Samsung reportedly plans to unveil a Galaxy smartphone with a three-sided wraparound display next year.
Citing information from "two people familiar with the plans," Bloomberg said Friday that the display would wrap around the edges of the phone, allowing people to read messages from an angle. Each of the three sides would also function independently. From the description, it sounds as if you'd be able to view your normal front display and then see a small amount of additional information wrapped around on the right and left sides of the phone.… Read more
"Hey, pick up your trash!" No, that wasn't me talking. It was that little robotic trash can. It knows when there's garbage in the vicinity and asks humans to pick the refuse up.
The wheeled Social Trash Box, or STB, robot out of Japan's Toyohashi University of Technology comes equipped with a microprocessor, a video camera, and a speaker for making its desires for cleanliness heard. Motors enable it to twist right and left and bend backward and forward. A pyroelectric infrared sensor lets it detect people's body heat and move toward them, while a distance sensor helps it maneuver around them (and other obstacles). … Read more
Two gaming journo mainstays join Jeff on the show today. 20-year veteran Victor Lucas and his partner-in-crime Scott Jones pick apart the next-generation console wars and opine on what the future of gaming will and, more interestingly, will not be like.… Read more
Project Loon might be a crazy moon shot, but Google is building its balloons to stay afloat an unusually long time.
A key component of the Google [x] Lab project to deliver Wi-Fi to remote parts of the world via souped-up weather balloons is the material that the balloons are made of, according to a new Google video. And it sounds like Google hasn't yet settled on a solution.
Each balloon is designed to stay up for 100 days or three trips around the globe. That's much longer than most weather balloons that travel at the stratospheric heights … Read more
My mom may not like that I have tattoos, but I'm sure she'd like it even less if I had a microphone tattooed on my throat. That's what Motorola is proposing, with a patent for a wireless mic that's tattooed on the throat and connects to a smartphone. Not only would it allow you to have "reasonably" improved communication, but it could also be used to detect lying. And it could light up! Hear that, Mom? This thing might actually be useful.
A source close to Apple told Bloomberg that the next iPhone would be larger and have a curved screen. … Read more
Google Glass is slowly coming within reach of members of the general populace who aren't developers, celebrities, or elite early adopters.
This week, as Google rolled out a Glass software update that adds a new command for listening to music, the company also quietly put a new form online that allows anyone to add themselves to a waiting list for the Glass Explorer program. The Explorer program so far has allowed certain developers, contest winners, and VIPs the privilege of paying $1,500 for a beta version of the hardware. Last month, existing Explorers were given the ability to invite three friends to purchase their own set of Glass.… Read more
Flexible material for 3D printing hit the market earlier this year, allowing for objects like jelly shoes, but 3D-printed cloth-like material seemed like a bit of a pipe dream.
A Manchester, UK-based husband-and-wife team from Israel might just be about to change all that. Tamar Giloh of Tamicare has invented what she calls "Cosyflex" -- a stretchy, biodegradable fabric 3D printed using a variety of materials.
The process is a little different from what we have come to know as 3D printing. Rather than an extruder nozzle, the "printer" uses a spray nozzle to create layers of natural rubber-latex polymers and cotton fibers to construct a pair of disposable underpants in less than 3 seconds. The process is fully automated and can produce up to 10 million pairs of the underpants -- pitched at women who experience particularly heavy menstrual flow -- in a year. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Compelling interview with a 15-year-old girl who can feel the emotion of machines.
- Xbox One preorders ship early, reveal large game file sizes.
- Amazon to begin offering Sunday delivery option for purchases.