Google Is Working on Standalone AR Headset with Camera and Voice Input

Google’s AR headset is said to sport a camera and voice input.

Google is reportedly working on a standalone Augmented Reality (AR) headset according to a German news site WinFuture.

Codenamed Google A65, the search giant is said to be working with Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta to produce the headset. This is the same company that produced the Pixel C tablet.

The AR headset appears to be equipped with camera sensors and microphones. The latter would be used to operate the device using Google Assistant.

A custom Qualcomm quad core IoT chip called the QSC603 will power the device. The QSC603 could enable the device to support resolutions up to 2,560 x 1,440 resolution and 1080p and 1030p video capture. Additionally, it also supports 3D overlays and Gigabit wireless, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS connectivity, and the Android Neural Networks API.

Google’s latest headset would also feature an additional chipset codenamed “SXR1.”

There’s no timeline yet for the completion of the project but according to WinFuture, it could still be awhile. Talks with partners only started earlier this year so a possible launch is not yet imminent. Of course, Apple is also reportedly in the early stages of developing a standalone headset. We’ll have to wait and see who gets to launch first.

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Oculus Go: Headset Pops Up At the FCC With Two Models

The Oculus Go headset is closer to its target for the 2018 launch date. This was revealed when an FCC listing hinted that a new standalone headset would be a reality. Although we don’t have an official detail yet about the Oculus Go but certainly the recent news is interesting enough.

 

Oculus Go: Specs, Features, and Price

 

 

Based on the FCC listing which was spotted by Mobielkopen, a German tech website, there will be two models of Oculus Go. The tech site described the two models are identical to one of its key features-memory.

 

The Oculus Go’s first model under the name MH-A32 features a 32GB of memory while the other, MH-A64 will have 64GB. This means that the higher the memory, users can actually store more games and applications compared to a 32 GB memory.

It is not yet clear until now if Oculus Go will have an expandable memory with an SD card. The company has yet to confirm if the listing is true and if, it plans to launch two versions of the device. What is certain now is that the FCC listing revealed that Oculus Go would be sold to the public.

 

Regarding price, the MH-A32 model is expected to be sold for an entry price of $199 which was announced last year’s Oculus Connect. While the 64GB version will be sold at a higher price.

 

Also, one of the features of the device is its three degrees of three (3DOF) tracking. The said feature allows users to look around and tilt their head via a Virtual Reality environment. The VR environment is only possible if you wear Gear VR.

AT&T unveils $400 Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox

Beats by Dr. Dre is fast becoming a global icon and a fashion sense. Those big earphones and in-ear plugs have swept through the music scene like a brush fire and the popularity of this gadget grows each and every tick tock of the clock.

Well, telecommunications giant AT&T announced that they will be offering an exclusive Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox to their clients.

This $399 boom box, which is set to arrive in stores and available online on March 11, is a new wireless audio system that has a dock connector for your smartphone. It has two easy-carry handles at the sides design to give you grip as you lift it. The speaker has a remote control and Bluetooth connectivity. It is powered by 6 D-cell batteries.

Also announced by AT&T is the HTC Vivid. They are saying that the latter is set to pick up a software update in the next few weeks. It is said that this upgrade of the Android 4.0. This upgrade will improve the listening experience with Beats by Dr. Dre Audio profiles.

Beats By Dr. Dre Beatbox will also be joined by additional audio accessories. This includes, wireless HD stereo Bluetooth headphones, Beats Solo HD Headphones and UR Beats In-ear Headphones.

Chaotic Moon Labs unveils mind-controlled skateboard

Professor X’s telekinetic ability is a dream any man wants to have. Imagine being able to coerce individuals to believe in all your ideas? The world would be a much better place to live in if ever that happens.

Though we mortals don’t have the innate ability to control human minds, we never stopped believing that we can control things. That’s why the Board of Imagination was created.

This skateboard designed and created by Chaotic Moon Labs can “read” your brain waves and takes you to where you want to.

The company originally created a motion-control skateboard that is equipped with Microsoft Kinect that basically turns your hand to a steering wheel. The device was called the Board of Awesomeness. Unfortunately, the device broke down after a number of tests that includes the Consumer Electronics Show.

The developers decided not to rebuild the latter. Instead they tried to enhance the technology. That’s why we have the Board of Imagination.

The latter doesn’t use the Kinect for controls. Instead, an Emotiv EPOC headset that is connected to a Samsung Windows Tablet. The Emotiv EPOC is gaming accessory that lets you play games with your brain.

Image source: skateandannoy.com