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Gaze tracking glasses

SMI just released their 2.0 revamped eye tracking glasses. They embed an HD camera and do not require any calibration. Your eyes are tracked at 60 Hz, and allows companies to measure the gaze of people for shoppers, sports, etc. Watch our friend Schwarzenegger explain how their new baby rolls after the break.

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The Oculus Rift: a new view on Virtual Reality

I still remember walking at the ICE floors in 2006 and being quite rather disappointed when trying out the last virtual reality helmet. Viewing angles were small and the resolution of the display was really poor. The experience of being complete being submerged into the game was completely lacking. Since last year, things seem to be changing, when the Oculus Rift was announced as a Kickstarter project. Everyone that has played with the prototypes is incredibly enthusiast, so I am pretty sure this will be the product of 2014 and truly win many awards in a way that Philips can only dream of...

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This trash bin is following you...

That personal data is important for marketing is a fact. Data gathering with cellular data from mobile phones might be number one on the list, but bluetooth and wifi sniffing are climbing the ranking ladder. The recently installed smartphone sniffers in the UK, however, had to be removed. Traffic on the streets of London was sniffed by recording MAC addresses of phones that passed the devices, neatly stowed away in trash bins. The bins were equipped with wifi and a screen that would show ads. The effective reach of the ads was measured using the speed of the people passing the bins. During the busiest day of the trial, about 100,000 phones were identified and in the first month, over a million unique devices were recorded.

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Nokia streetview coming up!

We all know Google Maps, and we all love it. Apart from other companies such as CycloMedia and TomTom, also Nokia has stepped into the business of gathering 360-degree image data from streets. Nokia's Here system collects data using 4 cameras at 16 MPixels (so with the wide angle of over 90 degrees, resolution is effectively rather low) but claims good color representation and high dynamic range. Let's see. The system records data with a Linux-powered box with an attached Nokia Lumia 920 phone and a Microsoft Surface as the interaction device for the drive. Why? No-one knows... The system additionally contains a GPS unit and a LIDAR sensor for range data. Cool thing is that the complete system can be snapped onto any car in about 30 minutes. O yeah, the navigation software that tells the driver how to drive is computed by an algorithm called "Route PhD"...

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Philips wins award for yet unannounced tv...

What the f*ck? Yes, indeed, I was thinking the same thing when I read the news. Apparently, Philips managed to impress the people that decide on the EISA awards with just a specsheet (and a fancy diner and a development versions of the Oculus Rift?). Anyway, the 65-inch 4K tv will be introduced at IFA on September 5 this year and has already won the European Ultra HD TV of 2013-2014 award. Obviously, no more television sets with this resolution will be introduced in the next one-and-a-half year... Philips, congratulations, your marketing department works!

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