Acer says it will offer VR Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs) capable of mixed reality through the Windows 10 Creators Update in 2017. Adding to the current portfolio comprising of the professional and location-based entertainment StarVR developed jointly with Starbreeze, Acer is now able to provide a comprehensive VR offering for all kinds of customers. The VR offering will range from top-of-the-line, cinema grade HMDs, extending to accessible headsets enabled by the Windows Holographic Platform, and VR-Ready PCs and platforms to power…
Apple has taken the success of its touch-control features that customers have embraced on its smartphones, and applied it to its MacBook laptops. The company unveiled its new MacBook Pro computers at a special event at its HQ in Silicon Valley on October 27 – devices that feature a ‘Touch Bar’ replacing where function keys have traditionally been positioned. The new Touch Bar feature is able to adapt to display controls most relevant to whatever application is being used, from…
Due to be released in March 2017, Nintendo’s recently announced Nintendo Switch will double as a handheld portable gaming device/home console. The device looks like similar to a tablet computer with controllers attached to its sides. Some analysts suggest the Nintendo Switch could be Nintendo’s last chance at selling a home console to compete with PlayStation and Xbox. Analyst Paul Jackson from Ovum consultancy told BBC, “The Wii U was a car crash, basically,” referring to the home video game…
People in Japan will soon be able to verbally communicate with a “palm-sized robot” developed by Toyota when it goes on sale next year. The Kirobo Mini is a 10cm high robot designed to provide companionship, according to Toyota. It has the incredible ability to tailor conversations and include comments about journeys based on vehicle data. Experts told the BBC that while the robot has childlike attributes, it’s not a realistic substitute for a child. “He wobbles a bit, and…
Nissan unveiled the latest in a series of innovations designed to bring the benefits of its Intelligent Mobility blueprint to the daily lives of customers. Following the success of the Intelligent Parking Chair earlier this year, the newly-developed ProPILOT Chair negotiates queues on behalf of its occupant, sparing them the hassle of standing in line. Named after the company’s flagship autonomous driving technology, the ProPILOT Chair detects and automatically follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and…
Snapchat has moved beyond its application, and has been reorganized into the company Snap Inc. to reflect its expansion into consumer hardware. The company is set to launch its first hardware product: smart ‘Spectacles’ that can shoot first-person video clips that can transfer directly to the Snapchat app. The product will be available through Snap Inc.’s website Spectacles.com. “We’ve created one of the smallest wireless cameras in the world,” the company wrote in a post on its new site Snap.com,…
Traditional robots as we know them are clunky, lifeless, and made of either metal or plastic. For years, engineers have been searching for a way to end this perception, by introducing a robot made from soft materials and that can control itself like a living being. At Harvard University, this dream has become a reality thanks to two scientists who have published a paper in Nature about their charismatic, autonomous, soft-material ‘Octobot’. The Octobot’s creators, Robert Wood and Jennifer Lewis,…
U.S. based food joint Domino’s Pizza which operates around the world, is planning to launch the world’s first commercial drone delivery service after conducting a trial run in New Zealand. The pizza-maker announced that it plans to launch a regular drone delivery service by the end of this year, after conducting a trial in Auckland on Thursday, August 25. The first commercial trial in the world took place in the United States last month on July 23 when convenience store…
One of the most unusual wearable ideas has been cooked up by a group of PhD students from the MIT Media Lab and researchers from Microsoft Research. It’s a temporary tattoo concept dubbed DuoSkin - both functional and fashionable – that can turn into a touchpad, remotely control a smartphone, or share data using NFC (Near Field Communication). The students shared their innovative idea on MIT’s website. Their DuoSkin concept will be presented in full at a wearable symposium in…
A Turkish inventor claims to have created a phone with a screen that can only be seen when using a specific special pair of smart glasses. It’s the perfect privacy solution for anyone storing sensitive information on their device, in an age where people carry around smartphones and tablets everywhere they go, making it increasingly difficult to keep things private. The inventor, 40-year-old Celal Göger from Diyarbakir, Turkey, is said to have come up with the idea for the private…
The world is plagued by the scars of war. Landmines famously outlast conflicts that led to their deployment years before. In current and previously war-torn regions of the world, landmines are triggered every day by innocent civilians. But a Kickstarter-backed drone project could be the solution to end all risk of exploding landmines. Dubbed the Mine Kafon Drone, the Kickstarter project is designed to fly across minefields, detecting the explosive devices, and clearing them without putting anyone in harm’s way.…
French tech startup Devialet has created a one-of-a-kind egg-shaped Bluetooth speaker that is able to compete against most high-end sound equipment. The Phantom blasts out sounds at an incredible 99 decibels (close to what you would hear sitting on a motorcycle) via a streamlined sound system that combines all of the components of a home audio setup into an egg-shaped shell. It’s no bigger than a regular bowling ball. It sells for $1,990. Devialet started up in 2007, engineering amplifiers…
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