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Bears can be somewhat annoyed by drones

We all know that drones can be annoying if you're a pilot, a national park visitor, or the Japanese prime minister. But what if you're a bear? Researchers led by the University of Minnesota's Mark...
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This was not the most rigorous of studies. The researchers buzzed a small quadcopter around four American black bears, all of whom were wearing collars equipped with GPS and heart rate trackers. In 17 flights, there was only one occasion where a bear seemed to change its behavior in response to the drone.   However, every one of those flights saw the bears' heart rates increase — in one case by as much as 123 bpm, and also for another bear that was hibernating. The heart rates usually returned to normal resting pace soon after the drone finished its flight. In short, the bears didn't often exhibit behavioral changes, but always showed physiological responses.  The study doesn't give a comprehensive answer to the question of how drones affect wildlife, but it's important for more research to be conducted on this topic given the rapid pace at which drones are being adopted around the world. Also given that bears are both awesome and very low on the list of animals that you would ever want to upset.

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Proponents see huge potential for Drone Racing League

Proponents see huge potential for Drone Racing League | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Why on earth would Dolphins owner Stephen Ross invest $1 million in drone racing? Proponents of the futuristic sport say it's an addictive blend of thrills and technology with huge potential.
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Imagine a sport in which remote-controlled, custom-built, four-propeller drones that can travel faster than 70 mph embark on races through gated obstacle courses or even dogfight in mid-air -- all while sending back live feeds that are viewed through virtual-reality FPV (first-person-view) video goggles.  Pilots and spectators wearing their own goggles say part of the pull is you literally feel as if you are flying.

"It's a completely immersive experience," says 34-year-old Drone Racing League founder Nick Horbaczewski.  "Flying these things is like a drug -- when you experience the sensation once, you want to do it again and again," says pilot Ryan Gury, a 32-year-old Pennsylvania native who dovetailed his racing-drone design company, DroneKraft, into the DRL this spring and now works as the DRL's chief of product, handling the company's race course designs as well as some marketing work because, "I've never been this obsessed with anything."

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UK councillor wants armed drones to kill seagulls

UK councillor wants armed drones to kill seagulls | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Drones are being used for almost everything now -- from monitoring property to delivering packages -- but according to the BBC one UK councillor wants to u
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After a boy in Whitehaven, UK, had his ice-cream stolen by seagulls, town councillor Graham Roberts plans to propose the use of drones to cut back on the bird population.   Apparently the birds “could deter tourists going to the town” though seagulls seem like a fact of life that we all put up with when near the coast.   The idea is that drones could spray seagull nests with chemicals to stop eggs from hatching, which would slowly cut back the population of birds.  -  Roberts plans to bring the idea up with the town council on 27 August, though the council said that seagulls cause mess but nobody has complained about attacks in the past.

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Redneck Shipping Container House Comes Complete With Solar Panels & Camo Decor

Redneck Shipping Container House Comes Complete With Solar Panels & Camo Decor | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A two-shipping container house in the woods features a composting toilet, solar power and lots of camo decor.
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The two-bedroom, one-bath house features a composting toilet to save water and makes use of both photovoltaic panels and solar hot water heaters to reduce energy demands. The home is partially buried into a hill in the back, which helps moderate interior temperatures while a wood-fired stove provides heating. Although we’d certainly have liked to see a skylight or two for more daylighting, the resident’s hunting trophies are at least adequately lit. Vintage and antique furniture pieces pair nicely with the camo decor, creating unified redneck aesthetic.

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Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50%

Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50% | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The secret to cheaper, more efficient solar power may lie in the unassuming wings of the butterfly.
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Butterflies’ ability to fly on cloudy days is limited by the energy the insects can get from the sun. But the Cabbage White butterfly is able to take off sooner than other types of butterflies even on cloudy days. Researchers discovered this is because the Cabbage White positions its wings in order to concentrate sunlight onto its thorax and speed up the “charging” process.  -  Taking a cue from this information, the researchers were able to create a new, lightweight material that can be positioned in a v-shape to concentrate sunlight on solar panels. And in so doing, they increased solar output by nearly 50%.   TRIZ Biomimicry in engineering is not new. However, this truly multidisciplinary research shows pathways to develop low cost solar power that have not been done before,” said Professor Tapas Mallick, lead author of the research.  -  Crucially, by replicating this 'wing-like' structure, the power-to-weight ratio of the overall solar energy structure is increased 17-fold, making it vastly more efficient.

The research by the team from both the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, based at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall, is published in the leading scientific journal, Scientific Reports.


