Thermaltake Core P5 ATX Wall-Mounted Chassis Review

Introduction


Before I started in this industry, I thought that most PC cases were created fairly equally. For the most part, you could get a lot of wildly varying designs, but for the most part, the were rectangle boxes and that’s that. That’s a trend that has been rapidly changing and it seems we can’t go more than a few months without seeing yet another completely bonkers and/or innovative chassis design hit the market. Not wanting to be left out of this trend, Thermaltake are back with their new Core P5 wall-mounted chassis.

“Take presentation to the next level with the Core P5 Open Frame chassis by Thermaltake. The fully modular design of the Core P5 allows flexibility for 3-way placement layouts (Wall mount, Horizontal and Vertical), dual GPU layout locations: Horizontal and Vertical and placement locations for liquid cooling components. Uncover greatness with the Core P5’s panoramic viewing angle with its large acrylic window to protect and present. Seeing is believing, the Core P5 brings the ultimate in PC hardware viewing wherever you mount or display.”

This is certainly not your typical chassis design, as not only can you stand it on its side, you can lay it flat on its back, or even more importantly, you can mount it on the wall and have your PC displayed like a giant work of art.

As you can see, this isn’t a small chassis at all, so if you’re wanting to wall mount it, you best have a strong supporting wall to deal with it. There’s room for an ATX motherboard, a good amount of storage and a fairly significant amount of air and water cooling hardware.

In the box, you’ll find a whole host of mounting components. The chassis comes virtually flat-packed, so be prepared to do a good bit of building prior to installing your system. There are brackets here for the PSU, expansion slots and more, as well as two wide and durable feet for those wanting to display it on their desk/floor.

There’s also an extra HDD tray and a riser card for mounting the GPU at 90-degree (optional).

There’s are the corner poles which the window panel mounts on, and they’re seriously heavy! They should look great in contrast with the black paintwork of the chassis.

The main section of the chassis isn’t exactly lightweight either, but given that it has room for a huge radiator on the side, an ATX motherboard, the PSU and so much more, all laid out and separated, it’s obvious why it’s so big. The chassis is treated with a matte finish black paint, giving it a nice and uniform appearance.

There are five durable cable routing grommets dotted around the tray.

You’ll also find a series of smaller cut-outs in strategic places to help with smaller cables.

Behind the motherboard, there’s a large CPU cooler mounting cut-out, behind which you can see some of the HDD bays, which are located inside the Core P5.

There’s an additional bay on the front, which can be used to mount one of the HDD trays; perfect for showing off your favorite SSD or HDD.

The radiator mount is nicely designed, with a choice of 120mm and 140mm spacings and with room for up to a 480mm unit, it’s going to be great for custom loop cooling enthusiasts.

It’s quite thin overall, so the actually base compartment of the chassis shouldn’t protrude from the wall too much. Of course, it’s still thick enough to deal with some hard drives on the interior, as well as cable management.

The side of the chassis has the I/O panel, as well as a small Tt logo.

There’s the usual power and HDD LEDs, a large power button and reset button, four USB ports and HD audio jacks.

Around the back, there’s a little ventilation to help any water cooling hardware, some screw holes to support mounting the chassis to a wall and six thumb screws to open up the back of the case.

Scientists Create Glass That’s Almost as Strong as Steel

Glass, by its very nature, is known to be quite easy to break. Of course, this much can be changed by altering the thickness of it, as we’ve seen with everything from bullet-proof glass to bridges being made from it. Now, a team of scientists in Japan are saying they’ve created a new type of glass which is almost as strong as steel, and it could usher in a new generation of super-strong glass panels that lead to big innovations in windows for buildings and vehicles, screens for electronic devices and so much more.

“We are looking to commercialize the technique within five years,” University of Tokyo assistant professor Atsunobu Masuno told Asahi Shimbun.

The new tough glass is made using alumina, an oxide of aluminium. This technique has been tried before, but any contact between the materials and their container caused crystals to form and ruined the compound. The team used gas to push the components into the air, allowing them to mix without the need for a container, thus creating the new transparant glass that is made from 50% alumina. The new glass rivals steel and iron in terms of rigidity.
Little else is known for now but expect to hear a lot more about this innovative glass in the coming years.

