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The 10 hottest new tech products from CES 2016

The 10 hottest new tech products from CES 2016

A handful of the thousands of new technology products launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show made a lasting impression on the approximately 150,000 visitors from more than 150 countries.

Here are 10 products and categories that created the most buzz at the Las Vegas event that ended yesterday. Many of the rest are destined to fade into obscurity.

Huawei Watch

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Smartwatches continue to be a hot theme heading into 2016, and China’s Huawei has some of the most handsome offerings.

The Watch Jewel and Watch Elegant, selling in early 2016 for $599 US and $499, run Google’s Android Wear software and are aimed at women.

The Watch Jewel has 68 Swarovski zirconia crystals surrounding its circular 42-mm body. The watch face is always on in low power mode and lights up into full activity when tapped.

“We wanted it to be more feminine and something that women would be more attracted to,” says spokesperson Chase Skinner.

Hexoskin

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Wearables also continue to be big, with companies and entrepreneurs literally trying to cover every body part with connectivity and sensors.

Montreal’s Hexoskin announced a new smart shirt, which measures its wearer’s cardiac and breathing activity. The shirt, as well as the tracking device that slips into it, sells for $449 in Canada.

Hexoskin chief executive Pierre-Alexandre Fournier says the shirt works better than wrist-worn fitness trackers in activities such as martial arts, boxing or basketball.

“We measure things that are hard to measure on the wrist,” he says. “And if you want to do team sports, you can’t wear things on your wrist.”

Lego Education

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Toys are always a hit at CES, even if they are educational, which is what Lego is aiming for with its new WeDo 2.0 kit.

The set, which is sold to schools, aims to introduce children in Grades 2 to 4 to simple programming, a sort of slimmed-down version of Lego’s full Mindstorms robotics toys.

The base set, which lets kids create and program small Lego robots, starts at $169, with a separate curriculum package costing $270.

A classroom of 30 students can be equipped for less than $2,000, according to spokesperson Leshia Hoot. “It brings science to life in the classroom,” she says.

HTC Vive Pre

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Virtual reality was the biggest news at this year’s CES, with companies touting numerous headsets, controllers and applications.

Taiwan’s HTC is one of the companies leading the charge with its second-generation Vive Pre headset, which is more compact and comfortable and features improved lenses, as well as refined handheld controllers.

The Vive Pre also has a front-facing camera for detecting its wearer’s surroundings and keeping him or her from walking into things. It’s a mind-blowing experience, but it still needs a high-powered computer to work.

HTC will start taking pre-orders in February with an expected ship date in April, although the company has not yet announced the price. San Francisco-based Oculus, its main competitor, plans to sell its Rift headset for $599 US later in 2016.

3D Rudder

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Movement within virtual reality is still an issue that a number of startups are looking to solve.

France’s 3D Rudder has a round, skateboard-like platform that lets its user move forward and backward, side to side and up and down. The user controls movements with their feet while sitting, leaving their hands free to do other things — or hold other controllers.

“We believe it’s the solution to movement,” says company founder Stanislas Chesnais. “It helps to keep your hands independent.”

The 3D Rudder will be available for pre-order in March for $175 US.

Drones

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Unmanned systems, also known as drones, were everywhere at this year’s CES, although fortunately for attendees, they weren’t allowed to fly freely and were instead relegated to caged silos at booths.

The options spanned the gamut from inexpensive toys from the likes of France’s Parrot to the Inspire 1, pictured, from China’s DJI.

The Inspire 1 sells for $2,600 US and is aimed at professional filmmakers, with a 4K camera and video positioning system.

Faraday Future

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Next-generation cars also attracted a good deal of attention, with CES quickly becoming automakers’ preferred venue for making product announcements.

Among those was California-based Faraday Future, emerging from stealth mode.

Backed by Jia Yueting, the founder of LEtv, known as China’s Netflix, the company is set to open a $1 billion production plant in Nevada, where it will work on a connected, self-driving electric vehicle.

The company’s futuristic-looking concept car, the FFZero1, attracted big crowds — and big questions about whether it’s all for real.

Yet, with Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in attendance at the company’s press conference on Monday evening, there are some big expectations on Faraday Future.

Droppler

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Startups are becoming a bigger part of CES every year.

Eureka Park, a  section devoted to small businesses, has grown every year its inception in 2012. This year it hosted 500 exhibitors, up from 375 last year.

