Among the more interesting tidbits to be found in Fitbit’s disappointing new financial filing is the fact that it apparently picked up Pebble’s assets for a relative song. While the company didn’t reveal the actual numbers when the acquisition was announced late last year, reports pegged it at upwards of $40 million.
‘It’s raining.’ ‘It’s cold.’ ‘The duvet is too heavy.’ ‘I’ve got to be at work early.’ ‘I must stay late at the office.’ ‘I’d rather have a drink…’
Any of these gym-avoiding excuses sound familiar? Well, thanks to a combination of smartphone convenience and the latest sports science, you can skip paying a fortune to workout somewhere and get the same results in your own home.
Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) - done three times a week – than hitting the treadmill for an hour.
Tech and water aren't always the best of friends, with liquid having an annoying tendency to fry electronics.
Perhaps that's why fitness trackers aimed primarily at swimmers seem far less common than those designed to track runners and cyclists, but it hasn't stopped Misfit, which has followed up its original Speedo Shine with the nattily-named Speedo Shine 2.
Project Arena, a prototype game now in development from CCP, was teased today by CCP Games at Fanfest 2016, the company’s annual gathering in Reykjavik, Iceland.
We first saw a rudimentary prototype of Project Arena at Fanfest 2015. It was found among a handful of other VR experiments from the company. At the time it was built for Kinect, which put a damper on the experience due to the device’s sluggish and inaccurate nature. This year, CCP appears to have taken the prototype into production, and is now targeting the much more agile Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers.
Over the weekend, Dubai hosted the first ever World Drone Prix, the winner of which was a 15-year-old pilot from England. He walked away with a cool $250.000, while Dubai itself took the opportunity to announce that it will host the World Future Sports Games.
Last month it was reported that the 4-inch iPhone 5se would be arriving in the same colour variants as the iPhone 6s - Silver, Space Gray, and Rose Gold. A new report now confirms the previous claims but with a small twist. Details about the upcoming MacBook, Apple Watch and iPad colour options have also been tipped.
Faraday Future, the once mysterious chinese-backed electric-car company, unveiled its first vehicle concept Monday evening at an event in Las Vegas.
And it came in the form of an all-electric supercar called the FFZERO1.
The futuristic model marks the beginning of Faraday Future's quest to "Change mobility the way Apple changed the cell phone," FF research and development senior vice president Nick Sampson said at the event.
With just 18 months of history under the company's belt, however, critics aren't just questioning whether Faraday Future can actually change mobility — they are questioning whether the company can even build a real car.
When asked by Business Insider how he would respond to critics who characterize FF's technology as vaporware, or a product that never makes it past the advertising stage, Sampson pointed to the FFZERO1 concept car and said, "We are certainly not vaporware."
"We have prototype mule vehicles on the road testing various technologies such as our electric motors and battery packs," Sampson, who once served as Tesla's head of vehicle and chassis engineering, told Business Insider.
Test mules are prototype vehicles that hit the road disguised as an entirely different car. It's a standard practice in the auto industry; car companies will fabricate mules so they can discreetly test various systems in real-world conditions.
In Faraday Future's case, Sampson told Business Insider that some of the mules are current, non-FF production cars with a few of FF's parts installed. Others, however, are essentially all original Faraday Future tech that is covered with the body shell of a competitor's car, he added. Sampson declined to reveal which cars FF uses for its mules.
According to Sampson, Faraday Future will work to get its more advanced and likely in-house-built "beta" prototypes up and running later this year.
Sampson claims the company will be able to release its first production car in two years if all goes well on the quality-control front.
Faraday FutureFaraday Future's FFZERO1 concept car.
The swoopy Le Mans racer lookalike shown to the press is neither a production model nor a prototype.
Rather, it is a pure concept car that is meant to be a flashy preview of the company's motor, battery, platform, and connected-car technology.
In fact, the supercar concept was just a side project the team worked on while developing its future production vehicles, Sampson told Business Insider.
Though it's unlikely that anything as flashy as the concept will ever make it into series production, Faraday Future head designer Richard Kim did indicate that certain elements of the car's styling — such as a pronounced character line that runs down its side — will influence coming production models from the company.
That's in addition to FF's Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), modular battery, and chassis technology, which will be found throughout the company's planned vehicle lineup.
A modular system means the size and performance of the motor, battery, and chassis are designed to be scaled up or down depending on the needs of the model. Faraday Future uses a series of interchangeable sections, which designers can insert to create a longer car with more batteries or remove to make a shorter, lighter car with a smaller battery pack.
Modular platforms are attractive because they allow a car company to have a single platform upon which it can build multiple cars. The downside to modular platforms, however, is that they can be tricky and expensive to develop for the multiple roles they must fill.
Right now, the modular-platform concept is most prominently deployed by Volkswagen Group and Volvo Cars. Volkswagen's MLB platform underpins models ranging from its mid-size Audi A4 sports sedan to its 17-foot-long Bentley Bentayga ultra-luxury SUV.
Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture platform will underpin every new model the company introduces in the near future. Volvo's new XC90 is the first to be built on it.
According to Sampson, what makes Faraday Future's design different is that with an all-electric powertrain, its VPA platform is truly modular.
"Other companies who have done modular platforms are not truly modular," Sampson said. "Everyone else who is doing it are still compromised because they have to allow for several different gasoline, diesel, and even hybrid powertrains."
As a result, other companies have to find a way to package electric motors, battery packs, and internal combustion engines all at once. Sampson says that because of that, other carmakers are unable to optimize the ideal performance for any one application.
Even if its chassis, batteries, and motors deliver as promised, Faraday Future will still face an uphill battle to succeed as an upstart automaker. Building cars is not an easy business to be in. This is something its fellow electric-car maker Tesla has learned the hard way in its decade in the business. Like Tesla, Faraday and its products will be judged by everything it does — from its ability to hit production targets to the performance of its cars and down to such minute details as the materials with which its seats are made.
Lately, everybody is talking about virtual reality as one of the most immersive experiences of the moment, but what if we told you that there’s something even better? We’re talking about FPV (first-person view) drone racing, a combination between a video game and an action sport.
You must have seen a lot of drones flying around you, since these devices are getting very popular, with people using them for aerial footage, but here we’re talking about something totally different. Imagine a first-person view game which allows you to race through the air and dodge obstacles?
Sounds great, huh? Well, that’s what done racing is about, except the fact that it’s not a game. Racers wear special headsets and they see everything from their quadcopter’s perspective, all the action happening in special race fields.