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Selfie Sticks Banned

Sorry selfie and tennis fans, you’re going to have to go without your Selfie Stick when talking pictures of yourselves eating your strawberries and cream at Wimbledon this year.

The Wimbledon Tennis Championship organisers have warned anyone attending the upcoming event that under no circumstances will Selfie Sticks be allowed into the grounds.  There seems to be a developing trend as many museums and sports grounds alike have begun to ban the use of the popular photo taking accessory.

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The All England Lawn Tennis Club ticket holders’ guide said: “In common with many other major sports and entertainment events and cultural attractions, the championships will not allow selfie sticks into the grounds.”

The move is being made primarily so it doesn’t interfere with spectators enjoyment of the event but also “nuisance factor” associated with the accessory itself. Come on guys, where is all the love gone for the once mighty Selfie Stick?

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English football club Tottenham Hotspur have banned the accessory from their football ground following a complaint from a fan. Popular global tourist attractions such as Palace of Versailles in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome and The Smithsonian Museum Group in the USA have also made the decision to ban Selfie Sticks. Many venues are now placing Selfie Sticks into the ‘Tripod’ category which have been banned for quite some time.

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Apologies Selfie lovers, you’re going to have to use the normal length of your arms to take your beloved self portraits. #FirstWorldProblems. It could always be worse…you could be this guy

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Mini Produce New Augmented Reality Glasses

Car manufacturer Mini has produced a set of augmented reality glasses which will give the user a HUD (Head Up Display)! They will be able to provide an overlay of information into the users line of sight without actually distracting them from the road. Mini have designed them to vastly improve the users driving experience. Just take our money already!

As we mentioned, the glasses will provide a huge amount of information to the user right in their line of sight. From seeing the level of fuel you have to the speed you are travelling, right down to the precise location with all be placed on a easy to use Head Up Display.

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It has many uses both in and out of the car.

Inside the vehicle the most notable use is the GPS and linking that to one’s HUD. It would allow the coloured lines and directions that are normally seen on a small GPS device screen, to appear in the users eyewear. The driver can see the direction lines appear in front of them! Effectively your own personal road signs will appear in your view.

Have you ever had to strain yourself or your neck to see behind you as you reverse? Well these new reality glasses have Augmented Parking which allows the user to see through the cars far-side mirror to avoid straining themselves when reversing. So handy! And really cool.

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Do you listen to music from your smartphone in your car and would like to read text messages if it weren’t for the road safety dangers? When Mini’s Augmented Reality Glasses solve those problems too. Text messages will appear in you view of the glasses except in a way that does no distract from the road like the traditional phone gazing would do. Also information on the music being played at the time can be chosen to appear and disappear in the glasses eye view.

They have many uses in the car but also outside of the car as well. Ever parked you’re car and gone off for the day but upon return you forget where exactly you left it. Well good news because the Mini Reality Glasses have a feature called First Mile/Last Mile. This will lead the user back to the exact point where the glasses left the car i.e. where the user parked. You’ll never lose your vehicle in the multi-storey car park again!

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Want to find you friends house? Or the location of a particular appointment you have. The glasses HUD will lead you to the doorstep! Just remember to take them off. Or else you might scare your friend or doctor and that would not end well.

Everyone is getting excited about this new development in eye wear technology. However they are just a concept right at this moment but they will be on display at the Shanghai Motor Show next week.

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Right now it is a really cool idea. But that’s it. If Mini ever expect to sell a pair of these glasses then they are going to have to vastly improve the look of them. The devices functionality is fantastic and can only lead to better things such as beaming a similar display to the windscreen. However to put it bluntly, they’re hideously stupid looking when worn by someone. And no customer wants to be laughed at even if the glasses do something really cool. Once a sleeker, more inviting look is created and mass produced it could spell a fortune for Mini and we would definitely buy them.

