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Sense Sleep Monitor Tracks Sleep Behavior and Bedroom Environment [iOS Blog]


Hello Inc’s new Kickstarter project Sense is an iOS-compatible sleep tracking system that allows users to monitor their sleep patterns and bedroom environments without the need for intrusive hardware.

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The primary Sense device is a glow-in-the-dark polycarbonate orb that derives data from factors such as noise, light, temperature, humidity, and air particles to measure sleep quality. Sense also comes with the Sleep Pill, which is a small sensor that clips onto a pillow to track movement with a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope.

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Sense works with its own companion app for iOS to provide users a snapshot of their last night’s sleep, offering an overall sleep score in addition a timeline of events throughout the night that triggered movement. The app can even play back noises that were captured by Sense, allowing users to listen to sound disturbances that may have led to an interruption in sleep.

The app also includes a Smart Alarm feature, which works with the Sense monitor and Sleep Pill to wake a user up at the right time. For instance, if a user begins to move more frequently after an extended period of rest, the app’s Smart Alarm will sound off in sync with a sleep rhythm. Sense also includes a number of pre-made sounds and alarms to aide the sleeping experience.

The Sense sleep monitor and Sleep Pill can be preordered for a special price of $99 on Kickstarter, with regular pre-orders costing $129 afterward. The first Sense monitors and Sleep Pills are expected to begin shipping in November 2014.



25
Jul
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‘Ulysses’ is coming to life thanks to virtual reality


telemachus: the tower, 8 a.m., theology, white/gold, heir, narrative (young)

Look, there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you’ve been plowing through James Joyce’s Ulysses for the past, oh, decade. It’s such a challenging read, that a developer thought it best to create some sort of a virtual reality world based on the piece that can be accessed through an Oculus Rift headset. Irish filmmaker Eoghan Kidney has launched a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of raising €4,000 ($5,400) for the project. The idea is to provide accompanying visuals as a narrator reads the story, which (to us, anyway) sounds it could help readers reach the final pages. Sadly, the campaign only deals with a single chapter called Proteus, but Kidney says it’s just a prototype for a larger project that tackles other parts of the book. If you want to put yourself in Stephen Dedalus’ shoes and walk along Sandymount Strip, head after the break to watch the video.

[Image credit: Brad Lindert/Flickr]

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Via: Kotaku

Source: The Creators Project, Fund It

25
Jul
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Light in the Dark is a new indie puzzle game from Dreamgate Studios, due out September



light in the darkI often enjoy a puzzle game, and indie puzzle games make me especially giddy. That’s not to say that big name puzzle games aren’t fun too, but I really like the new, fresh ideas that indie studios tend to come up with, and an upcoming game from Dreamgate Studios, Light in the Dark, is looking mighty interesting. The premise for the game is simple: you assume control of light-emitting creatures called totems, searching through a labyrinth of rooms to find their sleeping babies who can only be awakened by a matching beam of coloured light. Check out the adorable  teaser trailer below which shows  brief amount of gameplay:

As you can see, it’s not as simple a concept as you might think, especially when you need to start bending and reflecting light in order to get the right angles. Light in the Dark will be the Australia-based Dreamgate Studios’ first game, however their roster of talent includes experience from games like X-ComBioshock and Fallout. The game is going to be playable at PAX Prime this year, and will release in September 2014 on Android, iOS and Windows Phone for $1.99.

light in the darkWhat do you think about Light in the Dark? Does it look like a game you’ll be interested in? Let us know your thoughts.

 

Press Release

Dreamgate Studios’ Hybrid Illuminates the Physics,

Color Blending Fun in Puzzle Game: Light in the Dark

Coming Soon to iOS, Android, Windows Phone Devices


CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA  July 21, 2014 -   Mobile gamers that want a new challenge can look forward to September 2014 when Dreamgate Studios releases Light in the Dark, a physics and color blending puzzle game hybrid.   PAX Prime 2014 attendees will get an early look at the titlewhich will be demoed in the Academy of Interactive Entertainment’s booth.

Light in the Dark will test players’ wits as they help the cute colorful-cartoon species known as totems find and rescue their babies, lost in the labyrinths of long forgotten tombs.  Baby totems are reunited with their parents by spotlighting the children in a specific color, requiring gamers to bend and blend sources of light. Navigating the ancient mazes in Light in the Dark requires quick thinking and reactions to avoid the many obstacles as well as evil mummies and other creatures lurking in the shadows of the burial ground.

While this is the first title by Dreamgate Studios, it is far from the only game the developers have worked on.  The team is comprised of industry veterans whose resumes’ cite AAA series including X-ComBioshock and Fallout.

“We are drawing on the decades of development experience acquired from working on gamers’ favorite franchises to deliver a quick, fun and engaging experience,” David De Margheriti, CEO, Dreamgate Studios, explains.  “Based on feedback we received during testing, Light in the Dark’s colorful environments filled with strategic challenges, should be right on the mark for puzzle lovers.”

