'Digits' making your remote control obsolete (w/ Video)
(Phys.org)—Forget the TV remote and the games controller, now you can control anything from your mobile phone to the television with just a wave of your hand.
New Wi-Fi standard will speed up video streaming
It wasn't long ago families squabbled over who was hogging the TV remote control. Now they face off over who's hogging the bandwidth.
Nepal launches drones to combat poachers
Conservationists in Nepal are to send drone aircraft into the skies in the battle to save the Himalayan nation's endangered tigers and rhinos from poachers.
'No-sleep energy bugs' drain smartphone batteries
(Phys.org) -- Researchers have proposed a method to automatically detect a new class of software glitches in smartphones called "no-sleep energy bugs," which can entirely drain batteries while the phones are not in use.
Inventor of first wireless TV remote control dies at 96
Eugene Polley, who in 1955 invented the first wireless remote control for television, has died of natural causes, his longtime employer Zenith Electronics said Tuesday. He was 96.
NEC unveils gesture controlling device
Japanese technology titan NEC has unveiled a gadget that allows users to control their TV, mobile phone or tablet computer using a virtual input device.
Micro helicopters leave the nest
Within the framework of the EU project sFly, researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new type of flying robot that can be navigated using only on-board cameras and a miniature computer. The micro helicopters ...
New tool helps teachers use technology more effectively
A University of British Columbia researcher has piloted a tool to help elementary and secondary school science teachers get the most out of new classroom technologies.
Remote control pushed aside by gesture-sensitive devices
The remote control has never been much beloved. If it's not getting lost or running out of batteries, the device - and its inscrutable buttons - is confusing some family member or acting as a totem in an argument about what ...
TVs getting 'smarter' but maybe not better
If last week's Consumer Electronics Show is any indication, the next major computing device to enter consumers' homes will be a "smart" television - whether viewers like it or not.
Motorized shoes ready to roll into stores
Tired of walking? An American inventor has designed a pair of motorized shoes.
Televisions getting Siri-style personal assistants
Startup Vlingo on Tuesday said that it is giving televisions the kind of voice-controlled "virtual assistants" that have been a hit with the latest version of Apple's hot-selling iPhone.
Tracking genes' remote controls
As an embryo develops, different genes are turned on in different cells, to form muscles, neurons and other bodily parts. Inside each cell's nucleus, genetic sequences known as enhancers act like remote controls, ...