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12 Mar 20:47

Google’s upcoming OLED display for VR headsets may pack a 3182p resolution

by Kevin Parrish

Google is scheduled to hold a session during Display Week in May to introduce its 18-megapixel OLED display built for virtual reality headsets. It will have a refresh rate of 120Hz and a pixel density of 1,443 pixels per inch.

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02 Mar 15:49

Gorgeous VR Train Sim Rolling Line Gets Release Date, New Trailer

by Jamie Feltham
Gorgeous VR Train Sim Rolling Line Gets Release Date, New Trailer

We like to refer to lots of third-person VR games as ‘train set VR’ here at UploadVR, but Rolling Line takes that definition very seriously.

Rolling Line is the latest game from Gaugepunk Games, the team that brought you Frontier VR and Echo Grotto. It’s a model train simulator that lets you build and organize your own miniature train network, laying down tracks for freight trains to follow in scenery inspired by the developer’s home of New Zealand. The game includes a pre-built table as well as space for you to create your own worlds.

Take a look at the trailer above, which keeps Frontier and Echo Grotto’s gorgeous art style intact.

As you can see, being in VR allows Rolling Line to take advantage of a few features you couldn’t get with a real model train set (and saves you a bit of space in the real world). For starters, there’s a weather system so that you can view journeys in the rain or the sun. More importantly, though, you can shrink down to explore the world in first-person as if it had come to life and even ride the trains themselves.

Rolling Line will hit Steam on April 6th with support for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but will also support standard PC play, too.

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28 Feb 15:30

Dockless bike-share service leaves France after ‘mass destruction’ of its fleet

by Sean O'Kane

Hong Kong-based bike-sharing service Gobee is shutting down in France after suffering what the company is calling “mass destruction” of its fleet. Gobee, which had 2,000 bikes in Paris and claimed around 150,000 users across the country, says 3,400 of the company’s bikes have been damaged and more than 1,000 have been stolen, according to The Guardian.

Gobee’s troubles are the latest example of the uphill battle for so-called “dockless” bike-sharing. These systems ditch the need to fetch or return a bike at a full dock or rack and instead allow riders to leave the bikes wherever they like. Rather than paying at a kiosk, people are able to unlock the bikes and pay for the ride with a mobile app, and they don’t have to go out of their way...

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25 Feb 20:03

PIC: Every Stan Lee Marvel Movie Cameo Ever

by Geeks are Sexy

This picture by reddit user l_l_l-illiam includes every single cameo that featured Stan Lee, starting with The Trial of the Incredible Hulk in 1989, right up to Thor: Ragnarok (2017.) If you want to see his cameo in Black Panther, you’ll have to go see the film because pictures of it are still not available online.

If you want a bigger version of the picture below, just click on it!

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23 Feb 06:55

ARKit could bring your nightmares into your living room

by Ashley Carman

I’ve never seen The Ring because I’m a huge baby, but I’ve now watched a terrifying augmented reality demo of its main villain Samara coming out of the TV screen, just like in the movie. A developer named Abhishek Singh, who has created lots of AR experiences, tweeted his idea of The Ring in AR.

Samara not only comes out of the screen, but she follows the user around the room and shows up in hallways. It’s terrifying, especially for a baby like me. Another developer, Mike Woods, created a Ring experience with ARKit earlier this year, but it isn’t as scary as...

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21 Feb 07:11

DIY Peristaltic Pump Keeps the Booze Flowing

by Kristina Panos

A few months ago we showed you a bar bot built by [GreatScott] that uses peristaltic pumps to food-safely move the various spirits and mixers around behind the curtain. The bar bot uses three of them, and at $30 each for pumps with decent flow rate, they added a lot to the parts bill. These pumps are pretty much the ideal choice for a bar bot, so what do you do? [GreatScott] decided to see if it was worth it to make them instead.

