Disney Is Devising a 3D Augmented Reality Colouring Book

I don’t know, children today in developed countries have it all in terms of tech, where tablet computers and Smartphone’s are the norm and internet access is available 24/7 to assist with homework, yep, let’s assume it’s for school work and not for social networks. Now, Disney has incorporated augmented reality into a colouring book which allows your child the ability to colour in a character from an art book in 3D.

Below is a video which shows the concept, as you can see, it utilizes an augmented reality app that Disney have developed with the aim of tracking and capturing real-time images from a mobile device camera. It then maps them onto any 3D deformable surface. The end result is a moving 3D character which can be coloured in within real-time.

The app is still very much at the development stage, but it certainly shows the possibilities which could exist within toys of the future.  Below is a screenshot to convey the idea, the user views the 3D character via a phone or tablet camera while using the app, they can then colour in the figure within the 2D colouring book which is then translated onto the character.

This concept is certainly fantastic and shows what could be achieved if you transfer this principle onto a more advanced model. Imagine if this technique was perfected and allowed you to colour in a Star Wars vehicle before it flew around the room or a historical building or landmark.  It will be a while yet before it hits the shops, but when it does, expect children to clamber for it.

A fantastic concept for tech lovers, and imagine working for a company called “Disney Research” certainly eye-catching on a CV.

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Bugatti Conveys Real-Life Gran Turismo Car

This is fantastic, I mean it really is, oh right, article, Bugatti are synonymous with 1,200 horsepower supercars which even left Jeremy Clarkson speechless for a bit, until he attempted to insure it using a popular company. These cars are one of the most desirable for the rich and famous and command seven-figure price tags. But what happens if you cross a Bugatti with Gran Turismo?

Apparently this which is conveyed below, wow is the word here, the luxury car manufacturer unveiled a fantasy video game car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The difference is this car is not made from pixels and polygons, but a real drivable version. The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is a model of car that appears in the popular Gran Turismo video game series. The real-life version is fully drivable but wasn’t designed to comply with government safety regulations, but it does fully integrate with the latest racing regulations. Not really that helpful if you’re caught speeding at 240 miles an hour on a country lane, not that you should anyway.

This concept is powered by a turbocharged 16-cylinder engine which is capable of reaching top speeds in excess of 250 miles an hour, it’s a complex machine which Bugatti hope to offer a glimpse into the possibilities which exist within the new model which is currently being designed. Bugatti has so far sold 450 cars worldwide over the last decade, this does not sound like a respectable figure, but considering each supercar cost around the $1 million dollar mark, it’s forgivable.

It’s unlikely that I would be able to afford a car in my or the next 5 lifetimes, but it’s still noteworthy to keep up to date with the latest developments in automotive technology, especially if they look this fantastic.

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All aboard The Circle Lines Giant Three-Speed Travelator

I’m not sure this concept is particularly sane, a group of architects revolutionary idea centres on replacing run of the mill trains with high-speed travelators.

According to the architecture practice NBBJ who envisage a future where trains are replaced on the line’s 17 miles of track with three speeds of travelators, the result according to them would be a “considerably quicker, more enjoyable and healthier journey”. Below is the concept artwork for this idea of three travelators which would run alongside each other at various speeds, this is from walking speeds of 3mph to a top speed of 15mph. Commuters would therefore move between three moving conveyor belts which would in theory increase their speed each time.

What is compelling is there are more than 114 million people who use the circle line each year, this makes it one of the most congested lines in London and the company reckons commuters would in theory travel faster on foot than on conventional public transport.  There are two separate narrative thought patterns when contemplating such a vision, the pro side would be a healthier and spacious environment with which to reach a destination, after all, trains are known for being hot and rather uncomfortable even at the best of times.  The negative side would be how safely you could travel on foot without injuring yourself or others, moving onto a 15 mile an hour platform would be rather interesting.

It’s radical and would require a complete redesign of the transport infrastructure, one school of thought would be as the population increases year on year, eventually public transport would reach its limit despite a drive for expansion by successive governments and alternatives would therefore need to be considered.  This concept may not be the best solution, but it would be very entertaining to Wizz to your destination, especially if you laid down for a nap while on the conveyor belts.

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Solid State Batteries “Could” last a Lifetime

Among the many annoyances of a tech lovers life which includes, overheating, constant patching, hacking and dropped connections, there is the term battery or lack of considering your average smartphone is dead by the end of each day. Don’t get me started on your run of the mill double A battery, it was fine for a Gameboy, until you had to unreel a long wire with a plug on the end to continue playing, but not for today’s hi-tech toys.

