NEW YORK: Conventional VR headsets have mostly been heavy and clunky, but the latest from Facebook's parent company Meta is designed to be thinner and lighter. The compact Holocake 2 - Meta's newest effort to bring more users into its planned virtual world - are only a few centimetres thick. The demo of Meta's next planned headset comes amid various tech industry reports that Apple is preparing to muscle into the VR hardware market and potentially steal the thunder of Meta's big plans for virtual platforms. Unfortunately, the Holocake 2 isn't not wireless, and this headset still needs to be hooked up to a computer by cable. In contrast, the company's Quest models do not require a connection to a PC. The compact design of the prototype is mainly due to innovations in the lenses, notably holographic optics, which allows the lens to be practically flat, Meta says. Meta says it's also working on a powerful VR headset the size of a pair of ski goggles. Meta's next device, which … [Read more...] about As rumours of Apple VR headset swirl, Meta showcases new VR hardware
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The popularity of drones has exploded in recent years, so much so that there’s not simply one kind of drone for sale. Drones are specialized now, with models for kids, beginners, flying enthusiasts, racers (yes, there are racing drones), photography and video. No matter what kind of drone you want, these days the best drones are easy to fly, include more versatile cameras and have better collision avoidance features than ever before. Some even work with VR (virtual reality) to provide an immersive first-person flying experience. An RTF (Ready to Fly) drone comes with everything you need to take to the skies right out of the box, and can work well for both drone racing and FPV (First Person View) drone flights. It’s essential to choose the drone that matches your skill level and what you want to use it for—especially when high-end drones can easily run a few thousand dollars. But don’t let that scare you away—you can get a … [Read more...] about Take To The Air With The Best Drones To Shoot Video Or Just Have Fun
Source: AFP Alex Kipman, the leader of the HoloLens mixed reality group at Microsoft, has been let go by the company following various allegations of misconduct. Business Insider, who first broke the story (via The Verge), reported that over 25 employees at Microsoft published an internal report detailing several instances of alleged misconduct, including inappropriate touching, and watching a lewd VR video in front of employees, while in the office. Also Read: Microsoft says will not resist unionization efforts by employees Three employees relayed to the publication that they had been warned not to leave women alone around Kipman. Employees even went on to say that COVID-19 lockdowns were the best thing to happen, since it meant they, "never had to interact with him in person." Publication Geekwire managed to corroborate the report , by obtaining an internal email from Scott Guthrie, Head for Microsoft' Cloud services. In the mail, Guthrie said, "We have … [Read more...] about Microsoft fires HoloLens head Alex Kipman after several allegations of misconduct
Three service Chiefs with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh The three service chiefs separately met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and briefed him about their plan to implement the Agnipath scheme and related issues against the backdrop of the ongoing protests against the new policy for military recruitment. The scheme announced on June 14 seeks to recruit youngsters in the age bracket of 17-and-a-half to 21 years for a four-year period, with a provision to retain 25 per cent of them for 15 more years. For 2022, the upper-age limit has been extended to 23 years. It is learnt that Army chief General Manoj Pande, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar apprised Modi of the overall induction process and the steps being taken by them for a successful rollout of the scheme. There was no official comment on the meetings. The Centre has been strongly defending the scheme, saying the "transformative reform" measure for recruitment in the armed … [Read more...] about Three service chiefs brief PM on Agnipath scheme
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Over the last several centuries technology has dramatically impacted the world and people's lives. You can trace these technological breakthroughs back to the wheel, Gutenberg Press , then to the steam engines, locomotion, the cotton gin, the telephone, Edison's light bulbs, and even the first automobiles introduced in the late 1800s. I saw a stat recently that from the first flight of the Wright Brothers and the birth of aviation to landing on the moon were just about 60 years apart. Film, radio, and television technology has expanded our world, and with the Internet, that world has become simultaneously more broad and more intimate. Radar and satellites brought pinpoint navigation to all sorts of applications that have changed our world for the better. And of course, the introduction of big iron computing in the late 40s and 50s to personal computers in 1972 and then commercialized by Apple in 1977 birthed the age of … [Read more...] about What Next Big Technology Will Impact Our World As Much As The iPhone?