Plus, Parrot shows off two new drones.
By Jason Imms on January 10, 2014 at 11:13 am
Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details from CES 2014: Nvidia’s new system-on-a-chip that can run Unreal Engine 4, Dell’s super-cheap 4K desktop monitor, and a new advanced Oculus Rift prototype.
Nvidia Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip to take UE4 mobile
Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip has been unveiled after a fairly unique teaser, and boasts some impressive abilities. Most notably, the Tegra K1 is capable of handling Epic’s Unreal Engine 4, the engine that has brought us some impressive demos, such as Infiltrator and Elemental. The video below shows off some footage of the engine running on the K1, though it’s clear that there is still a lot of optimisation work to be done.
Dell announces 28 inch “Ultra HD” 4K desktop monitor for USD$699
The Dell P2815Q 4K monitor has been announced at CES 2014, and could be a tempting option for many. For the relatively small entry price of $699, this 28 inch behemoth is capable of the full 3840 x 2160 4K UHD resolution, and launches globally on Jan 23. Dell claim that the P2815Q will boast the same “screen performance” as the UltraSharp 32 and UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD monitors, though it should be noted that this is not a monitor targeted at gamers. The P2815Q will only achieve a refresh rate of 30Hz at 3840 x 2160, while users desiring 60Hz will be forced to drop the display back to 1920 x 1080. Having said that, if you’re looking for a non-gaming desktop monitor that allows for a lot of extra screen real estate, the P2815Q may be for you.
Parrot shows new drones at CES 2014
CES 2014 is in full swing, and it wouldn’t be a Consumer Electronics Show without a new set of expensive remote-control drones gracing the show floor. This year Parrot has returned with a pair of small drones to complement their AR.Drone, the MiniDrone and the Sumo. The MiniDrone is a small quadrotor drone, with detachable wheels that allow it to travel up walls and across ceilings. The Sumo is a fast wheeled drone that can turn impossibly quickly, and has the ability to perform vertical jumps.
Drone image courtesy AppleInsider.
Oculus demos its latest Rift prototype, Crystal Cove
Also from the floor at CES 2014, Oculus was giving behind-closed-doors demos of its latest Rift prototype, dubbed Crystal Cove. While this still isn’t the final version that Oculus hopes to release to consumers, it does include a feature that should significantly improve not only the realism and functionality of the simulation, but also greatly reduce the amount of simulation sickness experienced by users. The Crystal Cove prototype is paired with a camera that is pointed at the user. This camera tracks a series of rounded squares on the face of the headset, and allows it to more effectively track the user’s head compared to previous prototypes. Crystal Cove also includes a much improved pair of displays, which significantly reduce the widely-reported problem of motion blur, and increase the resolution to further reduce the “screen door” effect found in previous revisions.
PrioVR, the full-body-tracking virtual reality suit
Described currently as a “high-functioning prototype,” PrioVR is a virtual reality suit that is purportedly capable of tracking the body with a close degree of accuracy, which even supports tracking in non-standing positions, such as sitting down and lying prone. PrioVR has previously attempted to seek funding via Kickstarter, but fell short by more than $100,000. It would be very interesting to see how PrioVR feels with the Oculus Rift Crystal Cove prototype above.