Samsung Monitorless AR and VR Glasses and other apps coming at MWC

Samsung research group will unveil augmented and virtual reality related devices and apps at Mobile World Congress 2017. The company may unveil its Monitorless AR and VR glasses. Samsung Monitorless Glasses will connect to phones or PCs via WIFI Direct and replace the screen on the devices, allowing users to work “monitor-less”.

Check out below for more details:

  • Monitorless. A pair of “sunglasses” that support both AR and VR. They connect to your phone or PC and allow you to use your electronics in augmented or virtual reality.

  • Relúmĭno. A “visual aid” application for the Gear VR that helps the visually impaired read and watch TV with “new levels of clarity.”
  • VuildUs. An app that allows users to see what furniture looks like in their house before they buy it. It uses a 360-degree camera to measure distances and depth and works via an app for “compatible” VR devices. Not the first of its kind by a long chalk.
  • traVRer. A 360-degree video platform that lets users “experience realistic virtual travel before and after a real-life trip.” Looks like any virtual reality ‘travel’ experience, albeit with an UI with more information.

We’ve to wait for Mobile World Congress 2017, to get more details about these devices and apps.


Windows Holographic VR headsets from Dell, HP and more at CES

Today at CES 2017, Dell, HP, Acer and more companies displayed their Windows Holographic VR headsets. All of these VR headsets share same concept, a pair of screens inside and a pair of cameras on the outside.

Windows Holographic headsets sports front two cameras with each uses slightly different positioning to examine the space around the headset and track your position. It may require more processing on the part of the computer, but it also means the headsets can be smaller and lighter and less complicated.

Currently, Windows Holographic is still a work in progress and will be released with Windows 10 Creators Update in April 2017. There is no detail on headsets pricing or availability.

Check out Windows Holographic PC requirements here.

Lenovo unveiled Legion Y720 and Legion Y520 gaming Laptops

Lenovo unveiled its gaming laptops Legion Y720 and Legion Y520. The Lenovo Legion laptops will come with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DDR5 graphics cards and Intel’s latest 7th Gen Core i7 processors.

The laptops also include 16 GB DDR4 memory and High-quality UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS anti-glare display. Apart from that, The laptops bring World’s first Windows-based Dolby Atmos PC1 with two 2W JBL speakers and a 3W subwoofer.

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop also features:
  • Lenovo’s first laptop with integrated Xbox Wireless Controller Receiver built-in
    VR-ready with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DDR5 graphics.
  • World’s first Windows-based Dolby Atmos PC1 with two 2W JBL speakers and a 3W subwoofer for incredible sound.
  • Thunderbolt 3, the fastest port available on a PC today to plug and play at lightening speeds and the option of an integrated Xbox One Wireless controller, which is able to support up to four controllers simultaneously for gaming with friends.
  • High-quality screen resolution with up to UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS anti-glare display.
  • An optional RGB keyboard for more precise gaming in the dark.

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop also features:
  • 16-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) display for an amazing visual experience.
  • Immersive Dolby Audio Premium sound with two 2W Harmon Kardon speakers.
  • Optional red backlit keyboard for gaming in the dark.
  • Windows 10

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop starts at $1,399.99, and will be available beginning in April 2017. The Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop starts at $899.99, and will be available beginning in February 2017.


Lenovo Windows Holographic headset revealed at CES

Lenovo reveals first Windows Holographic headsets at CES. In October, Microsoft announced that OEMs can make VR experiences for Windows 10 as the platform for their devices and leverage Microsoft’s Windows Holographic SKU to achieve this.

The latest Lenovo VR headset running the Windows Holographic platform is tethered and is lighter than most at around 350g. It includes two 1440 x 1440 OLED display panels, which is higher resolution than the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

Like Microsoft HoloLens, Lenovo VR headset also offers 6 degree inside-out tracking meaning users are fully tracked in space without any external tracking devices or camera. Two front-mounted cameras allow augmented reality applications even without direct external vision.

Lenovo Windows Holographic headset
Lenovo Windows Holographic headset

Lenovo VR headset does not include motion controllers. However, it will be compatible with other Windows Holographic peripherals. The device is expected to work with Windows Store apps and some HoloLens software.

Lenovo’s Windows VR headset will cost you between $300 to $400. Check out Windows 10 VR PC requirements here.


GIGABYTE AERO 14 a thin VR ready laptop with GeForce 1060

GIGABYTE has announced its updated AERO 14 professional laptop. AERO 14 now comes with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 VR Ready graphics.

The GIGABYTE Aero 14 is powered by sixth generation Intel processor and 32GB of RAM. The laptop also includes QHD IPS display, up to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD, and a 94.24 Wh large capacity battery. No price or release date announced by the company yet.

New Aero 14 Configuration:

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Graphics
  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • QHD 2560×1440 IPS High-Res Display
  • M.2 PCIe SSD / 2x DDR4 Memory
  • 94.24 Wh Battery with Long Battery Life
  • Dual 4K output with HDMI 2.0 & Mini DisplayPort
  • Dimension: 335(W) x 250(D) x 19.9 (H) mm / 1.89kg

Windows Holographic VR PC specification out

Microsoft Windows Holographic VR PC specification now revealed. Microsoft is launching Windows Holographic “shell” to Windows 10 PCs next year as part of the Creators Update.

