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Jan

Ben Heck’s mini pinball game: Integrating IR sensors


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The team is laser-cutting, CNC-routing and designing another PCB this week. Tune in as Ben uses Autodesk Eagle to design an infrared ball detector for the mini pinball build instead of relying on mechanical detectors, which should help keep costs down. Not all the design work has gone well, though: Felix finds he has to address issues with the main control board. What PCBs have you designed? Any difficulties you’ve encountered? Let us know over on the element14 Community.

14
Jan

9 amazing uses for graphene, from filtering seawater to smart paint


Graphene is a single layer of graphite — also known as that soft material commonly found in pencil lead — with the atoms arranged in a honeycomb-like, hexagonal pattern. While that description is decidedly unexciting, graphene is actually emerging as one of science’s most versatile new materials.

Just one atom thick (or thin, depending on how you think about it), graphene is among the strongest materials in the known universe, with 100 times the strength of steel, an astonishing amount of flexibility, and a whole lot of other talents lurking beneath the surface.

Do you remember that classic scene from The Simpsons in which Homer is offered “wax lips,” described by the salesman as “the candy of 1,000 uses?” Well, graphene is the wax lips of the material science world. And while we don’t have time to detail 1,000 uses, here are some of the most exciting graphene discoveries made so far.

Creating the world’s thinnest light bulb

Imagine a flexible, transparent display or light strip that’s just a single atom thick. That’s something graphene could help make a reality, as demonstrated by research from scientists at Columbia (University) Engineering, Seoul National University, and Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science.

By attaching small strips of graphene to metal electrodes and passing a current through them, the graphene was shown to heat — and light — up. Columbia professor James Hone described it as “the world’s thinnest light bulb.” Finding a way to translate this breakthrough into wearables such as smart clothing would be revolutionary.

Acting as a superconductor

Graphene can also act as a superconductor, meaning that electrical current is able to flow through it with zero resistance, a discovery that was made by researchers at the United Kingdom’s Cambridge University. The effect is activated by coupling the graphene with a material called praseodymium cerium copper oxide (PCCO).

Why do superconducting materials matter? Because in the future ,they could provide a source of unlimited energy, since they don’t constantly need to be resupplied with current.

“One day, the dream is to make your computer or your iPhone work without dissipating energy,” junior research fellow Angelo Di Bernardo, one of the researchers on the project, told Digital Trends. “You’ll just charge it once and then you can forget about having to charge it again its entire lifetime.”

A better speaker system

To produce sound, regular speakers create a pressure wave in the air by physically moving back and forth. Graphene could eventually offer a different approach. Researcher from the U.K.’s University of Exeter have demonstrated how graphene can create a non-moving solid-state audio device that may one day replace your existing bulky sound system with something called thermo-acoustic sound generation.

Instead of physically moving a component, this process works by using graphene to periodically vary the temperature of the air at a very high rate — enough to generate sound at audible frequencies and much higher, ultrasonic frequencies. The result could be the ability to incorporate speakers into ultrathin touchscreen technologies, in which the screen is able to produce sound on its own. No separate speakers required.

Body armor stronger than diamonds

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A single layer of graphene is awesome. You know what’s even more awesome? Two layers of graphene combined. That’s what researchers from Georgia Tech recently showcased with a demonstration of how two-layer epitaxial graphene film — just two atomic layers of graphite — can withstand perforation by a diamond tip.

The hope is to develop this into ultrathin body armor, as light as foil, but strong as diamond, that is capable of stopping a bullet dead in its tracks. (Interestingly, the graphene shield’s ultra-hardening effect only results when two sheets of graphene are used, with extra layers appearing to have a detrimental effect.)

Filtering salt from seawater or color from whisky

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Graphene membranes can be used to create a sieve finer than one you’ll find in any restaurant kitchen. One study demonstrated that a graphene membrane can filter 85 percent of salt out of seawater, which isn’t quite pure enough for drinking purposes, but is perfectly acceptable for agricultural use.

Think that’s impressive? It’s nothing compared to recent research coming out of the U.K.’s University of Manchester, where researchers used a graphene membrane to filter the color out of whisky — leaving it as a transparent liquid.

“The absence of dye molecule permeation was apparent even from the color of the solution after filtration,” Professor Rahul Nair from the U.K.’s University of Manchester told Digital Trends. “The original dye solution is colorful, while after filtering through the [graphene oxide] membrane, the solution lost its color and became a pure solvent.”

