DJI unveiled its tiny Spark drone on Wednesday, and it's sort of the anti-drone for consumers. It's small enough to fit in your hand, launches and lands from there, can be controlled almost entirely with gestures, lets you take a selfie from just 10 feet away, has a whole collection of pre-programmed video shots to help you figure out what to do with it, and even charges via a standard micro USB port. Plus it's available at a consumer-friendly price of $499. SEE ALSO: DJI Phantom 4 Pro + extends drone power and excitement It is, in other words, the answer to the two questions DJI hears from consumers most about drones: "Is it easy to fly?" "How am I going to use it?" The drone, which goes on pre-sale today and ships mid-June, seeks to dramatically shorten the distance from a consumer buying a drone (DJI said 46% of costumers have the intention to buy one this year) to actually flying one. Spark, DJI's smallest and lightest drone, is not at all imposing like the DJI … [Read more...] about DJI’s Spark drone is so small and smart, it could be a game-changer
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It's been a busy CES for color-changing light. Nanoleaf made a splash by teasing its newest color-changing, touch-sensitive light panels. Then, Lifx followed suit with the impressive-looking Lifx Tiles. Now, it's the team at Philips Hue's turn, and this year, their sights are set on entertainment, something Philips has long been trying to tie to color-changing light. The latest effort: Hue Entertainment, a new software platform designed to light up your living room in sync with whatever your family is watching. I've been dying to see more after they first teased it this past August, and after finally seeing it in action, I'm more fascinated than ever. Now that's Entertainment Hue Entertainment promises to sync your lights up with movies, video games, and music for dramatic color effects that enhance whatever's on your screen. We've long wondered how Philips would line up enough content to make the pitch compelling -- its answer at CES 2018 is new software for your PC or Mac … [Read more...] about Philips Hue Entertainment is a smart lighting game-changer
Yesterday, Salesforce.com pre-announced a cloud based database. On its face this sounds exciting. Or at least you'd think that from the drooling Tweets I saw. As Marc Benioff, CEO Salesforce bounced around on stage extolling the 'amazingness' of Database.com I just could not get excited about what to me seems like a breaking down of the Force.com platform into bite sized pieces for individual consumption. If that's what you want to do. For me, the more pressing problem comes in figuring out what does a 'record' or 'transaction' mean in Mr Benioff's cloudy world? Especially when the hook sounds like a generous free for three users plus up to 100,000 records and 50,000 transactions per month. More to the point, when does a user hit the trigger point for pay to use? Bob Warfield has a partial answer: Who will be the first to put up a service on Amazon AWS that delivers exactly the same function using MySQL and for a lot less money? You see, … [Read more...] about Salesforce’s Database.com as a game changer now they’ve acquired Heroku?
posted on 26 Mar 2015, 20:50 0 1. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012) its an android gaming console! posted on 26 Mar 2015, 21:22 2 4. orphant (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Oct 2014) Please no posted on 27 Mar 2015, 01:01 1 9. rsivapradeep (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Dec 2014) they clearly stated its a drone DR-1 posted on 26 Mar 2015, 20:59 0 2. Phooey506 (Posts: 85; Member since: 24 Sep 2014) More vaporware from the OPO hype machine. OPO should rebrand as a hype company, why even make devices when you can make empty promises? posted on 26 Mar 2015, 21:12 3 3. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2214; Member since: 07 Jun 2013) hope its a phone that can fly... posted on 26 Mar 2015, 21:36 0 5. Arthurhkt (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 Apr 2012) Somehow i got the feeling that from the beginning the reason they will give away the 5 phone if the update will delay is because they already know that their update will delay from the beginning. … [Read more...] about Comments for : OnePlus’ upcoming “game changer” device to be a drone?
