- Ultimaker Upgraded Its 3D Printers at CES 2016
- Profusa Biointegrated Sensors Monitor Body Chemistry
- Video Game Dog of the Year – There is Such a Thing
- AEE Technology Launched New Quadcopters at CES 2016
- CES 2016: Kingston Showed 1TB SSD Drives and Encrypted USBs
- ASUS ROG XG2 External GPU Docking Station for Laptops [CES 2016]
- CES 2016: Mate 8, Huawei’s New Flagship
Posted: 09 Jan 2016 08:43 AM PST
The new Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+ 3D printers have been unveiled at CES 2016, where the manufacturer has also discussed its vision regarding 3D printing in 2016.
As successors of the Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker 2 Extended, the two new products focus even more on making 3D printing accessible. While the devices developed by the Netherlands-based Ultimaker aren’t exactly cheap, they are extremely easy to use, and I’m sure that’s what the main priority should be.
“We are excited to release two new 3D printers at CES this year,” says Jos Burger, CEO of Ultimaker. “The Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+ are results of countless collaborations and insightful feedback we have received from the Ultimaker community. Both printers feature crucial upgrades based on what our customers are looking for in a 3D printer.”
Some of the features shared by both 3D printers include interchangeable nozzles, optimized print results and enhanced surface quality. By allowing users to change the nozzles whenever they want, Ultimaker provides them a greater freedom for choosing the materials they work with. Both printers come with 4 nozzles that measure 0.25, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 mm in diameter. Depending on the nozzles that are used, people can choose between highly detailed prints and high speed prints.
Similar in length and width (493 x 342 mm), Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+ differ significantly in height, the latter being 10 cm taller than the former (688 vs 588 mm). That difference becomes noticeable in the build volume (223 x 223 x 305 mm vs 223 x 223 x 205 mm), as well as in the overall weight of the 3D printers (12.1 vs 10.8 kg).
“We have seen great success this year with professionals and educators who can optimize the modular components of our infrastructure for their own specific needs,” concluded Burger. “Ultimaker has seen an expansion of sales within industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Healthcare, Energy and Education especially within engineering, design and manufacturing in the past year. We look forward to see how Ultimaker’s global community will continue to grow and help it create the products of the future.”
Both printers are available for purchase now, and while the Ultimaker 2+ costs €1,895, the 2 Extended+ comes at €2,495 (both prices exclude VAT). These definitely aren’t cheap printers, but that’s not even what Ultimaker wants for its products. Instead, the Dutch company wishes to provide reliable, versatile 3D printers that print quickly and accurately. Keep in mind that the company is working on also providing top-class software for its 3D printers, and not only the hardware. This stands to show Ultimaker’s commitment to making all of its customers happy, regardless of what they’re using the 3D printers for.
Posted: 08 Jan 2016 03:19 PM PST
The tissue-integrated sensors that were unveiled by Profusa at CES mark a premiere, as they are the first to track body chemistry continuously for long periods of time.
Profusa, a leader in the development of a new generation of biologically integrated sensors, has realized that keeping body chemistry in check could facilitate health and disease monitoring. The bioengineered biosensors that the company showcased at CES pave the way for real-time detection of the body chemistry for up to two years at a time, so that people and healthcare providers have access to medical-grade data.
“In between annual physicals we really don’t know what’s going on in our body,” explained Ben Hwang, Ph.D., Profusa’s CEO. “While fitness trackers and other wearables provide insights into our heart rate, respiration and other physical measures, they don’t provide information on the most important aspect of our health: our body’s chemistry. What if there was a better way of knowing how you’re doing — how you’re really doing?”
Some of the chronic health conditions such biosensors could prove useful for include Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), diabetes, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Dr. Hwang added: “Aimed at being a leading force in the digital disruption of medicine, Profusa’s real-time biosensors are poised to revolutionize healthcare, yielding significantly more insights into one’s overall health status and performance than tracking physical parameters alone.”
Most companies that develop and manufacturer devices that track various parameters of our bodies are mainly interested in helping us stay fit, but Profusa focuses on diabetes and other chronic diseases that have an impact on more than 70 million people just in the US.