The ideas span a wide range, from retina-reading luggage to coffeemakers that can print photos into the foam at the top of the cup.

One unique idea is Droppler, from California’s Nascent Objects, which measures water consumption by listening to how much noise a household’s taps make. The $100 US device then syncs with an app, where users can see exactly how much water they’re using.

“You’d be surprised how much people lower their consumption once they can actually visualize it,” says company founder Babak Elmieh.

4K TVs

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Ultra-high-definition or 4K televisions are picking up steam, with all the major manufacturers now in full-blown push mode on the higher-resolution panels.

Aside from packing more pixels onto screens, however, the TV makers, including Sony, Samsung and LG, are also adding high-dynamic-range technology, resulting in better colour ranges and whiter whites.

Tracking firm IHS expects global sales of the higher-ends sets to hit 96 million by 2019, up from just 12 million in 2014.

4K Blu-ray

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To go with those 4K televisions, manufacturers will soon be releasing 4K Blu-ray players.

Samsung, pictured, and Philips were two of the major companies to announce devices at CES. Samsung is aiming for a March release but has not disclosed a price, while Philips’ player is expected to cost under $400.

Film studios also used CES to announce products, with Warner Bros. saying it will release 35 4K Blu-ray movies this year, including Mad Max: Fury Road and The Lego Movie.


Source: CBC NEWS

The best new technologies (probably) arriving in 2016

The best new technologies (probably) arriving in 2016

Predicting successful new technologies is a risky business – for every iPad or lightbulb, there’s also a portable travel hammock or an Apple Newton. With that caveat in mind, we’ve collected together a list of the technologies that we think will make a splash next year, and even, in a few cases, change the way we live.

Solar panel phone screens

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I’ve been predicting that these will be A Big Deal for over a year, and have partly included them because I just think they’re really cool. But as with many new technologies, several sets of researchers are currently working to make transparent solar panels better and cheaper, which means that next year could be the year consumers finally get hold of them. Once on the market, they could invisibly collect solar power on phone and computer screens, and even on windows.

A robot to schedule your meetings

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Artificial Intelligence still can’t have a totally convincing chat with us, but it’s now sophisticated enough to carry out online customer service, and, as it turns out, be your personal assistant. New app x.ai lets you email “Amy” about a meeting you want to set up, and she liaises with you and the other person to find a time that works.

Control your computer using gestures

Earlier this year, Apple patented a motion-sensor technology that would let you control your computer by just moving your hands in the air. The technology has been around for a while – HP’s Leap Motion laptop was launched in 2012 – but as we spend more and more time in front of computers, it’s growing ever more appealing. RIP RSI.

A hotel in space

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Russian company Orbital Technologies reckons it’ll be sending tourists into space as early as next year. Guests would zoom up to the Commercial Space Station on a rocket, then spend their time in one of the station’s four cabins enjoying zero gravity and watching earth through the ship’s giant portholes. And this is only the beginning: Mashable has totted up nine commercial companies planning to send normal people into space over the next decade or so.

Self-driving cars

 Google's self-driving car. Image: Getty.

Yes, they’ve been around for ages, but now we have on-the-road testing and the beginnings of a legislative framework for the cars, they could soon be an everyday reality. Google has announced it’s teaming up with Ford to build self-driving vehicles, hinting at large-scale commercial production in the near future.

…and cars that make you better at driving

"Google's self-driving car. Image: Getty."
“Google’s self-driving car. Image: Getty.”

While self-driving cars are grabbing the headlines, ordinary cars are also stepping up their game. Tesla’s latest in-car software offers a hands-free autopilot mode, while Audi’s Q7 SUV will also brake on behalf of the driver and nudge you back into the correct lane. This type of gradual automation may make fully self-driving cars an easier sell in the long run.

The sun-cream pill

Fish and coral both excrete a compound that protects them from the sun, and for the past five years or so scientists have been working to use these substances in a pill which, when consumed by humans, would offer the same protection. If it works, it could cut rates of sunburn and skin cancer, and spare you from endless bouts of greasy reapplication.

An end to language barriers

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Messaging and voice call service Skype recently released a live translation tool, Japan is trialing a live translation megaphone to use during the 2020 Olympics, and Google’s Translate app translates street signs and real-time conversations. It looks like technology may finally be breaking down the final barrier in worldwide communication.