The paint of the future

Imagine if you could paint a building with a special coating that changes color when it senses that the underlying structure is in need of repairs. That’s what researchers at Germany’s Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research achieved with a smart graphene coating that indicates breaks and fractures by changing color.

Inspired by the way that fish scales reflect light, the coating is designed to amplify particular wavelengths of light, but dull others. The graphene flakes are placed onto a surface at certain angles so that, if compromised in some way, they’ll bounce back red, yellow, and green light, while noncompromised areas will not.

Cleverly, the color of light can change according to the severity of an area’s stress, so structures could conceivably be color-coded to show how major a particular area of damage is.

Tracking our health

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It’s not just building health that graphene’s good at detecting. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have demonstrated that it can help detect cancer cells, too. In an experiment, they placed brain cells taken from mice onto a graphene sheet, and found that it was able to distinguish between a single cancerous cell (glioblastoma or GMB cell) and a normal cell.

Other researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have also created graphene-based temporary tattoos capable of tracking a person’s vital signs, such as their skin temperature and hydration.

Recharging our gadgets

Graphene can also be used to create new batteries that recharge super quickly. One Chinese company called Dongxu Optoelectronic has built a battery pack called the G-King, which has a giant 4,800mAh capacity, but can reportedly charge from empty to full in just a quarter of an hour.

The cell is also supposedly strong enough to be discharged and recharged 3,500 times — which is way more than a regular lithium-ion battery.

Creating some kickass running shoes

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Starting this year, you’ll be able to buy running shoes made using graphene, thanks to a partnership between the U.K.’s University of Manchester and sportswear brand inov-8. The shoes have already been put through their paces in the lab, and the graphene composite rubber outsoles (the part of the shoe actually featuring graphene) are reportedly much stronger and more stretchy than traditional materials, making the shoes more resistant to wear and tear.

Hopefully the second-gen kicks will also filter saltwater, protect you from bullets, recharge your mobile devices, and cure cancer — for good measure!

Editors’ Recommendations

  • Like your whisky straight, no color? Graphene turns aged spirit transparent
  • Graphene’s next trick? Creating foil-thin body armor that’s harder than diamonds
  • Great balls of graphene: New Samsung tech could charge phones five times faster
  • Graphene-based wearable could help save babies from ‘crib death’
  • The world’s first graphene running shoes are coming in 2018




14
Jan

TiVo sues Comcast again over alleged patent infringement


Though TiVo and Comcast just wrapped up a round of patent infringement litigation, TiVo’s looking for another go. Yesterday, it filed lawsuits in California and Massachusetts alleging that Comcast’s X1 set-top boxes are infringing on no less than eight of its patents. “Through decades-long investment in research and development, Rovi has created innovations that delight consumers in their day-to-day entertainment experience. Our commitment to our customers and stockholders compels us to protect these valuable inventions from unlicensed use,” TiVo CEO Enrique Rodriguez said in a statement. TiVo was acquired by Rovi in 2016. The merged companies took the more recognizable name TiVo and at joining, they together held over 6,000 patents.

In November, the International Trade Commission ruled that Comcast had violated two of TiVo’s patents and ordered an import ban on X1 boxes that violated those patents. Comcast wound up disabling certain features that infringed on TiVo’s intellectual property and is in the process of appealing that ruling.

As people move more towards on-demand viewing and cord-cutting, TiVo’s products are becoming less and less relevant. Rovi was known to be litigious before it bought TiVo, and the company appears to be turning to lawsuits in order to keep ahold of the money it brings in through licensing rights. TiVo’s goal with these latest lawsuits is to push Comcast to reup an over-a-decade-long licensing agreement it had with TiVo that expired in 2016.

The patents TiVo is accusing Comcast of violating in its newly filed lawsuits are related to features like pausing and resuming programs on different devices, restarting live programs already in progress, DVR recording and search and voice functionality. TiVo says it will also file suits with the International Trade Commission regarding these patents.

A Comcast spokesperson told us, “Comcast engineers independently created our X1 products and services, and through its litigation campaign against Comcast, Rovi seeks to charge Comcast and its customers for technology Rovi didn’t create. Rovi’s attempt to extract these unfounded payments for its aging and increasingly obsolete patent portfolio has failed to date. And as we have in its other suits, we will continue to aggressively defend ourselves.”