Hopefully, an evolution is on the horizon after researchers at MIT and Samsung have developed a new approach to one of the three basic components of batteries, which in this case is the electrolyte. The premise involves developing a solid electrolyte instead of the current liquid used in today’s most common rechargeables. Current batteries use a liquid organic solvent whose function is to transport charged particles from one of a battery’s two electrodes to the other during charging and discharging, this process has been responsible for the overheating and fires which have caused high-profile disruption.

Another advantage of a solid state electrolyte is the ability to limit degradation to near 0; therefore such batteries could last for “hundreds of thousands of cycles.” Researchers also state these batteries provide a 20 to 30 percent improvement in power density. This means the amount of power that can be stored in a given amount of space can be increased.

By reducing these factors, researchers are hopeful this technique will improve efficiency and waste of the common battery, which in turn will benefit consumers. On a side note, it will be interesting to note how you would put this into practice with the aim of analysing if these batteries would really last for hundreds of thousands of cycles. Indefinite lifetimes in theory, let’s see what a Galaxy S6 makes of that.

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Star Wars Lands Coming Soon

I cannot quite believe the concept artwork for the proposed announcement by Disney that it is planning to build two huge Star Wars themed attractions at its Disneyland and Walt Disney World resort theme parks.

Want to see why this might be too good to be true? Below are three images which have been tagged “Artist Concept Only”  I believe these parks will be built, but I am not quite sure they will look as amazing as these illustrations.  Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at the D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.  This project will be giant in scale as the attractions will be spread and created at 14-acres each, this will be Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions.

These authentic attractions or lands as Disney is coining them, will have two signature attractions, these will include the ability to take the controls of the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Other information to be noted from this announcement includes that the park will apparently be staffed and occupied by local inhabitants, which sounds authentic.

Disney have yet to clarify as to when this park will actually open, my guess is it will be a while considering the size of the construction project. If these concept artwork are genuinely accurate then even I, who has never watched Star Wars, pause for castigation, will want to attend. Disney’s grand notion of being “The Most Magical Place on Earth” if this park turns out the same as the concepts, then the FBI will want to know where they found that magic from.

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Faraday Future Officially Confirm Launch Date for Their First Electric Car

First thing’s first… who is Faraday Future? According to their website, they may be a soon-to-come competitor for Tesla Motor’s electric cars. But this is not why they are so interesting to talk about. What is more interesting is when they plan on releasing their first car and who they have on their side.

Faraday Future, commonly known as FF for short, may become the leading pioneers of electric cars in the near future. Oh sure, they follow the same “100% electric, zero-emission, fully-connected” principle as Tesla Motors and the rest of the electric car manufacturers, but there are two things that set them aside from the rest.

One of the things worth mentioning is that they plan on allowing customers to customize their vehicles “in ways you’ve never even considered possible”. We don’t know any specific details at the moment, but when you hear something like that and take into account the possibilities of what could be done to an electric car, your mind sparks, doesn’t it? Still, anyone could say that, but what makes their plans a bit more ‘believable’? Now we come to the second important bit.

According to sources, FF already has important people working for them. From Tesla’s chassis designers and the director of Wal-blue Chevrolet Volt, to the engineering staff who worked on BMW’s i8 concept car. This is probably what sets them aside from everyone else on the market right now. Also, when you get together people who worked on important projects like the ones previously mentioned, you pretty much can expect anything.

However, we still need to see more of what they plan to bring to the market. At the moment, all we know officially is that they will be releasing their first electric car in 2017. There is also a picture of what looks like their first model, though we don’t know if it is a concept or the actual car they are working on. More details about the company can be found over at their website here.

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Bacteria Free BlackBerry Arriving At Hospital?

Before Apple and Samsung became kings of the smartphone market, BlackBerry used to be ubiquitous for businesses who desired a convenient way of communicating. But over recent times Blackberry has fallen somewhat from the tree? Bush possibly? Anyway from plummeting sales to whatever the hell Alicia Keys role was, it’s been a turbulent trading period for the smartphone maker.

But BlackBerry is not quite out of ideas with Chief Executive Officer John Chen stating that they may design a bacteria-free smartphone, Yes not quite the showstopper you were all thinking. The concept behind this is BlackBerry envisages a world where Health care professionals will adopt this innovation as a secure device with which to communicate with.

