Fuel Cell http://www.stuff.tv/fuel-cell/all en-GB Fully Charged: Check out Apple’s watch from 1995, Oculus VR acquires gesture control company, and new Star Wars characters named http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-check-out-apple-s-watch-1995-oculus-vr-acquires-gesture-control-company-and-new- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End the week strong by starting Friday with our morning roundup of tech tidbits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple&#039;s System 7.5 watch" alt="Apple&#039;s System 7.5 watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-1995-watch.png?1418433213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behold the Apple watch from 1995 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two decades before Apple intends to release the Apple Watch, Apple launched&hellip; a regular ol&#39; wristwatch. Both feature head-turning design, but with the older model, that may not be a positive thing. As seen above, it looks like a hilarious product of its era, yet there&rsquo;s some charm to its bold, clashing colours.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s popped again now because a distributor who had a supply from back when decided to&nbsp;<a href="http://originalapplewatch.com/?product=original-apple-watch">start selling them online</a>, although they&rsquo;re sold out as of this writing. The watches were given away free to anyone who purchased Macintosh System 7.5 during a certain span in 1995, although buyers also had a choice of Conflict Catcher 3 instead of the wearable. We&rsquo;re guessing a lot of people went for Conflict Catcher.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://originalapplewatch.com/?product=original-apple-watch">Original Apple Watch</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/12/11/1995-apple-watch/">MacRumors</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus getting into gesture controls </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s still unclear when the Facebook-owned Oculus VR will have a consumer-level Rift headset ready, but the company keeps scooping up talent that points to intriguing outcomes. The latest is Nimble VR, a firm that designed a camera/software pairing that allows gesture control by capturing the world around your headset.</p> <p>Nimble VR had been&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nimblevr/nimble-sense-bring-your-hands-into-virtual-reality">running a Kickstarter campaign</a>&nbsp;to fund the project, which had already beaten its goal and then some, but that was canceled once the acquisition was announced yesterday. With the Rift currently relying on a console game controller for interaction, this purchase hints at future possibilities for the consumer version of the headset.</p> <p>Oculus also just acquired 13th Lab, a company that recreates real-world architecture in 3D for VR exploration, and hired Hollywood motion capture guru Chris Bregler to head a vision research team. With so much varied talent under one roof these days, that has to be an incredibly fascinating place to work. Now about that retail Rift&hellip;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oculus.com/blog/nimble-vr-13th-lab-and-chris-bregler-join-oculus/">Oculus VR</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/11/oculus-nimble-vr/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news">New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype headset revealed with built-in audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype" alt="Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-crescent-front.jpg?1418433213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters named </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re desperate to soak in every possible bit of information on&nbsp;<em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>, look no further: Disney has provided Entertainment Weekly with the names of some of the new characters seen in the teaser trailer, and did so by creating replica trading cards like the one released with the original&nbsp;<em>Star Wars</em>.</p> <p>For example, the cloaked baddie with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-bionic-bra-real-wonder-you-can-3d-print-new-star-wars-lightsaber-and-apple-s-top">crossguard lightsaber</a>&nbsp;is Kylo Ren, the X-Wing pilot is Poe Dameron, and the unmasked man in the Stormtrooper outfit is known simply as Finn. Oh, and the rolling droid is BB-8. For more, along with a small bit of analysis, hit up EW&rsquo;s reveal.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/12/11/star-wars-the-force-awakens-character-names/">Entertainment Weekly</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer goes live</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="861" title="Kylo Ren" alt="Kylo Ren" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/starwars-kyloren-card.jpg?1418433213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upp adds Doddle shops for exchanges </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you rely on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.beupp.com/product">Upp</a>, the portable hydrogen fuel cell, to keep your smartphone or other portable device powered on the go, then you&rsquo;ll be pleased to hear that additional exchange locations have been added via partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.doddle.it">Doddle</a>. The new parcel collection/sending service currently has 24 locations around the UK, with more to come, and all will have the ability to exchange Upp cartridge refills.