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Bluetooth Smart Gets Smarter - EE Times

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Bluetooth Smart Gets Smarter
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Bluetooth 4.1, officially released today, builds on the current low power consumption model to produce data that's more visible on mobile devices.
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(from the Curator of IoT & Wearables): Bluetooth just got better with lower power and better visibility with rev4.1 - I remember the working group on this when at Intel, this technology has come a long way over the years.

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Before Radar there was Giant WWI "war tubas"

Before Radar there was Giant WWI "war tubas" | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
In WWI, warfare got really loud. How armed forces detected airships before radar.
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Detecting engine noises (of enemy aircraft) at greater distances allowed more time to prepare a response. Large and elaborate detectors were experimental, and their efficiency varied widely. A number of designs were quite striking, such as the Japanese acoustic locators nicknamed "war tubas."  -  Their use continued until the early years of WWII, but increases in aircraft speeds and the development of radar rendered them obsolete.  - The point of this post is that technology on how to solve problems evolves and gets better at doing what it is intended to do, this if anything is the evolution of mankind, is the evolution of the tools that it uses to get things done.

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Carbon3D reaches incredible 3D printing speeds with CLIP!

Carbon3D reaches incredible 3D printing speeds with CLIP! | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Carbon3D has groundbreaking CLIP 3d printing technology which is 25 to 100 times faster than currently available machines!

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Increased speeds for 3D printing, no mention on how to lower the cost of the 3D materials themselves though

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Study: 2/3rds of consumers want virtual reality shopping

Study: 2/3rds of consumers want virtual reality shopping | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

According to the survey, 35 percent of consumers said that the introduction of virtual reality will make them more open to purchasing more online since it will give them a more realistic feel of the product. In addition, 22 said virtual reality will make them less likely to visit a physical retail store....


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One of the barriers to online shopping is that shoppers can’t actually experience the products or try them on. This is one of the obstacles that virtual reality has the potential to address.  According to the survey, 35% of consumers said that the introduction of virtual reality will make them more open to purchasing more online since it will give them a more realistic feel of the product. In addition, 22% said virtual reality will make them less likely to visit a physical retail store.

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Coming soon to your desktop or mobile: Virtual Reality shopping.
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Coming soon to your desktop or mobile: Virtual Reality shopping

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Samsung to carry on with key wireless charging standard - CNET

Samsung to carry on with key wireless charging standard - CNET | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Powermat CEO Thorsten Heins says any future Samsung smartphone with wireless charging will include his company's wireless charging standard.
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Part of the issue has been compatibility. The Powermat standard, which has been adopted by the Power Matters Association, or PMA, does not play nice with charging pads utilizing a different standard called Qi from the Wireless Power Consortium (209 Companies are a part of WPC). Samsung got around the issue by including both Qi and PMA standards.

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SlashGear's Review of Scout Alarm: DIY home security you’ll want

SlashGear's Review of Scout Alarm: DIY home security you’ll want | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
DIY home security — it seems like everyone is doing it. After being privately funded, Scout is ready to toss their hat into the ring as well. The interesting
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Scout offers some finite things other home security platforms don’t. You can still arm and disarm your home with RFID and the door sensor. Offline support and 24/7 monitoring aren’t found elsewhere either. Aesthetically, it’s the classiest option we’ve seen yet.

Whether or not you need what Scout offers is another matter entirely. What Scout has done is brought a measure of security to DIY home security,


"The problem we have with legacy systems were nearly answered with “existing” DIY kits. We got lower cost hardware that we owned, but we lost the monitoring we forgot we wanted. The problem with the old-school loaned hardware was that we didn’t own it, and it was dependent on a monthly fee for monitoring via a contract, and was useless outside of that. Companies acted like monitoring was necessary, not optional. Scout gives you options across the board, and that’s why it’s awesome."


"The downside with Scout is that you’ll pay for the robust features, upfront and monthly (optional, of course). Of course, we’re comparing it to systems that don’t offer quite the same stepped-up feature set in either home security direction. If you even think you might want monitoring and the like, Scout is a must-have."

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AMD's Liquid VR Puts Processing Muscle Behind Virtual Reality

AMD's Liquid VR Puts Processing Muscle Behind Virtual Reality | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
AMD is investing serious resources in its virtual reality initiative, Liquid VR, announced this week at GDC.
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Raja Koduri, AMD's graphics CTO, called virtual reality "the next frontier for visual computing," saying today's announcements are really just the beginning, and that AMD wanted to drive virtual reality to full presence, or photo realism. To get there, he said, it will require "full sensory integration," and scalable CPUs, GPUs, and (hardware) accelerators, which will be a crucial component

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Oculus Driving Virtual Reality Innovation through $1M Contest

Oculus Driving Virtual Reality Innovation through $1M Contest | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Oculus is throwing a huge contest with $1M in prizes to foster Virtual Reality innovation.
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Oculus is offering a pool of $1 million dollars in prizes that will be divided into prize packages for two groups; one for games and the other for apps and “experiences.” The contest will last about a month beginning on April 13th and winners will be announced in June. Developers are expected to submit work at various milestones to qualify and demonstrate progress on their project.