Filmmakers now have yet another tool to add to their bag of tricks. This one is from DJI, the company behind the iconic Phantom drones. As reported by The Verge, the aptly named Focus is basically a remote control with a large wheel on it that grants camera operators wireless command of both focus and aperture. A separate motor drive attaches to a camera and spins a gear to rotate the lens or aperture rings.While this isn’t the first wireless follow-focus system, the DJI Focus is unique in how it offers control of both depth of field and focus from the same device. With very little work, operators can easily switch between the two. By opening or closing the aperture, exposure can also be adjusted smoothly mid-shot, opening up new possibilities for flying between areas with different levels of light.The control wheel can be calibrated to different lenses to keep the motor from turning past the minimum and maximum focus points. Wheel resistance can also be adjusted, providing a … [Read more...] about DJI Focus is a game changer for aerial drone video
A CEO needs to meet with workers in a remote office, but instead of boarding a plane, she simply employs her hologram.That scenario could be reality in the not-so-distant future, according to researchers at the University of Arizona . Scientists there have developed a new type of holographic telepresence that's designed to project a three-dimensional, full-color, moving image without viewers needing to sport 3D glasses .Slideshow: 6 Real Sci-Fi Gadgets: The Future...Today! Slideshow: Future Tech That Missed the MarkWhile the technology could be used in TV or movies, it also could be used in advertising, telemedicine and mapping, as well as in everyday corporate meetings."Holographic telepresence means we can record a three-dimensional image in one location and show it in another location, in real-time, anywhere in the world," said Nasser Peyghambarian , who led the research effort at the university. "Let's say I want to give a presentation in New York. All I need is an array of … [Read more...] about Holographs Could Be ‘Game Changer’ for Business
Back in April, Microsoft somewhat quietly previewed what its Windows Server engineering teams had been working on for quite some time. While it would be easy to write it off as just another iteration in a long line of never-ending releases, Windows Nano Server has the potential to reinvent your data center.Windows Nano Server is a project that was previously codenamed Tuva (although kudos to Microsoft for breaking the trend of having very cool codenames that turn into incredibly drab actual released product names) and is designed to be Windows without the GUI or legacy baggage. It’s different than Server Core, the GUI-less installation option introduced in Windows Server 2008, because Windows Nano Server strips out basically every part of Windows that is designed to ever service the GUI or a GUI oriented application.Server Core merely takes off the GUI but leaves a lot of the underlying Win32 API surface area and structure so that when you put the GUI back on via a checkbox … [Read more...] about Is Windows Nano Server a data center game-changer?
I never expected to die on the side of a mountain, overlooking a beautiful forest. But last weekend I died in on that mountainside at least a dozen times. I lost everything in the process: my money, my food, and my weapon. As my ghost lingered over my fading corpse I realized that not only was I dead, but I was also broke. Good thing I have a credit card and can spend cash money to recover my virtual loss. This might be a video game, but the stakes are high and the cost is real. The tech is real too. Many now-mainstream business innovations like the cloud, SaaS, social hooks, and data security were pioneered first by game developers. "[The gaming industry] was at the forefront of most, if not all, of the canonically hard computer science problems," said game industry veteran and ArtCraft Entertainment cofounder J Todd Coleman. "These aren't easy problems to solve, and to make a successful online game, you have to nail all of them." Coleman's career began in B2B tech. "I started … [Read more...] about What startups and enterprise companies should learn from game devs
When it comes to roleplaying video games, it often feels as though the golden days are behind us. The MMO and the MOBA have risen, and the single-player RPG has been consigned to memory. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock But when you start looking at all the incredible games coming out in the next couple years, you begin to realize that there are in fact quite a few great-looking RPGs in the works. Some single-player, some with multi-player elements, and even some pretty neat looking MMOs. Far too many for me to have heard of them all, though I’ve kept my eyes on a fair few.Here’s the Big List of upcoming roleplaying games headed to consoles, PC, and handhelds over the next year or two.Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Built with Crytek’s CryEngine technology, Kingdom Come is an open-world roleplaying game set in Medieval Europe. Unlike many of its peers, the game is focused on realism, and doesn’t come with anything magic, … [Read more...] about The Best Video Game RPGs Of 2014 And Beyond
It’s been a long time coming, but virtual reality is finally here, with the Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive headsets now available to gamers and real-world Holodeck enthusiasts. But playing around in VR worlds demands some seriously heavy graphical performance—remember, we’re talking two 1080x1200 displays (one for each eye) at a whopping 90 frames per second. Drop below that frame rate and a user is apt to feel nauseous, at best, and possibly even lose their lunch. The most foolproof way around that pitfall is to simply throw as much graphical firepower at VR as possible. We tackled that end of the equation in last week’s roundup of the best graphics cards for VR gaming. Hardware’s just the beginning when it comes to VR, however.While it’s not readily apparent in the SteamVR Performance Test, software can play a massive role in your virtual reality experience, and both AMD and Nvidia have crafted clever software tricks designed to let you … [Read more...] about The hidden software tricks AMD and Nvidia use to supercharge VR gaming