Audio News for January 5, 2016

Developer to Bring Gesture to Virtual Reality – Inuitive, an Israeli firm specilising in depth sensing and processing in mobile platforms, will bring gesture recognition to embedded virtual reality platforms at the 2016 CES in Las Vegas. They say today’s head-mounted VR displays do not show the hands, or their tracking is so slow that it feels more like a robot and not like the person using it. Inuitive is collaborating with Gestigon, using processor input from standard low-cost cameras to efficiently generate depth maps from stereo vision input. A spokesman said “This collaboration is a key step Inuitive is taking towards the goal of offering a complete reference design for VR and AR products.”

New Google Glass 2.0 for 2016 – Google showed off its new Google Glass hardware for the FCC. It’s smaller than the original, and a camera light signal notifies the user where the camera is in use or not. The whole unit is waterproof and it uses a charger just like Apple’s MagSafe connector. The power button is on the back of the device, and it will include a magnetically-attached battery boost pack. Google may also be working on a screenless, audio-only version of the device.

OLEDs for Smartphones – It is now definite that Apple will have OLED displays on the iPhone 7 (but not until 2017), and are working hard to make the unit entirely waterproof. There will be a complex upgrade program. OLED screens are bright, more vibrant and thinner than LCD, and have other good aspects that are even better than the former plasma screens which were better than LCDs. In a recent test by a mobile analytics firm, the hordes of devices now using Android could’t match up to the plusses of Apple’s iOS.

Dash Radio – is a new radio app for Android users. It provides music on your smartphone with no commercials and no charges, streams live 24/7, features the biggest DJ’s, personalities and curators in the world on over 60 exclusive stations (with more added weekly). The interface is like the dashboard of your car. Everything is done with a tap. They boast amazing sound quality and the world’s best programming. The app thumbs its nose at the rest of the music industry.

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