Oculus Already Working on Second Consumer Version

Since Oculus announced their consumer version of the Oculus Rift there has been much conversation on what is to come next in Oculus Rift’s lineup, so the question is Oculus rift already working on the second version of the Rift?

”Of course” says the Oculus’s founder, Palmer Luckey. ”There certain things you have to,” he paused, “there are components with long lead times, years even, or custom optimizations that aren’t going to fit into their roadmap for a few years. Those are the kind of things you have to start doing some work on if you want to ship a product on time.” What those things are specifically, Palmer wouldn’t elaborate, but there is plenty of room for speculation.

Oculus has been investing a large amount of its resources into computer vision technology, purchasing companies like Surreal Vision, The 13th Lab and Nimble. additionally Oculus’ newest running partner Microsoft is investing into the computer vision scene with its Hololens and has some of the most advanced projects in the field.

The idea of AR in a VR headset is quite far from new but is has never been truly perfected. Early concepts of the Rift have shown a forward-facing camera at the front of the face, a feature which seems to have been removed for the first customer edition.

An image (see above) from Will Steptoe’s “AR Rift” project that used two cameras at the front of the Rift to create mixed reality experiences. Will now works for Oculus…

One of the images leaked earlier this year showing an early concept image for the CV1 – note the camera

It seems very obvious that Oculus would like to evantually enable inside-out tracking within its own headset-meaning that it would no longer require and external sensor for positional tracking. this will eliminate any issues with occlusion as well as enabling positional tracking.

It’s good to see that Oculus are continuing to push the Rift even further even when the first consumer version isn’t available yet

Will you get the Oculus rift or wait till the second consumer version?

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Rubik’s Cube 3x3x3 World Record Set at 5.25 Seconds

The Rubik’s cube, plaguing everyone since the late 1970’s. Millions were sold, millions were broken down to cheat; few were actually completed. Yet there seems to be a steady pace of Rubik’s fans around the world that still attend events revolving around this monstrous creation.

During the finals stages of a Rubik’s Cube competition at Central Bucks West High School in Pennsylvania on Saturday; Colin Burns sat down to what was to be the world record breaking attempt. The previous record stood at 5.55 seconds, held by Mats Valk from the Netherlands, but Burns slipped in and beat the time by .3 of a second; pinning the new record at 5.253 seconds.

The following video is very loud, please adjust you volume accordingly.

The competition was an officially held event by the World Cube Association; a representative confirmed “Although this result has not been uploaded to the WCA database just yet, we can confirm that this is (or will be soon) the new official WCA world record for the 3x3x3 single solve category. To our best knowledge, it has been performed in an official competition, with all the rules being followed, even the scramble has been checked for its correctness.”

5.25 seconds, it took me that long to understand the first move from a YouTube video. Have you ever completed one? What about without hints off the internet? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Mashable for providing us with this information

 

Second GTA V PC Trailer Released!

Yesterday we brought you news of the new Grand Theft Auto V trailer, which was pretty exciting to say the least. Now it seems that the second trailer has found its way online, showing off the online components for the upcoming blockbuster.

The video comes directly from the Rockstar Russian YouTube channel, so it’s certainly legit and we expect a global release of the video over the next few hours. Fortunately, the audio is in English, with just some Russian subs coded into the video.

The game is already at fever pitch with the gaming community, after being delayed on PC for longer than I care to count. New graphics, new features and a whole lot more cool stuff is on it’s way.

Are you ready to play GTA V on your PC? Check the official system requirements here.

Huawei: 5G Will Be Here By 2020 – Speeds Up To 100X Faster Than 4G

4G has now been implemented around the globe in major cities for just over a year now. Looking for constant advancement in technology, Huawei have claimed that their new 5G infrastructure and technology will reach 100 times the speed of 4G by the year 2020.

As we reported, Huawei have announced their plans for a 4.5G opening in China by 2016, so this information coming to light is quite interesting. Will 4.5G still be worked on, or is Huawei looking to skip it and reach straight for the stars? 4.5G is set to provide the average user with 100Mbps speeds stable and support up to 30,000,000 connections per tower – set to be somewhat of a ‘patch’ for the current 4G offering, which often experiences connectivity, signal and data transfer issues.

In comes 5G, claiming a 10Gps peak transfer speed – quite possibly faster than your phone can process. Coming from backward Australia, I can only dream of a day when internet will out-perform things like your computers HDD speeds or LAN infrastructure – with 5G in the pipeline, it seems like somewhat of a reality.

As with all new major advancements in technology from 4K cable streaming to 10km data “fricken lasers”, the cost of the research, installment and implementation is always something to consider. Taking a look at 4G speeds currently, they’re amazing and offer the user with speeds that are likely much faster than their current ADSL2+ offering, but are extremely expensive. An Australian eSports group called ACL PRO often experience issues with venue internet being poor in Australia – meaning that they have to run their StarCraft II tournaments via multiple 4G ‘wireless sticks’ – seeing hundreds of dollars worth of data transfer flushed down the drain per event. Wouldn’t it be amazing if one day, we could do away with home line ADSL style internet and simply power our whole houses infrastructure simply by walking inside with our mobile phone? Until then, enjoy thousands of dollars a month in downloads of shareware programs and creative commons music through your 4G connection – if you can even get one.