A Clearer Picture For Utilizing Transparent Glass Within a 3D Printer

I recently wrote an article concerning a new technique of using a 3D printer to build up layers upon layers with pre-existing materials to create “glass” based objects. The accompanied video looked stunning and the potential applications seemed endless, well now, a team of MIT researchers have opened up a new frontier within 3-D printing which has expanded on the premise with new details concerning the ability to print optically transparent glass objects.

The ability to print glass objects is extremely complex and has been attempted by other research groups, the problem lies with the extremely high temperature which is required in order to melt the material. Quite a few development teams have used tiny particles of glass which is melded together at a lower temperature in a technique called sintering. Unfortunately, this technique has rendered such objects to be structurally weak and optically cloudy, thus eliminating two of glass’s most desirable attributes: strength and transparency.

MIT have therefore developed its own process which retains those properties and produces printed glass objects which are both strong and fully transparent to light. The device which is used to print such objects utilizes a computer assisted program which is similar to the standard design operating mechanisms implemented by current 3D printers. The result is a machine which can print objects with little human interaction or indeed intervention; it’s stunning to imagine an autonomous production line in your living room.

In the present incarnation, molten glass is loaded into a hopper within the top of the device after being gathered from a conventional glass blowing kiln. When completed, the finished piece must be cut away from the moving platform on which it is assembled; the temperatures are the same of 1900 degrees Fahrenheit which is approx 1037 degrees Celsius.

The potential uses for such a technique is mind-blowing, Neri Oxman, an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab envisions a future whereby it would be possible to “consider the integration of structural and environmental building performance within a single integrated skin.” This notion could completely transform the manufacturing process.

A further expansion on this technique would be to add pressure to the system which is either through a mechanical plunger or compressed gas, by doing so it is hoped to produce a more uniform flow and thus a more uniform width to the extruded filament of glass.

There is a potential downside to such a revolutionary direction, if you could inhabit a world where houses are printed on an industrial scale and goods are quickly printed, this would ultimately reduce the number of workers needed within production. AI and new techniques are slowly making people redundant within an ever-expanding population, a quote below emphases this further

“Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2025, up to a quarter of jobs will be replaced by either smart software or robots, while a study from Oxford University has suggested that 35% of existing UK jobs is at risk of automation in the next 20 years”.

What future will be printed for us humans?

Thank you mit and bbc for providing us with this information.

You Can Now Drink Whisky in Space With This Glass!

Ballantine’s is infamous for its blended Scotch whiskies which date back to 1827 and have won various accolades over the years. As one of the finest purveyors of Scotch Whisky, the company enlisted the help of Open Space Agency’s James Parr, to manufacture the first whisky glass for zero-gravity. The final design features a spiral convex, and stainless steel base plated in rose gold. As a result, the weight distribution allows the liquid to gradually maneuver around the glass to the top mouthpiece.

The glass is constructed from 3D-printed PLA plastic often used for medical equipment to replicate human organs. Parr and Ballantine also devised a 10kg pull magnet to firmly seal the glass on magnetic surfaces and stop it from aimlessly floating in space. The team positioned a one-way valve near the center which connects to a whisky bottle. This allows for a controlled flow of liquid. For more information regarding the technical process please visit this page.

From a marketing perspective, the “Space Glass” is quite spectacular and already amassed over 1 million views on YouTube. The concept is fairly intriguing, but I doubt many people in space have the time to casually sit back and drink into the dark hours. Unless, you are reading this 10, 20, perhaps 10000 years in the future and we all live on our own planet.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information. 

Glass 3D Printing Technique Is Stunning

Recent years have seen the technique of 3D printing evolve from a niche concept to a mainstream phenomenon, which in turn has opened up a whole new horizon for product manufacturing. If you thought this was exciting, then be prepared to be blown away as a new development centres on glass 3D printing.

MIT’s Mediated Matter Group has unveiled a first of its kind optically transparent glass printing process which goes by the name of G3DP, If you are wondering, it stands for “Glass 3D Printing”. In order for this process to become a reality, an additive manufacturing platform is applied with dual heated chambers. The first or upper chamber is a “Kiln Cartridge,” which operates at an intense heat of 1900°F, while the lower chamber works with the aim of heating before cooling in order to soften the glass.