Peristaltic pumps are simple devices that pump liquids without touching them. A motor turns a set of rollers that push a flexible tube against a wall. As the motor turns, the rollers move liquid through the tube by squeezing it flat from the outside in turns. Typically, the more you pay for an off-the-shelf peristaltic, the higher the flow rate.

[GreatScott] figured it was cheaper to buy the motor and the control circuitry. He chose a NEMA-17 for their reputation and ubiquity and a DRV8825 controller to go with it. The pump is driven by an Arduino Nano and a pot controls the RPM. After trying to design the mechanical assembly from scratch, he found [Ralf]’s pump model on Thingiverse and modified it to fit a NEMA-17.

The verdict? DIY all the way, assuming you can print the parts. [GreatScott] was trying to beat the purchased pumps’ flow rate of 100mL/minute and ended up with 200mL/minute from his DIY pump. Squeeze past the break for the build video and demonstration.

Is there a bar bot build on your list? No? Is it because you’re more of a single-malt scotch guy? Build a peristaltic pachyderm to pour your potion.

16 Feb 21:38

Microsoft expands Cortana for the smart home with IFTTT integrations

by Natt Garun

Today, Microsoft announced that its digital assistant, Cortana, will now work with IFTTT and a number of new smart home devices, such as the Ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, and LIFX. To set them up, just open Cortana on Windows 10 or launch the Cortana app and add the new products under the Connected Home menu.

The IFTTT compatibility helps open Cortana up to a number of new third-party services. Rather than wait for third-party companies to offer new Cortana features, just as they do for Amazon Alexa skills, users can find “recipes” that already exist on IFTTT’s platform and connect them to their Cortana-enabled device.

The update today comes several months after the release of Microsoft’s first Cortana smart speaker, the Harmon Kardon Invoke....

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14 Feb 17:54

L’enfer de la maison intelligente

by Hubert Guillaud

Sur Gizmodo, la journaliste Kashmir Hill (@kashhill) raconte comment elle a décidé de transformer son petit appartement de San Francisco en maison connectée. Elle s’est équipée d’un assistant vocal Echo d’Amazon, de lumières connectées, d’une cafetière connectée, d’un roomba, a branché sa brosse à dents, sa télé, son lit, un cadre photo… Un peu tout ce qui est disponible sur le marché. L’enjeu était de regarder ce que sa maison pourrait lui apprendre. Avec l’aide d’un collègue artiste et ingénieur, Surya Mattu (@suryamattu), elle a enregistré toutes les données que ces appareils échangeaient avec l’extérieur.

Le premier constat que la journaliste a tiré de cette expérimentation est que ces objets ont été une « source constante d’agacement ». Vivre dans une maison intelligente est exaspérant. Il lui a fallu télécharger 14 applications différentes sur son téléphone pour faire fonctionner ces appareils. Les configurer reste chronophage, notamment parce qu’ils ne sont pas toujours conçus pour discuter les uns avec les autres, au contraire ! Par exemple, elle a passé du temps à configurer Alexa pour qu’il allume une guirlande de Noël à la demande. Mais du jour au lendemain, cette configuration a cessé de fonctionner. Autre problème : il fallait demander tous les soirs à Alexa d’éteindre les lumières les unes après les autres (« Alexa, éteint la guirlande », « Alexa était la lumière du salon »…) : ce qui est bien plus ennuyant que de les éteindre à la main !

Faire travailler ensemble différents appareils de différentes marques signifie en fait que ça prend bien plus de temps à faire que de le faire à la main !

Autre problème bien sûr : la difficulté de connecter les appareils entre eux ! Impossible par exemple de connecter sa machine à café avec Alexa d’Amazon, tant et si bien qu’il lui a fallu en changer. Mais le modèle qui fonctionnait avec Alexa ne fonctionnait pas avec le capteur de son matelas ni avec ses prises électriques connectées : donc impossible de déclencher automatiquement son café au saut du lit ! Sans compter que le capteur vocal d’Amazon avait du mal à reconnaître le nom de la machine à café… tant et si bien qu’il était le plus souvent plus simple de se lever pour se faire le café !

