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HTC VIVE to Showcase The Best Of Virtual Reality At CES 2017

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HTC VIVE has announced parts of its showcase line-up for CES 2017. The Vive showcase, located in the Wynn’s Alsace Ballroom, will feature more than 30 curated VR experiences across Entertainment, Health & Medical, Enterprise and Education.

“In the past nine months, we’ve made VR readily accessible to consumers and enterprise customers across the globe, and we’re carrying incredible momentum into 2017,” said Daniel O’Brien, VP, Virtual Reality, Vive. “The VR ecosystem continues to grow and at CES 2017, we will showcase the breadth of VR experiences and accessories that will form the future of VR.”

The Vive showcase will open Thursday, January 5th, highlighting demos across the VR ecosystem in one-hour blocks for press through Saturday, January 7th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A sample of the demo content is included below across the following categories:

Entertainment:

  • Arcade Saga: “Arcade Saga” is a fast, colorful VR game inspired by arcade games but with a twist, where players find themselves taking on the role of A.I. fighting threats developed by humans. Arcade Saga is a Vive Studios title developed internally at HTC by 2Bears Studios.
  • Front Defense: Immerse yourself as a soldier in World War II. The game brings Vive into a full play with precise tracking as you command troops and advanced weapon across the battlefield. Front Defense is a Vive Studios title developed internally at HTC by Fantahorn.
  • Knockout League: An arcade style boxing game built from the ground up for VR. Its intuitive gameplay involves moving and dodging with your body and 1:1 punch movement that lets you attack how you want. Knockout League is a Vive Studios title developed by Grab Games.
  • Mindshow: By VisionaryVR, Mindshow lets you make VR cartoons with your body and voice. Teleport into different characters and act out all the parts. Create with your friends by passing scenes back and forth, then share your shows in VR and on social media.
  • The Music Room: The Music Room is an expressive MIDI controller. Unlike keyboard MIDI controllers The Music Room allow you to strum, slide, bend & drum naturally with 8 dimensions of control per note.
  • The Nest: A futuristic sniper game by Invrse Studios, where patience and precision are your best tools for survival.
  • Racket: NX: Waves Audio will demonstrate an unreleased build of their new, futuristic racketball game, “Racket: Nx,” and discuss how developers can make their VR games and demos sound more realistic.
  • ROM: Extraction: First Contact Entertainment will showcase brand new functionality for their recently released sci-fi VR shooter game ROM: Extraction.
  • Star Trek Bridge Crew: Developed specifically for VR by Red Storm Entertainment, a Ubisoft Studio, Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts you and your friends in the heart of a starship. As officers of the Federation, every action and decision you make together will determine the fate of your ship and crew.

Enterprise

  • 3DEXPERIENCE platform and “Virtual Garage”: Dassault Systemes allows brands to win the hearts of consumers by providing a personalized marketing experience in VR such as walking through a custom plane passenger cabin or checking out the experience of your next car.
  • GE Store VR Experience: The experience lets viewers select seemingly disparate GE business units — to see the real-world ways in which they collaborate.
  • IBM Speech Sandbox: Illustrates a speech interface powered by Watson that allows you to build, manipulate and destroy a virtual world with your voice.
  • Jaguar I-PACE Reveal: Discover Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, the I-PACE Concept, in an interactive VR experience. Explore the technology and design stories behind the concept through cinematics and room-scale, immersive VR.
  • MakeVR: MakeVR is a virtual reality 3D modelling application built on a professional-grade CAD engine with a revolutionary 3D multi-touch user interface. Every MakeVR model can be easily 3D printed or imported into a game engine. Make VR is a Vive Studios title developed by Sixense.
  • VR Museum Experience: By Autodesk, this experience will allow you to play with objects in zero gravity, shoot bubbles, play instruments, and paint your surroundings.