NASA: nobody’s going to Mars without our help

Let’s be honest, NASA is vital

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NASA’s top priority is still bringing humans to Mars and says private companies don’t stand a chance of getting there without its support. Administrator Charles Bolden told a US House budget committee, “our ultimate focus is the journey to Mars and everything comes back to that,” adding that the agency still plans to land there by the 2030s. A manned mission to Mars is crucial because the red planet was likely habitable in the past, and scientists must find out what went wrong to prevent a similar disaster on Earth. Bolden went so far as to say that humans need to “get away from being Earth-reliant… (and) Mars is the planet that is the most like Earth.”

He reiterated that step one of the journey is still the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) — with the crazy goal to put a chunk of asteroid into orbit around the moon — which…

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285 Hours Creating Just One Part of The iWatch?! Madness!

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We all know that Apple is a company that pays attention to the finer exquisite details of their products. It’s what sets them aside from their competition more often than not. But wow, they really took extreme measures when it comes to a very simple part of the new iWatch device being launch shortly.

Apple reportedly spent over 285 hours taking still images of a single flower while it was blooming in order to provide consumers with a different angle or stage of the flower every time they raise their wrists. Photographers working with the design team, astonishingly took over 24,000 shots of the flower!iWatch - AccessoTech

That is just the effort involved in creating the ‘Flower face‘ for the iWatch. There are examples of other faces for the Apple iWatch according to human interface chief Alan Dye. There is also the ‘Jellyfish face‘ which involved building a fish tank and shooting them at 300fps on super-expensive Phantom cameras, leading to 4096 x 2304 images! Then we have the iconic ‘Mickey Mouse face‘ which taps it’s toe once per second in perfect harmony with every other ‘Mickey Mouse face‘ iWatch around the globe.

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That is an unbelievable level of detail considering these huge, high resolution images are going to be shrunk down to fit on the screen of the iWatch device! It would be fair to say it is a level of detail that will never be truly admired by consumers and users. The funny thing is Apple could have just used CGI (Computer Generated Images) with the exact same end result and in a small fraction of the time. But that is simply not what Apple do. They got where they are today because of the attention to every single last detailed pixel. Some brands and companies say that they pay attention to the little details and they may do, just not to the scale and level that Apple does.

AccessoTech would just like to point out that this is a fantastic marketing tool and unique selling point when it comes to promoting the product. Good effort Apple! However, it probably would have been better for Apple to use the quicker, CGI route and using their time more effectively on things that consumers and end users actually care about…..like battery power and making sure the iWatch actually lasts the entire day!

Wouldn’t that be better Apple?

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Trouble Ahead For Google

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Careful Google, the European Commission are coming after you.

An investigation is being opened into Google’s practices, operations and conduct by the European Commission it has been confirmed. The Commission are of the belief that Google may have abused the dominance that they have over markets and not playing fairly when it comes to incentivising phone and tablet makers.

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The basis for opening the investigation is due to the belief that Google has been playing unfairly in the market, incentivising phone and tablet makers to “exclusively pre-install Google’s own applications and services” on all new devices. So when someone buys a new phone or tablet, Google apps and services are already on the device, placing the Search Engine behemoth ahead of competition immediately. The main concern is that they are using unfair incentives to do this along with their dominant market position.

The investigation will also try to figure out if Google’s pre-installed apps and services actually hinder rivals from downloading modified versions of Android on devices and directly affect their access. If proven true, this could spell huge trouble for Google!

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Google  believes that they are playing by the rules. Hiroshi Lockheime, Android Engineering VP announced via his own blog that “The European Commission has asked questions about our partner agreements. It’s important to remember that are voluntary – again, you can use Android without Google – but provide real benefits to Android users, developers and the broader ecosystem“.

A lot has to happen over the next while before any outcome is reached but we will keep our readers up to date. The Commission have given the tech giant 10 weeks to respond, but if found to be in the wrong, rest assured Google will have to pay out an astronomical sum of money. Let’s see how it goes.

