For years now, the quirky feature of most wireless headphones has been, well, wires. Now, thanks to companies like MJYUN, we have truly wireless headphones and at an affordable price. In fact, 15 of our readers will be getting them for free and the rest of you can take advantage of a 20% off coupon.
When I say truly wireless, I mean not just no wire connecting to your phone, computer, or other host device, but no wire connecting the buds either.
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The LG V30 has the best build quality of any LG phone we’ve ever seen, but perhaps that’s still not premium enough for you. Perhaps you’re a high-class individual who needs to have the fanciest materials and the most exclusive trinkets. If so, you’re in luck – LG has announced the Signature Edition, a V30 with a fancy back, upgraded RAM and storage, two pairs of included headphones, optional engraving, and a much more classy price of 2,000,000 Korean won ($ 1820 USD).
The Google Home app has seen some big enhancements lately, and with the rollout of v1.26, it’s gearing up for some more. The latest update brings the notable addition of EQ settings for speakers and introduces a new screen for backdrop history. Users of Android 8.0 Oreo might also notice their app shortcuts are now sporting fresh adaptive icons. However, the main topic comes to us via a teardown that shows a new feature called Speaker Pairs will enable us to take two speakers and set them up to work in stereo.
Telepresence robotics and virtual reality are two exciting technologies, and by combining the two in a relatively inexpensive way, engineers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a smarter and safer manufacturing tool.
Remotely operated robots are not new in manufacturing. But they tend to be highly specialized and, as a result, expensive to deploy and maintain. By combining Rene Descartes’ ‘homunculus’ notion of mind with off-the-shelf virtual reality equipment, researchers at CSAIL are hoping to navigate the barriers to widespread adoption across the manufacturing industry.
In practice, this means that instead of operating machinery from a purely first-person perspective, the user is placed in a virtual control room. That position is ostensibly mounted inside the robot’s head, where a number of displays show the input from different cameras and the joystick controllers.
The result is a simplified, easy-to-use VR system that uses 2D images to provide the sensory information required to control the robot. Instead of relying on a powerful (and expensive) computer system to build an immersive (and often overwhelming) 3D space, the brain infers depth for itself and the user has a less daunting experience.
The CSAIL team uses its VR platform with a two-armed robot, Baxter. So far, it’s been used for simple tasks such as connecting two blocks together. Testing has been undertaken in a number of network conditions, including wired, wirelessly from the next room and remotely from a hotel room in Virginia.
All tests have been successful and could soon offer a number of new manufacturing applications. One that has been raised is remote supervision: if a robot gets into difficulty on an assembly line, for example, a human worker might take control with a simple headset and joystick combination.
The CSAIL team has made a number of bold observations from the project so far. In the accompanying research paper, they conclude that “Teleoperated robotic systems will allow humans the ability to work at scales and in environments which they cannot accomplish today. Barriers to working such as physical health, location, or security clearance could be reduced by decoupling physicality from manufacturing tasks.”
“The ability of this architecture to leverage existing consumer-grade hardware and software frameworks to remote operate existing robot systems provides it with an ability to scale into wider deployment.”
Jaybird has added two new pairs of wireless headphones to its lineup, including the company’s first ever pair of truly wireless earbuds. Today the company announced the $ 179 Jaybird Run earbuds and the $ 149 Freedom 2 headphones, each of which will be on sale in October.
The Jaybird Run earbuds are a departure for the company, even if it’s not a total surprise. Jaybird’s never made truly wireless earbuds before, but this slice of the headphone market has been growing since being kicked off by the Bragi Dash, and has only accelerated with the addition of Apple’s AirPods. So it makes sense that Jaybird wants in.
The Run earbuds don’t impress on paper, though. They offer a four hour battery life, but only two spare charges in the earbuds’…
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