Nick BarberDirector, Online Video, IDG News Service

I'm the director of online video for IDG News Service. I cover general and breaking technology stories in text and video.

Low-cost autonomous car technology aims to reduce deaths, pollution

A 19-year old from Romania won top honors and $75,000 at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix last week for a project that aims to reduce the cost of self-driving cars.

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Tech Tip: Advanced Google search functions

Searching Google is a quick way to find information, but more advanced functions can help users find more helpful information faster.

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Kinect sensor modified for wheelchair gaming

By modifying a Microsoft Kinect sensor, a research project at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference demonstrated how gamers in a wheelchair could interact with motion games.

Electricity zaps gamers' muscles for force feedback

A research project on show at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Paris uses a small electrical current to give the sensation of force feedback while gaming.

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Microsoft's IllumiRoom project transforms whole rooms into video games

The IllumiRoom project from Microsoft Research turns a living room into a video game with projected images that extend and complement the main television screen.

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Flexible, networked e-ink displays mimic physical documents

Researchers demonstrated flexible, networked e-ink displays that behave like papers on a desk at a conference in Paris. The displays can be used separately or in tandem, opening up new possibilities for a paperless office.

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Gaming prototypes on display at computer interaction conference

Gaming research and prototypes have created a lot of buzz at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Paris this week.

Slice wood with laser pointer and imagination

Using a laser pointer as a knife, a project at the Computer Human Interaction conference lets users make custom creations out of wood and plastic without spending hours designing.

Future of computer interaction on display in Paris

The future of computing comes to Paris this week with the annual Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference, which showcases new approaches to the way users connect with electronics.

Computer interaction conference promises cutting-edge demos

There will be a ton of interesting research and prototypes on display at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Paris this week.

Robot Zoo showcases homemade bots

Robots have long been able to help humans complete certain tasks and some homemade bots were on show at the recent Robot Zoo in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Health care robot brings experts to bedside

A health care robot developed by iRobot and InTouch Health allows doctors who may be thousands of miles away to interact with patients at their bedsides.


4K TVs off to a slow start, but next year looks promising

Prices on 4K televisions are dropping and content is becoming easier to create and deliver, which will amount to an uptick in sales of 4K sets in 2014.


Phantom flying drone captures stunning, stable video

A new stabilization system for the Phantom remote-controlled flying drone helps it capture stunning landscapes and maneuver in tight spaces.

Pocket Cinema Camera offers film look for less than $1000

The $995 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will let content producers get the sort of cinematic look that usually comes from higher-priced equipment.