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At CES 2017 3D scanning will be in evident in not only the numerous VR applications but also with a new product from Silicon Valley based Bellus3D. The company have announced they’ll share their Face Camera accessory for Android mobiles and tablets. This 3D scanning tool is capable of creating a detailed face scan in seconds.

The Bellus 3D Face Camera can be fixed on the top of any Android tablet or mobile device and then can click a awesome and realistic, high-resolution image of a person’s face in mere seconds. How does that happen? The new Bellus 3D Face Camera uses the combination of two IR sensors which are 1.2MP along with 1.2MP colour sensors. It throws two IR laser projects and a front facing camera into the tech mix and the results are impressive 3D scans and pictures of one’s face. These technologies mix to help colour a scan of the face and produce the final picture.

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Bellus 3D

Scanning a head is as easy as sitting in front of the camera within the displayed ring, and turning your head slowly left and right. The camera takes about 20 sec to process the scan, after which you are presented with an image that can be panned and lit as you see fit. The Face Camera outputs results as standard .obj files, meaning that it is easy to use them in 3D projects or print them for stunningly realistic (and slightly unnerving) 3D masks.

The Bellus 3D company is currently trying to add more interesting features to the device such as allowing user to digitally and virtually put on makeup or create virtual reality avatars. Currently, the new Bellus 3D Face Camera is only a prototype but the company expects a proper release by end of 2017 . It may carry a price tag of $300.

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Logitech has announced a new version of the app for its ZeroTouch Android smartphone mounts (there is no iPhone version) that incorporates Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant. Once ZeroTouch owners install the app, they will gain a raft of new features, including the ability to control Alexa-compatible device in their smart home, even if they do not own an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.

The ZeroTouch itself is available in two configurations that enable hands-free control of a docked smartphone. The ZeroTouch Air Vent ($59.99 at Amazon) clips to one of the car’s air vents, while the ZeroTouch Dashboard ($79.99 at Amazon) mounts to the car’s dashboard or windshield. Both models have Bluetooth radios which automatically launch the ZeroTouch app when the phone comes into contact with the mount.

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ZeroTouch

Design

The ZeroTouch is an advanced Bluetooth-enabled smart car mount series that contains two models for car air vent and dashboard. The ZeroTouch Air Vent measures 1.5×1.5×1.22 inches and the ZeroTouch Dashboard measures 2.83×2.56×2.4 inches. Both models show off a smooth and low profile design, and multiple color options bring personal style to the accessories. Of course, this model for air vent is more compact while Dashboard model delivers a more flexible experience.

Features

The ZeroTouch smart car mounts work with Android phones with Android 5.0 OS or later. Using built-in Bluetooth tech, the car mounts wirelessly communicate with your smartphone.

More importantly, this smart car mount series supports Amazon Alexa voice service, so you can simply use your voice commands to start your navigation, play music, reply to incoming messages, make handsfree calls, or ask Alexa various questions without touching your phone.

Furthermore, don’t forget those Amazon Alexa enabled smart devices in your house. Using this smart car mounts, you can ask Alexa to remotely control the smart home devices when you’re on the way home such as turning on your thermostat, smart lights and many more.

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After months of scoffing at the thought, Verizon is seems ready to concede that unlimited data is really making a comeback in the wireless industry. The company started offering its customers the Verizon Unlimited plan, which is designed to compete with the similar offerings from each of Verizon’s three national competitors.

Verizon follows in the footsteps of T-Mobile and Sprint, which both offer various ‘unlimited’ plans. Both the smaller companies have been nipping at the heels of the big dogs, Verizon and AT&T, and it is interesting to see Verizon, which has a reputation for being the most reliable carrier—but also the most expensive—finally re-enter the unlimited waters.

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Verizon Unlimited plan

The plan will cost $80 for an individual line or $45 for each line on a four-line family plan. Those prices are described as ‘introductory’ and require both paperless billing and AutoPay to be enabled. Customers get full LTE speeds until they reach 22GB of usage, after which they will be subject to reduced data speeds and de-prioritization.