Zero-carbon fuel made of carbon dioxide

Improbable as it sounds, a few different companies have developed working prototypes which turn carbon dioxide into a fuel. All rely on sucking CO2 out of the air, then converting it into a diesel fuel, which, amazingly, emits no carbon when burned.


Source: NewStatesman

 

Google Home – Your new mom

Google Home – Your new mom

Personally looking at the live event of Made By Google Products, I didn’t expect speakers from Google although it was in talks since ages but why does Google care? but now we know that it cares more than anything and everything so lets have a look at Google’s Portable speakers right from the live event!

Google launched a new product that helps you in the place you need it most: your home. With Google Home, it’s as simple as using your voice to turn up the music, get answers to a myriad of questions, manage tasks around the house, and even adjust the thermostat or lights. It allows you to bring the Google Assistant into your kitchen, living room or anywhere else around the house.

Your Voice = Our services

With a simple “Ok Google” you can play songs, artists, radio stations, your favorite playlists and more from Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and YouTube Music with additional services like iHeartRadio coming soon. You can also play a podcast while making pasta or listen to today’s news while tying your shoes. And if you just want to stream audio directly from your phone, you can cast music to Google Home from 100+ Chromecast-enabled apps on your Android or iOS device.




Google Home’s smart audio design integrates a high-excursion driver with a dual passive radiator design that delivers crystal-clear highs and deep lows for Hi-Fi sound that streams over WiFi. That means a lot of big sound from a small package. Even while you jam out to music, it can easily hear you from across the room, thanks to two omnidirectional microphones and neural beamforming.

(Also Read- Best VR EVER: Google’s Daydream )

Get answers for big as well as small questions

Google Home taps into the power of Google Search to give you real-time answers to things you want to know. Ask Google Home to translate phrases and do simple math calculations. Kneading pizza dough and need to change ounces to grams? Ask and get unit conversions and nutritional info, too.

Getting ready for the day? Get real-time info on the weather, the stock market, the traffic, or your favorite sports team. Google Home can also help you find answers to more obscure questions directly on the web. It’s all the power of Google with a simple voice command.

An extra pair of hands

With your permission, Google Home makes helpful information easily accessible. Check your calendar or even pull up your flight information.

You can also say, “Tell me about my day” to hear curated personal information that helps you navigate your day. Google knows there’s no shortage of tasks at home, and Google Home can help with those too. Ask it to wake you up in the morning, set kitchen timers, and keep track of your shopping list.

Rule your kingdom without lifting a finger

  • With Google Home, you can control devices around the house.
  • Play and control music on your speakers that have Chromecast Audio plugged in or Chromecast built-in.
  • Stream videos to a TV equipped with Chromecast.
  • At launch, you can fire up videos from YouTube, and they will support popular apps like Netflix and Google Photos in the near future.
  • You can also control your lights, thermostats and switches with popular home automation systems like Philips Hue, Nest, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT — with more coming soon.

 

(Also Read-  Google’s NEW PHONE with special Bonus: PIXEL but not Nexus!! )

 

Not just another black box

We designed Google Home to look good. The top blends into your home with a clean, minimal design that has no buttons and hidden LED lights. It features a capacitive touch surface for those rare moments when voice won’t do. Because every home is different, you can customize the base with different colors and finishes (metal and fabric, sold separately) to your personal taste.




Home cases

A Google Home for every room

Want to enjoy music throughout your house? Build up a team of Google Home devices and blast the same tune in every room with Multi-room (you can also group with Chromecast Audio or Chromecast built-in speakers too).

Having more than one device doesn’t mean they will all respond when you say “Ok Google.” If they have the same user account, only the closest one responds.

Google Home will be available in stores starting in November

or you can pre-order yours today for $129 from the Google Store, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Once you set up your device, you’ll be able to redeem 6 months free of YouTube Red so you can enjoy YouTube music and video ads-free.*

Big or small. Modern or minimal. How you arrange your home is up to you. But when it comes to the other stuff, Google Home is happy to help.

*Device purchase required. New subscribers only. Terms apply. Offer expires 12/31/16.

