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Facebook to launch Ray-Ban smart glasses

The future of wearables?

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced its first “smart glasses” will be coming in 2021 as a branded Ray-Ban product. Facebook has confirmed the glasses won’t have a display and won’t be standalone AR glasses. Hence we expect it to be closer to the likes of Snap Spectacles and Echo Frames.

“We don’t have a product yet to share with you today but I am excited to share that we have formed a multi-year partnership starting with building and releasing our first pair of smart glasses next year,” Zuckerberg said.

It means the product is still in its early stage and will take time to mature. The announcement doesn’t have any fixed timeline, which shows the company is still working on it and is far from mass production.

Facebook has heavily invested in AR and VR thanks to its acquisition of Oculus 2014. Recently, the social networking company announced it’ll be moving away from the Oculus brand in favor of Facebook Reality Labs. Now, we’re finally seeing a consumer-grade product taking shape.

To develop the technology, the company is kicking off Project Aria. It’ll involve hundreds of Facebook employees wearing smart glasses in public for testing, improvement, and data collection. It’s safe to say Project Aria is a research project that’ll need real-world data to train the AI.

Technology companies like Google, Intel, Amazon, and Apple recognize that wearables are the future. However, the segment hasn’t been able to take-off due to a plethora of reasons ranging from privacy concerns to affordability.

While smartwatches have become a norm, companies are trying to replicate a similar experience with glasses, rings, and even clothing. We’ll just have to sit back and wait for now.

Cameras

Fujifilm X-S10 price and availability in the Philippines

Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless camera!

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Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless compact camera — the X-S10 — has now arrived in the Philippines.

The camera’s in-body stabilization (IBIS) is around 30% smaller than the previous model. Despite this, it’s able to deliver up to 6.0-stop so five-axis image stabilization. The less shaky the footage, the better.

It’s the first midrange X Series camera with a motion sensor retention mechanism. It’s a mechanical shock absorber that guards against slight vibrations.

For more hand-held stability, the X-S10 has a large, ergonomic magnesium-alloy grip. This should make it easier to hold the camera even when a larger lens is mounted.

One of the X Series’ appeals is its ability to cater to both experience and beginner users. As mentioned earlier, the X-S10 will have the AUTO/SP Mode. This will have the camera automatically adjust the settings to suit the scene.

For quick and accurate autofocus, Fujifilm combines the X-S10’s high-speed AF woith the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor’s 2.16 million phase detection pixels. What you get is an AF as fast as 0.02 seconds.

Shooting from different angles is easier too with the vari-angle LCD monitor and viewfinder. It can rotate up to 180 degrees so it’s also ideal for getting yourself in the frame.

Pricing and availability

The Fujifilm X-S10 (body only) retails for PhP 55,990 and PhP 78,990 with a XF18-55mm kit.

Fujifilm Philippines will include one (1) free original Fujifilm NP-W126S battery for the X-S10 worth PhP 3,500 for pre-orders and reservations taken from October 29 to November 15, 2020.

All pre-orders may also avail of a PhP 2,500 each off on the following XF F2 aperture lenses: the 23, 35 and 50 millimeter primes.

 

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Huawei expands personal audio line: Freebuds Pro, Freelace Pro, Freebuds Studio

There’s something for every preference and budget

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Huawei audio

Intelligent Sound. That’s what Huawei is promising with its new set of personal audio devices: Freebuds Pro, Freelace Pro, Freebuds Pro.

Freebuds Pro

The Huawei Freebuds Pro’s noise cancellation has gone up to 40db. Previous models were at 30db (Freebuds 3) and 15db (Freebuds 3i).

Like the Freebuds 3, it’s equipped with the Kirin A1 chip to aid in noise cancellation, but there are other factors in play as well. The chip is complemented by the in-ear fit — a feature it shares with the Freebuds 3i but not the Freebuds 3.