The unlimited plan also allows customers to extend their phone’s data connection to a laptop or other device for up to 10GB of high-speed data; after 10GB, the mobile hotspot connection gets slowed to 3G speeds. Travelers to Canada and Mexico will also get 500 MB of 4G LTE per day during their visits. Verizon offers an unlimited HD video streaming with its plan.

It’s the most expensive unlimited plan out of the four top national carriers.

Unlimited data plans are also offered by T-Mobile and Sprint — but do not come with HD video streaming.

T-Mobile’s unlimited plan comes at $70 per month per line or $160 for four lines, and includes unlimited data, talk and text.

Sprint offers the same service at $50 per month per line or five lines at $90 per month. Both carriers include taxes and fees in their charges.

AT&T does not offer unlimited data to its wireless customers.

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There are many file recovery softwares that can help you to recover your lost data, most of them are only able to do recycle bin recovery and recover deleted files, but what we do when we lost data due to system crash or lost partition. That maybe somehow tricky and most of the software cannot do this task. Fortunately, the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard free will let you recover all sorts if lost or deleted files and data from your Windows PC, laptop, server or other storage media.

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EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free

Top reliable free data recovery software gets lost files back safely and makes the task of recovering data, a breeze. It makes your whole recovery project easily go through like it’s supposed to rescue your lost files and data immediately. The interface of the software is quite user-friendly and the recovered files are displayed in a typical Explorer format. The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free can typically recover files from:

  • An existing partition
  • Deleted data from a deleted partition
  • Deleted data from a corrupted partition
  • Deleted data from a partition that had been deleted
  • Deleted data from an empty Recycle Bin

How To Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free To Recover Your Data

The software is quite easy to use, when you install the program a wizard interface will walk you through the complete process of data recovery. After launching the device, the program will show you the file type select page. The most common file formats are below:

  • Graphics
  • Audio
  • Documents
  • Video
  • Email
  • Other

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All the options are checked by default. Now you have to select a specific type of the file where your data has been lost. When you select the location, then click the Scan button. The quick scan will start to find your lost files.

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The first scan is quick and once it is completed, the software will list all the files that were simply deleted or wiped out from the recycle bin. Now there is a pop window show you to use Deep Scan for a further finding your lost files. By choosing to run the Deep Scan, you will make the software perform a new sector by sector scan, which can take a long time compare to the first scan. Please be patient and do not interrupt the scan in the middle of the process if not necessary.

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When the Deep scan has done, you can now preview the files. Once the operation of preview or search has done, you can select the targeted files and press Recover button to recover the files and save them on your computer or storage device. Do not save them where you lost them.

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ADATA has just released its flagship Ultimate SU900 SSD that is based on a standard 2.5-inch form-factor and it’s powered by an SMI 2258 controller with 3D MLC NAND flash, offering ‘superior stability, power efficiency, and durability’ to both desktops and laptops.

The SU900 comes in capacities ranging from 256GB to 2TB reinforced by performance-boosting SLC cache buffer. The ADATA SU900 SSD boasts blazing speeds of 560 Mb/s read and 525 Mb/s write and includes a 3.5-inch bracket and 2.5-inch spacer. ADATA also gives the SU900 SSD a 5-year warranty thus ensuring quality and longevity.

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ADATA Ultimate SU900

According to ADATA, the Ultimate SU900 comes with 800TB TBW (total bytes written) endurance rating and 2,000,000 hours MTBF. It also comes out with RAID Engine, Software and Hardware write protection, Data Shaping, Early weak block retirement and global wear leveling, that should all help will the reliability of the drive.

The Ultimate SU900 SSDs will be ADATA’s most advanced SATA 6 Gbps SSDs to date and because their performance is higher compared to that offered by ADATA’s Premier Pro SP920, manufacturer will likely position them accordingly. Moreover, the inclusion of a 2TB model into the product line emphasizes that the drives are aimed at both general consumers and users that need a lot of flash storage space.

