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Google Blocks YouTube On Amazon Devices

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

A growing public spat in the technology industry escalated even further when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware.

The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show.

 The stakes are high: many in the technology industry expect that interacting with computers by voice will become widespread, and it is unclear if Amazon, Google or another company will dominate the space. Amazon’s suite of voice-controlled devices has outsold Google’s so far, according to a study by research firm eMarketer from earlier this year.

“Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV,” Google said. “We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”

Amazon said in a statement, “Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website.”

It said it hoped to resolve the issue with Google as soon as possible but customers could access YouTube through the internet – not an app – on the devices in the meantime.

The break has been a long time coming. Amazon kicked the Chromecast, Google’s television player, off its retail website in 2015, along with Apple Inc’s TV player. Amazon had explained the move by saying it wanted to avoid confusing customers who might expect its Prime Video service to be available on devices sold by Amazon.

Amazon and Apple mended ties earlier this year when it was announced Prime Video would come to Apple TV. Not so with Google.

 In September, Google cut off YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show, which had displayed videos on its touchscreen without video recommendations, channel subscriptions and other features. Amazon later reintroduced YouTube to the device, but the voice commands it added violated the use terms and on Tuesday Google again removed the service.

The Fire TV loses access to its YouTube app on Jan. 1, Google said. Amazon has sold that device for longer than the Echo Show, meaning more customers may now be affected.

Google To Release Fix For Buzzing Sound In Pixel 2

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

Last month, Pixel 2 owners reported strange noises coming from their phones, including clicking noises like a ticking clock and high-pitched sounds. Google acknowledged the problem affecting some devices, and promised a fix. Looks like it’s coming sooner rather than later.

“Coming weeks” is still completely nebulous, but it does suggest a time frame of December or January.

The audio issues are part of a string of bad press befalling the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Phone owners also complained of blue shift, which makes the screen appear blue when you’re looking at it from certain angles, and screen burn-in, a condition that makes “afterimages” permanently visible on the screen, even after you’ve moved on to view something else. This affected two of CNET’s Pixel 2 phones.

Google has so far been able to address some of the flaws with software updates, but it’s too soon to say if the dogpile of bad press has dampened buyers’ enthusiasm for the “pure” Android devices, especially as Black Friday deals roll in.

Is Google Glass Making A Comeback

July 5, 2017 by  
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It appears the death of Google Glass has been somewhat exaggerated, as the accompanying MyGlass app has received its first update in three years.

For the first time since September 2014, you can suck up some bug fixes to your ridiculous goggles, recently seen adorning the newly opened “Museum of Failure” in Sweden.

But not only that! There’s a new set of firmware too!

We’re not entirely sure who is still wearing the early wearable devices which despite a huge fanfare, never really got to the high street, but if you do, it’s good to know that you four-figure investment hasn’t gone the way of Google Reader.

So what’s new? Well, the biggest news is Bluetooth. Yes, actually ruddy Bluetooth support. Because it had a Bluetooth chip all along that was never activated.

This actually is quite a big deal. It means that you can now hook up Human Interface Devices (HID) such as keyboards and mice and do a bit more than the “tap and slide” controls you had before.

But who is still working on the project? Surely Google isn’t paying for the continuing development of a project that hasn’t even had a working web presence for two years?

Perhaps it’s the 20 percenters, using their free time at Google to tinker with the former favourite. Or perhaps the successor for Google Glass, oft suggested but never realised is closer than we thought.

We were told that a Google Glass 2 with enterprise credentials was on the way in 2015, powered by an Intel chipset, but nothing emerged.

It’s not like the device didn’t find fans. Virgin Atlantic used it at check in to allow staff to keep better eye contact with customers.

But before there was a drone epidemic and alleged Russian hacking of elections, everyone was frantic about what would happen when we all walked around with head-up displays.

Turns out nobody did, and nobody has. Battery life was a big problem and turning on Bluetooth will do little to improve that. But someone, somewhere clearly thinks there’s life in the old dog yet. What it all means remains to be seen.


