We're closing out a decade soon, which means thoughts are bound to drift to what the next ten years will have in store. What technologies await in the year 2030? Will we still be reading that VR is going to become relevant any day?According to a new report by Ericcson's consumer trends program, now in its ninth year, the year 2030 will be an absolute feast for your senses. The survey identifies some compelling consumer tech, and the trend is clear: The internet of the senses is on the the way ... gird your tastebuds and steel your delicate fingers.To derive its results, Ericcson gave an online survey residents in major cities like Bangkok, Delhi, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, and others. The sample consists of at least 500 respondents from each city (12,590 respondents were contacted in total, out of whom 7,608 qualified), aged 15–69, who currently are either regular users of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) or virtual … [Read more...] about Welcome to 2030: Are you ready for the internet of the senses?
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Facebook has added a set of Star Wars-themed features to Messenger to help fans of the franchise celebrate what looks like the last installment of the saga. ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ hits theatres next week. The update adds AR effects to video calls made using the Messenger app, and also video posted in the form of ‘Stories.’ These can be cross-posted to Facebook via Messenger, and will appear in the ‘Stories’ panel of the Facebook app. It can also be set as one’s Instagram Story; by downloading the video and re-posting on the Facebook-owned media-sharing app. "Jump into hyperspace and travel to a whole new world with the Lightspeed Effect. Then, you’ll be able to see yourself as part of the Resistance, gliding through the galaxies in Poe Dameron’s X-Wing with the Cockpit Effect. And don’t forget about the battle of the Dark vs. Light side of the Force! Now, you can use the Dark vs. Light Effect to choose your … [Read more...] about May the force be with you: Facebook Messenger adds ‘Star Wars’-themed AR effects, themes & emojis
5G, the next generation of mobile broadband communications, is inching closer to commercial roll-out. The first wave of 5G phones are expected to hit the global market by the end of 2019.As the technology is still in developmental phase, chipset maker Qualcomm has announced a major partnership with smartphone companies such as Asus, HMD Global (which sells Nokia phones), LG, Sony Mobile, Sharp, Xiaomi and ZTE among others. These companies will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem suite to launch 5G-enabled smartphones in 2019.“Qualcomm Technologies continues to be a mobile industry leader with its 5G mobile chipset products and 5G ecosystem collaborations in support of aiming to deliver commercial 5G NR mobile devices in 2019,” said Qualcomm in a press release.“The arrival of 5G will expand mobile into new spectrum bands and all spectrum types, allowing for enhanced mobile broadband and increasing the overall average … [Read more...] about Xiaomi, Nokia and others to launch Qualcomm X50-based 5G smartphones by 2019
Mind-reading tech helps paralysed patients to communicate A team of neuroscientists has demonstrated that an algorithm could be trained to recognise the mental preparation for the act of writing letters, and that it could be twice as effective as existing technologies. VR and AR Microsoft's HoloLens 2 looks ready to go on sale in September Meltdown averted: How VR headsets are making nuclear power plants safer Space robots remotely controlled in VR Using AR and VR to train surgeons (ZDNet YouTube) Best VR headsets for 2019 (CNET) Virtual reality: A cheat sheet for business pros (TechRepublic) At the Children's Hospital in Colorado, doctors are using virtual reality, rather than general anaesthetics, to help young patients to get through painful procedures. Lenovo said by using VR as a calming distraction, several patients have been able to undergo mild to moderately painful treatments whilst awake, cutting down lengthy recovery times, and reducing the need for … [Read more...] about Doctors are testing the use of VR headsets instead of general anaesthetics for young patients
5G is the next big thing in the world of consumer technology and telecommunications.The next-generation wireless technology got a special mention in India’s Union Budget 2018 earlier this month. The government plans to increase the adoption of the technology in the country by setting up 5G centers with assistance from IIT Chennai. The move is a part of the government’s ambitious plan to roll out 5G services across India by 2020.Looking at the progress being made in the field of 5G, a commercial roll-out appears imminent. Only recently, chipset company Qualcomm announced a big partnership with smartphone OEMs such as Asus, Xiaomi, LG, and Sony Mobile for the commercial launch of 5G-enabled phones in 2019.As expected, there’s a huge buzz around the technology that’s set to revolutionise communications in the coming years.What is 5G? Why it’s critical?In simpler terms, 5G is the next-generation wireless technology that … [Read more...] about What is 5G, and why it is such a big deal