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Shoot Around Corners with Google Glass

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 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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This Is Google's Plan to Save YouTube

This Is Google's Plan to Save YouTube | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence will play a big role
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Google will use incorporate Google Brain to create a "NetFlix like" algorithm to suggest watchable content for users.  -  Google Brain will collect huge amounts of data about how many people watch videos, how long they watch them, and other points of interest to spit out which videos a user should watch.

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Technology Forecasting of TVs

Technology Forecasting of TVs | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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An in-depth and traditional approach to evaluating the forecasting of technology in the domain of televisions - interesting

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These Engineers 3D Printed a Mini Jet Engine, Then Took it to 33,000 RPM

These Engineers 3D Printed a Mini Jet Engine, Then Took it to 33,000 RPM | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

Consider it a jet engine for the Oompa-Loompas. GE engineers working on the future of aircraft manufacturing recently showed off some of their capabilities. They made a simple 3D-printed mini jet engine that roared at 33,000 rotations per minute ..Read More....


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The backpack-sized jet engine was built by a team of technicians, machinists and engineers who work at a GE Aviation’s Additive Development Center outside Cincinnati, a lab focused on developing additive manufacturing, a next-generation technique that can make complex 3D structures by melting metal powder layer upon layer. They built the engine over the course of several years to test the technology’s abilities and to work on a side project together.

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Analyst: “The biometrics market is finally here to stay.”

Analyst: “The biometrics market is finally here to stay.” | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Market research firm Tractica is buoyant about the prospects of the worldwide biometrics market over the next several years.

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It's gonna be a strong market for these folks

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Dutch Solar Road makes enough Energy to Power Household

Dutch Solar Road makes enough Energy to Power Household | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Engineers in the Netherlands say energy-generating road surface is more successful than expected, six months into trial.

Via TechinBiz
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In the first six months since it was installed, the panels beneath the road have generated over 3,000kwh. This is enough to provide a single-person household with electricity for a year.

"If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70kwh per square metre per year," says Sten de Wit, spokesman for SolaRoad, which has been developed by a public-private partnership.

"We predicted [this] as an upper limit in the laboratory stage. We can therefore conclude that it was a successful first half year."

The project took cheap mass-produced solar panels and sandwiched them between layers of glass, silicon rubber and concrete.

"This version can have a fire brigade truck of 12 tonnes without any damage," said Arian de Bondt, a director at Ooms Civiel, one of consortium of companies working together on the pilot project.

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Great idea that should be incorporated in our urban areas.  Intitial tests conducted in the Netherlands seem to confirm the ability of the "solar road" to produce usable amounts of electricity for nearby homes.  Aloha, Russ.

Laurent RUEL's curator insight, May 12, 4:44 AM

After Viha Concept trial in Toulouse in 2013, another successful test of Energy harvesting road system.

chris's curator insight, May 12, 6:35 PM

Never thought of this but it makes sense, given the heat asphalt absorbs daily.

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Seeing and believing: Virtual Reality set to conquer living rooms

Seeing and believing: Virtual Reality set to conquer living rooms | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
[MIAMI] It sounded so promising. Anyone, anywhere would be able to strap on a headset in their living room and be able to experience events anywhere in the world - or outside of it - as if they were really there. Read more at The Business Times.
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Oculus, the VR business bought for US$2 billion by Facebook Inc last year, said this week it would start shipping a consumer version of its Rift headset in early 2016, raising hopes that investment in VR software will finally take off. "I have been waiting for virtual reality since I was a little boy 30 years ago," said Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie Securities in New York.  -  "Our view is that things are radically different this time." About 2.7 million VR headsets, including versions aimed at app and content developers, could be sold in 2015, according to technology consultancy KZero.

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MSFT Hololens: an ambitious punt on wearable technology

MSFT Hololens: an ambitious punt on wearable technology | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Apple has its Watch. Facebook has the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset. Google has — or had — Glass. Now Microsoft’s big bet on wearable technology is almost here: the Hololens, perhaps the most ambitious of them all. Microsoft revealed the
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However, to bring this vision to reality, Microsoft has had to make some difficult trade-offs. The most obvious is the little window through which this virtual world is viewed.  -  While the Hololens hardware covers much of the face, its images are confined to a narrow rectangle in the middle of the field of view — about the size of a laptop screen.  When I was close up to my little collection of digital objects, not all were visible at the same time, which could be a real limitation. It means using Hololens falls well short of the initial vision shown in Microsoft’s promotional videos.  Microsoft says this is to preserve the wearer’s peripheral vision, and it is true that I was able to write notes without removing the headset, something impossible in VR.   -  But when wearing something so large over your eyes, you inevitably lose some spatial awareness. As I looked around a room at several dozen people all wearing Hololenses, all looking at their own personal digital worlds, I did wonder whether we really need this much technology, this close to our faces.