This technique is not creating glass but rather building layers upon layers with pre-existing materials. Below is a video to convey this process in action, as you can see, it is compelling, mind-blowing and quite relaxing to watch, the building up of an object looks similar to a lava lamp which used to be popular.

https://vimeo.com/mediatedmattergroup/glass

The consistency looks to be incredibly hot syrup which is drizzled onto a sugary treat, yep I know, perhaps a poor observation but I have included a screenshot below which kind of backs it up, sort of.

It’s intricate and opens up a whole new set of possibilities for everyday applications in the near future, for now, if your feeling stressed and would like a few moments to relax, then by all means watch the video, aside from the fact that it is pretty amazing to view, it might also soothe you.

Thank You to Gizmodo for providing us with this information.

Google Glass Might Face Heavy Competition in the Enterprise Market

We haven’t heard much about Google’s Glass Project in a while, but not because it is dying, but more that it is now focusing on the enterprise side of things. Everyone went nuts when Google cancelled the Explorer program earlier this year, thinking that it was the end of Google Glass as well. Fortunately, it wasn’t, but we mere ‘mortals’ won’t be seeing it on the market anytime soon.

Re/Code got word that Google the second edition of Google Glass has been distributed to the Glass at Work enterprise partners. The team is now thinking about how to further improve the wearable and get it at a reasonable price on the market. Rumours are that the next edition of Glass will be well below $1.500, which is not surprising.

Since Google Glass first debuted, the wearable market has been constantly filling with a lot of competition. Google’s main competitors on the market now are ODG, Epson and Vuzix. Even so, Google Glass is still far from perfect. I mean you have Microsoft’s HoloLens for example, which not only displays everything you want right in front of you, but also lets you interact with augmented reality in unimaginable ways.

Looking at the Glass, it has a lot to catch up on. However, this is why Google chose to stick with the enterprise market and is constantly improving it for enterprise AR applications. Google stated that it is “going to take time to get it right”, but will they be able to pull it off in the end? What do you think?

Thank you Re/Code for providing us with this information

Watch: Solar-Powered Ray Can Melt Metal

Kevin Moore and Grant Reynolds from the Science Channel looked at one of their favourite childhood pastimes – burning things with the rays from a magnifying glass – and wanted to magnify it. They wanted to magnify the ray so much so that it could melt metal.

So how do you get that much heat? Pretty simple really. They used an old fresnel lens from a rear-projection TV in place of the magnifying glass, thus increasing the intensity of the light.

The effect, as you can see in the video, is pretty incredible.

Source: Gizmodo

Corning ‘Project Phire’ – Screens With Similar Scratch Resistance to Sapphire

Corning, the makers of the famous Gorilla Glass that covers most major smartphones, has announced their latest product – ‘Project Phire’, their attempt to make a form of Gorilla Glass that has a scratch resistance “approaching sapphire”. Corning Glass president James Clappin revealed the new product during an investors meeting, declaring the robustness of the company’s new product.

“We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn’t fare well when dropped,” Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, told the crowd at the event. “So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire.”

It’s no surprise that they’ve come up with this. A year ago, amid rumours that Apple was almost definitely including sapphire screens with its next iPhones, Corning will have no doubt been scrambling to do something to maintain its stronghold on the global smartphone market.

Luckily for Corning, Apple’s sapphire supplier, GT Advanced, failed to produce sapphire good enough for Apple’s specifications. Despite that, while many saw Apple’s potential use of sapphire as the death knell of Gorilla Glass, it seems that Corning may have saved themselves even if Apple had managed to use the material on the iPhone by developing this new product.

Source: MacRumors

Microsoft HoloLens: Everything You Need to Know

Yesterday Microsoft had their massive Windows 10 event. In it they announced a great deal about Windows 10 and a great deal about many things we weren’t expecting.

One of those things was the HoloLens – a crazy mix of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. These goggles essentially provide the virtual reality of a device like Oculus Rift, but presented in a way like Google Glass. There’s a visor that provides the viewer rich and detailed content, but content that can be ‘projected’ onto any surface. In the demo for instance, the company showed how you could play Minecraft on your living room floor, picking up and adding blocks with your hands.

