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Intel demonstrates low-powered CPU that draws power from red wine

Intel demonstrates low-powered CPU that draws power from red wine | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The closing day of Intel’s annual Developer Forum is typically reserved to highlight future-looking projects and this year was no different. In-house anthropologist Dr.
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(from the Curator of IoT & Wearables):  Pass me a glass of wine and crank up the laptop

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GoPro Hero4 Black Shoots 4K Video at 30 fps

GoPro Hero4 Black Shoots 4K Video at 30 fps | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
GoPro has revealed three new actions cams including its flagship Hero4 Black, mid-range Hero4 Silver and entry level Hero cameras.
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However since most TV screens operate at 60fps / 60hz, 30 fps isn't quite good enough, but is definitely an improvement over the previous 15fps.   We suspect that GoPro is going to improve in their next gen design to get closer to the 60 fps goal.

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Coming soon to a movie near you: Virtual reality

Coming soon to a movie near you: Virtual reality | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES - A Tyrannosaurus rex lumbers forward, belts out a deafening roar, then stomps overhead, and a viewer watching inside a virtual reality headset turns around to see the beast walking away.
 
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What you can expect is higher prices at the theater

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MagMIMO: MIT’s new long-range wireless charging tech that works like WiFi

MagMIMO: MIT’s new long-range wireless charging tech that works like WiFi | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
MagMIMO can charge a phone from 30 cm away, several times farther than current wireless charging methods. MIT researchers are working to extend that range to turn it into WiFi for power.
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The version of MagMIMO current working in the lab can charge a phone from up to 30 cm (almost a foot) away. That compares with a little over 1 cm with current Qi-compatible chargers, and 4.5 cm with the upcoming 1.2 revision of Qi. At 30 cm you could have a charging coil built into a desk or bedside table and simply put the phone down in the general vicinity of it to begin the charge. Standard wireless charging pads that use Qi or the competing PMA are notoriously finicky about where you place the phone — generally, it has to be right on top of the pad, dead center. 

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Elders Try Out Oculus Rift, Get Totally Freaked Out

Elders Try Out Oculus Rift, Get Totally Freaked Out | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The latest video from the Fine Brothers introduces elder folks to the Oculus Rift virtual reality device. And it's a delight.

The subjects, none of whom have never used the headset, slip on the Oculus Rift and access the virtual reality display. A...
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Awesome Use Case evaluation.  Check out the Q&A section at the back end, some real people giving their take on Virtual Reality technology

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The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR

The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the "hardware" is open source --here are
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The medium's history is littered with failed attempts, even from gaming's biggest players (Nintendo's Virtual Boy, anyone?).
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Samsung to unveil Virtual-Reality Headset in September

Samsung to unveil Virtual-Reality Headset in September | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
As if it didn't have its hands in enough product categories already, Samsung will reportedly unveil a virtual-reality headset in September.
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Rezence wireless charging standard now supports laptops and tablets

Rezence wireless charging standard now supports laptops and tablets | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Wireless charging is a technology often reserved for smaller devices -- smartphones, watches and electronic toothbrushes -- but that's about to change.
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ICEdot: A Helmet-Mounted Sensor That Signals for Help in Event of a Crash | Ecouterre

ICEdot: A Helmet-Mounted Sensor That Signals for Help in Event of a Crash | Ecouterre | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
ICEdot is a GPS-enabled, helmet-mounted sensor that notifies your emergency contacts and/or medical personnel in the case of a serious crash.
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Challenger to Reebok's Checklight Device - an OK Use Case - Safety 1st and then Medical attention 2nd - its underlying and unstated assumption is that you'll have a cell phone signal - so it has application just not in the back country or high mountain pass roads that some biker's favor

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3D Printing Basics: The Free Beginner's Guide

3D Printing Basics: The Free Beginner's Guide | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

Via 3D-Materials, Steve Thomas
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Everyone can learn something from this handy website 

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15 Examples of Clever Packaging

15 Examples of Clever Packaging | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Меньше мусора, больше пользы.
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Make sure that your google translate is turned on, the page needs to translate from Russian into English - but what a great set of examples with packaging being done differently - very creative

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The next big thing in wearable tech may be ear computers

The next big thing in wearable tech may be ear computers | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The future of "smart" wearable devices could be in your ear, according to the "wireless evangelist" Nick Hunn. Hunn is working on a new market forecast report for wearable tech, and wrote in a preview that he expects "hearables," or smart earbuds, to be worth over $5 billion by 2018. For context, a recent forecast...
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I think this is a pretty good argument for ear based computers, what do you think? 