First Of Its Kind Digital Control Tower Coming To London Airport

May 22, 2017 by  
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Within two years, air traffic controllers in London won’t see your plane through a window but will guide it down from screens 70 miles away as the airport becomes one of the first in a major capital to use a digital control tower.

Staff will monitor planes with the help of high-tech 360-degree cameras and sensors fitted to a newly constructed tower, with data and a panoramic views all feeding through to the national air traffic control center in the southern town of Swanwick.

The airport, which is undergoing a 350 million pound ($455 million) expansion, is located near the Canary Wharf financial center in east London and used by over 4.5 million passengers mainly for business travel between Europe’s major centers.

But from 2019, controllers will be based over 110 km away where the airport says an array of digital tools will improve their awareness of situations and efficiency, allowing for quick decision-making.

“A pioneering new digital air traffic control system will enhance safety and improve resilience, setting a new standard for the global aviation industry to follow,” London City Airport Chief Executive Declan Collier said.

“This cutting edge proven technology future-proofs London City Airport’s air traffic control for the next 30 years and beyond,” he said.

The current control tower is reaching the end of its operational lifespan, he said, with the new technology already in use at Sweden’s smaller Ornskoldsvik and Sundsvall airports.

Controllers will be equipped with a range of tools including a close-up view of aeroplane movements along the 1.5-km runway and cameras which can zoom in up to 30 times for close inspection.

Pictures from the airfield and data will be sent through independent and secure fiber networks to the operations room in Swanwick, the airport said.

The technology is supplied by Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, a partnership between LFV, the Swedish air navigation service provider, and military defense and civil security firm Saab.

The airport, bought last year by a consortium including Canadian pension funds, is due to expand as part of a development program which will see an extra two million people flying to and from it every year by 2025 and an additional 30,000 annual flights.

Construction of the 50-metre digital tower will begin later this year and is due to be completed in 2018, followed by a year of testing and training before it becomes fully operational.

Facebook’s Oculus’ Story Studio Closing Down

May 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

Facebook Inc’s virtual reality content production unit, Oculus’ Story Studio, is shutting down and will pivot towards supporting external content makers, two years after the in-house studio launched.

Oculus, which makes virtual reality headsets Rift and Gear VR, will allocate $50 million to directly fund creators of non-gaming VR content, Jason Rubin, the company’s vice president of content, said in a blog post.

Rubin added that Oculus is “still absolutely committed to growing the VR film and creative content ecosystem.”

Facebook paid $3 billion to acquire Oculus and retain its employees in 2014. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he believed the medium that offers a 360-degree panoramic view using headsets “will become a part of daily life for billions of people.”

Oculus tapped talent from both Oscar-winning animation company Pixar and the video gaming world to head up Story Studio, which it launched in January 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Facebook’s VR ambitions have been threatened somewhat by a lawsuit from video game publisher ZeniMax Media Inc accusing Facebook and Oculus of infringing ZeniMax’s copyrighted software code.

A jury found in ZeniMax’s favor in February, awarding it $500 million. Oculus has asked for a new trial.

Vive, a unit of HTC Corp, and Sony Corp are also racing to bring virtual reality products to a mass audience.

Oculus debuted its first short film called “Lost” at Sundance two years ago, a story of an animated mechanical creature in a forest.

Last year, Story Studio won an Emmy for original interactive program for its short VR film “Henry,” and at Sundance this year, it premiered “Dear Angelica,” an illustrated film of a mother and daughter.

But internally, Oculus has undergone some changes in its management in the past year.

Brendan Iribe stepped down as CEO in December, saying he was going to head up the PC division of the VR company. In March, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, who created the prototype Oculus headset, parted ways with Facebook.

Privacy Groups Appeal To FTC Over Google’s Policy Change

December 21, 2016 by  
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google-building-3-150x150Privacy groups have made their concerns known to the Federal Trade Commission that Google is encroaching on user privacy through a policy change in June that allows it to combine personally identifiable information with browsing data collected by its DoubleClick digital advertising service.

The complaint, by Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearing House, alleged that Google has created “super-profiles” as it can track user activity on Android mobile phones, with an 88 percent market share of smartphones worldwide. The information can also be gleaned “from any website that uses Google Analytics, hosts YouTube videos, or displays ads served by DoubleClick or AdSense,” according to the complaint.