Si Kashmir Hill a beaucoup apprécié son aspirateur autonome, notamment parce qu’il faisait très bien son travail, celui-ci n’a cessé de la harceler sur son téléphone, lui envoyant des notifications dès qu’il était coincé ou plein ! « Je pensais que ma maison prendrait soin de moi », alors qu’en fait, elle était plus sollicitée encore par les choses connectées qui lui demandaient de prendre soin d’elles !

En ce qui concerne la vie privée, l’analyse des données s’est révélée préoccupante. Les interrupteurs électriques connectés permettant de faire fonctionner les lumières à distance n’ont pas cessé d’envoyer des informations à l’extérieur, et pas seulement quand on les faisait fonctionner. La caméra de sécurité connectée a pris une vidéo d’elle se promenant nue dans son salon pour l’envoyer dans le cloud ! Celle-ci envoyait d’ailleurs constamment de grosses quantités de données. Pareil pour la télé !

Dans ce panoptique familial infernal, la conclusion qu’en tire Kashmir Hill, c’est que notre surveillance à l’heure de l’internet des objets ne va pas cesser de s’étendre. En analysant les données envoyées par ses objets, sont collègue savait quand ils se levaient, se couchaient, quand ils regardaient la télé ou quand ils se brossaient les dents. Pour lui, l’aspect le plus inquiétant a été de constater en fait que « tous les appareils téléphonaient chez eux tous les jours, même s’ils n’avaient pas été utilisés » (et pour Amazon Echo, la connexion aux serveurs d’Amazon se fait même toutes les deux minutes !). L’ingénieur était capable de voir quand la maison était vide, car la quantité de données était ralentie mais jamais inexistante. Son constat est assez clair : la maison connectée s’apprête à créer de nouveaux flux d’information, un open-bar sur vos données !

« Tous les appareils connectés téléphonent constamment à leurs fabricants. Vous ne serez pas au courant que ces conversations se déroulent à moins que vous soyez techniquement avertis ou que vous surveillez votre routeur comme nous l’avons fait. Et même si vous l’êtes, parce que les conversations sont généralement chiffrées, vous ne serez pas en mesure de voir ce que vos affaires disent de vous. Lorsque vous achetez un appareil intelligent, il ne vous appartient pas seulement : vous en partagez la garde avec la compagnie qui l’a fabriqué ! »

De quoi relativiser pleinement le fameux adage : « si c’est gratuit, c’est vous le produit ! » Car si c’est payant, c’est vous aussi !

12 Feb 22:01

Boston Dynamics’ newest robot learns to open doors

by Brian Heater
 We knew this day would come sooner or later. Like the cloned velociraptors before it, Boston Dynamics’ newly redesigned Spot Mini has figured out how to open doors — with either its arm or face, depending on how you look at it. Read More
12 Feb 17:37

Amazon SWA : Un service de livraison interne comme relais de croissance

by Pierre Lecourt

L’information vient du Wall Street Journal qui décrit l’Amazon SWA comme un nouveau service qui devrait voir le jour assez rapidement, dans une phase d’essai, pour effectuer la livraison des colis de la plateforme vers les clients finaux.


Aujourd’hui, Amazon utilise des services tiers pour effectuer ses livraisons : En France, on a La Poste, Colis Privé, UPS, Relais colis, Mondial Relais, DPD, Chronopost et une ribambelle d’autres pour les plus connus. Chacun de ces prestataires étant commandé suivant de multiples critères de localisation, de poids des colis et de vitesse de traitement souhaitée. Cette dernière étape n’est donc absolument pas maîtrisée par Amazon. Elle devient surtout une source de dépenses importantes pour la marque. Plusieurs spécialistes de la logistique estiment que certains des envois calculés au forfait coûtent plus qu’ils ne rapportent. Révélant ainsi qu’un gros succès d’Amazon lui ferait perdre de l’argent…

Le réflexe le plus logique pour Amazon semblerait donc de maîtriser cette dépense en transformant un poste coûteux en une branche rémunératrice. Amazon a peut être atteint le point de bascule où l’existence de son propre réseau de distribution serait plus rentable que de passer par des tiers.

