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Sep

Android-powered smart hard hat comes with augmented reality features


In Los Angeles, a startup called Daqri has designed a different kind of hard hat: an Android-powered one that’s capable of augmented reality. As such, it really looks more like a bike helmet than a hard hat, equipped with sensors, cameras and a transparent visor that functions as a head-up display. Unlike Google Glass that was designed with all kinds of consumers in mind, though, this high-tech hat was meant for industrial environments, to be used by engineers or blue-collar workers. It can show instructions and other digital elements superimposed against real-world equipment and objects without having to be manually operated. The hat can also give out early warning signals in case it catches anything that could be dangerous, or perform thorough quality checks on expensive machinery like satellites. If needed, it can pair up with smartwatches, phones and other devices, as well.

Daqri president Andy Lowery told the Wall Street Journal the company’s sparing no expense building the high-tech hat. Couple that with the fact that it’s going to need a lot of processing power — it runs on two Snapdragon processors and will save data on flash cartridges — and it’s easy to guess that it’ll be more expensive than other AR headsets. According to Lowery, it’ll probably be priced closer to laptops with military capabilities, but we won’t know how much for sure until its launch in October.

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Via: The Wall Street Journal

Source: Daqri

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7
Sep

Samsung shows off an infographic comparing the Galaxy Note series over the years



infographic comparing the Galaxy Note seriesSamsung finally announced at IFA 2014 its latest entry in the Galaxy Note series, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and it’s every bit as impressive as we were expecting. Although its phablet form-factor isn’t to everybody’s liking, it’s undoubtably Samsung’s most powerful device year after year, something that has happened since its first iteration with the first Galaxy Note. To commemorate its long running family of devices, and perhaps to bring to light exactly how far it has come, Samsung has released an infographic comparing the Galaxy Note series over the years. Click the thumbnail to see the full infographic:

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Predictably, the Note 4 is the best of the bunch, with the best processor, best camera and biggest battery the Galaxy Note family has ever seen. Even as this is the case, it’s interesting to see exactly how far Samsung’s, and indeed all, devices have come technologically over the last four years – who would have thought we’d have 2.7GHz processors in 2014 when the first Galaxy Note came out?


What do you think about the information in this infographic? Is the Galaxy Note 4 going to be your next phone purchase? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow via Phone Arena


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7
Sep

IKEA takes a jab at Apple in an ad for its latest catalog


The biggest target is typically the easiest to hit, and ahead of Apple’s big event next week IKEA’s taking a good-natured swing at Cupertino. To debut its new 2015 catalog, the Swedish furniture company crafted a video that bears more than a passing resemblance to a TV spot from the iPhone company. Among the highlights of the “bookbook” unveiling? Eternal battery life, no-lag page loads and multiuser support. It’s all pretty well done if you ask us. Should you need help passing time until next Tuesday’s conference, watching the clip (embedded below) will make the wait about two-and-a-half minutes shorter.

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Via: Huffington Post

Source: IKEA (YouTUbe)

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7
Sep

Huawei will join the smartwatch party with Android Wear device of their own



Huawei will join the smartwatch partyAlthough HTC may have pulled out of the smartwatch race, it looks as though Huawei will join the smartwatch party in the near future. In an interview at IFA 2014, Huawei CEO, Richard Yu, said that the company is readying a device for release next year and confirmed that it would be running the Android Wear operating system. Yu didn’t say much more than that on the device, but said it would be “innovative and beautiful”. He also mentioned it would be “more beautiful” that Samsung’s recently announced Gear S, however that being decidedly the black sheep of the smartwatches announced at IFA 2014, we would say that isn’t a terribly difficult feat.

Huawei’s previous wearable ventures only include the TalkBand B1, a device that is more closely reminiscent of a fitness device than full-blown smartwatch. We’d expect any future devices to resemble a more traditional watch form factor, but we’ve yet to see anybody focus on fitness with Android Wear. Also, we’d question Huawei’s plan to release next year when all the manufacturers will already have a foothold in this market, but it does give them a chance to correct any potential mistakes other smartwatches have. Whatever the case, we’ll likely be hearing more about the device the closer its release date comes.


What do you think of a Huawei Android Wear smartwatch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: engadget


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7
Sep

Yes, Apple’s smartwatch should run third-party apps


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Tipsters have been seemingly eager to shed light on every single facet of Apple’s long-rumored smartwatch, but one obvious question hasn’t really received a clear answer: will it run third-party apps? If you ask 9to5Mac, the answer is “yes.” Its sources claim that the iOS-based wristwear will not only support third-party software, but already has a developer kit to make sure there are plenty of titles ready for the reported launch early next year. There isn’t much word about what these apps can do, although they’ll supposedly make good use of iOS 8 features like Handoff and widgets to quickly transfer info between the watch and its companion iPhone.

You may even get a peek at what these apps can do at Apple’s September 9th event. As with past iOS devices, a handful of developers have supposedly received early access to the programming kit so that they can show off their work at the media shindig. It’s not surprising that Apple would create a wearable app platform; Google, Pebble and Samsung already have their own. If true, though, the news might prove comforting to anyone worried that Apple is working on little more than an iPod nano on steroids.

