Tuesday Toys

(Image: Dlodlo)

19 May 2015



DlodloDlodlo claims its VR glasses are the world’s lightest portable yet. Weighing just 120g, they manage to look somewhat like regular shades but still wouldn’t exactly be fashionable.
The glasses manage 2K resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate and a 110-degree field of view for a no-border immersive experience.
Unlike most VR headsets, the Dlodlo does not require a PC, opting instead for an Android OS with Bluetooth connectivity to work with any Bluetooth device, including gaming devices, smartphones, tablets, speakers, headsets, stereo headphones, laptops, and more.
The headset will get its first public airing at CES Asia next week but we know its $700 price tag puts it way above the expected asking price for an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR.

Price: $699


HTC One J ButterflyHTC J Butterfly

HTC’s J Butterfly is only available in Japan for now but it has plenty of spec to make it a hit on these shots. To start, the 151x73x10.1mm body comes with a 5.2″, 1440×2560 pixel display wrapped in a plastic body, making it more waterproof that aluminium-cased competitors like the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6.
It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 32Gb of integrated storage.
The Butterfly’s main camera features HTC’s Duo technology, this time with 20MP resolution. The Duo set-up includes a second lens that records distance information, allowing users to play around with the focus after an image has been taken. It also packs a 13MP front camera.

Price: tbc



Most wearables are riddled with pain points: their battery lives are too short, and their interfaces are too confusing. Cur’s newest wearable eliminates pain – both Curphysical and metaphorical – for people who respond to TENS, a technology that uses electrical stimulation to offer pain relief.
TENS technology was patented in 1974 for outpatient use, but even today TENS machines remain unwieldy. Invariably, a bulky control unit connects to four snaky wires terminating in electrode patches that you place on the skin.
Cur’s new wearable eliminates the wires and Walkman-sized controller entirely in favour of something not larger than a nicotine patch.
Cur (pronounced ‘cure’) sticks directly to the skin, and all the modulation of electrical signals is automatically controlled by onboard sensors.
The Cur system is designed to eliminate all the guesswork. The control unit, which sits atop a small patch with two conductive adhesive pads underneath, includes an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a bio-impedence sensor. All these sensors detect where the patch has been placed on the body along with muscle twitches, contractions and electrical activity and help deliver relief accordingly.

Price: $299



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