Add “boredom detector” to the seemingly endless list of things your smartphone can do. A group of researchers say they’ve developed an algorithm that can suss this out by looking at your mobile activity, considering factors like the time since you last …Continue reading
We know what social networks are like on the Web and in apps, but what will they be like in virtual reality? While Facebook, the owner of Oculus VR, is surely pondering this behind the scenes, a startup called AltspaceVR is already …Continue reading
On the face of it, startup Nextbit’s first smartphone looks a little blockier and more stylish than the average black slab, but otherwise pretty normal. Turn it over, however, and there’s something unusual: four LED dots that light up whenever the phone …Continue reading
In 1962, cinematographer Morton Heilig patented his Sensorama Stimulator—a bulky virtual-reality machine that showed 3-D films on a personal display while pumping in smells, sounds, and the sensation of wind. Heilig was never able to popularize the sensory-immersive Sensorama; it remains a …Continue reading
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off a minuscule computer, dubbed Curie, during a keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Krzanich plucked a button off his blazer before explaining that it contained a Curie demo module.