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ARA prototype functional in video, will be accompanied by Spiral 2 prototype in January 2015

ARA prototype is closer to fruition than ever as a new video shows working bits and pieces put together to form a possibly futuristic smartphone. The modular and piece-upgradeable phone is back with exciting news after the bomb which was the possibility of hot-swapping modules with the device still on (thanks to modified Android Lollipop version).

Phonebloks recently showed its progress with the Ara phone and it looks like an updated version of the prototype seen at Google I/O earlier this year.

It appears that Ara is not the only modular project in development, as a second prototype codenamed Spiral 2 is being worked on at the moment. It appears that chips from Toshiba could downgrade the space required on modularity to below 50%.

It appears that Phonebloks is working on producing a viable device for 2015 and the components of the entry-level device will cost between $50 and $100 dollars.

 

 

At the Ara module Developers Conference in January more details regarding Spiral 2 will be disclosed as well, along with the possibly new Ara version. The first event will take place on January 14th in Mountain View and it will be followed by similar happenings in London, New York and Buenos Aires and a second event will be held on January 21st in Singapore, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai.

You can apply to participate at one of the events and you have until November 26th to sign up. In case you’re picked you will find out by December 2nd when you will have to pay a $25-$200 fee as well.

Source: Androidpolice

 

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Google working on Project Wing for two years – a new drone to carry your orders to the door

Google has been working on Project Wing for two years now, but we recently found out about it. Why? Because the project itself initially was an initiative in delivering defibrillators to people who experience heart attacks. Now, Google changed its mind and it will eventually deliver you anything from dog food to cosmetics or cars!

30 tests have been conducted recently in Australia, where commercial drone operation laws are much more relaxed than US ones. The design of the drone is in fact a hybrid helicopter delta wing that is called a tail-sitter. It takes off vertically from the ground before maneuvering itself horizontally in order to attain its maximum velocity.

The drone doesn’t land, but uses different orifices in order to relieve itself from the cargo and receive the payment. The drone never reaches the ground again though, as it is made to hover vertically until the delivery (and payment) was made after which it returns to base.

Considering it is a prototype, Project Wing’s drone can only carry very small objects. It seems that the drone is still many years away from completion and consumer viability and its craft design is not yet completed. Project Wing remains a prototype in its conceptual phase as of yet, but we are eager to find out more about it in the near future. 

Source: AndroidPolice

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Skully Android-Powered Motorcycle Helmet quadruples its Indiegogo goal in 3 days!

How about an Android-Powered Motorcycle Helmet, folks? Android seems to get thrown pretty much anywhere these days, from TVs to refrigerators, ovens or security cameras, and now it has reached helmets too! The Skully AR-1 motorcycle helmet is one of the better options you can choose to support and it seems that more and more people have chosen to fund this ingenious project.

To put it simply, it’s a smart helmet that is supposed to keep riders safe and simplify lives as well. What it does is present a transparent heads-up display in its face shield which can show GPS and notifications pretty fast. Using the GPS on a motorcycle is neither simple nor easy, especially when the biker is wearing a helmet, but now things may change.

The Indiegogo project managed to reach its $250.000 goal in just an hour and it even doubled it in less than a day! In just 3 days Skully managed to draw in over $1.000.000 in funds which will be used to create and develop the prototype. In order to get such a helmet for yourself beforehand you will have to take $1400 out of your pocket.

Skully Helmet planApart from its intelligent screen, the helmet has a rear-facing camera as well, which helps secure every adventurous biker out there. Considering the fact that the Skully helmet runs Android, updates will be an easy task (hopefully) to accomplish. New functionality and even apps may be lurking in a distant future from now.

Here are the full specs:

  • Lightweight, aerodynamic polycarbonate shell
  • Ultra wide angle rearview camera
  • DOT/ECE safety certification
  • SKULLY anti-fog, anti-scratch, anti-glare E-Tint(R) visor
  • SKULLY Synapse(TM) Vision Enhancement – shows true-to-life imaging of rearview panorama
  • Audio/Visual GPS Navigation
  • SKULLY Synapse(TM) Smart Heads up Display System with infinite focus
  • SKULLY quick release chin strap and visor
  • 3D laser-cut foam for a perfect fit
  • Outlast(R) lining – reduces perspiration by 70%
  • Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone
  • Internet connectivity via smartphone
  • Over-the-air updates – download new features as they are released
  • Open SDK – develop your own apps for SKULLY Synapse(TM)

In order to find more about the Skully Motorcycle Helmet, click HERE!

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Project Tango Tablet greenlit – crazy 3D-seeing tablet to come from LG

Project Tango Tablet is a new development plan from Google’s ATAP team that is supposed to revolutionize the way we use our tablet. This plan involves usual tablets and smartphones equipped with awesome cameras that allow users to see the world in 3D.

 

The team announced at I/O 2014 that they are teaming up with LG for building a customer tablet with the aforementioned camera. Some demos show how much potential the project really has and the first look gives pretty good feedback. The project would allow cameras to map houses, play virtual-reality games and other things.

At the moment, Tango Tablet is just a project with no details regarding specs, timing and price, but the upcoming LG tablet will shed some light on the real possibilities of the future.

Source: The Verge

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The Android Arsenal – a new directory for Android developers

Developers, now you have yet another help in a new website-type library. The Android Arsenal is a new categorized directory of Android-related projects that can help developers find what they are looking for much faster. The directory comprises Buttons, Changelogs, Caching, Color Pickers, Action Bars, Analytics and Advertisements among others, and it already has over 250 links to different projects.

The Android Arsenal, source AndroidArsenal
The Android Arsenal, source AndroidArsenal

Most libraries are open source projects that are hosted on Github or Google Project Hosting and you will find some paid and closed source projects as well. If developers find missing projects from the links they can submit original projects from Github themselves.