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Hands On With Augmented Reality From ODG and Meta

After years of seeing promising augmented reality (AR) demos, I feel a bit like the boy who cried wolf each time I come back impressed and convinced the technology is about to go mainstream. The good news is that it’s getting closer. In particular, I saw impressive, consumer-focused demos from two companies with radically different histories and strategies at this year’s Augmented World Expo. I got extensive hands-on time with Meta’s new Virtual Workspace environment, as well as ODG’s R8 and R9 untethered, cinema-grade AR wearables. Here’s what I found. Two ...

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Hands On With the Synology DS1517+ NAS: Affordable 10Gbps

For years I’ve struggled with the tradeoff between using high-performance, locally attached storage arrays to store my photographs, and the convenience of having them on a Network Attached Server (NAS). I’ve even tried various caching and syncing solutions to get the best of both. Until recently, though, affordable NAS solutions have been limited by either underwhelming CPUs, not enough RAM, or the physical limitations of 1-Gigabit Ethernet. Now, there are several units on the market that have broken through all of those limitations, particularly by providing 10-Gigabit Ethernet in a ...

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Hands On With the DJI Mavic Pro: A Serious Drone That Fits in Your Daypack

I’ve been a bit slow getting into flying serious drones, after my early experiences with nanocopters and the Parrot made me worry I’d crash an expensive piece of hardware. But with the introduction of DJI’s practically pocket-sized Mavic Pro ($ 999 at Amazon), I decided to take the plunge. At $ 1,000 plus the need for a smartphone, the unit isn’t really any less expensive than a Phantom 4. But it is impressively compact and crams most of the important features of a Phantom 4 Pro into its small chassis. 4K Video, ...

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Hands on: Can the Nissan Rogue Sport Dominate the Subcompact SUV Market?

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport extends the Rogue brand down to the subcompact crossover market and gives Nissan a chance to sell a half-million Rogues in the next year. For $ 2,400 less than the compact Rogue, you get a vehicle that drives pleasantly, rides quietly, stands a foot shorter and 5 inches lower, gives up significant back seat space, and gets about the same gas mileage. The junior Rogue has a lot of safety equipment standard, but you have to jump to the costliest trim line, SL, then add ...

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Hands On With the ‘K-Type,’ an Infinitely Customizable Mechanical Keyboard

Mechanical keyboards have gotten incredibly popular in the last few years. You can now go buy a mech on Amazon for a reasonable amount of money. The surge of interest in mechs also supports a small but thriving custom keyboard community. I make no secret of my obsession with custom mechanical keyboards, which offer a number of great features over the “mainstream” mechs you can buy on Amazon. They’re more configurable, come in different form factors, and offer a wider variety of switches. It can take a lot of legwork ...

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Hands on with Synology’s RT2600ac monster Wi-Fi router

From the minute you take it out of the box, you can tell the Synology RT2600ac Wi-Fi router ($ 229.95) means business. Its four removable antennas will never let the unit fade into your furniture, or compete for fashion points with many of the new “cute” units in the market. But it delivers blazing network performance, a powerful, computer-like UI, and some of the very best Wi-Fi coverage I’ve seen from a single device. Installation and setup The unit is simple to install and configure. Aside from screwing the antennas ...

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Hands on with BMW’s self-driving 5 Series

BMW’s self-driving 5 Series is somewhat unique among the dozen automakers actively involved in autonomous driving: A civilian can be behind the wheel. The drive route covers high-speed freeways. And BMW actively plans to make the most of the free time afforded the drivers as well as the passengers. On a test drive in Las Vegas, the car successfully negotiated Las Vegas freeways, continued a video the back seat occupant started at home, suggested restaurants based on dining preferences, and rendezvoused with an Amazon delivery van to pick up a ...

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Hands on with Audi’s exciting (no, really) traffic light countdown timer

LAS VEGAS — New Audis will count down the time until the traffic light in front of you turns green. Exciting, huh? Actually, Audi is on to something fairly big. Audi’s Traffic Light Information technology has the potential to save fuel, smooth traffic flow, and reduce driver stress. Seriously. Audi Traffic Light Information is also the first vehicle to infrastructure, or V2I, technology deployed in the US. It uses Audi’s integrated cellular modem, and this suggests on-board cellular could be the way for cars to talk to each other rather ...

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Hands on with PS4 Pro: How do 1080p displays and PSVR benefit?

Last week, Sony unleashed the PS4 Pro — a mid-generation update that’s focused on serving the emerging 4K market. It’s quite a bit more powerful than the base PS4, and the one-two punch of HDR and a high-res output are sincerely impressive for a $ 400 box. We know that some releases actually deliver native 4K, other games will use the ingenious checkerboard rendering method to get close to 4K, and many titles won’t take advantage of the extra power at all. Those scenarios are easy enough to understand, but ...

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