The use of smartphones, especially near bedtime, is associated with worse quality of sleep, according to a new study. “When we looked at smartphone use around the time when participants reported they went to bed, more smartphone use around that time in particular was associated with a longer time to fall asleep and worse sleep quality during the night,” said Dr. Gregory Marcus, author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. NITE by industrial designer Oliver Sinclair is basically a smartphone lock that also functions as an alarm clock and wireless charging. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Researchers at MIT’s CSAIL have unveiled “RePaint,” a system that can reproduce damaged artwork using an artificial intelligence-guided 3D printer. This means color-accurate reproductions, even in less than optimal conditions, such as low-light. “If you just reproduce the color of a painting as it looks in the gallery, it might look different in your home. “Our system works under any lighting condition, which shows a far greater color reproduction capability than almost any other previous work,” said Changil Kim, one of the MIT researchers that published a paper on the system. Unlike other systems, RePaint works by stacking ten different transparent inks in thin layers, and then the AI predicts the ideal stack needed to generate the desired colors. Read more for additional examples and information.
Samsung’s “The Wall” is touted as the world’s first consumer modular MicroLED TV, measuring in at a massive 146-inches. Thanks to its module-based, bezel-less design, this display enables users to customize their television to the size and shape of their choice. Plus, the modular screen can be used to create a wall-sized display, or just used to increase their traditional screen size to suit a new room in any living space. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on pricing or availability. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
The BMW Vision iNEXT, first revealed earlier this year, provides an insight into the future of personal mobility, and it just made its world premiere at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. This all-electric SUV encompasses the automaker’s strategic innovation fields – Autonomous driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services (ACES) – into a single vehicle, while its design lends them visual expression (D+ACES) and offers a glimpse into the future face of driving pleasure. Power comes from front- and rear-mounted motors, paired with a battery tray under the floor, that enable it to accelerate from 0-62mph sprint in approximately four seconds, while offering a driving range of 380 miles on a single charge. Read more for a making of video, additional pictures and information.
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This followup to the Vivo NEX, which featured a pop-up selfie camera and a true full-screen display, the NEX 2 builds upon its predecessor in a dual screen way. In addition to the dual screens, with the main one being nearly bezel-free, it features an in-display fingerprint scanner, an RGB LED-illuminated “Lunar Ring” on the back that lights up for notifications, and possibly a time-of-flight camera – a range imaging camera system that resolves distance based on the known speed of light, measuring the time-of-flight of a light signal between the camera and the subject for each point of the image. Read more for two additional spy shots and information.
Audi‘s new e-tron GT Concept has been officially unveiled at the LA Auto Show, and is a collaboration project between Audi Sport and Porsche. It’s based on the Porsche Taycan platform, has a 248-mile range on a single charge, and can be charged to 80% of its capacity in 20 minutes via its 800-volt system. The combined power output figure of 590hp enables the GT Vision to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in around 3.5 seconds, while topping out at an electronically limited 149 mph for EV range purposes. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
DJI’s Osmo Pocket is now the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera that the company has ever designed, and quite possibly the smallest mechanical gimbal available on the market. At 4.8″ tall and weighing 0.25 lb,it includes a 1/2.3-inch sensor, 80-degree FOV, and f/2.0 aperture – the same sensor size used in the Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, and Mavic 2 Zoom. The device can shoot stabilized 4K video at up to 60 fps and captures 12MP stills, while offering 100 Mb/s transfer speeds as well as an HDR photo mode. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review, additional pictures and information.
While most eyes are on the L.A. Auto Show, Audi demonstrated its Pop.Up.Next concept at Amsterdam Drone Week. This autonomous flying taxi was made into a ¼-scale model and consists of an autonomous, wheeled, battery-electric chassis that securely holds a detachable, two-seat pod. When flight mode is activated, a special Airbus-designed module lands, hovering over the pod. The chassis then raises the pod until it locks onto the flight module before taking off for the destination. Upon landing, the four-propeller module straddles another chassis, lowers the pod, and then departs on the road. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
There’s night vision cameras, and then SPi Infrared’s X27 ColorVision, which is so sensitive to light that it can pick up light beams from laser pointers. Unlike standard cameras, this one utilizes special algorithms that enable the sensor to see in extreme low-light environments. The camera itself is a 10 megapixel fully-digital, solid-state system, with a 5 million-equivalent ISO rating – Canon’s ME20F-SH clocks in at 4 million ISO – and its low noise and high sensitivity is accompanied by 1920 x 1080 HD resolution at up to 60 FPS (optional 120 FPS). Read more for another video shot in extreme low-light conditions, and additional information.
Data recovery specialists DriveSavers announced today the launch of a consumer service: unlocking smartphones, including Apple’s notoriously impossible to unlock iPhone. The company has allegedly developed a “new technology” that can unlock iOS or Android smartphones of any make or model with a 100 percent success rate in bypassing smartphone encryption. However, only the actual owner of a locked device can use this service, or to their next of kin if they are deceased, and it costs $3,900 per device. Read more for another video and additional information.