This does not sound important, but a bacteria free smartphone will be of significant benefit once a study by the Journal of Applied Microbiology is taken into account. This study found that about 20 – 30 percent of germs are transferred between a phone and a fingertip. This is a sizeable proportion which could lead to an infection being transported to a patient which in turn could be life threatening

Although this is nothing more than a concept at this stage, BlackBerry is teaming up with ThoughtWire and Cisco Systems to provide nurses and doctors at a Canadian hospital with a portable alerts and messaging system.

This concept does have real world applications if developed, but it remains to be seen if BlackBerry are able to reach former glories in an ever-evolving market.

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Amazon Wants to Enlist You to Deliver Parcels for a Small Pay

Amazon is always on the lookout for new methods to get the parcels they send to the customers the fastest possible way. We’ve seen all the news of their drone delivery systems that currently are being tested, but that is not enough for the e-commerce giant.

Amazon wants you! They want you to deliver the parcels for them. Their plan, turn the entire USA into a nation of couriers. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate, but it is not wrong either. Amazon is developing a mobile app that would allow ordinary people rather than carriers such as UPS to drop off packages en route to other destinations, and let them earn a little money by doing so.

So far this is just an idea, and whether it will become an actual product is yet to be seen. So far it goes by the name “On My Way” internally and the idea on itself is great. You’re on your way home to whatever apartment complex you live in. You launch the app and check if parcels from the nearest depot have to go the same place – and you bring them along. You are going that way anyway, right?

Shipping costs is a growing problem for the shopping giant and last year it grew by 31%. That is faster than the revenue grew during the same period. So it doesn’t come as any surprise that they’re looking for ways to keep those costs in line with the revenue.

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‘Ballistic Wallpaper’ Designed To Help Reduce Impact Of Explosions

Soldiers are often moved to new locations with little protection from nature or the enemy, for this reason, they often bunker down in old buildings and use what they can to fortify their camps. Nick Boone, a research mechanical engineer with the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Centre (Try and put that on your CV), has come up with a way to increase their protection in these make-shift camps.

‘Ballistic Wallpaper’ as it has been called, is made up of Kevlar fibre combined with a polymer film. Kevlar is the material used in body armour, and in this instance when combined with an adhesive backing creates a sheet of material that can quickly be put on walls to offer instant protection.

While the name is unofficial and it is still in research and development stage, Boone hopes that this can one day can be produced and fielded in an attempt to save lives. The concept aims to help protect soldiers from when the walls around them are hit. Without the wallpaper, when hit, the wall will send shards of rock and explosive device inwards towards the soldiers bunkered within. The wallpaper acts like a net, containing the rubble and debris and therefore reducing the risk to the soldiers within drastically.

With the ability to instantly reinforce buildings and structures with haste, the wallpaper can help save lives and protect people both in and out of war zones from anything that might cause a building to crumble inwards.

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Students Come up with New Fire Extinguisher That Puts out Fire Using Sound

Fire extinguishers can be found in any buildings nowadays in case of a fire outburst. The concept of the fire extinguisher hasn’t changed much over the years, but it still does the trick. However, what if someone could come up with another way to put out fires? They just did.

A couple of students from George Mason University are said to have created a fire extinguisher that uses sound to put out flames. While this sounds extremely revolutionary, it unfortunately is not. DARPA is said to have been the first with a similar concept unveiled back in 2012, but the two students, Viet Tran and Seth Robertson, have managed to take the concept and make it portable, something that DARPA has failed to achieve in the past.

The students managed to make the sound-based fire extinguisher work by having the device emit a certain frequency, also named the “Goldilocks zone” that exists at 30-60 Hz, that basically kept oxygen away from the flame long enough to put them out.

Having worked out the design, they moved on in figuring out how to make this theoretical concept into an actual portable design. The students apparently used a sound frequency generator, a small amplifier, and a collimator made out of cardboard with a hole at the end that helps focus the waves in a direction. The result consisted of a device that has no problems putting out a small fire.

With their new design, Tran and Robertson plan to revolutionise firefighting in homes and in the office. However, there is a long way to go before we see these fire extinguishers replacing traditional ones. The students now plan to do more testing and figure out how to make the concept work with different fire types.

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DOTA 2 Rejected Character Concept Recreated by Player In-Game

It looks like DOTA 2 player, MaxOfS2D, has recreated a ‘failed’ character concept designed by Valve; the recreated concept can be viewed in the video below.

