Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in San Francisco, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Intel’s WiGig VR prototype cuts Oculus’ cord

Intel’s WiGig VR prototype cuts Oculus’ cord

Intel's Project Alloy might be the wireless virtual reality headset everyone is talking about at IDF 2016, but there's actually another take on the idea that's fresh from the company's labs. Where Project Alloy may rely on a full Core processor and graphics card inside its black and white body, Intel's prototype WiGig VR headset leaves the heavy lifting to a separate PC as normal, but simply cuts the cord.

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Ford plans 2021 launch for fully-autonomous ride sharing car

Ford plans 2021 launch for fully-autonomous ride sharing car

Hot on the heels of its big investment into self-driving car sensors, Ford has today committed to having its first high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle on the road by 2021. Intended for ride-sharing, Uber-style on-demand transportation, and other commercial mobility applications, the vehicle will lack a steering wheel, gas pedal, or brake pedal.

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Intel Joule is the tiny Maker module for the IoT

Intel Joule is the tiny Maker module for the IoT

Intel has a new embedded microprocessor, Intel Joule, for Makers looking to squeeze a full PC into everything from smart glasses through to smart home gadgets, complete with RealSense. As well as a processor, storage, and connectivity, Joule can be hooked up to a RealSense camera array for depth-sensing and motion tracking.

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Intel Euclid packs RealSense into candybar-sized PC

Intel Euclid packs RealSense into candybar-sized PC

Intel keeps pushing RealSense as a product family, not just a depth-sensing camera, and its latest products - including the brand new, extra-skinny Camera 400 - push the system into robotics, drones, and autonomous cars. At IDF 2016 today, the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA, Intel demonstrated its latest cameras and previewed a self-contained RealSense computer in a box the size of a candy bar.

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Intel’s Project Alloy cuts cord on all-in-one VR headset

Intel’s Project Alloy cuts cord on all-in-one VR headset

Intel isn't letting the Virtual Reality revolution getting away from it, but since it really wants to sell more chips, its Project Alloy headset packs a full VR rig into a standalone system. Shown off for the first time at IDF 2016, the company's developer conference in San Francisco, CA, today, Project Alloy looks at first glance like a regular - albeit bulky - headset, though that size is because it's actually a complete PC, too.

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Ford and Baidu pump $150m into firm giving eyes to autonomous cars

Ford and Baidu pump $150m into firm giving eyes to autonomous cars

Ford and Baidu have pumped $150m into Velodyne LiDAR, the sensor company specializing in the super-precise laser mapping systems many believe are vital to autonomous cars' success. Velodyne is responsible for the "turrets" most self-driving vehicles sprout from their roofs, each containing a laser array that can build up a 3D view of the world around them in real-time.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

You could forgive Samsung for gloating with the Galaxy Note 7; after all, the phablet category the original Note created was dismissed by many as a sure-fire flop. People laughed at its size, its stylus, and its price, and yet time after time, generation after generation, Samsung has demonstrated it knows what its most serious users want. Now, with the Note 7, it's time for the phablet to go mass-market.

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Lenovo’s “VR Ready” gaming PC is a potent portable console killer

Lenovo’s “VR Ready” gaming PC is a potent portable console killer

Lenovo's newest gaming PC might look like a Cylon's robot dog best-friend, but the IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is actually aimed at gamers looking to take 4K play out with them. Launched today at Gamescon 2016 in Germany, the diminutive desktop has an integrated carry handle for toting it between LAN parties or wherever you might want to demonstrate the latest virtual reality rig like Oculus or HTC Vive.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910 puts legit gaming specs in 17.3 QHD all-in-one

Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910 puts legit gaming specs in 17.3 QHD all-in-one

Can an all-in-one PC really cut mustard as a gaming machine? Lenovo's new IdeaCentre AIO Y910 wants to demonstrate it can, packing the scant space behind a 17.3-inch display with the sort of processor and graphics that wouldn't be embarrassed in a regular desktop at your friendly neighborhood LAN party.

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback revealed ahead of Type-R

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback revealed ahead of Type-R

Honda sells its Civic by the bucketload, so anticipation is high for this, the all-new 2017 Civic Hatchback due to arrive at US dealerships this fall. The third body-style of the latest Civic to see a release, it's of particular interest to American fans of the compact since this is actually the first time they'll be able to buy the five-door version.

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Audi traffic light connected cars get green light for fall launch

Audi traffic light connected cars get green light for fall launch

Audi's A8 will be the first Level 3 autonomous car to hit the market, coming in 2018, but before then the German automaker plans to push live traffic light alerts directly to the dashboard of select models this year. The new Audi Traffic Light Information system will switch on this fall, and is expected to operate across as many as seven US cities by the end of this year, to try to dilute some of the frustration when you're waiting for the lights to change, as well as encourage you to keep your phone in your pocket and the traffic flow moving.

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Check out the curved OLED in Cadillac’s latest concept car

Check out the curved OLED in Cadillac’s latest concept car

Cadillac is getting into curved OLED, with the automaker revealing a new concept car interior that spreads a fresh driver and infotainment interface across several arched displays. Scheduled for a full public demonstration later this week at Monterey Car Week, the Cadillac "new design concept" features at least three OLED screens that the company has co-developed with LG Display.

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