Source: TiVo

14
Jan

Tag Heuer made a smaller modular smartwatch


Those of us with smaller wrists may have noticed that most of the connected smartwatches out there are, well, kind of huge. Tag Heuer’s Connected Modular 45, for example, was a lovely device with a 45mm case diameter, perfect for larger wrists but lousy for everyone else. The company has now decided to support the smaller among us with a new Connected Modular 41, with — you guessed it — a watch with a 41mm diameter for those with more diminutive extremities.

It’s not just size that matters, here, either. Tag Heuer worked with Intel and Google to create an improved smartwatch, with a brighter screen that displays in 390 X 390 resolution, giving you 326 pixels per inch. The memory capacity is up, too, with 8 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM included. Similar to the Apple Watch, Tag Heuer’s new 41mm model has nine different straps to connect the device to your arm; you can even connect the company’s Calibre 5 mechanical watch to the bands if you like. The new smartwatch is water resistant to 50 meters and has GPS and NFC (for Android Pay) connectivity. You can connect it to phones running Android 4.4 or iOS 9 and up. The new model is set to retail starting at $1,200.00, so start saving your pennies.

14
Jan

Even pets got in on the action at CES with these gadgets for furry friends


From rollable OLED TVs to robots that can play ping pong, CES is always filled with mouth-opening tech — but it’s not all for humans. Every year there’s a growing list of impressive tech for our pets, from temperature-controlled beds, to a ball that can play with your dog. Here’s what we found and loved at CES 2018.

Pebby

Ever feel guilty for leaving your pet alone at home? Pebby’s a great way to make sure your dog or cat doesn’t get bored at home. Pebby is a ball that houses a camera and several sensors, but these delicate electronics are protected by an incredibly strong and waterproof plastic material — your dog will have a difficult time chewing it. You can use an app to move the ball around — even if you’re miles away from home — and the camera and speaker lets you see and speak to your pet. If you don’t have time to control the ball, you can purchase a “smart collar” that you put on your pet, and Pebby will roll around and play with your dog automatically. The collar also doubles as a basic activity tracker.

Pebby can go off in play mode for about 90 minutes, and if you need to charge it, send it towards the ramp-shaped charger and Pebby will automatically find its place and start charging. Pebby originated as a successfully-funded Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign, but the company is finally ready to ship. Pre-orders start at $189, and final retail price will set you back $249. It will start shipping in the first quarter of 2018. You can pre-order the smart collar for $59 now, but the official price will be $79.

PetMio

PetMio wants to be an all-in-one solution to help manage your pet’s eating habits. First is the Smart Tracker, which goes on your pet’s collar and tracks activity and periods of rest. The data gathered from the tracker allows the connected app to figure out exactly how much exercise your cat or dog gets, and what needs to be in his or her diet. It’s all done through PetMio’s Intelligent Nutritional Algorithm, which is powered by machine learning. The Smart Bowl, which doubles as a scale, tells you how much food to give, as well as how long your pet is eating for, how much, and how often. All this data is uploaded to the cloud is compared to other pets using PetMio to identify trends, which the company hopes will help veterinarians preemptively identify health risks.

Best of all, the PetMio system knows how much food you ordered and how much your pet has eaten thanks to the Smart Bowl. The app will automatically send you more food when it detects you’re almost out. The company wants to make sure your pet is eating the amount they should, so each day’s worth of food is packed into individual bags — you’ll get a box filled with these individual packages. PetMio claims the food is “organic, human-grade, natural,” with responsibly-sourced ingredients. The tracker costs $80, the bowl costs $120 (a larger bowl is priced at $140). If you pre-order now, you can get both as well as a month’s worth of food for $99 (dogs and cats under 50 lbs) or $129 (over 51 lbs). PetMio originated as a successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign. It will launch in the fall, and will be subscription-based.

Petrics

Pets deserve the best place to sleep, and Petrics‘ answer is a temperature-controlled bed. The ecosystem is similar to the triple-device service from PetMio, but instead of delivering your food, Petrics is more about sleep, nutrition, and activity. The Universal Fit Activity Tracker attaches to your cat or dog’s collar and measures activity. It’s IPX7 water-resistant and has a 4-month battery life. The Smart Pet Bed has three functions: it’s a scale, it can warm up or cool down the bed, and the mattress is composed of a comfy memory foam-like material. Then there’s the app, where you can input what food you feed your pet, and get nutritional advice and recommendations.

