At the 3D and Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo last week Canon were showcasing their new Canon Mixed Reality Headset, which combines both real world environments and computer graphics, and will start shipping next month.
The Verge were able to put the new virtual augmented reality headset through its paces, and took apart a complex virtual airplane engine whilst wearing the headset, which you can see in the video after the jump.
The Canon Mixed Reality Headset has been created to train people for difficult and dangerous applications, such as inside nuclear power stations, by combining reality and 3D computer graphics.
The headset is equipped with two cameras, one placed over either eye and captures real-time video that is then sent to a wired connected computer. The Connected PC then processes the data to create what Canon promises to be a precise amalgamation of the real world and CGI. Pricing for the new Canon Mixed Reality Headset depends on the applications you require says Canon.
Today IK Multimedia has started shipping their new iRig MIC Cast, which provides iOS devices with a ultra-compact high quality microphone. The iRig MIC Cast is equipped with a unidirectional condenser capsule, which has been designed to isolate the audio source you are capturing. Providing highly improved audio recordings, when compared to the integrated iOS device microphones.
Other features of the iRig MIC Cast include a a dual gain setting that provides two different sensitivities, for either close-up or distant audio sources, and includes a connection to attach headphones to monitor the audio iRig MIC is capturing.
“The iRig MIC Cast is literally about the size of a large coin and its bumper-friendly jack makes it possible to plug in — even if your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad is in a protective case. It can easily fit in your pocket, briefcase or computer bag for easy transport.”
The IK Multimedia iRig MIC Cast has been designed to be used with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and is now available to purchase worldwide for around $40 or €30.
Source: IK Multimedia
Photojojo has this week added a new camera remote to their range of products called the ioShutter. Which has been designed to transform your iPhone or iOS device into an advanced remote shutter remote.
The ioShutter camera shutter remote consists of a cord and iOS application, allowing you to control your DSLR camera shutter directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Once setup ioShutter provides you with 6 modes to choose from including: standard trigger, motion trigger, sound trigger, time-lapse, timer, and bulb.
“The sound trigger fires your camera by sound, even when you’re across the room. Cram your friends together and make some noise! Or snap the money shot with a huge, “SURPRIIIISE!!”
Boogie down with the motion trigger for hilariously fun pics. Catch Fido sneaking onto the couch. Or dance, jump and mosh in your living room to get candid photos of your pals having a blast.
You’ll find making time-lapses is extra easy since the ioShutter app uses a bright, fumble-free iPhone touch-screen interface. Just set what intervals you want your future masterpiece to be shot at, and let it do its magic.”
ioShutter system is now available to purchase from the Photojojo online store for $70.
I’m Spa the Italian smartwatch manufacturer of the delayed I’m Watch. Has this week announced new shipping dates for the launched of its highly anticipated Android 1.6 smart watch, which was expected to by shipping on April 15th.
An initial batch of 300 I’m Watches will be shipping out on June 15th for initial testing and feedback. With other further outstanding orders being fulfilled by July 15th and all orders being dispatched by September 15th.
However if you have already ordered a I’m Watch but would like to cancel your order you have until July 15th to do so. But I’m Spa is now offering a 15 percent discount for those customers who would rather wait a little longer. I’m Spa explains:
“But we are now able to define them as follows, taking into account that we intend to conduct a last serious testing program with our customers:
1) By June 15th we will provide i’m Watch to a group of 300 customers, who will cooperate with us for a final and ultimate check, to be completed by July 15th. We will ask them to give regular feedback on their experience, which will be reported in a public blog on the website http://www.imwatch.it in order to allow you to follow its evolution as well.
2) Starting July 15th we will begin to ship the product to all those who have an unsent order. We expect to fulfill the delivery for all current orders within and no later than September 15th.
Given that we understand that you might have lost interest in the purchase, we decided to offer you the following possibilities:
• Giving up the purchase and requesting an immediate refund of the paid amount, providing by July 15th an e-mail to the following address, if you are residing in Italy: email@example.com, or to the following: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are residing abroad.
• If instead you are willing to wait until the expected date of delivery, you will receive at the delivery a 15% discount on the price paid.”
Autodesk has launched a couple of new iPad applications called 123D Catch and 123D Make Intro. The first 123D Catch has been created to provide an easy way to convert 2D photos into 3D objects.
The 123D Catch application has been designed to allow you to take photos with your iPad an then submit them for processing on the Autodesk Cloud. Your 2D photo is then automatically converted into a realistic 3D model which you can then view, share, and download.
The 123D Catch app lets you take upto 40 photos which can then be uploaded for processing, and the app includes interactive startup guides you help you through the process of creating your first 3D object using the service.
The other app launched this week by Autodesk called 123D Make Intro, has been designed to work the other way and turn 3D models into 2D build plans with animated assembly instructions.
