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Razer's VR kit gets Android support and position tracking

Razer's VR kit gets Android support and position tracking | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Razer recently launched its Open Source VR intiative, complete with a virtual reality headset to get more developers into the VR game. The initial launch
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Razer recently launched its Open Source VR intiative, complete with a virtual reality headset to get more developers into the VR game. The initial launch notably lacked Android support and positional tracking hardware, but it's now filed those holes with its latest OSVR Hacker Development Kit (HDK) 1.2. The IR system is included in the kit price, including the 100Mhz IR LED system and a camera that provides 360 degrees of position tracking. Previously, Razer included IR position tracking designs and templates, but didn't supply the hardware.

On top of Linux and Windows, OSVR now supports Android as well. That'll enable developers to create mobile content and test it with Unity's "Palace" demo. The hardware kit will soon include a mobile faceplate too, which will work in conjunction with the Android SDK to "let developers test their OSVR hardware on Android devices."

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First Projector Smartphone, Debut at Lenovo’s Global Tech Conference

First Projector Smartphone, Debut at Lenovo’s Global Tech Conference | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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While there have been a few smartphones on the market with built-in projectors, these have focused on replicating the features of a standalone projector. According to Lenovo, Smart Cast is designed to make smartphones as usable as PCs through virtual technology. The virtual keyboard can be projected onto a table or other surfaces, giving smartphone users a standard keyboard on which to type. The projector can beam the content from the smartphone onto a wall or large screen, making it ideal for making presentations, watching videos and much more. Also making its debut at the event was the world’s first ‘dual-screen’ smartwatch, Magic View. The smartwatch features a second, virtual display that is 20 times larger than the display of its main, physical screen. The device, which Lenovo says will eliminate the limitations associated with small screens on wearable devices, uses optical reflections to create virtual images.

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Oculus unveils VR headset, will work with Xbox and announces partnership with MSFT

Oculus unveils VR headset, will work with Xbox and announces partnership with MSFT | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Oculus chief executive Brendan Iribe
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Oculus, the virtual reality company owned by Facebook debuted the much anticipated consumer version of its headset on Thursday and announced a partnership with Microsoft's Xbox One gaming console.  Oculus founder Palmer Luckey unexpectedly announced that the Rift will include wireless hand controllers that resemble bracelets to raucous applause.  The controllers will enable consumers to use their hands to interact with games, whether it’s pulling a trigger on a virtual gun or using communicative gestures with other players.  -  “One of the first things people do is they reach out into this virtual world,” Mr. Luckey said. “We wanted to create an input device that allows people to reach out.”

You can hold the headset in one hand, its light weight and has the ability to adjust to any head size.  The Rift will also fit over a pair of eyeglasses, he added, and includes adjustable headphones and lenses.   Oculus chief executive Brendan Iribe said the Rift is tightly integrated with Microsoft’s Windows and hinted that “there is a lot more to come” with the computer company.

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DJI's experimental drone will help prevent collisions

DJI's experimental drone will help prevent collisions | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
DJI has just made its UAV platform a lot more developer-friendly with a new test drone and collision avoidance system, along with an SDK for its current
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Perhaps more intriguing is DJI's "Guidance," which it calls "the first commercially-available collision avoidance for aerial platforms." Using stereo cameras and ultrasonic sensors, the system can detect objects anywhere around a UAV within 65 feet, or stabilize it with "centimeter" accuracy above the ground. Developers can mount Guidance to the Matrice 100, which will also accept any robotic system with USB or UART ports. In a video (below), DJI manager Navjot Singh said with the system aboard, "the Matrice 100 is always aware of its surroundings, and will automatically adjust its flight path when closing in on objects or obstructions.

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Co-Created Products Come to Market

Co-Created Products Come to Market | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
One year after the launch of FirstBuild, some of the first co-created products—designed though crowdsourcing of engineering and consumer input—are...
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At the Maker Faire Bay Area event held last weekend, FirstBuild showcased two new products developed through its co-creation model: ChillHub, a refrigerator with two USB ports and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and the Opal Nugget Ice Maker for home use.

In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, the ChillHub refrigerator has 18-cubic-feet of storage space, a top-mounted freezer, and an open-source iOS app that allows users to access sensor data and control the refrigerator’s components. GE claims the system on which ChillHub is built to be “a first-of-its-kind platform that enables the development of new hardware products that can operate inside a cooled space. It’s also an open development platform designed for makers, hackers, tinkerers and developers to customize and create new uses for the refrigerators through the rapid design iteration capability on the FirstBuild.com website and in the microfactory through collaboration with other community members.”  - Though the products designed at FirstBuild are very consumer oriented and may not, at first glance, appear relevant to industrial manufacturing operations, the process by which FirstBuild products are being created and built will very likely have a direct impact on industrial manufacturing in the near future. Watching how the co-creation idea develops over the next few years will provide key insights for manufacturers of all kinds—from consumer goods manufacturers to machinery OEMs.

