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Leap Motion unveils $100 augmented reality & hand tracking system

Leap Motion’s hand-tracking technology that lets you control a PC using hand gestures hasn’t really caught on since it first launched almost 5 years ago. But the company’s still around, and now Leap Motion is unveiling something that could be revolutionary… or it could just be another cool idea that fails to catch on. The […]

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Leap Motion to bring hand-tracking to phone-based VR headsets

Leap Motion has been producing sensors for the past few years that allow you to control a computer without touching it by moving your hands and fingers through the air. Now the company has announced plans to bring its technology to mobile devices, bringing hand-tracking features to virtual reality headsets that rely on smartphones, like […]

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Lilbits (5-28-2014): Google designs its own self driving cars

Google has a habit of working on crazy sci-fi projects like delivering internet access to underserved parts of the globe with balloons and developing cars that drive themselves. Up until recently, those self-driving cars were basically commercially available vehicles that had been retrofitted to work without user input. Now Google’s going all out and building […]

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Lilbits (3-21-2014): Is your email safe from snooping?

Microsoft’s “Scroogled” ad campaign pokes fun at Google for the company’s habit of automatically scanning your email messages in order to choose contextually relevant advertisements. But this week Microsoft is drawing some heat for snooping through a Microsoft Hotmail users’s inbox as part of a criminal investigation involving an employee who leaked software and trade […]

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Touchscreen keyboards? Where we’re going we don’t need touchscreens

Minuum is a virtual keyboard designed to take up as little space as possible. Right now that means you get more free space for content on a touchscreen phone or tablet. Eventually the Minuum team thinks its keyboard app could offer touchless typing on TVs or computers. The developer of Minuum currently offer an Android app […]

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Lilbits (12-05-2013): Seeing the world through Google colored glasses

Google has been promising to deliver a version of Google Glass that will work with prescription lenses for a while, and now we’ve got a first glimpse of what that will look like. The company is reportedly working to partner with at least one eyewear company, and there may be more — so we could actually […]

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Lilbits (10-03-2013): Hello Android 4.4?

About the only things Google has said about Android 4.4 KitKat are that there’s a new version of Android in the works, and that it’s called Android 4.4 KitKat. But it’s likely that this’ll be the version of Google’s mobile operating system that ships on the next Nexus smartphone, it’ll probably be available for older […]

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Lilbits (9-19-2013): Google Wallet goes cross-platform

Google Wallet may have started its life as an app designed to let you tap your phone against a tap register to make electronic payments, but adoption hasn’t exactly been spectacular. The good news is that Google Wallet has a few other features: it can act as a virtual wallet for storing customer loyalty cards, […]

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Leap Motion’s $80 motion controller hits the streets, underwhelms

Leap Motion wants to bring motion controls to computers the same way keyboards brought typing. For $80 you can pick up a sensor that plugs into your PC and lets you interact with a computer by waving your hands, fingers, or other digits around to control games, maps, or other apps. At least that’s the […]

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Lilbits (6-28-2013): Haswell in small desktops, Raspberry Pi in an Atari case

Zotac has released a number of tiny desktop computers over the past few years, but the company also offers products that let you build your own. The latest is the Zotac H87-ITX, a small motherboard that’s compatible with Intel’s 4th-generation Core processors, also known as “Haswell.” You can use the H87-ITZ mini-ITX board to build […]