- Music Computing Unveils an Ultra HD 4K Touchscreen Conference Table
- Learn to Design 2016 Bundle Helps You Stay Sharp
- EHang’s Human-Carrying Drone Is More of a Personal Helicopter
- CES 2016: Sony introduced cams, 4k displays & headphones
Posted: 08 Jan 2016 09:50 AM PST
MotionCOMMAND-T Series 2, the latest addition to Music Computing’s line of interactive conference table, has been unveiled at CES in an attempt to show that businessmen haven’t been neglected from this trade show, and that this particular category of people needs toys, as well.
Music Computing is an Austin, TX-based company that specializes in the design and manufacture of music production hardware, computers and touchscreens. However, the product they have just launched at CES 2016 barely fits in any of those categories. Yes, it does have a touchscreen and a micro-controller responsible for the automation of some specific parts, but the MotionCOMMAND-T Series 2 conference table really is in a category of its own.
The MotionCOMMAND-T interactive conference table is built around an ultra-bright and very sharp Ultra HD 4K touchscreen that can be used for all sorts of presentations, regardless if the table ends up in a boardroom or a showroom. Basically, the touchscreen will help people communicate more effectively, even if it’s used by more than one person at a time. The 255 points of touch definitely help with that. Music Computing stated in a press release that there would be more models of this revolutionary conference table, with touchscreen diagonals ranging from 32 to 65-inches. Given the resolution and the dimensions of the screen, it’s pretty obvious that this product focuses, at least partially, on productivity.
Surround sound and smart TV functionality have also been implemented, making some people think that this interactive table will serve more than just business purposes. The “WOW Option” might contribute to that impression as well, as it includes a fully motorized bar with support for 4 bottles of liquor and a glass rack. All of these are hidden inside the table’s legs and rise up as soon as you press a button on the hand-held remote control. Other buttons enable you to rotate the bar or retract it into the hidden compartment. The touchscreen is waterproof, in case certain liquids get in contact with it, so that’s one less thing to worry about while having important business meetings.
MotionCOMMAND-T even has several connectivity options, in case you want to use your laptop to share some information. For that purpose, there are one VGA and one HDMI port, along with 2 x 5V power outlets and 1 USB data port. There are no restrictions in terms of the operating system that the laptop you want to connect is running. Hence, Windows and Mac OS X computers and notebooks are treated as equals. However, with Mac OS X, you’ll get to use multi-touch gestures, something that competing products don’t allow you to do.
Furthermore, if you wish to integrate a computer system in the interactive conference table, Music Computing will make it so, the only thing you’ll have to provide being the specifications. There has been no word on the price of the MotionCOMMAND-T interactive conference tables, but you shouldn’t expect these to be cheap, given the great number of features.
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Posted: 07 Jan 2016 02:09 PM PST
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Posted: 07 Jan 2016 01:00 PM PST
EHang 184, world’s first electric, personal autonomouse aerial vehicle (AAV), has been designed to make commuting a lot easier by performing daily flights on short to medium distances.
EHang, a Chinese company that focuses on the R&D, manufacture and sale of intelligent UAVs. After testing the skies with the user-friendly and already commercially available Ghost Drone, and the Avatar VR goggles, the company has decided to showcase an even more innovative product that this year’s CES. It’s one thing that the EHang 184 drone’s destination can be established in a companion app, and a completely mindblowing different thing that it’s actually capable of transporting humans to that destination, and all that on its own. And you thought that autonomous cars are cool?
“It’s been a lifetime goal of mine to make flight faster, easier and more convenient than ever. The 184 provides a viable solution to the many challenges the transportation industry faces in a safe and energy efficient way,” said EHang CEO Huazhi Hu. “I truly believe that EHang will make a global impact across dozens of industries beyond personal travel. The 184 is evocative of a future we’ve always dreamed of and is primed to alter the very fundamentals of the way we get around.”
The model number of this EHang drone isn’t as meaningless as it may first seem, as the AAV is able to carry one passanger, has eight propellers and four arms. It should be mentioned that the passenger does not require a pilot’s license, since EHang 184 handles all of the flight parameters without any human intervention.
