Friday, May 26, 2017

Skreens

The ecosystem for screens that can proliferate with little physical presence will be helped dramatically when managing the sources of the video content gets easier.

All of this improves the ecosystem for PicoP adoption.

I know almost nothing about this company, but it appears to me they're onto something.

Skreens

Skreens For Smarthome

Skreens simple and powerful interface allows you to deliver experiences combining broadcast and streaming video, gaming, social media and Internet content, home automation and security feeds seamlessly combined on a single screen.
Increase customer satisfaction by making entertainment more enjoyable, news more informative, games more fun, and home automation more accessible.
Improve your revenues with Skreens; simply and amplify the value of all the services to your home entertainment solution.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Everyone KNOWS Best Buy is going down, right?

Watch this one unfold. 

37,000,000 shares short.  

Short Float13.65%

At Finviz


Renault to Acquire Software R&D from Intel



There is a LOT of interest in this area, and a lot of moving parts.  

What the exact results of this deal will be we don't know. It's possible that Renault wants to sell technology as much as automobiles. 

In the realm of hardware for self driving cars, Microvision has a very nice place at the table. A great mid-range laser scanning technology.

Don't forget the recent highlighting of cooperation between Microvision and Intel. (This is no accident.)

AutomotiveIT


The R&D unit specializes in embedded software, which is important for the development of connected and autonomous cars. Renault said the acquisition, set to be finalized this year, will bring more than 400 software experts to the company.

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The transaction doesn’t mean Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is losing interest in the car industry. The California-based company has recently stepped up its automotive activities, focusing on autonomous-driving technologies.
Earlier this month, Intel opened a Silicon Valley innovation center for autonomous driving. And in March, it signed a definitive agreement to acquire sensor specialist Mobileye. Sensors are an important source of data future cars will need to drive autonomously.
To address the major technological challenges of the future and pursue profitable growth, Renault has four primary focuses: international development; complementary coverage across its three brands (Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors); electric vehicles; and its alliance with Nissan.


Just-Auto

"They'll be bringing Renault expertise, advanced methods and tools, plus access to a sound network of suppliers, laboratories and partner companies. Some teams already have automotive-specific skills in multimedia and connectivity."



The acquisition will proceed through Groupe Renault purchasing a company formed by Intel to take in the embedded software R&D activity at the Toulouse and Sophia Antipolis sites. The new company will be attached to the Groupe Renault Alliance Systems Engineering Department.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Verizon to offer new Video Streaming service

This is pretty interesting. This would probably be an ad-driven model for profit. That is one of the reasons that the Yahoo acquisition is important to it.


TechCrunch


Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed the company’s plans to launch an over-the-top streaming service later this year, according to a report from Variety, citing remarks the CEO made at a telecom conference in Boston this week. Verizon (which owns TechCrunch parent company AOL), will use the combined platform of AOL and Yahoo – and their 1.3 billion users – to test the new platform, McAdam said.
The company expects to close on its acquisition of Yahoo mid-June, so the over-the-top service could arrive any time after that.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Improved Battery Life

Improving battery life is going to have HUGE benefits for mobile devices. If this is what it's cracked up to be, it's just another thing improving the ecosystem for PicoP.

Thanks for the heads-up Joe.

Treehugger.com

If your phone's battery life is the bane of your existence, then this is for you. Engineers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), led by Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Ruyan Guo, have developed a chip that can extend the battery life of almost any gadget.
The tiny chip is only the size of a pinhead, but its potential is great. The chip can make lower power electronics like smartphones work much more efficiently, cutting back on the number of times you have to plug in and slashing the energy consumption of the electronics in our lives.
"This chip can be used with anything that runs on a battery," said UTSA researcher Shuza Binzaid. "It manages power so that the device can last longer."
When people want to extend the life of their phone's battery, usually that means switching it into low power mode which turns off many of the phone's functions in order to preserve the battery charge. With the chip, the same power sipping mode could be achieved while the phone was running at full functionality.

UltraHaptics

This is a company that deserves to be on everyone's radar.

As Augmented Reality gets going, I'm quite sure that this is going to be everywhere. Gesture control is cool, but if you can make it feel like you're manipulating someTHING, that's way better -- the gestures will be more precise.


Microvision will be involved  -- putting stuff in thin are requires knowing where things in thin air are. (After all, they need a display -- AND the 3D scanning -- and probably touch-projection too.)


TheMemo

In your car. In your kitchen. Ultrahaptics lets you feel objects that don't really exist.

Minority Report set our expectations high.

After watching it, we all figured that soon, just like Tom Cruise, we’d be waving our hands in mid-air to get shit done.