All three work together, so when the tracker detects your dog or cat had a good deal of activity, it will cool down the bed. The activity data is sent to the app so you can see things like your pet’s “caloric burn rates.” The app can do a great deal more, like offer food based on your dog’s breed and activity; it can issue alerts when there’s been a food recall; and it can remind you about vet visits and when you need to give your pet its medications. Petrics’ products will launch early 2018, but pricing hasn’t been confirmed.

Wagz

Got more than one dog? Wagz has some nifty solutions to problems like securely letting your dog in and out of the house, or making sure one dog doesn’t eat the other’s lunch. Using radio frequency on collars, the smart feeder can detect when your dog approaches its bowl. If it’s a different dog, the feeder will close the bowl. The same technology is applied to the dog door, which opens only when your dog approaches it. The feeder and door will cost $250 each, and will be available early 2018.

Wagz also has a smart collar that track your dog via GPS, and you can add a camera to it (as a separate purchase) to get GoPro-style action footage. The connected app lets you create geo-fences that warn you when your dog leaves designated areas; it alerts you when your dog is barking unusually; and it also tracks basic fitness activity. The collar has an e-paper display that shows your dog’s name, as well as your phone number and address — it won’t fade away even after the collar’s battery dies after 72 hours. The collar costs $295 (without the camera), and Wagz will start shipping in the spring of 2018. For GPS tracking, you’ll have to pay about $10 a month.

Tractive GPS Cat

Tractive has been in the business of making GPS-connected wearables for dogs for quite some time, but at CES 2018 it finally unveiled a GPS tracker for your cat. It’s meant for people who let their cat out to stroll around the neighborhood, but it can also give you peace of mind if your cat manages to leave your house on its own. The tracker is integrated into the collar, and it also tracks activity. Due to European law, the collar has a “breakaway” mechanism that makes it fall apart if your cat gets stuck with it on. The feature sort of defeats the purpose if the collar is meant to track your cat, but it’s the same problem with most smart cat collars.

The Tractive GPS Cat will release soon this year, but it will launch in Europe first. It will likely cost around the same price as Tractive’s other trackers, which is $70. There’s a version for dogs called the Tractive GPS Dog, which is a slightly revamped version of its previous dog trackers. Its main improvement is a better collar attachment.

Editors’ Recommendations

  • Your pet can sleep on its own smart mattress with Petrics
  • Pebby lets you play with your pet even when you are away
  • Give Google a bone — Google Photos can now identify different pets
  • The Waggit fitness collar will help track and improve your dog’s health
  • Snapchat is assisting your search for the perfect filter with ‘computer vision’




14
Jan

Even pets got in on the action at CES with these gadgets for furry friends


From rollable OLED TVs to robots that can play ping pong, CES is always filled with mouth-opening tech — but it’s not all for humans. Every year there’s a growing list of impressive tech for our pets, from temperature-controlled beds, to a ball that can play with your dog. Here’s what we found and loved at CES 2018.

Pebby

Ever feel guilty for leaving your pet alone at home? Pebby’s a great way to make sure your dog or cat doesn’t get bored at home. Pebby is a ball that houses a camera and several sensors, but these delicate electronics are protected by an incredibly strong and waterproof plastic material — your dog will have a difficult time chewing it. You can use an app to move the ball around — even if you’re miles away from home — and the camera and speaker lets you see and speak to your pet. If you don’t have time to control the ball, you can purchase a “smart collar” that you put on your pet, and Pebby will roll around and play with your dog automatically. The collar also doubles as a basic activity tracker.

Pebby can go off in play mode for about 90 minutes, and if you need to charge it, send it towards the ramp-shaped charger and Pebby will automatically find its place and start charging. Pebby originated as a successfully-funded Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign, but the company is finally ready to ship. Pre-orders start at $189, and final retail price will set you back $249. It will start shipping in the first quarter of 2018. You can pre-order the smart collar for $59 now, but the official price will be $79.

PetMio

PetMio wants to be an all-in-one solution to help manage your pet’s eating habits. First is the Smart Tracker, which goes on your pet’s collar and tracks activity and periods of rest. The data gathered from the tracker allows the connected app to figure out exactly how much exercise your cat or dog gets, and what needs to be in his or her diet. It’s all done through PetMio’s Intelligent Nutritional Algorithm, which is powered by machine learning. The Smart Bowl, which doubles as a scale, tells you how much food to give, as well as how long your pet is eating for, how much, and how often. All this data is uploaded to the cloud is compared to other pets using PetMio to identify trends, which the company hopes will help veterinarians preemptively identify health risks.