Light in the Dark will be available for $1.99 USD in the App Store, Google Play and Windows Phone Apps+Games Store at launch.

 About Dreamgate Studios

Dreamgate Studios is an independent game development studio based in Canberra, Australia dedicated to creating memorable experiences through interactive game-play on mobile devices.  Established in 2011 by industry veterans, the company’s goal is to combine the AAA experience of their team with the creative freedom of being an indie developer to deliver novel and innovative gameplay experiences.

More information about the company is available at http://www.dreamgatestudios.com/


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25
Jul
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Spotify comes to (a few) Vizio smart TVs


Despite the popularity of its music service, Spotify’s presence on connected TV platforms is still spotty. It’s on Apple TV via AirPlay, Roku, LG and Samsung, but not Xbox, PlayStation or Chromecast (officially). We can add on one more today, as Vizio says it’s coming to their VIA Plus enabled TVs. The only bad news? That list is currently limited to just a few models consisting of the 2014 E- and M-series TVs, and you’ll need Spotify Premium to tune in. If you don’t have Spotify Premium you can try it free for 48 hours — check out some favorites from our editors if you need musical suggestions.

Filed under: Displays, Home Entertainment, HD

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Source: Vizio Blog

25
Jul
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Sense sleep sensor monitors your zzz’s and wakes you up at the best time


You’re lucky if you can sleep easily and wake up feeling refreshed all the time — some people need a bit help to get a good night’s rest from apps and gizmos, like this new device called Sense. The gadget, which looks like a crystal ball with rubber bands, acts as some sort of a bedside sleep guardian that monitors not only your sleeping habits, but also environmental conditions. It comes with a “Sleep Pill” that clips to your pillow, which tracks your tosses and turns, automatically transmitting data to Sense via Bluetooth Low Energy and ANT. The gadget then relays all the info you need, including a sleep number to let you know how well (or how bad) you’ve slept, through the system’s iPhone or Android app.

Sense has other things to offer other than this core feature, such as the ability to record sudden loud sounds that might disrupt your sleep through its built-in microphone. (If you’re wondering, creator James Proud told The Verge that it’s not always recording, and it only ever saves sudden sound spikes.) The device can also detect pollen or dust in the air that might trigger allergies or determine whether you need heavier drapes to block out the light. Even better, the device can wake you up at the end of an REM cycle, so you don’t feel sluggish when you get out of bed.

Sense’s developers, Hello Inc., launched a KickStarter campaign recently to raise $100,000, which the project has now surpassed, as it’s already received $420,000 in pledges, thus far. A SEC filing spotted by StrictlyVC, however, proves that the company already has serious VC backing to the tune of $10.5 million, indicating that its KickStarter campaign is but a PR move. You can use the campaign to your advantage, though, since you can get the device and a Sleep Pill by pledging $99, whereas pre-ordering the system later on will cost you $129. By the way, in case Sense still ends up falling short of your expectations, you can always pair it up with a smart bed when one does hit the market.

Filed under: Misc, Mobile

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Via: The Verge

Source: Kickstarter

25
Jul
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​More dinosaurs had feathers than we thought


Dinosaur fossils in the Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., USA

Realistically, we’ll probably never successfully clone a dinosaur — but if we ever do, we may be surprised by how the beast turns out. A fossil found in Siberia threatens to change our perception of what history’s giant lizards may have looked like. We already know that not all dinosaurs were scales and teeth — fossils from the 1990s show that some carnivorous theropods may have worn feathery coats — but the new fossil suggests that far more dinos were covered in birdlike feathers than previously suspected. The Siberian discovery suggests that plant-eating dinos may have had feathers too.

The new fossil, identified as Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, is the first non-theropod dinosaur discovered to exhibit evidence of feathers. It’s an outlier, but it suggests that non-carnivore may have evolved with feathers as well. According to head researcher Pascal Godefroit, it could even mean that many of the well-known species we see as all-scales today were feathered, too. “Probably more of them had feathers but those feathers were not fossilized,” the paleontologist told The Verge. “Potentially, all dinosaurs could have been covered in feathers.”

Godefroit says this information will change how scientists think about how the creatures evolved, but admits the research is only just starting. “There are too many questions left.” Still, our grandkids could be looking at museum exhibits very different from the ones we enjoyed as children.

[Image credit: D. Hurst / Alamy]

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Source: The Verge, Science

25
Jul
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Gamer discovers deceased father’s ghost car, gets to race him again


YouTube comments typically fill one with shame and disappointment in the human race, but here’s one that just might make you cry. Below a video from PBS about video games as spiritual experiences, a user going by the online handle 00WARTHERAPY00 has written a touching story about the time they spent gaming with their dad. ‘THERAPY00 says that when he or she was four years old, they’d play Xbox with his or her father and had tons of fun up until a few years later when their dad passed away. It was ten years before the commenter could bring him/herself to boot Microsoft’s first game console and when they did, there was a surprise waiting for them. Rally racer Rallisport Challenge features a function that records the best lap-time for a given circuit with an apparition-like version of the car used. Meaning that, quite literally, there was a ghost of 00WARTHERAPY00′s father waiting to compete against him or her.

