Grant Likely has built a custom video-game arcade machine with colorful control buttons and mouse for using with classic arcade game emulators, all Open Source and Open Hardware, with the source code up on GitHub with some links up at http://www.secretlab.ca/archives/240 you can also watch his Arcade assembly time lapse video. Filmed at the Linaro Connect San Francisco 2017.
Playtronica is an open-source toolkit for creating immersive sensory interactions interactive musical experiences. Touchme and Playtron are devices that transform human touch into midi notes. Work with any conductive material, vegetables, cats and humans. Sounds are generated by Playtronica's web sampler or any other online midi synth. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!
ITRI is the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan which is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. ITRI shows their solution for controlling Flexible OLED lighting. OLED Lighting offers more natural and more vibrant lighting than conventional lighting. ITRI also shows their sensors which are for example used in shoe pads which generate electricity. ITRI's Intelligent Vision Robot plays chess seeing all the chess pieces on the board and moving them around. I play a quick game of chess against the robot which sadly I had to concede to the Chess Playing Robot Turk because I didn't have enough battery in my camera (I think).
Via Labs shows their USB Hub and controller which is in the Nintendo Switch docking station and they show how they make similar hubs for other types of devices as well. The Nintendo Switch uses VLI’s Hub controller (VL210 USB 3.0 1x SS, 3x HS Hub controller) lasts 2.5-3 hours undocked when playing games. In order to extend the playing games time for better gaming experience, VLI has developed an intelligently exclusive turnkey as below:
All-In- One Technology Demonstrator
- Standard USB-C Power Bank: VP242 (USB-C Power Bank DRP Controller)
- USB PD Wall Adapter: VP300 (USB PD Wall Adapter)
- Switch Docking Station: VL212 (USB 3.1 Gen 1 PD Hub (1x SS, 3x HS))
- VP230/VP231 (TCPC for UFP/DFP)
HDMI 2.1 supports 4K120 and 8K60 uncompressed over a new 48Gbps cable, even supporting up to 10K 120fps compressed. HDMI 2.1 also supports Dynamic HDR, eARC and Game Mode VVR. Dynamic HDR enables variable HDR on a scene-by-scene even frame-by-frame basis. eARC enables object-based 3D audio. Game Mode VRR features variable refresh rate, which enables a GPU to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing.
AU Optronics R&D Manager JJ Lih presents some of AUO's latest displays such as their 5" 1280x720 Foldable Touch AMOLED, 1.4" and 1.2" High Resolution True Circular small bezel AMOLED 454x454 for the Smartwatch industry, 5.5" FHD Super Narrow Border 0.4mm LTPS LCD, 3.5" 480x320 Plastic Flexible Conformable LCD to be available on the market within one year. 12.3" FHD AMOLED for in-car Cluster, 12.3" Free-form LTPS LCD for in-car Cluster. 9" 1280x800 Curved LCD. 8.9" Free-form LCD for Rear-view Mirror. 15.6" QHD 120Hz LTPS LCD for Gaming. 13.3" 4K Ultra-low Power LTPS LCD using lower 15hz frequency. 13.3" 4K Ultra Narrow Border 1.5mm LTPS LCD. 15.6" 4K Ultra Narrow Border 2mm LTPS LCD. AUO also shows their 240Hz World's Highest Refresh Rate Gaming PC Monitor.
AMD RYZEN is being released in March 2017. The AMD Socket RYZEN brings higher x86 core count 8 Core/16 thread processors to the mainstream. AMD RYZEN promises a 40% gain in IPC over AMD Excavator. AMD Vega is AMD's successor to AMD Polaris. AMD Vega is targeted towards high performance graphics applications such as 4K gaming.
3drudder offers virtual reality controls that can be controlled using your feet. The device controls your characters movement without you having to move yourself. The device can be easily implemented in video games and can either emulate PC keyboard controls or joystick input. The price of the controller is $199.
Trying out Space Pirate Trainer on the HTC Vive at the Sandisk booth.
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.