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Elon Musk's Tesla Battery So Popular It Sold Out Through 2016

Elon Musk's Tesla Battery So Popular It Sold Out Through 2016 | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Elon Musk revealed there have been more than 100,000 reservations (roughly worth $1 billion) of Tesla batteries, which have sold out through 2016. The batteries
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Demand for Tesla Energy’s revolutionary battery “has been crazy,” according to the company’s founder and CEO Elon Musk. Yesterday, in a second quarter earnings call, Musk revealed there have been more than 100,000 reservations (roughly worth $1 billion) of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which have sold out through 2016.  As Musk boasted during his call, “You can basically, in principle, shut down half of the world’s power plants if you had stationary storage.”  The Tesla Powerwall offers homes and small businesses the means to use and store energy generated from residential solar panels or when utility rates are low. The larger Powerpack (for large businesses and utilities) allows battery owners to store excess energy on site, or as Forbes contributor Jeff McMahon explained in a report, the “batteries allow utilities to store energy when demand is low and use it when demand is high, without turning on more power plants.”  

With the battery, utilities no longer need to build power plants to meet peak demand, McMahon added.  -  “The fundamental economics of cost are always true, meaning there’s always a cost advantage of system-wide implementation of stationary storage because of high peak to trough of electricity usage,” Musk said.   The energy stored by Tesla’s batteries doesn’t necessarily have to come from renewables, Musk pointed out. “It seems like people link this too much to renewable energy,” he said. “Of course we are great believers in renewable energy, but that is not the gating function for stationary storage.”

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These are the most funded VR and AR startups

These are the most funded VR and AR startups | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

There is no VR revolution without an affordable way for people to experience presence so they can travel to other worlds.


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(1) MAGIC LEAP:  Investment: $542 million led by Google in October 2014, following $50 million in February 2014.

(2) MATTERPORT:  Investment: $30 million raised in June 2015, $56 million to date.

(3) RAZER:  Investment: $50m in 2011, “undisclosed figure” from Intel Capital.

(4) JAUNT:  Investment: $35m over three rounds, including a $27.5M series B in 2014.

(5) IMPROBABLE:  Investment: $20 million added in March 2015 by the same people that helped Oculus.

(6) WEVR:  Investment: An investor’s release in July 2015 indicates Vive-maker HTC is buying a 15 percent stake for $10 million, bringing the total to $18.6 million over 7 rounds.

(7) HIGH FIDELITY:  Investment: $17.5 million over four rounds, $11 million raised in series B in February.

(8) NOD LABS:  Investment: $16 million in total, $13.5 million series A in June.

(9) ALTSPACEVR:  Investment: $15.7 million over three rounds,  $10.3 million series A in July.

(10) VIRTUIX:  Investment: $7.5 million over four rounds, with $1.1 million in Kickstarter backing.

(11) NEXTVR:  Investment: $5 million raised in July 2014.

(12) RELOAD STUDIOS:  Investment: $2 million raised in June 2015.

(13) WORLDVIZ: Investment: “Multi-million” dollar investment from Intel in April 2015 as well as a $1 million seed round in 2014.

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AltspaceVR Raises Extra $10M to Accelerate Growth and Product Development

AltspaceVR Raises Extra $10M to Accelerate Growth and Product Development | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
AltspaceVR, the virtual reality communication platform, has announced it’s to receive an additional $10M of funds to help accelerate the company’s product development. AltspaceVR

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AltspaceVR is a social communications platform which allows networked VR participants to meet, share, present and talk in virtual reality. Founded in 2013, the company has ridden the wave of VR’s growth and now plans to expand its team as it sets its sights on delivering a final product.

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Google Jump is an entire ecosystem for VR filmmaking

Google Jump is an entire ecosystem for VR filmmaking | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Near the end of the opening keynote at Google's I/O developer conference, the company announced something called "Jump." And while it may have sounded like Jump was just a camera rig the company b...

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VR content isn't impossible to come by these days, but it's still not what you would call easily accessible. It's also not very easy to create — even professional filmmakers are still using hacked-together rigs like what I saw being used at the NBA All-Star game earlier this year. And if Google really wants to push VR into places like the classroom, making it more accessible for consumers is key.  Last year's release of Cardboard really helped establish an entry point for virtual reality, but until now it hasn't been surrounded by the kind of ecosystem that could really let it take off.