Besides playing Minecraft, the HoloLens also looks like it could do a lot for education and enterprise customers too. They showed how someone made a drone with the device, picking up and choosing various components for it out of the air, and then building the real thing with a 3D printer.

The question with a device like this is, how useful will it be? Is HoloLens a gimmick, or something that represents a new take on user interfaces, that will pave the way for computing in the years to come? We’re not entirely sure at the moment, but so far, it looks more like a whole lot of fun rather than some life-altering technology.

We’ll have to try it out to deliver a definitive answer – something Microsoft says we can all do in “the Windows 10 timeframe”.

Source: Microsoft

Apple’s Phil Schiller: Nobody “Normal” Will Wear Google Glass

Apple has never said very much about Google’s wearable efforts with Glass. Apart from Tim Cook’s quip a few years back at the All Things D conference, the company has been quiet about whether it would ever be interested in such a product. That is until now.

Apparently, the founder of tech news site The Tech BlockAbdel Ibrahim, engaged in an email conversation with Schiller, Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing.

After sending an image of Steve Martin wearing a pair of joke spectacles from the movie ‘The Jerk’, Schiller apparently replied with:

“That’s very funny!”

I can’t believe they think anyone (normal) will ever wear these things. It reminds me of the push to market video goggles a few years back.” 

Now those of you unfamiliar with Apple’s corporate affairs might be wondering why such a senior executive replied to an email like this, but the thing is, Apple’s executives (including Steve Jobs) have famously replied to customer emails in the past. Jobs did it quite often, perhaps more often than we know of.

All of that makes it seem highly likely that this exchange is the real deal.

Source: The Tech Block Via: 9to5Google

Google Kills Glass Explorer Programme

Google has pulled the plug on the Glass Explorer programme, but insists the product isn’t dead. Google is ending support for the device “in its current form”.

Glass will no longer be managed under the extravagant “blue sky” Google X group, but instead will have its own division within Google. That division will be managed by Glass’ current head Ivy Ross who will, perhaps most interestingly, report directly to Tony Fadell – the so-called “father of the iPod” who formerly worked at Apple and left to found home automation company Nest – which was of course acquired by Google.

Many expected something like this to come along – signs that Google was changing its focus or even losing interest in Glass had been emanating from the company for a while. The project has been rather stagnant from the outside, with little in the way of any changes to the device since the launch of the Glass Explorer programme. Many also expected it to receive a wide consumer release – something that now still seems far away.

The Explorer Programme close and subsequently Google will stop selling Glass from next week.

Source: BBC News

Toshiba to Unveil Wide Range of Next-Generation Innovations at CES

Toshiba will celebrate their 50th anniversary in the US market next year, and they’re starting that out with showcasing their newest products and vision for the future at the Consumers Electronics Show (CES), January 6th to 9th 2015.

There will be a wide variety of storage solution on display, but the focus seems to be on wireless transmissions this year. This includes products with TransfertJet technology, a close proximity wireless transfer technology, NFC, and Bluetooth smart applications with NFC tag functions. But also FlashAir, a wireless LAN SD memory card that removes the need for card readers and instead uses your wireless connection. The latest line of SSDs, portable hard discs and SD cards will be on display too, of course.

Healthcare gadgets are one of the new big things, and Toshiba will be part of that wave as well. They’ll be presenting their new Wearable Wristband Fitness Tracker, a biosensor device that allows users to take a total approach to managing daily exercise, sleep and diet. Silmee is also mentioned as helpful in disease prevention and care work by enabling analysis of autonomic nerve activity, but I don’t know if that is a wristband device or comes in another shape or form.

As new inventions, there will be a showcase for Toshiba Glass, a B2B solution that enables quick retrieval of manuals and other information while doing maintenance and logistics work away from a computer. A lifelike robot named ChihiraAico will be there as well as body scanning technologies for cloth fitting and much more. An image processor for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with improved performance during night time with focus on pedestrians recognition will also be presented.

Thanks to Toshiba for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of CNET and Toshiba

iPhone to Protect Itself from Falls by Shifting Weight

According to the International Business Times, Apple has filed a patent that uses the vibration motor inside an iPhone to shift the device’s weight when falling – saving it from serious damage.