VR experience for PC’s requires high-end specifications. However, the Holographic Shell requires some basic hardware to run. Windows Holographic VR for PC requires minimum 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, a CPU with 4 cores, 1GB of free storage and DirectX 12 supported graphic card. There is also requirement of 1.5m x 2m of open space for free movements. Your two years old PC’s should work with upcoming Windows Holographic VR.

windows-holographic-vrWindows Holographic “shell” will allow users to enjoy virtual reality on Windows 10 with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other upcoming cheaper VR headsets from OEMs. HP is also expected to launch it’s VR headset at $299. You will be able to enjoy Windows 10 from virtual reality headset as well as Universal Windows Apps.


HTC Vive wireless upgrade kit now available

TPCast launched new HTC Vive wireless upgrade kit. Now you can wear HTC Vive VR headset without worrying about wires. HTC claims this kit will not impact the performance of the Vive. A dongle attached to PC, transmits wirelessly to a second dongle attach to the back of the headset.

Wireless kit brings a whole new experience as you able to move around freely with VR Headset. Currently, the battery backup provides gives only 90 minutes of play. The company is working on bigger battery options.

You can pre-order HTC Vive wireless upgrade kit in China for CNY 1,500 ($220). Worldwide shipping is also available but current Vive owners get a better chance of getting one. If you have HTC Vive VR, have your Vive serial number ready as only a few kits are available.


T-Mobile is now offering Alcatel Idol 4S in the United States

T-Mobile is now selling Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 the United States. Alcatel Idol 4S comes with Windows 10 Mobile OS with a 5.5-incch Full HD AMOLED display made of Dragontrail Glass, a 21MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera.

The device is powered by 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage with microSD support, and a 3000mAh battery. The Alcatel Idol 4S comes with a virtual reality(VR) headset. The new phone with VR headset allow users to enjoy virtual reality.

Apart from VR support, the smartphone also support Continuum for phones and Windows Hello. Alcatel Idol 4S owners can enjoy a desktop-like experience with Continuum by connecting the device to an external monitor, keyboard, and a mouse. The phone also features a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device.

You can get the device for $469.99, or for $19.59 per month under a 24-month contract from T-Mobile. More details here.


AMD Radeon Pro WX Series of graphics cards announced

AMD Radeon Pro WX Series of graphics cards shipping announced. The WX Series are based on the Polaris architecture-based GPUs featuring 4th generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) technology. The Graphic cards are engineered on the 14nm FinFET process. The cards can able to run a 5K HDR display via DisplayPort 1.4, include support for HEVC encoding and decoding.

The graphic cards also features TrueAudio Next for VR. The WX Series graphic cards boast cool and quiet operation with an emphasis on energy efficiency. Each retail Radeon Pro WX graphics card comes with a 3-year limited warranty and 24/7, VIP customer support.

Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics card – The world’s fastest low-profile workstation graphics GPU

The AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics cards delivers the exceptional performance CAD professionals are looking for in a sleek and quiet small form factor. The Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics card is the first low-profile workstation graphics card to break the 2 TFLOPS single precision compute performance barrier.

The graphic card has over 2.4X the performance of competing cards in its class while consuming nearly identical amounts of power. With 4GB of GDDR5 memory and 16 compute units (1024 stream processors), users can drive four 4K monitors or a single 5K monitor at 60 Hz, a feature which competing low-profile CAD focused cards in its class can’t touch. Will be available from November 10 at US$399 MSRP.

Radeon Pro WX 5100 graphics card – The fastest 75W TDP workstation GPU, ready for the game engine revolution

The Radeon Pro WX 5100 graphics card is the fastest workstation card in its class, delivering up to a groundbreaking 3.9 TFLOPS of single precision compute performance while using just 75 watts of power. The Radeon Pro WX 5100 graphics card delivers the necessary performance in spades, with 8GB of GDDR5 memory and 28 compute units (1792 stream processors).

The graphic card has 41 percent faster performance in Siemens PLM Software NX than competing cards in its class, and exceptional high-fidelity, high-resolution real-time visualization for key industries such as automotive and architecture. Will be available November 18th at US$499 MSRP,

Radeon Pro WX 7100 graphics card – The world’s fastest single-slot workstation GPU, ready for VR

The Radeon Pro WX 7100 graphics card delivers 5.7 TFLOPS of single precision floating point performance in a single slot. Equipped with 8GB GDDR5 memory and 36 compute units (2304 Stream Processors) the Radeon Pro WX 7100 is a powerful graphics solution for high-quality visualization workloads.

The graphic card has boasting up to 45 percent more performance than competing cards in its class in Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS 2015. As VR usage continues to grow in design, manufacturing, media and entertainment workflows. The Radeon Pro WX 7100 delivers the performance needed to drive user experiences to new levels of immersion. Will be available November 10th at US$799 MSRP.


Zotac VR Go mini PC with GeForce GTX 1070

Zotac is planning to release a VR Go mini PC with GeForce GTX 1070 and removable straps attached. The PC can also be taken off the straps and used as a regular desktop computer. Zotac are no words on a release date, price, or how long the battery will last.

Zotac VR Go PC Spec:

  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card
  • Removable battery
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500 GB 2.5-inch HDD or SSD bay
  • One HDMI output
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • A power connector
  • A proprietary cooling system