Selon le Wall Street Journal, la marque serait en train de construire l’infrastructure nécessaire à un test grandeur nature à Los Angeles. Dans la ville, les utilisateurs du site seraient livrés par Amazon via des chauffeurs maison et non plus des prestataires. Cela veut dire que tous les produits expédiés par la marque seraient gérés de l’entrepôt jusqu’à la porte du client par Amazon. Les marques utilisant le site comme plateforme de vente  pourraient, elles-aussi, profiter de ce système de distribution.


Pour que cela soit possible – et rentable – il faut réunir deux éléments importants. D’abord une large base d’utilisateurs ayant opté pour un abonnement forfaitaire qui, contre une somme annuelle, ne fait plus payer les frais de port des commandes. Effet positif pour le distributeur de ce forfait, les gens ont tendance à commander compulsivement jusqu’à plusieurs fois par jour. Un effet encouragé par Amazon avec les systèmes mis en place comme les Dash Buttons. Si le nombre d’abonnés Prime devient trop important, le nombre de livraisons explose alors que le financement de celles-ci reste fixe puisque limité au montant des forfaits. On se doute que ce n’est pas avec des commandes de chips à livrer pour le lendemain sans frais de port qu’Amazon va rentabiliser ce type d’offre.

Amazon Dash

Mais si on fait le détail du coût des livraisons et qu’on le met en perspective d’un service complet dans une infrastructure interne, on peut tendre à une maîtrise de ce coût sur la durée. On sait combien va nous coûter le service mensuellement en terme de salaires, de flotte de véhicules et d’immobilier et on peut alors le rentabiliser.

Car le second élément que la mise en place de ce service rend possible, c’est la mise en concurrence des transporteurs actuels : FeDex, UPS et autres. En proposant le service Amazon SWA à l’ensemble des distributeurs de sa plateforme, Amazon gagnerait de l’argent plutôt que de le voir partir chez les transporteurs tiers qui livrent actuellement aux US. Mieux encore, Amazon pourrait tout à fait concurrencer ces marques en proposant ses services à tout le monde. En ouvrant des bureaux, en organisant des ramassages de colis pendant ses tournées ou en installant du mobilier urbain destiné à des collectes et dépôts. Avec ce système, l’entreprise bénéficierait à la fois d’une maîtrise de sa dépense de livraison mais pourrait surtout gagner de l’argent en distribuant les colis des autres.

Evidemment la rentabilité d’un tel système ne serait possible qu’en multipliant l’offre à d’autres villes aux US voir à d’autres territoires. Mais la marque a de l’argent et peut tout à fait employer les méthodes – peu reluisantes – de ses concurrents sur ce secteur. C’est à dire embaucher à tour de bras des prestataires de service payés au colis qui se serviront d’une flotte de camions d’Amazon SWA et d’un joli costume pour faire le travail. On imagine que la marque saura les pister au mètre près pour “optimiser” leurs parcours.


On imagine également que les contrats en place actuellement entre le site marchand et les transporteurs historiques lui permettrait de glisser ses paquets Amazon SWA dans le flux de ses colis traditionnels. En faisant payer le prix “classique” d’un transport UPS ou FeDex et en bénéficiant d’un tarif très préférentiel en tant que gros client. La différence pourrait donc atterrir dans ses poches et le service livrer partout dans le monde. Une manière habile de se lancer en attendant le déploiement de plus de points de distributions dans d’autres villes et pays.