The combination of data is in contrast to Google’s pledges not to combine users’ personally identifiable information with DoubleClick’s browsing data when acquiring the ad serving service in 2008, according to the complaint filed Thursday but made public on Monday. In October this year, ProPublica reported that Google “quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand” by its policy change in June that allowed the DoubleClick database of web browsing records to be combined with personal user data.

On June 28, Google users were informed of some new optional features introduced for their account that would give them more control over the data the company collects and how it’s used, while allowing the search giant to show more relevant ads. As part of the changes, Google struck out the language in its privacy policy stating that it would “not combine DoubleClick cookie information with personally identifiable information unless we have your opt-in consent,” according to the complaint. Existing users were presumably given the chance to opt out, but for new users the combination of personal and browsing data was done by default, it added.

An investigation by the FTC would add to a number of disputes the company has had with the FTC on privacy issues, including a $22.5 million settlement with the FTC in 2012 on charges that it misrepresented to users of Apple’s Safari browser that it would not place tracking cookies or serve targeted ads to those users. That action violated an earlier privacy settlement between the company and the FTC.

In 2012, Google introduced a new and controversial privacy policy that stated that when users are signed in, the company may combine their information across services used.

Facebook Launches Metrics FYI To Provide Insights Into Its Video Ads

November 17, 2016 by  
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facebook-advertising-150x150Several months after Facebook Inc acknowledged it had inflated the average time it told advertisers that users were watching their video ads, the company is promising better data to give ad buyers a clearer picture of how they are spending their money.

The world’s biggest online social network on Wednesday launched a new blog on its website called Metrics FYI, where it will share updates and corrections for its data.

“We want to ensure our clients trust and believe in the metrics that we are providing,” Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s vice president of global market solutions told Reuters.

 Getting advertisers to buy more video ads is key to Facebook’s continued revenue growth, as they fetch higher rates from advertisers than text or photo-based ads.

Facebook, along with Alphabet Inc’s Google and other large digital companies, has been criticized for a lack of transparency in how it measures the performance of videos.

Particularly, the lack of a universally agreed method of calculating how much time people are watching online video has been a sore spot for advertisers.

Shares of Facebook were down 2.5 percent at $114.30 in premarket trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

In September, Facebook told advertisers that the average time users spent viewing online ads was artificially inflated, because it was only counting videos that were watched for at least three seconds, its benchmark for a “view.”

Facebook left out those who watched for less than three seconds, or who did not watch the video at all, which gave advertisers the impression their videos were performing better than they really were.

Since the admission and ensuing criticism from advertisers, Everson said Facebook has been in contact with clients and ad community trade groups, including the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).

Facebook also said  it is in the process of forming what it called a ‘Measurement Council,’ which will include measurement experts from clients and ad agencies.

One of Facebook’s prominent advertisers, Swiss food and drink company Nestle SA, is already on board, Everson said, and the council should be up and running by early 2017.

The ANA, which represents Procter & Gamble Co, AT&T Inc and other major advertisers, has called on Facebook to get its metrics accredited by the Media Rating Council (MRC), an independent media measurement audit group.

While Facebook’s internal metrics are not accredited by that group, it does use MRC-accredited third-party vendors, such as Nielsen and comScore, to help advertisers verify certain data.

Snapchat Spectacles To Be Sold In Vending Machines

November 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

snapchat-spectacles-150x150Snap Inc has debuted its video-camera sunglasses in its usual quirky style, setting up a big yellow vending machine on a beach boardwalk where customers could lay out $130 for the “Spectacles” glasses.

According to postings on Twitter, a line of more than 100 people quickly formed in front of the wacky vending machine, referred to as a “Snapbot,” that appeared in Venice, California.

“This looks like something dropped from a cartoon UFO, with balloons attached to slowly float down,” Twitter user Ajay Mehta wrote.

 The glasses quickly sold out, Twitter users reported. They reappeared on sites such as eBay for $1,000.

