Posts tagged Gadgets
At the Gadget Show Live this week I recorded the first show for my new O2 Guru TV series. Called Fast Forward, it’s all about future trends and technology.
The Gadget Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham is the UK’s largest consumer technology expo and the ideal location for the first episode with lots of terrific tech to get our hands on.
To keep up to date with all the latest Fast Forward episodes make sure to hop on over to the O2 Guru TV Channel on YouTube and hit subscribe.
At the Gadget Show Live Christmas 2012 I showed CNN’s Erin McLaughlin around some the coolest gadget gifts for this holiday season. Here’s what we found:
One of the items that featured in this report and also in my World’s Coolest Camera show at The HUB Theatre is the BubbleScope. I’m a particular fan of the immersive and interactive 360 degree video, a cool way to capture a moment.
Here’s an example of an of a ‘bubble’ in action – at first it looks like any other web video, until you realise you can drag to change your camera angle:
The Gadget Show Live comes to London this Christmas and I’m really excited to be the host for one of the show’s main attractions, The HUB Theatre.
Showcasing this year’s coolest technology, The HUB Theatre promises an action-packed programme of events and expert advice from those in the know. We’ll see the TechRadar team exploring mobile phones past, present and future, Toyology will be taking a look at this year’s newest craze, ‘Apptoys’, and Trusted Reviews will be sharing their top picks for gadget gifts this Christmas.
Elsewhere The Gadget Show Live Christmas features everything you’ve come to expect from the Channel 5 series, with a unique chance to get hands-on and experience all of the latest games, gadgets and gear. What’s more Gadget Show presenters Jason Bradbury, Pollyanna Woodward and John Bentley are appearing in a stunning thrill-a-minute show at the spectacular 2,700-seater Super Theatre.
To find out more and to grab your tickets head over to the Gadget Show Live website.
Question: What do you get if you cross a Microsoft Kinect controller, some 3D glasses and an augmented reality platform with an Enterprise SAP HANA in-memory real-time big data-ready database?
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post for Computer Weekly in which I questioned whether Augmented Reality really is ready for the masses, concluding that while the technology and platforms themselves are getting close, a lack of real purpose and compelling content may be AR’s Achilles’ Heel.
Augmented Reality for the Enterprise
But then last week, while filming an item for the SAP Innovation Show at an event in London, I saw perhaps the most innovative application yet of AR for business.
As part of my original story I interviewed Matt Mills, Head of Innovation at Aurasma, part of Cambridge-based/HP-owned firm Autonomy and one of the main software houses developing commercial augmented reality platforms and applications.
While the offerings from the likes of Aurasma and Blippar are primarily consumer-focused (typically around marketing campaigns) Matt was also able to share with me some tantalising and genuinely useful applications of augmented reality in education and business, as in this example of using AR to install HP networking equipment.
But then last week at an event I had naively considered an unlikely candidate for showcasing gadgety innovation, I stumbled across what can truly be described as Augmented Reality for the Enterprise.
Spatial Operating Environment
CEO Vision combines an Augmented Reality platform with Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect controller to deliver a distinctly futuristic-looking data visualisation tool.
Aimed at non-technical executives, CEO Vision sources its data from an SAP HANA in-memory database and using an assortment of 3D eyewear, motion control and display technologies presents what Keytree calls its “Spatial Operating Environment”.
Viewers wearing the headset can peruse and interact with rich, animated datasets retrieved in real-time from the back-end database.
(and if you have some red/cyan specs handy there’s a 3D version of the video just for you)
Parallels will inevitably be drawn with Google Glass which last week also released a sneak peek of some footage filmed using its AR goggles, although CEO Vision perhaps scoops top marks inasmuch as anybody can try it for themselves right now.
Big Data means Big Glasses?
Personally I believe that technologies such as these from Keytree and Google will be essential tools as we attempt to visualise, digest and capitalise on ever-growing volumes of both business and personal big data.
But wearing my actual reality glasses for just a moment I don’t see that the technology is mature enough quite yet. The CEO Vision user interface boldly aims for Minority Report but credibly lands somewhat closer to Lawnmower Man.
Nevertheless it’s still impressive to see it in action at all and, as with Google’s intentions when announcing Glass, I suspect it acts as more of a signpost to the near future than a genuine stake in the ground for now.
Note: A version of this post also appears in Computer Weekly.
Described as the Cannes Film Festival of the mobile phone world, MWC is packed with brand new handsets and tablets.
Among the dozens of new smartphones being unveiled here this year is the Samsung GALAXY Beam, and we produced the official MWC hands-on video for Samsung featuring the Beam’s Product Manager, Will Bin.
Not only is the GALAXY Beam a fully-featured Android smartphone running Gingerbread 2.3 (with an Ice Cream Sandwich update promised for later this year) but Samsung has managed to squeeze in a projector. Yes, that’s right, an actual projector. With an LED bulb clocking in at 15 lumens it is bright, colourful and can project an image of up to 50 inches. The projector is fully integrated with the handset so it can project photos, videos and apps, mirroring whatever is being displayed on the phone’s screen, even when the phone is in its camera mode.
So, sit back and take a look at the official Samsung MWC GALAXY Beam hands-on video that we came up with – at the time of posting it has racked-up over 110,000 views:
Stay-tuned – I’ll be posting some more of our videos from Mobile World Congress 2012 very soon.
In November 2010 the team at the NFTS asked if I would review Parrot’s ground-breaking new boys’ toy, the AR.Drone, for their ‘live at five’ magazine show, The Loft. Never one to shirk a tech challenge, I accepted.
Armed with nothing more than my trusty iPad, here’s how I got on.