Best of all, the PetMio system knows how much food you ordered and how much your pet has eaten thanks to the Smart Bowl. The app will automatically send you more food when it detects you’re almost out. The company wants to make sure your pet is eating the amount they should, so each day’s worth of food is packed into individual bags — you’ll get a box filled with these individual packages. PetMio claims the food is “organic, human-grade, natural,” with responsibly-sourced ingredients. The tracker costs $80, the bowl costs $120 (a larger bowl is priced at $140). If you pre-order now, you can get both as well as a month’s worth of food for $99 (dogs and cats under 50 lbs) or $129 (over 51 lbs). PetMio originated as a successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign. It will launch in the fall, and will be subscription-based.

Petrics

Pets deserve the best place to sleep, and Petrics‘ answer is a temperature-controlled bed. The ecosystem is similar to the triple-device service from PetMio, but instead of delivering your food, Petrics is more about sleep, nutrition, and activity. The Universal Fit Activity Tracker attaches to your cat or dog’s collar and measures activity. It’s IPX7 water-resistant and has a 4-month battery life. The Smart Pet Bed has three functions: it’s a scale, it can warm up or cool down the bed, and the mattress is composed of a comfy memory foam-like material. Then there’s the app, where you can input what food you feed your pet, and get nutritional advice and recommendations.

All three work together, so when the tracker detects your dog or cat had a good deal of activity, it will cool down the bed. The activity data is sent to the app so you can see things like your pet’s “caloric burn rates.” The app can do a great deal more, like offer food based on your dog’s breed and activity; it can issue alerts when there’s been a food recall; and it can remind you about vet visits and when you need to give your pet its medications. Petrics’ products will launch early 2018, but pricing hasn’t been confirmed.

Wagz

Got more than one dog? Wagz has some nifty solutions to problems like securely letting your dog in and out of the house, or making sure one dog doesn’t eat the other’s lunch. Using radio frequency on collars, the smart feeder can detect when your dog approaches its bowl. If it’s a different dog, the feeder will close the bowl. The same technology is applied to the dog door, which opens only when your dog approaches it. The feeder and door will cost $250 each, and will be available early 2018.

Wagz also has a smart collar that track your dog via GPS, and you can add a camera to it (as a separate purchase) to get GoPro-style action footage. The connected app lets you create geo-fences that warn you when your dog leaves designated areas; it alerts you when your dog is barking unusually; and it also tracks basic fitness activity. The collar has an e-paper display that shows your dog’s name, as well as your phone number and address — it won’t fade away even after the collar’s battery dies after 72 hours. The collar costs $295 (without the camera), and Wagz will start shipping in the spring of 2018. For GPS tracking, you’ll have to pay about $10 a month.

Tractive GPS Cat

Tractive has been in the business of making GPS-connected wearables for dogs for quite some time, but at CES 2018 it finally unveiled a GPS tracker for your cat. It’s meant for people who let their cat out to stroll around the neighborhood, but it can also give you peace of mind if your cat manages to leave your house on its own. The tracker is integrated into the collar, and it also tracks activity. Due to European law, the collar has a “breakaway” mechanism that makes it fall apart if your cat gets stuck with it on. The feature sort of defeats the purpose if the collar is meant to track your cat, but it’s the same problem with most smart cat collars.

The Tractive GPS Cat will release soon this year, but it will launch in Europe first. It will likely cost around the same price as Tractive’s other trackers, which is $70. There’s a version for dogs called the Tractive GPS Dog, which is a slightly revamped version of its previous dog trackers. Its main improvement is a better collar attachment.

Editors’ Recommendations

  • Your pet can sleep on its own smart mattress with Petrics
  • Pebby lets you play with your pet even when you are away
  • Give Google a bone — Google Photos can now identify different pets
  • The Waggit fitness collar will help track and improve your dog’s health
  • Snapchat is assisting your search for the perfect filter with ‘computer vision’




14
Jan

Ressence made a mechanical watch that pairs with your smartphone


Many hybrid watches only resemble classic timepieces on a superficial level. If you want a watch with a true mechanical movement, you have to forego modern conveniences. Ressence wants to fix that with its newly unveiled Type 2 e-Crown Concept. The watch, designed with the help of Nest co-founder Tony Fadell, only requires conventional setup when you initially set the time. From then on, a paired iPhone app can automatically set the watch to one of two time zones using its namesake e-Crown. If the power reserve runs out or Daylight Savings Time kicks in, you don’t have to use the old-fashioned setting mechanism unless you want to — you just have to tap on the watch face.

