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Sony creates a wearable aircon

Sony’s in-house crowdfunding platform has fully funded a wearable aircon to keep a user’s body warm or cool in uncomfortable conditions.

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Sweating from summer’s heatwaves may become a thing of the past, thanks to Sony’s latest wearable aircon. It has announced the Reon Pocket – a body cooling and warming device that can be worn. The device is the size of a smartphone and will retail for ¥12,760 (about R1,680). 

The device is designed to fit into a pocket on a specially-designed shirt. Once this is all set-up, Sony says users can experience a cooling of up to 13C or heating of up to 8C. 

It won’t be blowing air in user’s shirts like traditional aircon. Instead, it works by using the Peltier effect, which creates a temperature difference by transferring heat using electric currents.  

At launch, the thermostat can be controlled via its companion smartphone app. Sony says it has plans for an autonomous version that can run independently of a smartphone. According to Sony, it will able to run for 2 hours. 

The project is expected to launch in Japan later this year. More information here (with the aid of Google Translate): https://first-flight.sony.com/pj/reonpocket

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Nintendo Switch throws fitness into the Ring

Yesterday, Nintendo launched the Ring Fit Adventure, a fitness accessory for the Nintendo Switch. BRYAN TURNER tried it out

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Following from the success of Wii Fit in getting people moving while gaming, Nintendo has launched Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch. In a similar way to which the Wii Fit was coupled with the Wii Fit Board, the Ring Fit couples with a tension ring called a Ring-Con and a leg strap.

The game features various adventures and modes that are set in immersive maps. Each mode features its own daring challenges, powerful enemies, and even a villain that players must fight. The trick to winning in the game world is putting in the real world work. The exercises mimic common exercises like jogging in place, squats, and overhead shoulder presses. These actions are masked behind fun gameplay that makes it feel like one isn’t doing strenuous workouts.

Before starting the game, users need to remove the Joy-Con controllers from their Nintendo Switch console. The left Joy-Con fits into the leg strap, which must be fasted to the left leg, while the right Joy-Con is attached to the Ring-Con. The Ring-Con provides resistance when it is squeezed or pulled apart by the handgrips.

The big plus of the Ring-Fit is the varied experience levels. This means the fit and unfit alike can start their fitness journeys where they feel comfortable. Players can also change the exercise intensity at any time to suit their fitness level from day to day. It’s worth noting that this same approach is what made the Wii Fit so successful.  

In the game’s Adventure mode, players run through stylised worlds, with the end goal of defeating an evil bodybuilding dragon called Dragaux. Each level along the way offers different challenges by focusing on different body parts like arms, legs and one’s core. As players progress through the game, they earn experience points and collect ingredients to craft in-game smoothies that help them on their virtual fitness journey. Nintendo says the fun aspect of the Ring Fit Adventure can help players remain on a fitness journey for longer.

Transportation is supported by players performing actions like doing a squat to use a launchpad, and using the Ring-Con against one’s abdomen to use paddleboards, among other actions that incorporate difficult exercises into in-game events.

If players are strapped for time and would like to fit in a quick workout, they can select the Quick Play mode. It offers similar adventures to Adventure mode, but in bite-sized mini-games, which range from breaking boxes with gusts of air triggered by squeezing the Ring-Con, to flying a parachute by pulling the Ring-Con overhead.

For those who prefer a more straightforward workout, there is a mode called Simple, which does away with flashy animations. This mode allows players to pick the part of the body they would like to work on, and lets them work it out. Along with Simple mode, Set mode offers the same functionality, but allows players to line up workouts in a playlist.

With the power of Nintendo Switch, the game can be taken anywhere, letting players work up a sweat away from a TV. For those who don’t have their Nintendo Switch with them, the Ring-Con can be taken around (with a Joy-Con attached) to track exercise while away from the console. When a player returns to their Nintendo Switch, the exercises will be synced to their profile to earn experience points and in-game items.

Ring Fit Adventure is available in retail stores and includes the game card, Ring-Con and leg strap accessories. For more information about the game, visit here.

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Dell launches zero-footprint PC

Dell’s first-of-its-kind OptiPlex 7070 Ultra hides the PC in the monitor stand for a clutter-free, zero-footprint desktop.

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Dell has announced the new OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, a desktop computer that is stored vertically inside a thin display stand. Featuring what Dell calls a “zero-footprint” desktop design, the computer is space-saving while remaining fully modular, so that customers can configure and upgrade as needed throughout the product lifecycle. This also means both the PC and display can be upgraded and serviced independently.

Dave Lincoln, VP of fixed computing at Dell, says: “IT leaders are faced with pressure to keep costs down while giving employees flexibility and freedom to work in ways they’re most productive. As more organisations move to open floor plans, they’re looking for technology that maximises desk space, employee productivity and IT investments. Thirty-five years ago, Dell disrupted the way PCs were made and delivered to the world. With the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, we are changing the category again, with an innovative desktop solution that’s hidden in plain sight.”

Dell’s customer research has revealed companies like the ability to upgrade their systems. It also showed that they enjoy the aesthetics of the all-in-one form factor. Consumers also tend to upgrade their computers more frequently than their displays.

Key features include:

  • Independent upgrade of the PC and display, so customers can swap out, upgrade or service any part at any time
  • A monitor stand that integrates the PC within and includes physical security options designed to protect against tampering 
  • Flexible configurations suitable for multi-user, open-plan workspaces
  • Configurable to different use cases or work styles with compatible products like a height-adjustable stand, fixed stand, VESA mount, Dell Single Monitor Arm | MSA20 for superior adjustability and Dell Dual Monitor Arm | MDA20 for added desk agility
  • Performance and scalability to match users’ needs, up to Intel Core vPro  i7 processors, 64GB of RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, and 2TB HDD

Additionally, a recent Dell study shows that using two monitors can boost worker productivity by up to 21%. The Ultra can support up to three displays – from 19 to 27 inches – for increased productivity. Power, data, video and audio are transmitted in one single cable when the Ultra is paired with Dell USB-C monitors.

Dell also introduced the new OptiPlex 7071 Tower, which finds its place with businesses using VR content for activities such as training and sales environments. With premium performance and multiple expansion options, it’s the desktop that offers enhanced productivity options for everyday tasks.

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The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra and the Dell OptiPlex 7071 Tower are now available.

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