Just think: about 20 years ago, people admired pixel video games on set-top boxes. Over the years, computer games have been improved in terms of graphics and gameplay, and as a result, the industry has introduced a completely new level of immersion in games – virtual reality.
They developed a high-strength transparent plastic by analyzing the molecular structures of PMMA, a transparent thermoplastic that is hard but fragile, and a polycarbonate that is durable but soft. The new plastic, which combines the useful properties of both materials, has passed impact tests conducted to measure the strength of the windshield. One legal obstacle for now is to prohibit the use of new plastic for windshields of cars in Japan: the rules require that they be made of glass.
Also, a group of engineers has succeeded in creating a more durable type of rubber, which allows tires to be lighter. Researchers have developed a polymer with crack resistance five times higher than the one that is commonly used today, and 30-40% less rubber is used for the new tire.
An industrial textile manufacturer has developed a technology that strengthens plastics by mixing resins with a material called polahan.
This increases the tensile strength of plastic by 8 times and its bending resistance by 50 times. Components of fiberglass, so treated, can be used to better absorb impact in a collision. In combination with carbon fiber, these materials are used to cover the car body frame, again reducing weight and increasing durability.
Movement of the user’s head is recognized by the Oculus Insight system. The four sensors included in it create a 3D map of the space and recognize six degrees of movement of the user’s head. Unlike Oculus Go, the novelty allows you to move freely around the room and catches head movements in any direction.
The resolution of the displays aimed at each eye is 1600 × 1440 pixels. The capacity of the built-in storage device is 64 GB – 50 games are stored in it. Among them is a shooter Robo Recall, which previously required the presence of an Oculus Rift helmet and a powerful computer. Two controllers with standard action buttons, knobs and analog sticks are used for control.
One of the first helmets
The novelty was presented on September 26 at the fifth conference of Oculus Connect. According to Facebook founder Zuckerberg, the device has become an ideal system for VR immersion: it is free from wires, equipped with controllers and captures every movement of a person. It is intended primarily for games and closes the first generation of devices, opening the way for new models.
Oculus Quest does not require a computer or smartphone to work – calculations take place in electronics hidden inside the case. Unfortunately, the amount of RAM used by the processor and the capacity of the battery is still kept secret.
A group of Japanese experts, consisting of representatives of the automotive industry, researchers and the government, has developed stronger, lighter materials for automotive components, including body panels, wheels and windows. As a result, a prototype of an electric vehicle was released, consisting of 90% of new polymers.
Today, cars on the road are assembled from parts made of heavy materials such as steel and glass. They are durable and safe, but they limit fuel efficiency. Plastics are easier, but easier to break. However, researchers have developed new types of plastics that have the same strength as, for example, steel, but they are much lighter.
In the past, Palm produced world-famous high-quality PDAs and smartphones. However, the iPhone won the fight and the smartphone industry followed in its footsteps, leaving Palm in oblivion. Smartphones did not need physical keyboards and operating systems like Palm OS. Now the size of their screens more and more, taking up almost the entire front of the device.
It was against the background of such changes that the Palm brand returned to the market under the leadership of TCL Communication, the company that brought BlackBerry back from the dead.
But Palm will not give way to new trends. The leaked images of the Palm showcase a device with a tiny 3.3-inch 720p touchscreen.
THE MOST UNUSUAL OF THE FAMILY
Astell & Kern is widely known not only to audiophiles – many people know it as a manufacturer of extremely expensive players. Despite the fact that the brand is really premium, sometimes Astell & Kern still produces more affordable audio players. Our today’s hero is by no means cheap, but it’s more interesting because he got a completely new design, he was given the name instead of the traditional digital index, and this is the most powerful player on the market. Meet Astell & Kern KANN.
Due to the appearance of a large number of devices from the Celestial Empire, Astell & Kern decided to act boldly – try to combine a new sound handwriting, a huge set of functions, an interesting design and a proprietary shell. The manufacturer completely departed from the traditional vision of the design and released, perhaps, one of the most interesting audio players that have been released recently. Let’s see what came of it.
The player is delivered in a box of black cardboard, which has a pleasant to the touch gray cover. In design solutions, few people can compare with Astell & Kern – even the packaging approach is serious.
Inside, in addition to KANN itself, they put a thick USB-C cable to charge the player and connect it to a computer, a couple of protective films for the display, as well as branded plugs for the connectors so as not to accumulate dust. The cover is not included in this kit this time, but with this design you are unlikely to hide the device behind a layer of fabric or leather.
DOUBT THE BALANCE OF YOUR DIET?NO NEED TO RUSH TO A NUTRITIONIST. AFTER ALL, VITASTIQ 2 APPEARED, WHICH IS VERY EASY TO USE. THE GADGET IS MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL IN THE FORM OF AN ORDINARY PEN. TO DETERMINE THE CONTENT IN THE BODY OF SUBSTANCES USED ELECTROACUPUNCTURE TECHNIQUES. EACH SUBSTANCE HAS ITS OWN CONDUCTIVITY.
TELL YOU WHAT VITAMINS A PERSON NEEDS
Vitastiq 2 measures how electrical current is conducted through the body, and at the same time specifies the volumes of certain elements. Such an intervention is non-invasive, that is, there is no need for skin puncture and blood collection. You just need to touch the body with the tracker at the desired point.
This area is pre-cleaned with medical alcohol. And then they touch the point with the end of the handle with the titanium tracker. Vitastiq 2 will show how much minerals and vitamins are in the area under investigation. The device identifies about three dozen different substances.
In the mobile application, graphs are drawn up that show the composition of substances in the body. Through this, you can visually track how lifestyle and diet affect the body. For a single instance of Vitastiq 2, you can create several user profiles and the whole family to use a common device. Data transmission is carried out via Bluetooth LE.