Smart Glass is the tablet and smartphone app. With this new generation, your smart device “will behave like it’s born to work with the Xbox One”.
Music, movies, games and saves are all stored in the cloud. Kinect ties it all together. It’ll detect when you pick up your controller, even let you lift the controller to lift a shield in-game.
The Xbox One will replace the venerable Xbox 360. As of September 30, 2012, 70 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide.
The Xbox 360 was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005. The original Xbox was released in North America on November 15, 2001, marking Microsoft’s entry into the console gaming industry and selling over one million consoles in the first three weeks.
Sony held its a press conference in February when it revealed details about its upcoming PlayStation 4 – but it has still to show off the console itself. Nintendo launched its next-generation console, the Wii U, last. Both Microsoft and Sony plan follow-up “keynote” announcements at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles on 10 June.
Today, Leap Motion released a video showing what its 3D gesture-control system will be like on a Windows computer. The company has struck partnerships with Asus and Hewlett-Packard, says C/Net. Leap Motion’s $79 gesture control device will ship in July.
With Leap and Windows, the company said in a blog post, “You’ll be able to browse the Web and interact with your computer just by moving your hands and fingers in the air. With Leap Motion technology and Windows, you can do everything that’s possible with multitouch inputs — without actually touching anything. This also means that existing applications in Windows 7 and 8 will respond to your natural hand and finger movements.”
Both devices use computer vision with various sensors combined with artificial intelligence like machine learning for the object recognition. The Kinect for Windows recognizes skeletons with joints in a distance of 80 – 400 cm or 40 – 300 cm (Near Mode) which means the Kinect is perfect for the mid range distance but not for close PC interaction. The Leap Motion on the other hand is more for the close range and detects hands, fingers and pen-like objects very precisely.
Ergen has offered to buy the spectrum even though the Federal Communications Commission has yet to approve its use, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the deal hasn’t been shown to the bankruptcy judge. Reston, Virginia-based LightSquared filed for bankruptcy last year after regulators blocked approval to build its network on concern it would interfere with global-positioning system signals.
LightSquared would apparently use the proceeds to pay off secured debt. The company has until May 31 to accept the offer, which was made May 15, according to Bloomberg.
Dish received permission from the FCC to set up a 2.1 GHz wireless service that could compete with the largest U.S. mobile providers after paying about $3 billion for airwaves from bankrupt satellite companies DBSD North America (ICO) and TerreStar Networks.
Earlier this month FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said he expects LightSquared to eventually win approval to use its airwaves, after a possible swaps of frequencies for cleaner airwaves and tighter enforcement of signal parameters in GPS devices, Genachowski said.
A Dish move putting a $2 billion pricetag on LightSquared’s troubled frequencies could convince Clearwire shareholders that its less-constrained spectrum is worth more than what’s been offered and clinch a rejection of Sprint’s bid says the Denver Business Journal.
Today, however, Sprint Nextel increased its bid for full control of its wireless-network partner Clearwire, seeking to persuade shareholders to reject a competing proposal from Dish. Sprint offered $3.40 a share, up 14 percent from a previous bid of $2.97 a share, the company said today in a statement. Sprint made its original bid for Clearwire after agreeing to a deal with SoftBank in October.
NVIDIA demoed its Tegra 4i processor , complete with an integrated i500 LTE modem. With the NVIDIA i500 LTE modem integrated in to the Tegra 4i, NVIDIA has demonstrated speeds of up to 150Mbps with an emulation of an LTE Cat 4 network. NVIDIA’s software-defined radio is at work, allowing for ability boosts like this without the need for new hardware.
Exalt Communications today unveiled ExpandAir, the company’s new point-to-multipoint (PMP) platform. The sub-6 GHz non-line-of-sight offering features a backhaul base station that delivers up to 250 Mbps per sector. ExpandAir eMIMO subscriber units deliver from 10 to 100 Mbps, enabling low initial investment with capacity that can grow over time. List prices start at under US$2,400 for the ExpandAir eMIMO backhaul base station and at US$650 for subscribers units.
Meridian helps people find their way within large buildings, such as malls, stadiums or airports, and enables marketing directed at a phone’s precise location.
Aruba Networks is a wireless LAN vendor selling access points, mobility controllers, and network management software through their Airwave Management Platform product.
AirWave is Aruba’s network management platform. It’s a multi-vendor multi-architecture tool that supports wired and wireless infrastructure from manufacturers such as Aruba, Cisco, Motorola/Symbol, and others. Aruba’s context-aware Wi-Fi architecture lets the network pinpoint Apple devices and apps.
Cellular offload and location-based advertising is hot, especially in malls and large public venues.
“GPS-based wayfinding solutions are extraordinarily popular, but they don’t work well indoors,” said Keerti Melkote, founder and Chief Technology Officer at Aruba Networks. “We intend to address that gap by creating ‘indoor GPS’ using Aruba’s Wi-Fi infrastructure and Meridian’s wayfinding platform.
Plans call for retaining — and expanding — Meridian’s Portland office following today’s deal, according to Drew Bernard, a Meridian board member and member of the Oregon Angel Fund, which backed the company. The Oregon Angel Fund led a $1 million investment round in Meridian in 2011.
Meridian has 14 employees, 11 of them at the Portland headquarters. Chief executive Kiyo Kubo splits his time between Portland and Oakland, Calif. Meridian isn’t exactly a startup. They’ve been working on virtual tours since the Palm Pilot days at MIT.
ABI Research says the indoor location market is set to reach a significant number of installations in 2015-2017.
Silicon Valley’s incubator, Y Combinator, has become the model for many incubators. They run a three-month program for startups to polish their products for presentation to the investor community. Twice a year startup incubators generally invest a small amount of money ($14-20k + a small ownership percentage) in a large number of startups. The startups work intensively to refine their product and pitch to investors.
Telus, which is Canada’s second-largest wireless carrier with some 7.7 million mobile subscribers, began takeover talks with Mobilicity earlier this year. The Vancouver-based telco says the deal would ensure that Mobilicity’s 250,000 customers experience no interruption in service. It also plans to keep Mobilicity’s 150 employees.
Rogers Communications announced an “option deal” to eventually purchase wireless spectrum from Shaw Communications. Rogers wants to use those radio waves to add capacity to its wireless network in key western markets. Rogers won’t formally apply to take control of that asset until the fall of 2014, t
Wind Mobile has potential bidders including the major incumbents and private-equity firm Catalyst Capital Group. Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris is also partnering with Wind CEO and chairman Anthony Lacavera on a potential buyout of the Toronto-based carrier.
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