Though they're often being lumped together, Microsoft's HoloLens headset is a very different beast to the Oculus Rift. Whereas the Rift wants to transport you to a whole other virtual reality world, Microsoft's augmented reality driven HoloLens wants to invade your real world. And that gives it a far wider potential for educational application.
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DJI's Phantom 2 Vision+ really upped the ante for a consumer-friendly all-in-one aerial photography drone. It shot solid 1080p video, and its built-in stabilised camera kept the shot super smooth. Well, the Phantom 3 is here — and while it isn't perfect, it blows the doors off the 2 Vision+. It's a mighty sweet birdie.
Admit it: You've always dreamed of being a farmer. Sim Farm's pixelated corn fields didn't quite cut it; Farmville promised action but delivered an endless series of mindless chores. Despair not, would-be agronomist: Soon, you'll be able to plow fields, sow seeds and whack weeds with the best of them, all from the mud and bug-free comfort of your living room.
Some of my fondest childhood memories involve booting up my parents' Macintosh Plus to play Super Munchers or make pixelated masterpieces in MacPaint. Alas, Apple hadn't gotten into mobile devices just yet, but that didn't stop Pierre Cerveau from imagining what the tech giant's very first smartphone might have looked like if it were made in the 80s, too.
We all want our own Iron Man suit, complete with flying capabilities and palm cannons. The reality is none of us are billionaire geniuses, so we'll have to make do with what we've got. And that's this to-scale helmet from Tony Stark's famous costume that you don't so much wear on your head as, uh, listen to. Yes, it's a speaker.
Skateboard suspension is an idea that sounds long overdue — modern skateboarding is a lot rougher than it was when my parents were young. Professional riders fly through the air, grind across metal rails and land on hard concrete after jumping down enormous flights of stairs. They do it all without suspension, forcing them to make hard landings. It sounds unpleasant.
The Apple Watch starts hitting wrists today with one of the most incredibly enormous user guides ever produced for an Apple product: 23 topics, almost 100 pages, not even including the 10 videos produced to teach people how to use this thing. Apple started creating "guided tours" for its new products back in 1984 — here are some highlights from over the years.
It's all good and well Google's Nexus Player is arriving in Australia very shortly, but one has to wonder what you'll actually be able to use it for? Fortunately, Ausdroid's Daniel Tyson has done some digging and discovered the answer is somewhat hit and miss.
Even if you've opted to spend a weekend car camping instead of truly roughing it with nothing but a pack on your back, you still don't want to pack too much stuff. So in lieu of a couple of awkward folding lawn chairs for cosying up next to the fire, Therm-A-Rest has created the Treo chair which folds up into a pod as small as a thermos.
This high tech board, whose Kickstarter campaign runs until mid-May, is the brainchild of Slovenia-based startup SipaBoards. Claiming to be the world's very first self-inflating stand-up paddleboard (who knew?), the device includes a fully-integrated electric motor that gives the paddler up to three knots of boost.