As far as the drone’s battery is concerned, it takes two hours to fully charge it. Upon doing so, it can carry a single person weighing up to 220 pounds (100 kg) for 23 minutes at sea level. If you happen to weigh less than that, there’s room for a small backpack in the cabin, so you get to take your essentials with you while heading to work. Granted, 23 minutes are barely enough for reading anything, but EHang thought it would be wise to include a reading light, anyway. On top of that, the cabin is equipped with air conditioning.
Controlling the drone is fairly easy, as it only responds to two commands, “take off” and “land,” which are sent over from a Microsoft Surface tablet.
For the time being, the 8 motors that amount for 106 kW of power can only fly the drone between 1,000 and 1,650 feet (300 and 500 meters), which may seem rather inadequate for commuting. Hopefully, EHang will equip future models with larger-capacity batteries and more powerful motors. Otherwise, this will remain a toy for rich people who are too lazy to get from one corner of their backyard to another.
Speaking of the price, the EHang 184 will sell for $200,000 to $300,000 starting this year, but registering this drone with the FAA won’t be that easy. FAA’s administrator, Michael Huerta, couldn’t be reached for a comment, despite him being present at CES 2016, as well.
Posted: 07 Jan 2016 11:43 AM PST
Sony also had a keynote at CES 2016, where they announced all their upcoming gadgets, from the best of the best to entirely new products. Read all the news in this story!
Sony took part of CES 2016 where they introduced their line-up, projects and upcoming gadgets for the rest of the year. The big highlights were the new BRAVIA TVs, audio and video equipment, a new line of products, but also many more surprises. The main star of the keynote and Sony’s productions were the new 4K TVs in the BRAVIA line, along with the new products in the h,ear family of digital video and audio recording, and the announcement of the Life Space UX line.
The new products in the BRAVIA line are all centered around bringing a 4K resolution with HDR (High Dynamic Range), for better brightness and contrast and more clear images. This new line of TVs is called LCD BRAVIA 4K X93D and comes with the touted Slim Backlight Drive technology, which along the X-tended Dynamic Range PRO (which is in charge of the contrast) and TRILUMINOS visualization for an enhanced color gamma make up the perfect trifecta of ideal technology any 4K display should have.
Sony also announced their new Backlight Master Drive technology for better and increased brightness and contrast, to take full advantage of the HDR. This technology comes from an 85″ Inches prototype, which enhances the backlight precision along with a high density LED system for optimal picture quality. Finally, they also talked about ULTRA, a new app that allows users to get movies and series in HDR 4K straight to the TV.
The h.ear series will receive 3 new products: the h.ear Go, h.ear In Wireless and h.ear On Wireless NC. These are wireless devices meant to complement the wired headsets launched before them. Besides their Hi-Res offerings (this name refers to the high-resolution audio technology) the Extra Bass line of products will bring the new MDR-XB650BT headphones, the SRS-XB3 y SRS-XB2 wireless speakers, and the high-potency audio system GTK-XB7.
Digital imaging technology also had its moment in the spotlight as Sony announced their new cam recorders: FDR-AX53, HDR-CX675 y HDR-AS50R. They spoke of the first model as the most innovative of the trio, and discussed its capabilities to record in 4K. It can use the ZEISS function which allows a 20X optic zoom which along the Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology should eliminate shaky or blurry images in panoramic takes or close-ups.
Finally and to end things, Sony announced what the new Life Space UX line is all about. This new concept is focused on making a change to the way people interact with physical spaces, experimenting with entertainment. One of the first such gadgets will be the Glass Sound speaker, an organic crystal shaped like a tube, which is capable of filling any room with sound. The LED Bulb speaker will be similar to a regular lightbulb, which can ble plugged anywhere at home to reproduce music wirelessly. Finally, Sony will also release a portable projector of only 10 cubic centimeters, equipped with a battery and internal speakers. It is capable of projecting a 56 centimeter images in any kind of surface, to up to 2 meters of distance.
Hence Sony had a fantastic presentation, loaded with new products and announcements along with a lot of new technologies. Which one of these products are your favorites? Let us know all about it in the comments section.
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