Valve has provided access to its database of rejected concept design for the highly anticipated Faceless Void remodel over the weekend. The character model is said to have been offered as a compendium reward during last year’s DOTA 2 International.

The company is said to have dropped quite a few redesign options, including the wand-bearing dinosaur interpretation of Faceless Void and Lobster Void. Valve apparently has strict guidelines regarding what hero creations enter the title. It is said that one guideline involves heroes that have to get along with the game’s lore, which is why we won’t see this Faceless Void character anywhere beyond a player mod.

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Xiaomi Arch Rumoured to be World’s First Dual Curved Edge Phone

Xiaomi, not to be outdone by Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge, which boasts a curved edge to the right of its screen, could be releasing a new handset with a curved screen on both edges.

An image for a new phone called Xiaomi Mi Arch has emerged, boasting that the device will be the world’s first dual curved screen. The curves are rumoured to feature shortcut menus, much like the Galaxy Note Edge. There is no confirmation yet that the device is real but, if it is, it would likely be a limited run – like Samsung’s Note Edge – since curved edge screens are difficult and expensive to manufacture.

Source: Gizmochina

The Sony E-Paper Watch Revealed

Remember that Sony Watch we reported on a few days ago? The one that’s made with ‘e-paper’?  Well it has since been revealed. It turns out that it was in the public eye all along, as part of a crowdfunding campaign for a sort of secret part of Sony.

The FES Watch, as it’s known, has been designed by a company called Fashion Entertainments, now known as a subdivision of Sony. That company is part of Sony’s efforts to come up with crazy and innovative products, separate from their main product lines.

The watch itself, which will be available to supporters on the Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake after May next year, is completely covered in this ‘e-paper’ technology, that allows it to display simple differences in band styles, watch faces and more. It’s also said to last 60 days on a tiny button battery and reacts to the gestures of your wrist.

 

It’s not yet known when or if Sony will sell it widely, but it’s certainly an interesting concept.

Source: The Verge

DARPA Reveal New Ground X-Vehicle Technology for Tanks

DARPA have been working hard to design new tanks that use significantly less armour in a bid to make them incredibly agile, while still making them safe for their occupants. No easy task given that tanks typically have a lot of heavy armour for a damn good reason.

The new vehicle design has more in common with a dune buggy crossed with Batmans Tumbler than a typically slow and heavy tank, but it uses an array of sensors to allow it to detect incoming ballistics and move its armour shielding to the correct position to deflect the blast. This means it can operate with less armour more effectively.

Not only that, but the low weight means it has a greater chance of physically dodging incoming attacks as it can literally duck down by folding into the ground, make rapid changes to its speed, or swerve out of the way.

DARPA say they’re working on the design of these vehicles for the next 24 months, but you can see how far the design has come in the concept video below.

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Could Robot Fish That Eat the Dirt of Your Clothes Be Our Future?

A new concept originating from Korea show what very well could be the future of doing our laundry. Small robot fish that swim around and “eat” the dirt of our clothes. This is pretty cool in itself and the whole thing is presented to us now on the electrolux design lab.

The Pecera, as it is called, is inspired by the Doctor fish that swim around and eat dead skin cells and similar of your feet. The Pecera works in much the same way, except the small fish are robots. The fish’s mouth is shaped like a sucker and that’s what it does, it sucks the dirt away.

Pecera is a collection of robot fish called Dofi, cleaning your clothes in a water tank without detergent. This sustainable way of washing clothes is inspired by doctor fish who nurture human skin, except these busy fishes run on hydroelectric power and clean garments. The robotic fish detects the dirt in the clothes by using the tiny camera in each fish. The cleaning is made by a suction motion by the robot fish against the dirt particles. Washing without detergent makes this washing method suitable for the most sensitive and creates no need for multiple washing circles using water. The first layer spin-dries and drains off the water from clothes.

The best thing about this new concept is that it doesn’t need any detergent or washing liquids that makes it a lot more environmental friendly. It’s also so stylish and silent that it could be placed in the living room, though I doubt that’s where people will have it. It also removes the fear of oxidation and discolouration of fibres from those detergents. As combination with the robot fish, it uses a alkaline liquid jelly that automatic separates any unnatural elements from the fibres of your clothes.

