Apple patent imagines a MacBook keyboard that’s more resistant to crumbs & other debris

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A 2016 patent from Apple has been made public this week, and it imagines a keyboard that’s more resistant to debris and crumbs As noted by The Verge, this patent was filed back in 2016, but only now has become public information..

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iOS 12 concept imagines redesigned Music app with Dark Mode & the return of Cover Flow

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We’re still a few months a way from the official debut of iOS 12, but that hasn’t stopped designers from using their imaginations to depict how the update could change iOS. Today, a new concept imagines an all-new Music app in iOS 12, including the return of Cover Flow…

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Concept Imagines Gold ‘iPhone X Plus’ Based on 2018 iPhone Rumors

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Apple is working on three iPhones for 2018: one that’s an upgraded version of the current iPhone X, one that’s essentially an “iPhone X Plus” with a 6.5-inch OLED display, and one that’s lower cost with with a 6.1-inch LCD screen.

The most recent 2018 iPhone rumors have suggested that the two OLED devices could be offered in a new gold color, with Apple returning to its traditional gold, silver, and space gray color lineup.


Taking this rumor into account, designer Lee Gunho has whipped up a quick concept video that demonstrates what a gold glass-backed 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus” might look like.

The short concept video also incorporates a second rumor suggesting the largest 2018 iPhone might incorporate dual SIM functionality, which would make it easier for iPhone users to switch between carriers, a feature useful for traveling.

2018 promises to be an exciting year for the iPhone, and all three of the devices that Apple has in the works are rumored to feature the same general design as the iPhone X with an edge-to-edge display, a notch at the top for a TrueDepth camera system, and, of course, Face ID support.

For more on the 2018 iPhones, make sure to check out our 2018 iPhones roundup, which aggregates all of the rumors and information that we’ve heard so far to give a clear picture of what to expect this September.

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Beautiful concept imagines what ‘normal’ Apple AR glasses might look like

Apple AR Glasses

Apple is one of the companies working on augmented reality (AR) glasses, although the company has never confirmed it. Apple’s AR remarks over the years culminated last year when it made AR one of the main features of iOS 11. Actually, the very fact that iOS officially supports AR experiences might be all you need to speculate that Apple is working on AR glasses for the future.

Various rumors have claimed that Apple is indeed working on such devices. Many of these rumors have suggested that Apple’s AR glasses, whatever they end up being called, would complement, not kill, the iPhone. At least, for now. While we wait for the first big leak that offers confirmation of Apple’s plans for new AR glasses, we have a few images showing a concept of what the designer calls “Apple Glass.”

The images below, posted on iDropNews and created by Martin Hajek, show AR glasses that look almost like a regular pair of glasses.

The frame would be made of metal, and it would house the main components of Apple Glass including cameras, sensors, and wireless antennas, while the arms may include the chipset and the battery. The arm covers may be interchangeable, allowing users to personalize the look and feel of their AR glasses just like they do with the Apple Watch.

The glass is actually where the AR magic happens, as seen in the following image. The glasses will project a minimal user interface combining elements from iPhone and Watch, with the actual content coming from a nearby connected iPhone.

Finally, this concept suggests that charging the battery in Apple Glass will be done wirelessly. Let’s hope that by the time Apple actually launches the product, long-range wireless charging will be available, which would allow the user to recharge the glasses while wearing them.

Apple’s first-gen AR glasses may ship as soon as 2020, according to some reports out there, which is reasonably close at this point.

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Retro-style video imagines what Siri would look like in 1980s

Thanks to HomePod, everyone is talking about Siri and how it compares to the other AI smart assistants created by companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft. But no matter what Siri’s relative failings may be, the technology is way ahead what was possible only a few years ago — as a brilliant 1980s-style parody for […]

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watchOS 5 dream concept imagines info-dense faces, podcast playback, more

Matt Birchler has published an excellent watchOS 5 design concept that envisions future features that could come to Apple Watch. Included are much more information dense watch faces with new layouts, third-party apps as data sources on the Siri watch face, and my favorite: podcast playback.

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Project Redspace imagines an office-car for megacity traffic

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PureLiFi imagines bright future, where every light’s an internet access point

pureLifi imagines a bright future, where every light can connect you to the internet

PureLiFi may have the answer to the wireless spectrum overcrowding challenge with its plans to use light to transmit data.

