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Roku’s Streambar Is a Sandwich-Sized Soundbar Powerhouse

Roku’s Streambar Is a Sandwich-Sized Soundbar Powerhouse

Most TVs these days can be improved with a soundbar — even a budget bar. But a soundbar that also doubles as a premium streaming device will check multiple boxes for people looking for both, particularly if their older sticks or boxes are no longer getting software updates that support…

If the Future of Skincare Is AI-Generated Serums, I’ll Pass

If the Future of Skincare Is AI-Generated Serums, I’ll Pass

On Instagram, I am besieged with ads for personalised skincare and hair care. Curology, Skintelli, Proven, Skinsei, Prose, Function of Beauty — you name it, and I have been targeted by it. The general gist is that either via a selfie, quiz, or sometimes even a form of DNA testing,…

These Wrist-Worn Hammers Swing Into Your Hands So You Feel Virtual Objects

These Wrist-Worn Hammers Swing Into Your Hands So You Feel Virtual Objects

One of the remaining struggles with making virtual reality experiences feel more ‘real’ is the lack of tangible interactions between the user and objects that only exist in VR. To help bridge that gap, Microsoft Research has developed a wearable device with a hammer-like appendage that swings in and out…