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This amusing iPhone X game turns your face into a controller

One of the iPhone X features Apple boasted about the most during its unveil in September was its new TrueDepth sensors. But aside from powering its fancy Face ID technology and its crappy Animoji gimmick, it has hardly been put to use – that is until now. Leveraging the X’s TrueDepth sensors, development studio Hatchlings has crafted an amusing game that turns your face into a controller. That’s right, instead of using your fingers, NoseZone requires you to play with your face and hit targets by pointing your nose at them. Here is how this looks: The rules of NoseZone are…

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Artgasm turns the female orgasm into a literal work of art

The female orgasm can be elusive, but at CES 2018, sexual health startup Lioness managed to capture and immortalize them as works of art. It's based on information gleaned from volunteers who have used its $ 229 bio-sensing vibrator that started shipp…
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Razer’s Project Linda turns a phone into a laptop

Razer’s Project Linda concept laptop incorporates the Razer phone, literally. The laptop is large, tricked-out dock for the phone which brings Android to a larger screen. What is it? Project Linda is a chassis with a large dock into which Razer smartphone owners can place their phone. At the touch of a button, the phone becomes the laptop’s trackpad and a second screen. Project Linda comes with a built-in power bank for charging the phone, as well as an audio jack, webcam, speakers, USB for peripherals, and several other things you’d expect from the typical Razer laptop — except it…

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Google bought Redux, a company with tech that turns a screen into a speaker

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Sometimes when one company acquires another, we see both make formal announcements about the news. In some cases, though, we don’t hear about it until months later, like may have happened with a recent Google acquisition.

Google has acquired a U.K. company called Redux. It’s unclear exactly when the deal was made, but reports say it  may have happened all the way back in August 2017.

As for what Redux did, the company developed technology to turn device displays into speakers. Redux’s website is no longer online, but you can pull up an archived version to learn a bit more about it. Redux describes its Panel Audio tech by saying, “Redux actuators deliver naturalistic wide-frequency-range audio from a panel or display (without micro-speakers and apertures) – providing a versatile and robust overall solution.”

Being able to use a mobile device’s screen as a speaker could be pretty appealing for a phone maker. It could eliminate the need for a speaker on the outer part of the device, resulting in a cleaner look that could also help to make your phone’s bezels slimmer. The tech could also clear up more space on the inside of a device, making more room for a bigger battery or other components.

It’s unclear when we might see Google release any devices with Redux’s technology, but it’s possible that future Pixel products could include it.

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