Huami has made its debut in India with the launch of the Amazfit smartwatches. The Amazfit Bip and Amazfit smartwatches have been launched as Flipkart exclusives with price tags of Rs 5,499 and Rs 15,999 respectively. For those of you who don’t know, the company is a sub-brand of Xiaomi in China. The Huami Amazfit Bip features a 1.28-inch always-on reflective touch display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 protection and has a rectangular watchface. The always-on display shows the time, date, weather, steps and incoming notifications. In addition to display protection, the Amazfit Bip is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. It is equipped with an optical heart rate sensor, triaxial accelerator, air pressure sensor, geomagnetic sensor and a GPS sensor. It offers multisport tracking and allows you to track your runs, cycling and other activities with routes, heart rate zones and detailed stats that can be viewed in the Mi Fit 3.0 app. The Amazfit Bip weighs 31 grams and is powered … [Read more...] about Xiaomi’s sub-brand Huami launches Amazfit Bip, Amazfit Stratos smartwatches in India
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AR and VR Are Not the Same The terms "virtual reality" and "augmented reality" get thrown around a lot these days, thanks to the resurgence of VR headsets heralded by the Oculus Rift and the use of AR apps and games like Pokemon Go. They sound similar, and as the technologies develop, they bleed over into each other a bit. They're two very different concepts, though, with characteristics that readily distinguish them from one another. What Is Virtual Reality? VR headsets completely take over your vision to give you the impression that you're somewhere else. The HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, and other headsets are completely opaque, blocking out your surroundings when you wear them. If you put them on when they're turned off, you might think you're blindfolded. When the headsets turn on, however, the LCD or OLED panels inside are refracted by the lenses to completely fill your field of vision with whatever is being displayed. It can be a game, a 360-degree video, or just the virtual space … [Read more...] about Augmented Reality (AR) vs. Virtual Reality (VR): What’s the Difference?
Hasselblad's X mirrorless medium format system launched with three prime lenses, including the wide-angle XCD 3,5/30mm. But system owners craving an even wider field of view were left to adapt larger lenses developed for the company's H system. The company is filling the gap with the XCD 4/21mm ($3,750), a prime that covers the same angle of view as a 17mm on a 35mm full-frame camera. If you've got an X1D at home the 21mm is worth checking out, especially if you crave a very wide view of the world. Design: Minimalism at Work The XCD 4/21mm is all black, with a metal barrel and a large rubberized manual focus ring. Adornments are minimal, with the Hasselblad logo, the focal length and aperture, and an indicator reminding you that the front filter is a 77mm size, all in white text around the front element. The Hasselblad logo and some additional text are printed toward the base, though in a gray font that all but blends into the matte black finish. Given its coverage and angle of … [Read more...] about Hasselblad XCD 4/21mm
DIY Gaming On the Cheap If you like retro video games, you have several options. You can find plenty of older video games ported to newer systems and the PC (the Nintendo Switch is great for Neo Geo games, but oddly not for NES and SNES games). You can get a first-party classic game system like the SNES Classic Edition. You can get a cartridge-playing retro game system like the Super Retro Trio+. You can even find an original classic game system and plug it into your TV's legacy video connectors, or into an analog-to-HDMI upconverter. You can also build your own emulation-based retro game system with a Raspberry Pi. It's inexpensive, powerful, and easier to set up than you might think. All you need is a Raspberry Pi board, a microSD card, a micro USB power adapter, and a case to put it all in. And, of course, some form of game controller. Thanks to the developers of open-source software RetroPie, the LibRetro emulation API backbone, and the EmulationStation front-end, turning a $35 … [Read more...] about How to Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Retro Video Game Console
If you go out and buy a PS4 today, chances are the model number written on it will be some variation of CUH-2100. But in the coming weeks and months, that will change as Sony just rolled out a CUH-2200 model. PlayStation model number changes are made for different reasons, and the digit that changes signals the importance of the change. Major hardware revisions result in the first digit changing, which is why when the PS4 Slim was rolled out Sony moved from model CUH-1XXX to CUH-2XXX. The last two digits vary based on which region of the world a console is intended for. As DualShockers reports, when the second digit in the model number changes it signals minor hardware tweaks, which is what this looks to be. CUH-2200 models have appeared listed on the Japanese online store with a 1TB Jet Black and 500GB Jet Black version both carrying the new model number. Eventually all markets will offer the CUH-2200 as Sony ships out new stock and stops making the CUH-2100 (this may have already … [Read more...] about Sony Quietly Rolls Out New PS4 Model