Right from Google Live event, MBG Blog.
Best VR EVER: Google’s Daydream

Best VR EVER: Google’s Daydream

Everyone loves virtual reality (VR) . Unlike any other technology or screen, VR can make you feel like you’re somewhere else. Without a ticket, you can get front row seats at Coachella and visit a world-renowned museum to see extinct animals come back to life. You can take field trips to almost anywhere and capture vivid moments you can revisit anytime. It’s transporting.

At I/O this May, Google announced Daydream,  platform for high-quality mobile VR. Their goal for Daydream is to simplify the complexity behind virtual reality. It should be mobile so you can easily carry it with you, and it should be friendly and accessible so everyone can enjoy using it.

Since then they have been working with developers, smartphone companies and content creators to make the dream a reality—and nowwwwwwwwwwww….

Google is excited to share updates across the three key elements of Daydream:

  1. Smartphones
  2. Headsets and
  3. VR experiences

Pixel, the first Daydream-ready phones

With Daydream, you simply pop a Daydream-ready phone in the headset to start exploring.

Powered by

  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Daydream-ready phones are built with high-resolution displays.
  • Powerful mobile processors and high-fidelity sensors—all tuned to support great VR experiences.

Google’s newest Pixel and Pixel XL are the first Daydream-ready phones, and there are a lot more on the way from leading Android smartphone makers.

(Also Read – Fastest Chromecast EVER: 4K and HDR supported )

Daydream View

Today at live event Google announcing Daydream View. Designed and developed by Google, it’s the first Daydream-ready headset and controller.

Daydream View is:

  • Comfortable. Inspired by the clothes we enjoy wearing, the headset is made with soft, breathable fabric. It is 30% lighter than similar devices and is designed to fit over eyeglasses.


  • Easy to use. Just drop in your Daydream-ready phone and you’ll be ready to go. The phone and headset have an auto-alignment system so you don’t have to worry about cables or connectors.A big part of what makes Daydream View special is the Daydream controller. This small yet powerful controller lets you interact with the virtual world the same way you do in the real world. It points where you point, and is packed with sensors to understand your movements and gestures. You can swing it like a bat or wave it like a wand. And it’s so precise that you can draw with it. The controller slides right inside the headset when not in use, so you don’t have to worry about losing it in your bag or between couch cushions.
Daydream View Headset & Controller
  • Yours- Daydream View is designed with choice in mind. The headset fits phones big or small, so it’ll work with any Daydream-ready phone you choose. And just like your clothes, the headset comes in different colors—Slate, Snow and Crimson—so you can choose the color that matches your style.

Talking about its Incredible experiences

From the universe of YouTube videos to a magical world where you can cast spells and levitate objects, there is a wide range of experiences coming to Daydream:

  • Enjoy the best of Google- They brought some of the most popular Google apps into VR. With YouTube, you can watch the entire library of videos on a virtual big screen and experience immersive videos from creators like Buzzfeed, PrankvsPrank, Meredith Foster, CollegeHumor, Tastemade, UnboxTherapy and VSauce2. Use Google Street View to see curated tours of more than 100 of the world’s most amazing places like the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal, or just search to explore everywhere else. Google Play Movies makes tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes available in your own virtual theater. And Google Photos displays your 360° captures in a whole new way.

(Also Read – Google Home – Your new mom )

  • Explore new worlds- Teleport from anywhere to pretty much everywhere with immersive stories and content from our partners, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” as brought to life by Warner Bros.
  • Kick back in your own personal cinema- Experience sports, live events and more with MLB and NBA. Plus, you can watch top shows and movies on your own virtual big screen with Hulu, HBO and Netflix.
  • Get in the game- Go from the sidelines to the center of action with dozens of titles, including Wonderglade, Gunjack 2, LEGO® BrickHeadz, Mekorama, Need for Speed, EarthShape, Danger Goat, Home Run Derby and Hungry Shark World.

Daydream View arrives this November at the Google Store and our retailer partners across five countries:

  • United States: Verizon, Best Buy; $79 (USD)
  • Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Best Buy; $99 (CAD)
  • United Kingdom: EE, Carphone Warehouse; £69 (GBP)
  • GermanyDeutsche Telekom; €69 (EUR)
  • Australia: Telstra, JB Hi-Fi; $119 (AUD)

In the U.S., Daydream View will be available for pre-order starting October 20 at Verizon and the Google Store.

Slate will be available in all countries at launch, and Snow and Crimson will be coming to the U.S., U.K. and Australia after. Sign up on the Google Store to get notified when Daydream View becomes available.



