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Magic Leap Is Bringing Us One Step Closer To The Augmented Reality Of The Future: VIDEO

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Augmented reality has long since been one of the most promising visions of the future presented by Silicon Valley. As cell phones have grown more powerful and wearable devices have become more ubiquitous, that vision has come increasingly closer to realization. In a new video originally meant to be screened at South By Southwest, Magic Leap, a company specializing in AR and backed by Google, shares a little bit of the software its been working on.

Most forms of AR--like Microsoft's HoloLens--are a virtual overlays projected onto physical objects that can only be seen through a digital lens. Magic Leap’s take on the tech showcases a literal first person shooter game in which static physical objects become weapons that can be used to fight enemies in a video game.

Magic Leap also shows a few brief moments of interacting with e-mail as if it were a tangible thing and sending it with the flick of a wrist. It’s difficult to say just how close this concept video is to what Magic Leap may eventually bring to the consumer market, but the company’s PR director says that the Magic Leap team is playing a version of this game around the office right now.

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Disney's New 'Tomorrowland' Trailer Shows A Future In Peril - WATCH

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Let it never be said that Disney doesn’t know how to turn a ride, or in this case a land within its own theme parks, into what appears to be an epic film. The latest trailer for Tomorrowland gives us a better--though still cryptic--idea of just what Brad Bird has in store for his second live-action feature film.

The future, as luck would have it, seems to be in some sort of dire peril at the hands of a nefarious Hugh Laurie. Helpless to fend off the forces of evil himself, Amal Alamuddin’s husband enlists the help of a young girl whose imagination will probably save the day. Silly as it all may sound, the film’s visuals are absolutely gorgeous and just might convince you to give it a shot when it hits theaters in May.

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Introducing Wankband: The Wearable Designed To Help You Stay Charged - WATCH

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One of greater hurdles facing most pieces of tech these days is battery life. You’ve been there--out on the town, heading to a bar or friend’s place, only to realize that your phone is on the brink of death with little to no chance of making it through the rest of the night. What if, you’ve undoubtedly thought to yourself, there was a way that you could charge your devices on the go? What if there was a way to harness the kinetic energy of your body’s movement to charge your smart watch in the same way that you charge your everyday wristwatch?

Soon there will be with the...provocatively named WankBand. As you might have surmised from its name the WankBand is a small wearable device that generates an electric charge while you’re...being vigorously celibate. As Caity Weaver points out writing for Gizmodo, it’s questionable just how much energy one might be able to produce while using their shake weights or mixing martinis. But then again, you’d be surprised what you can accomplish with a little bit of elbow grease and determination.

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Marvel at the Top 10 Hottest Tech Trends of CES 2015 - VIDEO

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BY KYLER GEOFFROY

This week marked the return of the Consumer Electronics Show, the world's biggest electronics and technology trade show. Spanning some two million square feet of exhibit space across Las Vegas, CES 2015 brought together thousands of exhibitors and dozens of giants in the tech, automotive, phone, computer, 3D printing, home entertainment, and virtual reality industries.

Dji inspire 1With so much innovation and just plain fun on display, it can be hard to narrow things down to a top 10 list. But we'll give it a shot with our Top 10 Tech Trends at CES 2015.

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Towletech v.132: Net Neutrality, Artificial Intelligence, Extremely Large Telescopes, E-Ink Smartphones

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Road With the Orion spacecraft having a successful test flight Friday, when can we expect to see manned trips to Mars?

Road And if you thought watching a harrowing space survival journey (a la Sandra Bullock in Gravity) was intense, try playing one

Road It's only been 9 days since the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed teaser trailer exploded onto the internet, but dedicated fans have already built one of the new, controversial "crossguard lightsabers" using a 3D printer. Check it out below:

 

Road IMAX may soon be getting some high-def competition in movie theaters with Dolby Cinema. 

