What happens when audio engineers and a clothing brand get together? Swedish brands Teenage Engineering and Cheap Monday broke news of a collaboration at the start of the year, generating more than a little hype about the resulting products named……
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Google’s Nexus 9 tablet is well-designed for browsing the web, watching video, reading books, and more. But if you want to get more out of your tablet, you’re going to want a better way to type on it. That’s why Google is offering the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio, a $ 129.99 keyboard case that makes it easier to type emails, bang out tweets, or write the next great American novel on your tablet.
The Keyboard Folio pairs to the Nexus 9 with NFC and Bluetooth — you just tap the tablet to the case, accept the on-screen prompts, and you’re ready to go. Google says the battery in the case will last for up to five months between charges, and it was ready to go as soon as I took it out of its box. The Nexus 9 mounts to the back of the case with…
There are as many kinds of VR headsets as there are proposed uses for the nascent technology. There’s the famous Oculus Rift, made of somber black plastic with thick foam padding. There’s Samsung’s white, bulbous Gear VR and Sony’s glowing, Tron-like Project Morpheus. There’s Google Cardboard and any number of other cheap paper eyepieces. But I’ve never tried on anything like the cartoonish pink box that is Cordon Media’s Pinć.
Pinć (pronounced “pinch”) is a 3D-printed headset that looks neither gritty nor futuristic. It’s a brightly-colored iPhone 6 case with what looks like a pair of flat swim goggles inside, held in place by a thin elastic band. And it’s part of a platform for virtual reality that’s less about escaping into an…
Virtual reality is slowly becoming more mainstream with technology such as the Oculus Rift getting the attention of fans and big name developers everywhere. These technologies allows us to immerse ourseleves in a virtual world. With all this advancement, it’s about time that we progressed from using controllers, right?
Control VR is a piece of wearable technology that will work together with VR headsets, specifically the Oculus Rift, to allow manipulation of the virtual world using your hands. This immersive VR would allow you to walk around and interact with your surroundings. Let’s take a look at what it’s all about.
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Introducing Control VR
Control VR uses a pair of gloves fitted with sensors that will track every movement of the user’s fingers and translate them into useable control inputs for digital devices and software. The developers showcase their technology with a simulation where objects in the game world can be manipulated with the user’s fingers.
Objects such as cups and golf balls in the virtual world can be handled using their hands. The usage of sign language as well could be applied inside the virtual world. And for all you superhero wannabes, they even showcased an Iron man game, where users have to use their hands for propulsion control, just like in the movies.
In addition to all that, the creators are promising that their technology will soon be able to plug into current game and 3D engines such as Unreal, Unity and Autodesk, so that development will be a breeze.
For indie game developers, this technology provides an affordable way to do motion capture. The gloves are sensitive enough that anyone can use it as a quick way to add motion capture to a game giving them the opportunity to add in life-like movements.
Control VR is currently being funded on Kickstarter. If you’re interested in funding the project, there are several tiers to choose from, with all tiers getting you a Digital Thank You and SDK software, but only the $ 350 tier will get you a single Arm Control VR Dev kit, while the $ 600 tier gets you both arms. Physical hardware will be shipped worldwide by December 25th, just in time for Christmas.
Jonas Norberg built two great products that nobody used. The first was the award-winning Pacemaker, a wonderfully nerdy beatmaking gadget that cost $ 850. The second was a tablet app for DJing, but Norberg chose the wrong partner to launch with — the BlackBerry Playbook. After being booted out of his own company and then buying it back, Norberg is trying once again to make a dent in the world — but this time, he picked a better partner: Spotify. Pacemaker for iPad, a new DJ app, launches today with exclusive access to Spotify’s massive streaming music library, and the ability to play two Spotify songs simultaneously for the first time.
LG’s G Flex, the company’s first smartphone with a curved OLED display, may have leaked via press renders and Argentinian TV shows before its eventual announcement, but today marked the first time we were able to see the device for ourselves. LG held a press conference in South Korea to announce launch details and provide us with an opportunity to see just how that curved screen works out in practice.
Before you even notice the curve, you’ll be taken aback by the sheer size of the G Flex. At six inches from corner to corner, the display beats out colossal rivals such as the HTC One Max despite having a comparatively low 720p resolution. While LG says the curvature of the screen makes viewing movies more “immersive,” the size is likely…
HTC’s co-founder and chairwoman Cher Wang has increased her operational role at the company to lighten the load on CEO Peter Chou. “I have become very focused in the past couple of months. Before that I was too busy,” said Chou to the Financial Times. “I took on too many things. I need to be more focused on innovation and [the] product portfolio.” The move is said to be temporary.
Wang’s expanded duties see her working six days a week, rather than two, and handling marketing, sales, and relationships with suppliers. Chou, meanwhile, will concentrate on future product development, and said that the company would see “a good result next year.” HTC recently posted the first loss in its history as a public company, and late last year Chou…