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-care-about-fuel-cell-chargers/feature">Meet the Upp: here&rsquo;s why you should be pumped about fuel cell chargers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Upp" alt="Upp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/upp-charger.jpg?1418433213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-check-out-apple-s-watch-1995-oculus-vr-acquires-gesture-control-company-and-new-#comments Apple Film and TV Fuel Cell Oculus Virtual Reality Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:30:16 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455187 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the Upp: here's why you should be pumped about fuel cell chargers http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-care-about-fuel-cell-chargers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact fuel cell-based phone charger Upp looks set to bring this long-awaited tech to the masses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Upp fuel cell charger" alt="Upp fuel cell charger" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/upp-walking-lifestyle.jpg?1418433174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fuel cells? I’ve heard about these before </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You certainly have. We’ve covered hydrogen fuel cell engines on these pages a few times as a way to power various devices, from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/disposable-hydrogen-fuel-cells-mobiles-coming-shop-near-you/news">phones</a> to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-fuel-cell-laptops-incoming/news">MacBooks</a> to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/affordable-fuel-cell-cars-coming-2017/news">cars</a>. They’ve long been regarded as a major future alternative to batteries because they’re long-lasting, portable and clean, using hydrogen as their energy source and outputting nothing but energy and water vapour. But despite all the talk we’ve seen little sign of them in the gadget world… until now.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What’s changed? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Today Intelligent Energy unveiled <a href="http://beupp.com/">Upp</a>, a personal fuel cell engine (yep, it is a real engine) that’s affordable, compact and compatible with pretty much any mobile gadget you own. It’ll top up the battery of anything that charges via USB, like smartphones, tablets, e-readers, handheld consoles and some digital cameras.</p> <p>It's a scaled-down version of the engines Intelligent Energy put inside London Taxis for the 2012 Olympics, and has 25 years of pedigree behind it.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Upp" alt="Upp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/upp-main-image.jpg?1418433174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How does Upp work? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Upp is a simple two-part system: you magnetically attach a fuel cell cartridge onto the main charger body (it connects with a satisfying 'thunk'). At one end is a Micro USB port and a button to turn on the power. You plug in your gadget and hit the button to start charging, then turn it off when you’re done (it’ll also automatically turn off when the item is fully charged, in order to save power). That’s pretty much it.</p> <p>There’s also a companion app (for Android and iOS) that predicts how much usage you have left on your current cell and optimises charging to keep your internal battery as happy as possible.</p> <p>The charger weighs 385g and a cartridge weighs 235g, and together they measure 120 x 40 x 48mm. Not small, but hey - the future of tech rarely is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Upp charger and cartridge" alt="Upp charger and cartridge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/upp-disconnect.jpg?1418433174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How is it better than carrying around an extra battery? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, assuming the device you’re charging supports battery swapping in the first place, Upp provides far more power than an extra battery. Its makers claim a full capacity Upp charger will fully charge your smartphone at least five times. And there’s nothing to stop you carrying around several cartridges at a time.</p> <p>But why not just get a high-capacity Li-ion battery? That would make sense in the US or Europe, but in places with unreliable national grids,&nbsp;such as sub-Saharan Afica where Upp is first being launched, Intelligent Energy is setting up its own distribution network. Rather than plugging in, it's more akin to filling up at a petrol station.</p> <p>This could be a boon for African business, where vast amounts of commerce is done via mobile phone SMS. For some, having charge already equals having a livelihood.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Upp bike" alt="Upp bike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/upp-bike-lifestyle.jpg?1418433174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are cartridges reusable? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, each cartridge can be reused ‘multiple times’, but you won't be able to refill it yourself.&nbsp;When you're almost out of gas the app will automatically have a new cartridge sent to you via courier or, as it's location-aware, let you know the closest place you can get a refill.&nbsp;</p> <p>In future it might even be possible to exchange spent cartridges for filled ones at vending machines (probably not for free, mind you).</p> <p>The efficacy of all this depends on the quality of the distribution network, of course. But as it builds, the Upp could become an adventure travel essential.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Upp fuel cartridges" alt="Upp fuel cartridges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/upp-fuel-cart.jpg?1418433174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So how much does Upp cost? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The device will set you back around US$200 (£130), but Intelligent Energy is also working with African mobile networks on plans that, in exchange for a monthly fee, will get you a charger and a number of refills.</p> <p>It's not just a handy gadget, though. Intelligent Energy tells us that Upp is a platform: that the fuel cell technology inside it can be licensed by other companies to use as they please, scaled up and down, stretched and flattened for all kinds of applications. Indeed, the cartridges could already be dramatically reduced in size without compromising their capacity.</p> <p>Sounds like one to watch to us.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Upp at an airport" alt="Upp at an airport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/upp-airport.jpg?1418433174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Fuel Cell Smartphones Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:11:37 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1428984 at http://www.stuff.tv