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Looking Glass Portrait – Your First Personal Holographic Display

Looking Glass Portrait, the new personal holographic display, is already funded and primed for release in the first half of 2021.

The new device from Looking Glass Factory, billed as a personal holographic display for your desk, will enable users to share 3D content and is a step toward holographic video calls.

US holographic display developer Looking Glass Factory only announced plans to release the device today, launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund its development. But an initial special price of $199 for the display, which will ultimately retail at $349, saw Looking Glass achieve its target in 45 minutes.

This 7.9” holographic light field display significantly scales down existing technology, while offering improved ambient anti-reflective properties that enhance the visual quality of images.  Looking Glass Portrait generates up to 100 perspectives of a 3D image and projects them simultaneously, requiring no 3D glasses, eye tracking or headsets. The real selling point of Looking Glass Portrait is its standalone mode. The device’s in-built computer and software stack can run high-fidelity recorded holographic media at 60fps. It also works in tethered mode with PCs and Macs. Users will be able to upload, edit and load up to a 1,000 pieces of holographic media

Looking Glass Portrait will ship with the new HoloPlay Studio software, which enables users to upload, edit and load up to a 1,000 pieces of holographic media. The device supports Azure Kinect, Intel RealSense and iPhone cameras with Portrait mode capabilities for holographic video capture and sharing. Looking Glass Factory is excited about the potential of Looking Glass Portrait for advanced users. The device supports a range of software, including Unreal Engine, Unity, Autodesk Maya, and Blender, enabling developers and artists to create and share a range of interactive applications and 3D art.

The Kickstarter for Looking Glass Portrait is still live and the special price of $199 is in effect until tomorrow.

More info HERE.

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First Passengers Travel Safely On A Hyperloop

Virgin Hyperloop made history last week as the first people successfully traveled in a hyperloop pod.

The testing campaign, from the beginning stages all the way through to the successful demonstration, was overseen by the industry-recognized Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) Certifer. Having undergone a rigorous and exhaustive safety process, the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle demonstrates many of the safety-critical systems that will be found on a commercial hyperloop system and is equipped with a state-of-the-art control system that can detect off-nominal states and rapidly trigger appropriate emergency responses.

Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, were the first people in the world to ride on this new form of transportation. The test took place at Virgin Hyperloop’s 500 meter DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada where the company has previously run over 400 un-occupied tests.

The occupants made their maiden voyage on the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, which was custom-built with occupant safety and comfort in mind. While the production vehicle will be larger and seat up to 28 passengers, this 2-seater XP-2 vehicle was built to demonstrate that passengers can in fact safely travel in a hyperloop vehicle.

“Hyperloop is about so much more than the technology. It’s about what it enables – the trips you’d be able to take from Paris to Berlin, Lisbon to Madrid, or Warsaw to Prague,” said Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience for Virgin Hyperloop. “To me, the passenger experience ties it all together. And what better way to design the future than to actually experience it first-hand?”

By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions. With the goal to be safety certified by 2025 and begin commercial operations by 2030, the 100% electric Virgin Hyperloop system could play a key role in helping achieve the European Green Deal’s climate-neutrality objective.

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SpaceX Spacesuits

Commander Douglas Hurley and astronaut Robert Behnken were the first Americans to launch into space from their home soil in nearly nine years. 

SpaceX designed its spacesuit for astronauts to wear inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft as they fly to and from the International Space Station and to ensure their safety as they operate in low-Earth orbit. 

The suit is custom-made for each passenger aboard Crew Dragon and is designed to be functional, lightweight, and to offer protection from potential depressurization. A single connection point on the suit’s thigh attaches life support systems, including air and power connections. 

The helmet is custom manufactured using 3D printing technology and includes integrated valves, mechanisms for visor retraction and locking, and microphones within the helmet’s structure. 

In a two-minute clip released by the company — which you can view below SpaceX spacesuits and crew equipment manager Chris Trigg explains that the priority of the suit was to create something “easy to use” which can “take care of itself” once you’re seated in the capsule and plugged into the chair. “The suit is really one part of the bigger dragon system. It’s really part of the vehicle, so we think of it as a suit seat system. The seat that the crew is in and the suit are in a lot of ways working together.”