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Samsung's virtual reality Gear VR lets you swim with sharks

Samsung's virtual reality Gear VR lets you swim with sharks | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Everyday consumers can now get their hands on a virtual reality headset and transport themselves into another world.

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Cool at the very least, I'm still thinking where the practical Use Case beyond entertainment VR technology has for business, if one exists.

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Anne Bartlett-Bragg's curator insight, February 12, 3:41 PM

The first wave of affordable VR headsets hits the market.. except I don't have a Samsung Galaxy 4 ..  so I'll be waiting for the next non-Samsung release.

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Qantas Brings Gear VR to Airplanes

Qantas Brings Gear VR to Airplanes | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Australian airline Qantas is bringing Samsung's Gear VR headset to select First Class cabins.
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A step towards greater adoption / acceptance by users to have airlines provide this for 1st class passengers.  However to quell the monotony of flying, it also could spell bad news for anyone who already gets motion sickness on planes. The long list of Gear VR health disclaimers on Best Buy's website already advises against using the device in a moving vehicle. It also recommends that you shouldn't use Gear VR when tired, drunk, sick or hungover -- all things you might already be feeling once you take off.  We will have to wait and see if this experiment will actually work. 

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Microsoft HoloLens: An experience you never knew you wanted (hands-on)

Microsoft HoloLens: An experience you never knew you wanted (hands-on) | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
HoloLens delivers a robust and surreal augmented reality that will leave even a VR skeptic slack jawed.
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Huge impressive review for MSFT's VR product

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If you're blind, this app makes strangers your eyes

If you're blind, this app makes strangers your eyes | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

“A new app aims to help the blind "see" with their iPhone.The idea behind Be My Eyes is that sometimes people who are visually impaired may need help with simple tasks but can't easily get assistance.”


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Interesting application of mobile tech and social media to actually help those who need it.  

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Avegant's personal theater headset looks like a pair of premium headphones

Avegant's personal theater headset looks like a pair of premium headphones | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
At long last, Avegant unveiled the final design for its Glyph personal theater headset at CES 2015, and it looks even more like a pair of headphones than
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Internet of things will require powering devices through movement and heat with 'energy harvesting'

Internet of things will require powering devices through movement and heat with 'energy harvesting' | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Powering your electronic gadgets through heat or movement is already possible and set to get bigger.
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Harry Zervos, an IDTechEx analyst, believes energy harvesting will catch on big eventually. - "There needs to be a way to stop all of these millions of batteries from being created," he said. "We're choking on batteries already." 

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Razer Will Bake in Leap Motion Hand Tracking Tech in New OSVR Device

Razer Will Bake in Leap Motion Hand Tracking Tech in New OSVR Device | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
TweetYou better believe it – virtual reality is a thing now.  With the Samsung Gear VR having initially debuted as a Samsung Galaxy Note 4-specific companion accessory, Google enjoying some success with the minimalist Cardboard, and other companies having (mostly) launched their own VR headsets, Razer will  also have its own VR device at some …
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Leap Motion announced that it has teamed up with Razer, allowing the former company’s hand tracking technology to appear in Razer’s OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality) headset once it gets released a few months from now.  Developers will have an option to purchase a faceplate with Leap Motion gesture-tracking software and hardware baked into it, allowing them to create apps, and maybe games that make use of hand tracking as a key feature.

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Goodyear Unveils New Electric Car Tires

Goodyear Unveils New Electric Car Tires | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
These new tires will be able to add a few extra miles on each journey, and recharge the car while it's parked.
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Among the big factors limiting the popularity of electric cars are long journeys and if the electric motors will last long enough. The lack of electric recharging stations is another issue. Goodyear's new tire tackles both issues by recharging while parked and on the road.  -  It will only be useful in places where the temperature is warm for most of the year since the tires won't heat up if there's no heat. The friction while driving will be available regardless of climate but there are no numbers on how much energy this friction can generate


Read more: http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/41200/20150308/goodyear-unveils-new-electric-car-tires.htm#ixzz3TreFpfdX

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A look at ELF, the solar-powered bicycle-car hybrid

A look at ELF, the solar-powered bicycle-car hybrid | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
It's called the ELF, a solar-powered bike-car hybrid that's turning up in cities across the country. Costing $5,500, the transportation requires no insurance or gasoline. Vicente Arenas took a test drive and talks about how the bike-car hybrid works.
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Combining pedal and solar power to create a uniquely personal transportation alternative to buying that (expensive) hybrid car, albeit these aren't cheap either, $5.5K but hey if you're up for keeping fit, and low carbon footprint and be able to haul around some stuff (150Ibs) while you're doing that then the ELF might be the trick.