Road German Chancellor Angela Merkel argues against net neutrality, calls for special access fast lanes. 

XperiaRoad Check out Sony's latest marketing stunt showing off their waterproof devices - the Xperia Aquatech Store in Dubai. It's an underwater concept store that requires scuba gear and an invitation to reach. 

Road Awareness or alarmism? Stephen Hawking's recent comment on artificial intelligence potentially leading to the "end of the human race" has stirred debate among AI experts. 

Road In related news, if you have 20 minutes to spare be sure and check out this new TEDx Talk on the wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn. 

 

Road Work has begun on the European Extremely Large Telescope, an enormous telescope with a 128 ft main mirror that will be able to obtain high-resolution imagery of planetary formation and potentially even detect water and other organic molecules on far off planets.

Road A fascinating look at how ultrafast cameras that capture 100 billion frames per second will enable us to watch how light moves and may even help us study invisibility cloaks.

Road Introducing the word's first 1,000 mph car

Road If you're not down to fork over $200+ for a smartwatch, check out the $7 Fastfox

YotaRoad Yota's slick, dual-screened e-paper smartphone is now on sale in the UK.

Road The virtual reality headsets that give Oculus Rift a run for its money

Road Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook after Cook suggested that free online services (like Facebook) treat their users as "products". 

Road Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has just wrapped filming

Road Why ultrasonic devices may be the key to haptic feedback for virtual reality. 

Road Pizza Hut's new tablet-menu will track your eye movements to pick your favorite toppings for you. 


Towletech v.131: Star Wars, Google Glass, Terminator, Laser Watches, TGIF Drones, NASA Cats

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BY KYLER GEOFFROY

A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web

Road Is this the first footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer rumored to debut next week?

Road In other "star wars" news, Russia is reportedly developing an "inspector satellite" that could chase down or destroy other orbiting spacecraft

Road And if your mind (and ears) are still swarming with all things Interstellar, be sure and check out this behind the scenes video for the sound of the film. 

 

Road On Thursday and Friday, Silicon Valley's Singularity University was in Amsterdam for Summit Europe. The two day event centered around the concepts and consequences of exponential technologies. Check out SingularityHub's coverage of the event, including the summit's discussions on robotsartificial intelligence, and self-driving cars

PosterRoad Was Google Glass just a grand, failed experiment

Road The second phase of Expedition 42 blasted off to the ISS today, carrying commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, flight engineer Terry Virts of NASA, and Italian flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. They will be joining their other three crew members already on the ISS. The crew has also put together a humorous poster mimicking The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  

Road Check out the first image of Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the iconic role of a T-800 robot for next year's Terminator: Genisys

Road Speaking of Terminator, Space X CEO Elon Musk recently said that he's legitimately worried dangerous artificial intelligence (a la Skynet) is only five years away

Road A video on the future of sex, courtesy of The Verge

 

Road Check out this one of a kind, James Bond-inspired laser watch that pop balloons, light matches, and burn through CD cases all from a distance. Just don't point it at your cat. 

Road Why the internet of things is bigger than anyone realizes

Road Two new sub-atomic particles have been discovered by CERN's Large Hadron Collider. 

Road Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have an ambitious plan to use Oculus Rift to help complete Google's Lunar Xprize - a $30 million competition to land a privately funded robot on the moon. 

Road Put this one down in the "insane, but heartwarming" category: TGI Friday's in the United Kingdom are set to roll out mistletoe-armed drones inside restaurants to help encourage holiday kissing.

Ocean spiralRoad A Japanese construction company has unveiled a blueprint for a spiral ocean city that will be home to some 5,000 people and be ready for residents to move in as early as 2030.  

Road Harvard scientists say it's time to start thinking about engineering the climate.  

Road Midterm surprise: Why the new GOP chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science could lead to a planned mission to Jupiter's moon Europa

Road A fascinating look at how falling cats taught NASA astronauts about zero gravity back in 1969.


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