Cette méthode de lancement d’un service secondaire par rapport au fonctionnement de leur site de base n’est pas nouvelle. C’est exactement ce que la marque a fait pour son système de Cloud quand elle en a eu un besoin vital. Amazon AWS est né quand le site a connu une croissance fulgurante puis est devenu un business à part entière quand la marque a commencé à proposer ses serveurs et prestations à des entreprises tierces. Aujourd’hui, Amazon est un des géants du Cloud dans le monde, ce qui permet non seulement d’assumer ses besoins d’infrastructure web mais également de dégager de confortables marges.

Si Amazon AWS a fonctionné, Amazon SWA pourrait suivre le mouvement.

source: Wall Street Journal.


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09 Feb 21:50

Amazon launches a Polly WordPress plugin that turns blog posts into audio, including podcasts

by Sarah Perez
 Amazon today is launching a new Amazon Polly WordPress plugin that gives your blog a voice by creating audio versions of your posts. The resulting audio can be played from within the blog post itself, or accessed in podcast form using a feature called Amazon Pollycast, the company says. The plugin itself was jointly designed by Amazon’s AWS team and managed WordPress platform… Read More
07 Feb 08:34

Découvrez le premier sport en réalité augmentée

by Ophelie B.

Préparez-vous, le premier tournoi de sport en réalité augmentée est lancé et promet de devenir viral ! Connaissez-vous Hado ? Au Japon ce sport est un vrai succès ! Sa particularité ? Il s’agit d’un e-sport qui se pratique avec un casque d’AR et un bracelet connecté. En équipe, vous affrontez vos adversaires aidé de vos armes : des boules d’énergie pour attaquer et un bouclier pour vous défendre.

Entrez dans la réalité augmentée

En combinant stratégie, réflexion, réflexes, agilité et travail d’équipe, vous débloquez des attaques spéciales et progressez pour éliminer tous vos opposants. Ce sport se pratique dans des arènes virtuelles localisées dans des parcs à thème ou des centres commerciaux.

Face au succès d’Hado, le premier championnat du monde de sport AR vient d’être lancé et verra s’affronter 12 équipes de trois pays différents. Les États-Unis se sont même emparés du concept et prévoient de l’adapter.

Que le match commence !

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06 Feb 07:57

“C’est trop cher” : 8 actions qui nous ont permis de dépasser cette objection

by Camille Roux

Dans cet article nous analysons comment nous avons fait comprendre la valeur de notre produit et donc son prix. Dans notre situation il est assez difficile de diminuer le prix. Nous payons 8,65€ de…

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05 Feb 21:00

How to sleep easier with Google Home’s white noise feature

by Chris Welch

I’m one of those people who falls asleep a little easier if there’s quiet, steady noise around me. Cracking a window open isn’t really an option in February here in New York, so typically I just turn on a small fan in my room to get that fix of white noise. But a couple weeks ago, I learned that Google Home speakers can play white noise audio on demand. And I was pleasantly surprised by how good it sounds — even on my tiny Google Home Mini, which has slightly improved bass compared the Amazon Echo Dot in my living room. I’m sure the effect is better on a regular Home or the Home Max. This also works through Google Assistant on your phone in a pinch, and the sounds can be played on any Assistant-enabled speaker.

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31 Jan 15:08

Google Flights will now predict airline delays – before the airlines do

by Sarah Perez
 Google is rolling out a few new features to its Google Flights search engine to help travelers tackle some of the more frustrating aspects of air travel – delays and the complexities of the cheaper, Basic Economy fares. With the regard to delays, Google Flights won’t just be pulling in information from the airlines directly, however – it will take advantage of its… Read More
29 Jan 22:15

Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Teams, gets its biggest update with new app integrations and app store

by Sarah Perez
 Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, rolled out its biggest update since the software’s launch last year, the company says. The focus of the new set of features is allowing users to better work with apps – something Microsoft Teams accomplishes via integrations, new search and discovery features, commands, and more. Some of the features are, in fact, quite… Read More
29 Jan 18:39

The people making fake AI porn have been temporarily distracted by Nicolas Cage

by James Vincent

Over the past few months, the internet has found a creepy new hobby: using artificial intelligence to paste the faces of celebrities onto porn videos. The technology has some disturbing implications, especially with regards to consent, harassment, and fake revenge porn. But on Reddit, where most of this content is being shared, users have found at least one wholesome (sort of) use for it: inserting Nicolas Cage into movies he never acted in.

