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How to Add Thermal Imaging to Smartphones

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Customers wanting to add thermal imaging capabilities to their smartphones now have a means to do so with the CompactPRO, the first in a line of miniature add-on IR cameras.

CompactproAccording to maker Seek Thermal the CompactPRO is the first thermal imaging camera built for smartphone use to feature 76800 measurement pixels and a 320x240 thermal sensor array. The device weighs just 14g and it simply plugs in the smartphone in question.

A companion app providing a choice of thermal levels, different colour palettes, a choice of 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios and 7 user modes.

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The Zungle Audio-Playing Sunglasses

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"Zungle" might be a clumsily named company, but it does offer an interesting device-- the Panther, a pair of sunglasses with built-in wireless bone-conduction headphones.

Zungle PantherAs a pair of wireless headphones, the Zungle has all features expected from users, such as Bluetooth audio playback, hands-free calling via built-in mic and a jog dial for audio controls. Audio comes through bone-conduction, meaning the wearers' ears are free to listen to their surroundings.

Battery life clocks at around 4 hours of music playback, with full charging taking an hour via hidden micro USB port. The sunglasses also promise to be lightweight around 45g, while the lenses are the same sie as Oakley Frogskins for easy shade replacement.

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Huawei Honor 5C Reaches Europe

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Huawei announces the European debut of the Honor 5C, a followup to the budget-priced Honor 5X handset first seen back at CES 2016.

Honor 5CWhile being on the lower end of the smartphone spectrum, the Honor 5C features decent enough specs. It is a 5.2-inch device with a 1920x1080 resolution IPS display, a Hisilicon Kirin 650 octa-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a 3000mAh battery.

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Ricoh Buys Eyefi Cloud Service

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Ricoh acquires Eyefi Cloud, the cloud-based image hosting service owned by Eyefi, maker of the Mobi and Mobi Pro wifi-enabled SD memory cards.

Ricoh Eyefi CloudFinancial details of the deal are not available. Following the sale Eyefi retains control of the Mobi SD card business.

“This unique blending of technology and expertise creates new opportunities to enhance value for our customers,” a Ricoh email to Eyefi Cloud users reads. “The Eyefi Cloud team will immediately join Ricoh and is excited about bringing even more innovation to our customers around the world.”

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Razer Pushes OSVR at E3 2016

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Razer is the next VR headset contender as it shows off an update of the Open Source VR (OSVR) project at E3 2016-- one promising specs comparable to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive together with a lower price tag.

OSVR HDKCo-developed with VR display maker Sensics, the OSVR Hacker Development Kit (HDK) update seen at the show features an overall resolution of 2160x1200 via low-persistence OLED displays with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 110-degree field of view. This is an improvement over earlier prototypes offering a 1920x1080 resolution, and matches the specs of most of the VR competition.

Also included in the headset are custom (not Fresnel) lenses one can adjust to allow for glasses-free use and position tracking via Rift-style IR camera. As the name might suggest the open source nature of the headset allows for some hacking and replacement of parts through modular construction.

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