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First-Person Drone Control Via DJI Goggles

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First-Person Drone Control Via DJI Goggles

DJI presents a means for customers to control drones using their heads-- the DJI Goggles, a headset providing a first-person VR-style experience only in the real world.

The DJI Goggles are fairly bulky, being similar in both size and style to the PlayStation VR headset. First teased last year at the Mavic Pro announcement, they carry a pair of 1280 x 1440 resolution displays (creating the equivalent of looking at a 216-inch screen from 3m away) and use DJI's OcuSync technology for wireless video streaming over both short and long distances.

A touchpad on the side allows users to summon intelligent flight features (such as ActiveTrack or Tripod Mode) via on-screen menu. Head Tracking capability puts drone control to head movements, with left and right turns making the drone yaw left or right, just like a joystick. Another mode has head movements control the 360-degree gimbal, with the handheld controller taking care of flight direction.

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Hover Camera Passport Drone Zooms to Apple Stores

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Hover Camera Passport Drone Zooms to Apple Stores

Apple retail outlets get a new drone option in the shape of the Hover Camera Passport-- an ultra-portable number able to follow users around and take hands-free photos.

Developed by Zero Zero Robots, the Hover Camera Passport is a foldable drone built from carbon fibre material. It weighs just 242g and carries a 13MP camera with 4K video support and the ability to capture 360-degree panoramic video. Battery life clocks at around 10 minutes per charge, and the makers promise the Passport is very easy to use, with artificial intelligence allowing anyone to operate both indoors and outdoors.

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A Mini Heater to Heat PC User Hands

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A Mini Heater to Heat PC User Hands

"No more cold hands," the Kickstarter for the Heatbuff promises-- and just as well, since the crowdfunded device in question is a small heater designed to warm the hands of keyboard and mouse users.

The Heatbuff uses infrared as a "no-burn technology" in order to keep fingers toasty, all while not melting keyboards or mice down. The actual device is around 38cm wide, and features twin heaters one can adjust and angle from the centre to customise the amount of heat provided.

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Acer Monitors the Air at MWC

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Acer Monitors the Air at MWC

Mobile World Congress 2017 sees Acer announce the Air Monitor-- a connected device providing real-time air quality analysis through companion app and a colour-changing LED embedded in the chassis.

Part of the company's "Internet of Beings" (IoB), the Air Monitor tracks 6 air quality indicators, namely TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compounds), carbon dioxide, PM2.5, PM10, temperature and humidity. The smartphone app allows users to easily access the measured data, and it can also send warnings via push notifications when indicators exceed predefined thresholds.

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Disney Shows Room-Scale Wireless Power

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Disney Shows Room-Scale Wireless Power

Scientists at Disney Research present what one can describe as room-scale wireless power delivery-- a prototype living room housing 10 objects, all powered without need for cables.

Dubbed "Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer," the technology is free roaming, meaning one can move around the room and their smartphone will immediately start charging, with no need to be close to a wireless charging pad. It is also very efficient (around 40-95%, depending on the receiver's position in the room) and can deliver 1900W of power before the specific absorption rate (SAR) becomes dangerous for human beings.

However, like all things sounding too good to be true, the technology comes with a caveat-- it requires a purpose-built room, with walls, ceilings and floor built out of aluminium panels. A long copper pole runs in the middle of the room, and half-way down the pipe is a small section housing a ring of 15 capacitors. Outside the room are a signal generator and a power amplifier linked to the capacitors, which together with the copper pipe produce quasistatic cavity resonance (QSCR), the process behind the wireless power transfer technology.

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The iDevice-Enabled Blood Glucose Monitor

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The iDevice-Enabled Blood Glucose Monitor

One Drop launches the Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit-- a CE-approved package consisting of a Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose monitor, chrome lancing device, test strips and carry case.

The blood glucose monitor pairs with iDevices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and even Apple Watch) and transmits test results "in just 5 seconds" to the companion One Drop app. The lancing device has custom depth settings to adjust the amount of pressure on a use-by-user basis to draw "a perfect drop of blood every time," while compatible test strips can be acquired via monthly subscription.

