Top Gadgets of the Week: Touch and feel virtual reality
This week’s list of gadgets include two products that have taken the latest technological advancements to the next level.
Gloveone is an obvious next step in terms of experiencing virtual reality.
Similarly, the Micro Drone 3.0 is everything that a personal drone enthusiast would be hoping for.
Gloveone – Touch and feel virtual reality
This is the logical next stage of experiencing virtual reality. A Spanish tech firm NeuroDigital Technology is developing a mechanism where users will be able to touch and feel the object they are seeing through virtual reality.
The company have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project that they describe as, “The most cutting edge devices in virtual reality. Up until now, most developments within the industry have been focused only on the sense of sight in VR experiences.
“However, what's the first thing that people do after they put on a VR headset? They try to touch and feel everything! Now this is possible with Gloveone!”
The glove will have embedded sensors in key areas such as fingers and palm and the user will not only be able to feel an object, be it a butterfly, a fruit or a gaming object. You can even feel the force of wind or the rainfall.
“If a virtual apple is shown on the screen, with Gloveone you will be able to feel its shape or weight, sense all of its physical features, and even smash it,” the developers note.
According to the company the initiative is all about translating touch sensations into vibrations. “There are 10 actuators distributed along the palm and fingertips of Gloveone, which vibrate independently at different frequencies and intensities, reproducing accurate touch sensations,” they add.
With five more days to go the project has already raised $152,600. While the early bird offer of $170 for a Gloveone is sold out, users can pay $240 for a Gloveone plus a Leap Motion Bundle and $450 for both hands Gloveone plus leap Motion Bundle. The product will be ready for shipment by February 2016.
Micro Drone 3.0 – World`s first fully customisable personal drone
Drones are getting smaller, smarter and powerful. A UK based firm Extreme Fliers has developed the latest personal drone which they say is modular and therefore, customisable and expandable, apart from having several unique features for the drone of its size.
Being modular, it is easy to connect and assemble the device. It also enables the user to easily remove and replace any part. You can even use the expansion packs to turn the small drone into a bigger more powerful one.
According to the company, the firmware is programmed with three settings to adjust to different sizes and flight dynamics for varying sizes.
For example, the maneuverability features includes auto levelling, inverted flying, sensor assisted flying and can even navigate upto 45mph winds.
A combination of intelligent motion sensors enables it to hover and fly in straight lines, without deviating from its fixed axis.
The phone can also be used as a controller. All you need to do is just shake the phone and the Micro Done will fully invert 180 degrees reversing its propeller and flying upside down.
The drone comes with a HD camera (720x1280) and can record at 30 frames per second.
It can even ‘live’ stream the video and users can thereby use it to even broadcast live using social networks such as Meerkat.
It even comes with an editing suite, First Person View headset display, and the smallest Gimbal. Users can turn the smartphone into a Head mounted display for FPV. One Micro Drone 3.0 with a HD camera module and a virtual reality headset is priced at $150 and an additional $20 for international shipping.
Ergo – Smart standing desk
Here is an office desk that is not merely a piece of wood. It can talk, listen to you, give suggestions and even adjust itself.
The furniture is connected to a memory pad, it has wireless charger and even a USB charger.
The inbuilt sensors even analyses your body and suggests suitable exercise. It adjust itself and increases or decreases its height based on the user`s convenience. The table is priced at $299.
Panasonic HGS10 Bone conduction headphones
The headphones are mainly meant for those using it in an open air environment where you do not want the complete noise cancelling devices.
These are open-ear headphones that allows users to hear their surroundings while listening to music.
Bone conduction technology sends music from cheek bones to inner ear.
The device is water resistant against rain and sweat.
Unlike usual headphones, the bone conduction headphones do not have buds that fit into the ear, they emit music through the outside, hence enabling the user to hear voices from around without completely shutting off.
The HGS10 sits directly in front of your ear canal, instead of inside or over the ear, allowing music to pass freely through your ear bone.
The bone conduction headphones are currently available in the UAE for Dh299.
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