Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, Inc., in a continuing quest to create innovative new business, has developed a spherical drone display - an unmanned aerial vehicle that displays LED images on an omni-directional spherical screen while in flight - which DoCoMo believes to be a world first (as of April 16, 2017). The device comprises a spherical external frame, an internal LED frame consisting of a series of eight curved LED strips that extend from top to bottom, a drone fitted inside…
Facebook announced on April 18 at its F8 2017 developer conference that it plans to make the smartphone camera the center of its augmented reality strategy. In his keynote speech at the McEnery Convention Center in Jan Jose, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Think how many things we have in our lives that don’t need to be physical, they can be digital.” Augmented reality is a layer of computer-generated imagery that overlays real world imagery. Zuckerberg, who was inspired…
HTC Vive, a leader in room-scale Virtual Reality (VR), announced the first grant recipients in its ‘VR for Impact’ program. VR for Impact is Vive’s $10 million commitment to drive VR content and technologies that will increase awareness and create positive impact in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Vive is commemorating Earth Day by unveiling projects from three creators with unique visions for how VR can address the UN’s set of defined goals for the planet such…
HTC Vive and Warner Bros. announced a strategic partnership in which HTC Vive will be the exclusive VR partner for all content, online and offline activations for the highly anticipated theatrical and home entertainment release of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. Adapted from the book by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is a sci-fi action thriller that unfolds largely within the virtual reality space. The film is slated for global theatrical release on March 30, 2018, from Warner Bros. Pictures,…
South Korean conglomerate Samsung have revealed that its latest flagship device the Galaxy S8 will contain its new AI-powered virtual assistant ‘Bixby’ – which is an indicative message of its intent to challenge its rivals which include Apple and Amazon. In a statement issued by Samsung’s EVP and head of R&D, InJong Rhee out months of speculation to bed by confirming that the Galaxy S8 will be equipped with a new digital voice assistant ‘Bixby’. Analysts have claimed that its…
Samsung Electronics unveiled new details surrounding its premium line-up of QLED TVs and The Frame at a global TV launch event in Paris, further demonstrating Samsung's leadership in defining the future of home entertainment with advanced cutting-edge technology. "At Samsung, we strive to provide our customers with the most advanced technology to deliver unrivaled viewing experiences and cutting-edge designs that complement their everyday lives," said HS Kim, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "With state-of-the-art style, smart features,…
A woman suffered burns to her face, neck and hands after the batteries in her headphones exploded on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne. The incident occurred just two hours into the flight. It has been reported that the passenger dozed off to sleep while listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones when the device caught fire. The passenger woke after hearing a loud explosion - she then felt a burning sensation on her neck and face. The incident…
Making its debut at CES 2017, at Eureka Park, the start-up pavilion at the show, a strange-looking product was showcased under the name ‘Hushme’ – dubbed the “world’s first voice mask for mobile phones”. The device can be worn as a standard neckband-style wireless headphone set, or in “masking” mode, which allows you to converse without being heard by those around you. One of the interesting features of the headphones when using them in masking mode (which undeniably makes the…
US aircraft companies have revealed that the demand for drone pilots has risen – and that is why they have launched an initiative aimed at persuading young people to consider carving out a profession as a drone pilot. The plea comes due to a shortage of skilled aviators in the industry – with many of the young generation deeming ‘drone technology’ to be cool, the specific aim of the leaders in the unmanned aircraft sector is to get that generation…
LG had big plans for CES 2017 and didn’t disappoint the crowds. The South Korean tech giant unveiled its latest innovative robotic helpers that go far beyond your average kitchen appliances. LG’s Hub Robot, for example, was revealed as well as its Mini-sized counterpart. The robots can control smart home devices, play music, offer advice on commuting times, and overall make life a bit easier. LG appears to be competing with the Amazon Echo, by also revealing its Airbot assistant.…
Coming soon, the world’s most efficient flash drive will be able to store a whopping two terabytes of data – which equals over 160 HD movies. That amount of data is also almost equal in capacity to eight of the largest iPhone’s memories. All of this memory is packed into a device that is less than three inches long. Announced by Kingston Technology, an American, privately held, multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells and supports flash memory products…
At CES 2017 held in Las Vegas, on January 4, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced it has introduced the company’s newest premium-tier mobile platform, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with X16 LTE. It’s the first mobile platform to be commercially manufactured using the 10nm FinFET process node, according to Qualcomm, allowing for breakthrough performance and superior power efficiency. The Snapdragon 835 is in production now and is expected to ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017, the company…
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