Bose Puts a Speaker on Your Shoulders

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Customers asking for a wearable audio device that does not cover the ears? Bose might have a solution with the SoundWear Companion, a speaker one wears on on their neck.

Soundwear companionThe SoundWear Companion pairs with smartphones via Bluetooth, meaning it streams music and takes calls just like any other similar device. It is controlled via companion iOS/Android app, and promises to provide music while not shutting out the noise of the outside world.

Producing what "deep, rich sound" is a pair of 11-inch waveguides, while the battery promises up to 12 hours of use on a single charge with a quick 15-minute charge giving up to 3 hours of use). Construction is sweat and weather resistant, and a combination of bend-and-stay steel wire and medical-grade silicon ensures the wearable stays form-fitted on the shoulders.

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The Baidu Translator/Wifi Hotspot Combo

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Chinese Google equivalent Baidu looks to make the adventures of Asian tourists visiting the West easier with a portable device able to listen and speak in "several languages," Nikkei reports.

Baidu translatorInitially aimed at Chinese tourists travelling overseas, the device accesses deep learning and other such technologies via the internet to translate Chinese, Japanese and English. It promises to be easy to use, with users simply talking to it while pressing a button before it "instantly" provides an appropriate translation.

In addition, the 140g device uses the built-in internet connection to act as a wifi hot spot.

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Google Buys HTC Pixel Team

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Google and HTC announce a $1.1 billion "cooperation agreement"-- one where the search giant buys "certain HTC employees," many of whom with experience working on the Pixel smartphone line.

HTC phonesThe search giant also gets a non-exclusive license for a good chunk HTC IP in order to support the Pixel smartphone family.

“Our unmatched smartphone value chain, including our IP portfolio, and world-class talent and system integration capabilities, have supported Google in bolstering the Android market,” HTC CEO Cher Wang says. “This agreement is a brilliant next step in our longstanding partnership, enabling Google to supercharge their hardware business while ensuring continued innovation within our HTC smartphone and VIVE virtual reality businesses."

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Epson Launches EH-LS100 Ultra-Short-Throw Projector

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Epson takes the short-throw projector category to the home market with the EH-LS100, a laser-powered ultra-short-throw (UST) projector promising flexible installation options and images of up to 130-inch.

Epson EH-LS100The EH-LS100 can be placed just 6cm away from a wall or screen to project a 70-inch WUXGA resolution image, with a bit more of throw distance allowing for larger images. A combination of 3LCD technology and White and Colour Light Output (CLO) of 4000 luments allow it to handle high-ambient light conditions, while Detail Enhancement provides smoother and sharper images. Contrast ratio stands at 2500000:1.

Connectivity comes through x3 HDMI inputs (including x1 MHL), while control comes through either RJ45 connection or wifi connectivity via optional ELPAP10 adapter. Both options allow one to control the projector via smart device and companion iProjection app. Built-in 16W speakers provide sound.

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Q Acoustics Debuts M2 Soundbase

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Q Acoustics follows on the M3 and Media 4 soundbars with a first soundbase-- the M2, an audio offering the company says can carry flatscreen TVs weighing up to 25kg.

Q Acoustics M2The M2 measures 55cm wide and 34cm deep, and combines two 58mm Balance Mode Radiator drives with an integrated subwoofer. It is designed for both TV movie viewing and music listening, with individual modes for each use case. A MoviEQ function emphasises the bass further to enhance movie soundtracks and videogame action.

Total output reaches 80W, and the soundbase is fully braced and damped to reduce internal vibrations. BMR speaker technology allows it to deliver 180-degree sound spread, eliminating the listening sweet spot, while a 3-mode equaliser switch on the back allows one to alter bass levels according to where the unit is positioned.

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