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Rotary Cellphone Concept

Space engineer Justine Haupt took a rotary mechanism from an old Trimline telephone and combined it with a microcontroller and a cellular transceiver.  She housed it all in a 3D-printed casing and created a one-of-a-kind cell phone. Curved ePaper was later added on the back for relevant messages like the most recent missed call. 

Haupt says the point isn’t to be anachronistic, but rather to show it’s possible to have a usable, functional phone without anything even closely resembling a touch screen.

Read more HERE.

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Different Ways of Using A Phone Locator

In case you are walking somewhere and your phone gets stolen or snatched, the first thing you think about is all the data that you have saved in it. You start worrying and your mind goes blank. In order to make such moments a little bearable for you, there are a lot of apps nowadays which can help you to locate your phone and get it back. 

Not only this but a phone locator application can enable you to screen your friends and family with only a basic snap of the screen. Although these are some simple applications but do you know how these applications actually work? Or about the numerous ways they can enable you to discover all the data you’re searching for? If not, this article will let you know precisely how mobile phone following applications work, and the most ideal approaches to utilize it. 

Mobile snatching has become really common since a long time ago. Although cell phones are now more advanced and include all the necessary features still there are expensive phones in which mobile tracker doesn’t work properly. 

Only a portion of these highlights incorporates GPS following capacities, content checking, photograph/video extraction, and internet-based life cautions. While a considerable lot of these highlights are significant, the client should initially know how their cell phone following application functions so as to take advantage of the product. 

How Cell Phone Tracker Apps Work:

Wireless tracker applications work by enacting a GPS following framework, which pinpoints the accurate area of the person on the gadget. Phone locator or Global Positioning System, is a route framework that interfaces numerous systems of satellites. These satellites then give exact area information on the numerous gadgets situated the world over. 

These GPS satellites work by sending a sign of the cell phone with the help of a mobile locator app. The GPS recipient will at that point interface with this sign, looking at the time it was sent and from which place. The outcome being the separation between the satellite and the physical signals. All of this information will at that point brief the GPS recipient’s framework to ascertain the location where his phone is present with precise accuracy and proficiency. 

Phone Locator Devices:

For an Android telephone, the requirement to spy a gadget can be utilized by the device manager of android. While for iPhones, the equivalent should be possible utilizing the “Discover My iPhone” work. 

If you think the strategies about phone locator  there are not enough you can easily look for few outsider applications that can do this activity as well. These sorts of applications have worked in capacities which can follow the telephone’s area, yet other information found in the focused on gadget also. This sort of programming is, for the most part, alluded to as a  spy application for mobile, and there is a wide range of one’s available today. The app from each brand greatly differs from one another as far as quality and highlights are concerned. Perhaps the best alternative out there for phone locators are the ones that are already present in your device. 

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Technology And The Internet Drive Modern Gaming

The entertainment business has accompanied humanity for a long time, and in many forms too. Perhaps since the moment people were able to fulfill their basic needs and started thinking about their free time and what more there is to life. A variety of amusing games, especially in modern times, surely is a crucial part of it all. 

Interesting games have been faithful servants for bored individuals on numerous occasions in history. The most unsophisticated ones involved simple solutions and ordinary materials: rocks, wooden pawns, then cards and basic boards. But they were enjoyed all the same. Unsurprisingly, the development of technology changed the big picture in a spectacular way. Above all with the introduction of video and computer games, and then by the invention of the world wide web. 

The gaming industry, being particularly susceptive to new technological concepts and driven by the fresh approach, is changing a great deal. Even before our very eyes. It is also an ever-growing business generating colossal revenues, which incites companies and developers to do everything they can to take a leading position above the competition. Lucky for the gamers out there, everybody should be able to find what they like. 

While playing the game on its own is a great way for many of us to relax and kill a few hours, you can always take it to the next level. Provided you are good enough, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make some extra cash on your hobby. The opportunities to face some serious opposition and compete for real money are here. Various e-sport competitions gather many talented players to prestigious tournaments and millions of viewers online. Cash prize pools increase according to the level of interest as well. 

A different, but equally exciting, concept of making a profit and having fun at the same time lies in the form of playing cards, poker especially. The online poker community is strong and significant, so there is no shortage of quality places to go to and check out the game and its various types. The most commonly recognized has to be Texas Hold’em; it gives plenty of room to shine for professionals and amateurs alike. Potential earnings on the biggest live events are also encouraging, to say the least. 