Towns and cities are not only crowded in the physical sense, teeming with people and vehicles and high-rise buildings. The airwaves around us are alive with data – voices fighting to be heard in a narrow radio spectrum. In recent years, this has been alleviated somewhat by the introduction of the 5Ghz band to WiFi standards.

However, with 20 billion IoT devices predicted to be in use by 2020, it’s only a matter of time before our networks outgrow current capabilities.

Edinburgh-based company pureLiFi thinks it has the answer. By using light to transmit data, it can utilize a spectrum 1,000 times greater than that used for radio frequencies – giving us the bandwidth required to transmit vast amounts of data wirelessly over short distances. These sorts of use cases, such as in homes, offices and cafes, are currently responsible for the majority of our wireless data use.

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The latest in LiFi

The company’s most recent release is the world’s first certified, complete LiFi system. The Lifi-XC, is a plug-and-play device that shrinks previous iterations of PureLiFi’s technology, vastly improving its usefulness.

“Over the past year, we have been driving adoption of LiFi and deploying real-world applications of LiFi for our customers globally. We have now reached the point in miniaturization where we will see LiFi move beyond the dongle and be integrated,” said Alistair Banham, CEO of pureLiFi.

“The LiFi-XC is a big step towards getting this disruptive technology into every bulb and every mobile device”

How Lifi is lighting the way

We’re not new to using light to transmit data. From signal fires, mirrors and gas lamps, to the fibreoptic cables and IR remotes we use today, we’ve been using it for millennia. LiFi is yet another type of Optical Wireless Communications [OWC]. However, it differs in that the same light energy used for illumination may also be utilised for communication – an appealingly efficient use of energy.

An enabled LED light can modulate the intensity of light (imperceptibly to the human eye), which can then be received by a photo-sensitive devices. This signal is then converted into electronic form. The high intensities of off-the-shelf LEDs make them well suited to high-speed data transfer.

PureLifi is also keen to emphasise the improvements it has made to its products’ ease of use. “The LiFi-XC is not just an accomplishment in reduced form factor, we have also made substantial leaps in delivering a great user experience,” says chief technology officer Mostafa Afgani.

“The LiFi-XC offers plug and play connectivity out of the box and supports an even wider range of off the shelf LEDs. We have not just improved the design with LiFi-XC – we have also delivered a module that can enable smart devices and appliances to be LiFi connected today.”

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How pureLiFi works (credit: pureLiFi)

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Potential uses of LiFi

I have some concerns over the security of LiFi. One of PureLiFi’s videos suggests closing the blinds to secure your network, which, for all the futuristic allure of the technology, seems archaic and flawed. On the other hand, you can’t similarly prevent WiFi signal from leaking beyond the four walls of a building.

PureLiFi promotes the apparent safety that comes with the ability to define the communication areas of access points – enabling precise partitioning of the office environment. Connection also requires proprietary hardware before anyone can access the system. These claims are reinforced by BT Defence’s use of the technology.

It’s easy to see how this tech could be used in smart cities, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and other smart transport solutions, thanks to the widespread use of LEDs. One particularly interesting user case is in hospital environments. LiFi doesn’t cause electromagnetic interference, nor is it affected by MRI scanners – something petrochemical plants also stand to benefit from.

It doesn’t look like widespread adoption is imminent, but the technology boasts several advantages over WiFi in more specialised environments. Longer term, as our WiFi networks reach saturation point, LiFi’s 1,000-times higher data density will make it an appealing alternative.

Read more: Battery-free Bluetooth tech from Wiliot one step closer to transforming IoT

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The Grovemade wireless charger imagines a world where charging pucks look good

If you’re looking at a wireless charger — say, for your new iPhone X — there are plenty of good options out there, but from a visual perspective, you’re more or less consigning yourself to a plastic plate that sits on your desk.

But what if wireless chargers didn’t have to be formless slabs of plastic or metal? Then you’d probably have more products like the stylish Grovemade Wireless Charging Pad, which is made from cork and stainless steel and wouldn’t look out of place in a West Elm furniture catalog. The charger itself supports the Qi charging standard, includes a power brick, and comes in either dark gray or natural wood color options.

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‘Marjorie Prime’ imagines a world where AI keeps us from grieving

Despite humanity's astounding technological advances, the one thing that we've never been able to invent our way out of is our own mortality. But what if you never actually had to lose the ones you love? That's the premise of upcoming sci-fi flick Ma…
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