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Five Impressions Of Google Glass

Five Impressions Of Google Glass | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
About ten months ago, I met John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a Google board member at a conference in St. Louis at which we were both speaking. Doerr spoke from the stage to roughly 800 technologists with Google Glass on his face. The series of commands [...]
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A very interesting take on Google Glass

(1) Glass is Anti-social in person, and social at a distance

(2) Google shines for activities that require the use of both hands
(3) Google Glass is likely to have greater commercial appeal than consumer appeal in the medium-term
(4) The battery life is remarkably short and hinder its practicality for longer use
(5) "At the proposed price, ($1500) it is not likely to be accessible or deemed valuable enough for the casual user."
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DeviceFidelity Powers the NFC Experience at Mobile World Congress for iPhone ... - Broadway World

DeviceFidelity Powers the NFC Experience at Mobile World Congress for iPhone ... - Broadway World | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
DeviceFidelity Powers the NFC Experience at Mobile World Congress for iPhone ...

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Samsung to Launch $430 27-inch Curved LED Monitor

Samsung to Launch $430 27-inch Curved LED Monitor | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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The Benefit of a Curved Screen: Equal viewing distance from the sides to center, lower image color issues when viewing from angles. Not a real issue for the majority of people who would be buying televisions - thus we don't see a real demand for these kinds of televisions except for some enthusiasts 

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A Wearable Camera That Would Turn Into a Drone and Fly Off Your Wrist

A Wearable Camera That Would Turn Into a Drone and Fly Off Your Wrist | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Meet Nixie, a wearable camera concept that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now I kind of want it.
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What does this kind of wearable camera that flies help anyone to solve a specific problem?   I know that the US Army and the Marines have experimented with similar concepts for battlefield recon, nonetheless I was left wondering what is the value beyond this being anything other than a toy.  Anyone see it differently?

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How the hell did Vizio make a $999 4K TV?

How the hell did Vizio make a $999 4K TV? | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Vizio had managed to hit that price point — he told me his team had completely redesigned the backlight to use 40 percent fewer parts, which reduced his overall component cost. "The picture quality goes up, but the cost goes down," he said. Vizio is also designing its own six-core chips now, which allowed the company to reduce costs even further. Matt says the goal is to rapidly accelerate the mainstream adoption of 4K to just a year or two — and take the sales lead in the process.
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Wow a 4K TV for $1000 - Major competition for Samsung and LG Electronics, 40% fewer parts, and Vizio designed it's own 6 core chips to reduce costs even further.  

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Samsung Group Launching ‘Oculus Rift’-Like Headset That Uses Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Group Launching ‘Oculus Rift’-Like Headset That Uses Galaxy Note 4 | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Samsung is reportedly working with Oculus VR on a headset that will use its upcoming phablet.
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Engadget reported in June that the headset may not be a true competitor to game-changer Oculus Rift, since parent company Oculus VR is working on the software side of Samsung’s unannounced goggles.  “Project Moonlight,” as the product is reportedly codenamed, is similar to Cardboard, Google's  do-it-yourself version of virtual reality,

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Solar Singlet Fission bends laws of physics to boost solar power efficiency by 30%

Solar Singlet Fission bends laws of physics to boost solar power efficiency by 30% | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Chemists at the University of California Riverside (UCR) have devised a way of increasing solar cell efficiency by as much as 30%. With current photovoltaic cells unable to surpass 33% due to the Shockley-Queisser limit, a boost of 30%, to a total efficiency of 60% or more, would be absolutely huge -- and exactly what solar power needs if it ever hopes to be a cost-efficient alternative to fossil fuel power generation. Best of all, though, this new method for boosting solar cell efficiency has an awesome name: singlet fission.
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Current photovoltaic cells unable to surpass 33% efficiency due to the Shockley-Queisser limit, what researchers have done at UC-Riverside was to theoretically double the number of electrons produced in a solar cell. So instead of having a max theoretical efficiency of 33%, you’re up t0 60% or more.