“A patent awarded to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office this week, describes a “protective mechanism for an electronic device” and calls on the iPhone’s processing power to recognise a fall, calculate the potential impact, and work at lightening speed to come up with a plan to save the fragile glass screen.”

The patent says that the iPhone could rapidly activate the vibration motor to ensure the device always lands on its back. The IBT report says that this would only require a simple spinning motor alongside the standard gyroscope and accelerometer to work.

This seems like quite a realistic proposition – let’s hope we see it in future iPhones.

Source: International Business Times

Google Glass to Use Intel Processor

The Wall Street Journal reports that the next version of Google Glass will use Intel Processors.

The Journal says that Google has formed a deal with the chip maker, meaning Google’s yet-to-be widely released wearable will be powered by Intel. It’s not yet clear exactly how Glass will use Intel’s hardware, but it seems almost certain that the Texas Instruments chip currently used will be replaced with an Intel one.

The report says that the deal is part of Intel’s push to become more widely involved in wearables, a rapidly developing market that the once dominant Intel has yet to have a significant impact upon.

The report also suggests that Intel will help move Glass into industry and medical markets, an area increasingly seen as the place Google Glass will have a chance of being successful as a finished product.

We reported recently on the news that Glass is losing the interest of a number of parties, including Google itself. The Reuters article behind that report suggested too that Glass is seemingly being aimed at industrial uses now, instead of its original intended position as a consumer wearable.

Source: The Wall Street Journal 

Corning Announces Gorilla Glass 4

Corning has announced its next ‘version’ of Gorilla Glass that supposedly “survives up to 80 percent of the time”.

The new glass is touted to be 2 times stronger than any other competing glass product, and has been designed with intention of saving your screen from a big drop. They say it uses their “proprietary fusion draw process” to keep the glass thin, while ensuring its strength.

Gorilla Glass is undoubtedly the most popular type of strengthened glass used on our smart devices, they say that “over 40 manufacturers have designed Gorilla Glass into a total of 1,395 product models”.

Those manufacturers include Apple, who is notable for recently making attempts to move away from the product to sapphire. Its believed that project fell apart after its sapphire supplier, GT Advanced, failed to produce enough of the material to be usable in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Source: PC World

Why Didn’t The iPhone 6 Ship with a Sapphire Screen?

For those of you who follow the tech news heavily, you’ll remember that over a year ago Apple signed on an agreement with GT Advanced Technologies – who were at the time a niche sapphire glass manufacturer. Sapphire glass would finally put a true leap forward in mobile screen technology, helping to curb the majority of scratched and cracked phone displays – but as soon as the contractual agreement was reached the relationship between the two companies soured and became a frenzy of problem after problem.

It turns out that Apple was originally interested in purchasing furnaces of it’s own to make the sapphire glass itself – but before it went ahead with the idea, Cupertino changed it’s mind and decided to streamline the process through GT. The Wall Street Journal’s report notes that the problem was is that GT wasn’t able to scale to Apple’s size and demand for the screens, and the two clashed heads over the large issue until it broke the smaller company. GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy early last month.

On top of this, the entire relationship was marred with incredible mistakes at almost every corner. Just days before the contract was signed between the two companies, GT produced 578 pounds of sapphire – with not even one ounce of the yield being usable. Apple as you’d expect from any large device maker, pushed hard for large scale production at low prices – which made profitability extremely difficult for GT over the span of operation with Apple. Things boiled over pretty horrendously, and the two companies met in court shortly after the release of the iPhone 6 – lacking a sapphire screen – and a bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies blaming Apple for their demise. It’s evident from reading through the Wall Street’s report that both companies have themselves to blame for the fallout.

Sapphire screens would be an incredible addition to any premium smartphone. But if this first major step from Apple is any indication of how difficult it is to try and produce a large panel of it in mass quality, having sapphire displays looks like it’s going to be a long way off.

Thanks to The Wall Street Journal for providing us with this information.

New Report Suggests Google Glass is Losing Support

Reuters reports that Google Glass, Google’s foray into wearables, is apparently losing the interest of developers, customers and even Google itself.

