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‘Feel’ Virtual Reality With Gloveone

High quality consumer-grade virtual reality is nearly here, so it’s time to start thinking about the next step after that: physical/virtual interactions. In layman’s terms, that means being able to actually feel the virtual reality space and the objects it contains. Luckily for us, that future may not be too far off either as one company has already launched a Kickstarter for their tactile virtual reality gloves.

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The gloves, which are known as Gloveone, work by translating touch sensations into vibrations. Gloveone is equipped with over 10 actuators which are distributed throughout the palm and fingertip area of the glove. These actuators vibrate independently at various frequencies and intensities in order to reproduce accurate touch sensations.

While Gloveone isn’t currently capable of hand tracking, the team behind it says that it’s in the works. Their haptic gloves are compatible with products like the Kinect and Leap Motion which do hand tracking natively, however.

Curious to see what the future holds? Take a look at their Kickstarter page and make sure you lend them your support!

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Newsify Is Our Favorite Mobile News App

While the rise of smartphones and tablets undoubtedly changed the way we consume news content, was it really for the better? The team behind Newsify don’t think so, at least not yet. They’re hoping that their app will finally make the most of our devices for an objectively better reading experience.

Newsify will allow you to read and share your favorite websites and blogs with an amazing newspaper-like layout. What’s so great about Newsify is how familiar it feels. If you’ve ever used something like Google Reader, Flipboard, or Pulse then you probably already know how to use the app since Newsify works by subscribing to news RSS feeds.

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If you’re an Apple Watch owner then you’ll also appreciate the fact that Newsify  has released an Apple Watch compatible app. This app will allow you to keep up to date with all of your favorite websites, receiving both a sound notification as well as a vibration when headline news occurs.

Newsify operated on a freemium model so just give it a download and see if it’s for you, you literally have nothing to lose!

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The Dragon Ball Z Sequel We’ve All Being Waiting For Is Here

Are you one of the millions of people who grew up watching Goku battle foes and reach impossible new heights in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z? If so then you might want to head to your favorite streaming website and watch the first episode of Akira Toriyama’s new Dragon Ball series, entitled Dragon Ball Super. Yeah, that’s right. Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Piccolo and the rest of the Z fighters are back after an 18-year long hiatus.

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The new series takes place some months after the defeat of Majin Buu, during a time of peace, and will eventually intersect with the events of Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’. The first episode is a “slice of life”-style episode which follows Goku’s newfound occupation as a farmer as well as Gohan who appears to be studying for his exams. Next week’s episode will showcase Vegeta and his family as they take a vacation.

Work on an English dub will commence later on this year with the first English dubbed episode being released sometime next year.

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Portal Stories: Mel Is One Of The Best Fan Games. Period.

The Portal franchise provides such a high quality narrative experience that its hard to ever imagine a good fan-made game ever being created. That’s exactly what happened though when indie game developer Prism Studios put their team to work on an unofficial prequel dubbed Portal Stories: Mel.

Unlike other fan games we’ve seen, Mel offers its players a massive fully-voiced world to explore and interact with. What’s more, if you enjoyed the sort of puzzles that the first two portal games had, you’ll doubly enjoy the puzzles in Mel which have upped the difficulty from Valve’s games.

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But what about that charm? What set Portal apart from other first person puzzle games was its quirky, immersive, and charming narrative. Well, worry not for Mel captures much of the same feeling that the official Portal games had. It’s made by fans of the series after all.

Portal Stories: Mel is now free for steam Portal 2 owners.

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Amyko Can Save Your Life In An Emergency Situation

Isn’t the best technology not only the one that will improve your life but also potentially save it? We think so. That’s why we’re excited about Amyko, an NFC-packing modular bracelet which can connect with smartphones and tables in order to share medical information in emergency situations. Amyko will allow first responders information as detailed as your allergies, food intolerances, blood type, weight, and more allowing them to take the necessary actions to keep you alive.

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Depending on your privacy settings you can even allow anyone with a smartphone to be able to view the information you want to display and your relatives’ contacts. This way even if a first responder isn’t available, a good samaritan may be able to do their best to save you.

Amyko can be preordered on Indiegogo today for the low price of just $25. A small price to pay for the chance of surviving a terrifying ordeal don’t you think?

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LAZYLOCKS Is A Smart Lock Solution On The Cheap

Want to get into the smart lock craze? You don’t necessarily have to pony up hundreds of dollars to experience the security and convenience of something like the August Lock. For just $29, you can get your own WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartlock. How? Just support LAZYLOCKS on Indiegogo!

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Not only is LAZYLOCKS just as capable as more expensive smartlocks, its also designed to fit any door and requires no modifications to be made. To install, simply  attach LAZYLOCKS next to your existing lock on the inside of the door and fix 6 screws. Once physically installed, pair it with your smartphone and bam! You’re ready to control your lock with the LAZYLOCKS app.

In terms of design, LAZYLOCKS presents a contemporary new look for an old-fashioned lock: a sleek, modern device in brushed metal with LED light showing the lock/unlock status. Its elegant simplicity fits with any home decor. Get yours today!

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Mega Man Creator’s Mighty No. 9 To Release In September

MegaMan has grown stale. Despite being one of the most iconic gaming franchises of the 80s and 90s, the blue bomber has ultimately succumbed to Sonic the Hedgehog syndrome. Endless spinoffs and little innovation in gameplay have resulted in a franchise which does little to route the interest of anyone other than the most passionate fans. How did this happen? It probably involved Capcom sidelining creator Kenji Inafune and his departure in 2010.

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While Mega Man seems like an increasingly lost caused, there’s still hope for the types of players who enjoy Mega Man-style games. Inafune recently launched a Kickstarter project for “Mighty No. 9”, a spiritual successor to Mega Man which involves a boyish android who just so happens to be able to absorb the capabilities of his fallen foes. Mighty No. 9 will be launching sometime in September and you can still pre-order via the Kickstarter page today.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III Places Players On The Battlefield Of Tomorrow

Another E3 has passed and with it another Call of Duty game announcement. Much like Advanced Warfare, Black Ops III will place players in a not-so-far-in-the-future setting with high-tech gadgets and weapons to frag each other with. When describing the game’s backdrop, developer Treyarch describes a world “where biotechnology coupled with cybernetic enhancements has given rise to a new breed of Black Ops soldier.”

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So what’s new in this year’s installment? Aside from some new perks, gadgets, and weapons, Treyarch is also unveiling “a new momentum-based, chained-movement system that allows players to move fluidly through custom-built environments with finesse,” sounds a whole lot like Titanfall.

Since the Call of Duty franchise is already mature at this point, its probably safe to assume that you’re either hyped for this game or not. If you fall into the former camp, then you should know that the game will be coming to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC platforms just in time for Holliday season 2015.