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ZTE Spro 2 Review: Do you really need a smart projector?

ZTE Spro 2 Review: Do you really need a smart projector? | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The ZTE Spro 2 is awesome, but does one projector really need all the power? Let's find out.
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The Spro 2 is a very nice projector overall, and ZTE says it can display an image up to 120 inches across. In practice the image doesn’t look particularly big though, especially at a close or medium range. It’s also not very bright, though it doesn’t need anything near total darkness to look OK.  -  The built-in speakers are fine, but you’ll want to plug in something louder for most situations. Luckily, that’s no problem thanks to an audio jack in the back of the device. There’s also an HDMI port, a USB port and a microSD slot, making it easy to project pretty much anything, even if it’s not available on Android.  -  Everything works without a hitch. I plugged in my PS4 for some quick gaming and it worked great. Same with the Roku and even my MacBook Pro. As far as I can tell, ZTE’s projector is more than capable of handling anything you can throw at it.  -  For the most part though, you’ll want to use the Spro 2′s built in software. That’s what makes it a truly all-in-one device, so let’s dive into the operating system that makes this projector so smart.

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Now, Smartglasses to track your Emotions soon

Now, Smartglasses to track your Emotions soon | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Though the wearable market is still at nascent stage but major technology giants are gearing up, leaving no stone unturned to lay hold of the billion dollar opportunity of recent future. Though Google is leading …

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We shall have to see if this is truly a real and valuable tool 

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Mental Health Wearables Presentation

Talk I developed and delivered for The Wearable Adoption & Monetization Summit in San Francisco, April 20-21, 2015. Please let me know if you believe I have m…

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A layout of the issues, players, business models, effectiveness (for the moment) as well as the challenges in developing this product space - interesting and well thought through analysis - worth reading.

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Hands Omni Is A Glove That Lets The Wearer “Feel” Objects In VR

Hands Omni Is A Glove That Lets The Wearer “Feel” Objects In VR | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
While virtual reality (VR) is an immensely promising technology, the industry has yet to overcome its biggest usage hurdle: the so-called input problem. Most VR games right now rely on conventional...
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Hands Omni is a glove that lets the wearer “feel” objects in virtual reality. This is achieved with tiny inflatable pockets located underneath the surface of each finger, which act a little like air-based bladders: when a user grasps at a computerised object, triggers around the fingertips cause the pockets pressurise, providing physical feedback. “When you reach out and grab a virtual object, it feels like you’re grabbing that object,” mechanical engineering student Thor Walker told Gizmag.

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MSFT HoloLens gets real with robotics, surgery, architecture

MSFT HoloLens gets real with robotics, surgery, architecture | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
At the 2015 Build conference, Microsoft tries to prove that its mixed reality headset is more than just a neat gimmick.
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Microsoft showed how architects could use HoloLens to interact with 3D models, laid out virtually in front of them on a table. They might also be able to examine aspects of a building site at full scale, with virtual beams and walls rendered before their eyes.  Another demo showed how medical students could learn about the human body without having to cut open a cadaver. The headset showed a 3D model, which users could separate into different parts and blow up for closer examination. With everyone wearing a HoloLens, students and teachers could all interact with the same model, so it’s easy to imagine virtual surgery as the next step.

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Wearable technology, meet Mini

Wearable technology, meet Mini | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
BMW Group banks on its Silicon Valley's skunkwerks to innovate in the fashion-forward realm of active safety.
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BMW Group just unveiled an eyewear product concept that uses augmented reality technology to display virtual information overlaid on a driver’s view of the road. The glasses, dubbed Mini Augmented Vision, emanated from research conducted at the BMW Group Technology Office in Silicon Valley.  The Value to Drivers:To show how heads-up displays could be worn as eyewear, anchoring graphical information to the actual environment, rather than offering limited dashboard data in a small portion of the windshield. It’s an early step from a “look to” approach to a “look-through” strategy.   -  “There’s clearly room for improvement,” said Jay Wright, vice-president of Qualcomm Vuforia, the company’s mobile vision platform. “But compared to what’s been done in the past, it’s delivering on the promise.”

Wright explained the phenomenon known as motion-to-photon latency, a slight lag in displaying information in virtual environments to match the movement of users wearing augmented-reality headsets. “If you want the object to stay in exactly the right place, we need to do that with effectively zero processing time,” said Wright. Based on the fact that my glasses got warm during a 20-minute demonstration, it appears that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, running on an Android operating system, was working overtime.

