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A Stealth Startup for Better VR?

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Finnish startup Varjo emerges from stealth mode to present what it claims is a superior VR and AR headset-- "20/20," a headset with supposedly "human eye resolution" of over 70 megapixels per eye.

VarjoIn comparison, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive push around 1.2MP per eye. In addition, the headset supposedly mimics how human vision works, with smaller, high-density displays filling the centre of the field of view surrounded by lower-resolution displays at the left and right edges. Eye tracking and software calculate the spot the wearer is focusing on, ensuring the eye is focused on the high-resolution display.

Prototype versions of the headset currently have a high-resolution microdisplay (similar to the OLED microdisplays found in professional broadcast cameras) mounted on top, which in turn is reflected inside the headset via mirror. The eye tracking is not in place as yet, but Varjo promises it will eventually allow for an ultra-clear viewing.

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Ring Brings Video Doorbell 2

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Ring announces an update to its self-explanatory Video Doorbell-- the Video Doorbell 2, with features from the 2016 Video Doorbell Pro (namely 1080p video and motion-detection zones) and a rechargeable battery.

Ring Video Doorbell 2In comparison, the Video Doorbell Pro depends on wired power, making the Video Doorbell 2 an easier to install option. The rechargeable battery is swappable, allowing users to rotate batteries to keep the doorbell powered 24/7 without need for additional wiring. Of course, connection to an existing doorbell system remains an option.

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Withings Becomes Nokia Body

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Nokia finalises its April 2016 purchase of Withings-- the French health and wearables company now bears the name Nokia Body, while Withings products get a Nokia rebranding.

Nokia HealthAs a result, the Withings Body scale has been renamed to "Nokia Body Plus", the Withings Body Cardio is the "Nokia Body Cardio" and the Steel HR fitness-tracking watch is now known being sold as the "Nokia Steel HR." On the other hand the Aura sleep tracker is no more, since the company says it has been "on the market for a while" (having launched since 2014).

The rebranding also brings new products-- the Body smart scale, BPM+ blood pressure monitor and a Health mate app. The Body is connected scale able to solely tracky body weight, with no BMI or other functionality. Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity allows users to easily sync weight data with the companion app, and it is the lowest-cost smart scale offered by Nokia.

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B&O Play Debuts Beoplay E4 Earbuds

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Bang & Olufsen's Play division announces a pair of active noise-canceling earbuds-- the Beoplay E4, an upgrade on the previous H3 ANC (active noise-canceling model) featuring a smaller battery pack.

Beoplay E4The E4 retain most features from the H3 earbuds, such as the f20-16000Hz frequency range, 10.8mm electrodynamic drivers, 20 hour battery life and connectivity via 3.5mm jack and micro USB. What sees improvement is the battery pack, as the thick disk from the H3 is replaced with a slim rectangle complete with more tactile polymer surface.

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Razer Updates Blade Stealth Notebook

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Razer uses E3 2017 to launch a gaming notebook refresh-- the Blade Stealth, a device packing a 13.3-inch display inside the same size chassis as the previous model (which had a 12.5-inch display).

Razer Blade StealthThe updated Blade Stealth has a design less garish than typical Razer products, with the glowing logo replaced with a subtle two-tone version and a rainbow backlit keys ditched for regular white lighting. The display features a 3200 x 1800 resolution IGZO panel promising 100% sRGB colour gamut coverage and 400 nits brightness, and inside the machine are a 2.7GHz Core i7-7500U CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB PCIe SSD.

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