FOVE has its eyes on the prize

Virtual reality is one of the hottest topics in the tech industry right now, which is why it only took three days for the startup FOVE to raise $250,000 on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter for its eye-tracking VR headset.

FOVE takes its name from “field of view” and allows users to navigate the virtual world through eye movements and blinking. It’s also a first in the industry.

It has an orientation sensor and a combination of head- and eye-tracking that allows users to move more naturally in response to visual stimuli. This could be a game changer for the gaming industry, since players can make eye contact with characters and focus on objects at different distances.

FOVE is also collaborating with the University of Tsukuba’s Special Needs Education School for the Physically Challenged on a project that allows users to play the piano with eye movements.


Whisk up the perfect beer for the summer

Drinking icy cold glasses of beer in the summer is virtually a Japanese custom and for some, a creamy head of froth perfects the experience. Achieving that, however, is often easier said than done, especially when pouring from a can or bottle.

Green House has released a little portable gadget designed to help you serve the perfect glass of beer every time. The Beer Foamer is a lightweight 43-gram stick whisk that sends out a supersonic vibration of 40,000 Hz to produce a creamy head to the flattest of beverages.

Just pop it into your glass, press the switch and watch the foam rise. To wash it, you can simply rinse it under the tap.

The Beer Foamer takes two size 4 (AAA) batteries, costs around ¥3,000 and can be found on www.amazon.co.jp.


Got something to say about manga?

This is one for the hard-core anime fan. The globally popular online artist community Pixiv, which lets members upload manga illustrations and receive feedback and ratings from viewers, has collaborated with Pixvoice, a new service that allows members to add voice dialogue to their Pixiv images.

You can now view illustrations and listen to what they have to say, or record and add your voice to uploaded images. Dialogue is limited to 30 seconds or 40 characters and it can be added to your own illustration or to others that are marked as looking for voices. As in Pixiv, all submissions can also be rated and ranked.

Pixvoice is free and available on iTunes, with the android version being released very soon.

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