Unity And Unreal Engine Receiving New NVIDIA VR Rendering Technology

Simultaneous Multi-projection technology NVIDIA

After recently unveiling their new Simultaneous Multi-projection technology, NVIDIA has proceeded with including the new rendering technology into its latest series of ‘Pascal’ graphics cards which have been specifically designed to provide the power for immersive virtual reality experiences.

NVIDIA has today announced that the new SM projection technology will soon be available via the Unreal Engine and Unity games creation software and engines.

NVIDIA explains more about its Simultaneous Multi-projection technology and its features and benefits, that allow the graphics cards to gain a “3x VR graphics performance improvement over previous generation GPUs”

Simultaneous Multi-projection’ (hereafter ‘SMP’) allows Pascal-based GPUs to render multiple views from the same origin point with just one geometry pass; rendering multiple views this way previously would have required a pass for each projection, but with SMP up to 16 views can be rendered in a single pass (or up to 32 projections in the case of rendering from two viewpoints for VR).

SMP can be used specifically for VR to achieve what Nvidia calls ‘Lens Matched Shading’. The goal of LMS is to avoid rendering pixels which end up being discarded in the final view sent to the display in the VR headset after the distortion process.

For more information on the new Simultaneous Multi-projection technology created by NVIDIA jump over to the official website for details and full specifications.

Anki Cozmo Robot SDK Beta Launches October 2016

Anki Cozmo Robot

Anki the company behind the awesome next generation racing car system controlled by mobile devices and the new Anki Cozmo Robot which was unveiled last month. Which is now available to preorder priced at $160, offering a $20 saving of the proposed retail price of $180.

Anki have this week announced the upcoming launch of the Anki Cozmo Robot SDK Beta software, that will be made available to developers during October 2016. Check out the promotional behind-the-scenes video below to learn more about the Anki Cozmo Robot and its capabilities.

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Anki explain more about the Cozmo Robot SDK which will be available in a couple of months time during October 2016 :

Making a loveable character with the level of personality and depth that only existed in films was only half the battle. We wanted to make it easy for anyone to access our technology. Cozmo was built with this in mind since the early planning phases.

This is why we’re releasing a free SDK for anyone to tap into the power of Cozmo.

In addition to giving you access to the low level functionality of Cozmo, such as setting wheel speed, lift position, head position, or reading sensor data – from camera stream to accelerometers – we are also giving you access to the high level functions we developed over the past 4 years. This is where things really start to get interesting.

With the SDK Beta, for example, you’ll be able to:

– Use the computer vision system to track and recognize faces and facial expressions and estimate their position and orientation in 3D space.
– Tap into the localization system with access to the robot’s internal map and all objects in it.
– Utilize path and motion planners with obstacle avoidance, etc.
– Explore Cozmo’s behavior system and execute high level behaviors such as look-around, findFaces, findCubes, etc.
– Use the entire animation system of the robot with access to all animations and sounds our character team has created.

This means, with the SDK, you’ll be able to use Cozmo’s facial recognition to identify faces and take actions, or his computer vision and path planning to navigate around obstacles in his environment, or tap into his animation system to choreograph complex movements upon command.

And that’s just the beginning.

Nanotech Tattoos Created To Track Muscle And Nerve Activity

Nanotech Tattoos

New temporary nanotech tattoos have been created that are capable of being easily attached and removed from human skin and are capable of tracking movement and facial expressions.

The new temporary nano tattoos are now starting to find practical medical applications and according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Aviv University researchers have unveiled a new thin, non-invasive carbon electrode they have developed that can be placed on the skin to measure muscle and nerve activity and may soon be able to help restore damaged tissue. Professor Yael Hanein created the device as an alternative to electromyography but Other applications are also being identified, Prof. Hanein explains :

The ability to identify and map people’s emotions has many potential uses. Advertisers, pollsters, media professionals, and others — all want to test people’s reactions to various products and situations.

For more details and specifications about the new nano tech temporary tattoos jump over to the website via the links below.

AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 Specifications Officially Unveiled By AMD

AMD Radeon RX 470

AMD has today announced the hardware specifications for its two new graphics cards that take the form of the AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460. Confirming what had been previously leaked, revealing the specifications ahead of today’s official announcement, for AMD’s second and third Polaris architecture graphics cards.