Snap, an $18 billion company which makes the popular messaging app Snapchat, has made its foray into hardware with glasses equipped with a camera on it that connects wirelessly to a smartphone to take and send “snaps” – the company’s terms for video and photo messages sent on its app.

The Spectacles will remain a bit elusive. The Snapbot vending machines will land in new locations for about a day, and that location will be shared just 24 hours in advance. The machines are the only way to buy the glasses directly from the company.

Mozilla’s Promises To Rejuvenate Firefox With Project Quantum

November 1, 2016 by  
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firefox-10-150x150Mozilla last week named its next-generation browser engine project and said it would implement the new technology in Firefox next year.

Dubbed Quantum, the new engine will include several components from Servo, the browser rendering engine that Mozilla has sponsored, and been working on, since 2013. Written with Rust, Servo was envisioned as a replacement for Firefox’s long-standing Gecko engine. Both Servo and Rust originated at Mozilla’s research group.

“Project Quantum is about developing a next-generation engine that will meet the demands of tomorrow’s web by taking full advantage of all the processing power in your modern devices,” said David Bryant, the head of Firefox engineering, in a piece published Thursday on Medium.

Mozilla plans to start with the existing Gecko engine, said Bryant, but replace the pieces that will most benefit from offloading chores to the graphics processor unit (GPU) or from splitting tasks among the multiple cores found in the bulk of today’s CPUs (central processing units). From Bryant’s description, Mozilla will start slowly, replacing a few Gecko components with ones from Servo at the start, then adapt and adopt others as Quantum progresses.

“Quantum is an ambitious project, but users won’t have to wait long to start seeing improvements roll out,” claimed Bryant. “We’re going to ship major improvements next year, and we’ll iterate from there.”

Bryant promised a very different Firefox, one that would be noticeably quicker to render pages and run web apps. “Pages will load faster, and scrolling will be silky smooth. Animations and interactive apps will respond instantly, and be able to handle more intensive content while holding consistent frame rates,” he wrote.

Mozilla has been working both sides of the browser street in its Firefox modernization: The rendering engine and the user interface/user experience (UI/UX). While Quantum is the former, a different project labeled Tofino unveiled in April was to come up with a next-generation UI/UX. The open-source developer hasn’t shared any Tofino updates since mid-July.

The Quantum-powered Firefox will eventually be released in versions for Windows, macOS, Linux and Android. iOS remains out of bounds because Apple requires that all rivals use the engine of its Safari browser.

Facebook Begins Testing Of Language Translation Feature

July 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Facebook is taking a major step in assisting users around the world connect helping them share their posts and comments in multiple languages.

The world’s largest social network has announced that its own developers have built a multilingual composer. A user test of the service has begun.

The tool enables users to compose a single post that will appear in multiple languages. Other users will see that post in their preferred language.

“People use Facebook to share information and ideas in many different languages,” the Facebook team wrote in a blog post. “In fact, 50% of our community speaks a language other than English and most people don’t speak each other’s languages, so we’re always thinking about ways we can help remove language as a barrier to connecting on Facebook.”

Anyone in the test group can enable the multilingual composer by going to the Language section of their Account Settings.

The composer, Facebook noted, is only available for desktops now, but others can view the multilingual posts across all platforms.

With the multilingual composer, Facebook execs are aiming to let users connect with a broader group of people around the world.

According to Facebook, while the site is just beginning to test the service with individual users, they began testing it with Pages earlier this year.

The composer actually is being used by about 5,000 Pages today to post nearly 10,000 times per day on average, Facebook reported. Those posts are getting 70 million daily views, with 25 million of those views being seen in a language other than what it was originally posted in.

“This will absolutely help Facebook users connect to more people in more places, more easily,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with the Gabriel Consulting Group. “This new feature will give Facebook posters a much larger addressable audience and will save them quite a bit of time to boot.”

Language, according to Jeff Kagan, an independent industry analyst, continues to be the barrier that separates people the most. This new artificial intelligence-driven tool could help break down that wall.

“This is some of the magic that A.I. brings to the table that can change our world,” Kagan added. “This has always been a tough task, but with A.I., it’s actually getting much easier.”