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Panasonic Releases 1st Smart TVs Running Firefox OS

Panasonic Releases 1st Smart TVs Running Firefox OS | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The Firefox OS from Mozilla has been out for some time now as a competitor to Android in the smartphone market, but now Firefox OS is landing in a new market for the first time, coming to Smart TVs starting with six models in Panasonic's VIERA line.
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Firefox OS is landing in a new market for the first time. It's coming to Smart TVs, starting with 6 models in Panasonic's VIERA line.
The first of these TVs have shipped to Europe and should be available through retailers soon, but at this moment the specs and details are unknown. Though six models have been announced, the model number varies by country, and potential customers shouldn't anticipate seeing more than one or two models available in their country in the near future. - It is likely these displays will be 4K units just like the prototypes. - "Through our partnership with Mozilla and the openness and flexibility of Firefox OS, we have been able to create a more user friendly and customizable TV UI. This allows us to provide a better user experience for our consumers providing a differentiator in the Smart TV market," said Masahiro Shinada, Director of the TV Business Division at Panasonic Corporation.

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VR Amusement Parks are Coming, and They Look Incredible

VR Amusement Parks are Coming, and They Look Incredible | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A new type of theme park is coming that will let you strap on a virtual reality helmet and charge headlong into a horde of monsters with a massive broadsword in tow.

Via Timo Ilomäki, maher megadmini
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Forget waiting in line for 45 minutes to ride a roller coaster that lasts less than a minute. A new type of theme park is coming that will let you strap on a virtual reality helmet and charge headlong into a horde of monsters with a massive broadsword in tow.  That’s the promise of The Void, a new virtual reality entertainment center setting up shop in Salt Lake City, UT.    Inside The Void center, players will be able to choose their preferred adventure type, be handed a virtual reality helmet and vest and then enter a kind of arena designed around the adventure.  According to a preview video posted to The Void’s website, each arena will be designed for a specific type of adventure and feature “4D” environmental elements.  If it’s raining in your particular game, mist will fall from the ceiling.    The Void’s Rapture helmet and vest both provide similarly realistic sensations, as the vest offers haptic feedback that shakes when you fire a gun or take a hit.

The idea for The Void is certainly an ambitious one, and the video the company advertises its technology with looks incredibly promising, but it would be remiss if we didn’t point out that what The Void is trying to accomplish looks incredibly difficult.  If the company can actually deliver on its promise of a fully immersive simulator like the ones shown in its preview video, it would instantly become the ultimate gaming experience. But let’s just say we’re not holding our breath.

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What’s the Secret on Choosing a Suitable Biometric Modality?

What’s the Secret on Choosing a Suitable Biometric Modality? | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Choosing the right biometric modality for your unique requirements is a key strategy to ensure accuracy, usability, and success of the deployment.

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There are some important factors which need to be considered before choosing a biometric modality such as:

  • Accuracy
  • Security
  • Availability
  • Ease of use
  • Anti-spoofing capabilities
  • User acceptance
  • Usability
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Hygienic Issue
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Electric 'Hypercar' Toroidion 1MW boasts 1,341 horsepower

Electric 'Hypercar' Toroidion 1MW boasts 1,341 horsepower | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The new all-electric Toroidion 1MW plans to compete against Tesla for dominance in the electric car market. But the car's price tag might scare off prospective buyers.

Via TechinBiz
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Pennanen's young company has been working on building this car and its new battery technology for the last four years. The company employs roughly 15 people and has been completely self-financed so far.  -  Pennanen's plan is to get enough interest, investment and orders to build 100 Toroidion 1MW cars and begin delivering them to customers in about two years. He hopes to ultimately mass produce the car, bring the price down significantly and sell it to all kinds of customers, especially those drivers that appreciate Teslas and other electric vehicles.

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At $1.5 million to $3.5 million each, not many people will be buying the all-electric, super high-tech Toroidion, a car originally designed to win Grand Prix races.  Perhaps, that's not the real  issue.  The real future of this experimental vehicle lies in the application of its cutting edge technology to other forms of transportation and even to powering businesses and apartment  complexes.  The key to understanding the Toroidion is its deep storage capacity battery which can be charged simply at home using ordinary plugs. Compared to batteries now used in electric cars, the Toroidion battery is simpler and lighter than its competition. This car may succeed, but not in the way its makers intended.  Aloha, Russ.

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Will Holograms Revolutionise Architecture and Design?

