Snap this morning confirmed that it has acquired NextMind for an undisclosed sum. The Paris-based startup is best known for its self-titled controller, which utilizes brain signals to move images on a PC interface. After announcing a $399 dev kit at CES, the company began shipping in Q2 2020. We took it for a spin at the end of that year and called the hardware a “rare ‘wow’ factor.”
“NextMind has joined Snap to help drive long-term augmented reality research efforts within Snap Lab,” the company wrote in a blog post. “Spectacles are an evolving, iterative research and development project, and the latest generation is designed to support developers as they explore the technical bounds of augmented reality.”
The news finds the firm integrating into Snap Lab, the social media company’s hardware research wing. It also marks the end of NextMind’s dev kit as a standalone. Pieces of the technology will almost certainly make their way into future Snap products, including AR plays like Camera and Spectacles.
Founded in 2017 by a team of neuroscientists and hardware engineers, the company’s technology utilizes a wearable headband with a built-in electroencephalogram to detect and read neural activity in the cortex. As the wearer views an image on a display, the headset can determine they want to move it. Mind-controlled interfaces like this make a lot of sense for augmented realty. Head-mounted displays, in particular, have long suffered from a controller problem, which such technologies could go a ways toward solving.
“This technology monitors neural activity to understand your intent when interacting with a computing interface, allowing you to push a virtual button simply by focusing on it,” Snap adds. “This technology does not ‘read’ thoughts or send any signals towards the brain.”
NextMind’s raised a $4.6 million seed round in mid-2018. The team will continue to work out of Paris, with 20 of its employees (largely technical) joining Snap Labs, and focusing on longer-term research and development. Last May, Snap purchased WaveOptics, which makes components used in AR headsets. That same month, the company previewed its fourth-generation Spectacles, which it called the “first pair of glasses that bring augmented reality to life.”
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Oppo Reno8 T 4G Sunset Orange model poses for the camera, revealing key specs – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
Oppo will launch the Reno8 T 4G in the Philippines on February 8, and we already know what it looks like since Oppo has listed it on its online store. The company hasn’t divulged the Reno8 T 4G’s specs, but rumors claimed it will be powered by the Helio G99 SoC. We can confirm that Reno8 T 4G will have the Helio G99 chip at the helm, thanks to live images of the smartphone we received from an anonymous tipster.
We received three pictures, one of which shows us the “About device” screen of the Reno8 T 4G (CPH2481), displaying the smartphone’s specs: Helio G99 SoC, 6.43″ screen, and Android 13-based ColorOS 13. The smartphone has 8GB RAM (+8GB virtual RAM) and 256GB storage, but there could be more memory options that are yet to be officially confirmed.
The Oppo Reno8 T 4G will come with four cameras – a 32MP selfie camera inside the display’s punch hole and a 100MP primary camera on the rear joined by two 2MP units.
Another image shows us the screen refresh rate settings, which confirm the Reno8 T 4G will pack a 90Hz screen, and you’ll have the option to choose between 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rates. However, there is no Auto option on the Reno8 T 4G, which can automatically switch refresh rates depending on the apps and content displayed on the screen. This picture also shows the NFC icon in the status bar, meaning the Reno8 T 4G will have an NFC chip onboard.
The third photo shows us the Reno8 T 4G’s rear. We are looking at the Sunset Orange version with a leather design, but it’s unclear if this is the Fibreglass-Leather design we’ve previously seen on F21 Pro 4G or something different.
We know the Oppo Reno8 T 4G will also come in Midnight Black color with the Oppo Glow design, and it remains to be seen if there will be more color options or just these two.
There’s also a 5G variant of the Oppo Reno8 T, which packs a curved screen with a centered punch hole. It’s rumored to come with the Snapdragon 695 chip, and we are expecting it to be launched in the first or second week of February.
Oppo Reno8 T 5G
Thanks for the tip, anonymous tipster!
OnePlus 11R confirmed to have Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 at the helm – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
OnePlus is having a big event on February 7, where it will launch the OnePlus 11 and Buds Pro 2 for the global markets in addition to unveiling new products. One of them is the OnePlus 11R which is officially confirmed to have the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC at the helm.
— OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) January 27, 2023
OnePlus hasn’t divulged any other specs of the OnePlus 11R yet, but rumors claim the smartphone will come with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, a 6.7″ 120Hz AMOLED screen, and 5,000 mAh battery with 100W wired charging.
The OnePlus 11R will have a 50MP primary camera on the rear and sport a 16MP camera on the front for selfies and video calls.
You can expect OnePlus to reveal a few more details about the OnePlus 11R in the days leading to the February 7 event.
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