Digital Storm have today unveiled a new range of Marauder gaming PC systems they have created specifically with the budget conscious gamer in mind, and have been built using Corsair’s Vengeance C70 chassis.
The new Marauder gaming systems start at $799 and for that you will receive a quad-core 3.6GHz AMD FX-4100 CPU, together with a Radeon HD 7750 GPU, supported by 8GB of Corsair Vengance memory. Check out the full specification lists after the jump.
Watchmaker Cyrus has unveiled a new addition to their range in the form of the Cyrus Klepcys Mars Watch. Which is a variation on the their Klepcys model that features a 3D moonphase, but this time its been replaced by a miniature version of the red planet, Mars.
The Mars globe has been created and rotates at exactly the same time as the real planet. Completing one revolution every 24 hours, 37 minutes and 22 seconds. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
Other unique features of the watch is the “Martian face” which has been included in the design and can be seen at about 7 O’clock on the watches face. The unique Klepcys watch is a collaboration between Cyrus and renowned watchmaker Jean-François Mojon, who also designed the Harry Winston Opus X watch.
The Cyrus Klepcys Mars Watch is being limited to just 66 pieces or as Cyrus says “66 earthlings will be able to enjoy this unique experience on their wrist.” Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet.
If tablet and smartphone touchscreen keyboards are not quite suited to your typing style. You might be interested in this pocket sized Elecom TK-MBD041 smartphone and tablet keyboard. Which connects to your devices via Bluetooth and provides physical keys to type out your messages and documents with.
Not being a full size keyboard and measuring only 13.0mm X 141mm X 53.0mm, it might not be the best for longer communications, but the handy little keyboard should help those who find touchscreen keyboard, a little tricky to use.
Unfortunately no information on worldwide availability has been released as yet, but the Elecom TK-MBD041 smartphone and tablet keyboard will soon be arriving in Japan for an astonishing $230 price tag.
Source: Oh Gizmo
Hauppauge has this week released a new update for its Digital Broadway digital streaming media box, which allows you to now record TV programmes and films and watch them at a later date in a similar way to a traditional digital video recorder.
Previously the Hauppauge Digital Broadway Box would only allow you to watch live TV. The Broadway media box has a built-in over the air digital TV tuner (ATSC), together with support for clear QAM digital cable TV and connections to cable or satellite set top boxes.
“Broadway can be used in the home, for example, to stream a football game or a news program over the home Wi-Fi network to an iPad. The iPad will display a list of Broadway’s TV channels, and with two taps of a finger on the iPad, live TV will be displayed on the iPad screen.”
The new recording features are being provided to existing Hauppauge Digital Broadway Box users as a free software upgrade. But will also be available to new users who purchase a Hauppauge Broadway Box for $200.
Source: PR Newswire
Livestream is looking to take the pain out of setting up live streaming with the announcement today of its new Livestream Broadcaster device. The Livestream Broadcaster has been designed to provide event owners and producers with a desktop encoder that can be connected to a multi-camera video production switcher. Or can be used as a portable battery powered wireless encoder mounted to a camera, and stream via Wi-Fi or a USB 3G/4G Wireless Modem.
“The Livestream Broadcaster is an HD live broadcasting device that works seamlessly with the New Livestream service to deliver the industry’s first affordable unlimited ad-free HD live streaming end-to-end solution.”
The new Livestream Broadcaster can be controlled on the device itself or remotely from anywhere in the world via the Livestream website, or via the Livestream for Producers iPhone app. The HDMI video input provides support of HD 1080i, 720p, and SD 480i formats. For more information on the new Livestream Broadcaster system jump over to the Livestream details for a demonstration and specifications.
The Livestream Broadcaster is now available to pre-order for $495.
Source: Venture Beat
A new update has been rolled out for the popular Tweetbot iOS application this week, which has brought with it support for iCloud based syncing of account settings, timeline position, DMs and Mute filters.
Allowing users to transfer from one iOS device to another without missing out on any of the latest tweets. Currently the iPhone and iPad applications are available to purchase separately, and cost $2.99 each.
“Tweetbot is a full-featured iPhone (and iPod touch) Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.”
Corsair has this week unveiled new additions to its Vengeance gaming line of peripherals, in the form of the new Vengeance C70 PC case and Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming headset.
Corsair’s Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming headset is equipped with high-sensitivity, noise-cancelling microphone and uses 2.4GHz wireless connectivity. Its also fitted with an internal battery that will provide up to 10 hours of life over a range of 40 feet.
The new Corsair Vengeance C70 PC case is equipped with 8 x PCI-E slots, 2 x USB 3.0 I/O ports, 6 x SSD-ready hard drive bays, and has space for up to ten fans to be installed helping keep your components as cool as possible.