Will Holograms Revolutionise Architecture and Design? | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Microsoft has envisioned a world of holograms which is set to have a profound effect on the building and design industry.
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Interesting vision - excuse the pun - for the building and design world

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We Might Learn Empathy from Virtual Reality

We Might Learn Empathy from Virtual Reality | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Can VR move beyond game playing to enact meaningful societal changes? Recent experiments by researchers in London and Barcelona used VR to enhance “self-resemblance.” Using a viewfinder, it appeared that the participant was in a beige room with a single mirror, but upon looking at the reflection, another person appeared. A series of tests before and after the experiment recorded the participant’s attitudes toward an “outgroup.” After this “ownership” of another’s body, their attitudes toward tha
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Interesting read if you're into a whole lot of things that are Intel

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Hands On With Microsoft's HoloLens

Hands On With Microsoft's HoloLens | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
We got to try out Microsoft's 3D augmented reality headset. It's everything the company promised.
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Lots of details on how the HoloLens works, Microsoft is keeping any availability information about the HoloLens very close to its vest. It had nothing to share about release date other than to say it will be available "within the Windows 10 timeframe." No pricing guidance is being announced, either, nor even where you'll be able to get one. But the progress that the company has made on the device since January is undeniably impressive. HoloLens seems destined to change the technology landscape for a long time to come

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The Void - Real Virtual Reality with no limits

The Void - Real Virtual Reality with no limits | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The Void - Real Virtual Reality with no limits
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The Void can pack in super expensive stuff. The Rapture HMD tech being used to develop the experience consists of the following:

  • Dual High-Density Curved OLED Displays (1080p per-eye, initially).
  • Quantum Dots (nearly doubling perceived resolution color range).
  • Custom Optics (proprietary lens-in-lens design).
  • High-Quality THX Headphones (featuring in-game binaural sound design).
  • Super-Gain Inline Microphones (for in-game communications).
  • Proprietary Global Head Tracking Sensors (running at 120Hz).
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IoT May Drive Distributed Generation Microgrids

IoT May Drive Distributed Generation Microgrids | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A number of technology companies and utilities have embarked on a testbed project to demonstrate a microgrid architecture for integrating solar, wind...
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The first phase of the testbed project is to design and deploy a smart grid network in each of the utilities' research and development centers. The architecture behind the testbed project is based on Duke Energy's Open Field Message Bus that will provide a common means for its currently disparate distribution systems to communicate across. Duke Energy is using RTI's Connext data distribution service standard to develop the architecture.  The second phase of the project, scheduled for 2016, will demonstrate the scalability of the communication and control framework. The third phase of the testbed will deploy the architecture in an actual grid setting. The first two phases will take place at SoCal Edison's Control Lab in Westminster, Calif., while the final phase will deploy at CPS Energy's "Grid-of-the-Future" test area in San Antonio.

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Nikola Labs' case uses stray radio waves to charge your iPhone

Nikola Labs' case uses stray radio waves to charge your iPhone | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
To hear Nikola Labs co-founder Dr. Rob Lee tell the tale, some 97 percent of the energy a smartphone expends to forge data and voice connections using ra
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Unlike more involved solutions like the ultrasound power transmission system that uBeam has raised over $13 million to help build, there aren't any transmitters you need to stand in range of. The end result? A case that silently, slowly captures your iPhone's wasted power and uses it for recharging.  This all sounds a little magical for our liking too. Let's take a moment to reset some expectations. It's not like slapping this case on your phone will bring it from bone dry to fully charged. The harvesting antenna and DC power-converting rectifier circuit that make up Nikola Labs' secret sauce can only extend an iPhone's battery life by about thirty percent... and it does so sloooooowly. On the plus side, it's a passive process that'll continue as long the case is connected to the phone, so you'd theoretically see slower battery depletion over time instead of a sudden burst of charging activity.

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Trimble and MSFT Bring HoloLens Wearable Holographic Technology to the AEC Industry

Trimble and MSFT Bring HoloLens Wearable Holographic Technology to the AEC Industry | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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Microsoft HoloLens is a head-mounted, holographic computer that provides a mixed-reality experience for a range of commercial and consumer applications. When used by architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals, the HoloLens device extends interaction with 3D models beyond the confines of a 2D computer screen, creating new ways for the many stakeholders of complex, multi-phase construction projects to visualize, collaborate, share ideas and manage change. 

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Cablevision strikes deal to offer Hulu streaming services

Cablevision strikes deal to offer Hulu streaming services | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Cablevision Systems Corp. struck a deal with Hulu to offer the Internet television service's on-demand content to its Optimum customers, the first pay-TV company to do so.
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New York-based Cablevision did not provide pricing or say when the service would become available. It has more than 3.1 million customers in the New York metropolitan area.   -  The deal comes a week after Cablevision announced that it is offering an Internet package that includes a digital antenna for TV service. That is aimed at so-called "cord-cutters" who detest pricey channel packages. The company will offer HBO's stand-alone streaming service.


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