Google revealed its Glass wearable device in 2012 as a prototype that was to eventually become a consumer product, using its optical head-mounted display to project images before the user’s eyes, with functions akin to a smartphone. It was positioned as a very real attempt at ubiquitous computing, the idea that computer functions are everywhere and ubiquitous to everyday life, but as Reuters  reports, this vision appears to be losing pace.

The report points to the fact that Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin was recently seen not wearing the device, perhaps summarising the company’s attitude to it. Although, he apparently said that this was due to him leaving it in the car.

They do highlight however that developers have reportedly started to lose interest in Glass. A number of large developers have decided to no longer build apps for the wearable, citing there being a lack of a market.

If there was 200 million Google Glasses sold, it would be a different perspective. There’s no market at this point,” said Tom Frencel, the Chief Executive of Little Guy Games, which put development of a Glass game on hold this year and is looking at other platforms, including the Facebook Inc-owned virtual-reality goggles Oculus Rift.”

The report goes on to discuss how the device has been seen on eBay, apparently for half the $1,500 price of the “Explorer Edition”. Searching for Glass on eBay reveals a number of “Explorers” willing to part with their device, with most of them selling or receiving bids at prices lower than their original price tag. This example is selling at $500 less, with another starting at $700. In total there were 158 results for Google Glass at time of writing.

The presence of the device on eBay suggests that it may not have boded well with the few consumers using the device, possibly due to its “nerdy” appearance, as described in the report.

After further delaying the release of Glass, the report considers whether Google will ever widely release Glass to consumers, as it remains to be seen whether it would be a successful consumer product.

Source: Reuters

$1,500 Google Glass Explorer Edition Now Available through Google Play

After a long run of invite-only availability for Google’s Glass – earlier this year Google started selling its Glass “Explorer Edition” to anyone who was willing to fork out $1,500 back in May. But now it now looks like the company is expanding availability for the wearable – as it’s now popped the Glass “Explorer Edition” onto its Google Play storefront. Buyers waiting for a potentially cheaper price-point are going to be a little disappointed – with Glass still only being available at $1,500. For those wondering, the terminology “Explorer Edition” still refers to the product being in beta – so if you’re looking for a fully realized and finished product, you’d probably be best to hold off. For developers wanting to get things up and running across the wearable or just to have a little fun to see its capabilities – this is the place to be.

Ready to jump in and see what it’s all about? Glass is on sale in the Play store now and is available alongside stylish prescription frames, sunglasses, and its own custom earpiece.

Patent Document Shows New Google Glass Design

Looks like Google is planning to change their Glass design, as glassalmanac has discovered a new patent for just that. And it’s not surprising as most people wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the current version according to a survey. It doesn’t bother geeks so much, but we are a special kind of people.

US Patent D710,928S was granted to Google engineer Mitchell Heinrich on August, 12 2014. The patent appears to be focused solely on a new version of Google Glass that looks a lot less obtrusive than the current model and may finally remove the robot stigma that some Explorers have been feeling out in public.

The new patent covers a design without an external projector and instead has an internally mounted display unit on what appear to otherwise be a normal set of frames. Heinrich has been instrumental in the development of Glass along with Isabelle Olsson. Between the two of them there are no less than three dozen patents granted to Google already. Who knows how many others have been submitted or have yet to be filed in an attempt to get the masses on board with a version of Google Glass that people will line up to wear.

Thank you BGR for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of BGR.

Revolutionary Chemical Iris Could Bring Smaller Cameras to Smartphones

A normal iris has physical blades which move in order to change the amount of light entering the lens. More light enters when wider and less when closing down. The same principle is applied to cameras found in some smartphones nowadays too. A new chemical iris however tends to change the way our cameras on smartphones work. It is said that the new iris drops the need for physical blades and in turn reduces the overall size of a camera module. The miniaturization of bladed cameras is really quite tricky, since the module still requires the need of a actuator to move the blades.

Researchers in Germany have apparently solved the problem of creating miniaturized cameras with the help of a new iris which uses transparent chemical rings, giving it the ability to become opaque when a voltage is applied to it. The iris is said to measure in at just 55 micrometers thick, granting smartphones the ability to house much smaller and thinner camera modules. The design is said to feature two glass substrates pressed together with an iridium tin oxide layer on each side. A thin layer of electrochromic polymer is also said to be present on both glass substrates, formed into rings that create the chemical iris.