The design uses both kinetic and solar power to keep running, and it’ll even automatically open shutters to reveal the solar cells when the battery runs below 50 percent.

You can’t buy this exact watch. As the “concept” name indicates, it’s a technology demonstrator. Ressence does plan a production version of the Type 2 later in 2018, though. And this could represent the future of mechanical watches for the industry at large. Purists may insist on manually winding their watches (and they still can), but these digital elements could make mechanicals more accessible to a generation that has grown up with smartphones. They can enjoy the automatic timekeeping of a smartwatch without having to accept the battery life and style sacrifices that frequently come along for the ride.

Via: Hodinkee

Source: Ressence

14
Jan

Ford’s 2019 Ranger unveiled with automatic emergency brakes


After a few years away (at least in the US) Ford’s midsize truck, the Ranger, will return for the 2019 model year. Just unveiled ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it’s one of two new models that Ford is releasing that includes automatic emergency braking. Other driver assists like lane keeping and adaptive cruise control are also available, but the one we haven’t seen before is a sort of “cruise control for off-road” called Trail Control. Between 1-20 MPH on rugged terrain, it takes over acceleration and braking individually on each wheel while the driver just steers.

This edition of the “T6” Ranger has been on sale elsewhere in the world since 2011, and arrives with the company’s latest technology inside, like Sync 3 with links to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, plus the FordPass Connect WiFi hotspot. Under the hood, there’s a 2.3-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo EcoBoost engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. We’ll probably get a better look at this one when the show floor opens Monday morning, so stay tuned for updates.

Source: Ford

14
Jan

Amazon’s ‘Electric Dreams’ anthology arrives on Prime Video


If you blew through all of the latest season of Black Mirror when it came out just before the new year and need your science fiction anthology fix, your ship has come in. Amazon’s new series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is live now with ten episodes to feed your hunger for wild, imaginative stories that question reality and/or humanity.

Of course, the BBC-produced series aired in the UK back in October, so it’s about time it made the jump to the US. (It’s also now live for viewers in Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Spain and Turkey on Amazon, and will air on the Space channel in Canada and Stan channel in Australia). Electric Dreams has an incredible cast (Anna Paquin, Janelle Monáe, Bryan Cranston, Greg Kinnear, Vera Farmiga, Terrence Howard, Benedict Wong, Steve Buscemi and many others) and is executive produced by a similarly-impressive lineup including Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Maril Davis (Outlander) along with Cranston (Sneaky Pete).

14
Jan

Major League Soccer and ‘FIFA 18’ announce competitive gaming league eMLS


Major League Soccer is following in the footsteps of the NBA and creating its own eSports league with players from real-life MLS teams. Organized in partnership with EA Sports and FIFA 18, each team will be represented by one gamer who will compete against the other team representatives for an opportunity to play for the eMLS league in the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoff and, ultimately, the FIFA eWorld Cup in 2018.

“We are excited to unveil eMLS,” said Gary Stevenson of MLS in a release announcing the new venture. “This step forward into competitive gaming is a key component in our partnership with EA Sports to promote deeper engagement and connections between MLS supporters and the millions of FIFA players around the world.”

“We’re honored to partner with MLS within the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series as we continue to help grow competitive gaming and soccer in North America,” added Todd Sitrin of EA. “We engage millions of soccer fans daily through FIFA and attract many more who view our competitions around the world.”

Each of the gamers representing the participating MLS teams will compete at the eMLS Cup at PAX East in Boston this April. Each team will use its own process to select their player.

Fans can follow along with their favorite soccer club as they go through the selection process, possibly including local tournaments, to identify and recruit the best talent in their area.

The 19 participating clubs (out of 23) are the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

It’s unclear whether these players will be paid by their sponsoring team, like they are in the NBA 2K League. An MLS spokesperson told Polygon that teams may elect to have multiple players to represent them, although only one player from each team can compete in eMLS events.

The FIFA eWorld Cup is the culmination of the EA Sports international tournament, and the winner of the eMLS Cup is guaranteed a slot in the Global Series Playoffs in June. MLS also announced that more information on the league structure and individual team player signings will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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