Emerging Tech

Early-detection system for wildfires could save many states from big burns

When it come to dealing with the growing problem of raging wildfires, a number of high-tech solutions have been put forward, including using water-carrying, self-flying helicopters to help extinguish blazes. A new wireless smart sensor system could take a more proactive approach, however, by spotting wildfires before they get out of control to start with. […]

Gears & Gadgets

Acer Swift 7 review: Thinness above all else demands many compromises

Enlarge Valentina Palladino The tech industry is obsessed with making things thin, and Acer is no exception. The company bills the new Swift 7 as the world’s thinnest laptop, measuring 8.98mm thick at its widest point. Designed for professionals and frequent travelers, this year’s Swift 7 tries to beat its competition by being ultra-thin and […]

Emerging Tech

Machine learning? Neural networks? Here’s your guide to the many flavors of A.I.

A.I. is everywhere at the moment, and it’s responsible for everything from the virtual assistants on our smartphones to the self-driving cars soon to be filling our roads to the cutting-edge image recognition systems reported on by yours truly. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, there’s good a chance you’ve heard […]

Gears & Gadgets

“Lighthouse Detector” can distinguish between many sources of radiation

[embedded content] R&D 100: Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detectors A lighthouse is built to shed light on rocky waters, turning at the top of a tower to illuminate sections of a dark shoreline that might harm incoming boats. Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and a company called Quaesta Instruments have drawn from that age-old […]

Gaming

Stand up or sit down? Many don’t take advantage of VR’s room-scale experience

[embedded content] Oculus’ Vice President of Content Jason Rubin claims that a “significant percentage” of Oculus Rift headset owners would rather sit down to enjoy virtual reality rather than take advantage of room-scale motion detection. He made this revelation to Insomniac founder and CEO Ted Price during an on-stage talk at E3 2018 last week.  […]