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Want An X-Ray Vision App? Don’t Lie, Of Course You Do

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Just your typical day. You get up, have your breakfast, get changed and head off to your local super car Ferrari showroom….

Then you encounter the awful problem that many of us face. Which colour super car will I buy today? I know, serious first world problems. Well if you are ever in this situation or like to dream about this situation, there is good news for you. There is now a new app that is here to help you with your dilemma.

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A fantastic company named Metaio, which specialise in augmented reality technologies, are the creators behind the technology on which the app is based. This new app, which sounds really awesome to us, uses a 3D tracking technology that has “7 Feature Spotlights” that customers can select. But get this… it has an X-Ray view!! That is just one view out of the seven spotlights it offers. Others include features that allow customers to get a visualization of the vehicle in a wind tunnel and a 3D breakdown of the brake assembly.

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Metaio’s technology tracks the edges of the car and detects it in the Apps API. When the device, whether it be a phone or tablet, is pointed at a Ferrari it picks up distance between body panels, the chassis, the wheel arches and other sections and then overlays the visualization graphics. Once held steady, the device and app can change numerous aspects of the cars look in seconds.

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Ferrari, app developer Z-Space and technology creator Metaio have teamed up to create a new app called Ferrari AR Showroom app. It allows customers in a Ferrari showroom to hold a tablet in front of the vehicle of their choice (or dreams) and then virtually change any piece of spec on the car. From the paint job to the rims to the custom specifications, a customer can change anything they wish with ease, providing a visualization of what their purchase would look like and making their purchase decisions much handier. It also helps the showroom dealership who doesn’t have to order in and hold each part that prospective customers may want. What you’d expect from a super car dealer; efficiency.

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Past Use of The Technology

This apps use of Edge Tracking Technology has been used in the past. Back in 2013 Metaio worked with German car manufacturer Volkswagen to create the augmented reality software needed to provide them the technical information about their hybrid concept XL1 car in real-time. It could visualize real and virtual parts side-by-side!

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The Future

The new app work with 5 Ferrari models right now but has the capacity to be used on the manufacturers full range of vehicles. Just in the off chance you want to know which models are compatible with the app right now, they are the 458 Speciale and Spider, the FF, the California, and the F12berlinetta. It will appear in Japanese and Australian showrooms first and will make its US customer debut in mid-May at the much anticipated InsideAR augmented reality show.

In the coming decade we expect augmented reality apps such as this one to be even more common place in society.

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Mini Produce New Augmented Reality Glasses

Car manufacturer Mini has produced a set of augmented reality glasses which will give the user a HUD (Head Up Display)! They will be able to provide an overlay of information into the users line of sight without actually distracting them from the road. Mini have designed them to vastly improve the users driving experience. Just take our money already!

As we mentioned, the glasses will provide a huge amount of information to the user right in their line of sight. From seeing the level of fuel you have to the speed you are travelling, right down to the precise location with all be placed on a easy to use Head Up Display.

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It has many uses both in and out of the car.

Inside the vehicle the most notable use is the GPS and linking that to one’s HUD. It would allow the coloured lines and directions that are normally seen on a small GPS device screen, to appear in the users eyewear. The driver can see the direction lines appear in front of them! Effectively your own personal road signs will appear in your view.

Have you ever had to strain yourself or your neck to see behind you as you reverse? Well these new reality glasses have Augmented Parking which allows the user to see through the cars far-side mirror to avoid straining themselves when reversing. So handy! And really cool.

AccessoTech Augmented Reality Mini Glasses

Do you listen to music from your smartphone in your car and would like to read text messages if it weren’t for the road safety dangers? When Mini’s Augmented Reality Glasses solve those problems too. Text messages will appear in you view of the glasses except in a way that does no distract from the road like the traditional phone gazing would do. Also information on the music being played at the time can be chosen to appear and disappear in the glasses eye view.

