The World’s First Military Force Field And More Tech Of The Week

Plus the new way to live stream your life and Facebook’s new 360 videos

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1 | Your First Look At Real-Life Force Fields

Aviation giants Boeing are taking inspiration from science fiction this week after securing a patent for force field technology that could be used to protect military vehicles and bases from attack.

The ‘Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc’ works by sensing incoming shockwaves then uses complex maths, science and possibly doubly crossed fingers to produce a shield just in time to save those on the receiving end of TNT explosions, sticks and even stones. Of course, one thing the new tech won't be able to protect is your feelings, so remember to play nice.

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2 | Your Chance To Live Stream Your Boring Lives To Twitter

After shelling out Dr Evil's favourite ransom figure ($100m) for live streaming app Periscope back in January, Twitter finally let us get our hands on it yesterday on iPhone (with an Android version coming soon). Yes, we know this tech has been around a while in the form of Meerkat, but Periscope promises an upgrade by not only allowing you to broadcast live video of you eating your lunch to your 13 Twitter followers, it also lets you re-watch video at a later date – just in case you've missed an all-important vid from the twitterati.

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And, if you really want to show some love to your mate from work live streaming his dog eating an ice cream, you can tap to send 'hearts' which will appear in the bottom corner of the video. Isn't that nice?

Free, itunes.apple.com

 

3 | Your First Chance To Stream Taylor Swift

We all know Taylor Swift’s got beef with Spotify, but apparently she's a fan of Jay-Z’s new music streaming service, Tidal, and has agreed to let the company host her music (except for recent mega-jam album 1989). Jigga gave a Norwegian company £37m for Tidal in January and plans to offer 25 million high-definition tracks at a cost of £20 per month for subscribers.

As well as presumably paying artists a bigger wedge, Tidal also promises higher audio quality than Spotify, plus exclusive artist interviews and the ability to download music with CD levels of audio clarity – perfect for really feeling the emotion of that song about breaking up with Harry Styles.

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4 | The R2-D2 Keyboard Is Your Only Hope For Faster Typing

Overly large fingers, autocorrect and small screens mean typing on a mobile or tablet has (possibly) become the UK’s number one cause of stress for anyone under 40. Instead of a hologram of Princess Leia asking Obi Wan for help, the stand-alone R2-Q5 Virtual Keyboard figure projects a full size QWERTY keyboard onto your desk, and inputs your commands to your device via Blutetooth HID, which is nearly as exciting as sending messages across the galaxy to Jedi masters.

The two hour battery time should give you plenty of time to type ‘Can’t wait to see Felicity Jones is in the Star Wars spin off!!1!’ until your fingers are sore.

Released 4 May, from £217, 9to5toys.com


5 | Your 360 Degree Look At Your Friend’s Barcelona Snaps

Have you ever sat, riveted, as your friends take you through their holiday pictures, only to think ‘yes, the Sagrada Família looks great, but what was going on behind the camera?’ Us neither, but Facebook will now allow you to do just that by hosting 3D YouTube videos.

If you’re not familiar with the technology, watch the video above, then drag your mouse across the screen to look in any direction. It’s almost, almost, the same as actually looking away from your computer screen for a moment and looking around at the real world. But much more HD.


Which will change your life?


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