Author: Michael Kwan

Apple
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Apple Copies Lytro, Patents Focus-Changing Camera Tech

Apple did cite Lytro’s design as “prior art” in its patent application, but Apple did go on to say how its technology improves image quality and increases the maximum possible resolution of the image, the latter of which was quite the sticking point for Lytro.

PHONES
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Video: Do You Want to Taste Your Smartphone?

You can see your phone and you can hear your phone, but would you want to taste your phone? Scientists from the National University of Singapore think you do and they’ve already started working on the tech to support this kind of functionality.

Sony
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Forget About Smartwatches, Sony Patents the SmartWig

Okay, this might be taking the whole “smart” phenomenon a little too far. We already have smartphones, smartwatches and smart cameras, but Sony has now filed a patent for a SmartWig. Yes, it is more intelligent than your average toupee? So, what you can expect from this hairpiece?

Mars
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NASA’s MAVEN Mission to Mars Launched Today (Videos)

The MAVEN spacecraft, which stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, sat atop an Atlas 5 rocket at 1:28 EST earlier today, blasting off from the Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s going to take ten months for MAVEN to reach its destination.