According to Facebook, engineers used machine translation to change posts into different languages and language identification technology to determine which language individual users need to see posts in.

When creating a new post, users are given the option to have the post written in additional languages. They can specify each language they want the post written in using drop-down selections.




Twitter Moves Further Into Video With New ‘Watch Mode’ Feature

June 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Twitter is looking to compete even more with Facebook. The platform is moving into video in a major way with 140-second clips in both Twitter proper and Vine, a new video section called Watch Mode, and video recommendations for other videos to watch. The network’s most popular users, like President Barack Obama and Justin Bieber, are getting a stand-alone app called Engage, which sounds a lot like Facebook Mentions.

Twitter is making video a huge priority by extending video length from 30 seconds to 140 seconds (staying on-brand, of course). Those longer videos are also coming to Vine, but don’t worry, the popular app for creating hilarious video loops isn’t changing its 6-second limit. Instead, you can post 140-second clips alongside your Vines.

You won’t have to watch these longer videos in-tweet. Now tapping on a video in your timeline will launch a new full-screen viewing mode with recommended clips surfaced just below. The same experience applies to longer videos on Vine.

The new features are rolling out soon on Twitter for iOS and Android.

Twitter Engage launched Tuesday on iOS to help video creators and other important people see metrics on their clips, including likes, retweets, mentions, and views. They can also see demographics for their videos and a feed of what their fans are talking about.

Unlike Facebook Mentions, Engage isn’t solely aimed at celebrities. But the two apps are similar in that they show mentions from so-called “influencers” and filter comments from fans.

Twitter has to try new things, especially since its user growth has stalled at 310 million monthly active users and Wall Street isn’t happy about it. To compare, Instagram just announced it has more than 500 million monthly active users, 300 million of whom check the app on a daily basis.





Google Going For Gadgets In Your Eyes

May 9, 2016 by  
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Google will inject gadgets into your eyes to improve your vision, if its latest patent application is anything to go by.

In something that resembles the concept art for a dystopian graphic novel about transhumanism, Google’s patent filing for April 28 is for a gadget described as an “inter-ocular device”.

This includes a sci-fi sounding electronic lens designed to be installed in a flexible polymeric material to fit inside the surface of an eye’s lens capsule by solidifying the fluid in the capsule. Please excuse us, as we’re getting a bit queasy.

According to Google’s patent, forces exerted upon it by the lens capsule can control the electronic lens’ optical power. This looks like it will help with vision correcting, by assisting with the focusing of light onto an eye’s retina.

The patent states the device’s power will come from an internal battery charged by an “energy harvesting antenna”. We don’t know what that energy will be, but if Google thinks it can start sucking up our brainwaves then we’re moving all our browsers back to Explorer.

To keep things firmly on the creepy tech side, Goggle’s patent also looks to get the device to interface with an external computer, through the ambiguous-sounding “interface device”, which looks to use an antenna to beam data from sensors on the electronic lens to a separate system. Yeah, things are getting weird here.

One would assume the data Google would plan to collect would be used for medical and optometry research.

But, with all the pretty advanced deep learning tech, clever search algorithms, and powerful cloud platforms Google has at it fingertips, we can’t help but feel this could be a way to taking what people see and creating adverts that can be beamed directly into our heads. Or perhaps we’ve had too much coffee this morning.

Some people worry about the robots rising up and enslaving us all, but perhaps they should keep a closer eye on what Google’s boffins are up to under the Californian sun. It’s eye devices today but mind chips tomorrow.



Intel’s Chief Heading Up FAA’s Drone Advisory Panel

May 6, 2016 by  
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The Federal Aviation Administration is forming an advisory committee, led by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, to guide it on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace.

The formation of the committee could link to plans by the FAA to finalize much-awaited rules for the commercial operation of drones, which will likely pave the way for the widespread use of the airborne devices for deliveries and other applications by companies like and Google.

“By late spring, we plan to finalize Part 107, our small UAS rule, which will allow for routine commercial drone operations,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a speech at a drone event on Wednesday. Huerta had said in January that the the rules would be finalized at the end of spring, but there has been skepticism as the process has been plagued by delays, including missing a September deadline mandated by the Congress.

