shifts of the position of the artwork. An effect that I was particularly interested in and that could naturally be achieved in digital assembly but that I was much more excited about re-creating with real objects." … Read more
Airbnb just got a few thousand more supporters in its ongoing dispute with New York state.
The rent-out-your-home service has thrown its weight behind a petition authored by a New York City host named Mishelle. In the petition, she asks the state's senate to fix what she calls a "poorly written law," which could curb Airbnb's reach in the region.
"The reason this is happening is because of a poorly written law originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels with dozens of rental apartments," Mishelle writes. "As a New Yorker just … Read more
It appears that Airbnb is going to bat for its New York City hosts; the rent-out-your-home service has filed a motion objecting to the state's recent subpoena asking for troves of host data.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the subpoena last Friday requesting that Airbnb divulge three years' worth of data on thousands of New York hosts. While Airbnb has said that it will cooperate with New York's lawmakers to root out illegal hotel operators and slumlords, its motion stated that it won't turn over sweeping amounts of information on hosts who have done no wrong.
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Apple Maps may sometimes send clueless drivers off the beaten path and even onto active airstrips, but the company may be facing a far deeper problem with its new flagship iPhone 5S' directional capabilities. Widespread reports are claiming that the new device's motion sensors are highly error-prone, and the problem could be on the software side or a calibration error built into the handset itself.
The staff over at Gizmodo took the iPhone 5S to task in multiple tests, finding the iPhone 5S' motion sensors giving readouts that are wildly different than those of the iPhone 5.
The app most affected is Apple's native compass. In displaying direction, it shows discrepancies on average of 8 to 10 degrees compared with the iPhone 5 with both running iOS 7. … Read more