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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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Garmin announces USB fast-charger for aircraft

Garmin has launched a small, lightweight USB charger designed for a wide range of aircraft. The GSB 15 contains two USB ports and supports simultaneous 18W (up to 3A) high-speed charging.

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The Garmin GSB 15 has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, as well as European approval, and is expected to be available next week.

“Tablets and mobile devices have become a mainstay in the cockpit and it’s essential to ensure they’re powered and available throughout an entire flight,” says Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GSB 15 is the smallest installed dual-port USB charger ever designed for aircraft use that allows owners and operators to economically add USB power capability to their aircraft.”

Designed specifically for aircraft installations, the device includes two powerful 18W (up to 3A) USB Type-A charging ports that allow pilots and passengers to charge tablets and mobile devices in the cockpit and throughout the cabin in the aircraft. The device is capable of charging two full-size tablets while using them at full backlight. Optional halo lighting around the exterior of the ports allows pilots and passengers to connect to the charger during night time conditions.

Two versions of the GSB 15 are available and allow for installation in space-constrained areas. One version contains a connector on the back of the unit, which is perfect for panel mount installations. A second variant has a connector on the bottom of the device and is suitable for installations in depth-constrained areas, such as near cabin sidewalls. Installation can take the place of an existing aircraft instrument hole with an optional adapter plate. A slim, lightweight design makes it suitable for installation in any cockpit.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military, and government customers. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to www.garmin.com/aviation.

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Nokia 1 gets slice of Android 9 Pie

Keeping to its promise of a smartphone experience that keeps getting better, says Nokia phone maker HMD Global, it has announced that Nokia 1 can now upgrade to Android 9 Pie (Go edition).


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Nokia 1 is the final phone in the Nokia smartphone portfolio to receive an upgrade to Android 9 Pie, which means that the entire range now has an option running the latest Android OS from Google.

“For too long consumers have had to accept older OS versions as the norm on entry-level smartphones,” says Shaun Durandt, general manager at HMD South Africa. “We are living our promise to deliver a phone that can keep getting better over time through the latest experiences and always being up-to-date. And with the Nokia 1 upgrade to Google’s latest OS, fans can get up-to-the-minute software experiences and innovations from Google in the most affordable segment.”

Over the past two years, Nokia phones have received over 300 security updates and have successfully upgraded handsets to the latest OS twice as fast as competitors, says HMD. This means that users always potentially receive a “just-out-of-the-box-fresh” feeling throughout the phone’s lifecycle. 

Android 9 Pie (Go edition) comes with a new range of apps from Google designed to run faster while consuming less data. Optimised to be smooth and fast, these include Google Go – a web search app, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go and Google Assistant for Android (Go edition), to send messages, make calls and set alarms by using voice.

With fewer pre-installed and much lighter apps, users are promised get two times more available storage compared to standard Android version. 

Availability

The Nokia 1 is available at major retail and network operator stores in red and blue, starting from R799.

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