You may have thought using virtual reality devices was going to be something primarily aimed at gamers to help immerse them in the worlds of their games. However, content producers are continuing to find other creative ways to use the technology. We have already seen tech companies use virtual reality for an event, but now a broader audience will be targeted and this time for a live broadcast. CNN is planning to offer the Democratic presidential debate on October 13th using virtual reality technology that Samsung Gear VR owners will be able to tap into.
Reports indicate there will be no limit on the number of viewers, so if you have a Samsung Gear VR you can hop on. CNN only had to book a single seat at the debate to use for the broadcast.
Viewers will find they do not get the close-up views and likely some other add-ons that traditional television viewers will get. However, the VR audience will be closer to the audience and will be able to pan around to see what the reaction is like to the candidates and their answers.
Would you be interested in “attending” a live event courtesy a virtual reality device?
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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.
What does it take for a house to go completely off-grid? A diverse range of energy sources is key — and this new 3D-printed house can be powered by built-in solar panels or tethered to a hybrid car. We also love this pop-up transparent dome shelter that lets you sleep beneath the stars. In other architecture news, Apple just launched its first store under the guidance of Jonathan Ives — and it’s warmer and more curvaceous than the company’s previous brick and mortars. MAD Architects unveiled out-of-this-world plans for a futuristic George Lucas Museum in Chicago. And a team of researchers found a way to build a functional 24-foot rope bridge using drones.
The Volkswagen emissions scandal rocked the auto industry this past week — and the fallout is severe. The company is being forced to recall 500,000 vehicles and CEO Martin Winterkorn has officially resigned. Meanwhile, the rumor mill is spinning up around Apple’s top-secret electric car — new reports indicate the vehicle could launch as soon as 2019. Tesla is the king of EVs — but Taiwan-based Thunder Power is looking to steal the crown with a new electric sports car that can travel 373 miles on a single charge. A bullet-shaped super bicycle just broke a new world speed record by hitting 85.71 miles per hour on pedal power alone. And Icon launched an amphibious airplane that can fold up to fit in a camper.
Most wind turbines are gigantic — but this week a tiny portable turbine blew through nearly all of its Kickstarter goal in a single day. In other tech news, researchers just developed what could be the world’s most effective invisibility cloak. It’s made from near-microscopic pieces of gold, and it can be draped over virtually any object to conceal it. You’ve probably never heard of jellyfish leather before — but it exists, and it could offer a sustainable alternative to cowhide. And since Halloween is just a month away, we showcased the work of Magic Wheelchair — a nonprofit that creates incredible costumes for children in wheelchairs.
Android fans, this week brought us last minute details about the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P; we’ve got the first official look at the BlackBerry Priv (formerly known as Venice); LG joined the metal club with the Class; Xiaomi introduced its new $200 flagship; we’ve got our best looks at the upcoming LG V10 and HTC’s One A9; and Samsung introduced the consumer version of the Gear VR.
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The biggest week in the Android calendar is coming. New devices, a new Android version, and perhaps some surprises? Oh my! It’s like Christmas eve, and we’re all kids trying to sneak a peek. Though, truth is, Google did a lousy job hiding the presents this year, so we already know what to expect. (If you’re curious, check out the Nexus rumor roundup.) Join us from Tuesday as we analyze everything.
This week Josh attended the Oculus Connect developer conference in LA and brought you his impressions of the Gear VR and the Oculus Touch controller. One thing is clear: VR technology is ready to break into mainstream. Between Oculus, Samsung’s Gear VR, Google’s low-fi Cardboard, Sony’s PlayStation VR, Microsoft’s HoloLens, and HTC’s Vive, the ecosystem is already growing fast. Will 2016 be the year when our VR dreams finally turn into reality? It’s about time!
Congratulations to Nishant P. from India, the lucky winner of last week’s Sunday Giveaway prize, a Galaxy Note 5. This week, we’re putting up for grabs a Moto X Pure (Style). Enter here!
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
- Tech talk: What’s new in Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3 standard? Rob explains.
- Review: Gary reviews the excellent Huawei Mate S
- Unboxing: Josh brings you his first impressions of the elegant Huawei Watch
- Tips and tricks: Let Josh help you make the most of the Galaxy Note 5
- The big picture: What are the countries leading LTE adoption? Rob takes a look at the data
- Impressions: After two weeks with the Moto X Play, Nirave brings you his impressions
- DIY: You don’t need to pay for your Cardboard set: Taylor has a DIY guide
- Feature: The tablet market is polarizing: what are the consequences?