ADATA Ultimate SU900 Specifications

Model Number ASU900SS-256GM-C ASU900SS-512GM-C ASU900SS-1TM-C ASU900SS-2TM-C
Capacity 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB 2 TB
Controller Silicon Motion SM2258
NAND Flash 3D MLC NAND
Sequential Read 560 MB/s
Sequential Write 520 MB/s 525 MB/s
Random Read IOPS Up to 90K IOPS (taken from the SM2258, actual will be lower)
Random Write IOPS Up to 80K IOPS (taken from the SM2258, actual will be lower)

 

Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
DRAM Buffer Yes, capacity unknown
TCG Opal Encryption No
Power Management DevSleep
Warranty 5 years
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
MSRP $117.99 $219.99 $409.99 Unknown

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The new crowdfunding project, which has now landed on the Kickstarter, is aiming to put a new spin on the smartphone companion with a Swiss made analogue watch that can be popped out of the strap and mounted onto your bike. It then works as a speedometer and displaying speed, average speed, distance covered and can even keep a record of your best times.

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Moskito

The Moskito is a nicely made, well implemented solution for a specific audience of bikers who want quick access to quantitative data about their current trip. This watch twists right out of the wristband and screws into the handlebar mount in a matter of seconds, and switches from the regular timepiece to speedometer at the push of a button, making the second hand show current speed and the minute hand the total distance traveled. This watch also offers a chronograph mode for timing how long a ride has taken. And of course, the Moskito is capable of the usual smartwatch notification features through a secondary complication that can indicate when your connected phone has received a text, call, or other notification.

In terms of watch details, the Moskito is stated to come with Swiss-made hands and dial, a hardened mineral or sapphire glass dome, real leather strap, rechargeable Li-Ion battery (run time of 6-24 months) and precision quartz movement with six bi-directional motors.

If you want to be one of the first to own a Moskito, you will need to pledge 535 Swiss Francs (roughly $528) to bag the Classic model. A pledge of 635 Swiss Francs ($626) will get you the Fly edition. If all goes well, it will start shipping from October 2017.

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D-Link announced that its new Omna 180 Cam HD Camera, revealed at CES 2017 last month, is now available to the purchase at Apple.com for $200. The Omna 180 Cam HD is HomeKit-enabled and allows users to monitor their homes, as with competing the connected security cameras. The device’s name hints at the camera’s super-wide-angle 180-degree lens, though that does not cause image distortion thanks to ‘de-warping’ tech that corrects the image.

The Omna 180 Cam was first announced at CES and appears to have beaten everyone else to market with its integrated HomeKit video support, with iOS 10. The product can be setup and controlled through the Home app, although some advanced features will also require use of D-Link’s free Omna app.

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Omna 180 Cam

Much like the Nest Camera, the Omna will send you a notification if there is movement in your house, but you can view Omna’s live feed from your lock screen thanks to HomeKit integration. D-Link says that the connection between the camera and your iOS device is encrypted, and you can view live camera feed anytime through Apple’s Home app, although you will need an Apple TV or an iPad for that.

The new Omna camera has a modern design not dissimilar to the Echo, at least in the shape. The product is able to record video in Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, and includes infrared LED lights that enable video monitoring in total darkness to distances up to 16ft. Also the video clips and still images can be saved to a microSD card, as well, for a local backup. Cards up to 128GB are supported.

The Omna 180 has motion detection and will automatically capture content when any motion is detected. Users receive a rich notification on the iPhone or iPad that includes a live video feed from the camera. Finally, D-Link says that its new home security camera also features end-to-end encryption. The device is available now for $200 USD.

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QuadBot, which has recently launched on KickStarter, is a 3D Printed, customizable crab robot designed to be accessible across all age groups and experience levels. The project created by the Manchester University graduates aims to bring robotics into the classroom with the aid of 3D printing.

