How to Turn the iPhone into an AR Headset

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Virtual reality-focused startup Mira emerges out of stealth with an interesting hardware proposition-- the Prism, an iPhone-powered augmented reality (AR) headset.

Mira PrismDescribed by the company as the the AR equivalent of the Gear VR or Google Daydream, the Prism is, more or less, an optical visor. The headset uses mirrors to reflect the iPhone display into the wearer's line of sight, while the phone's front-facing camera handles limited positional tracking.

The result is stereoscopic 3D objects "floating" in from the wearer's field of view, as rendered via Mira-enabled app. A companion remote accessory tracks acceleration and rotation, and provides means to interact with virtual objects through a touchpad, trigger and two buttons. Interestingly, iPhone and iPads users can share experiences with Mira wearers, or take pictures of shared objects.

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LG Presents Q8 Smartphone

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LG announces a smaller, splash-proof version of the flagship V20 smartphone-- the Q8, a 5.2-inch handset with all features from its bigger sibling, including the always-on second screen on top of the main display.

LG Q8The Q8 carries all the high-end internals from the V20, such as the Qualcomm 820 processor, 32-bit DAC, 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS display, secondary 160 x 1040 always-on display and dual-camera setup. Further internals include 4GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable to 2TB via microSD card) and 3000mAh battery.

Connectivity comes through wifi, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, NFC and USB-C. A fingerprint sensor is included, while the body is IP67-rated for resistance against splashes, drops and other such hazards.

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Corsair Finds Buyer?

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According to Reuters PC peripheral and component maker Corsair has found a buyer-- "advanced discussions" on the matter are going on with EagleTree Capital, a middle market private equity firm.

Corair gamingThe story comes from anonymous sources, and neither Corsair nor EagleTree has commented on the matter.

Founded in 1994 by current CEO and owner Andy Paul, Corsair makes high performance gaming hardware such as keyboards, mice and headsets. It also owns the PC gaming brand Raptor Gaming. The company was set to go public in 2013, but scrapped such plans after it received a $75 million investment from Francisco Partners.

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GDP Ships Pocket Notebook

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Chinese Android gaming device maker GamePad Digital (aka GDP) announces the Pocket, a 7-inch Windows 10 notebook, is now shipping following a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

GDP PocketFirst announced back in February 2017, the Pocket represents something of a departure from the portable consoles that are GDP's usual product offering. Described as a combination of ultra-thin notebook and smartphone, the Pocket offers a 7-inch 1920 x 1080 display, Intel Atom X7-Z8750 quad-core CPU, Intel HD Graphics 405 GPU, 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB eMMC storage and a 7000mAh battery.

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The Android-Powered Optoma IntelliGO-S1

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Optoma launches the IntelliGO-S1-- a projector powered by Android OS, with an included Aptoide open source app store offering over 700000 apps, including streaming services such as Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora and Spotify.

IntelliGOThe projector includes 8GB of storage, built-in media player and wireless connectivity, ensuring playback of virtually any media. Customers can also play content via USB drive or micro SD card, as well as Android/iOS device screen mirroring via wifi. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity allows the addition of speakers, headphones, mouse and even keyboards.

Actual projection comes through RGB LED light source with a lifetime reaching 20000 hours. Image resolution is up to 1280 x 800, with 500 lumens brightness and 15000:1 contrast ratio. Built-in 2W speakers provide audio.

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