The most appreciated gaming positions are surely the ones that can engage crowds and give the possibility for a quality and healthy rivalry among the players. No wonder that online games are always in fashion, and all the new titles aiming for commercial success have to consider a multiplayer feature. Some genres are more popular than others; there are different trends floating around, making an impact on the community from time to time. Just like the big craze for battle royale type games, which are a mix of exploration and survival mode, represented by Fortnite and Apex Legends. One thing is for sure, the new ideas and ground-breaking solutions will keep on coming alongside the increasing technological progress, as well as players’ thirst for more. 

Just like the gaming industry is a big part of the whole entertainment business, the internet and technology are crucial for games. This relationship will likely grow in the future. We, as dedicated gamers, can only expect exciting things to come out as a result.

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Apple Sends Out Media Invites For WWDC Keynote On June 3

Apple today sent out media invites for the keynote event of its 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. 

The WWDC keynote will provide a first look at new software that Apple is debuting in 2019, including iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. 

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Amazon Scout

Amazon Scout is a fully-electric delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers using autonomous delivery devices.  These devices are the size of a small cooler, and roll along sidewalks at a walking pace. Scout will begin delivering packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington.

How will delivery by Amazon Scout work? 

Customers in Snohomish County order just as they normally would and their Amazon packages will be delivered either by one of Amazon’s partner carriers or by Amazon Scout. Customers can shop on the Amazon App or amazon.com and enjoy the same delivery options including fast, free same-day, one-day and two-day shipping for Prime members.  Amazon is starting with six Amazon Scout devices, delivering packages Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route but will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee. 

After Amazon ensures the devices can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in their path, the hope is that Scout will be added to the growing suite of innovative delivery solutions for customers!

Learn more HERE.

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The Boring Company Loop System

In a tunnel underneath the streets of Hawthorne, CA, Elon Musk’s other venture, The Boring Company is focused on the future of urban mobility. 

Musk invited a select group of people to come and try their first test tunnel. 1.14 miles in length. The tunnel is built for autonomous electric vehicles outfitted with deployable tracking wheels. The video below shows one of these early test runs, from lowering down the elevator shaft at the start to its return to the surface via a separate elevator at the end. 

Concept Transport Vehicle

In addition to private vehicles, the company will also operate a number of its own vehicles as public transit, however, no opening date has been set.

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Is There Cause for Concern?

Is There Cause for Concern? This is the Question that has been asked about the budget Chinese phones with relation to your privacy. 

Well, trusting any brand you have never heard of with your security and your privacy is not a wise idea, and unfortunately many budget-priced Android smartphones have been proven to have some security and privacy problems. 

For instance, last July the Russian antivirus firm (Dr.Web) stated that the models they had tested under the Nomu and the Leagoo names actually had a malware program built right into the firmware, and to my mind,  that is simply outrageous and completely unacceptable. 

Also, I read that just lately Amazon suspended the sales of phones that are marketed by BLU because of (get this!) snooping adware was built into the devices, although it only took a few days for Amazon to be selling the phone again, which again makes me very wary how Amazon can guarantee the security of this make. 

These reports of cheap Chinese handsets (including the Blu phones) are not new as spyware allegations were made last autumn, and it seems that the collection of user data is alive and well, so does this mean that if I invested in a cheap Android phone then I am running the risk of having my security and privacy compromised?  

This could be so as many researchers now believe that buying a phone from China is like playing a game of Russian roulette with your privacy, and more so they firmly advocate anyone who is considering doing this to think twice before buying and Android phone from any manufacturer that is unfamiliar. 

I guess that this makes a lot of sense because if you think about it if your phone is going to cost say less than £80 or so unlocked and if it doesn’t make you watch adds then how is the company going to make money? 

Sometimes, if I have a little free time in my day, I like to enjoy the odd slots game online and usually I like to use those sites that show you how to deposit with your phone. Now, If I thought that the makers of my phone were collecting my personal data about how I spend my time on my phone I wold not be best pleased. 

Paying for my games using my mobile phones is one of the ways that I guarantee that my banking details are not used, and I believe that this is a more secure way of playing at any game or online casino site, and I do not want my anonymity compromised.

The same goes for those that use bitcoin via the blockchain as the who purpose of the crypto currency is to provide practically instant and anonymous payments, no-one wants any phone company to collect their data in an underhand way and use it for their own gain. 

So, I would say, research the model and the brand, research the seller’s reputation and don’t take every review as gospel. 

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