Ask me to fix a broken car or motorbike, and you'd be out of luck.But that's exactly what Microsoft wanted me to do. And the tool it gave me was its new mixed reality HoloLens 2 headset.After I slipped it on, a set of digital instructions popped up over an actual broken ATV, set up in a mock repair shop at Microsoft's headquarters. There were buckets of bolts to my right side and tools to my left. Then a set of neon-blue cartoonish arrows appeared, pointing at which gears I needed to move and where to move them to start the repair.Next, I was told to get parts from bins around the room. The blue arrow directed me to the bin with the bolt I needed, then the washer to go with it, and then to a table with the right wrench. Now playing: Watch this: Microsoft HoloLens 2: A first dive into the future of... 4:54 Which size bolt? What type of wrench? I didn't need to worry about that, because the HoloLens 2 guided me every step of the way. After about eight minutes, I went from … [Read more...] about HoloLens 2 isn’t meant for you. But HoloLens 3 might be
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Closed captioning can be extremely helpful in at least three different situations: It has been a great boon to hearing-impaired television viewers.It can also be helpful in noisy environments. For example, a TV in a noisy airport terminal can display closed captioning and still be usableSome people use captions to learn English or learn to read. Closed captioning is embedded in the television signal and becomes visible when you use a special decoder, either as a separate appliance or built into a television set. The decoder lets viewers see captions, usually at the bottom of the screen, that will tell them what is being said or heard on their favorite TV shows. Since 1993, television sets with screens of 13 inches or more that are sold in the United States must have built-in decoders, under the Television Decoder Circuitry Act. Set-top decoders are available, too, for older TV sets. The captions are hidden in the line 21 data area found in the vertical blanking interval … [Read more...] about On television, how does closed captioning work?
If you've been yearning for a Wacom Cintiq Pro but can't bear the high prices, the company's new entry-level Cintiq 16 may offer a more wallet-friendly option. Cintiqs are the line of pressure-sensitive pen displays that provide a mobile tablet-like experience for drawing but connect to a standalone computer; the Pro models start at $800 for a tiny 13-inch model, then jump to $1,500 for the 16-inch model and beyond. At $650, the Cintiq 16 isn't cheap, but for amateur and budget-strapped professional creatives, it may be the on-ramp you've been waiting for.Whether the differences between the Cintiq 16 and its $1,500 brother Cintiq Pro 16 are worth the double the bucks depends on how important aspects ot the display are for you as well as how sensitive you are to parallax (the offset of the pen tip). Now playing: Watch this: Nvidia CEO demos next-generation computer graphics at... 3:55 On one hand, the most important part of the tablet -- the 8,192-level pressure … [Read more...] about Wacom’s entry Cintiq 16 pen display is priced for artists on a budget
Chris Turkstra, director of Google Assistant, sat on a couch in a Renaissance hotel suite in Las Vegas on Sunday and started to chat with what was essentially your family's old kitchen TV on steroids.On a side table to his right was the Lenovo Smart Display, more or less a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker with a built-in touchscreen. The gadget is one of four new smart displays -- made by Sony, Samsung-owned JBL, LG and Lenovo -- that Google and its partners unveiled Monday at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. The devices do everything you can do with a smart speaker, like play music and operate your connected lights, but they also let you make video calls, watch YouTube videos and look at photos, all using voice controls."Our thinking is that over time, this is how people will interact with technology," Turkstra said of the voice-controlled device. You may have seen a gadget like these smart displays before, since Amazon unveiled a similar concept in the Echo Show last May. … [Read more...] about Google takes on Echo Show with four new smart displays
Right now is one of the best times to buy a new TV. In early January, TV makers will announce their 2019 sets at CES, so all the 2018 set will be cheaper than usual as companies work to burn off their old inventory. And seeing as all those new, 2019 TVs won’t start showing up in stores until March, at the earliest you’ve got a few months to enjoy your set without being envious of others. But you know what will make your TV even more enjoyable? These tricks for significantly improving its image quality. Now, none of these tricks will fix a bad TV, but they will make things much prettier and your friends and family will be impressed by how much nicer your TV looks than theirs, or compared to the ones in the big box store down the street. But first, two quick notes. One: Have your TV’s manual handy. Unfortunately, there’s no official menu for TV settings. A setting name like Brightness on one TV can mean something very different on another. We’ll note, where … [Read more...] about 8 Tricks to Improve the Picture on Your New TV