All of this is just the beginning of our work with Daydream. In the coming months, we’ll be launching with more apps and partners, and over the coming years, we’ll continue our goal of bringing high-quality, mobile VR to everyone.

Source- Google

(Also Read-  Google’s NEW PHONE with special Bonus: PIXEL but not Nexus!! )

Review:Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook

Review:Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook

Bring you the Review of Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook. Want the style and durability of a ThinkPad with the budget-friendliness and speed of a Chromebook? Enter Lenovo’s ThinkPad 13 Chromebook, a version of its ThinkPad 13 laptop that runs Google’s Chrome OS. High-end Chromebooks have become more common over the past couple years; we’ve seen such offerings from Dell, for example, and now the latest is the Thinkpad 13 Chromebook. Particularly notable with the model is the inclusion of UBS-C ports, but that’s just a small sliver of what the laptop has to offer. Is Lenovo’s Thinkpad 13 Chromebook the Chrome OS business laptop you’ve been waiting for? Read our full review to find out!



Hardware

The Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook looks like the expansive array of other Thinkpad laptops available, with one notable exception: the small Chrome emblem on the lid that any Chromebook user will be familiar with. That aside, you’re getting a Thinkpad is every regard when it comes to design, and that includes durability. According to Lenovo, the Thinkpad 13 Chromebook is tested to military specifications across a dozen different durability tests. The laptop is, overall, thin and light, measuring 19.8mm thin and 3.2lbs/1.4kg in weight. This is a USB-C laptop, and like many others cropping up on the market, includes two USB-C ports instead of one.

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Displays are often one source of complaints when it comes to Chromebooks, which is perhaps why Lenovo is offering an optional Full HD 1080p IPS display with the Thinkpad 13 Chromebook. The model I reviewed features this panel, and it is very nice to behold with crisp colors and sharp lines. This particular screen option also boasts a 180-degree viewing angle. In the future (Lenovo describes it as “soon”), you’ll also have the option of getting a touch panel.

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Among the laptop’s more welcoming features is the inclusion of dual noise-cancelling microphones, an arguably necessary feature for a business laptop (as impromptu Skype sessions may happen when your headset isn’t available). The Thinkpad 13 Chromebook also features a 720p high-definition webcam with face tracking and wide viewing angles. The webcam appears atypically sensitive in low-light conditions; video quality in an averagely lit office is very nice.

 

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The display, as shown in the image above, can be laid completely flat. Typing, meanwhile, is aided by two large rubber feet on the rear of the laptop, elevating it slightly to put the keyboard at a more comfortable angle. The keyboard itself is distinctly that of a Thinkpad, very comfortable to type on with a nice level of resistance and relatively silent operation.

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One of the nicer aspects of the Thinkpad 13 Chromebook is its level of available customization options. As you can see in the specs below, you have three different processors to choose from, a trio of display options, and more.

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TECH SPECS

Processor:
Intel® Core™ i5-6300U Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-6100U Processor
Intel® Celeron® 3855U Processor

Operating System: Chrome OS
Graphics: Intel® Integrated Graphics
Webcam: 720p Camera
Memory: Up to 8 GB LPDDR3, 1600 MHz
Storage: 16GB / 32GB EMMC
Audio: 3.5 mm Combo Audio
Battery: Up to 10 Hours (42 WHr)




Display:
— 13.3″ HD (1366 x 768) TN, 200 nits
— 13.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 220 nits
— 13.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, Touch (coming soon)
Dimensions (W x D x H):
— (inches) : 12.68″ x 8.78″ x 0.78″
— (mm) : 322 x 223 x 19.8
Weight: Starting at 3.2 lbs (1.4 kg)
Keyboard: Standard Keyboard
MIL-SPEC: Yes – 12 Methods
I/O (Input/Output) Ports:
— 2 x USB 3.0
— 2 x USB Type-C
— 3.5 mm Headphone / Microphone
WiFi: Intel Stone Peak 7265 AC/B/G/N
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0

Software & Performance

Because this Thinkpad is a Chromebook, our regular Geekbench benchmarks don’t apply, and most usage scenarios for the laptop aren’t going to be very demanding at all — a Chromebook is something you use to watch video, put together presentations, edit photos, check and send emails, perform general word processing activities, and maybe play a game or two during your downtime. Most people with these modest needs get a Chromebook for two reasons: they’re a low-cost way to do these simple tasks, they’re fast, and they have a long battery life.