Now though, Ultrahaptics is making gesture control a reality: in your car, in your kitchen, everywhere.

“We’re better than Minority Report – you don’t have to wear gloves,” says co-founder Tom Carter.


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“Ultrahaptics lets you feel things in the air,” he explains. “We can make the sensations of buttons or switches, or enable you to feel 3D objects and sensations that don’t exist in the real world.”

Review of Sony Xperia Touch

While we aren't in this particular device, this device has significant limitations - limited screen size, limited portability and a significant price among them.

This review is largely about the utility of the touch interactivity of the projection.

While this is getting great reviews in the tech world it is still largely unknown outside that world. This is the kind of thing that once word gets out will bring some significant good attention to Microvision.

Put the new touch-interactive engine in the PicoBit, and you have one of these that fits in your shirt pocket, has a larger screen, and never needs to be focused.

FactsChronicle


Monday, May 22, 2017

Next Great Computer Interface - view of the future

How will AR be used? This is a vision.

The list of relationships at the end is pretty intriguing.




I don't think Pokemon Go is the pinnacle of AR. It's kind of like the Solitaire for Windows 3. It's a killer app at a certain time, a big milestone,” John Werner said at Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing Summit in Boston.

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Augmented reality isn’t all that new, Werner pointed out. We’ve been overlaying digital information on the real world for a while. Pilots use it to keep track of digital gauges, and NFL broadcasts include a digital yellow line on the field to show how far teams have to go for a first down.

But his vision goes far beyond Pokémon Go and yellow lines on a football field.

The rapidly falling cost and convergence of the underlying technologies are conspiring to make AR more usable, comfortable, and suitable for the mainstream. Most importantly, whereas AR is now largely constrained to 2D screens, it’s becoming immersive and wearable.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

News 163


Thanks Joe for sending me this article.


News 163

(Original title: laser projection phone will have "Jinan made")

  "Most of China's mobile phone production, research and development institutions in the South, and now this pattern is changing." March 4, high-tech zone management committee director Xu Qun in Raja car Shandong Intelligent Industrial Park settled in Jinan High-tech Zone signing ceremony Say.
 The signing, marking a number of its own brand of mobile phone Rui Jiake Group will innovate Valley base to build its northern headquarters, is mainly responsible for laser projection mobile phones and mobile intelligent terminal research and development, production and sales operations. "This is the first admission of the professional park", high-tech zone Innovation Valley Development Center Deputy Director Ma Hongjun told reporters that the current innovation Valley about 300 registered enterprises, most enterprises engaged in mobile Internet development, application work. "Innovation Valley is now talking about a mobile Internet company, successfully signed this year." Was positioned as "China Silicon Valley" innovation Valley, there is no traditional plant, but to high-tech products, production, research and development, sales-oriented The Rui Jiake Group in this area of ​​203 acres of mobile intelligent industrial park construction, will drive more than 100 upstream and downstream supporting enterprises, in the formation of mobile terminal industry chain. Rui Jiake Group Chairman Wang said that innovation is the gathering place of colleges and universities, where the industrial base and talent advantages are conducive to the industrial park hatch out of mobile intelligent high-end products.
  It is understood that Rui Jiake will invest in the industrial park to build 50,000 square meters of intelligent manufacturing base, the construction of smart phones and related intelligent products production line, as the Northern District production center and research and development centers, responsible for the Group's existing ODM products and The brand "green orange" and "VOGA" products to expand production capacity, responsible for the newly developed laser projection phone, intelligent wear and other intelligent hardware production, the annual production capacity of up to 600 million units.
  "Smooth, Rui Jiake annual sales revenue can reach 100 billion, the local economy to pay more than 2 billion tax, attracting 12,000 jobs." Ma Hongjun said the project is taking the procedure, is expected to start in June, two years later All built. (Reporter Wang Jing) ● Related Links What is a laser projection phone?
  Simply put, the laser projection phone is a handheld home theater. It can be projected to the wall of the phone screen, the ceiling, you can connect with the Bluetooth, speakers, anytime, anywhere to open up their own private cinema. Can also be used instead of PPT.
      In the mobile phone market, laser projection phone can be described as high and low.Although the market has long been a projection phone, due to the high demand for optoelectronic technology, currently only foreign Samsung, the domestic general and several other enterprises R & D, production of such products. At present, the laser projection technology in the mobile phone application bottleneck is mainly reflected in the poor experience of life and the projection resolution is too low. After all, increase the projection function not only to the thickness of the phone, the appearance of compromise, but also in the projection of the brightness and effect greatly reduced. Therefore, although the laser projection mobile phone market demand, but limited to technology, has not yet fully popularized.