Back to the topic at hand, 5G is set to allow you to reach speeds of up to 10Gpbs, we’ve decided to list out the speeds below to give you an easily viewable comparison of past and future technology.

  • 2G: A few hundred k per second
  • 3G: Up to a few M per second
  • 4G: Two hundred M per second
  • 5G:  10Gbps

Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Chief Engineer Zhang Feng has announced that the global information and communications industry is ushering in a new wave of innovation, cloud computing, networking and other technologies alongside the rapid redevelopment of new applications. All said to be supported by an amazing 5G mobile internet infrastructure.

We will continue to report as the story develops.

Image courtesy of TNW

Samsung Ranked Second in 1,000 in R&D Spendings

As according to Fortune magazine, Samsung has been ranked in consultancy firm ‘Strategy & Global Innovation’s’ top 1,000 list of 2013 in expenditure in Research and Development. According to their data, R & D expenses of these companies were up to $647 billion US in 2013 – a $9 billion US increase in 2012’s results.

These 1,000 top ranked companies accounted for two fifths of total global R & D expenditure, with health care and the computer industry accounting for 50% of the total sum. Other heavily invested industries included that of the automotive and software fields. Below we will list for you the top 10 ranked companies, thanks to CNBeta.

  1. Volkswagen – $13.5 Billion spent at 5.2% total revenue ratio
  2. Samsung – $13.4 Billion spent at 6.4% revenue ratio
  3. Intel – $10.6 Billion spent at 20.1% revenue ratio
  4. Microsoft – $10.4 billion spent at 13.5% revenue ratio
  5. Roche – $10 billion spent at 19% revenue ratio
  6. Novartis – $9.9 billion spent at 16.8% revenue ratio
  7. Toyota – $9.1 billion spent at 3.5% revenue ratio
  8. Johnson & Johnson – $8.2 billion spent at 11.5% revenue ratio
  9. Google – $8 billion spent at 13.2% revenue ratio
  10. Merck – $9.9 billion spent at 17% revenue ratio

It’s interesting to note Intel’s massive revenue ratio coming in to play in this situation – ranking at double many of this lists reported percentages. Samsung’s massive R & D expenditure for 2013 is said to be due to their Smart TV monitors and services, alongside their plans to develop into three departments: Business Development, Institute and Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology. They also already have R & D centers spread across Silicon Valley, Bangalore and Bejing.

I personally didn’t expect Samsung to rank so high in the scheme of things and definitely did not expect Volkswagen to hit number one. If nothing else, the list can at least instill some confidence in the consumer that these companies are trying to better their products more than anyone else – or does it mean that they’re trying to better their products just by throwing money at them? It’s up to you to decide.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

USA Intends to Provide Internet to Villages via Laser

According to US technology news website, TechnologyReview, several US communications carriers are going to pilot a technology which will see a laser beam internet up to speeds of 2 Gbps through the air – meaning underground cables don’t need to be laid. This advanced laser and millimeter wave technology is said to be a replacement for conventional fiber, utilized in situations where the population is sparsely populated – including remote US towns and African Villages.

Why not mobile technology? The reports claim that although mobile technology is generally a good alternative, cables will still need to be run to telephone towers tracing to the ‘internet backbone’  – providing a huge cost for manufacturers. This new laser and millimeter technology will allow these US communications carriers to beam a data transmission at a distance of up to 10 kilometers without the need to dig trenches or erect towers. The first countries to be testing this technology are the United States, Mexico, Nigeria and some parts of Africa.

AOptix is the original inventor of this capability, claiming that they believe laser communications will provide an ideal alternative to optical fiber – once again due to the costing nature of laying cables. Data shows that in New York City, the cost of laying just one kilometer of fiber optic cable can cost up to $800,000.

This isn’t a simple point a to point b device either. AOptix claims that you can set up multiple devices to be set as a relay, allowing for 10km worth of transmission to take place per unit. There are a few possible issues with this technology that they haven’t covered in their releases however. How much do these units cost and do they need line-of-sight?

The announcement of this new technology also could have military use, but we’re very interested to know if it needs direct line-of-sight to function.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

Apple’s Second Campus Build in Full Swing

Pictured above is the scale model for Apple’s Campus 2, being constructed in Cupertino, California.

The new building is to be completely circular in shape, includes some crazy extras and has already set the giant manufacturer $160 million in purchases for the land rights. But as for recent updates, there has been some sneak peek photos posted to Twitter by San Francisco news and traffic reporter Ron Cervi:

Cervi’s photo confirms the curved structuring and you can pinpoint a few underground tunnels that have already been dug out.

This campus was originally announced in 2006 by the late Steve Jobs with a commencement date of 2013 set. Unfortunately due to delays, it didn’t begin construction until 2014 with an extended finishing date of “sometime in 2016”.

Built to house 13,000 employees, it’s certainly an extravagant spaceship look-alike building. Believed to be featuring 7,000 trees, a 3,000 person café, a 1,000 seat auditorium, 300,000 square feet of research and development, fitness facilities and even includes an orchard.

Unfortunately, that’s all the information available at hand currently, but when there are future updates we will be sure to report.

What do you think of such extravagant establishment setups? Do you think companies like Apple, Blizzard and Google are going over the top with their facilities? Or is it all part of their company culture and brand recognition plans?

Cover image courtesy of Design Collector

Construction update image courtesy of Ron Cervi