SureFlap has an app-controlled pet door in the pipeline

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EEG hardware hack uses blink detection and predictive text for hands-free typing

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The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversial ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with “enhanced security measures in place”. It had already lifted the ban for three major airlines, earlier this …

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Cat owners rejoice! Now you can quantify the comings and goings of your furry friend — thanks to an app-controlled pet door that can send push notifications when Tibbles enters and leaves your abode. Other app-enabled features include the ability to remotely lock or unlock the pet door, set curfews, and track the habits of …

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Security firm BullGuard has launched a consumer-focused Internet of Things product in the U.S., following its acquisition of Israeli startup Dojo-Labs last year. The startup had been stealthily working on the network monitoring device designed for smart homes all the way back in 2014, before showing off the physical pebble-shaped device for displaying visual alerts in …

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Well that didn’t last long. A fresh patent spat between Nokia and Apple which fired up at the back end of last year when Cupertino accused the former world number one mobile maker of making like a patent troll appears to have been resolved already. The two companies said today they’ve reached agreement to settle all litigation pertaining …

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Google has announced it’s working on a service to offer detailed indoor location positioning using its Tango 3D sensing computer vision tech. “One thing we’ve seen clearly is that AR is most powerful when it’s tightly coupled to the real world, and the more precisely the better,” said Clay Bavor, speaking at Google’s I/O conference today. “That’s why we’ve been …

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Hardware is hard at the best of times. But software developer Patrick Morris-Suzuki set himself the ambitious challenge of creating a blink-detecting system for hands-free typing during an overnight hackathon here at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2017. The hack was inspired by Facebook’s demo at F8 last month, when the company revealed it’s working on building a brain-computer …

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The so-called ‘smart home’ often comes across looking incredibly dumb. Either you have to shell out lots of money to replace perfectly functional appliances for their Internet-connected equivalents — which might then be vulnerable to hacking or whose functionality could be bricked at manufacturer whim. Or you go around manually affixing sensors to each appliance and moveable fixture in your …

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Here’s a novel fix for the headache of interacting with all sorts of connected devices: researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have devised a system that lets smartphone users tap their phone against an IoT device in order to have a contextual menu automatically loaded on screen — thereby saving them from having to scramble around looking for the …

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LG Electronics has posted its Q1 2017 results, which show a nearly 10 per cent year-over-year jump in revenue. The electronics maker is reporting KRW 14.66 trillion ($12.70BN) in revenue, an increase of 9.7 per cent from the same period last year. While its operating income (profit) nearly doubled, to KRW 921.5 billion ($798.3M). On the mobile …

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Finally coming to the pet tech space this summer: an app-controlled cat door that will tell you when your pet has left the building. RIP privacy for pets! UK firm SureFlap, which already makes a range of microchipped-enabled pet products such as feeders and pet doors which only open for the correctly chipped (or RFID-collared) pet, reckons …

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