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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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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

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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 [...]
Richard Platt's insight:

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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Revolutionary Approach Enables Important Advance toward Quantum Computer

Revolutionary Approach Enables Important Advance toward Quantum Computer | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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"this latest advancement is one of the important pieces in the jigsaw needed in order to realize a quantum computer. While previous attempts have required external light sources to generate the photons, this new chip integrates components that can generate photons inside the chip." 

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10 ways alternative energy is about to change the way tech gets powered

10 ways alternative energy is about to change the way tech gets powered | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Solar-powered laptops, edible battery power, spray-on solar panels, mini windmills: This may be a game-changing year for clean technology.
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Excellent list, well worth the read, but which one becomes the dominant platform, we all will have to wait and see how this battle will play out.   Good stuff 

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“Honey Encryption” Could Trick Criminals with Spoof Data | MIT Technology Review

“Honey Encryption” Could Trick Criminals with Spoof Data  | MIT Technology Review | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A new approach to encryption beats attackers by presenting them with fake data.
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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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Researchers develop first single-molecule LED

Researchers develop first single-molecule LED | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The ultimate challenge in the race to miniaturize light emitting diodes (LED) has now been met: a team led by the Institut de Physique et de Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg has developed the first ever single-molecule LED.
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From a fundamental viewpoint, this device gives researchers a new tool to probe phenomena that are produced when an electrical conductor emits light and it does so at a scale where quantum physics takes precedence over classical physics. Scientists will also be able to optimize substances to produce more powerful light emissions. Finally, this work is a first step towards making molecule-sized components that combine electronic and optical properties. Similar components could form the basis of a molecular computer
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EDVs Don’t Reduce Emissions

EDVs Don’t Reduce Emissions | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A study was recently released by North Carolina State University that provides evidence
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Can I get an amen to honest engineering that actually solves problems that aren't merely about selling us something that doesn't really help address the issues? Electronic Drive Vehicles - Don't Reduce Emissions 

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Edible batteries could power tech inside our bodies

Edible batteries could power tech inside our bodies | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created ingestible batteries, that could make internal devices a possibility..

 

Developed by professors Christopher Bettinger and Jay Whitacre, from the materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering department at the institution, the idea stems from the need for a power source for biodegradable electronic materials that could have a number of medical benefits — timed drug delivery or health tracking, for example. The result is a non-toxic sodium ion battery that uses melanin derived from an organic material — cuttlefish ink. Since the ink is fairly commonly available, the cost of the edible batteries is low. The team says that the devices could be ingested in much the same way as a pill, without the need for prior sterilization, and any casing is biodegradable and deteriorates in the body. Combined with other technology, the batteries could have wide-ranging use — both medical and otherwise.


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