Patents show how Amazon’s smartphone could use 3D, hand gestures, and more

Smartphones already do so much more than make calls: they talk to you, provide turn-by-turn directions, record-and-play back HD video, and some, have fancy doodads, like built-in heart rate monitors. But Amazon has apparently come up with something entirely new. A video released by the Seattle-based company today showed potential customers oohing and ahhing over the mystery device. Reactions included everything… Read More


Ex-Valve employees raising $400K on Kickstarter for augmented reality, 3D-projection glasses

Maybe Valve should have kept these two around. Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson today launched a Kickstarter to raise $400,000 for their projected augmented reality glasses that display interactive 3D images right in front of you. The castAR specs are unlike wearable virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift, which can only project images into your eye instead… Read More


Poppy raises 300% of Kickstarter goal, will turn your iPhone into a 3D camera

Here comes a white Poppy. Poppy, the oddly-shaped 3D photo and video viewing device that uses an iPhone to create what is best described as a next-generation View-Master, is scorching past its Kickstarter funding goal and its creators are ready to introduce color options with a new stretch goal. After topping its $40,000 funding goal in nine hours,… Read More


Xbox 3D? Job listings tip Microsoft’s hand

Nice catch by PC World this morning, digging up a series of job posts on LinkedIn that show Microsoft staffing up the Xbox team responsible for “next generation console architectures” — which translates into a successor to the Xbox 360, or an evolution of it. What really caught my eye wasn’t the fact that Microsoft… Read More