As you can see from the AMD slides the Radeon RX 460 graphics card is based on the new 14 nm Polaris11 “Baffin” silicon and would provide a great piece of hardware for MOBA games that only require light graphical requirements.

While the AMD Radeon RX 470 has been created by AMD to provide gamers with a graphics card that is capable of playing everything at a resolution of 1080p. The Tech Power Up website explains a little more about the hardware specifications for the new AMD graphics cards.

AMD Radeon RX 460

The Radeon RX 470 is carved out from the Polaris10 “Ellesmere” silicon that the RX 480 is based on, it features 2,048 stream processors across 32 GCN compute units, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory.

The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. The Radeon RX 460, on the other hand, features 896 stream processors across 14 compute units, 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 128-bit wide memory interface, and relies on the PCI-Express slot entirely for power. The reference RX 460 board looks quite similar to the Radeon R9 Nano, but features a simpler spiral heatsink under the fan. Despite rumors to the contrary, it looks like Vega is on-course for a 2017 launch after all.

Microsoft CAP Offers Competition To IFTTT

Microsoft CAP

Microsoft has unveiled a new productivity system they have created called Microsoft CAP, which is been designed to provide a way to set up automated tasks depending on certain criteria, in a similar way to that offered by IFTTT.

The new Microsoft Conditional Action Programmer or CAP for short is now available to try out and provides a personal task completion agent that is capable of connecting to a variety of different services such as MS Office 365 email, OneDrive, Pocket and more.

Microsoft explains more :

First let’s agree….. worst name ever. Now that we’re past that, here’s our story, and an ask. CAP is an experimental project from Microsoft Technology and Research, available to you as and Android app on Google Play Store and the web. We need your help to continue to improve natural language understanding. You can help us and benefit from automatic task completion at the same time by using CAP!

CAP understands natural language When creating a new task start typing, in simple If-Then fashion, to connect your favorite devices and services together. As you refine your description, the system will also try to give its best interpretation of what you want to do.

To try out the new Microsoft CAP service jump over to the official website to sign up for details and to create an account.

EE Is Giving Its Mobile Customers Free BT Sport

BT Sport

EE has announced a new deal with British Telecom that will see all of its mobile customers get free access to BT Sport.

If you are a mobile customer with EE then you will get six months free access to the BT Sport app, this is for pay monthly, tablet and SIM only customers.

From 27 July, EE customers on consumer and small business pay monthly handset, tablet and SIM only plans* will be able to access to all the BT Sport channels on their smartphone or tablet. Sports fans can stream the most anticipated action live, or watch highlights over EE’s award-winning 4G network as well as WiFi whenever they choose.

The BT Sport offer is the first of a series of benefits to be made available to EE customers now that EE is part of BT Group, and the first time that a BT service will be promoted through EE’s retail stores nationwide.

You can find out more details about how you can get free access to BT Sport over at EE at the link below.

Line IPO Could Raise $1.14 Billion

Line IPO

Messaging app Line has announced its pricing for its IPO and the company could raise around $1.14 billion.

The Line IPO is being launched in the US and also Japan at the same time, the company has set a price on its shares of ¥3,300.

Line had delayed establishing its IPO price range in late June as global markets reeled from the impact of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union. But the company subsequently raised its target range, indicating that investors are keen on the IPO despite recent market turmoil following the Brexit vote. Line initially had set an indicative price of ¥2,800 for its shares.

Line is offering 13 million new shares in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and 22 million shares in the New York Stock Exchange. A further 5.25 million shares will be sold through a “green-shoe” option, which allows for the issuance of additional shares if there is exceptional demand.

The shares in Line will start trading this week, on Thursday in the US and on Friday in Japan.

DJI GEO Geofencing Update Helps Keep Pilots Out Of No-Fly Zones

DJI Drone App Update Helps Keep Pilots Out Of No-Fly Zones

Drone manufacturer DJI has today announced the rollout of a new update to its DJI GO application which brings with it new GEO Geofencing features which have been added to help pilots stay out of sensitive locations and protect airports, Wildfire Operations and other services.

The DJI GO app is used to control the companies Phantom and Inspire Quad copters and will now help pilots stay away from airports and other sensitive locations, and automatically update with temporary flight restrictions around wildfires, says DJI.