Top news of the week
LG shows some Class
Nexus 5X and 6P countdown
- Huawei Nexus said to feature 128GB of storage space
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow set to roll out October 5, according to Telus
- Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P packaging, Nexus 6P press image leak ahead of announcement
- Amazon India lists Nexus 5X, confirms storage, processor, color options and more
- Leaked presentation reveals the Nexus 6P will feature a big 3450mAh battery
Xiaomi Mi 4c: flagship, on the cheap
- Xiaomi launches the Mi 4c: high-end specs for less than $240
- Xiaomi launches “Mi Mobile”, offers 3GB data for under $10
LG V10: trying new things
- LG V10’s secondary “ticker” display shown off in new leak
- LG gives us a glimpse of its upcoming cutting edge smartphone
One A9: HTC’s next big bet
Gear VR is getting closer
BlackBerry focuses on Priv(acy)
- It’s official: Android-powered BlackBerry Priv (Venice) coming this year
- In his own words: BlackBerry CEO John Chen explains why his company’s Priv is all about Android
- Blackberry CEO John Chen awkwardly showcases the Blackberry Priv
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American law enforcement might have free rein to make you unlock a phone using your fingerprint, but personal passcodes? Nope. A Pennsylvania-based federal judge has ruled that the Securities and Exchange Commission can’t make two former Capital One employees hand over the passcodes for their old work-supplied smartphones to prove that they’re guilty of insider trading. While the US Constitution’s Fifth Amendment doesn’t protect people from self-incrimination using corporate records, both devices were locked with codes that only their owners knew. That’s personal information still covered by constitutional protections, according to the court.
The judge also didn’t buy the SEC’s attempt to lean on a Fifth Amendment exemption which allows searches when investigators know where evidence is. The Commission merely had a hunch that there might be proof of wrongdoing on the phones, the court found, not a clear connection indication that something was hidden. As it stands, there’s no way to show that the accused remember their passcodes — they could be lying, or they could simply have forgotten.
The ruling could set an important precedent in an era where many phones have a mixture of personal and professional data, especially those using office-friendly tech like Android for Work. The decision draws an effective line in the sand: just because you’re using a company-issued phone doesn’t mean that everything involving that phone is up for grabs. This won’t save you if your employer has the passcode on file, but it could prevent officials from obtaining data that isn’t actually relevant to a case.
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Source: Wall Street Journal
Makerspaces are great for bringing your gadget ideas to life, but they’re not usually much help to nurses who may want to invent (or improvise) tools needed to take care of their patients. That’s where the University of Texas’ new, permanent MakerHealth Space might just save the day. Nurses and other workers at the school’s John Sealy Hospital now have a dedicated area with 3D printers, laser cutters and other equipment that lets them create or modify devices (say, a pill bottle sensor) without leaving work. The facility sterilizes and reviews every product before it’s put into service, so you shouldn’t have to worry about a risky tool ruining your hospital stay.
This isn’t the first makerspace anywhere in a hospital — MakerNurse has a few mobile stations. It’s the first permanent medical location in the US, however, and it raises the possibility that more businesses could benefit from on-site makerspaces. Rather than wait for your company to buy or develop the gadgets you need to tackle a problem, you could quickly whip up a solution that gets the job done.
The Orion capsule’s heat shield survived its test flight back in December just fine. In fact, Orion Program Manager Mark Kirasich says it “met every expectation” during reentry, enduring temperatures that reached 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks to the data NASA gathered from the same test, though, its engineers were able to come to the conclusion that the heat shield used for that flight won’t make it through Orion’s first mission with the Space Launch System scheduled to happen in 2018. The multi-purpose vehicle will travel farther during the Exploration Mission 1 three years from now. As such, it’s bound to encounter colder temperatures and to travel faster — and hence, face even worse heat — upon reentry.
The engineers’ answer to the problem is to redesign the fiberglass honeycomb layer placed on top of the heat shield’s titanium/carbon fiber body to make it even stronger. That covering (comprised of 320,000 cells) is meant to disintegrate upon reentry, but it should still be tough enough to protect the capsule and its future passengers on their way home from deep space missions. The good news is that the heat shield isn’t one solid structure, and different parts can be manufactured in different places at once. This method won’t only save NASA some precious, precious money, but will also shorten the heat shield’s manufacturing process by two months.