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Sony to launch Aerosense drone company with ZMP

Sony to launch Aerosense drone company with ZMP | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
With some of their core businesses not doing well, you'd think Sony would want to hunker down and focus its resources on getting those in tip-top shape first. Instead, the Japanese tech giant is sp...
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More on the Sony / ZMP collaboration with Aerosense - interesting.  "This isn't the first time Sony and ZMP worked together. Early this year, Sony injected a good deal of money into ZMP's coffers, buying a very small stake in the latter. The purpose? To help further ZMP's R&D into self-driving cars. Making its motto "Robot of Everything" (like the "Internet of Everything"), ZMP wants to use robotics to make lives not only easier but also fun. Presumably, drones with image capture capabilities are part of that vision.  Like before, Sony and ZMP will bring complementary skills and expertise to Aerosense. While Sony itself has some robotics experience, ZMP's is more in depth and covers even automotive technology. This, however, will be ZMP's first foray into open skies. Sony, on the other hand, has years, even decades, of work on imaging technologies. But more than that, Sony will also bring some telecommunications network know-how, as Aerosense will also provide cloud-based data processing services.  -  Sony and ZMP plan to launch Aerosense's first services, whatever they may be, by early 2016.  Although Sony's imaging tech is definitely useful for UAVs, diving head on into a dedicated drone business is probably a huge leap. Sony says that it does tie into its expansion beyond devices and into the Internet of Things market, where its venture with Aerosense will help sharpen its cloud services chops.

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Top 10 Best Virtual Reality Headsets

Top 10 Best Virtual Reality Headsets | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

Some HMDs are out now, some are on pre-order, but all of these VR headsets promise to turn sci-fi dreams into reality.


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VR has the promise to improve every aspect of technology, whether in the medical field, education, or in gaming, and with all of the emerging developers approaching this tech from their own perspective, virtual reality should be a fully realized technology by the end of 2016.

Though these 10 headsets’ availability vary from out now to pre-order forthcoming, they have proven through tech demos and press releases alike that they are indeed the HMDs to watch for. From big hitters like Oculus Rift, to VR with a cause like Razer OSVR, the best of the best are about to go big.

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Drones mark first with medical delivery

Drones mark first with medical delivery | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The drone industry is celebrating what some are calling its "Kitty Hawk moment." CBS News correspondent Chip Reid reports on one of the first federally approved health care-related deliveries by drone.
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Awesome use case validation of the application and use of drones, addressing a real problem.  Real time delivery of important / vital medicines to the point of use.

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Samsung is working on an 11K phone display with off-the-charts clarity

Samsung is working on an 11K phone display with off-the-charts clarity | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

“In five years, we may all be laughing at our "low" resolution QuadHD smartphone displays.Samsung is developing an 11K "super-resolution" display with an absolutely insane pixel density of 2,250 ppi (pixels per inch), according to ET News.”


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Samsung is developing an 11K "super-resolution" display with an absolutely insane pixel density of 2,250 ppi (pixels per inch),  Based on a 16:9 aspect ratio, an 11K display with that pixel density would measure 5.74 inches diagonal, with a resolution of 11,264 х 6,336. The screen will also reportedly display content in 3D. "Because 11K is able to show screen colors in detail, it is able to show 3D-effect," the report says, which seems to imply the screen will be able to produce 3D images that won't require special glasses.  -  Development reportedly began last month on June 1. Samsung Display won't be working on development of the 11K display alone — it's collaborating with the South Korean government, which has invested $26.5 million in the project, and 13 other companies to produce the display within five years.

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A 3D-Printed, 30-Cent Stethoscope Could Help Save Countless Lives

A 3D-Printed, 30-Cent Stethoscope Could Help Save Countless Lives | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
It's dirt cheap and just as good as more expensive models.
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Stethoscopes are an important medical tool, but good ones are expensive. They're so expensive that in some countries, like Palestine, it would cost a doctor a month's salary just to buy one that's good enough to use. But 3D printing could solve that problem, as The Register reports, and bring the cost of a stethoscope down to just about $0.30.   Tarek Loubani, an emergency physician working in the Gaza strip, has been hard at work helping to develop such a thing as part of the Gila project, an effort to provide alternatives to expensive medical equipment in the form of open-source 3D-printed versions.  The stethoscope, which cost some $10,000 to actually develop, is just one of Gila's projects, but it's a wildly successful one. The 3D-printed device is just as good as its non-3D printed competition. As Loubani tells The Register, "This stethoscope is as good as any stethoscope out there in the world and we have the data to prove it." The device has yet to be peer-reviewed, but Loubani expects the process to be a "cake walk." - That last part of a cake walk remains to be seen, but we're hoping that it is.

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DRONE Report: Forecasts, Regulatory barriers, top vendors, and leading commercial applications

DRONE Report: Forecasts, Regulatory barriers, top vendors, and leading commercial applications | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The commercial-drone industry is still young but has begun to see some consolidation and major investments from large industrial conglomerates.
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Some of the world's top industrial firms — including Qualcomm, Intel, GE, and Boeing — have already invested in startups focused on drones, and the space is heating up as venture-capital money and international firms pile in. The industry will generating $2.3 billion in investments in the US market in 2016.  

