This week is a big one for Google and gamers around the world. Google is expected to announce its entry into the gaming market in a big way this week. While no real details are known, there are expectations for what Google will show off.
The game service is expected to be cloud-based, and it is tipped to have gone by the Project Yeti name. Speculation suggests that the game service will have a hardware component to it. That speculation stems from a Google hardware SVP tweeting a link to the Google GDC presentation reports Inc.
The thought is that there is no reason for a hardware guy to promote the presentation if hardware isn’t a part of it. The service is said to have a separate controller. Any game system must have a controller, so that is no surprise.
If Google launches what is essentially the Netflix of video games, as some have speculated, this would be a significant change for the industry. It remains to be seen what Google offers and how gamers receive it.
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If you live with disabilities, shopping for furniture can be difficult. Many common furniture items aren’t designed with accessibility in mind, and those that are can be rare or non-existent. IKEA Israel has a technological solution: 3D print pieces that make them easier to use. The store has collaborated with Milbat on ThisAbles, a project that provides 3D-printed add-ons for furniture that can be tough to use with certain conditions. Among the 13 initial items are easier-to-grab handles, bumpers to protect cabinets and lifts to raise couches.
You’ll have to visit an Israeli IKEA store to see the items in person, and you can only buy ready-made items through Milbat. However, you don’t even have to buy anything if you have a 3D printer and some filament — the designs are available to make for free. You can even ask for customizations in case the designs don’t fit your third-party furniture. This is less about profit and more about encouraging furniture makers to consider accessibility as an important feature, whether it’s built into a given design or available as an extra.
After a few years of testing its robot valets, Stanley Robotics will officially put its fleet to use at France’s Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport this week. If you plan to park in the robot-lot anytime soon, you’ll leave your car in a special garage-like box. One of Stanley’s robots will literally pick up your car and deliver it to a spot. When you return, the system will use your flight information to determine when to bring your car back to a box, where you can pick it up and drive off. As the company says, that should mean no waiting or searching the parking lot.
These self-driving, robo-valets look like large, rectangular boxes, about the width of a small SUV. They essentially act as a forklift, sliding metal arms underneath your car to lift it by the tires. Stanley Robotics told The Verge the system is much more efficient at parking than humans are — though that’s not exactly a high bar. The robot valets can fit 50 percent more cars in the same area, by parking them closer together and a few cars deep.
For now, Stanley Robotics will cover 500 parking spaces, but the company told The Verge it eventually wants to service 6,000 spots. There’s no word yet if the company will launch this at other airports, but it has held trial runs at Düsseldorf International Airport in Germany and Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. Another test is planned for London’s Gatwick airport later this year.
Microsoft announced today that it has updated its Wireless Display app to add support for the Xbox One. The latest version of the app will allow gamers to stream PC titles from Steam and elsewhere directly to Microsoft’s gaming console. The app also offers Xbox controller support so you’ll be able to play the game with familiar controls.
In order to use the Wireless Display app, you’ll need to install the program on your PC and Xbox. Once installed, you’ll have the option to cast your computer, be it a game or anything else on your desktop, to your Xbox One. There are a number of different latency settings, including one specifically for gaming that should tone down any potential input lag issues.
It’s worth noting that the app doesn’t support keyboard and mouse input, so you won’t be able to stream to your Xbox while using standard PC controls. Last year, Microsoft introduced keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One, so it’s entirely possible that may be an option while streaming content in the future.
Prior to adding Xbox One support, the Wireless Display app (previously called "Connect on Windows" was available to cast content between a PC and the Microsoft Surface Hub, making it a relatively niche service prior to the recent update. Xbox One support adds a significant amount of new functionality and instantly makes the app one of the most viable ways to play PC games on your Xbox.
Samsung is working on a "perfect full-screen" phone that will be 100 percent display, with no notches, bezels or cut-outs. According to Yang Byung-duk, the company’s display R&D vice president, "Technology can move to the point where the camera hole will be invisible, while not affecting the camera’s function in any way."
The Galaxy S10 was the company’s first phone to include a "hole-punch" cut-out in the display, but Yang says that eventually, the selfie camera will be placed underneath the display itself. While the company hasn’t revealed any timescales for such a device, Yang did say that it "wouldn’t be possible" within the next one to two years.
The company has jumped quickly from notches, to hole-punch, to folding phones, so a total display device is certainly in keeping with Samsung’s bold aspirations. Unfortunately, it’s rarely the first company to get their ambitious ideas to market. However, this isn’t the first time Samsung has discussed this kind of technology — it was mentioned in a presentation given in October last year — so even if we don’t see a full-screen device within the next two years, Samsung has already got the ball rolling.