Ahead of its April 17 opening, we scouted 10 amazing exhibits you must check out at your next visit to the Exploratorium.
Berlin, Germany — Okay, I admit it. I stopped at this booth at the IFA electronics show because there was a woman wearing nothing but a towel in front of it. Yet I'm writing about this Kanguru Smartowel ($20, coming soon) because it's just quirky enough to interest us. It transforms.
Berlin, Germany — How many times has your phone rung but you didn't hear it because it was in your pocket? Or not realized you had a meeting? Or not realized how low the battery was?...
Berlin, Germany — If at first you don't succeed... Well, you know how it goes. After Sony's initial lettered tablets and Xperia smartphone were met with nonchalance in the market a year ago, Sony here at the IFA electronics show bowed a newly-named Xperia Tablet S, three new Xperia smartphones (the T, V and J), a convertible laptop/tablet dubbed the VAIO Duo 11, and several other new AV and PC gadgets.
Berlin, Germany — Your photo conundrum: Do you use your smartphone to take photos so you can instantly share your shots, or shoot higher-quality snaps with a standalone digital camera and then wait until you get home to share them? You guessed it: you don't need to make that choice now.
Berlin, Germany — Long expected, Samsung unveiled its update to its oversized Note smartphone/tablet (or "phablet"), the Note II, here at the annual IFA electronics show. Note II's screen now measures 5.5-inches — a .3-inch growth spurt — but somehow Samsung made it not at awkward to hold as the original.
Dull and — dare we say — usually ugly, we don't buy printers for their looks. We buy them for their ability to print, scan and copy as fast and painless as possible so we can get on with our lives. Brother's new Business Smart MFC-J4510DW printer challenges drab conventional printer design with a minimal and unassuming body, ultra fast color printing thanks to a landscape printing process and a touchscreen that actually works.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 officially goes on sale August 16 in the U.S. (that's today), and with it comes the return of the stylus in the S Pen. The Note 10.1 is not a iPad killer; it's an iPad alternative and it's being targeted at people interested in creating content — most notably design-heavy content — that Apple once aggressively catered to. There's a lot like and a lot to dislike about the Note 10.1. Read on for our hands-on with Samsung's latest tablet.
Here at SIGGRAPH 2012, we got our first look at the Edge3 Technologies 3D tracking and gesture recognition system. It's sort of like Kinect or Leap, except definitely better than the former and arguably better than the latter. We were impressed, and we'll tell you why it could enable new interfaces for the next-generation of devices.
Even your most advanced toaster won't ask that much of you these days. No matter what you're browning, it all boils down to lowering that lever and knowing that something is about to get toasty. So, how do you make a complex piece of technology such as a 3D printer easy enough for everyone to use, like a toaster? Well, to start, you focus around a one-button design. There are 3D printers on the way that want you to be able to start fabricating cool stuff just like that — just with one button. For the most part, it really can be that easy. Here we preview 3D System's forthcoming Cube 3D printer, which is looking toward a nearer-than-you-think future where 3D fabrication is commonplace and something anyone can do.