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Source: 9to5Mac

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7
Sep

Boeing’s drone-killing laser takes down targets with an Xbox controller


Boeing has a pretty storied history with lasers and now its testing one that can take out UAVs and rockets regardless of where it’s installed. A recent trial run of the tech was conducted in Florida under some pretty grueling conditions (heavy fog, rain and wind), to prove that even a lower-powered version of High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator — HEL MD for short — is capable in a maritime environment. As Boeing tells it, the firm exceeded all of its goals and successfully engaged with some 150 different targets including drones and 60mm mortar shells with its 10 kilowatt laser. Wired says that the energy beam is powered by lithium ion batteries, and that the whole setup only requires a diesel-backed generator to keep the wheels of war defense moving. Meaning, running out of fuel, not munitions, is basically the only threat the energy weapon faces.

Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the armament isn’t controlled by some arcane set of switches and levers: an Xbox controller and a laptop do the dirty work. The next logical step for the HEL MD? Upping the system’s damage with a stronger, 50- or 60-kilowatt laser. Naturally. You can scope a video of it in action, along with a lady who’s unsettlingly enthused by the tech, just below.

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Via: Wired

Source: Boeing

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7
Sep

[Download] The new Moto X wallpapers are available here now for your viewing pleasure



new Moto X wallpapersMotorola went all out last week, announcing its full range of new devices to great effect. Chief among these releases was the new Moto X, which was joined by the release of the Moto 360 smartwatch, the new Moto G, and the nifty Moto Hint Bluetooth earpiece. Motorola’s latest flagship is every bit the evolution we expected it to be and this time actually has the hardware to silence its detractors, most notably housing a Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz processor. But with every device release, arguably the real stars of the show are the new wallpapers offered on the device, so without further ado, here are the new Moto X wallpapers for you to gawk at – be sure to click through and view the full resolution image:

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As is Motorola’s style, all of the wallpapers, some of which we’ve seen before on previous Motorola devices, incorporate a wonderful contrast of colours and unique photography to create memorable wallpapers. The new Moto X has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, so naturally these wallpapers are 2160×1920 to accomodate – except for one. Interestingly, wallpaper_21 (used at the top of this post) has the resolution of 2880×2560, which is better suited for a device with 2K resolution – whether this means Motorola has a 2K display device in the pipeline is up for debate, but that’s food for thought.


What do you think of the new Moto X wallpapers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: TalkAndroid


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7
Sep

HTC is rumoured to have abandoned their smartwatch aspirations for now



HTC is rumoured to have abandoned their smartwatch aspirations for nowWhile many manufacturers have made very impressive announcements of their Android Wear smartwatches, one manufacturer has been glaringly missing from that list. HTC is rumoured to have at least one, possibly two, smartwatches it was allegedly readying for a September release, making a showing at IFA 2014 almost inevitable. While IFA isn’t over yet, the window for big announcements has passed, and we’re searching for reasons why HTC might not have had anything to show. As it turns out, it may be because HTC is rumoured to have abandoned their smartwatch aspirations for now.

It might be easy to say HTC must have been scared off by its competitors’ offerings, but sources say that HTC is ditching its smartwatch program due to large costs and “a lack of wow factor”, something which many of the other Android Wear smartwatches have had bundles of. While we’re definitely disappointed that HTC is likely not entering the smartwatch game yet, the company would be much better served given the current market to postpone their release and revisit the idea when they have, for lack of a better analogy, the HTC One M7 of smartwatches.


What do you think about this rumour that HTC is killing its smartwatch plans? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

Source: Pocket-lint via engadget


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7
Sep

iWatch to Run Third-Party Apps, Key Developer Partners Already at Work


Apple’s upcoming wearable device, popularly known as the iWatch, is expected to be unveiled at Tuesday’s media event, although a launch will reportedly come perhaps as late as early 2015. Part of the reason for the early unveiling may be to give third-party developers time to build apps for the new device, and 9to5Mac reports that will indeed be the case. Moreover, key third-party developers are said to have already been seeded with software development kit (SDK) tools to facilitate their work.

A small handful of high-profile social network and services companies with apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store have already been seeded with a pre-release version of the Apple SDK (Software Development Kit) for wearables under strict non-disclosure agreements.

The SDK was seeded “very recently” to these developers, and Apple likely wants to demonstrate some third-party wearable apps at Tuesday’s event, according to one source.

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The iWatch is expected to work closely with the iPhone, but contain its own array of health and fitness sensors as well as near field communications (NFC) technology for a new mobile payments initiative. A host of new iOS 8 features such as HealthKit, HomeKit, and extensions are also expected to be key to the iWatch’s functionality.

Apple’s media event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday, and MacRumors will have full coverage as the event unfolds.




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7
Sep

Google Glass lands in the Play Store next to phones and smartwatches


Itching to strap on a $1,500 face computer so you can follow directions floating in front of your head? Well, Google just made it a little easier to claim a head-mounted display of your own — it quietly added Google Glass to the Play Store the other day, and the search giant seems intent on making it sound, well, cool. To hear the Mountain View spinmasters put it, Glass Explorers aren’t just the people who need to try tech before the teeming millions. No no, they’re “bold and inspiring,” folks who “make move and marvel through Glass.” This isn’t the first time that Google has tried to broaden Glass’ reach — they opened up the Explorer program to all comers in the US back in May, but it insisted at the time that it was still very much a “beta” product. Between then and now we’ve seen a slightly tweaked version of Glass launch and a few software updates go live — none of those changes seem terribly earth-shaking, but it sure is interesting to see Google stop treating Glass like a special little flower that isn’t ready for public consumption.

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Source: Google Play Store

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