Health & Medical:

  • The Body: The Body VR is an educational virtual reality experience that takes the user inside the human body.
  • The Physiology of the Eye: By Intervoke, the physiology of the eye is an interactive educational application that teaches the basic anatomy of the eye.
  • OssoVR: Osso VR is a surgical training platform designed to realistically teach health professionals the proper use of complex surgical devices and techniques.
  • YOUVR: Founded by digital health pioneer Jeff Arnold and world-renowned cardiologist Dr. Mehmet Oz, Sharecare is leading the visual health revolution with its YOU® VR platform, available for HTC VIVE. Demonstrated live by Dr. Oz at the HTC booth on Friday, Jan. 6, at 9a PT, Sharecare is utilizing virtual, augmented and mixed reality to empower people and their loved ones; healthcare providers and patients; educators and students; and pharmaceutical companies and their customers to better communicate and understand medical diagnoses, treatments and patient journeys.

Education:

  • ENGAGE “The Life Project”: ENGAGE is a free to use educational platform that enables educators to teach remotely using VR simulations and virtual classes. This short example showcases “The Life Project” from Oxford University to teach medics about resuscitation of a baby.
  • Lifeliqe: Lifeliqe’s learning experiences in virtual reality help students understand difficult topics and spark lightbulb moments. Lifeliqe is Vive Studios title developed by Lifeliqe Inc.
  • Remembering Pearl Harbor: TIME and Life VR revisit the attack that launched the U.S. into World War II through the experiences of a real survivor—Lt. James Downing, who is the second-oldest living American veteran to have witnessed that day. Remembering Pearl Harbor is a Vive Studios title developed in conjunction with Life VR and DeluxeVR.
  • Titanic VR: Developed by Immersive Education, Titanic VR is an educational experience that will let you explore the famous shipwreck which sits over two miles deep on the ocean floor. Titanic VR also recreates the events which led to the sinking and allows you to become a witness to history. Due for release in 2017.

Mixed Reality:

  • Using a green-screen, a number of Vive experiences can be shown in Mixed Reality (MR), which allows anyone to see what’s taking place in your VR environment. Throughout CES, Vive will showcase unique MR experiences.
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ASUS Launches New Monitors at CES 2021

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ASUS announced its new monitor lineup today at CES 2021, with a range of offerings across the Gaming, ProArt, and ZenScreen series to meet the needs of gamers, content creators, and business professionals. According to studies conducted by marketing research firm TrendForce, ASUS is projected to achieve a 40% year-on-year increase in monitor shipments, giving it the highest growth rate among the top 10 monitor brands for 2020.

For Gamers
ASUS is introducing 28-, 32- and 43-inch 144 Hz HDMI 2.1 gaming monitors for PC and console gamers. Ideal for PC gamers, these displays support the newest graphics cards for stable 4K gaming with refresh rates beyond 100 Hz. DisplayPort 1.4 Display Stream Compression (DSC) enables 4K visuals via a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection by compressing and decompressing each frame on the fly, with no discernable loss in image quality.
Console gamers can connect to the latest-generation consoles via HDMI 2.1 for 4K gaming at 120 Hz. These displays also feature Variable Refresh Rate technology and Auto-Low-Latency mode.

ROG Swift PG32UQ is a three-sided frameless monitor with a 32-inch 4K UHD IPS panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms moving picture response time (MPRT). It features G-SYNC technology with Reflex Latency Analyzer, a revolutionary system latency measurement tool that detects clicks coming from the mouse and then measures the time it takes for the resulting pixels (i.e. a gun muzzle flash) to change on screen. In addition, it features 98% DCI-P3 color space as well as VESA DisplayHDR 600 compliance, ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) Sync, and ASUS Variable Overdrive technologies.

ROG Swift PG32UQ is a three-sided frameless monitor with a 32-inch 4K UHD IPS panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms moving picture response time (MPRT). It features G-SYNC technology with Reflex Latency Analyzer, a revolutionary system latency measurement tool that detects clicks coming from the mouse and then measures the time it takes for the resulting pixels (i.e. a gun muzzle flash) to change on screen. In addition, it features 98% DCI-P3 color space as well as VESA DisplayHDR 600 compliance, ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) Sync, and ASUS Variable Overdrive technologies.