Here are some of the main takeaways from the report: 


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Why Oculus isn't pursuing Augmented Reality

Why Oculus isn't pursuing Augmented Reality | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe outlines why the company is wholly focused on virtual reality, and how its technological cousin won't factor in for a long time

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Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, who outlined the reasons for keeping the realities divergent. In short? Augmented reality isn't advanced enough yet to match what Oculus can do with immersive VR, and they don't expect it to be for a long time yet.  "It is a different market because it's a different user experience," Iribe says. "You see the real world and [rendered models will] appear holographic for a long time, because matching the lighting of the real world through the glasses is incredibly difficult. You have an incredible perceptual system that can detect when things aren't quite right."   While that's a problem Microsoft may have to address with its own upcoming AR project, Hololens, Iribe thinks the industry may see a half-way point hybridising VR and AR.

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Effective VR means constructing a "new" environmental experience independent of "reality." (Truly we need better words to differentiate these things). AR overlays reality and reality isn't controllable so it will continually be a noncooperative participant in the creation of presence and immersive experience. Successful AR installations needs a shift in conceptualization of what it can do and the purpose of juxtaposing information over reality. Is it integrative or does it provide a portal for experience? Is immersion really the goal? #mediapsych

Vivalist's curator insight, August 16, 2015 5:26 AM

He says. "It won't show you video [via external cameras] because that won't be comfortable, but it'll scan in local space."

It seems to me like some techs already starts to emerge allowing just that (http://www.ximmerse.com/#!stero-camera/c1k4c) but I guess he knows what is talking about right :)

 

"You see the real world and [rendered models will] appear holographic for a long time, because matching the lighting of the real world through the glasses is incredibly difficult. You have an incredible perceptual system that can detect when things aren't quite right."

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City of San Jose approves one-year program for police drone

City of San Jose approves one-year program for police drone | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The San Jose City Council approved a pilot program that allows the San Jose Police Department to use a drone.
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After much debate and discussion, San Jose City Council members voted on the implementation of a one-year police drone pilot program.

"The drone needs to go up, it can save lives, it can make the officers more safe. It's not about surveilling the public, it's about giving us another tool that we can use on the street," Sgt. Paul Kelly from the San Jose Police Officers' Association said.  San Jose police acquired the $7,000 drone as part of a federal grant last year, but it's been grounded ever since, pending approval from the city.    -   "It will not be used for surveillance, it does not have telephoto lenses, it does not have infrared lenses, it does not have any types of weapons or anything disruptive," Larry Ames from the San Jose Neighborhoods Commission leader who also say the drone won't be able to record any video and will also be prohibited from flying at night. Furthermore, the drone would only be used in specific circumstances, such as an active shooting scenario or dealing with an explosive device, but community groups have raised concerns.  "The rules can be bendable, and it could very much become a slippery slope," Raj Jayadev from Silicon Valley Debug said.  Jayadev says privacy and civil liberties are at stake. He explained, "The use of new technology is one experimental, it's the reason why drones have been challenged in cities and counties, and jurisdictions all across the country."

The pilot program still needs approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The earliest the drone could go up would likely be 2017.

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Stretchable battery technology could triple smartwatch longevity

Stretchable battery technology could triple smartwatch longevity | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A research team from Arizona State University has created a flexible and stretchable battery, which it hopes could power future smartwatches and wearables. The idea for the battery came from kirigami, similar to origami, but involves cutting as well as folding, according to Embedded Computer Design. The design means the batteries can stretch 150 percent…
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Not the 1st time that I've reported on this specific technology, but in an attempt to capture greater understanding of its value -  The battery in the demo only has a capacity of 80 mAh, but the team said in it's Scientific Reports article, if it was scaled up to the size of the wristband, it could achieve about 700 mAh. and the density of the battery is similar to the lithium-ion batteries found in current smartwatches and phones. That could more than double the battery capacity of the original Samsung Gear 2, and more than triple the Apple Watch's.   -  Battery life is a constant problem in wearables, and some of the biggest names like NASA and Microsoft are trying to address it. Whether it's changing the way wearables use power, or how much power they have, this problem is hard to ignore.  When this issue is solved, it's safe to say the wearable industry will quickly and completely change for the better.

