March, 2014

Drone Ball Brings Real-Life Quidditch a Step Closer



HoverBall, a piece of drone-powered sports equipment under construction at the University of Tokyo, has the potential to change the face of sports forever. For the first time, a ball that goes up doesn’t have to come down.

If their HoverBall prototype takes flight, researchers at the Rekimoto Lab say it could glide through the air or move around players all on its own. If that reminds you of something, you’re probably thinking of the self-aware “golden snitch” seen in the main game of the Harry Potter universe: Quidditch

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African Telecom Proposes More Diverse Emoticons



Less than a week after Apple pledged to make its emoticons more racially diverse, African telecom Oju has stepped into the fray with an app that lets you send emoticons of color.

The Android app includes the gamut of basic emotions, including happy, surprised, sad, really sad and embarrassed. A test of the app shows it doesn’t really work like an emoticon, though. Instead, it merely sends an MMS of a pic of one of the emotions, which includes a plug for Oju’s website.

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Still, it’s a step in the right direction.

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