ROG Strix XG43UQ is a 43-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) gaming monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate for super-smooth gaming visuals. It offers a host of features, including DSC, ASUS ELMB SYNC, and High Dynamic Range (HDR). ASUS ELMB SYNC eliminates smearing and motion blur, resulting in sharper moving visuals so gameplay is more fluid and responsive. Lastly, this monitor has DisplayHDR 1000 compliance and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut for exceptional contrast and color performance.

The smallest of the three, TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A is a 28-inch 4K UHD monitor with a three-sided frameless design and a Fast IPS panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time. It features variable refresh rate technology for supersmooth gaming, along with 125% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, VESA DisplayHDR 400 compliance, ELMB SYNC and Variable Overdrive technologies.

Designed for competitive gamers, ROG Swift PG279QM is a 27-inch WQHD monitor with a 240 Hz Fast IPS panel with 1 ms (GTG). It features a G-SYNC processor with Reflex Latency Analyzer (RLA), DisplayHDR 400 compliance and DCI-P3 95%. It also includes ASUS-exclusive GamePlus and GameVisual software to provide gamers with an in-game advantage. PG279QM has Aura Sync lighting and can be paired with other Aura Sync-compatible products to create a gaming setup with a unified look. In addition, the monitor is compatible with the ROG Desk Mount Kit.

The compact and lightweight ROG Strix XG16AHP-W is a portable 15.6-inch FHD IPS gaming monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync technology for smooth tear-free gameplay. It has a built-in high-capacity 7800 mAh battery that provides up to three hours of gaming at 144 Hz, and also has a quick-charge function that provides up to two hours of use after a one-hour recharge. This monitor features USB-C and micro HDMI ports for compatibility with mobile devices, laptops, game consoles, cameras and more. A fold-out kickstand and bundled ROG Tripod provide ideal viewing positions for work or play.

ASUS ProArt Display PA148CTV is a 14-inch FHD IPS portable monitor with an anti-glare panel and capacitive 10-point multitouch. Designed for creators, it features the ASUS Dial and Virtual Control Panel to provide productivity-enhancing shortcuts and programmable hotkeys that work seamlessly with supported Adobe software including Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. PA148CTV is the world’s first Calman Verified portable monitor and it has a 100% sRGB and 100% Rec.709 color gamut. It is factory pre-calibrated with a Delta E < 2 color accuracy. The Virtual Control Panel offers an adjustment dial, sliders, buttons, wheels, as well as programmable hotkeys for more detailed and precise adjustments.

ASUS Dial is a physical dial at the rear of the display that allows users to control compatible Adobe software and Microsoft Surface Dial controls, enabling adjustments while staying focused on a task. The integrated on-screen display (OSD) controller enables quick and easy monitor adjustments. Users can leverage the pre-installed ProArt Preset software to adjust color gamut or use ProArt Palette to access other display settings.

PA148CTV has two USB-C ports that deliver audio-visual signals and power input over a single cable, while the micro HDMI port provides a connection to a wide variety of input sources. A tripod socket allows it to be mounted on a tripod, or the adjustable kickstand can be used to prop the monitor up to get an ideal viewing angle and working position, even while on the go. PA148CTV includes a leather sleeve for elegant portability.

ASUS ProArt Display PA329CV is a 32-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) monitor featuring an IPS panel with 100% sRGB color gamut. It is Calman Verified and factory pre-calibrated to provide Delta E < 2 color accuracy, and it is also VESA DisplayHDR 400 compliant. In addition, ProArt Preset and ProArt Palette software are pre-loaded for swift and easy color adjustments. PA329CV has an array of connectivity options, including two HDMI, one DisplayPort, and one USB-C port DisplayPort Alt Mode, 90-watt power delivery and superfast data transfers. Its ergonomic design includes a four-way adjustable stand, function buttons on the front fascia and a C-clamp table-mount stand.