Cage has long been an internet favorite, thanks in part to his willingness to appear in just about anything. Now, with the help of AI, his likeness can be seen in an even wider range of roles: replacing Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No; standing in as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark; and...

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25 Jan 08:46

Display screen offers alternative to augmented reality headset


Despite AR and VR headsets being an attractive display option for many companies, some are more interested in an inclusive offerings rather than the single experience headset variant. Denmark-based Realfiction has created DeepFrame, a 64-inch screen that operates the same way as such a headset. DeepFrame is a revolutionary mixed-reality (MR) display that blends the physical and digital elements in real-time. It allows spectators to collectively experience lifelike animations in any size and at any distance without the use of special glasses.

DeepFrame is capable of projecting large-scale holograms thanks to a curved video screen that deflects interactive 3D images in 4K resolution onto a glass optic. This magnifies the image giving the illusion of three dimensions rather than just two. The technology could be used in a number of applications such as museums, amusement parks and retail outlets.

We have seen how virtual reality has been adopted in a multitude of ways, such as a performance piece incorporating dance and VR to create a unique display, or being used to honour the dead. How could you use MR in your business?


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24 Jan 22:18

Amazon Echo Spot launches in the UK, Germany, and Austria

by Jacob Kastrenakes

After launching in the US a little over a month ago, Amazon’s Echo Spot is starting to ship internationally. Its first stops are the UK, Germany, and Austria, where the small new Alexa device goes on sale today.

The Echo Spot is Amazon’s second Echo device with a touchscreen. And while it can do all the same things as the much larger Echo Show, its clock-like shape and size mean it’s better used in much different ways, like as a bedside alarm. At least, so long as you’re comfortable with the Spot’s built-in webcam constantly staring at you.

Amazon sells the Echo Spot for $130 in the US, and while that price tag carries over, it ends up being more expensive elsewhere after converting currencies. It’ll sell for £119.99 in the UK (about...

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24 Jan 17:46

Shopping at Amazon’s Go stores feels like a heist. And we love it

by Jenny McGrath

With an app, an Amazon account, and a bright orange bag, you can walk into the Amazon Go grocery store and walk out without waiting in a checkout line.

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24 Jan 17:27

Spire Studio is a recording studio that fits in your hand

by Dani Deahl

Izotope is best known for creating audio software, but a couple weeks ago, I got to check out Spire Studio, the company’s first piece of hardware. Spire Studio is a palm-sized device that musicians can carry with them to record professional-grade multitrack audio anywhere they are.

While there are lots of gadgets on the market for portable recording, most interfaces I’ve seen need to be plugged in to your phone, cater to recording a specific type of instrument, or are wired and need lots of dongles. Spire Studio, on the other hand, has a lot of use in a very small footprint, and connects to your phone wirelessly. On the front is a built-in mic and headphone jack, while the back has two XLR/TS combo jacks, another headphone jack, and a...

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23 Jan 08:14

Car head-up display maker Navdy says units may stop functioning

by Christian de Looper

Car head-up display maker Navdy is shutting down. The company sent emails to customers noting that it is liquidating its assets and that units already bought by customers may soon stop working.