It is said that the iris needs only 1.5V to turn opaque, an ideally low voltage for smartphones and other mobile devices. A research paper states that a 1,200 mAh battery grants enough power to maintain the iris-state for about 60,000 hours. Having the aperture a perfect circle rather than shaped by overlapping blades will also give a more pleasing effect on the shallow depth of field effect and deliver smoother bokeh.

The new iris is said to still be in its early stages, but the researchers stated to help develop it even further since the new technology could deliver more flexibility and also bring the full manual controls seen on professional camera to mobile photography.

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Cnet

Google Glass Could Soon Make Its Way Into The Doctors Exam Room

Nashvill based startup Octovis, Inc. are looking to bring Google’s $1500 Glass into the examination room and operating theatre. Their intention is to make it easier for doctors to take notes, access patient information, check MRI results and more while performing surgery. Of course it could also allow them to update their Facebook status while testing your reflexes.

Octovis aren’t even the first company to try this, with Augmedix, Wearable Intelligence and Pristine all playing their hand in the market, although most of them are working on using the device in the emergency room. Octovis want to improve doctor-patient interaction in the exam room and having your information right in front of them could not only speed up assessments, but also give the doctor more time with you, rather than leaving you to check their computer for information.

It still remains to be seen if their concept will work, but they expect to start trials as well as offering their software and the Glass devices through a subscription model soon.

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of CNET.

 

Google Glass Banned in UK Cinemas Due to Piracy Fears

It was just one week ago when Google Glass was opened up to UK residents, and it didn’t take long before there was a bit of fallout regarding the popular wearable.

Due to increased concern of film piracy, ‘Glassholes’ will not be allowed to wear Glass into cinema auditoriums, it was recently announced.  The practice of camcording, which typically results in lower-quality pirated videos, is still a major concern to global movie trade industry groups – and there is concern that wearables provide a stealthy way to record.

Here is what Phil Clapp, Cinema Exhibitors’ Association said to The Independent: “Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not.”

Someone visiting the Leicester Square theater was ordered to remove Google Glass, indicating a trend that is likely to continue in the future for UK residents.

Movie trade group FACT issued this statement regarding Google Glass and similar disruptive technologies:

“Developments in technology have led to smaller, more compact devices which have the capability to record sound and vision, including most mobile phones.  FACT works closely with cinema operators and distributors to ensure that best practice is carried out to prevent and detect illegal recordings taking place.”

An incident in a theater in the United States led the FBI to remove a man from the building, because staff thought he was trying to illegally film a movie.

Thank you to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of GeekFed

Apple Might be Facing Problems with New Tech for the iPhone 6

It appears that even giant companies such as Apple are facing problems this year, having been rumoured that the iPhone manufacturer is currently facing some problems with key components for the upcoming iPhone 6.

The good news in all of this is that the latest iPhone 6 is said to break away from its yearly refreshed mainstream design and move towards something more ‘uncommon’ for the company. This is why there are rumours circulating that the plastic inserts above the antennas will be replaced by glass pieces, giving its general outlook a more appealing look and feel.

The bad news however comes from China, where Apple is apparently facing problems with the new iPhone 6 display. The new technology required to make the displays is reportedly giving quite a few headaches production-wise. China Times has stated that Apple is attempting to use new display technology in order to make its next generation of iPhones thinner.

This is nothing new for companies attempting to move towards newer and more sophisticated tech, though it requires meticulous steps to get the new tech to work properly. Apple is reportedly ditching the two-layers found in the ‘brightness enhancement films’ (BEFs) and moving to a one-layer design in order to achieve the required thinness. This might be why Apple’s suppliers are apparently facing problems, having to work out the final touches for the display in question.

Looking back at previous releases, Apple’s manufacturers were reportedly facing similar production problems before every major release, having the company and its suppliers eventually succeeding in releasing the final product before the deadline. The same thing might be happening now, though the outcome is unknown until the final product gets released.

Apple is said to launch its latest (rumoured 4.7-inch display) iPhone 6 model this year, having the launch date previously leaked as being set for September the 19th.

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Google Glass on Sale in the UK, So Residents Can Become ‘Glassholes’

Google Glass is now available in the UK with a whopping £1,000 price tag, but the device is still in the prototype phase, and is currently aimed towards developers.

