Visit our other websites:    On CE    eSP    Mobile Channels    ECI news    rAVe Europe    Digital Signage News EMEA    iChannels

JUST for Geeks

A Neural Network Inside a Stick

E-mail Print PDF
A Neural Network Inside a Stick

Silicon Valley chip maker Movidius presents what amounts to a supercomputer inside a USB stick-- the Fathom Neural Compute Stick, a device the company describes as "the world's first embedded neural network accelerator."

Neural networks are used for sophisticated computing tasks, such as identifying and analysing objects or the mapping of 3D spaces for augmented or mixed reality navigation. Movidius is a specialist in the field, being the company behind the technology allowing the DJI Phantom 4 drone to avoid collisions.

The technology in question is the Movidius Myriad 2 MA2450 chip-- and it is the same found inside the Fathom stick (as paired with 512MB of LPDDR3 RAM). How did Movidius manage to boil down a neural network in such a small package? The answer lies in architecture designed specifically for running the aforementioned environmental analysis tasks at under 1W of power. However, one has to keep in mind the stick can do nothing else.

Continue reading...

Razer Launches Ripsaw Capture Card

E-mail Print PDF
Razer Launches Ripsaw Capture Card

Customers dabbling in game livestreaming might be interested in the Ripsaw, a capture card allowing users to easily push game footage to Twitch and YouTube with easy-to-use USB 3.0 connectivity.

According to Razer the Ripsaw offers "industry-leading" 1080p game capture at 60fps and "nearly" zero latency. In addition it also features onboard audio and microphone inputs for users wanting to do commentary while playing games. Video input and output comes through HDMI and analog component port.

Continue reading...

Sony Details PlayStation VR Release Date

E-mail Print PDF
Sony Details PlayStation VR Release Date

Sony takes to the 2016 Games Developer Conference (GDC) to reveal the release date of the PlayStation VR-- the headset is coming out October 2016, later than the Q1 release of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

First announced back in 2014 as "Project Morpheus," the PlayStation VR has at least one advantage over the competition in not requiring a high-end PC. Instead, as the name suggests, the headset runs VR experiences using the PlayStation 4, making it a less costly proposition to customers. Also making less expensive is a price tag of €399, lower than either Rift or Vive.

Mind, on a pure technical specification basis the PlayStation VR might look less technically capable than the competition, since it pushes lower resolution images with a smaller field of view-- something even PlayStation VP Ito Masayasu admits in an interview with games site Polygon, where he states "if you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR."

Continue reading...

DJI Intros App-Controlled Phantom 4

E-mail Print PDF
DJI Intros App-Controlled Phantom 4

Drone maker DJI announces the Phantom 4-- a first "consumer quadcopter camera" from the camera featuring an "Obstacle Sensing System" providing an even easier flying experience.

The obstacle sensing system involves a combination of two front-facing cameras and software allowing the drone to, well, spot and avoid objects. Thus the Phantom 4 can either automatically fly around obstacles or slow down to a hover if it cannot work out an alternative route.

Obstacle avoidance also kicks when users trigger the "Return to Home" function, reducing collision risks when the drone automatically flies back to a take off point. Meanwhile a TapFly function provides an easy means to pilot the drone to a specific destination through simple taps on the companion DJI go app.

Continue reading...

Microsoft Opens HoloLens Preorders

E-mail Print PDF
Microsoft Opens HoloLens Preorders

Microsoft announces preorders for the HoloLens augmented reality (AR) headset are now open-- if only for qualified developers an invite from the company allowing purchase of a Developer Edition of the headset.

The announcement is still relevant to consumers, since it represents a "monumental step" towards a commercial version of the device. It also provides some hardware details, such as the fact HoloLens carries a 32-bit Intel CPU and a Microsoft "Holographic Processing Unit," allowing it to run independently of a PC.

Continue reading...

FreeWrite Brings Back the Typewriter

E-mail Print PDF
FreeWrite Brings Back the Typewriter

Customers wanting to write, but are too distracted by the online offerings of current laptops to actually do so? The FreeWrite might be a solution, being a single-purpose computer designed only for writing.

Originally introduced to the world via 2014 Kickstarter as the "Hemingrite," the FreeWrite is an update of the traditional typewriter. It features an eInk display (no actual paper required!), mechanical keyboard, onboard storage and wifi connectivity, allowing users to store documents on the cloud.

Continue reading...

Leap Motion Adds Gesture Control to VR

E-mail Print PDF
Leap Motion Adds Gesture Control to VR

Gesture control specialist Leap Motion focuses its attentions on virtual reality as it presents Orion-- a hardware and software solution for the addition of tracker-free gesture control to VR headsets.

The hardware side of Orion is a small device users clip on VR headsets. It packs an array of 3D motion sensors and promises to track the wearer's entire body (including arms and legs) as well as hands and fingers faster, farther and with less latency.

The other half of the solution is software the maker claims can work out accurate hand tracking even in case of distorted angle, occlusion, backgrounds and lighting conditions.

Continue reading...

Microsoft Details HoloLens (Limited) Battery

E-mail Print PDF
Microsoft Details HoloLens (Limited) Battery

Microsoft evangelist Bruce Harris gives a few details on the HoloLens augmented reality headset at a Tel Aviv event-- including the fact the device battery lasts for 5.5 hours of regular use.

As reported by Petri, "heavy loads" slash battery life to just 2.5 hours. The power issue also limits the display capabilities of the headset, leading to a field of view "similar" to a 15-inch monitor close to the viewer's face.

Continue reading...

The Smallest VR Headset at CES

E-mail Print PDF
The Smallest VR Headset at CES

Customers curious about the possibilities of virtual reality yet cannot afford a headset? Homido might have a solution at CES 2016-- the Homido Mini, a small accessory for the viewing of smartphone-powered VR experiences.

The Homido Mini consists of a plastic frame and a pair of lenses. It allows users to enjoy any VR app compatible with Google Cardboard by simply attaching the frame to an iOS/Android device, without need to actually wear a cumbersome (if not outright uncomfortable) headset.

Continue reading...

Page 6 of 14