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Oculus patents plans to… stretch your skin?

Oculus patents plans to… stretch your skin?

As much as we like Oculus Touch controllers, interacting with virtual environments using buttons and joysticks will never feel wholly immersive.  But based on Oculus’ latest patented plans, Facebook’s virtual reality (VR) division wants to ratchet up the tactile realism to 11.  In a pair of creepy-sounding but intriguing patents publicized today, Oculus is circulatingRead more about Oculus patents plans to… stretch your skin?[…]

Gadget watch: HP X2, the first detachable Chromebook

Gadget watch: HP X2, the first detachable Chromebook

Which is a rather long-winded way of introducing the HP X2 Chromebook, the first detachable Chromebook where the screen can be separated for use as a tablet. Two for the price of one, as it were – a laptop and tablet. Magnetic hinge It’s courtesy of a magnetic hinge, enabling different modes of use, includingRead more about Gadget watch: HP X2, the first detachable Chromebook[…]

BT's plans to switch off analogue phone network gather momentum

BT's plans to switch off analogue phone network gather momentum

Openreach has written to communications partners about the withdrawal of Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) products as BT pushes ahead with plans to migrate users from analogue phone networks to Voice over IP (VoIP). BT has wanted to kickstart this shift for some time and wants to complete the migration by 2025 so its voice servicesRead more about BT's plans to switch off analogue phone network gather momentum[…]

6A SMD IDC connectors are only 2.55mm high

6A SMD IDC connectors are only 2.55mm high

Rated at 300V and 6A (22AWG wire – 24AWG is 5A, 26 is 4A) and known as the 9176-800 Series, operation is across -40°C to +125°C. 28AWG versions are in development. The metal part is fatigue resistant phosphor bronze and the wire can be stranded or solid. Once operated, the connection is redundant (dual), gas tight andRead more about 6A SMD IDC connectors are only 2.55mm high[…]

The camera-centric Huawei P20 Pro finally has an official Australian release date

The camera-centric Huawei P20 Pro finally has an official Australian release date

Huawei’s P20 Pro is one of the best phones the Chinese phone-maker has produced to date, so you could say that anticipation for this triple-camera beast to arrive (legitimately) on Australian shores is quite high.  Coming just one day after the handset’s surprise arrival on Amaysim’s Aussie store (via direct import from overseas), Huawei hasRead more about The camera-centric Huawei P20 Pro finally has an official Australian release date[…]

New twist on old technique could extract electricity from low-grade heat

New twist on old technique could extract electricity from low-grade heat

TEGs make electricity through the Seebeck effect, where different conductive materials in contact develop a potential difference across the contact point. Pyroelectric materials, in contrast, develop a potential across a crystal of one material due to electrons shifting as a consequence of heat-induced crystal lattice changes – the effect was first seen in the mineralRead more about New twist on old technique could extract electricity from low-grade heat[…]