The new GEO system update is available for iOS and Android and is available on all Inspire models as well as the Phantom 4, Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced models. Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affair

Safety is DJI’s top priority, which is why we first introduced geofencing technology three years ago and have been steadily refining the industry’s best technology to enhance aviation safety. Drone pilots want to fly safely, and our GEO system helps DJI customers fly responsibly while also enabling the full capabilities of remotely piloted aircraft.

More information about DJI’s geofencing system jump over to the official site via the link below.

Open Source Wireless Platform OpenCellular Unveiled By Facebook

Open Source Wireless Platform

Today Facebook has unveiled a new open source wireless platform the company has created called OpenCellular, which has been created to improve connectivity in remote areas of the world.

The OpenCellular platform has been designed to improve connectivity and can be deployed to support a range of different communication options, from an access point supporting everything from 2G to LTE to a network in a box.

Facebook plans to open source all the hardware designs along with all the necessary firmware and control software. To allow telecom operators, OEMs, entrepreneurs and researchers to locally build and deploy wireless infrastructures. Facebook explains more about the new OpenCellular open source wireless platform they have unveiled today.

Today we are announcing the OpenCellular access platform, and over time, we will be open-sourcing the design. We will also work on other elements like the software management system, hardware design, baseband, amplifier, filter, mounting device, and antennas.

One of the reasons the expansion of cellular networks has stalled is that the ecosystem is constrained. Traditional cellular infrastructure can be very expensive, making it difficult for operators to deploy it everywhere and for smaller organizations or individuals to solve hyperlocal connectivity challenges. It’s often unaffordable for them to attempt to extend network access in both rural and developed communities.

In many cellular network deployments, the cost of the civil and supporting infrastructure (land, tower, security, power, and backhaul) is often much greater than the cost of the cellular access point itself. One of our goals was to make architectural and design improvements that would result in lower costs associated with the civil and supporting infrastructure.

With OpenCellular, we want to develop affordable new technology that can expand capacity and make it more cost-effective for operators to deploy networks in places where coverage is scarce. By open-sourcing the hardware and software designs for this technology, we expect costs to decrease for operators and to make it accessible to new participants.

For more details on the OpenCellular wireless platform unveiled by Facebook jump over to their official Code website full details and more resources.

BBC iPlayer Radio App Starts To Rollout Internationally

BBC iPlayer Radio App

The BBC has today announced the launch of an international BBC iPlayer Radio app which is first available to download and use within the Republic of Ireland.

The BBC iPlayer Radio application was first launched in the UK during 2012 and will now take the same radio programs to a global audience offering a variety of BBC stations that include the BBC World Service English.

The rollout of the new iPlayer Radio application is the first stage in a global launch and the app is now available in for iOS, Android and Amazon devices in Ireland. Using the BBC iPlayer Radio application listeners can access live radio programmes from the World Service and radio stations across the UK. Features include the new BB iPlayer Radio app include :

– Catch up or listen again to their favourite BBC Radio programmes
– Download podcasts to enjoy anywhere, even when offline
– Browse and listen to carefully curated BBC Radio highlights and collections
– View daily schedules and categories quickly and easily
– Discover audio and video clips, including many live performances
– See what tracks are playing on air as well as track lists for on-demand programmes
– Wake up to and doze off to BBC Radio with a built-in alarm clock and night mode
– James Montgomery, Digital Development Director, BBC News and Current Affairs, says: “The new international BBC iPlayer Radio app makes it easier for audiences around the world to discover and enjoy the richness of our output – both live radio and to downloaded content.

Mary Hockaday, Controller BBC World Service English, says:

We hope that the app will be a destination on mobile homescreens for audiences around the world who want to explore the breadth of BBC radio, from news and current affairs to drama, comedy and music. This launch also comes at a time when the UK is at the centre of a huge news story which the BBC is helping to explain to audiences worldwide.

We have a valued audience of 66 million globally for the English BBC World Service. I’m thrilled the new BBC iPlayer Radio app offers another way for listeners around the world to find and enjoy our programmes, and take them with them wherever they go. With this app, we hope to give new audiences the chance to unlock a wealth of World Service content, as they explore what the BBC iPlayer Radio has got to offer.

Currently BBC World Service English is available on analogue/DAB Radio, online, and through its partner stations around the world.