They have many uses in the car but also outside of the car as well. Ever parked you’re car and gone off for the day but upon return you forget where exactly you left it. Well good news because the Mini Reality Glasses have a feature called First Mile/Last Mile. This will lead the user back to the exact point where the glasses left the car i.e. where the user parked. You’ll never lose your vehicle in the multi-storey car park again!

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Want to find you friends house? Or the location of a particular appointment you have. The glasses HUD will lead you to the doorstep! Just remember to take them off. Or else you might scare your friend or doctor and that would not end well.

Everyone is getting excited about this new development in eye wear technology. However they are just a concept right at this moment but they will be on display at the Shanghai Motor Show next week.

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Right now it is a really cool idea. But that’s it. If Mini ever expect to sell a pair of these glasses then they are going to have to vastly improve the look of them. The devices functionality is fantastic and can only lead to better things such as beaming a similar display to the windscreen. However to put it bluntly, they’re hideously stupid looking when worn by someone. And no customer wants to be laughed at even if the glasses do something really cool. Once a sleeker, more inviting look is created and mass produced it could spell a fortune for Mini and we would definitely buy them.

iPhone 7 Could Be the Best Camera Yet

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Apple is on their way to upping their game yet again. The iPhone manufacturer has acquired a new camera company based out of Israel that could bring DSLR-Level imaging to customers. It could result in sheer magnificence for the iPhone 7…when it reaches us.

The company that has been acquired by Apple is called LinX Computational Imaging. They create smartphone and tablet cameras that have the ability to use special sensors to create high resolution images. The algorithms used by LinX are able to match DSLR cameras in much smaller packages!

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Apple has been investing quite heavily in Israel the past few years resulting in increased hiring campaigns and multiple company acquisitions, a list that now includes LinX. The Wall Street Journal and other others have reported Israel as Apple’s second biggest Research & Development hub with up to 750 employees based there.

No official figures have been released by either LinX or Apple but the WSJ are estimating the number to stand at around $20 million. Don’t take that as gospel though.

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With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus only being released back in November 2014 and Apple focusing on sales of the new Apple Watch product, it may be a while before the iPhone 7 reaches the market. But when it does, there is quite a good chance we will see DSLR cameras and high res images listed on the list of upgraded specifications. If Apple keep to their usual annual update we will more than likely see an iPhone 6S or 7 released in November this year.

AccessoTech’s fingers are well and truly crossed! Let’s hope battery life is improved too…

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Google Want To Rid The World Of Spoilers! Finally!

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I don’t know about you but nothing ruins my day more than logging onto social media and seeing a spoiler of some kind! It happens to all of us, we pop on to Facebook or Twitter and there, right at the top of your news feed is a massive spoiler from your favourite TV show or a film you haven’t seen yet. If this hasn’t happened to you before, well then you must be the luckiest person alive and we mere mortals envy you.

Well Google have apparently devised a clever solution to this spoiler epidemic. The Search Engine Masterminds have created a patent on this new solution. They want to implement a plan to monitor all social networks or similar sites for any sign of spoilers. Then they will blur out those spoilers! Fantastic, right?

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This technology will allow Google to track what TV shows you talk about, track what you watch and what exact point you are up to in any particular series. It can then hide anything past that point from your view. Quartz have suggested something akin to Netflix or Spotify in the way that they track your exact progress on a series or song down to the minutes and seconds. Using this approach, Google would be able to understand your friend group and stop spoilers.

Yes, it would be easier for all if we could trust our friends and favourite sites not to ruin the season finale of Game of Thrones or a major character death in The Walking Dead. Unfortunately we can’t. So Google will now save us instead!

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All we can say is…Thank You Google! We will no longer have to avoid our social media news feeds like the plague for an entire day because of the fear of spoilers destroying our lives. Okay, yes that was a bit dramatic for some. But for those who have had their days, months or even years ruined by spoilers that was probably an accurate description of how you felt. The look on your face might have looked a little something like this…

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