“and so i played and played, and played, untill [sic] i was almost able to beat the ghost. until one day i got ahead of it, i surpassed it, and…

i stopped right in front of the finish line, just to ensure i wouldnt [sic] delete it.

Bliss.”

The story has since gone viral, and we couldn’t help but be reminded of this one about a gamer that discovered a stack of mail and presents from their departed mom in Animal Crossing. That’s it; no snark here. Now, if you don’t mind, we’re going to grab a Kleenex or two.

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD

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Via: Yahoo! Autos

Source: YouTube

25
Jul

The OnePlus One can be updated to Android 4.4.4 courtesy of AOSP ROM



OnePlus One can be updated to Android 4.4.4

Good news for the few people that have access to the new OnePlus One smartphone. OnePlus has announced on their forum that the OnePlus One can be updated to Android 4.4.4 thanks to OnePlus’ own AOSP ROM. This is probably one of the first times a manufacturer has updated their device which shipped with a custom ROM, so it’s interesting to see what OnePlus had to say about the device’s warranty in this instance. On the forum post, OnePlus notes:

“Warranty info: Doing this does not void your warranty. If you brick your phone, however, you’re on your own. We will repair it, but that’s not covered by warranty.”


It’s kind of unintuitive for OnePlus to say that the upgrade process won’t void their warranty, but for the warranty not to cover the potential consequences of that upgrade process, but this is definitely a unique case that doesn’t have too many precedents. There are also still issues with the ROM, including the gyroscope, encryption and VPN not working, and that’s just the documented issues. All the same, it’s good to see that OnePlus is committed to keeping its users updated with the latest version of Android.

If you do have a OnePlus One and you want to try out the new Android 4.4.4 ROM, head over to the OnePlus forum post here where there are instructions for downloading the ROM and installing it.

What do you think about OnePlus’ committment to updating its devices so far? Let us know what your opinion is in the comments.

Source: OnePlus via Phone Arena


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Data Cuisine creates meals based on cultural statistics


We’ve seen IBM’s Watson computer serve up unlikely food pairings, but Data Cuisine takes culinary experimentation to a whole new level. Developed by data-visualization specialist Mortiz Stefaner and curator Susanne Jaschko, it’s an initiative to create recipes that reflect a particular set of statistics. In the case of a workshop in Helsinki, that meant translating local fishing data, ethnic population stats and crime rates into a variety of dishes, from different types of fish stacked to represent various kinds of crime to a map of the country’s alcoholic consumption made with various amounts of wine and regional dishes. (See the photo above for the latter.)

What makes these edible visualizations so compelling is how different ingredients are used to represent the statistics in question — there’s a reason behind every culinary decision. In Barcelona, for example, a cake based on the amount of national science funding for 2013 contained 34 percent less sugar than a cake representing the funding for 2005. Even if the results are not always delicious, it certainly changes the way we consume facts and figures. The Data Cuisine will likely expand to more cities around the globe, translating more information into food in the process.

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Via: Wired

Source: Data Cuisine

25
Jul
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Google wants to define a healthy human with its new baseline genetic study


Google’s got a big new project and it’s you. Well, not just you, but a genetic and molecular study of humanity that aims to grasp at what a healthy human should be. It’s in its early days, collecting anonymous data from 175 people, but it plans to expand to thousands later. The project is headed up by molecular biologist Andrew Conrad, who pioneered cheap HIV tests for blood-plasma donations. According to the WSJ, the team at Google X current numbers between 70 and 100, encompassing experts in physiology, biochemistry, optics, imaging and molecular biology.

The Baseline project will apparently take in hundreds of different samples, with Google using its information processing talents to expose biomarkers and other patterns – the optimistic result hopefully being faster ways of diagnosing diseases. Biomarkers has typically been used with late-stage diseases, as these studies have typically used already-sick patients. “He gets that this is not a software project that will be done in one or two years,” said Dr. Sam Gambhir, who is working with Dr. Conrad on the project. “We used to talk about curing cancer and doing this in a few years. We’ve learned to not say those things anymore.”
Information from the project will remain anonymous: Google said that data won’t be shared with insurance companies, but the shadow of privacy issues hang over pretty much anything the company touches. Baseline started this summer, initially collecting fluids such as urine, blood, saliva and tears from the anonymous guinea pigs. Tissue samples will be taken later. “With any complex system, the notion has always been there to proactively address problems,” Dr. Conrad said. “That’s not revolutionary. We are just asking the question: If we really wanted to be proactive, what would we need to know? You need to know what the fixed, well-running thing should look like.”

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Source: WSJ

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