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The Golden Gate Bridge has a drone problem

The Golden Gate Bridge has a drone problem | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
As more drones fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, officials in San Francisco fear safety is at risk. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports on growing calls for drone regulations.
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Drones are beginning to prove to be dangerous when in the hands of inexperienced users

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Hands-On With Thync’s Mood-Altering Headset

Hands-On With Thync’s Mood-Altering Headset | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Thync is launching its mood-altering headset today, letting you find a state of calm or boost your energy with controls on your smartphone. Thync's gadget is..
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Thync’s mood-altering gadget is more of a module than a headset. It’s small, plastic, and contains a Bluetooth radio for connecting to your phone. You attach it to a disposable adhesive strip, which you apply to your temple and neck.  When you open Thync’s app, it quickly connects to the module and then lets you choose between two emotional states: calm and energy. Once you begin, you can dial the intensity of the experience up or down, giving you control over just how mellow or excited you’ll be at the end of a session.

During the demo, Thync co-founder and CEO Isy Goldwasser explained that the module wasn’t directly stimulating neurons in my brain (that would be too damn weird for me to try, to be honest). Instead, it uses tiny pulses of electricity to stimulate the skin at your temple, which then activates the instinctual fight-or-flight response in your brain to indirectly affect emotional response.  In use, you get a wavy, tingly feeling on your upper forehead and the front of your scalp. It’s not unpleasant, but it would definitely take a few uses before it stops feeling weird.

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Apple buys augmented reality company Metaio

Apple buys augmented reality company Metaio | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Apple looks to beef up its Maps with more interactivity. 
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With the augmented reality feature, users can point their phone’s camera towards a building and see relevant information about it pop up on their phone’s screen. In Metaio’s demo video below, they also show how augmented reality can be used to see what your home will look like with new furniture or virtually checking out product information:

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Next Up for GoPro: VR and Drones

Next Up for GoPro: VR and Drones | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
GoPro made its name strapping rugged cameras onto helmets. Now it's pushing into virtual reality and drones
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GoPro previously acquired a startup named Kolor, whose technology is serving as the backbone of the virtual reality camera system. Kolor’s software will turn the photo and video shots into virtual reality while people can use its smartphone app to view the imagery. Also getting into the Drone business, no mention of price on the new drones expected later this year.
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3D Printed Dior Eyes: French Fashion House allows fans behind the Scenes with this Device

3D Printed Dior Eyes: French Fashion House allows fans behind the Scenes with this Device | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Lights, cameras--and, don your 3D printed headsets, please! As many of us look to cutting edge fashion designers to see what the next trends are, it’s fascina

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Popular designer brands are taking customers backstage virtually
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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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Facebook and MSFT Partner Up to Command the Virtual Gaming Market

Facebook and MSFT Partner Up to Command the Virtual Gaming Market | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

The initial version of the Oculus Rift will come with an Xbox One controller and Xbox adapter. This will enable users to play their Xbox One games via the VR headset by streaming on a Windows 10 PC. Furthermore, following the launch of Oculus Rift, every Xbox One wireless controller and associated PC adapter shipment will include the VR headset.

This collaboration comes even when Microsoft is developing its own virtual reality headset, Hololens that is expected to be released this year itself. While Hololens may be a competitor to Oculus Rift some time in the future, at present the two companies are likely to benefit from this strategic collaboration.

This deal brings together Oculus’ virtual reality technology and Xbox’s game controller. The timing of this collaboration is also important for both the companies as they are likely to face stiff competition from Sony Corporation when it presents its own virtual reality device ‘Project Morpheus’ (that supports PlayStation 4) in the upcoming E3 conference.

Meanwhile, a couple of handheld motion controllers- the Oculus Touch -are already in the pipeline for the virtual reality gaming device.

A week ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015 (E3 2015), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have announced a partnership for the virtual gaming market. Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality headset, Rift that is set to be launched in the beginning of 2016, will now come with the Xbox game controller from Microsoft. Facebook acquired Oculus VR, a virtual reality technology company, which developed the Oculus Rift gaming headset in 2014, for approximately $2 bill
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The initial version of the Oculus Rift will come with an Xbox One controller and Xbox adapter. This will enable users to play their Xbox One games via the VR headset by streaming on a Windows 10 PC. Furthermore, following the launch of Oculus Rift, every Xbox One wireless controller and associated PC adapter shipment will include the VR headset.  -  This collaboration comes even when Microsoft is developing its own virtual reality headset, Hololens that is expected to be released this year itself. While Hololens may be a competitor to Oculus Rift some time in the future, at present the two companies are likely to benefit from this strategic collaboration.

This deal brings together Oculus’ virtual reality technology and Xbox’s game controller. The timing of this collaboration is also important for both the companies as they are likely to face stiff competition from Sony Corporation when it presents its own virtual reality device ‘Project Morpheus’ (that supports PlayStation 4) in the upcoming E3 conference.  -  Meanwhile, a couple of handheld motion controllers- the Oculus Touch -are already in the pipeline for the virtual reality gaming device.

