VR & 360° at The Photography Show

The Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham is just over a month away now, and the all-new VR & 360° Theatre will play host to a series of expert talks and hands-on demonstrations, offering visitors fascinating insights into some of the most exciting new visual technology.

Join photo and video artist Mat Collishaw and photographic historian Pete James to hear about their latest project, Thresholds – an opportunity to delve into the re-creation of one of the UK’s first photographic exhibitions, which aptly took place in Birmingham in 1839.

James says: “We are now on the verge of another revolution in our perception of the world as viewed through images, that of virtual reality: a total immersion with the image.”

From workflow to product photography

From exploring the past to documenting the future, Olympus Visionary John Nasarri will take to the stage to share his pioneering 360° interactive wedding service – photography accompanied by ambient sound landscapes, video and photo slideshows, culminating in a spectacular sensory experience.

With new imaging trends comes the need for new kit, and digital artist and videographer Nick Driftwood will offer advice on the camera technology needed to film and photograph a 360° field of view effectively in the new world of immersive technology.

Drone and UAV specialists Aerial Motion Pictures will showcase the world of interactive 360° tours with a view from above The Photography Show, and will discuss the value this can bring to businesses, and how interactive images can be taken to the next level.

There will also be a host of other speakers, covering everything from how to easily incorporate 360° tech into your workflow to 360° product photography made simple. To see the full lineup of experts appearing on stage in the VR and 360° Theatre, click here .

The Photography Show runs from March 18-21. To book your tickets and find out more visit The Photography Show

Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition Limited to 100 Units

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Of all the Porsche 911 flavors out there, I would say that my least favorite is the 911 Targa. I just don’t like the way the car looks in profile. I would make an exception for this really good-looking Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition. It’s a limited edition car with about 100 units available globally.

It wears Etna Blue paint on the outside, a shade that was once used on the 1960-1961 Porsche 356B. Power for the car comes from a 420hp 3.0L twin-turbo flat-six, the standard engine for the Targa range. The badges are painted in the same blue color and the graphics and wheels are in a white gold metallic color.

The rear deck lid vent is in black and the interior looks pretty cool. I do like how the profile of the car is embossed in the leather of the center console. The car gets 18-way sport seats inside and some blue leather trim. Pricing is unknown, but it is expected to be a significantly bump compares to the $123,650 of a standard Targa. I’d rather have a Cayman GT4, but in the realm of Targas this is one of the best looking.

Asus Zenwatch 3 Will Feature A Circular Design

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It looks like Asus will be making some design changes to their smart watches with the launch of the Asus Zenwatch 3.

The current Asus Zenwatch  features a square design and it looks like this will change for the next generation device.

The FCC have recently certified the new Asus Zenwatch 3 and below is a label for the device which is circular, this suggests that the new Zenwatch 3 will have a circular design.

Asus Zenwatch 3

We are expecting the next generation Zenwatch from Asus to be made official at IFA next month, it will apparently come with a 5V 2A charger and will support 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2.

Audi equipping certain vehicles with traffic light countdown system

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It doesn’t matter where in the world you live; we have all sat at a red light and wondered when it would change from red to green. For some people in a hurry or late for an important appointment, the wait can be road rage inducing. Audi is trialing a new system that will tell drivers when the light is going to change and help to reduce traffic in the future.

The new Audi system is the first vehicle-to-infrastructure communications system where the vehicle is able to exchange information with the infrastructure in the city. The system does mean that the traffic lights in your area have to support the technology. Audi plans to install the technology on its 2017 Q7, A4, and A4 allroad models built from June 2016 on.

The goal of the technology is to show the driver a countdown so that they might pay attention to the light rather than their phone or a passenger and leave the light on time rather than holding up the line. The countdown will disappear a few seconds before the light changes to prevent turning the tech into a drag racers dream. The cars have to be fitted with LTE and the Connect Prime infotainment package. It’s unclear what cities the technology works in at this point, but Audi is working with Traffic Technology Solutions, a company that manages about 300,000 traffic lights around the US.

Oculus Rift Lands In The UK On September 20th

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Good news fore VR fans as the Oculus Rift is launching in the UK on the 20th of September. The device will be sold through Amazon, John Lewis, Currys, PC World, GAME and other retailers in the UK including Harrods.

The Oculus Rift will retail for £549 in the UK and the companies above are now taking pre-orders for the device.

Every Rift comes with the popular VR platformer Lucky’s Tale, along with hundreds of free 3D 360 videos and VR films, plus access to the ever-expanding collection of made-for-VR games and experiences on the Oculus Store.

Over the coming weeks demo experiences will be rolled out at retail locations across the UK. Demo titles available include:

·       The Climb – every thrill-seeker’s favourite
·       Henry – a heartwarming VR film, narrated by Elijah Wood
·       Farlands – an exotic planetary experience
·       Oculus Dreamdeck – the perfect introduction to VR

Oculus will be offering demos of the device throughput the IL over the next few week and you can find out details of demos in your area at the link below.

