Archive for March 2015

Sony Project Morpheus virtual reality system

Sony recently unveiled the new prototype of “Project Morpheus” (Morpheus), a virtual reality (VR) system for the PlayStation 4.

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Morpheus enables players to experience a sense of presence, where they feel as though they are physically inside the virtual world of a game. Morpheus VR headset is equipped with a 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution OLED display. This expands the field of view and enables low persistence, removes motion blur and flicker, both of which build immersion and help deliver the sense of presence for the player.

With the OLED display, Morpheus is able to support 120fps output. With a system software update, all PS4 system will be able to handle native 120fps output when connected to Morpheus. By combining the OLED display’s high refresh rate and the power of the PS4 system, Morpheus produces amazingly smooth visuals and achieves the next level of immersion.

Morpheus also have nine LED on the headset to support 360 degree tracking. The overall system has been optimized to reduce latency between the physical movement of a player’s head and rendering on the headset’s screen.

Morpheus is still in development and is expected to launch in the first half of 2016.

Xiaomi Yi Action Camera

Watch out GoPro! Xiaomi is coming after your action cam market with an amazingly low budget camera.

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The Xiaomi Yi Action Camera has a 155 degrees viewing angle and features a 16 megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p video at 60 frames per second. Weighing just 72 grams, the Yi camera can be used up to 40 meters underwater. It has a 64GB built in storage.

Surprisingly, the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera uses the high quality Sony Exmor R CMOS image sensor. It also comes with a smartphone app that can remotely control the camera.

The specs of the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera are quite comparable to GoPro’s entry level camera on paper. One thing that Xiaomi doesn’t have is the wide range of accessories like GoPro. But hey, they have a cat harness.

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The Xiaomi Yi Action Camera is only available in China at the moment. Retailing at just $399CNY (approx S$87).

Did Pebble just crashed Kickstarter?

It seems like Pebble just caused Kickstarter to crash. The smartwatch maker announced today that they will be offering a Steel version of the upcoming Pebble Time. Those who have backed the Pebble Time can go to Kickstarter to update their reward tier to Pebble Time Steel.

Shortly after the announcement, Kickstarter website starts to experience some issue. According to Status.Kickstarter.com, the site is experiencing slow performance and they are adding capacity to handle elevated traffic.

Elevated traffic. Hmmm….. A quick look at the uptime and respond time shows that the issue started shortly after 9pm Singapore time. Pebble made the announcement at around 9pm Singapore time.

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Seems like Pebble just crashed Kickstarter server.

Happy belated 25th birthday Adobe Photoshop

Oops. This is a bit late. The Adobe Photoshop celebrated its 25th birthday last month on 19 February. Launched in 1990, Adobe Photoshop is the de facto industry standard in graphics editing. The word “Photoshop” has become a verb that means to alter a digital image.

Photoshop is one of the most recognized software brands in the world with tens of millions of users, and is the go-to application for digital image manipulation across all media: from print, to film, to the Web. Photoshop features — such as Layers, The Healing Brush, Content Aware Fill and Camera Raw — have empowered creatives to produce their best work. Photoshop technology is also at the heart of Adobe Lightroom, essential software for both professional and amateur photographers. And to meet the needs of today’s visual artists, Photoshop and Lightroom mobile apps enable creatives to work on image files seamlessly across desktop computers, tablets and smartphones.

Happy belated birthday, Photoshop!

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Name our new Littoral Mission Vessels

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned eight new Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) to replace the current fleet of Fearless-class Patrol Vessels will reach the end of their operational lifespan.

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These vessels, constructed here in Singapore, can be quickly configured to address a wide range of mission requirements ranging from search and rescue operations to naval combat. The LMVs are built to operate further yet fast and agile for tight manoeuvres. The 80 meters long and 12 meters wide LMVs are capable of max speed 27 knots. With its unique Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) launch and recovery system and the ability to carry helicopters, the LMVs can deploy swift and potent responses against threats.

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As part of the RSN tradition, the public is invited to name the Navy’s future Littoral Mission Vessels.

The RSN’s LMV naming competition is open from now till 15 March 2015. The winners who choose the best names for the eight LMVs will stand to win up to S$3,000 in cash prizes. The winning entries will reflect a number of important characteristics, including the purpose and capabilities of the LMVs, the vessels they are replacing, as well as the history and tradition of the RSN.

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Submit your ideas at www.navy.sg/nameourships.