New fighter pilot helmet delivers night vision without goggles
Fighter pilots have access to helmets with amazing abilities. However, they still have to strap on heavy night vision goggles to fly in the dark — an all too literal pain in the neck. Much to aircrews’ relief, BAE Systems wants to make that clunky headgear a distant memory. Its brand new Striker II helmet includes a night vision camera that projects its footage on to the visor’s high-resolution display, giving the pilot a good look at the outside world without the need for extra equipment. The tech should be far more comfortable during lengthy missions, especially in sharp turns where G-forces make any added weight feel that much worse.
Meet Jibo: Your swiveling, giggling, slightly creepy disembodied robot butler
Inside of his rotund little head, Jibo boasts a range of different sensors, cameras, and special software that enables him to recognize faces and natural-language voice commands. Think of him like a physical manifestation of Siri. Just like the digital assistant you carry around in your pocket, he can politely remind you of important tasks, and even read you messages that your friends and family have sent. At parties and other social gatherings, Jibo can act as the photographer — using his advanced facial-recognition software in tandem with his two cameras and swiveling head, he can snap photos for you automatically. The bot uses natural cues like movement, speech, and smile detection to know when someone’s posing for a picture.
This Screen Made of Sapphire-Glass Blend Might Be on the Next iPhone
Apple’s new iPhone 6 may have an interesting and unusual new screen made of a sapphire-glass blend. A leak of the new screen comes via YouTube user Marques Brownlee, who tested the screen and compared it to the existing iPhone 5S.
The video shows a 4.7-inch screen. This is also a development, as it was previously thought only the larger iPhone 6 (Phablet) would get the sapphire blended screen.
While it is just a leak, it is in line with Apple’s patents. In 2013, Apple filed a patent for “Various sapphire and laminate structures are discussed herein. One embodiment may take the form of a sapphire structure having a first sapphire sheet with a first sapphire plane type forming the major surface and a second sapphire sheet having a second different sapphire plane type forming the major surface. The first and second sapphire sheets are fused together to form the sapphire structure.
Image credit: Marques Brownlee via Youtube
Samsung’s Level ‘premium’ portable audio line makes its US debut
We were privy to Samsung’s premium portable audio plans a few days before the rumblings of an Apple/Beats affair surfaced. The Level series of portable audio gadgets goes on sale tomorrow (July 17th) with appropriately-named options for over-ear, on-ear, in-ear and Bluetooth speaker listening — covering the same bases as Dr. Dre’s outfit. Level Over, the set of over-ear cans, is the priciest of the lot, asking $350 for its active noise cancellation, on-board controls, wireless connectivity and stitched leather-esque accents. There’s also a Level App that’s designed to tune the set to the environment or content you’re consuming.
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'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' game could make $200 million a year
The hit mobile game of the summer has a familiar face behind it. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is an adventure game for iOS and Android that lets players create their own celebrity and interact with the titular reality show star, her friends, and her frenemies. Following its release on June 25th, the game has quickly risen to become the third most popular free app in Apple’s App Store and is in the top 10 free games on Google Play. It’s also received a nearly perfect overall rating in both stores.
And although the game is free to download, the company that created it, Glu Mobile Inc., stands to make a pretty penny thanks to all of the in-app purchases that players are making (one player reported spending nearly $500 within the app in just a few days). One analyst projects that the “freemium” game could make up to $200 million annually from advertising and in-app purchase revenue, as Bloomberg reported recently. Glu Mobile’s stock has also been on a tear since the release of the game.
Flying high: Hexo+ autonomous drone tops $1 million in Kickstarter campaign
When the Hexo+ autonomous drone launched on Kickstarter a month ago, it reached its $50,000 funding target in a matter of just a few hours.
Interest in the drone that follows and films you wherever you go has grown to such an extent that with a only a few days of its campaign remaining, the fund has smashed through the million-dollar mark. The success of the campaign has prompted the Palo Alto team behind the flying machine to start looking at how it might enhance and refine the design of its drone.