Here are the best this month
Every month, Maxwell Barna brings together the best news and innovations from the world of technology. Find out last month’s deposit here.
Ahhh … another month has passed, and although it’s only been a few weeks since the world has been abuzz with news about VR glasses, potential iPhone design leaks, and mail servers. Hillary Clinton, everything seems like it always is.
The tech industry is changing and reinventing itself quickly and constantly, so it seems only natural that there has been a massive amount of tech developments over the past month.
Fortunately for all of you, I have a lot of free time. As many. At the end of each month, I sift through the miles and miles of tech industry bullshit to bring Highsnobiety Read all the best tech and gear updates you might have missed.
And in terms of technology, the last month certainly didn’t disappoint. We saw the announcement of Amazon’s ultra-smart noise-canceling headphones, learned of the launch of a new quantum satellite from China, and saw Facebook officially reach 1.71 billion users. Crazy.
But these developments are just the tip of the iceberg:
“Pokémon Go” shatters the internet
The biggest tech news of this month was the release of the much-anticipated and highly anticipated Pokémon Go. With over 20 million active users in the first two weeks, Pokémon Go positively broke the record for the most played mobile game in the United States, a title previously held by candy Crush.
The feat is impressive, but it didn’t come without his growing pains: Pokémon Go is responsible for car accidents, bring people stolen at gunpoint, make people fall off the cliffs and encourage players to trespass on the private property of an outlaw motorcycle club. It’s a shitty show, and luckily we all got front row seats for the shenanigans.
Amazon files patent for noise-canceling headphones of the future
If you’ve ever owned a pair of noise canceling headphones, you know how much of a game-changer they are with an accessory. And as Amazon aims to take a bigger stake in the production power of its business, consumers shouldn’t be so surprised to learn that on July 19, the e-commerce giant announced plans to release some of the most popular headphones. more innovative. headphone cancellation to date.
The headphones will be “smart” enough to turn off when they hear certain sound patterns, frequencies, and even keywords like “Hey, [name]! ”Amazon predicts that this will make things safer, while keeping people in touch with the world around them. While the patent doesn’t guarantee any kind of production date, it’s a big enough step forward. a new and innovative direction.
This solar cell captures CO2 and produces liquid fuel
Probably the most revolutionary technological development this month (and possibly this lifetime), researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have designed a solar cell that can convert atmospheric carbon dioxide (the harmful byproduct of humanity’s obsession with fossil fuels) into liquid hydrocarbon, thus rendering fossil fuels obsolete. It could literally change everything, but only time will tell what its real impact is.
Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop for $ 99
This ingenious device, developed by Andrew Jiang and the Andromium team, converts your smartphone into a complete personal laptop. The Superbook laptop case works seamlessly with all Android phones using Andromium’s proprietary app that allows Android to function as a common desktop operating system.
File management systems, keyboard shortcuts, a mouse pad, and everything else you’d want except the average laptop, all at a price that starts at just $ 99. No, it’s not a typo.
These guys invented colorful sidewalk tiles to help idiots look at their phones while walking
No matter how little sense it makes for us to mindlessly glance at our smartphones while navigating our daily commutes, it doesn’t look like we’re going to give up this terrible habit anytime soon. It’s this mentality that inspired Australian design company Buro North to launch its concept of colorful sidewalk tiles that will flash and serve as a warning to distracted rascals and iPhone carriers that it’s time to watch out for traffic lights. circulation in front of them.
Am I upset that technology like this needs to exist? Sure. But do I think it’s going to be wildly successful in the next couple of years? Absolutely.
Tesla has opened the doors of its famous Gigafactory
In a move that will almost certainly make Tesla one of America’s most lucrative manufacturing companies, CEO Elon Musk opened the doors to his much-anticipated Gigafactory this month.
The 10 million square foot facility, located right in the middle of the Nevada desert, is where Musk will begin production of lithium-ion batteries. It is estimated that the facility will have the capacity to double global battery production and also produce 150 gigawatt hours of electricity each year, enough to power New York City as a whole for about three years.
The move is a huge victory for American industry and has the potential to revolutionize Tesla’s already booming product line.
Edward Snowden designed an iPhone case that will prevent hacking
I’ve never met the guy, but if I had to really make a guess I’d say Edward Snowden is a pretty solid guy. A few weeks ago, the American whistleblower living in exile announced that he had designed a phone case capable of actively preventing the government (or potential hackers) from stealing your information and eavesdropping on your conversations.
The box uses an “introspection engine”, which means it can detect eavesdropping signals.
MIT researchers finally ban these horrible 3D glasses
The worst thing about going to see a movie in iMax 3D is knowing that you have to wear those awkward, often unsanitary glasses. They’re bulky, bulky, and unless your head is perfectly straight, they don’t even perform well half the time.
Lucky for all of us, the folks at MIT are solving the world’s most real-world problems and announced this month that they have successfully created a new type of display that projects perfectly on a large scale, cinematic quality, without glasses. . 3D movies.
Nintendo announced the release of The Amazing New Compact NES
Listen man, I’m not even going to talk about this, it was a good month for Nintendo. In addition to literally driving people off the cliffs in anticipation of Pokémon Go, the video game giant announced this month the planned release of the NES Classic Edition, a scaled-down version of the classic NES system.
The version will come pre-loaded with 30 of the most famous titles from the cult gaming system, including Punch !! With Mr. Dream, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Excitebike, Super Mario Bros (1, 2 and 3), The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Adventure and therefore, so much more. It won’t actually hit shelves until November, but the recent announcement was enough to get me started.
Now you can have sex with real performers using VR headsets
Since the release of the Oculus Rift a few months ago, the internet has been in a perpetual uproar over the potential of the VR porn industry – that’s not news. However, the moderately well-known webcam website CamSoda is launching a new virtual reality platform that will allow participants to interact personally with the performers, using masturbation stimulators designed for Kiiroo women and men.
Yes, CamSoda is launching a VR service that will literally let you fuck yourselves through VR glasses. Simulators transmit “pressure data” from an artist’s toy to a remote male masturbator, and the rest is history. A really, really lousy story.
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