Adding to these are the dual microphones located both inside and outside the earbuds. This is a key design decision that helps in detecting the surrounding you’re in. It enables the Freebuds 3 Pro to automatically choose the appropriate noise cancellation mode of which it has three: Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode, and General Mode.

Freelace Pro

The Huawei FreeLace Pro is a combination of everything you want about neckband earphones with pro-level noise cancellation.

It’s still pretty much the FreeLace that you used to know in terms of overall look and design. Its lightweight body is made with nickel-titanium alloy — the kind that you can twist and bend but will still return to its original form. That alloy is wrapped with a skin-friendly silicone so it’s comfortable to where.

But the defining feature that will justify the “pro” tag is noise cancellation. Like the Freebuds 3 Pro, this can cancel noise of up to 40db. This is because the two employ pretty much the same tech.

There’s no mention of the Kirin A1 chip. However, the FreeLace Pro does also have two microphones inside and out for noise cancellation and surroundings detection.

Assisting those microphones is a 14mm Dynamic Driver Unit. It detects and responds to deeper sound and cancels noise at lower frequencies. The driver also contributes to the overall better sound quality.

Freebuds Studio

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio, it marks the entry of the company in the over-the-ear Bluetooth headphone market. The FreeBuds Studio are designed to be premium and go up against offerings from Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser.

The headphones offer a 40mm driver with 4-layer Polymer diaphragm. The company claims that it can reproduce frequencies as high as 48KHz and can go down to 4 Hz. It supports L2HC codec for best possible audio output and features six mics for calls that reduce background noise.

It also comes with eight mics that team up and provide dynamic noise cancellation. Huawei claims the headphones can reduce noise by 40dB and the headphones can automatically choose between three modes based on the surrounding environment. These modes are called Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode and General Mode.

Price and availability

Audio Colors Price Availability
Freebuds Pro Silver Frost

Ceramic White

Carbon Black

SG$ 238

(Purchase at SG$ 228 during pre-order from 1 – 11 Nov)

Pre-order (1 – 10 Nov):

  • Huawei Concept Stores
  • Best Denki
  • Challenger & Hachi.tech
  • Courts
  • Harvey Norman
  • Lazada
  • Shopee
Freelace Pro Spruce Green

Graphite Black

SG$ 148 Available from 11 Nov:

  • Huawei Concept Stores
  • Best Denki
  • Challenger & Hachi.tech
  • Courts
  • Harvey Norman
  • Lazada
  • Shopee
Freebuds Studio Black SG$ 398 Available from 11 Nov:

  • Huawei Concept Stores
  • Best Denki
  • Challenger & Hachi.tech
  • Courts
  • Harvey Norman
  • Lazada
  • Shopee
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Reebok unveils Valhalla-themed Capsule Collection

Inspired by the Viking fantasy of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed title

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Capsule Collection

Are any of these your SneakerMatch? Footwear brand Reebok launches its own Capsule Collection inspired by the Viking fantasy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

The whole collection features sneakers, apparel, and accessories in different color accents taken straight from the game. For the footwear options, three styles headline the entire collection with designs taking insipiration from elements of Viking lore. The Zig Kinetica, Club C Revenge, and Classic Leather Legacy all include symbols, weapons, and colors taken from Norse mythology.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is just right around the corner, and it promises a whole new adventure to explore. Explore the rich lore of the Vikings as Eivor, a fierce raider during the time of England’s Dark Ages. With new features and new worlds to explore, Valhalla promises a whole new dimension in the Assassin’s Creed saga. Before you get to venture into the Dark Ages, you can bring Valhalla to your sense of style!

The collection also features two hoodies, caps, and socks to match the footwear. It will be exclusively available on Reebok’s website beginning November 7, and will hit select retailers on November 11.

SEE ALSO:
Reebok Zig Kinetica review: Reebok’s best trainer
Reebok Zig Kinetica Concept_Type 1 review: A head-turner

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