The sensors, which look like a minuscule fiber that’s 3-5 mm long and about 500 microns in diameter, are placed under the skin using an injector that specifically designed for this. Profusa’s sensors don’t include any metal components or electronics, which helps them getting fully integrated within the body’s tissues without causing a foreign body response for up to two years.
The bioengineered “smart hydrogel” that the biosensors are made of resemble contact lens material. Capillaries and cells from the surrounding tissue start growing around the gel, which in turn is linked to a light-emitting molecule that triggers continuous signals when detecting biomarkers such as oxygen or glucose. A special optical reader is used for making sense of the fluorescent signals emitted by the embedded sensor.
Lumee Oxygen Sensing System, Profusa’s first medical device, is the only long-term tracking technology that measures tissue oxygen levels and makes sure that they remain within optimal limits during the wound treatment and healing process. Such a sensor is particularly useful in the treatment of chronic wounds from diabetic ulcers, reconstructive surgery and pressure sores. Given that some of these take up to one year to heal, if ever, and knowing just how important of a role oxygen plays in this process, making sure that low oxygen levels are prevented is extremely important.
“When low tissue oxygen is detected early, more treatment options can be considered, and the need for catastrophic amputation can be avoided,” concluded Christopher Owens, MD, MSc, Chief, Section of Vascular Surgery, Assoc. Prof. Surgery, San Francisco Veterans Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco.
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Posted: 08 Jan 2016 02:31 PM PST
The CW have something called the World Dog Awards. One of its categories? Video game dog of the year.
What are the requirements? Being canine and being pretty useful in your game. Turns out not a lot of dogs fall into that category, and when you see the list of nominees, you realize that most of them were pretty special.
The most notable one comes from probably the most anticipated game of the year (2015), Fallout 4. Dogmeat provided the player with a companion he can use for almost the entire game, or simply use as a pack mule to carry your stuff. Either way, it’s hard not to feel connected with him, and Bethesda knew what they were doing when he was heavily featured in the trailers and lead ups to the release.
Another serious candidate for the award is Diamond Dog in Metal Gear Solid V. He actually begins the game as a puppy which might give him an edge through cuteness. He begins as a cute follower to Snake but turns into something of a killing machine. He has an eye patch, just like his Master/Daddy, making him even more adorable.
Surprisingly there’s Chop from GTA V. The problem here? The game came out in 2013. The fourth nominee comes from Barbie and Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue. Well, this is an entire game up for the award, and as geek.com put it, the puppy characters within the game lack sufficient definition for the nominating committee to even identify one of them.
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Posted: 08 Jan 2016 01:58 PM PST
AEE Technology has added new quadcopters to its line-up of already globally famous camera-equipped drones. AP12 and A20, as these two new models are called, will be commercially available this year.
Shenzen-based AEE Technology’s products, which include UAV drone systems, action cameras, and police recording equipments, among many other things, are distributed across the globe in more than 55 countries and regions, fact that makes this company a global leader in the development and manufacture of those respective items. With such a portfolio under its belt, AEE couldn’t have missed the chance to exhibit its latest devices at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
At a first glance, the AP12 and A20 Series quadcopters may look like regular drones, but upon closer inspection you should realize that these are anything but regular. The AP12, pictured above, brings to the table an integrated 3-axis gimbal camera system that’s able to shoot videos in 1080p at 60 fps. Even though it weighs a hefty (at least in drone terms) 1.5 kg, it is able to fly for up to 25 minutes at a maximum speed of 70 kmph. Add to that the fact that it can be controlled from up to 700 meters away and you’ve got a top-notch drone for all sorts of professional applications. Not to mention that it has live first person view video streaming capabilities, along with a follow me flight mode and a dedicated tracking wristband.
The A20 Series, on the other hand, includes three different models that come with indoor automatic hover positioning system, a 500-meter maximum control range, and a camera that’s able to record in 4K at 30 fps, along with 16MP still shots. All photos and videos are stored on microSD cards, and the A20 quadcopters include a 64GB one in the package.
