New Google Devices, Mouse Mind Reading, and More News
Google has a new line of products, researchers are controlling mouse brains, and Apple released a new pair of headphones. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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At its annual hardware event today, Google announced a host of new devices for your ears, pockets, and home. The headliner was the Pixel 4: a faster, sleeker version of its premium smartphone that has an extra camera, software improvements, and support for gesture control. (Stop your alarm just by waving your hand!) A refresh to the Pixel Buds is on the way, along with a new and improved Chromebook called the Pixel Go, a Nest Mini Speaker, and a Nest Wi-Fi Router.
A trove of mouse data points toward brain-computer interfaces
Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have been peeling away pieces of mouse skulls and replacing them with little windows—you know, for science. They’ve come away with some 850 gigabytes of mouse brain data, which is great for reading the minds of mice now, and could be even better for building brain-controlled computers later .
Fast Fact: 130
That’s how many colleges now have esports teams, up from just seven in 2016. These schools shell out over $15 million collectively in dedicated scholarships.
WIRED Recommends: Beats Solo Pro
Today Apple announced the company’s first on-ear headphones with adaptive noise canceling. The cans are an upgrade to the Beats Solo 3, with squishier ear pads and longer battery life .
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Author Alex Baker-Whitcomb