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VESA Focuses on VR, AR

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The Video Electronics Standards Group (VESA) forms a special interest group (SIG) to address the standards covering the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) markets.

virtual realityAs the creator of multiple display standards, such as DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), EDID and DisplayID, VESA should be well positioned to investigate AR/VR compatability issues. Currently the industry lacks a standard covering head-mounted displays and eyeglasses, leading to increasing confusion and complexity for both developers and customers, impeding broader acceptance of such products.

The VESA AR/VR SIG is open to both VESA members and non-members, and will discuss the needs of all ecosystem players, namely headset makers, glass makers, and other types of providers. The SIG will work with other VESA task groups and other standards organisations to build a "robust ecosystem," starting from physical connections, data transfer protocols, software drivers and application layers.

The PowerUp USB-C Charger/Hub Combo

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The PowerUp is a 3rd party solution for an issue familiar to any owner of a laptop featuring only USB-C ports such as the latest MacBook Pro, namely adding more ports while charging the device.

PowerUPDesigned by startup Homey Lab, the PowerUp is a charger roughly the same size and shape of the old Apple MagSafe bricks. It has a built-in USB-C cable together with three USB 3.0 ports, adding more legacy ports without need for dongles.

Interestingly, while the PowerUp is technically a charger it still operates as a USB hub even if not connected to mains power. It offers 72W power output, meaning it can charge 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro at full speed but will be a bit slow if charging with the 15-inch MacBook, which uses an 87W charger.

Amazon Shows Things With Echo Show

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Amazon confirms the existence of a long rumoured touchscreen-equipped Echo device-- the Echo Show, a connected home hub featuring a 7-inch touchscreen together with voice recognition capability.

Echo Show“Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things," the online retailer turned cloud giant-slash-hardware maker says. "Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.”

Another feature found in the Echo show is a camera, allowing for video calls, and Alexa skills are included for integration with smart home devices. This includes baby monitors from Ring and Arlo, Philips Hue smart lights, and thermostats from the likes of ecobee and WeMo.

Razer Launches Lancehead Mice

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Razer announces a pair of gaming mice-- the Lancehead and Lancehead Tournament Edition, both featuring an identical ambidextrous design, mechanical switches and 16000 DPI 5G sensors.

Razer LanceheadThe Lancehead is the wireless option of the two, featuring what Razer claims is "revolutionary" Adaptive Frequency Technology (AFT) to ensure fast and stable wireless communication between mouse and PC. AFT connects on the strongest frequencies within the 2.4GHz band, and switches frequences when necessary to reduce lag. Battery life promises to reach 24 hours on a single charge.

On the other hand the Lancehead Tournament Edition is the same mouse, only featuring a wired connection to push 450 inchis per second (IPS)/50G acceleration. The 7-foot braided cable carries both data and power and, obviously, it needs no batteries.

In Win Intros 301 Micro ATX PC Chassis

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PC case maker In Win presents the 301-- a Micro ATX minitower PC chassis targeted at gaming and performance enthusiasts wanting a machine with a smaller form factor.

In Win 301Based on the "premium affordable" In Win 303 ATX chassis, the 301 is an even more compact option, measuring 365 x 205 x 370mm. Construction is in 1.2mm SECC steel, with a tool-less push button release tempered glass side panel and the same hexagonal ventilation design as the 303.

The front of the chassis has x2 USB 3.0 ports and HD audio I/O, while the inside has one 2.5-/3.5-inch bay, two 2.5-inch SSDs and four PCI expansion slots. On the cooling side it has enough space for both 240mm plus 120mm water cooling radiators at the front and rear, and one can fit two 120mm fans in the chassis base.

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