Members of the new drone advisory committee will include representatives from a variety of organizations with interests in drones, including manufacturers and operators, application service providers, pilots, the FAA, NASA, representatives of manned aviation and the Department of Defense.

Unlike bodies like the UAS registration task force, which developed recommendations for the registration of UAS devices, and the micro UAS aviation rule-making committee set up recently by the FAA for a single purpose and limited duration, the new drone advisory committee is intended to be a long-lasting group that will essentially serve the same purpose as the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee, Huerta said.

Selections by the FAA of members of the advisory committee are expected to be made by May 31, the agency said. Huerta will be the designated federal official on the committee.




VeVo Hits 17 Billion While Calling Goof The Devil

May 3, 2016 by  
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Vevo might be the new MTV for millennials, who might not know MTV that played music a few decades ago. Vevo CEO Erik Huggers had an interview at a Hunter Walk blog talking about YouTube, subscription base and the future.

Vevo CEO, ex Intel and ex BBC executive Erik Huggers mentioned that the Vevo will get a subscription based service but for the time being the company will stay with add supported content. Huggers first worked first on the iBBC player and later at Intel OnCue, then Verizon before getting the Vevo CEO.

The company has announced a new Apple TV, iOS and Android applications for people who like to watch the content on the TV console or their tablets and phones. Huggers mentioned that Vevo was getting 17 billion unique views per month. He said that if you are musician you will prefer Spotify for audio streaming and Vevo to YouTube, and here is why.

Peter Mensch, the manager of bands including Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse  told a BBC Radio 4 documentary on the music business:

“YouTube, they’re the devil. We don’t get paid at all.”

The BBC quoted him saying that YouTube was killing the record industry.

There is now way you can say it better than this, Mensch obviously knows what he is talking about. When we dug a bit deeper into the issue, bands have issues with complete albums being uploaded to YouTube. The big bands don’t get paid at all, at least according to Peter Mensch.

Vevo might turn its back to YouTube, despite its current business model where the company uses YouTube to distribute its videos. We see a big change coming. Artists are obviously not happy as people are ripping their stuff and not paying.

Online publishing was an area where big mistakes were made 20 + years ago. Online magazines usually rely on marketing, same as YouTube, but it seems that YouTube, Facebook and other big social based website make a lot of money and giving YouTubers and artists pennies.

Huggers believes Vevo can offer a tailored experience which is personalised for individuals who love music videos via various channels including Apple TV or mobile applications. Imagine if Vevo starts offering exclusive concert footage of your favourite bands, this would probably be worth of a few bucks a month, wouldn’t it?



Is Microsoft’s HoloLens Heating Up?

April 1, 2016 by  
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Microsoft’s HoloLens system is pretty cool, but unfortunately it could turn you into a flaming Michael Jackson, according to one developer.

According to PC World David Dedeine has overseen development of the HoloLens games Young Conker and Fragments, so he’s one of the few people to have obtained meaningful hands-on (or heads-in) time with the HoloLens.

While he praised the physicality of the HoloLens experience compared to standard VR, as well as speaking of reduced motion sickness he was a little worried about the head problem.

Unlike other VR headsets, the HoloLens essentially crams a complete computer into the headset, which means that there’s a heat-emitting CPU within inches of your skull. Microsoft is aware of the issue and has designed its HoloLens to shut down a game if things get too hot.

As for other possible issues, like the HoloLens’s limited field of view, Dedaine says that they’re nothing to worry about.

“People make a big deal about the field of view on the HoloLens, but for real, once you get used to it, you don’t think about it any more,” he said.

Neither is the system’s three-hour battery life much of a worry, Dedaine said. You wouldn’t want to spend any longer with the device in a single sitting. Presumably because it would microwave your brain.

Dedaine was mostly positive about the HoloLens which he thinks heralds a field of immersive gaming that’s beyond VR.

“I say that there is a continent of gaming, and VR is just a new peninsula on that continent. AR is an entirely new continent,” he said.  However it does seem that Microsoft has a bit of work to do on the heat issues.



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