QuadBot is a 3D-printable, 100 percent programmable, Arduino-powered walking robot. It is designed to transform you from zero to robotics hero through a crash course in everything it takes to bring your very own crazy-looking crab robot to life. Unlike the many similar code-your-own-robot projects we have covered in the past, QuadBot is not limited to kids, and instead promises something for the everyone from aspiring makers to more confident hackers.

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QuadBot Robot

The QuadBot, comprised of roughly 27 hours of the 3D printed parts, servo motors, an Arduino based QuadBoard, cables, bluetooth module and some cords, it is fully open-source. This means that after eventually the receiving and going through the challenge of assembling the bot, you’re able to change its code and 3D print custom modifications (using raw Autodesk Fusion based design files) to your creative liking.

The QuadBot robot is available in a number of different kits allowing you to either 3D print your very own casings and legs or simply purchase a complete kit with everything you need straight out of the box. Prices start at $155 for a maker kit and go up to $275 for a full version with Bluetooth module. Shipping is set to take place in end of March 2017.

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The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV arrives this year, followed by a redesigned compact Tiguan sport/utility, so it follows that a b-segment, subcompact crossover is not far off for the brand. Volkswagen of America is now looking into entering the segment just invaded at the auto show here by the launch of new Toyota CH-R, and led by the Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.

Like the Crossblue concept, the VW Atlas is based on the flexible MQB platform found in the smaller Golf and other models from the Volkswagen Group. The Atlas SUV features the largest version of the platform and it’s aimed at the value-oriented family crowd. Competitors include Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Toyota Highlander not to mention minivans.

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Volkswagen Atlas

Some minivans may actually be more stylish than the Atlas. Its boxy shape definitely communicates the fact that this is an SUV, ties the Atlas to other Volkswagen models, but it does not offer much pizzazz. At least it’ll look distinctive at night, thanks to the standard LED headlights. LED daytime running lights are also standard, with LED taillights optional.

The VW Atlas measures 198.3 inches in length, 69.6 in height and 77.9 in width. This makes it the largest vehicle in VW’s fleet. Inside, there is a big and airy cabin which features a design nearly identical to the CrossBlue concept, with big knobs, and a large touchscreen infotainment sys, and wood trim.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV Performance:

Volkswagen will offer two engine options at launch: a 238-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, and a 280-hp VR6 (basically a V6, but more compact). Both the engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard, along with all-wheel drive available on VR6 models.

Infotainment will be available with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV Price:

Official pricing for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV is expected to be released this fall. It’s expected to start below $40,000 and span to almost $50,000.

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Richard Clarkson Studio and Crealev are the creators behind Floating Cloud, a levitating speaker designed with the sound-reactive LED lights. The cumulus-shaped puff autonomously hovers above a reflective oval base, which is embedded with the magnetic components that enable the cloud to float 1-2 inches from its surface. while base itself must remain plugged in, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the cloud and allows a completely wireless and unobstructed levitation while in use.

Clarkson originally built the cloud as a lighting fixture. For the latest model, he worked with Crealev to design a way for the cloud to levitate.

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Floating Cloud

‘Making weather’ blends crealev’s innovative levitation technology with the form and function of richard clarkson’s cloud product, creating an in-home device that’s both practical and playful. The inbuilt bluetooth speaker and sound reactive LED lights relay a realistic atmospheric experience akin to a storm, with the colored luminescence generating lightning-like flickers as music is played and rotating fully above the base and bobbing vertically. This floating cloud speaker is both a surreal and sensible addition to the home.

The cloud rotates and bobs above the base to create a realistic-looking cloud experience. Whilst also playing your favourite tunes via a built-in Bluetooth speaker and sound reactive LED lights. Like all clouds in our lives.

A remote control enables you to control the cloud from the comfort of your sofa.

Before you get too excited, this is currently just a prototype, but both the companies hope to make this available soon as a commercial product. Heads up, it won’t be cheap though. The last cloud creation was around £2,000.