Yesterday Google released a teaser video for their augmented reality glasses which the company calls Project Glass, and now Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin has been photographed wearing a project glass prototype.
He quickly told me it is a prototype. I saw a bluish light flashing off of his right eyeball. I could only guess that my Google+ profile flashed up, or maybe some PR voice said “stay quiet” or something like that.
But the glasses are real. Very light looking. Most of the people around us had no idea that these glasses are pretty special
We still don’t have any details on when Google intend to launch their augmented reality glasses, as soon as we get some more information we will let you guys know.
iHome has unveiled a new addition to their range of speakers this week, with the launch of their new iHome iW2 AirPlay system. The iHome iW2 wireless speaker system is equipped with airPlay, and allows you to connect to your iTunes library through your home WiFi network.
The Pulse Controller is a new device which has been created and developed by musician Stephan Vankov, that has been designed to transform any flat surface in to an instrument.
Once attached to a surface the Pulse software then reads impulses it hears when the surface is hit to tapped. Enabling you to transform your table in to a drum set or piano.Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
Vankov’s idea behind Pulse Controller was born out of the belief that computer-based musicians and performers should not feel restricted to a grid of small 1×1″ pads or a keyboard to create music and sounds.
iPad owners looking to add a little live TV to their Apple tablet might be interested in this new TV tuner which has been unveiled and lunched by Logitec called the LDT-1Si01.
The new iOS LDT-1Si01 tuner will be arriving in Japan later this month and lets you view One-seg satellite programming on the iPad and iPod. Unfortunately at the moment it doesn’t support Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone 4S.
The Logitec LDT-1Si01 iOS tuner is fitted with both an extendable antenna and a microUSB port for charging. The tuner also allows you to enable subtitles and even record television through the accompanying iOS application.
Simply connect the device to the 30 pin port at the bottom of your iPad, iPhone or iPod and use with the supplied application for One-seg satellite viewing. When it arrives later this month it will be priced at around $103 or ¥7,980. Unfortunately no information on worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
Google already has Google TV, which the company is trying to get into our living rooms, and it would appear that Google is also developing a new home entertainment system.
According to a recent report by the WSJ, this new Google home entertainment system is designed to stream music wirelessly around your house, and it is likely to be powered by Google’s Android OS.
The system is reported to be a Google branded device, and it will allow users to download and stream music to the device from Google Music and other music services.
The device is also expected to be more affordable than other home entertainment web connected devices, although there are no details as yet on exactly how much it will retail for.
As soon as we get some more information on this new Google home entertainment device we will let you guys know.
Genius have launched a new addition to their gaming mouse range with the unveiling of their new Genius DeathTaker gaming mouse. That has been specifically designed for MMO/RTS gamers and is a professional gaming laser mouse for the GX gaming series from Genius.
The new Genius DeathTaker mouse can be customised using a built-in over-clocking SCGii engine for a dpi range from 100 to 5700, and is equipped with a full speed CPU with memory chip.
Allowing you to store your gaming macros and settings in the mouse itself, with 55 keys combination to programme. The Genius DeathTaker provides a 1-ms response time, and is fitted with a braided cable and gold-plated USB connector.
Gear4 has this week unveiled a new product its just added to their range, in the form of the new Renew SleepClock a new non-contact sleep monitor and bedside speaker, designed for iOS devices.
The Renew SleepClock has been designed to detect when you are asleep, and can measures your sleep patterns, waking you up at the lightest moment in your sleep cycle. Enabling you to feel feel more refreshed and alert. Watch the promotional video after the jump to see it in action.
The Gear4 Renew SleepClock is equipped with a sensor that measures your breathing rates and movements. All you need to do is dock your iOS device and download the free app to begin monitoring your own sleep patterns. The iOS application enables you to monitor and review your daily, weekly and monthly sleep patterns and if you like compare them against other peoples. Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by Gear4.
While many accessory makers focus more on the iPad, the company Alesis has opted to be more varied, making new music keyboard controllers that you can plug via USB directly to your PC or Mac. It can also be used on iOS devices but a USB adapter is necessary to make it work.
Alesis unveiled the Q61, QX61 and QX25 USB MIDI keyboard controllers at the 2012 NAMM Show in California. Some of the features of the keyboard include knobs for drumbeats, filter knobs and volume adjustments, great for musicians who want to directly incorporate their work on their personal computers. Those with iOS devices could also bring their work with them.
The three variants displayed by Alesis cater to different crowds, with the Q61 offering the simplest configuration, the QX61 for a more featured set and the QX61 a more compact version. With its flexibility and features, Alesis’ latest USB keyboards will surely be a good option for musicians.
The QX25, being the most basic, retails for $99, while the Q61 will cost $149, and the QX61 at $199.