[Image credit: Lockheed Martin]
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HTC has had a relatively decent track record with getting software updates to their devices, and their HTC Advantage program has helped with ensuring that its most recent devices continue to get updates for at least two years. HTC owners will no doubt be nervously awaiting news of upcoming updates given the turmoil that has been constantly going on at HTC, but thankfully a leak of the HTC devices to get Android Marshmallow has come out today, hopefully putting some of those fears to bed. The leak was made public courtesy of HTC leaker @LlabTooFeR, and gives a list of 15 devices that could get the latest update, including:
- HTC Desire EYE
- HTC Desire 816
- HTC Desire 820
- HTC Desire 826
- HTC One M8
- HTC One M8s
- HTC One M8 EYE
- HTC One E8
- HTC One M9
- HTC One M9+
- HTC One ME
- HTC One E9
- HTC E9+
- HTC Butterfly 2
- HTC Butterfly 3
Keen eyed readers will notice that there is one notable omission from this list – the HTC One M7. Although it received an update to Android Lollipop, it’s well over two years from the One M7’s release date and we aren’t surprised by this at all. Note that @LlabTooFeR points out that the list is still tentative and that HTC could still cut down the list further so unless you’re rocking a HTC One M8 or HTC One M9, you shouldn’t get too comfortable.
What do you think about the list of HTC devices to get Android Marshmallow? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Range anxiety may keep you from driving an electric car right now, but Tesla chief Elon Musk doesn’t expect that to be a problem for very long. When grilled about driving distances in a Danish interview, Musk revealed that he expects the battery technology to improve at a rate of 5 to 10 percent per year, which could lead to some massive range gains in a relatively short space of time. The CEO notes that people have already driven the Model S up to 500 miles on a charge at slow speeds, and that this could extend to over 600 miles as soon as 2016, and a whopping 746 miles by 2020. While it’s doubtful that you’d get these figures blazing down the highway, Treehugger‘s back-of-the-napkin math suggests that this should still lead to a realistic range of 382 to 483 miles. That’s enough for many city-to-city trips, and it doesn’t account for lighter materials or other efficiency refinements.
Musk is also unsurprisingly bullish on the notion of self-driving cars. He believes that there will be fully autonomous vehicles (that is, capable of driving anywhere) around 2018. That’s a surprisingly short span of time, especially when prototype designs still have plenty of flaws. However, the executive doesn’t see robotic vehicles flooding the roads right away. He believes that cautious regulators won’t permit self-driving cars on their roads for another 1 to 3 years after that, and some regions will be more welcoming of autonomy than others. You may well get a hands-free ride around town in the next few years — just don’t mark a date on your calendar.
[Image credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images]
Source: Sahil Malik (YouTube)
Regardless of how much we get used to touch screens, they never compare to mechanicla buttons and the confidence they provide. Feedback is an important part of operating technology with conviction, something we have lost with touch-operated smartphones. Why do you think cameras still use actual buttons, as do remote controls? A touch screen forces us to use our mobile products in a very visually dependent way, something Kyocera aims to change with its new display technology.
Kyocera calls it “Haptivity”, which seems like a clever play-on-words with “haptic feedback” and “activity”. With it, the company claims they can achieve the closest to actual “real touch feeling and force feedback” any touch screen has ever accomplished.
For example, when using an on-screen keyboard, this technology is said to offer the sensation of actually using a physical one. Kyocera did its homework when researching this issue, as they are digging deep into human physiology to get this all set up. Because force feedback is nothing but the stimulation of certain nerves, that is exactly what this process will do.
Haptivity can give you a certain sensation (hard, soft, displacement, etc.) by stimulating the Pacini nerve in your finger. This operates via a two-step process. When pressing a button, for example, this technology will create the illusion of the pressure and slight movement that real keys are characterized by. After pressing harder, the system creates that actual click we love so much.
In essence, Haptivity is playing with your brain to get the desired results we lost with the adoption of touch screens. Kyocera states this technology will be used in their own future products, but with enough adoption it may very well make it to other manufacturers. We certainly can’t wait to test it and see if it’s really all that!