It’s a slow month in terms of new and exciting announcements in the world of technology but there are a few notable ones to highlight.
Top Tech Announcements for July 2019
Samsung Galaxy Fold
We talked about the Galaxy Fold in our Tech Talk April 2019 post and it looks like the company has announced its relaunch. The first foldable phone, Galaxy Fold, will be available in September.
The phone features a 7.3-inch internal display that folds up to shield the plastic screen when not in use. A 4.6-inch outer screen handles basic functions like notifications and calls, though any app can be used. This powerful device will offer a unique way to multitask, watch videos and play games.
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In case you haven’t heard, FaceApp is a free, viral editing app, developed by the Russian company Wireless Lab. It uses artificial intelligence to make users look older, younger or of a different gender. However, in order to use the app, people have to provide the company with full and irrevocable access to their personal photos and data.
Because FaceApp’s location is in Russia, there have been concerns regarding how and when the company provides access to the data of U.S. citizens to third parties, including foreign governments. As such, Senate minority leader has asked the FBI to investigate, stating the app "could pose national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens."
Oculus Firmware Update
The more advanced Oculus virtual reality headsets, Oculus Quest and Rift S, got an enhancement to their hand-tracking capability with a recent firmware update. Both headsets use mounted cameras on the front of the headset to track the position of your hands in the outside world. This enables your movements, like waving, wading or swinging, to be tracked effortlessly into whatever VR games you’re playing.
Oculus' blog post states that "We’ve fine-tuned our Oculus Touch controller tracking algorithms to improve accuracy for certain poses, like when your hands are close to the headset or angled away from it." The update should lead to "smoother tracking and fewer errors" for both the Quest and Rift S.
An international committee of leading technology experts gathered to put together this year’s top emerging technologies list for the World Economic Forum. Here are a few technologies that could change the world we live in:
Robots that will display a social function are a part of our technological future. In 2019, scientists focus on creating robots using artificial intelligence that decide on information received through sensors and respond in “lifelike” ways. These Social robots have particular appeal for assisting the world’s growing elderly population.
Tiny Lenses for Miniature Devices
As devices get smaller, so do their components. One of the main challenges has been shrinking optical components such as lenses. Glass-based lenses are hard to build in a smaller size while retaining all their properties, yet engineers have figured out how to create lighter, smaller alternatives known as metalenses which could allow for greater miniaturization of microscopes and other laboratory tools, and consumer products, such as cameras, virtual reality headsets and optical sensors for the internet of things.
Imagine a group of people in different parts of the world smoothly interacting as if they were physically together, by using techniques such as augmented or virtual reality or avatars. The components that will enable such “collaborative telepresence” could transform how we work and play together, rendering physical location irrelevant.
It will be interesting to see if these world-changing technologies change the status quo!
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