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23 Jan 07:56

Facebook invented a new time unit called the ‘flick’ and it’s truly amazing

by Devin Coldewey
 I was all set to dislike the “flick,” a time unit just recently invented by Facebook (technically the Oculus team), because I thought it was going to be something worthless like “the average time someone looks at a post.” In fact it’s a very clever way of dividing time that theoretically could make video and audio production much more harmonious. Read More
22 Jan 07:26

Real-Time Green Screen Compositing Demo

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22 Jan 07:03

The Amazon Go checkout-free grocery store opens to the public January 22

by Mark Austin

After more than a year of employee-only testing, the Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle is finally open for business. The premise is simple -- just walk in, grab what you want, and then walk out. But will it really work?

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15 Jan 08:07

I played with Sony’s new Aibo robot dog, and I miss it already

by Sam Byford

Between the flooded booths and convention center blackouts, CES 2018 has been kind of a disaster. But for me, at least, one little gadget saved the whole thing by reminding me why the show exists in the first place. Sony is rolling back the years with Aibo, the resurrection of the robot dog line that was one of its most iconic brands during its ‘90s and 2000s heyday.

The new Aibo is quite simply adorable. It has touch sensors on its head, chin, and back so you can pet it. It responds to touch and voice, and 22 actuators enable more realistic movement than previous models. Its eyes are OLED panels. It has a camera on its nose to help it recognize family members and search for its bone — which is called Aibone — while a camera on its back...

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14 Jan 20:01

CES 2018 – Le téléviseur tableau Frame TV chez... TCL

by Tanguy Andrillon
Le Frame TV de Sam..., non TCL. Le téléviseur Frame TV de TCL reprend le concept du téléviseur The Frame de Samsung ; il est ainsi censé se fondre dans la décoration intérieure en se transformant en tableau. Le filtre anti-reflet utilisé est très performant, permettant au téléviseur d'apparaître véritablement comme une peinture alors que le cadre...
14 Jan 18:06

Brass Tactics Is Getting A Free Version, Pre-Orders Go Live

by Jamie Feltham
Brass Tactics Is Getting A Free Version, Pre-Orders Go Live

Still not sure if Hidden Path Entertainment’s Rift-exclusive real-time strategy (RTS) game, Brass Tactics, is for you? You’ll soon be able to find out at no extra cost.

Hidden Path today announced that the game, which was delayed from last 2017 into 2018, will be getting a free version called Brass Tactics Arena. In this version, you’ll be able to play unlimited online and single-player matches on one of the game’s maps with a handful of the units available in the full version. You can play competitive and cooperative modes on this map to your heart’s content and then, if you like what you play, you can unlock more by picking up the full version.

The full edition of Brass Tactics will boast over 20 maps, more units and a six-hour campaign to play through as well as a suite of online options. Brass Tactics Arena will launch on February 15th for those that register over here, giving players a week to hone their skills before the entire game launches on February 22nd.

Brass Tactics was first revealed back at GDC 2017 and we were big fans of it. The game presents its brand of warfare as a tabletop diorama that you can explore to your heart’s content, capturing defense points and advancing on the enemy base. We’re hoping it will set the bar for RTS games in VR going forward.

Pre-orders for the full game open today at a discounted price of $24.99. When the game launches it’ll cost $39.99.

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14 Jan 17:44

CES 2018: The 5 Biggest VR Tech Updates

by Ian Hamilton
CES 2018: The 5 Biggest VR Tech Updates

We’re recovering today from the mad dash that was CES 2018 in Las Vegas. We weren’t able to see everything running back and forth between the Las Vegas Convention Center, The Venetian, and elsewhere in the city, but we nonetheless saw some incredibly interesting VR demos in our three days there.

Not everything we tried was consumer ready or perfect just yet, but we were very impressed by each of the five technologies we outlined below. There’s still a long road ahead for progress with immersion in VR and these five demos showed major potential to improve the state-of-the-art.

HTC Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adapter

It was wonderful to see Vive Pro’s resolution upgrade. The 2880 x 1600 combined display (1440 x 1600 per eye) showed a great amount of detail and the headset overall seemed to offer a better weight balance. The company says the headset will have the same minimum specifications as the current generation and Vive Pro will work with the current base stations installed in VR dens around the world as well as upcoming 2.0 systems that can be used in 4-station tracking configurations offering the freedom to move around much larger areas.