On top of that, the A20 Series drones also pack an automatic retractable landing gear system allowing for unobstructed views, a 3-axis gimbal that stabilizes everything the 4K camera shoots, real-time FPV video stream, a modular RC with 3 different flight modes and an optical sensor positioning sensor for improved flight stability while indoors.
“This past year has included huge milestones as we made significant progress in the North American market,” says AEE Technology Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Zhang. “AEE has always had a dedicated following in Europe and Asia. As the drone market continues to grow, our company is dedicated to releasing exciting drones that enthusiasts and professionals alike will enjoy. The AP12 and A20 series drones provide exceptional value and advanced features.”
Consumer drones have definitely been one of the highlights of this year’s CES in Las Vegas, and that’s really no surprise, since they represent a $2.5-billion industry that’s growing each year by 15 to 20%. To find out more about these new models, and to see them personally, head over to booth #30236 in South Hall 3. Tomorrow is the last day of the trade show, so if you miss them now, your next chance will be on a retailer’s shelf.
Posted: 08 Jan 2016 12:43 PM PST
Kingston and HyperX also had their time to shine during CES 2016 in Las Vegas, the world’s biggest technology fair. Among several news, they announced new 1TB SSD drives and professionally encrypted USB drives, with even a new version of the HyperX Cloud headset which is exclusive for the Xbox One. Read all the news in this story!
Kingston had many great news for technology enthusiasts throughout CES 2016 in Las Vegas. The tech giant, best known for its PC components and drives, introduced many new versions of what might be their best products, the SSD drives. The new KC400 solid state unit from the SSDNow family is meant for entrepreneurship and business, and is up to 15 times faster than a regular hard drive. This drive is special for featuring data protection and SmartECC to avoid data loss (at the users’ hands or a third party) and the smartrefresh protection for all kind of writing errors. The KC400 will come in several sizes, including 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and the glorious 1TB drive, more than anyone could possibly need.
Besides these new gadgets, Kingston also introduced their new USB Data Traveler 2000, which will be available in the first quarter of 2016, with hardware based encryption with NIP (coded) through a physical keypad featured straight on the pendrive itself. The Data Traveler 2000 can do complete AES encryption of data of 256 bits based on the XTS mode on hardware. In order to bring additional security to this device, it’s auto lock function activates as soon as the unit is removed from its host device, while the encryption key and password delete themselves after 10 failed attempts to introduce a proper pass. It comes in three sizes, featuring 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB.
There were also some products for the gamers, with the HyperX line announcing a new entry in the HyperX CloudX series, with a whole revision of the Hyper X Cloud II headphones which were a huge hit among the gaming community. These new headphones are exclusive for the Xbox One gaming console by Microsoft, and they can be connected straight to the 3.5mm jack in every recent Xbox One controller. Historically, the Cloud II has always been about providing the best possible experience to the “PC Gaming Master Race”, but now they are also coming to gaming consoles so everyone can join in the fun and see just how cool these headsets are.
It’s thanks to these new concepts and an exclusivity arrangement with Microsoft and the Xbox Division that the new HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming will be available at the end of the second quarter of 2016 exclusively for Xbox One consoles.
The HyperX CloudX come with 53mm controllers, control for volume, and uses padded “memory foam” for the ears for the perfect fit. It comes with a microphone that the user can mount if they need it, a portable hard case, and many custom details for a better finish and a more professional look.
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Posted: 08 Jan 2016 11:29 AM PST
ASUS’ Republic of Gamers product line has gained several new members at this year’s CES, the most remarkable one being the XG2 external graphics docking station for laptops.
Alienware Graphics Amplifier and MSI GS30 gaming dock may have seemed like truly revolutionary products last year, but that’s only because people have forgotten about the external graphics card station ASUS launched at CES 2007. Now at the its second iteration and presented as a member of the ROG line, the XG2 represents a major step forward not only in terms of design, but also functionality.