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Shoot Around Corners with Google Glass

Shoot Around Corners with Google Glass | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
 High T3ch is a blog on fun technology. Videos, gadgets, documentaries and all the fun tech stuff.
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Use Case: Nice if you need to actually shoot around corners, pretty sure there is not a huge market segment for that

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New Wearable Camera Hidden In Your Shirt : Science & Technology

New Wearable Camera Hidden In Your Shirt : Science & Technology | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Now new invention in the world of flash lights! Yes, researchers have created a shirt that actually hides a small camera, which is always on. ...
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It can be used in two different ways - (1) when you need the use of it you just tap the camera three times to remember something that just happened. (2) you can just let the thing record all day long and you can have a review when needed.

Moreover, the camera and shirt combo allows multiple recording modes including continuous, looped, and automated recording, which cost around $199

It's one of the smallest 1080p cameras out there and lasts for a few days on one charge and also you can add microSD cards for more storage.

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Microsoft shows off real-time universal speech translator for Skype, coming in 2014 | ExtremeTech

Microsoft shows off real-time universal speech translator for Skype, coming in 2014 | ExtremeTech | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
At the inaugural Code Conference in California, CEO Satya Nadella has revealed that Microsoft's real-time speech translation technology will finally make the jump from the mystical, bottomless pit of its R&D department to a consumer product: Skype. On stage at the conference, Nadella demoed a beta version of Skype Translator, which performed real-time translation of English to German speech, and vice versa. Skype Translator isn't perfect, but it's tantalizingly close to the creation of a Star Trek-like universal translator -- or Babel fish if you prefer -- that allows everyone in the world to communicate, even if they don't share a common language.
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The potential for real-time speech translation in education, business, diplomacy, and multilingual families is huge. Just by downloading a new version of Skype, western companies could start doing business with companies in China and other huge growth markets. And yes, there’s no reason Microsoft will reserve this tech just for Skype — a real-time speech translation app for Windows Phone would be pretty useful for travel. 

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Flexible, Wearable Supercapacitor - made with Graphene and Carbon Nanontubes

Flexible, Wearable Supercapacitor - made with Graphene and Carbon Nanontubes | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A supercapacitor composed of graphene and carbon nanotubes flexible enough to be woven into clothing and potentially powerful enough to offer a real alterna...
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The team has so far produced a 50 meter (164 ft) long set of interwoven fibers in a continuous melding process in the laboratory that yielded approximately 1 m (3 ft) per hour. It is expected that, scaled-up, this process could eventually see large quantities of supercapacitor fibers made on a commercial scale, bringing down the price and increasing its availability.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata adds head-up display, Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control, luxe features for just $22K

2015 Hyundai Sonata adds head-up display, Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control, luxe features for just $22K | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Midsize car outside, full-size inside. Lots of features. Lots. How do you beat the 2015 Sonata?
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Hyundai - an avid user of TRIZ in the automotive design community, is now doing a HUD and at low cost,- we think its the best way to design and build stuff

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Tesla Is Smarter Than Other Auto Companies

Tesla Is Smarter Than Other Auto Companies | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Most people won't take the risk of doing things differently - especially if it involves changing regulations. But Tesla's keen sense of trends has allowed it to succeed by being a game changer in the products it sells - and now in the way it distributes cars.
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Always hated going to the car dealership, well except the Infiniti dealerships.  Nonetheless Tesla is likely onto something here, people do hate going to the car dealership and Adam Hartung has done an excellent job of pointing out how Tesla is disrupting the car sales market.  Nice

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3D-printed exoskeleton helps paralysed users walk again

3D-printed exoskeleton helps paralysed users walk again | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
American 3D printing firm 3D Systems has created a robotic suit combining printed parts with motorised components to help paralysed patients stand and walk.

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