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Sony's Morpheus virtual-reality headset arriving in 2016

Sony's Morpheus virtual-reality headset arriving in 2016 | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The PlayStation maker shows off its latest prototype, saying it's "close to the final consumer product." But is it ready to convert VR skeptics?
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Before Sony unveiled Morpheus, VR looked like a niche, dominated by promising startups but still a sideshow to the $77 billion game industry, which focuses on titles largely played on televisions and computer monitors. After, Facebook bought industry poster child Oculus VR for $2.3 billion. That acquisition signaled to tech companies everywhere that VR wasn't going to lose its sheen after sucking up millions of dollars in investment, as it did in the early '90s before fading back into science fiction.

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Is Flash Memory Ready for Mass Storage?

Is Flash Memory Ready for Mass Storage? | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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Some of these companies (SanDisk, IBM, Micron, Solidfire and others) are looking at mixed storage technology environments but it is clear that all of these applications are moving flash memory closer to being a primary storage repository to take advantage of its higher performance. The advances by SanDisk with its Infiniflash platform as well as offering by Micron, Solidfire and other companies are taking us closer to the use of flash memory for primary storage applications.

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HTC dives into Wearables and Virtual Reality with Grip and Vive

HTC dives into Wearables and Virtual Reality with Grip and Vive | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer HTC has made its first foray into two of 2015's biggest device trends.
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With a 90Hz refresh rate, "you're not going to get sick", with the HTC Vive. Motion sickness is often cited as a side-effect of virtual-reality headsets. "We're confident to say the HTC Vibe will reset the industry standard" for virtual reality,

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Sony to release smartglasses, Apple may enter VR market

Sony to release smartglasses, Apple may enter VR market | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Sony has its eye on the burgeoning wearable tech industry.
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The Japanese electronics giant is moving ahead with plans to release its own set of smartglasses — never mind the recent misfire of Google’s Glass, a similar device that famously failed to catch on with early adapters and has gone back to the drawing board.  SED-E1 glasses are considerably clunkier than Google Glass, and more cumbersome — they’re connected via wire to a palm-sized control unit that houses the microphone and battery.

But Sony’s device, which gives users an augmented reality experience — text, symbols and images, such as street directions, are superimposed on the lenses — is a lot cheaper than Glass.

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Philip K. Dick Warned Us About the Internet of Things in 1969

Philip K. Dick Warned Us About the Internet of Things in 1969 | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Be careful about what you say in your living room if your new TV is on. News broke earlier this week that Samsung’s Web-connected SmartTV can listen to, record, and send what the television hears to a third-party company. The television doesn’t watch you watch it back, but it is...
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Sci-fi great Philip K. Dick warned us about this decades ago. In his classic 1969 novelUbik, the characters have to negotiate the way they move and how they communicate with inanimate objects that monitor them, lock them out, and force payments. - In this passage from Ubik, a man is actually locked out by a door that requires a mandatory payment to open. And when he grabs a tool to disassemble the doorknob, the door threatens him with a lawsuit for violating his user contract. It’s prescient, to say the least.

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Walmart’s New Vudu Spark Costs $25, But Remains Limited vs Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Etc.

Walmart’s New Vudu Spark Costs $25, But Remains Limited vs Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Etc. | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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Walmart busting down the doors of Amazon and Google.   Vudu Spark’s price tag is$24.95, and you can now buy it at your nearest Walmart store, as well as on the company’s website.  However, there is a catch to all of this, and that’s the fact that the Vudu Spark can only stream content from Walmart’s movie rental service, but not anywhere else.  Still, the good thing about the device’s release is that you’ll effectively be buying it for free as part of an introductory promotion; you’ll get $25 worth of movie credits on Walmart’s service, with five months to redeem them. 

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Microsoft's answer to Google Glass: HoloLens

Microsoft's answer to Google Glass: HoloLens | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Google Glass may have flopped in the marketplace, but Microsoft is pushing its own version of computer eyewear, Microsoft HoloLens.
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Doctors, construction workers, gamers and people who want to watch Netflix while walking around are some potential customers who could find themselves wearing HoloLens soon, Microsoft said.

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Samsung's LCD TV uses nanocrystal LED's

Samsung's LCD TV uses nanocrystal LED's | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about the Samsung JS9500 series, including impressions and analysis, photos, video, release date, prices, specs, and predictions from CNET.
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Another TRIZ based invention from Samsung

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Sony Gives Action Cam, Camcorder Lines a 4K Boost

Sony Gives Action Cam, Camcorder Lines a 4K Boost | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Sony adds 4K video capture to its consumer Action Cam and camcorder lines.
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Competition for GoPro coming from Sony - The most affordable of the bunch from Sony, the X100V Action Cam is a waterproof, rugged camera that's small enough to mount on a helmet or surfboard, but can record 30fps video at 4K

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