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Panasonic's Companion Robot at CES 2017

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Panasonic's Companion Robot at CES 2017

CES the place for companies to show off something weird and wonderful, and Panasonic sticks to tradition with the Desktop Companion Robot-- an egg-shaped robot combining voice recognition with an embedded projector.

The robot stands as tall as a kitchen blender, and acts a bit like a mobile version of Amazon Echo or Google Home speakers. However it is also mobile, since it trundles around on 4 wheels while speaking to users in a cute, almost child-like, voice. On command it can crack open its shell to project video from online sources on any flat surface.

"This test project builds on Panasonic's innovations in robotics including battery and power solutions, vision and sensing, navigation solutions and motion control in a new appealing design," the company says. "This is Panasonic's latest effort in demonstrating network services in a friendly package, and we are showing this robot at CES as a way of obtaining feedback on its features and functions."

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Occipital Bridge Brings Mixed Reality to iPhone

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Occipital Bridge Brings Mixed Reality to iPhone

The iPhone is the next device to get augmented reality (AR) capabilities as Occipital presents the Bridge, a headset with capabilities akin to thsoe found in technologies such as Google Tango and Intel's Project Alloy.

At first glance the Bridge is similar to any other smartphone-powered VR headset-- one simply snaps in an iPhone 6, 6S or 7 before strapping it on their face. It even includes a Bluetooth remote for control. However, it features special sauce in the shape of the Structure, a strip of cameras and sensors able to map physical objects and environments in 3D, allowing the projection of virtual objects on actual environments.

The sensor handles what the company calls "inside-out positional tracking," and it does so by running on an own rechargeable battery, meaning the iPhone's battery is not hit by the device. However it does make for a somewhat oversized device, since the headset includes a 120-degree wide-angle camera lens attachment as well as the aforementioned Structure unit.

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MIT Monitors Appliance Power Consumption

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MIT Monitors Appliance Power Consumption

MIT joins forces with the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop a cheap and portable system to monitor how much electricity household appliances, lighting fixtures and electronic devices consume.

The system consists of 5 small sensors placed above or near power lines coming into the house. The sensors pinpoint each light or appliance based on power use, before pushing the data to a companion app in realtime. Each sensor is self-calibrating, and can pinpoint the strongest electrical signals. In turn the system can distinguish between each type of light, appliance or device based on unique signals.

The result allows users to check the power consumption of a specific device during a specific time, and as such can reveal when a refrigerator goes into its defrost power or how regularly a water heater switches on and off each day.

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The $300 Photo Book of Apple Products

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The $300 Photo Book of Apple Products

Apple announces what is possibly the ultimate collectible for its most ardent of fans-- "Designed by Apple in California," a 300-page photo book detailing 20 years of Apple products and the design behind them.

Available in 26 x 32cm or 33 x 41cm sizes, the book features 450 photos taken by photographers Andrew Zuckerman. It chronicles the 20-year period between the launch of the original iMac and the Apple Pencil, and is reportedly the result of 8 years of work. As such, it comes printed on "specially milled German paper with gilded matte silver edges, using eight color separations and low-ghost inks" and is "both a testament and a tribute to the meticulous design, engineering, and manufacturing methods that are singularly Apple." Or so the company puts it, at any rate.

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How to Keep (Connected) Track of One's Cigars

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How to Keep (Connected) Track of One's Cigars

Another day, another connected gadget with a use as specific as it is unusual-- the Blume is a device able to update users on the status of their cigar collection via companion smartphone app.

For those not in the know, the best way to keep cigars fresh is inside a container with a constant humidity, or humidor. Maintaining said constant humidity depends varies, but either way if the humidor gets dry the cigars inside are essentially ruined. Which is where the Blume enters the frame. The device monitors the air inside the humidor, and releases water vapour to maintain required levels.

A companion app allows users to set a preferred humidity, and also lets one know when the built-in 250ml water supply is running out, something maker Cigar Zen says is required around once a month. The Blume runs on a rechargeable battery, and a backup is included to keep the device running during recharges.

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