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Fifteen groups apply for one Low Power FM frequency in Los Angeles - Radio Survivor

Fifteen groups apply for one Low Power FM frequency in Los Angeles - Radio Survivor | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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Fifteen groups apply for one Low Power FM frequency in Los Angeles
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#lpfm No less than fifteen different organizations have applied for a single Low Power FM signal in Los Angeles, California: 101.5 FM.
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(from the Curator of IoT & wearables): 15 groups apply for 1 low power FM frequency, now that is a war 

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A tale of two Chromebooks: one size doesn't fit all

I've been spending a lot of time with Chromebooks. About one a month for the last six months, if my math is correct. Lately, though, I've found myself in
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Google Cardboard VR Kit Becomes Serious Fun: SDKs for Android and Unity Launched

Google Cardboard VR Kit Becomes Serious Fun: SDKs for Android and Unity Launched | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Google announced that it has sold more than 500,000 Google Cardboard units, allowing almost anyone to enjoy virtual reality. Not only that, but the company has also released the Cardboard SDK for developers to be able to more easily create Cardboard apps.
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Google Cardboard, a cardboard cutout that allows users to mount their phone right in front of their eyes for a virtual reality headset, has now shipped 500,000 units. "Suddenly, exploring the Palace of Versailles was as easy as opening an app. And the response was kind of delightful."  - Google released Google Cardboard shortly after Facebook bought Oculus VR, a company that focuses specifically on virtual reality, for a whopping $2 billion. In fact, many suggest that Cardboard was something of a joke, poking fun at the fact that Google can build a virtual reality device without having to spend $2 billion.

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You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
You might not want a Samsung Gear VR - not yet, anyway. The first Samsung Gear VR you're going to see on the market - as early as this afternoon - is the
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First of the reviews, and not without merit in it's criticisms, you need to be aware of in the Oculus VR release for this device is this: "Though it’s missing several key components for comfort and presence, we’re working with Samsung to improve in every vertical including optics, distortion, heat, weight, ergonomics, tracking, and display tech." We've added the emphasis there for you.  Oculus VR adds that "Ultimately, it’s a long term effort that we’re committed to getting right." - We think that Samsung's rush to market needs to be tempered with a functional product that will wow (meet / exceed expectations) the market, rather than just being 1st to market.

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HEAD Sports & 3D Printing

HEAD Sports & 3D Printing | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

Mr Schwinger stressed that although many things are possible (such as Local Motors’ 3D printed cars) it does not mean they are feasible on a mass market scale and that sometimes 3D printing lets creative minds dive into “wishful designs” that are not necessarily efficient or attractive to the end user (3DPI’s coverage of the CRP futuristic tennis racquet was expressly mentioned as an example).


Via Julian Chua
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Racket prototypes using 3D printing technology.  HEAD can certainly be considered an intensive user of 3D printing technologies although the demands of tennis racquet manufacturing do not yet call for the use of 3D printing in final products. Before that happens, a series of hurdles need to be overcome, beginning with establishing a system to help companies find the right AM process for them among an ocean of constantly evolving possibilities. Manufacturers need to help companies choose a process simply by indicating the type of part, the materials to be used, the quality and evenness, the stability, the functional requirements and the number of parts/speed of production.

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The Hype Cycle: What’s Next for Google Glass?

The Hype Cycle: What’s Next for Google Glass? | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Few gadgets have been as celebrated and derided as Google Glass. Introduced with fanfare and photographed on the mugs of more than a few celebrities and tech-pundit-luminaries, Glass has acquired its unfair share of zealots and naysayers.
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what’s next for Glass? If Gartner’s model holds, and I think it will, Glass will enter the “Slope of Enlightenment” with practical application. One of the first places Glass will show its impact may be the last place people think of for emerging technologies: the plant floor.

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Tech contest 'a Scottish first'

Tech contest 'a Scottish first' | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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Educators getting in on wearable's -Working in teams of 2-3, Scottish students were challenged to design an app for use with Google Glass eyewear or Samsung Gear 2 and Pebble smartwatches

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Why Virtual Reality Is Happening Now

Why Virtual Reality Is Happening Now | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Since the Oculus Rift first made waves with its successful Kickstarter, there’s been a consistent line of criticism based in the notion, “why would it..
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How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World

How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Printable limbs and organs, printable guns, printable pizza?! This technology will change our lives.

Via David W. Deeds, Margarida Sá Costa
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 21, 10:17 AM

More on 3D printing! 

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Who wouldn't want to know more?

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Silicon Valley hardware startup Kateeva raises $38M for flexible displays

Silicon Valley hardware startup Kateeva raises $38M for flexible displays | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Startup uses inkjet printing tech to layer films on electronic displays.

