Check out our improved and expanded buyer's guide!

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Check out our improved and expanded buyer's guide!

Remember gdgt? The social network-slash-product database where gadget enthusiasts rated the things they'd bought (and bookmarked the stuff they wanted)? Well, it never went away: For the past few years, the gdgt database has lived on at Engadget, where we've continued to serve up things like specs, user ratings and aggregated reviews from sites we trust. Over the past year, we've sought to bring back the best of gdgt and merge it with the Engadget's Buyer's Guide. Our vision is a one-stop, comprehensive buyer's guide -- one where our readers can help each other make better purchasing decisions. We already had all the ingredients we needed -- we just needed them to live under the same proverbial roof.

'Pokémon Go' will track your activity without launching the app

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'Pokémon Go' will track your activity without launching the app

Pokémon Go has encouraged more than a few people to step up their physical exercise, and Niantic wants to reward that. It's launching an Adventure Sync feature in its augmented reality games (starting with Pokémon Go) that syncs with Google Fit and iOS' HealthKit to translate steps into game progress without having the app open or using a smartwatch. If you regularly go for a run before work, you'll see that reflected in more Pokémon candy or more efficient egg hatching. You'll get weekly milestones, too.

Lightweight gloves help you touch virtual objects

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Lightweight gloves help you touch virtual objects

One factor that prevents virtual reality from being truly immersive is the fact that you still can't feel what you see. A group of scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich is trying to change that by creating a pair of high-tech gloves that "provides extremely realistic haptic feedback." According to the researchers, their creation, which they've named "DextrES," isn't like the other VR gloves also currently in development. First, it's lightweight and doesn't have a bulky exoskeleton or heavy components. It's made of nylon, is only 2 mm thick and weighs 8 grams per finger. Plus, it needs very little power that it could eventually run on a battery.