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Ritot – A Projection Smartwatch Excels Indiegogo Goals

Smartwatches have been growing in popularity over the last year or so and as more companies join the bandwagon and the technology that they pack increases, it is only a matter of time before something ‘out of the ordinary’ comes about that grabs the attention of the masses. This attention grabbing appeal is where Ritot comes into play. Ritot is a new type of watch that breaks away from the small and compact display that is sat on the top of your wrist and instead it turns your hand itself into the display by projecting the time or a notification right onto the back of your hand simply by shaking your wrist.

Designed by a team over in California, Ritot has been in development for 6 months now and after a number of concept designs and prototype units bein made, the company has made their appeal to the masses to help fund their work and get Ritot into production and with not real effort their appeal has been met and acknowledged. Originally asking for a $50,000 funding, Ritot has already managed to surpass this mark and on to a whopping $152,000 (at time of writing) with 38 days of appealing still to go. In return for their donations, backers of over $120 will receive a free watch (or multiples of) when the smartwatch gets into production.

Besides simply displaying the time from pressing a button on the watch band, or by shaking your wrist, Ritot can connect to your mobile device and display notifications such as Facebook messages, text messages, weather, incoming calls and much more – with proposed support initially for iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms. Charging up the watch is set to be done wirelessly through a special base station through which you can also alter the projection colour of the time. Two type of Ritot are proposed with a thicker design for day-to-day use and a sports option with a slimmer rubberised design to match your sports appeal.

Following the campaign the Ritot projection smartwatch is set to go into production at the end of this year.

If you want to back the Ritot smartwatch you can find their campaign over on Indiegogo or for more information take a look at their website

Source: The Next Web

One for the Ladies – Wireless Finger Nails with Colour Changing Displays

It may only be the start of the weekend, but here is something that to me sounds so unbelievable, you might even think its an April fools. If the headline doesn’t give it away, what we are looking at are images of a new concept that involves nail tips that contain a wireless receiver, battery and display – yep, that’s right, technology is coming to your finger tips – quite literally.

As crazy as this sounds, for any of the ladies out there that feel like they need to have their nails match their outfit each day, this latest concept will allow them to do just that.

Each finger nail tip connects to your smartphone through a wireless transmitter and through an app you can change the pattern or colour that is being displayed.

Obviously powering these tiny screens is going to be an issue, but this has already been thought of. Each night the set of nails are removed and then placed on a wireless charger – similar to those used for smartphones I guess and the following morning the nails hold enough charge to last the day.

Whilst this seems to be a crazy idea, the concept, known as ‘Bloom your nails’ has won an Intel design contest for technology involving ‘wearable computers’. In addition to being able to display colours and patterns, Gin Lee – the mind behind the concept, states that users will even have the ability to upload their designs to a type of shop where other user can purchase their ideas.

Whether or not this will ever materialise is another question, but rest assured there are probably be enough people who would take hold of the product if it ever came to production.

Source and images courtesy of The Daily Mail.

Renault Concept Car Comes Equipped With Quadcopter Drone

We love crazy ideas and unique ways of using gadgets and tech, this latest idea from Renault thicks those boxes and their new Concept car not only looks cool, but comes equipped with its own quadcopter than can be deployed from the roof to go seek out the end of traffic jams.

Of course the possibilities are endless, you can use it to take a cool selfie of yourself while driving, or use your cars headsets up display to drive your car from a 3rd person perspective, just like you can in racing games. Of course this isn’t what Renault discuses in their video, but they’re just not seeing the full potential of their ideas like I am.

“The vehicle’s robust, yet fun design, along with its technology-driven features, is targeted at meeting the needs of young customers in these markets,” Renault said. “This concept car offers a fun, yet robust design combined with hyper connectivity.”

I’m not entirely sure what hyper connectivity is, but it’s likely just slang for a pair of USB ports and Bluetooth. Having a car with its own personal drone to scope out traffic and do other cool things sounds like a fun idea, of course I highly doubt it would ever go into production like this, just too many safety concerns about people being able to deploy drones on the highway.

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New Rumors Surface For The Upcoming iPhone 6, Solar Charging Capabilities?

More rumors are rolling out for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. But they are not about to disclose any rumors regarding their product, of course, until they release the handset this fall. It is expected for Apple to strap in a faster processor, better camera, and other items that are generally refreshed each year. A major change might be on the cards though, like the iPhone 5s brought Touch ID fingerprint scanner, a new rumor hints towards iPhone 6 solar charging capability.

Seeking Alpha analyst, Matt Margolis, states to have found evidence that the sapphire glass panels which Apple is going to use in iPhone 6 will incorporate solar panels, allowing the users’ handset to harness the sun’s energy to charge their smartphone’s battery.