Via Marie Buhot-Launay
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Note that Samsung chose to invest - "The fourth round of funding included new investor Samsung Venture Investment Corp. (SVIC). Other existing investors participating in the round are Sigma Partners, Spark Capital, Madrone Capital, Partners, DBL Investors, New Science Ventures, and Veeco Instruments."

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Sony’s SmartEyeglass is a head-turning Google Glass alternative

Sony’s SmartEyeglass is a head-turning Google Glass alternative | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
While the fortunes of Sony’s smartphone division aren’t heading in the direction that the company would have hoped, it isn't afraid to try its luck down a l...

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Sony in the hunt, needs some work though to compete against Google Glass, and then there all the social issues with tools like this

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Anne Bartlett-Bragg's curator insight, September 20, 9:07 PM

Sony looking at taking on Google Glass? Well - they'll need to do something about the design first.. they still look more like googles than the discrete Google Glass design... 

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Tommy Hilfiger's Solar-Powered Jacket

Tommy Hilfiger's Solar-Powered Jacket | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Tommy Hilfiger has released a solar-powered jacket for the holiday 2014 season that charge electronic devices like your smartphone or tablet by converting energy from a series of removable solar panels attached to its back.
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The solar panel unit itself is made from a flexible amorphous silicon technology, developed by Pvilion – a specialist in designing and manufacturing lightweight, portable solar products. When exposed to full sunlight, those cells charge up the battery pack which, in turn, can fully charge a standard 1500mAh mobile device up to four times. There are also two USB ports on the pack allowing you to connect multiple devices at once.

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Amazon Echo is a cylindrical personal digital assistant for the living room

Amazon Echo is a cylindrical personal digital assistant for the living room | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Amazon is taking an unexpected foray into the home automation industry with a cylindrical speaker that can do everything that Siri, Google Now and Cortana can do.
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It's similar to Apple's Siri, Google Now and Microsoft's Cortana, but instead of users reaching into their pockets and taking out their smartphones, Echo is supposed to be plugged in all the time and can pick up voice commands from anyone inside the room using its seven microphones that Amazon says "use beam-forming technology to hear you from any direction." Amazon meant for Echo to be placed in the living room for the entire family to use, not inside a single person's pocket.

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Drone shows life and death of killer whales

Drone shows life and death of killer whales | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Killer whale families swimming, playing and, in the sad case of two orcas, dying.
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One more application for UAV's the researchers said it was the first time a UAV, in this case a custom-built hexacopter dubbed Mobly carried high resolution cameras, to record the behaviors and health of killer whales.

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Sony Outs Clip-On Smart Glass Module For Sports HUD

Sony Outs Clip-On Smart Glass Module For Sports HUD | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
More Sony news. In a pre-CES announcement that's perhaps hoping to draw eyeballs away from the toxic fallout of the Sony Pictures email hack -- or, more..
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A snap on version of Google Glass, a detachable OLED micro-display. No mention on price, but Sony is envisaging a similar use case as Intel has discussed in integrating Glass into a factory's internal infrastructure.  

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Samsung's virtual reality headset, Gear VR: what you need to know

Samsung's virtual reality headset, Gear VR: what you need to know | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Samsung's virtual reality headset, dubbed "Gear VR," is available for purchase as of today. For those not following the last three years of virtual reali

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How the AlignMed Posture Shirt Helps Every Type of Athlete Stay in the Game

How the AlignMed Posture Shirt Helps Every Type of Athlete Stay in the Game | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

AlignMed is the company that is responsible for the production of the posture shirt. The posture shirt, along with the posture jacket and several other products, has helped revolutionize the world of posture alignment, along with back, neck, and shoulder pain. This shirt, along with AlignMed’s other products all help to “activate and stimulate muscles naturally to improve and correct alignment.”


Via Julian Chua
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With more than ten years of experiments, research, and trials, AlignMed has helped create a product with huge potential that can help change the lives of both athletes and the average working man, when it comes to correcting spinal alignment, simply by doing nothing more than wearing a shirt.  -  We are reminded to have good posture all the time by our parents, teachers, employers, etc, but it’s not something we pay attention to very much. Most people ignore it because it requires extra effort for us to maintain good posture, while taking on all of life’s other daily obstacles. The posture shirt prevents that because it is “a product that is usable, a product that is comfortable, and a product that you really don’t have to do anything but wear, and you don’t have to wear it all the time,” commented Schultz over the phone. This shirt is unique in that it can help correct anyone’s posture without them having to do any extra effort.

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New lithium-ion battery design that’s 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster | ExtremeTech

New lithium-ion battery design that’s 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster | ExtremeTech | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology that is 2,000 times more powerful than comparable batteries. According to the researchers, this is not simply an evolutionary step in battery tech,

Via Marty Koenig
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Currently, energy storage is all about trade-offs. You can have lots of power (watts), or lots of energy (watt-hours), but you can’t generally have both. Supercapacitors can release a massive amount of power, but only for a few seconds; fuel cells can store a vast amount of energy, but are limited in their peak power output. This a problem because most modern applications of bleeding-edge tech — smartphones, wearable computers, electric vehicles — require large amounts of power and energy. Lithium-ion batteries are currently the best solution for high-power-and-energy applications, but even the best li-ion battery designs demand that industrial designers and electronic engineers make serious trade-offs when creating a new device.