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Parrot unveils 13 new drones; some see in the dark, others work on water

Parrot unveils 13 new drones; some see in the dark, others work on water | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Parrot's new Hydrofoil, Airborne Cargo, Jumping Racer, Jumping Night and Airborne Night drones are here to take over the world.
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Wow these things have a lot of different functionalities

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U.S. designs high-tech solution to stop drinking and driving

U.S. designs high-tech solution to stop drinking and driving | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has showcased a high-tech solution for eradicating drink driving on US roads.
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Called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) it can be integrated into a vehicle, accurately read a driver's blood alcohol level within one second via infrared sensors and, if it's too high, shut the car down.  -  Currently in the prototype stage, work started on the DADSS in 2008 as a partnership between the NHTSA and the automotive industry. The ultimate aim of the project, is to offer the technology as an active safety system on future cars -- just like autonomous emergency braking or lane departure assist -- before the end of the decade.

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HTC Vive VR Headsets Shipped to Developers By Valve This Week

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Vive VR Headsets Shipped to Developers by Valve | Valve announced this week that they've begun shipping the HTC Vive headsets out to developers.
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HTC Vive headsets just sent out to developers. Those receiving the Developer Editions of the Vive headsets range from indie teams, triple A developers and major movie studios. The box contains a headset, two Lighthouse base stations (which detect positions and movement in the room), two wireless Steam VR controllers and the other basics to be expected with any system.

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Israeli Playcast merges with U.S. GameFly to become 'Netflix of gaming'

Israeli Playcast merges with U.S. GameFly to become 'Netflix of gaming' | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Together, the streaming firm and game-delivery service will be a significant player in the gaming industry; Amazon Fire TV will launch the combined service.
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The Israeli startup Playcast announced Tuesday that it will merge with American firm GameFly Inc. to become a significant player in the gaming industry.  -  Playcast specializes in supplying games via Internet streaming, and currently operates in 55 different countries, while GameFly specializes in renting out physical games via home deliveries to customers. Together, they hope to turn GameFly into the "Netflix of gaming."

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Lenovo's talking about Smart Cast with a Laser Projector Phone Concept

Lenovo's talking about Smart Cast with a Laser Projector Phone Concept | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I couldn't talk to anyone about smartphones for two minutes without them shouting in ecstatic delirium, "Have you see... by Rita El Khoury in Lenovo, News, Videos
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What we have here is another concept video, released by Lenovo during its Tech World conference, but the fact that the company officially decided to put its name behind it shows that it has at the very least seriously thought about it. That grants it more credibility than some animation studio's graphic prowess.  But the projected keyboard isn't the only feature of Smart Cast. Lenovo imagines the device to have a focus-free laser projector that can send images and videos onto walls (like current pico-projectors, but with a better technology than DLP) and a swiveling mirror part with a kickstand that lets you project on a surface in front of you — think keyboard, virtual piano, Fruit Ninja, and more.

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Google Intensifies Focus on Its Cardboard VR Device

Google Intensifies Focus on Its Cardboard VR Device | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The search giant is introducing several initiatives to highlight its inexpensive virtual reality viewer, including a partnership with GoPro and plans to post VR videos on YouTube.
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Google doubling down on Cardboard with initiatives meant to expand VR to as many phones as possible. First of these is a new software kit that will make it easier for developers to build Cardboard apps for iPhones. The company also redesigned the cardboard hardware so that it is easier to fold and can now accommodate any smartphone, including popular, larger-screen, so-called phablets.  -  The Cardboard update is a modest offering compared with the product splashes of previous Google conferences, which have included a spherical entertainment system that was never released and Google Glass, the much hyped and now discontinued computerized eyewear that caused significant privacy concerns.  -  With Cardboard, Google’s virtual reality is decidedly low cost and low frills, but, as in other Google efforts, like the free Android software that is the most widely used operating system in the world, it seems meant more to amass an audience than make money.

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Oculus acquires image recognition startup Surreal Vision

Oculus acquires image recognition startup Surreal Vision | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The company's technology could help Oculus apps better mimic reality
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The technology will enable new forms of presence and telepresence, and let people feel like they’re traveling the globe and interacting with real-world objects, Oculus said.- Images displayed in the Oculus Rift are already very detailed, but a challenging area for VR developers is creating an environment that responds to the wearer’s actions in a tactile way instead of just mimicking a 3D movie experience.  -  The Surreal Vision acquisition could help tackle that issue. The company’s scene reconstruction algorithms help build an accurate model of real-world environments, including people and their interactions with each other.

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Hi-Tech Goggles set to Combat Air Sickness

Hi-Tech Goggles set to Combat Air Sickness | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The virtual world viewed on the headset tricks the passenger's eyes and brain to offset the motion nausea felt by some travellers.

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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.

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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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