You Can Now Rent A Nest Thermostat In The UK

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The Nest Thermostat has been available in the UK for a while now and the device costs £199. Now one company has decided to offer the device for a monthly rental.

Octopus Energy is now offering the Nest Thermostat to its customers for a monthly fee of £6.99, the offer will be available to new customers.

Octopus Energy, part of the Octopus Investment Group who are the UK’s biggest investor in solar energy, announced today that it is helping consumers save even more by being the first utility provider in the UK to offer the Nest Learning Thermostat to its customers as a monthly rental. New customers signing up to any of the existing Octopus Energy tariffs will now not only save money on their energy supply, but also have the opportunity to add a Nest Thermostat (£199 value) rental for just £6.99 a month.

“Octopus Energy is dedicated to delivering the best experience to customers, taking every aspect of our service seriously, from offering the best prices on energy to fast, effective customer care,” said Greg Jackson, Octopus Founder. “By offering our customers access to intelligent technology, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, we are not only helping people get the best deal on their energy needs, but also give them control of their usage.”

Oculus Rift Hitting Canada And Europe Next Month

oculusOculus is now gradually rolling out the Rift VR headset in additional markets. As you probably know, it has been available in the United States for a couple of months, but now the company has announced that the Oculus Rift headset is going to be available from select stores in Canada and across Europe starting next month.

Customers in these markets can place their pre-orders now for the virtual reality headset.

You can pre-order and purchase the Oculus Rift from Amazon in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. It will also be available from retailers like John Lewis, Curry’s PC World, GAME Digital Plc, and London’s Harrods in the UK. So you will have plenty of options when it comes to picking one up.

Those in France can get it from FNAC, those in Germany from Saturn and MediaMart as well as from Best Buy and Microsoft’s online store in Canada. Customers in these markets can place a pre-order today for the Oculus Rift. The suggested retail price in Europe is £549/€699. The headset will be available in-store starting September 20th. You won’t have long to wait.

All customers will get a free copy of the popular VR platformer Lucky’s as well as a collection of hundreds of 360 videos and VR movies. Your wait is almost over.

Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 Leaked

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It looks like Fitbit has some new fitness trackers in the works as some photos have been leaked of a new Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2.

The photos of the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 were posted online by the guys over at Techno Buffalo, along with some information on these two new devices.

The Fitbit Charge 2 will have a slightly larger display than the current model and it will come with a new PulePulse heart rate tracking technology, this is currently available in the Charge HR.

Fitbit Flex 2

The Fitbit Flex 2 will be ‘swim proof’ and will come with a range of other new features. There are no details on an exact release date, although November the 27th is pictured on one of them devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Launches In The US

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Samsung has launched their latest flagship smartphone in the US, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the handset is also launching in some other countries today.

The list of other countries where the Galaxy Note 7 is launching in includes Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Taiwan, UAE, Singapore, Korea and Puerto Rico.

Featuring a symmetrical dual-edge design and refined user experience, the Galaxy Note7 provides a comfortable grip and easier one-handed operation, despite its large 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display. Additionally, the Galaxy Note7 demonstrates Samsung’s category-defining leadership with innovative features including an enhanced, water-resistant S Pen; advanced security that couples Samsung Knox with a new iris scanning feature; and immersive entertainment capabilities with ready-to-stream HDR video.

Demand for the new Galaxy Note 7 has been high and it could end up being Samsung’s most popular handset this year.

Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 Unveiled

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We recently saw some leaked photos of the new Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 and the car is now official and we have some official photos of this luxury coupe.

The Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 is an electric vehicle and it will come with a drive system that has 550 kW which is around 550 horsepower, it will also have a range of 500 kilometres.

Vision Mercedes Maybach 6

With its sensual, emotional design (“hot”) and intelligent details (“cool”), the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 represents the ultimate in luxury. The classic aesthetic proportions of the show car – the extremely long bonnet, the low roof line and the rearward positioning of the greenhouse – recall the aero coupés of days gone by. But this is not retro design – this is a reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles.

At the same time the design is something unexpectedly new – cool, technoid and reduced. This is exemplified by the aerodynamically intelligent basic shape. Even without aids such as spoilers, the airflow hugs the contours of the vehicle body and only breaks away very late at the tail end of the vehicle. Then there is the surprisingly technoid character of the narrow lights, the partially transparent rims and the split rear window.

“Our glamorous coupé, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, represents the ultimate in contemporary luxury. It is hot and cool”, states Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “With its intelligent appeal and reduced, technoid look, it perfectly embodies our design philosophy of sensual purity and our pursuit of aerodynamic efficiency”.