09 January 2021

AR Headset by Apple

Rumors of Apple developing smartglasses have persisted since 2016, but a report from DigiTimes says that Apple is now in the second phase of production. Earlier reports indicated that Apple had initially planned to ship a more immersive AR headset followed by smartglasses, though subsequent reports now indicate plans for a more immersive device have been scrapped for an all-inclusive but less powerful wearable.

Prognostications on the arrival of Apple's AR wearables have ranged from 2020, which was clearly missed to as late as 2023. However, more recent reports have pegged Apple's AR device debut for later this year. In the meantime, Apple has developed a software ecosystem with ARKit and smartphone components like LIDAR sensors that point to the eventual hands-free future.

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07 January 2021

Vuzix Next Generation Smart Glasses

Vuzix Next Generation Smart Glasses Technology is ultra-slim, binocular waveguides powered by a pair of tiny, highly efficient micro-LED projectors (one for each eye) generating crisp video with contextual information. At 1 micron in size, the micro-LED’s have one of the highest density pixel arrays available with both monochrome and full color solutions in development. Advanced micro-LED displays require extremely low power while providing brilliantly bright images with excellent contrast.

Self-contained dual temple batteries can power the glasses for hours. Multiple built-in noise-cancelling microphones allow for flawless phone calls and voice/UI integration. Acoustic chambers fully integrated into the frames can deliver clear stereo, targeted over the ears for privacy, without losing ambient sound around their wearer. Enhancing hands-free operation, the on-board processor wirelessly communicates with your phone and with the built-in LTE cellular option.

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03 January 2021

Brain Implants Boost Human Memory

Brain implants that enhance the natural capabilities of humans seems only a matter of time before such devices become a reality. Now, for the first time ever, a group of researchers from the University of Southern California have designed and demonstrated a brain implant that can improve human memory, and which may prove to be revolutionary in the treatment of one of the world’s most devastating diseases. The implant consists of multiple electrodes that mimic how the brain naturally processes memories by giving small electric shocks to regions of the hippocampus (the memory centre of the brain) which strengthen the neural pathways the brain uses to create memories.

The team tested the device on 20 volunteers who were each fitted with the electrodes and shown images in a short presentation, which they were asked to recall up to 75 seconds later. The researchers then analysed the brain activity of the participants to identify the regions that activated while they were using their memory. In a second session, the implants were used to stimulate these brain areas with small electric shocks and the short-term memory of the participants was found to increase by about 30%. While a brain implant that boosts memory would make life easier for students it could be profoundly life-changing for people who suffer from long-term-memory loss such as patients with Alzheimer’s.

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