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Michael Johnston is the Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer at TEAL , the world's leading Internet of Things (IoT) networking platform. If you think of the wireless internet as a multilane highway, we’re rapidly heading toward an inflection point. When the highway was first built by global mobile network operators (MNOs), there were fewer cars (devices) on the road. Now, however, personal computing devices (i.e., cellphones and laptops) are consuming more and more data but make up a smaller and smaller fraction of the total connected device universe. The Internet of Things (IoT) is exploding exponentially, and somewhere around 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2030. This is leading us toward a potential traffic jam, where existing cellular technology will be unable to support growing demand for a wide range of consumer and IoT use cases without the rollout and adoption of new network … [Read more...] about A Traffic Jam On The Internet Superhighway
Two years ago, everyone in the city of Erfurt was thrilled when rhinoceros Marcita gave birth to a little bull. The zoo was particularly excited and set up a poll so the public could vote on a name for Marcita's second cub. Two years on, Marcita was expecting again but the rhino cow and little bull named Tayo were unable to welcome the newcomer as both suddenly died within two days. It was not clear why the two rhinos died. Their deaths came as a blow to the staff at the zoo as well as an international breeding programme they were working with. Director Sabine Merz took up the top job at Erfurt zoo at a time when there hadn't been any offspring for seven years. Merz, a trained veterinarian, says her staff introduced a slew of measures but things ended in deep sadness. Erfurt Zoo is part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and also the European Conservation Breeding Programme (EEP) that includes rhino breeding. The species prioritised by EAZA are ones … [Read more...] about Do zoos do enough for conservation to justify captive breeding?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Access to healthcare has always been a global problem, with those in more rural areas suffering the most. The world simply does not have enough clinically trained and specialized physicians concentrated in the areas that need them the most, leading to significant disparities in health outcomes. Lack of access to surgery is one part of this larger problem. Many patients often have to travel hours before they can get to a healthcare center that offers the specialist surgeon they need, especially with regards to more complex medical conditions. This often leads to a prohibitive healthcare journey for patients, resulting in a poorer quality of life. This is what companies such as Proximie are trying to solve. Proximie is a technology company “that that allows clinicians to virtually ‘scrub in’ to any operating room or cath lab from anywhere in the world. By empowering clinicians to share their skills in real-time, we can … [Read more...] about Virtual Platforms For Surgery Are Gaining Traction
(Image Courtesy: Apple) It hasn't been long since Apple unveiled its latest silicon, M2, at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), earlier this week. Now, we are already hearing several talks that suggest Apple will start making a 3nm M2 Pro chip at TSMC, later this year. According to 9to5Mac, who managed to get a look at research from Jeff Pu of the Haitong Intl Tech Research, Apple will continue with TSMC as its main silicon supplier, and the Taiwanese semi-conductor manufacturing company will reportedly start making advanced M2 Pro chips for Apple, based on a 3nm process. Also Read: EU agrees single mobile charging port in blow to Apple Currently, the M2 chip uses the same 5nm node that the M1 was built on. The size of the node is important because smaller the node, the less distance there will be between the transistors on the chip. This will increase performance. Jeff Pu also believes that Apple's long rumored AR/VR mixed reality headset will be launched … [Read more...] about Apple to start production of 3nm M2 Pro chip at TSMC later this year: Report
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Here is this week’s Careers newsletter, which brings the latest news, commentary and ideas about the workplace, leadership and the future of work straight to your inbox every Tuesday. Click here to get on the newsletter list! S alary ranges should be like the nutritional labels on food packaging, one human resources executive wrote in response to my story last week, which reported that Microsoft will be among the first major corporations to include pay information in all U.S. job postings. “Why have we not always done this?” wrote Steve Cadigan , LinkedIn’s first chief human resources officer and a future-of-work expert who wrote the book Workquake , on LinkedIn. “It’s kinda sad that we see this as a big deal.” Yet it is. In a blog post , the tech giant said Wednesday that it would disclose salary ranges in all internal and external U.S. job postings no later than January 2023. That date is … [Read more...] about Pay Ranges Are Coming To Job Postings. Why Hasn’t It Happened Before Now?