Mobile Devices

Spro Plus Combines Tablet With Projector

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ZTE is no stranger to Android-powered projectors, but its latest takes an even bigger form factor-- featuring an 8.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen, the Spro Plus is essentially a tablet grafted on top of a projector.

Spro PlusAnnounced at MWC 2016, the Spro Plus combines a 500 lumen projector with a Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB RAM, 128GB storage (expandable via SDXC card) and 12100mAh battery. Connectivity comes through wifi, Bluetooth and optional LTE. As such, one can easily describe it as a chunky mid-range tablet able to beam 80-inch images on walls or screens.

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MIT-Powered AI On Mobile Devices

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MIT researchers promise to bring brain-like intelligence to low-power mobile devices with Eyeriss-- a 168-core chip claiming to be 10 times as efficient as regular mobile graphics processors.

MIT EyerissThe Eyeriss chip is optimised for deep-learning, allowing it to handle tasks such as natural language processing and facial recognition without need to connect internet (the iPhone requires an internet connection to run Siri, for instance). Such functionality usually demands hefty amounts of processing power, but the researchers say the Eyeriss chip can bypass both size and power demands by giving each core own memory, reducing the need to exchange data with distant memory banks.

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A Braille Tablet for the Blind

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Researchers at the University of Michigan might have a tablet solution for blind users-- a display using microfluidic bubbles to produce the bumps making the Braille alphabet on demand.

Tablet BrailleBraille displays and keyboards already exist but, being based on motorised pin systems, such systems tend to be heavy and expensive. The University of Michigan solution uses liquid or air to fill bubbles forming Braille symbols, making it both smaller (around tablet-size) and capable of showing more complex information than traditional devices.

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Nvidia Relaunches SHIELD Tablet

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Nvidia announces a refresh of the SHIELD Tablet K1, an 8-inch gaming-focused device featuring a 1920x1200 resolution display, dual front-facing speakers and a Tegra K1 processor.

SHIELD K1The previous SHIELD tablet was recalled back in July 2015, following reports of the bult-in Li-ion battery cell posing a potential fire hazard. As such, the relaunched tablet appears to remain more or less unchanged, being powered by the same Tegra K1 processor featuring a 2.2GHz quad-core GPU and 192-core Kepler GPU.

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The Rufus Cuff "Wrist Communicator"

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The Rufus Cuff might look like an oversized smartwatch, but don't call it that in front of Rufus Labs-- not when it prefers to call the device as nothing less than a "wrist communicator."

Rufus CuffDesigned to make (supposedly) better use of wrist real estate, the Rufus Cuff features a 3.2-inch display, TI Cortex A9 processor, 16/32/64GB storage, GPS, wifi and a 1175mAh battery. It runs on Android Kit Kat and offers fitness tracking features similar to other such devices through accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, as well as any number of smartphone apps and features.

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