Any UK resident at least 18 years old and with a credit card can now join the Google Explorer Programme, asking participants to provide feedback.

Here is what Ivy Ross, Google Head of Glass, recently said:

“Technology is at its best when it fits seamlessly into our lives and lets us get on with whatever we’re doing.  Our goal for Glass is exactly that – to make it easier to bring people the technology they rely on without drawing them out of the moment.”

Google is said to be working on facial recognition, an enhanced zoom-in camera and Internet stream for new versions of Glass.

The UK is the second region, following the United States, to receive a Glass product release – with the invite-only program dating back to 2012, with a regular product release in May 2014.  There are an estimated 300,000 Glass users in the United States, but Google hasn’t released official sales numbers.

Despite initial intrigue of Glass, there have been complaints of privacy concerns in the United States.  Some restaurants and bars in San Francisco banned patrons from wearing Glass, and some Glass wearers have been harassed and assaulted.

Thank you to Sky News for providing us with this information

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New Flexible Displays Unveiled by Nokia

It appears that Nokia has unveiled its new folding display technology at the Society for Information Display 2014 conference, having on display two types of high-resolution OLED folding displays.

Though the technology is at its early stages, Nokia cloud be hinting at potential new handsets featuring the flexible displays in the near future. Other manufacturers, such as LG and its Flex handset, have also entered the market with such handsets bearing flexible displays, therefore Nokia might be heading on the right path with these new displays.

The first display is said to have the ability to be folded twice, having Nokia calling it a ‘book type’ display, while the second display has the ability to be folded three times. Both screen are said to measure in at 5.9-inches, having a pixel per inch count of 249 and bearing a resolution of 1280 x 720.

Although the display can be folded, that does not mean it can be folded indefinitely. Nokia has stated that the maximum folds before the display breaks is currently set at 100,000 folds. In addition, the displays can be folded to a 2 mm radius, meaning the screen can not quite touch, but it is impressively close.

In terms of production, the displays are said to be made by forming release, colour filter, TFT and OLED layers on a glass substrate, having the colour filter and OLED layers attached to each other and finally having the glass layer replaced with flexible substrates.

Nokia has not officially stated their intentions with the given flexible displays, but given that the company is a handset and tablet manufacturer, one would guess that new flexible display Lumias could surface in the future.

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Google Loses Lead Glass Engineer To Oculus Rift

Googles Lead Electrical Engineer for Google Glass, Adrian Wong, has left the Mountain View based company in favour of the now Facebook owned Oculus VR. His experience in working with the Google technology will no doubt give him great experience for wearable technology and that’s likely something that attracted him to Oculus, especially now that the hardcore development for Glass appears to be pretty much done. The information came from Wong’s LinkedIn page and it looks like he actually had his last day at Google two weeks ago.

Oculus VR is currently working hard to create their retail hardware, with the DK2 still a couple of months away it looks like it will be late this year or early 2015 before they can get the final hardware released. Of course development is going a lot smoother now that they’ve got someone like Mark Zuckerberg writing the cheques, but having an experienced hardware development team certainly helps, so we’re hoping that Adrian can help speed up production of the next iteration of Oculus Rift.

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Google Glass Available to Everyone in the U.S.A…For One Day

According to news leaked out today, Google will be making the sought after wearable available for one day to the open public.

Google Glass has definitely seen its fair share of public scrutiny, but that hasn’t stopped the search giant from heavily marketing the device. This latest stunt is most likely being used to turn around the general public’s negative outlook on the unit by getting it into more consumer hands for them to genuinely give their feedback.

Of course, it doesn’t come without its stipulations. First of all, like stated above it will only be available to the U.S. market for one day, units are very limited so signing up won’t guarantee you one, and lastly…it will set you back $1500. You read that right…$1500. But the promotion might net you a pair of shades or one of its custom frames for free. Sound like a better deal now ? 😉

The leaked document document displayed by The Verge shows that the decision on this promotion was scheduled to be made today. The announcement of the deal could happen as soon as this coming Tuesday April 15th at 9AM EST (6AM PST), with production ramping up that same day.

So who’s interested in Glass? Any takers?

 

Thank you to The Verge for this information.