DT Daily: Hands on with MindRDR, SharkStopper anklet, VR Lightsaber demo

If you think wearable tech is still more sci-fi than practical hardware, have a word with DT contributor Andy Boxall. He got his hands on, or more accurately, mind around, a new Glass app called Mind-RDR. It uses an EEG sensor to interpret brain activity, which lets users take photos and then post them on social media sites, just by thinking about it. Mind-RDR detects extra levels of activity in the brain, with concentration indicated by a horizontal line appearing on Glass’s screen. Usually we’re pretty skeptical about mind reading devices. But in this case, as the whole setup becomes more mature, compact, and affordable, it may radically change the way we interact with all kinds of devices.

Good news for all you surfers, bodyboarders, divers, and partakers in all other forms of aquatic activity: there’s a new shark repellent system on the rise that could potentially save you from becoming lunch for Jaws. It’s called SharkStopper, and while it’s definitely not the first invention of it’s kind, it’s noteworthy for the unique way that it fends off your finned friends. SharkStopper uses nothing more than specially-constructed sound waves to keep sharks at a safe distance. Sure, you look like a parolee on supervision, but that’s a small price to pay for peace of mind in shark infested waters. 275 bucks will lock one down for you on their Kickstarter page.

Prepare to get your Jedi on. The virtual Reality enthusiasts at Sixense Entertainment have released a Lightsaber demo video for the company’s STEM motion-tracking system, and it looks awesome. Used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift headset, the demo shows what is possible once latency has been reduced to nearly zero. Accurate simulation of sword fighting has long been a holy grail for VR enthusiasts, and it appears to be here now. The STEM system isn’t commercially available yet, but when it does arrive we expect it to make all the current motion controllers look like mere toys.

Wearables

Focals succeed where Google Glass fumbled (but do we really need smartglasses?)

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Emerging Tech

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Wearables

To be blunt, the Vuzix Blade smartglasses just don’t cut it

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Deals

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for February 2019

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Digital Trends Live

Original ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin Harrington on what he loves about CES

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Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Highlights from day 2 of CES 2019 outline future of tech

In our second day of coverage for the annual tech conference in Las Vegas, Greg Nibler and Maude Garrett welcomed guests from industry leaders like Verizon, Intel, and Microsoft and we went out on the floor to discover new tech.
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On the last day of CES, Digital Trends Live hands out awards and more

On the third and final day of CES, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas, the Digital Trends Live team interviewed guests, dissected all the trends on display at the show, and gave awards to the very best tech.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: New Motorola flip phone, ads in space, smart umbrella

On this episode of Digital Trends Live we discussed trending headlines like foldable smartphones and advertising in space. We also sat down with Caleb Denison and Ronan Glon to talk about the world of tech post CES 2019.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Netflix price hike, Starsona’s celeb connections, and more

On episode 48 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler, Adrien Warner, and Drew Prindle explored the tech news of the day, including Netflix’s controversial price hike, and an interview with Digital Domain’s Darren Hendler.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: The dark age of streaming, booze delivery, and more

On the latest episode of Digital Trends Live, DT's daily morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Nicole Raney explored the biggest news from the tech world. On this week's episode: A massive data breach, the dark age of streaming, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Oscar nominations, the future of blockchain, and more

From Oscar nominations, to the latest Spotify and Uber features, there was a lot to discuss on this episode of Digital Trends Live. Journalist Rachel Wolfson also joined the show to talk about the future of cryptocurrency.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Double-folding phones, the best gaming laptops, and more

AirPod rumors and the latest news about foldable phones highlight Wednesday's episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with Calvin Iverson to talk about how to travel on a budget and how millennials are changing the travel industry.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.