Friday, November 16, 2018

Roku Wireless Speakers

I like to see this company getting into the smart speaker space. They're a very easy customer for display only in a product like this, and it wouldn't surprise me a bit to find that it's already on the agenda.

I see I missed their original announcement in July.

In July, Roku unveiled its entry into the voice-powered speaker market with a pair of Roku TV Wireless Speakers designed to work with the company’s lineup of partner-built smart TVs. Those speakers will now begin to ship to customers starting on Friday, November 16. They’ll also go on sale in advance of Black Friday at a discounted price, Roku says.

The speakers were previously available for pre-order and will normally retail for $199.99.

However, Roku will sell them starting on Sunday, November 18 through “Cyber Monday,” November 26, for $149.99.

The company had earlier said the speakers would begin shipping in late October, so this is a bit of a delay on its part. But they’re still here before the holidays and in time for Black Friday, which is what’s most important.

History, Hololens and SLAM

Simultaneous Localization and Mapping -- An application for CONSUMER LiDAR.

Sure, you can use Hololens to view something programmed, and to design something new... but if you want to include something that already exists --- Laser scanning is where to go. (20 million points per second - 30 meters)

So, for education, training and collecting data SLAM with MVIS consumer LiDAR.

To experience it.... Near eye displays.... Microvision is there too.

When I look at this tech, instead of getting less enthusiastic about it, I get MORE enthusiastic about it, because it will revolutionize education, and make the people who use it much more productive.

40 years ago a lot of people wondered why people would want a computer in their home. There won't be any wondering about why people will want this and very few people have heard of this so far.


French History at Geekwire.

Regarding SLAM  GEO SLAM

E-mailed these guys about getting one of their units last year and they quoted a price of $34,000 and then you'd still need to purchase processing from them. I expect MicroVision's LiDAR to appear at an extreme discount to that price.

Sharp & Foxconn

When Foxconn made a bid for Sharp

Noticed this back in 2016, and somehow it get's posted as new news today. In 2016 we were sure, because of Robohon, that MicroVision had something going on with Sharp.

Maybe clickbait, or maybe for some other reason, it made the news feed.  This happens, but fairly infrequently... I'm not sure how or why it happens.

From Today Stocksbeat

New York Times 2016

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Apple's Turmoil

Apple is in the middle of some turmoil.

They can't improve their phones enough to inspire a new flood of consumers for the new models.

That's good for us -- what phones need is a great new feature. 

Under all of that is that Foxconn has been rumbling for some time about making their own brand of smartphone (possibly through widely recognized name Sharp?)

If Apple has been treating Foxconn like they have often treated other suppliers, they may have created big trouble for themselves.

Apple Lacks and APP for Foxconn

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Huawei AR Glasses

I think we have a good shot in being in all of them.

The leaks... they come from the developers, and they, like Apple, have developers building AR applications without the glasses... yet... expect it to explode on the scene.

And they seem to be tight with Foxconn

And Foxconn seems to be everywhere


  • Huawei is planning to launch its own augmented reality (AR) glasses, Richard Yu, CEO of the company's consumer group, told CNBC.
  • Yu said the product would not be ready to be commercialized for at least "one to two years."
  • Other technology giants like Facebook and Apple are reportedly working on similar products.

The Chinese technology giant already has augmented reality apps on its latest Mate 20 Pro smartphone.

But Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business, told CNBC in an exclusive interview that AR glasses are in the works which could take the experience to the next level. These would be wearable spectacles that allow people to experience AR.

Samsung Foldable phone?

People are taking this seriously at $1700?

Projection that's less bulky with a much larger screen at half the cost seems pretty easy by comparison.


 the "Galaxy F" -- a name that's been floated about before, along with "Galaxy X" -- and will debut in March, around a month after a 5G-enabled S10. But it won't come cheap: Yonhap believes the bendy phone will be an exclusive device that could cost as much as $1,770, though it adds the company hasn't "settled" on a price.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Future of Education

I'm looking for a video I posted some time ago, and have been reviewing.

This was really cool.

Ed Sim Award


This is going to be way huger than we think. This is making significant strides in enterprise applications while being nearly unheard of among the general public.

The other day I met someone who works for Thyssenkrupp. I mentioned a technology I follow that they're using and she immediately said "Hololens." It's Utility is well known.

I have 95% + Confidence, Microvision is in a coming significant release of this product. (And the product will "take the world by storm.")

This week Microsoft had an update for their HoloLens technology which, I think, currently has the best shot at defining one of the major evolutionary pivots for personal computers. Right now, it reminds me a lot of the early days of the PC market. But instead of replacing calculators, typewriters, mainframe computers, and rolodexes this technology is replacing manuals, remote trainers, tablets, and wearable PCs.

What is particularly fascinating given how slow PCs came into hospitals, is that the HoloLens was just certified for medical procedures. This may help address my fear of hospitals by preventing problems like that poor woman that recently went in for back surgery and came out with one less Kidney (surprisingly she wasn’t particularly thankful).
But much like the PC evolved into a far more comprehensive tool, I expect HoloLens (and augmented reality (AR) in general) to evolve as well—not only in hardware (I’m really looking forward to seeing HoloLens 2 next year) but in how and where it is used. You see, I can foresee a time when we might put this thing on in the morning and not take it off until right before we go to sleep (if then).

Friday, November 9, 2018

Building Information Modeling Revolution

If you're following Microvision, you're way ahead of the curve on knowing about Mixed and Augmented reality. Most people seem to still think it's the stuff of science fiction and is a century away.

Read the enthusiasm in this article.

When people who are trying to get other things done see this, its utility is readily apparent, in practical use it has direct significant positive impact.

MicroVision's near-eye display is the best.

It will be part of everyone's AR solutions.

"A revolutionary new technology using ‘mixed reality’ merges real and virtual worlds to visualise physical and digital objects co-existing and interacting. It is transforming the stairlift sector but its potential for the construction industry goes far wider – could it spark the BIM revolution we’ve been waiting for?"


Now imagine the timespan from survey to installation drastically truncated fourfold to just 14 days. Also imagine a fully digitised workflow process that enables manufacturing of the stairlift to begin even before the end of the initial site survey visit. Picture too a means by which during that initial visit, both client and engineer are able to visualise a digital reproduction of the final stairlift design and make any alterations deemed necessary in real time.

Building Information Modeling

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Comcast into Smart Homes

This space is going to be a gold rush.

....and this entry is interesting, as a content provider, it's going to have an even bigger urge to provide large screens in small packages...

Comcast.. C|Net
Comcast, however, has already built a platform that supports smart-home devices like connected door locks, thermostats and lights though the biggest screen in every house: the TV. Its X1 system primarily serves as way for Comcast's cable video subscribers to watch their TV programming, but it also supports smart-home devices already. X1 has also already integrating streaming video services like Netflix and YouTube, and it has a remote that responds to voice commands.