gadgets http://nhpr.org en Reviewing Google Glass http://nhpr.org/post/reviewing-google-glass <p>Last February, Google sent out invitations for developers and consumers to “test drive” its new <a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/">Google Glass </a>technology – a head mounted computer that can access email and is equipped with a camera. The winners of the “Glass Explorer” program were required to attend an event in New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles before purchasing the wearable eyeglass computer for fifteen-hundred dollars. Reviews for the cutting-edge gadget have been mixed – there are concerns about safety, distraction, and privacy in Congress, along with more sartorial complaints about <a href="http://www.nhpr.org/post/google-glass-too-dorky-go-mainstream">Google Glass being inexcusably geeky.</a></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:46:21 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33221 at http://nhpr.org Reviewing Google Glass Is Google Glass Too Dorky To Go Mainstream? http://nhpr.org/post/google-glass-too-dorky-go-mainstream <p><a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/">Google Glass</a> -- a glass-lens like device&nbsp; which allows users to access the internet, take photos and film short snippets, is slated for retail release at the end of this year or in early 2014. Already, the wearable computer has been preemptively banned in large parts of Las Vegas, and legislators in at least one state are trying to make it illegal to use while driving. While there could be some tough legal battles ahead, that may not be the biggest hurdle facing Google Glass. Marcus Wohlson is a staff writer for Wired Business…<a href="http://www.wired.com/business/2013/05/inherent-dorkiness-of-google-glass/">and he wonders if Google Glass may just be too dorky to go mainstream. Wed, 08 May 2013 15:39:23 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27090 at http://nhpr.org Is Google Glass Too Dorky To Go Mainstream? 10 Breakthrough Technologies For 2013...According To MIT http://nhpr.org/post/10-breakthrough-technologies-2013according-mit <p>Every year, the <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/513981/introduction-to-the-10-breakthrough-technologies-of-2013/">MIT technology review publishes a list of ten breakthrough technologies</a>. From health care to environmental sustainability to consumer electronics, the list covers at it all. Here to discuss this year’s picks, just released yesterday, is <strong>Brian Bergstein</strong>, deputy editor of the MIT Technology Review. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:06:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 26210 at http://nhpr.org 10 Breakthrough Technologies For 2013...According To MIT Touchy Feely Technology http://nhpr.org/post/touchy-feely-technology <p>You may have never heard of a “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haptics" target="_blank">haptic</a> interface”, but chances are you use one every day.&nbsp; When your cell phone vibrates in your pocket to tell you someone is calling – that’s a haptic interface.&nbsp; The visual and audio design of new technologies tend to soak up attention from reviewers and users alike – but recent revolutions in haptics remind us there is another sense gadgets can use to communicate –touch.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Nathan Hurst</strong> is a staff writer for <em>Wired</em>, where he<a href="http://www.wired.com/design/2013/02/haptics/" target="_blank"> recently wrote about</a> the sensational future of the haptic interface.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23090 at http://nhpr.org Touchy Feely Technology Swag for the Under-1 Set http://nhpr.org/post/swag-under-1-set <p>Our favorite auto reviewer turns her critical gaze toward the latest and greatest in baby gear.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 16:35:55 +0000 Virginia Prescott 5730 at http://nhpr.org Swag for the Under-1 Set