ASUS ZenScreen MB16ACV is a 15.6-inch FHD portable display with an anti-glare panel and super-narrow bezel design. The monitor has been coated with a long-lasting proprietary antibacterial ionic silver treatment that inhibits growth of bacteria and fungi by preventing adhesion by up to 99.9%, meeting JIS Z 2801 and ISO 22196 Antimicrobial Activity and Efficacy Testing standards. This keeps key areas of the monitor clean and hygienic to reduce the potential spread of harmful bacterial. The monitor is compatible with all laptops with a USB Type-C or Type-A 3.0 port, and it uses a hybrid signal solution that handles both audio-visual signals and power delivery. An ergonomic kickstand props the monitor up on any flat surface, allowing for tilt adjustments for a comfortable viewing angle. For added convenience, ZenScreen MB16ACV is compatible with the standard 1/4ʺ thread mount, allowing it to be used with conventional tripods or attached to a tabletop mount with ease.

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ASUS Launches Latest ZenBook Duo UX482 Series and Tilting ScreenPad Plus in the UAE

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ASUS Middle East has announced the latest laptop in the premium ZenBook series, the 14-inch ZenBook Duo 14(UX482), a recipient of the prestigious 2021 CES Innovation Awards is now available at all major UAE electronics retailers/e-tailers. This new two-screen model introduces the tilting ASUS ScreenPad Plus, a full-width secondary touchscreen with a new auto-tilt mechanism that improves readability, aids cooling, and works seamlessly with the main display for effortless multitasking and creativity.

ZenBook Duo 14 offers many of the benefits and features of its larger but with a 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus and a more compact form factor that’s designed to enable the ultimate mobile productivity. The lightweight ZenBook Duo 14 is a mere 16.9 mm thin, is powered by 11th Generation Intel Core processors, and offers up to 17 hours of battery life for all-day autonomy.

“We were very proud to be the first laptop vendor to introduce dual-screen laptops to the world in 2019 – ZenBook Duo. Keeping the leadership in the dual-screen segment and applying new advancements to the second generation ZenBook Duo Series was our priority. Our engineers improved the thermal capacity and battery life yet added the latest Intel 11th gen CPU together with even more powerful GPUs for smart performance. New laptops can change the CPU power output to save battery life or provide extra performance depending on the user’s needs. We call this feature – ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology (AIPT),” said Benjamin Yeh, ASUS East EMEA General Manager PC & Gaming.

Tilting ScreenPad Plus
ZenBook Duo 14 introduces a new tilting ScreenPad Plus design that adds a new dimension to on-the-go computing. This full-width secondary touchscreen — which has a resolution of 1920×1080 and a higher brightness of 400 nits — automatically tilts upwards by up to 7°, reducing glare and reflections for improved readability. It makes working with the main four-sided frameless NanoEdge display even more seamless, with endless ways to optimize and personalize workflows. When the laptops are placed on the supplied Duo Stand, the tilted display sits at a stylus-friendly angle, and both displays support the latest 4096-pressure-level devices including the bundled ASUS Pen.

The upgraded Screen Xpert 2 software that powers ScreenPad Plus includes a collection of new and updated built-in apps to help boost productivity, such as the new Window Flick feature that allows users to simply flick windows between displays. The popular Task Group app has an updated design, so users can see their Task Groups at a glance, and lock into work modes instantly by launching multiple apps with a single tap.

ScreenXpert 2 also premieres the exciting new Control Panel, a fully-customizable app that will revolutionize creative workflows. Control Panels gives the user precise and intuitive control in creative apps, with intuitive controls for adjusting brush size, saturation, layer opacity, and much more. Four types of control — Dial, Button, Slider, and Scroll — each work in a different way to give precise and smooth control over parameters. Control Panel currently works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere, and After Effects, and more compatible apps will be announced in the near future.

Ultimate mobile productivity: ZenBook Duo 14
ZenBook Duo 14 is powered by a 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, with multiple cores and paired with 16 GB RAM to make light work of cross-screen workflows using the 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus and the main display. Ultrafast storage with a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD helps accelerate any workflow and optimize productivity. ZenBook Duo 14 also features ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology, which works with the 11th Gen Intel processors to intelligently boost performance: using Performance mode, users can enjoy a performance boost of up to 40% compared to a similar standard laptop.

