Month: Nov 2016

Chess Set Moves By Itself?

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Square Off involves a self-moving chess board
that’s designed to allow people to play chess on a physical board remotely with each other via a smartphone, or against a computer. The board works with magnets and motors that can move pieces around by remote command.

Affordable Virtual Reality

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The Daydream View virtual reality headset is Google’s take on the future of mobile VR. Attractively priced at $80, the newcomer aims to deliver high-quality VR experiences in a stylish and easy-to-use package that is a massive improvement over its predecessor — Google Cardboard.

Easy and Fun to Use
Ease of use and hassle-free setup are key features that make the VR popular Daydream View headset as easy as it gets. All it requires is for you to install the Daydream app on your smartphone, and then place your phone in the VR headset. The latter has NFC connectivity, which turns VR mode on when you close the headset with the phone inside it.

Better cameras. Better control. Better drones.

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The Inspire 2 is their top-of-the-line drone that has been designed to meet the needs of professional filmmakers and photographers. Their goal is to remove any barriers of technology or image quality, so creative professionals can stay true to their vision and get the results they intended.

The Inspire 2 has a new magnesium body which is lighter and stiffer, helping push its top speed to 67 mph and its acceleration from 0-50 mph in only 4 seconds. Although this drone packs quite an impressive punch, its dual battery system guarantees up to 27 minutes of flight time. It also has some impressive altitude—reaching a maximum service ceiling of 16,404 feet above sea level with high-altitude rotors. However, you’ll want to check with FAA regulations on whether you can (legally) enjoy such impressive heights.

But the most important component of the Inspire 2 are its eyes—two onboard Zenmuse X4S and X5S cameras, one forward facing one for the pilot and one on a gimbal for the filmmaker. The drone can capture beyond 4K resolution with a bitrate up to 100Mbps.

The Inspire 2 is $3,000. The Inspire 2 Combo, which includes one Inspire 2 aircraft, one Zenmuse X5S, CinemaDNG, and Apple ProRes License Key, is available for $6,200. Customers who order the Inspire 2 Combo before January 1, 2017 can enjoy a special price of $6,000. Inspire 2 and its accessories are available for pre-order and will start shipping in early December 2016 while customers who purchase the aircraft and camera separately can expect their orders to start shipping in early January 2017.

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