After using the Thinkpad 13 Chromebook for all of the above tasks (except putting together a presentation, alas), I can say it hits both of those goals. The battery life does indeed fall around the 10-hour figure Lenovo specifies for it, depending, of course, on how you’re using the laptop. Even running YouTube videos doesn’t drain the battery noticeably faster than just browsing the web, though, so in terms of on-the-go usage, the Thinkpad 13 is great.

And, as we’d expect from a Chromebook, the Thinkpad 13 fires up quickly and is very snappy during general usage. The speeds you experience will be affected by which hardware configuration you end up siding with, of course — the model I reviewed has the i5 processor option and 8GB of RAM.

Conclusion

A Chromebook is a Chromebook, I’ve heard some say. They’re so simple that it all boils down to Chrome OS, and that is the same no matter which model you pick up. After using many different types of Chromebooks over the years, I can say that’s not really true. Yes, Chrome OS is Chrome OS. The Chromebook itself, though, is obviously the sum total of all of its parts, and there truly are crappy models out there. Lenovo’s Thinkpad 13 Chromebook isn’t one of them. The overall construction and display quality, speed, and durability make for a Chromebook that is notable among many others, one that you won’t be embarrassed to pull out at the office and that won’t let you down when you need it the most.

When configured with the Celeron processor option, 1366 x 768 display, and 16GB of storage, the Thinkpad 13 Chromebook starts at $386.10 on Lenovo’s website.




Read- Halo Wars 2 beta: Releasing for Xbox One,PC in 2017

Source- SlashGear

Anyone can now buy Microsoft HoloLens (For 3000$)

Anyone can now buy Microsoft HoloLens (For 3000$)

Microsoft is opening up sales of its HoloLens augmented reality headset. In a blog post today, project head Alex Kipman said that all “developers and business customers” in the US and Canada can now order up to five HoloLens development kits apiece, instead of going through an application process. It’s taking orders through the HoloLens website, requiring only a Microsoft account — and, of course, $3,000 per headset.

Microsoft kept HoloLens under wraps for a long time, and it carefully vetted would-be buyers for the first wave of headsets, which started shipping in March. Kipman said that all of these early orders have been filled, although we don’t know how many HoloLens kits are actually in the wild right now. While Microsoft is still positioning HoloLens as purely for developers, sales are effectively open to anyone. Where the previous order page required an invitation letter, the new one uses a standard checkout system. Given the high price and early state of the hardware, this is a purely academic distinction for most people, but it makes things much simpler for people who want to experiment with the headset.

We still haven’t seen a consumer edition of HoloLens, much less any pricing or release date for one. But companies and research institutes, including NASA JPL, have been working on a wide variety of potential uses. Along with the new purchasing rules, the company is also launching a HoloLens package called the Microsoft HoloLens Commercial Suite, which adds various security and control features to the headset — like a “kiosk mode” that limits it to running certain apps.

Update 5:13PM ET: Added new checkout link from Microsoft, and updated text to match.

Source-TheVerge

HoloVit let you watch and create holograms at home

HoloVit let you watch and create holograms at home

Remember that time CNN made Wolf Blitzer talk to a hologram of Jessica Yellin which made America ask the question, why would we ever need holograms? No? Blocked it out? Well lucky for you, a company called HoloVit wants to reinvigorate that nightmare give you the ability to watch and create holograms in your home.

The HoloVit is a hologram kit that supposedly lets you watch holograms using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with an additional screen, although it is very light on technical details. According to the company, you can “watch hundreds of online videos as hologram shows” although it doesn’t say where those videos came from. HoloVit says it’s also building a holographic game, and you can create your own holograms, using a recording set featuring giant black tarp that looks very professional.

HoloVit

Does all of this sound dubious? Totally. The Indiegogo page is very light on any kind of specifications as to how this will work, other than this totally reassuring sentence:

After recording the video, face the HoloVit screen toward your tablet or smartphone and play the video. This creates a hologram.

Given the lack of details, anyone who backs this product is buying into this crowdfunding campaign essentially on faith (or more faith than usual). But who knows, maybe HoloVit is like the also-secretive company Palantir and will end up turning into a Silicon Valley darling.

Or not. Probably not.

Source-TheVerge