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♛♥♪♥  Well done.

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TV Buying Guide: Beyond a Stellar Screen

TV Buying Guide: Beyond a Stellar Screen | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Four televisions with selling points beyond a stellar picture: the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant, Samsung HU9000, Sony W800B and Vizio E-Series.
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We like the Vizio 4K (Ultra HD) since they've managed to design a truly disruptive design at the $800 price point compared to the others.  We expect Vizio will develop higher end functionality if the market wants it, and do so at a lower cost than the rest of them.  We saw this decision by Vizio a couple months back as a major market move on their part to unseat the other players at the top of the tier, we shall have to wait and see.

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Samsung's 'eye mouse' enables users to control their computer with a glance

Samsung's 'eye mouse' enables users to control their computer with a glance | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Now in its second generation, Samsung's EyeCan+ will help people with disabilities create documents and browse the Web using only eye movements.
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Excellent Use Case development for this product, originally developed and improved the design with a quadriplegic, Hyung-Jin Shin, a graduate student in computer science at Yonsei University in Seoul.  Who teamed up with Samsung engineers and worked with the EyeCan+ over a period of several months to ensure that the device would be easy to use.  -  Samsung isn't selling the EyeCan+directly. Rather, the company said it will soon release the technology as open-source so that others can bring it to the marketplace. However, because the device is geared toward disabled people, Samsung will produce a limited number to donate to certain charities. The 2nd-generation edition improves on its predecessor with more accurate calibration and a better user experience, the company said. 

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Samsung Electronics Scales Back LED Lighting Business

Samsung Electronics Scales Back LED Lighting Business | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
LED was one of the five areas singled out by the Samsung Group in 2010 as new growth drivers for the conglomerate.
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Samsung Electronics has struggled to gain traction in the LED lighting market, failing to loosen the grip of established rivals such as Philips and Osram in advanced markets while facing mounting margin pressures from Chinese competitors in emerging markets.

Adding that it will focus on areas such as backlighting for displays of consumer products like televisions. In addition Samsung's SDI is supplying German premium automaker BMW with electric vehicle battery cells, Samsung companies have struggled to generate significant revenues form other businesses such as solar cells.

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Elon Musk Tips Tesla, BMW Battery Talks

Elon Musk Tips Tesla, BMW Battery Talks | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Musk also defended the company's Nevada Gigafactory, and showed off a new rocket. All in a day's work.
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Informal discussions only at this point, but does indicate some serious movement and intent by Tesla's CEO to better enable their business model

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Wearing the cure: Five diseases wearables are tackling

Wearing the cure: Five diseases wearables are tackling | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
CB Insights says investors put in $458 million into dozens of wearable companies in 2013 while ON World predicts 700 million wearables will be sold by 2018, and by many companies, to form a $50 billion industry. Here are 10 companies that treat diseases affecting large populations.

Via Nikolas Daras
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The 5 Diseases are Macular degeneration, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's and dementia, and neuropathy 

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Virtual-Reality Headset Is Reinventing Exposure Therapy

Virtual-Reality Headset Is Reinventing Exposure Therapy | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Researchers are using the Oculus Rift to test immersion treatments for PTSD and phobias

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Anne Bartlett-Bragg's curator insight, October 14, 6:10 AM

Powerful use of VR (virtual reality) in psychological conditions - the opportunities are enormous! I guess the dangers are fairly evident as well..

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Foldable Phones and Tablets are around the Corner

Foldable Phones and Tablets are around the Corner | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Japanese company Semiconductor Energy Laboratory demonstrated a display that can be folded in thirds.

Via TechinBiz
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Samsung has been touting these as future product variations, and now Japan's Semiconductor Energy Lab is also making a run at this product development direction 

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This atom-thin 2D generator creates electricity from movement

This atom-thin 2D generator creates electricity from movement | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Material sewn into clothing may one day charge the smartphone in your pocket. Material just one atom thick generates electrical voltage during movement, bending or stretching.
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"Proof of the piezoelectric effect and piezotronic effect adds new functionalities to these two-dimensional materials," says Georgia Tech researcher Zhong Lin Wang. "The materials community is excited about molybdenum disulfide, and demonstrating the piezoelectric effect in it adds a new facet to the material.""Proof of the piezoelectric effect and piezotronic effect adds new functionalities to these two-dimensional materials," says Georgia Tech researcher Zhong Lin Wang. - still a ways off before we see the technology available for the mass market

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