Events

#MadeByGoogle Event: live blog

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In a couple of short hours, Google’s big October event in San Francisco will start. We’re expecting a bunch of new hardware from the Mountain View company, including two high-end smartphones, an Amazon Echo rival, a WiFi router, and a media-streaming device with 4K and HDR support.

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We may also see a glimpse of a new operating system for laptops and 2-in-1 devices that combines Android and Chrome OS. That’s pretty much it, as far as major announcements go, but we wouldn’t rule out any last-minute surprises.

The only way to know for sure is to follow along with our live blog on this page, where we’ll be offering real-time updates and commentary as the event unfolds. Be sure to check back at 9 a.m. San Francisco time.

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Accessories

ORII smart ring: Now even better

Jewelry that does more

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Last year at Computex, I stumbled upon a cool smart ring and wrote about it. It was also my first year covering Computex and I had honestly never heard of bone actuator tech, hence the discovery of said smart ring that allowed me to make calls with my finger blew my mind.

This was the ORII ring, and a year later, I find them again at Computex and they have even more to offer.

When I first interviewed Emile and Kevin, founders of ORII’s Origami Labs, I only saw prototypes and one functioning ring for audio demos. These days, the rings are fully functional and are shipping to initial Kickstarter backers. More functionalities are added on, with even more features to come in the future.

What’s new with ORII?

For starters, the ORII ring is even smaller and more polished. It’s now at a size that I would actually wear for the tech.

And, as promised, it comes in more colors: There’s a red one that goes well with my hair, in addition to black, silver, and gray ones. This is a big deal to me because last year, there were only black and gray rings, and now color is finally here!

The ring comes with different ring sizes, too, so it fits every finger. It’s also splash-proof with an IPX7 rating so everyday wear is a possibility.

It comes with a charging dock, but it seems that the ring won’t be on it a whole lot as it has a whopping two days of battery standby time and two whole hours of talk time. That’s a lot considering you’ll only ever be using it for short commands and calls don’t usually last that long (we hope!).

So, how does it work?

With the ORII ring, you need only your finger to be able to hear things from your phone. The ring has a built-in mic so you can actually make calls — like a real spy.

Smart assistants are also compatible with the ORII. Using just the ring, you can send messages and issue smart commands to Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa, without even having to look at your phone.

It has gesture commands and there’s also a button on the side of the ring that you can program depending on what you want it to do. For example, just raising your finger to your ear can activate the mic, or pressing the button can trigger your smart assistant.

At the bottom of the ring is a small LED light that’s a discreet way to give you notifications. Designed so only you can see the quick prompt, the lights are also fully customizable.


Meaning, you can change the colors depending on what app is alerting…

… or even choose which people messaging get special alerts.

Think of all the things you can do with this thing! Everything will literally be at the tip of your fingers.

Admittedly, I got sentimental when I tested out the ORII again. I personally saw the growth of this tech firsthand and it’s great to actually try out technology that only a year ago, Emile and Kevin were just describing to me. They’ve come a long way from last year and yet again I am impressed with their progress.

What I love about the ORII is how different it is to what we already have in the market. It’s great to see tech that breaks out from the usual mold of what current wearables are and what they do.

I’d totally rock this ring, and it’s not just because it matches my hair.

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Computex 2018

Bloo Vision is a non-invasive way to help your child’s lazy eye

As easy as playing a game!

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What if I told you that you could help cure your child’s lazy eye by having him play games? One startup aims to cure vision impairment in children, one tablet at a time.

Bloo offers a non-invasive solution to the lazy eye through tech. It’s simple: Their devices use binocular training and gameplay to make sure that kids have fun in the process.

Just how does this all work?  It starts with eyewear and a tablet, plus a game to play on said tablet.

These unassuming shades are custom-made. At first wear, they seem like normal glasses, but a quick look at the seemingly blank tablet will show you that they aren’t.

Playing games on this tablet with glasses custom-fitted to your child’s condition trains the eyes. By making sure that both eyes are utilized, your child’s eyes will be trained to fully function. This is similar to already-existing binocular training already being done, except there are no cumbersome eye patches, there are fun games to play, and you get to do it at your own time.

You can check out Bloo here.

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E3 2018

The best of Xbox at E3 2018

Microsoft didn’t hold back!

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50 games, 18 exclusives, 15 world premieres. There were a lot of games at the Xbox E3 2018 briefing and we rounded up our favorites just for you:

Halo Infinite

Microsoft’s most iconic title Halo is getting a sequel and it looks amazing. It’s called Infinite and while it’s more of a tease than an actual game, there’s a lot to be excited about including what looks like a new world.

Kingdom Hearts III

Sora is back and he’s ready to explore new worlds… including Arendale. Yeah, you heard it right: This encounter with Elsa got us real excited. At E3, we got a chance to take the game for a spin, and now we’re craving for more.

Fallout 76

Fallout 76 is a prequel to the Fallout series and based on the trailer, it looks like it will ask players to reclaim the wasteland for America.

This is the franchise’s first attempt at multiplayer gameplay. Players battle against hostile raiders, mutants, and all kinds of monstrosities. They’re encouraged to team up, scavenge materials, build strongholds, and destroy other teams’ bases.

Forza Horizon 4

Because Forza Horizon 4 is set in Britain, the home to Playground Games, this was a passion project and it shows. The graphics are spectacular, but that can be expected.

What makes it so amazing are changing seasons. Each week, seasons change for everyone, and that dramatically affects gameplay. At E3, we were able to experience first hand the difference between driving in the snow and under the cover of lovely autumn leaves.

Jump Force

Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Death Note. If this star-studded cast of characters doesn’t get you squealing from excitement, we don’t know what will. We only got limited hands-on time with this game, but being able to Kamehameha our way past puny rivals was enough for us wannabe gamers to wanna play more.

Devil May Cry 5

DMC fans waited 10 years for this sequel and we’re stoked to finally see a trailer come out.

As evidenced by the flashy fighting styles and kinetic movement in the trailer, DMC 5 is a stylish hack and slash game featuring demon hunters Nero and Dante. This is shaping up to be a stress-relieving game where you can take your frustrations out on demons standing in your way.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a unique platformer that mixes combat and exploration and ties it all together with rich graphics and an emotional storyline. This time around, developers worked on the physicality of the world, and it almost gives the 2D world a 3D feel to it. The game is made more challenging but also more accessible, so whether you’re a newbie or an experienced pro, you’ll want to embark on this journey.

Cyberpunk 2077

A single-player RPG set in a dystopian future — sci-fi aficionados will have a field day in Cyberpunk 2077.

The game was initially announced in 2012, but we haven’t heard a thing about it before it popped up at Microsoft’s E3 conference.

Based on classic tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 pits V, a new hired gun, against power-hungry megacorporations and cyber-enhanced street raiders.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft gears up Xbox platform with new gaming studios and titles

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