Tom Cruise makes VR movie trailer + Robots that can read your mind
Gear up on robots, virtual reality and cow sensors for Wednesday
Cruise VR Tom Cruise in VR is an action flick recipe that was bound to happen. And it is. Cruise is starring in a new version of "The Mummy" series. But to tease the movie, due out this June, he and his co-star are going to be shot for a teaser showing them falling out of the sky, after their plane crashes in mid-air. IMAX will offer the so-called VR Experience at certain locations, viewable in specially designed chairs that also offer haptic feedback including the sensation of zero gravity. (Like that's not going to make anyone queasy.) Anyone at SXSW this weekend can sign up for a chance to view the trailer in VR. Here's the trailer below, not in VR. But it still features the Cruiseman nonetheless. (Via UploadVR)
Mind reader Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up on research that would let robots communicate telepathically with humans. The end result? A robot controlled by the mind, that can also fix its mistakes by reading corrections send via brain waves. Now, the technology only worked 65 percent of the time, say researchers—not confidence boosting for those robots that might be, say, controlling your car. But presumably scientists will keeping working until they get the system working, well, better. (Via LiveScience)
The IoT of cows A sensor attached to a cow can now send text messages and emails when the bovine is about to give birth Called Moocall (yes, really) the device reads tail flicks—which reportedly can determine when a cow is about to go into labor. Battery-powered, Moocall is already in use with 15,000 cows according to the company's site. And for $300 (which includes a year of service), your cow could be next.
Robots smartsKuri, which was one of the more inventive robot launches out of CES this year, has gained some new skills. If you tell Kuri you love her, he does a happy dance. His eyes can follow you, and Kuri smiles when he sees his owner's face. You can absolutely pre-order Kuri for $700, and they expect to have his robot cuteness in your house by the holidays. Happy dance and all.
Sonos speaker Looking for a speaker to fit neatly under your TV? Sonos launched a new option called Playbase and we have all the details and all the specs for the $700 device before its April 4 launch.