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Report details threat of attacks by drones

Report details threat of attacks by drones | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A report by the Department of Homeland Security says the growing availability of drones in the U.S. increases the chances of one being used to carry out a terrorist attack or commit a crime. CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reports.
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Pros and Cons: Nokia's OZO VR Cam Impresses with Capture Quality - Unique Playback Solution

Pros and Cons: Nokia's OZO VR Cam Impresses with Capture Quality - Unique Playback Solution | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Nokia has taken a firm stride in VR territory with the introduction of Ozo, a VR camera designed for professional content makers,

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There is more work to be done on this VR platform from Nokia,  with the capture quality and playback issues noted, the success or failure of Ozo will be equally decided by whether or not the camera can find adoption among professional VR filmmakers (the real market it is shooting for).

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Virtual Reality Startups

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Browse 225 Virtual Reality startups, 1,044 Virtual Reality angel investors, and 52 startup jobs in Virtual Reality.


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Of the 225 VR startups most were started in 2015,  with an average $4M valuation.  It is clear to say that Virtual Reality is going to be a big thing, now these  companies just need to figure out what their Minimum Winning Game is, that is not a typo I definitely do not mean Minimum Viable Products.

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In Depth Review of the Samsung Gear VR

In Depth Review of the Samsung Gear VR | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) device was one of the biggest success stories of Kickstarter in recent years.


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The phone’s is used to great effect – two halves of the screen are used that appear as a 3D image when viewing the display through the lenses. It’s amazing stuff but of course there are still some limitations – resolution and lag is good but it’s important to remember that all this is running off a smartphone that wasn’t designed for virtual reality. So right now, even though virtual reality as offered by the Gear VR is an impressive and extremely immersive experience, it’s still not really quite there yet – future devices like the Rift will no doubt improve upon the inherent design limitations and offer more powerful hardware. Games:  Most people seem to agree that at least as far as consumers are concerned, games and apps are one of its most promising areas. Samsung already offers a decent selection of games and other ‘experiences’, and the choices on offer are growing steadily.

While viewing the Gear VR user interface, there is a Home menu, a Library of existing titles and the store. Recent apps appear on the home screen, and all previous downloads appear in the Library. Moving around between the menus is also fairly intuitive – just move your head and just press on the touchpad. It works so well that you don’t actually need to remove the Note while using the device (as you’d expect).

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Voxel8 Raises $12M To Bring Its 3D Electronics Printer To Market

Voxel8 Raises $12M To Bring Its 3D Electronics Printer To Market | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Voxel8, the startup behind the first multi-material 3D electronics printer, has raised $12 million to bring its printers to the desks of engineers and..
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The result of a decade of patented research by co-founder and Harvard Professor Jennifer Lewis, Voxel8 printers are able to print fully functional electronics by incorporating materials such as conductive inks, flexible silicones and high-strength epoxies.

The majority of 3D printers today are built with FDM technology, co-founder Dan Oliver explains, which creates single-material plastic objects by pushing a solid plastic filament through heat.

“Instead of printing a plastic part that’s useful as a prototype, or useful as jewelry or art, Voxel8 really enables the printing of functional parts that have electronics embedded in them,” says ARCH managing director Clint Bybee. “This is really the first time that this capability has been brought to market.”  -  This technology enables you as the entrepreneur to create low cost electronics and test that prototype for an IoT or wearable device, assuming of course you know what you're doing.  Expect to see more in this space.

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Sony enters the Drone Business with Winged Vertical Takeoff Craft

Sony enters the Drone Business with Winged Vertical Takeoff Craft | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Winged Vertical Takeoff Drone
Here is a Video featuring a new Drone from Sony
who are entering the Drone Business

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New venture between Sony and ZMP to deploy drones, not a mass consumer product for the time being.  Still in development but is definitely a direction that Sony is exploring for some kind of B2B applications, not yet defined. 

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Everything you need to know to wrap your head around Virtual Reality Technology

Everything you need to know to wrap your head around Virtual Reality Technology | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Virtual reality has the potential to change the world, but you'll need to understand the radical new technology before you embrace it.
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One of the most important insights about this technology is how the user interfaces and interacts via many tools from a keypad, mouse, keyboard, game controller or via motion sensors (like Kinect).  All you really need to know is this: Gamepads work, but hand-tracking is your best bet. That’s the only one you’re likely to buy anyway, at least for right now, so there’s no need to worry yourself with the Kinect or an omnidirectional treadmill - The latter two are either too kluge or expensive and don't work well enough, to repeat again, for the moment, that is until some smarty pants engineer figures out how to make the motion control approach work better/ more fluid and accurate in responding to what you want to do in the VR domain you find yourself in. Once that happens gaming, and VR gaming will go to whole new level, that will be a game worth playing.

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