Last week, we were invited to the annual Further with Ford conference, comprising of a series of keynotes and tours that revolve around a lofty theme: the future. We heard and saw plenty of Ford’s research findings on future trends, as well as an interesting convergence between the automotive and the technology industries. This was especially evident when we were invited to the company’s new Research and Innovation Lab. Here’s a glimpse of what we saw at the company’s state-of-the-art facility.
“What in the world are we doing here?”
That was a prevailing thought in the early stages of the Future With Ford, which we attended over the course of this week. But as the keynotes and experiential tours passed, we noticed that the group of global journalists invited were not merely from automotive publications: there were people from economic dailies, radio talk shows, other tech media, and even analysts in global trends. One of the keynote speakers was Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.
Clearly, this was a different sort of global event.
The Honor 7 has been officially launched in China. Coming in three different variants, the new flagship device has a slew of high-end specifications. These include an all-metal body, a fingerprint sensor, fast charging support, and also Knuckle Sense, which was only available on the Huawei P8 up until now. It will also be powered by a new 2.2GHz octa-core processor: the HiSilicon Kirin 935.
You might be familiar with motion sensing controller such as Kinect or Leap Motion but how about eye tracking? Truth to be told, both alternative method of computer interactions is still quite niche among consumers (with the exception of game consoles) but that doesn’t stop MSI from exploring the option of having eye tracking capability into its laptop.
With the help of a Swedish company called Tobii Tech through its EyeX technology, MSI has implemented that very feature into a special GT72 Dominator Pro gaming laptop which the company has showcased at its booth during the recent Computex 2015 in Taipei.
Lenovo Tech World may have wrapped some weeks back, but there was one thing that we haven’t yet covered: a discovery at the Experience Zone that shows Lenovo’s rather strong gaming presence in its home country. We may be used to the awesome Y series of gaming laptops, but in China, Lenovo also offers a range of peripherals and even a new gaming laptop called the “Rescuer”.
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One streaming feature is now available to PCs running on the Windows 10 preview. This allows the PC to mirror the entire Xbox One system, including accessing apps and the Xbox home screen. That being said, it still does not allow the streaming of movies from the Xbox One.
It’s Microsoft’s turn to unveil what it has to show in E3 2015, and one of the key announcements is the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller; a modular controller that costs a whopping US$149.99, which comes up to about RM560. That being said, it does have a slew of interesting features to warrant the high asking price.
Final Fantasy 7 has finally become a reality. Not the original, but the complete remake for current generation consoles that fans have been waiting for. Square Enix announced the existence of the game during its presentation at E3 last night, and has said that the game will be coming to PlayStation 4 first.
The Microsoft Asia Innovation Tour gave us the opportunity to look at what the Microsoft Asia Pacific R&D in Beijing had to offer. We saw several interesting facilities in the campus, and while we did not manage to get our hands on the highly-anticipated Microsoft HoloLens (we’re as disappointed as you are) it was definitely an interesting experience. Here are some of the highlights – in pictures, of course – of the Microsoft Asia Innovation Tour.
Bethesda has pretty much kick start E3 2015 with a boom thank to various announcements including the new Doom title, Dishonored 2, Fallout 4 release date, and Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition which include a working replica of the famed Pip-Boy gadget from the game series. Additionally, the company has also revealed and released its new Fallout-themed mobile game called Fallout Shelter.