ZenBook Duo 14 also incorporates the AAS Plus thermal system that optimizes cooling performance, and also allows a 3 mm-slimmer chassis due to the reduced need for empty internal cooling space. With a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics, ZenBook Duo 14 delivers silky-smooth visuals for multitasking users, supercharging photo- and video-editing tasks. Casual content creators will love the effortless on-the-go visual power that ZenBook Duo 14 provides. For easy connections to peripherals, ZenBook Duo 14 has comprehensive high-performance I/O capabilities including a pair of the latest Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. These support Power Delivery and DisplayPort and the 40 Gbps bandwidth lets users connect an external 8K display or two 4K UHD displays. ZenBook Duo 14 also includes WiFi 6 enhanced with ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology.

The 2021 ASUS ZenBook Duo will be available in the UAE at Jumbo, Sharaf DG, Emax, E-City, Virgin Megastores, Computronic, and e-tailers Amazon, Gulf Micro, and Al Ershad, starting today (January 14, 2021), for AED 5999.

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Kingston Digital Introduces Workflow Product Series at CES 2021

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Kingston Digital Europe Co LLP., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has announced the Workflow Station and accompanying Readers. Aptly named, the dock enhances content creators’ post-production workflow. Kingston’s Workflow Station and Readers give users the freedom to create and customise a file offload setup that fits their needs allowing them to transfer video, photos, and audio from multiple sources at once. Whether on a 4K/8K multi-cam shoot with portable audio recorders or filming B-Roll with drones and GoPros, with the customisable Workflow Station Dock you can simultaneously connect the USB miniHub, SD or microSD readers that the shoot requires to transfer footage quickly.

Workflow Readers can also be used standalone by connecting to a laptop via the included USB-C cable giving users the flexibility to have their workflow on-the-go. “It’s not just the flexibility of the Workflow Station and its Readers that is sure to aid content creators, but also the speed,” said Tiago Gomes, Flash product manager, Kingston EMEA. “Workflow Station products support incredible USB 3.2 speeds, which together with Kingston’s high-performance memory cards and USB flash drives get users through the post-production process faster than ever.”

Workflow Station and Readers are backed by a two-year warranty with free technical support.

Workflow Station and Readers Features and Specifications:

  • Offload Files Quicker: Transfer video, photos, and audio from multiple sources at once.
  • Flexible Workflow System: Use only the hub and readers that fit your setup.
  • Portable Versatility: Use the card readers on-the-go via their included USB-C.
  • Incredible Performance: Workflow Station products support USB 3.2 speeds which get you to editing quicker.

Workflow Station (Dock and USB miniHub):

  • Interface: Dock: USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • USB miniHub: USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • Connector: Dock: USB-C and USB miniHub: USB-C
  • Supported USB Inputs: USB miniHub: USB-A, USB-C
  • Package Includes: [Workflow] Dock, USB miniHub, USB-C to USB-C cable, power adapter, 4 power adapter country converters, and quick start guide
  • Warranty/support: 2-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Mac OS (v.10.10.x +) 

[Workflow] SD Reader

  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Supported Cards: Supports UHS-II SD cards. Backwards-compatible with UHS-I SD cards
  • Package Includes: Dual slot SD reader, USB-C to USB-C cable, and quick start guide
  • Dimensions: 62.87mm x 16.87mm x 50mm
  • Weight: 31g
  • Warranty/support: 2-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Mac OS (v.10.10.x +)

[Workflow] microSD Reader

  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Supported Cards: Supports UHS-II microSD cards. Backwards-compatible with UHS-I microSD cards
  • Package Includes: Dual slot microSD reader, USB-C to USB-C cable, and quick start guide
  • Weight: 29g
  • Warranty/support: 2-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Mac OS (v.10.10.x +)
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