According to a thread from the Zentalk forums, the ROG XG2 external graphics station was designed specifically for ASUS notebooks and is supposed to work exclusively with ASUS graphics cards. Both of these limitations could be enforced with a software, as the box connects to notebooks via USB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3.0, and the custom PCB features a conventional PCIe 3.0 4x (the equivalent of a first-gen PCIe 16x, which in no way could possibly represent a bottleneck) slot, so hardware-wise there really aren’t any restrictions. It would be unfair to lock out other manufacturers’ notebooks from using the ROG XG2, as once you bought the box, you’ve already given ASUS your money, and the company shouldn’t be greedy for more.
The box features a couple of cooling fans at the top, some LEDs that generate some spectacular pulsating light effects and a tube that’s visible from the front that seems to have plasma and electricity in it. Overall, the design is fantastic, and this is surely not a product you’d be ashamed to bring at a LAN party. There’s plenty of room inside, so you can put in pretty much any graphics card your heart desires, as it doesn’t matter how long or large it is.
ROG XG2 also acts as a USB hub, and a LAN port would have been useful, too, since this is one of the first things to be left behind by ultrabooks. The external graphics stations was hooked up at a yet-to-be-released ultrabook at ASUS’ booth at CES, which despite being powered by a quad-core CPU (Intel Skylake i7 6700HQ) running at 3.3Ghz in Turbo Mode, and having 32GB of DDR4 memory and a 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD, won’t throttle. This jewel will be launched sometime in the future, with other details being currently unknown, as the ASUS employees who were at the CES booth refused to give other details.
According to ASUS, notebooks are supposed to revert to internal graphics once the ROG XG2 is removed while in use. However, as Linus masterfully demonstrated in this video, the laptop it was attached to got stuck. Still, ASUS has plenty of time to fix this as the ROG XG2 is a few months away from its launch. The company hasn’t disclosed any details regarding the price of the external GPU docking station, so that’s yet another thing we’ll have to look forward to.
Posted: 08 Jan 2016 11:27 AM PST
Huawei are going all out at CES 2016, with the announcement of the new Mate 8, an incredibly fast device with fantastic autonomy and elegant design. Read all about it in this story!
The Mate 8, Huawei‘s latest creation promises to hit all the targets between performance and quality, with a long duration battery on top. The Mate 8 was introduced at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and is being touted as one of the best smartphones to come out this year
Continuing Huawei’s trend to bring mid and high-end phones adjusting to international trends (with devices such as the Y550, Mate 7 and the G620s), now its the Mate 8 which best represents what the company expects of the future. This new phone aims to offer a new, efficient and elegant experience with its hardware. Kevin Ho, President of Handset Business at Huawei Consumer BG:
This will be the first device ever to use the Kirin 950 chipset, increasing the CPU’s raw power up to 100%, the GPU’s performance in 125% and its energy efficiency in 70% when compared to its predecessor, the Kirin 925. This smartphone strikes the right balance between performance and quality thanks to its four 4 x A72 2,3 GHz and 4 x A53 1,8 GHz processors. It also sports a huge 4000mAh battery, which can last for a whole day and be recharged in some 30 minutes.
When it comes to the software side of things, the Huawei Mate 8 uses the EMUI 4.0 system, which is based off of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. When it comes to its security features, they have also been improved with three different levels of protection that make use of the user’s fingerprints. The new design of its sensors improves unlocking speed in a 100% (that means it’s twice as fast) and adjusts identification parameters in a 10%.
It’s camera is also quite revolutionary. Huawei’s new monster uses Sony’s revolutionary 16MP IMX298 system, which increases the sensor size in a 23%. It comes with an 8 megapixel front camera and alternative modes to readjust it, so it will straighten pictures taken in an angle for better visualization.
The Mate 8 by Huawei can use up to 4 2G bands, 9 3G bands, and 18 4G bands from 217 different countries, which is just perfect for people who travel around the world a lot when doing business.
Finally, Huawei’s Mate 8 sports an elegant design in which the main star is its 6″ inches high-definition screen, which takes about 83% of the phone’s whole body. It sports some of the most requested colors in the market (there will be four variants), and will try to position itself as one of the best options of the year whether you’re looking for quality or performance.
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