How do you imagine the technology of the future?
A few years back, I watched the movie Her which is, for the unfamiliar, the story of how a man (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with an operating system. The story ended (of course) with the protagonist heartbroken over the failed relationship with artificial intelligence. In the alternative world where this was all set, technology had advanced to the point where it was so well embedded in everyday life that the machined-induced connections seemed natural.
One step towards that high-tech world would be interesting new gadgets like this innocent-looking thing I stumbled upon at Computex.
This is the ORii.
ORii is the very-first voice assistant ring. This small thing connects to your phone through Bluetooth and works via gesture and voice commands; it works perfectly with Siri or Google Now. But, the best part? You can make and receive calls with just the ring on and your finger.
The ring uses bone conductor actuator technology which means that the ring sends vibrations to your ear through your finger. Yes, girls and boys, you basically hear the sound through your finger! A built-in microphone takes in your audio and voila, you can make and receive calls.
When all this was explained to me, I honestly didn’t believe it would work. (I mean would you have believed it if someone said you could call someone with your finger?) But, as technology has done time and time again, I was left amazed, surprised, and convinced.
ORii’s simple demo was connecting a smartphone to the ring and playing Spotify. A ring and a finger to my ear later, I was hearing my playlist.
What amazes me here is not that it’s wearable fashion, it’s that it enables users to utilize tech with what we already have naturally, in this case, your finger. (Though that usually gets me and it’s a plus that there are actual plans of producing it in many different colors with LED alert lighting.) This is not another tech addition like an earphone, nor are these Bluetooth headsets — this was my finger to my ear and it worked.
I guess in a way, my amazement comes with the realization that although we’re still pretty far from developing feelings for El Capitan or Windows OS, we’re not far off from technology that seems too awesome to be real. This year’s Computex has taught me as much.
This may still not mean a happy love story ending, but it involves a great piece of tech and in the wise words of Beyonce: “If you like it then you better put a ring on it.”
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Sony WH-1000XM5 is a luxury for your ears
Improve noise cancelation and audio quality
Sony remains one of the most important players in the noise-canceling realm. While Bose is also a force in the industry, Sony is doing what it can to improve its own audio technology. Following up its impressive flagship lineup of headphones, the company has announced the WH-1000XM5, a new pair for your discerning ears.
Much like its predecessor, the WH-1000XM5 follows the same tradition of design. The sleeker evolution makes way for a softer, more comfortable fit around your skull, bolstered by synthetic leather.
Under the hood, the headphones sports an additional processor to improve noise cancelation, especially in mid to high frequency ranges. It can also adapt to various user scenarios like those who wear glasses or have long hair.
As always, Sony is also focusing on audio quality. The 30mm driver uses a light dome with carbon fiber composite material to deliver natural sound. Plus, with Sony’s LDAC coding technology, users can enjoy Hi-Fi Audio. DSEE Extreme automatically upscales audio files to high quality. Finally, if your audio can support it, the headphones is compatible with 360 Reality Audio.
The WH-1000XM5 also worked on call quality with four beamforming microphones on the device and noise reduction.
Starting May 20, users can buy the WM-1000XM5 for US$ 399.99.
Western Digital introduces ‘world’s fastest’ memory cards, new SSDs
Availability, capacity for memory cards to be announced
Western Digital, the company behind the renowned SanDisk storage brand, introduced new innovations at their What’s Next Western Digital Event.
Included in the reveal are a new modular SSD ecosystem and the world’s fastest SD and microSD memory cards designed for professionals: the SanDisk Professional PRO-UHS.
Terabytes of storage on the go
The new SanDisk Professional PRO-BLADE modular SSD ecosystem was designed to meet the need for ultrafast portable storage devices.
The powerful ecosystem lets users swap out lightweight and high-capacity PRO-BLADE SSD mags so terabytes worth of storage may be carried easily.
The ecosystem includes:
- PRO-BLADE SSD Mag
- PRO-BLADE TRANSPORT portable SSD enclosure
- PRO-BLADE STATION desktop SSD enclosure
Western Digital also announced read speeds of up to 200MB/s on its SanDisk Extreme PRO memory card line (SD and microSD).
Paired with the new SanDisk professional PRO-READER (SD and microSD), the new products are poised to deliver unmatched speeds to enable users to offload content and other files quickly.
New WD_BLACK SSD
When it comes to gamers, Western Digital also revealed two new additions to its WD_BLACK gaming SSD lineup, with each storage coming with innovative features.
WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe SSD:
- Read speeds of up to 7,300MB/s
- Minimized latency, predictive loading, adaptive thermals management
- Downloadable WD-BLACK Dashboard for Game Mode 2.0
- Optional heatsink
- RGB lighting
WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD:
- USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface
- Read speeds of up to 2,000MB/s
- Downloadable WD_BLACK Dashboard
- RGB lighting
Availability and storage capacities for the SanDisk memory cards will be announced later. For more information on the newest products, visit www.WDBLACK.com.
Lightweight king: Razer unveils Viper V2 Pro
20 percent lighter than the Viper Ultimate
One of the world’s lightest gaming mice is now available in the Philippines. Razer has announced the release of the ultra-lightweight and wireless gaming mouse Viper V2 Pro.
The package box will include additional grip tapes pre-cut to the mouse’s shape, a Razer Speedflex charging cable and 2.4GHz HyperSpeed USB dongle extender.
Peak performance at your fingertips
The Viper V2 Pro is 20 percent lighter than the Viper Ultimate, and comes with cutting-edge tech features, such as:
- Razer Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3
- better battery life
- all-new Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor
Determined to make the Viper V2 Pro the new standard for gaming mice, Razer designed it hand-in-hand with feedback from esports pros.
This includes 2022 VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Grand Finals MVP Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen of OpTic Gaming.
For the pro
Razer’s new Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor helps achieve a complete resolution accuracy of 99.8 percent.
The powerful new sensor is equipped with AI functionality such as Smart Tracking, Motion Sync and Asymmetric Cut-off for the ultimate performance at the highest levels of play.
The Viper V2 Pro also features the new Razer Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3 for absolutely zero double-clicking issues and no debounce delay.
These new switches are rated for a click lifecycle of up to 90 million clicks, an increase of 25 percent from the previous generation’s lifespan.
Other aspects that will benefit gamers include support for USB-C charging and DPI control button on the bottom of the mouse.
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