The headset featured loud over-the-ear integrated audio with a nice snug fit from the headset’s strap.

We didn’t get to see Pro combined with the Vive Wireless Adapter, but we did try wireless with the regular Vive and it worked great!

Tobii Eye Tracking

Google, Apple and Facebook are among the tech giants that have purchased eye-tracking companies over the last few years in anticipation of what they can do if they can make future gadgets that know where you are pointing your eyes. Tobii hasn’t been purchased yet and still sells modified Vives with eye-tracking added.

I was so impressed by my demo I think it makes a lot of sense for developers to invest in an eye-tracking developer kit in anticipation of how the technology will enable new ways of interacting with virtual people and things. In one demo embedded above, objects in a home theater environment are selected just by pointing eyeballs at them, and a trigger pull or finger swipe is used to adjust the setting.

NextVR Resolution Upgrade

Newport Beach-based NextVR showed a significant upgrade to the resolution of its VR broadcasts. The company has been a leader in livestreaming sports and events to VR, delivering a 3D scene that looks great in current VR headsets like Gear VR or Playstation VR. At CES though, the company showed reality captures tuned for higher resolution headsets like Samsung Odyssey.

In a hands-on demo we found the increased detail to offer an incredible upgrade over existing NextVR content, and it produced a stronger sense of in-person viewing in VR of an event from the real world. At one point a dust cloud kicked up from a dirt track and I could see millions of tiny dirt particles floating through the air in intricate and fast moving patterns.

NextVR is working to combine the resolution increase with 6dof freedom, which was shown in a separate (but also impressive) demo at CES.

Contact CI Haptic Glove

The most impressive thing David Jagneaux tried all week was Contact CI’s latest haptic glove prototype.

To simulate touching objects in a virtual world the team at Contact CI mechanically recreated the way your muscles move your fingers. It wasn’t polished or finished and tracking wasn’t perfect, but David nonetheless felt like he was touching parts of a virtual world with his fingers for the first time.

The glove allows the company to combine the sensation with visual cues and provide an experience that is “super, super close to the real thing, my mind is telling my finger, ‘You just pressed a button so stop pushing your hand forward,” and that’s exactly what happens.”

Kopin Elf Reference Design

The “Elf’ is a super slim reference VR headset (seen at the top of this post) featuring a 2k by 2k per eye microdisplay from Kopin. For comparison, the Samsung Odyssey and upcoming Vive Pro feature 1.4k by 1.6k pixels per eye OLED panels from Samsung (Vive and Rift offer roughly 1.1k by 1.2k for each eye).

The Kopin demo was said to run at 60 frames per second and in my hands-on demo I noted two subtle but distracting horizontal lines in the display. Kopin was unsure the cause, but I otherwise found it to offer a super high resolution picture with a screen door effect I couldn’t notice. The company says its display can run up to 120 frames per second, and the resolution bump might require eye tracking to do foveated rendering to provide the greatest detail right in front of your eyeballs. We’d love to see a demo with active content and six degrees of freedom tracking too, but the promise shown in the Elf reference design is a VR headset that would be far slimmer and more stylish than those of today with a picture that is far more crisp.

If Kopin’s display tech could perform under the same kind of rigor that Samsung OLEDs are subjected to then it could offer a pathway to far more immersive virtual worlds. A representative from the company mentioned the potential of jumps to 3k or 4k per eye solutions.

And for a more robust rundown of everything we saw, along with a live Q&A, you can watch our livestream from CES yesterday above.

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08 Jan 06:13

Netatmo wants you to control your home via Facebook Messenger, too

by Lulu Chang

You don't want to raise your voice to chat with your virtual assistant. Luckily, Netatmo understands, and has now unveiled the Netatmo Smart Home Bot, a personal assistant that promises to manage your connected home.

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