He also believes that Apple will use the same display technology in the 2014 iPod touch as well, though it remains to be seen if that product comes out since Apple’s quarterly earnings set them with 50 percent decline in the iPod lineup. Apple already has a large number of patents related to the use of solar power for charging batteries, having recently seen a patent being awarded to the company for solar-powered MacBooks.

There has been another rumor that Foxconn had already produced 100 prototype units of the next generation iPhone covered with sapphire glass instead of the usual Gorilla Glass. The information feedback is hinting towards a solar-powered iPhone, which is normal given the recent changes. It is certainly too soon to say that solar charging capability will make its way into the next iPhone.

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Asus ‘PQ321’ Glasses-Free 3D Concept Monitor On Display At CES 2014

It’s safe to say that 4K is here to stay but Asus have not stopped developing with the unveiling of the PB287Q 4K monitor. We’ve had 3D monitors around for a while now, however there have been only a few that could give a glasses-free experience and to be honest they’ve not been the most practical with a very narrow field of view to get the proper 3D experience.  So what do we think that Asus have come up with? Yup, that’s it a Glasses-free 4K 3D monitor. Now the monitor that Asus have on show in their suite is actually labelled up as a PQ321 as seen by the label on the back of the screen, but this particular panel has had a couple of modifications made to its 31.52 PGZO display to give it the 3D capability.

Like the PQ321 that is on display, this 3D ready panel still offers up the same 176º viewing angles and the same feature rich set of display options, but looking at it, it is remarkable to see how well it works, even in the concept stage. In this size, word has it that this display could cost around $3500. A steep price tag for sure.

You’ll have to excuse the lack of clarity in this last picture as it was hard to get a look at the back of the screen due to it being fixed in place. Looking at the inputs, there is little to chose from with little more than a single DisplayPort and what looks to be a pair of 3.5mm ports for audio in/out.

I will stress that this is purely a concept model at this moment in time, but by the looks of things and with the way 4K has been growing in popularity over the last few months, we can only but hope that this concept goes into full production in the not too distant future. I’ve got a strong feeling the just like the PB287Q, this monitor has the capability to revolutionise the 3D experience without the need for specialist glasses. To top it off as well, there is word that there is the potential for the same 3D technology to trickle down into the 28″ panel as well, with word from Asus that it could cost as little as $1000! Lets hope this is a glance into the future of 3D gaming and entertainment.

Leaked Images Reveal Nokia Android-Powered Smartphone UI

A few weeks back, @evleaks released a screenshot of a Nokia handset codenamed Normandy, which was said that will run on a modified version of Android OS. The handset specs were rumored to be fairly mid range, though it remains to be seen what the actual specs will be. However, it appears that we get more insights on the handset’s UI from @evleaks again, with the addition of three more screenshots detailing the UI look.

The device has just one physical button, which looks like a back button. Other than that the user interface will rely on on-screen navigation keys. In the pictures we can see Viber running, Skype running and the lock screen. The phone is a dual SIM according to the icons on the notification bar.

The user interface looks like a cross between the Asha UI and stock Android. To be honest it doesn’t look that bad. Nokia has never been known for their software aesthetic sense, but this looks like a rather impressive attempt. Now we will just have to see if the handset will actually be released.

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Bionym’s Nymi Can Be The Next Step Towards More Secure Accounts In The Future

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Bionym has released a concept for a wearable hardware called Nymi that authenticates a user based on their heartwave signature. This could as well turn the way we authenticate when performing online transactions or accessing accounts with private information. It’s a key tied to your person in a very intimate sense, meaning it can’t really be stolen or lost like even a current standalone unique passkey generator can.

Techcrunch met with Bionym CEO and co-founder Karl Martin at their headquarters in Toronto, where the engineering team revealed limited information about the project. The team is growing at a rapid clip, however, and the plan is to move into a more accommodating space in the near future. Techcrunch also stated that it’s a “nice to see people soldering and testing brand new circuit boards right next to those arranging future partnerships and doing developer outreach”.

Martin stated that the progress of the concept is on track and progress is being made as expected on finalizing the project. Final design is still mostly up in the air, but things have come a long way from the original prototype that Martin and his co-founder Foteini Agrafioti developed first only roughly a year ago. Martin also mentioned that the project is headed to a phase where the gadget is to be made wearable up to the point when the user will barely notice it. Kind of like people who forget they have their glasses on their eyes and start looking for them.

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