Monthly Archives: March 2017

Yota is planning a tablet with two screens

The Russian company Yota some time ago surprised the world with its first smartphone equipped with two displays. The product is very good on the market, so Yota wants to go for a punch and is currently considering building a tablet that will use a similar technology.

Introduced for sale in December last year, the YotaPhone is a remarkable smartphone with two displays. The standard screen is the same as a typical mobile device, but in the back panel the manufacturer has added an extra e-ink display that lets you read ebooks, view photos or notifications.

Recently, the company has unveiled its second generation of products, with even more powerful components, but it seems that it is not going to limit itself to smartphones and plan to enter the tablet market. Russian Izvestia announced yesterday that Yota is planning a brand new tablet that uses the same technology.

Company Director Vladislav Martynov has stated that no final decision has yet been taken and that smartphones will remain a priority. But he admitted that if such a device hit the market, because of two displays, it would be more expensive than other tablets. That’s how it’s with YotaPhone 2, which now costs about $ 620.

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Live cancer surgery on the web through virtual reality

VR technology offers many possibilities, and one of them is live video streaming to the web. Next month, this system will be used in a rather unusual way, because the London hospital Bartholomew intends to conduct a live transmission from cancer surgery.

VR technology gives us a completely new experience, making us feel part of the material being watched. Sitting in a comfortable chair, after putting on the head of a suitable set, we can switch to a racing driver, a skier or a traveler for a moment, visiting new locations with them.

We will soon be able to transform into a surgeon and take part in a real operation. Leningyn hospital St. Bartholomew plans next month to host a live cancer transmission that will be streamed to the VR network.

Each user of the appropriate set of virtual reality, including Google Cardboard, will be able to watch the two-hour treatment performed by Dr. Shafi Ahmed. Thanks to this technology, the viewer will be able to watch the treatment from virtually every angle, feeling as if he was personally in the operating room.

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Japan Display plans energy-saving displays for smartwatch

Japan Display wants to improve the current smartwatches that will last for a maximum of two days. So the company is working on a new energy efficient display that will consume only 0.5 percent of its energy compared to current panels.

The biggest disadvantage of smartwatches available on the market is the very short working time of these devices. Many of them have a maximum battery life of up to one day, and a few exceptions work a little longer. For users of these devices it is a very cumbersome feature as it requires daily loading of equipment.

Small size of the product does not allow them to install larger batteries, so companies are striving to reduce energy consumption in other ways. Japan Display, one of the leaders in the mobile display market, has announced the launch of a brand new energy-saving display, which will start shipping in the coming month.

The new panel, according to the manufacturer’s claims, uses only 0.5 percent of the energy needed to operate typical LCD displays. Naturally, this does not mean that the watch’s working time will be as much as 200 times as the display is not the only consumer and, in addition, there is a processor and Bluetooth connectivity. Also, most smartwatch displays now do not work at maximum brightness settings and turn off when not in use.

The advantage of the new display design is the ability to display color text and graphics without backlighting. This will not only reduce energy consumption but will also improve visibility in full sun. New panels also have a built-in pixel memory, which allows you to view a static image, such as a photo, with little power consumption.

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Launch of the latest LCS ship

On 18 December, the latest American Freedom ship launched in Marinette, Wisconsin. This is the latest generation of all-purpose American fleets designed to fight in coastal areas (the so-called littoral).

USS Milwaukee is the third representative of its type. Type Freedom is part of the LCS series, Litoral Combat Ship. They are the newest generation of ships, whose main weapon is modern information systems. Ships have a modular design and, depending on their design, they can replace up to 40% of deck equipment. Freedom is designed to replace three different classes of ships: mine, anti-surface, and surface combat units.

Three more units are under construction and up to eight are planned in the next few years. Ship’s maker is Lockheed Martin, and the cost of a single unit is about $ 670 million.

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