Everybody's favorite digital games storefront Steam is going to become an entirely different beast next month. Moving beyond only selling PC games, Steam will soon have a suite of creativity and productivity apps that'll gladly rob take your hard-earned cash.
Everyone loves a good massage, but what about a good massage you could have anytime you wanted (within the boundaries of good taste of course). The eSSAGE self-massaging suit takes away the tyranny of spa visits, loved ones and trained pros by empowering you to give yourself a massage, wirelessly controlled by an app.
In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, we look at a pedometer for your canine companion, an iPhone app that could maybe help you diagnose skin cancer and a touchscreen faucet that lets you customize the water you drink at home.
Itching for the good old clackety clack clack typerwriter days when typing actually was a coveted skill and profession for budding white collar workers? Now you can replicate the annoying keyboard sounds on your computer without any hardware modifications.
Though it looks easy on TV, fighting with a broadsword is an activity knights and other medieval types probably practiced a lot. So how do modern knights get some practice in without cutting their hands off? Microsoft Research is tackling this problem with a new game called SwordFight that enables multi-player dueling with smartphones using hardware localization technology.
GPS is a fantastic technology, allowing you to pinpoint your location within a few feet anywhere in the world, except all those places where you can't get a clear view of the sky, like inside buildings. People spend rather a lot of time inside buildings, which is what makes this new geomagnetic location technology (which does work inside) so cool.
While parents might not approve of their kids reading comic books all day, at least you can argue that they're getting some reading done compared to watching cartoons. That feint silver lining is put to rest by the latest in comic book tech, which harnesses your smartphone to actually read the story to you.
Twenty years ago, the video footage of Rodney King's beating at the hands of several LAPD officers brought Los Angeles to the boiling point, but it also harkened the age (and power) of consumer video technology. Two decades later, video tech has become pocket sized, but its potential impact still prevails.
Don't you hate it when you jump into bed, just to discover that you forgot to turn off that lamp across the room? Twenty years ago you could have hooked it up to a Clapper, but that's way too low-tech today's world. Now there's a more suitable solution, in the form of he world's first smartphone controlled light bulb.
There's a new health app out there that uses photos from your smartphone to track the health of a person's skin — from acne, pore size and tone. The user takes several close up shots of their face and the app then analyzes their skin condition and assigns a score. Over time this allows a user to create a base on which to evaluate their skin health.