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ARM OP1 Powered Samsung Chromebook Plus shipping on February 12th

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2017

You can buy the $449 Samsung Chromebook Plus Powered by 64bit ARM OP1 Hexacore RK3399-C dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-T860 GPU shipping out on Sunday at Amazon.com

As Intel's usual tactic when feeling under threat by disruptive ARM Powered technology, Intel is trying to confuse consumers by shipping out their buggy Intel core-m3 Samsung Chromebook Pro version to reviewers here, here, here, here and here.

TheVerge reports that Android apps support on Intel is horrible compared to the ARM Powered OP1 Chromebook:

consider that this ARM processor may do a better job of running most Android apps than the Intel processor on the Chromebook Pro. Those apps need to be translated from ARM code to x86 to run on Intel machines. However, the Android beta on the Chromebook Pro is in such a sorry state that I can't really judge. Google promises that it'll all be fixed by April, when the Pro launches. Right now, the Plus handles Android apps much better than the Pro.

The situation on the Plus is miles better than the situation on the Intel-based Chromebook Pro right now, which is so riddled with bugs and issues that I declined reviewing it in favor of this Plus. I describe in more detail the situation in another article, here.

As I suggested in my article demonstrating how OP1 is a Rockchip RK3399-C:

OP1 is optimized for the Chromebook market, with optimal performance, power consumption and price point. Optimized for smooth performance on high resolution display, dual USB Type-C, reliable Wi-Fi, 4K playback, it uses GPU Compute to optimize the performance of every aspect of the Chrome OS web browsing UI. Fonts, scrolling, displaying images, animations, video, all is optimized, improved and accelerated also by the Mali-T860 GPU. Unlike Intel x86 Chromebooks, I believe that the OP1 platform runs all Android apps natively without emulation, that is especially important for running advanced Android apps optimized for productivity, such as Microsoft Word, Excell, Powerpoint, OfficeSuite, PDF Editor, Free Office, Docs to Go, Google Drive, Polaris Office, Quip, WPS Office and thousands of other productivity apps already available on Android, and thousands of advanced games on Android, all these apps are optimized for ARM, with Native Code in them that just runs better on ARM. I would guess that running any of these thousands of advanced Android apps might consume half the power to run on ARM compared with x86.

BrightVolt flexible batteries using solid state lithium polymer

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2017

BrightVolt develops flexible batteries using solid state thin film lithium polymer, Polymer Matrix Electrolyte (PME) for batteries enabling new small IoT devices, smart clothing, healthcare and more. Filmed at the IDTechEx tradeshow.

Micro:bit CTO and CEO interview

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2017

Johnny Austin is the CTO of the micro:bit foundation, they have distributed about 1 million units for free to every school kid age 12 in the UK, who use them to learn programming. The retail price is £13 in the UK. Micro:bit Foundation has announced three new Founding partners to join the current six. The British Council, Amazon and Lancaster University will be joining the BBC, Nominet, ARM, IET, Microsoft and Samsung. Zach Shelby is the CEO and he talks about how they are working to make the micro:bit available worldwide to everyone who wants to use it. The micro:bit is now available in 32 countries, with resellers in eleven. The micro:bit Foundation with element 14, the distributor of the BBC micro:bit, announced resellers in six new countries. This means educational organisations, teachers, kids, parents and makers will now also be able to locally purchase the BBC micro:bit in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands and Finland.

Synergy Aircraft suggests Economical regional transportation

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2017

Synergy is an airplane designed to safely fly one to six people directly from town to town, in less time and at less cost than airliners or automobiles. Its innovative technologies provide the key to economical regional transportation in the speed range between supercars and commercial jets. Filmed at the IDTechEx tradeshow.

Cashaa, zero fee cash transfers using Cryptocurrency

Posted by Charbax – February 9, 2017

Cashaa based in London suggests a way to enable international cash transfers with no fee, no commission, their business model is that they claim that cryptocurrencies don't have the exact same value at different places in the world, so they can profit on the price difference, but a user can transfer the money fully without commission based on the day's real currency exchange rate. Cashaa is a P2P marketplace powered by the Blockchain to transfer cash anywhere in the world. Cashaa's model is based on connecting individuals who wish to send and receive money anywhere in the world, with cryptocurrency traders/network who accept the physical cash from the sender in one location and give it to the receiver in another location in exchange of selling and buying their cryptocurrency.

RiftCat does PC VR on $1 Cardboard VR

Posted by Charbax – February 8, 2017

RiftCat out of Poland is showing off VRidge which enables users to Play any PC VR game on a $1 Google Cardboard or on any Smartphone based VR headset. It works over Wi-Fi, by USB cable. It works with for example Steam VR, this is a cheap alternative to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. They encode and decode the video game and VR content from the PC over to the Phone. They can even suggest a DIY infrared tracker, leapmotion, and other to also support head-tracking.

Interested parties can connect with RiftCat here: (please let them know you watched the video)
Maciej Matejczuk
RiftCat Business Development
m.matejczuk@riftcat.com
http://go.riftcat.com/1dollarpcvr

Sensing Tex Stretchable Printed Sensing Mats for sports, wellness and healthcare

Posted by Charbax – February 7, 2017

Sensing Tex based in Barcelona, develops smart textiles for interior design, security, health, sportswear, automotive, fashion and more. SensingTex offers innovative solutions, development services, components, integrations kits for OEM clients as well as a line of finished products which combine textile with the latest electronics technologies. Filmed at IDTechEx Show!

FitPay Payments for Wearables

Posted by Charbax – February 7, 2017

FitPay offers a payments platform for wearables. Freeing consumers from having to carry cash, credit cards or a smartphone. All personal data and card information is fully encrypted and not shared at the point of sale where it can be compromised. FitPay is a new, secure, touch-free way to pay. Filmed at the IDTechEx tradeshow.

Agricultural Robot ROEBL by Cooper Gray Robotics

Posted by Charbax – February 7, 2017

Cooper Gray Robotics LLC is an Oakland based design/build and engineering company that is a leader in developing electric drive systems and automating the heavy equipment industry through its Smart Control and remote control architecture for machines in construction, mining, agriculture and forestry. Filmed at the IDTechEx tradeshow.

Kodak Super 8 Camera with digital viewfinder, audio recording to SD card

Posted by Charbax – February 7, 2017

Kodak shows off working prototypes of their new 8mm Super 8 camera. This is a fully manual analog camera with a few digital features on it with an LCD viewfinder, record sound onto an SD card to synchronize in post.