Vauxhall / Opel is developing a system whereby you can control the headlights of your car just by your gaze. The system will be able to aim the vehicle’s headlights where the driver is looking. Researchers and engineers at Vauxhall/Opel are working on the eye-tracking technology which will, not only control the direction of the lights, but also the intensity of the beam. The new technology has been a joint collaboration between Vauxhall/Opel’s International Technical Development Center and the Technical University of Darmstadt.
The recent announcement said the system will be introduced after the current system goes into production. The latest working models are the AFL+ bi-xenon system, which features up to 10 lighting functions that are available in numerous Vauxhall and Opel models, and the company’s LED matrix light. The car manufacturers are hoping to roll out the new system in the long-term. The Director of Lighting Technology at Opel, Ingolf Schneider, said the team behind the technology have been working on the new system for approximately two years now.
The car’s camera is equipped with peripheral infra-red sensors and central photo-diodes. This type of tech enables the car to scan the driver’s eyes at a rate of more than 50 times per second in poorly lit conditions, such as at dusk and night-time. The unit is also equipped with a fast data processor and headlamp actuators that react instantly in order to make vertical and horizontal adjustments in the headlamp.
This was enough to overcome the problem of tracking a driver’s eyes that
unconsciously jump from one focal point to something else. Because of
this the headlamps would follow the movement precisely and the car’s
light cone would jerk around in an erratic fashion.
The company had a few problems to overcome before the system was ready. They came close a few times, but there was an issue with the tech achieving eye-control of the headlamps; the calculation of data took too long and the webcam’s recording rate was too slow to meet requirements of road-traffic conditions. There was eventually a breakthrough, when they were able to optimize the camera’s operating parameters and change the eye-tracking algorithm.
The team worked on the “delay algorithm” to make sure there was a flowing movement for the light cone. With this change, the lighting would always be provided in the direction of travel and the low beam of the headlamps are programmed to ensure there is sufficient illumination.
What is really interesting about this technology is that it requires no recalibration when there are different drivers of the vehicle; the eye-tracker works with any driver.
The new Guiding Light system will be put into place in the next 18 months.
Microsoft Corp is making its biggest push into the heavily pirated Chinese consumer computing market this summer by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all Windows users, regardless of whether they are running genuine copies of the software.
The move is an unprecedented attempt by Microsoft to get legitimate versions of its software onto machines of the hundreds of millions of Windows users in China. Recent studies show that three-quarters of all PC software is not properly licensed there.
Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft’s operating systems unit, announced the plan at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China.
“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” he said in a telephone interview with Reuters. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he said, without elaboration.
Myerson said Windows 10 would be released globally sometime “this summer”. That is the first time Microsoft has put a time frame on the release, although it has been expected in autumn, based on Microsoft’s release history.
Microsoft said in January it would offer free upgrades to Windows 10 for users of Windows 7 or later in an attempt to hold onto users and make up for lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet.
Myerson said, Microsoft is working with Lenovo Group Ltd, the world’s biggest PC maker, to help roll out Windows 10 in China to current Windows users.
It also is offering Windows 10 through security company Qihoo 360 Technology Co and Tencent Holdings Ltd , China’s biggest social networking company, which will build a Windows 10 app that will work on smartphones and PCs for its popular QQ gaming and messaging service. QQ has more than 800 million users.
Lenovo said in a statement that it will make phones running Windows software, available through China Mobile, sometime later this year.
Microsoft also said it is working with Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd – which generally uses a form of Google Inc’s Android on its devices – to offer some customers a test version of Windows 10 on their smartphones.”
At WinHEC, Microsoft revealed the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Mobile, that is Windows 10 for phones. This is more or less same as the previous Windows Phone 8 hardware specs. Minimum RAM remains 512MB, storage remains 4GB and power, volume up/down buttons are required.
Another interesting thing is the display size which can now go up to 7.99 inches. Also, Microsoft now requires minimum RAM for devices based on display resolution. For full HD display devices, 2GB RAM is required and for QHD displays, 3GB RAM is required.
Apple is delaying the launch of the iPad Pro, following issues with the display panel supplier in procuring enough 12.9-inch panels in time for an early launch.
Internal conflict is also delaying the launch, with some executives looking into adding additional USB 3.0 ports, alongside ports for a mouse and keyboard.
This would go against the previous aesthetic for the iPad, involving one port for charging and another for headphones. Adding a USB 3.0 port and a few others would make the iPad Pro a rather chunky device.
It might be what is needed however to compete with the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s own hybrid tablet/computer. Microsoft recently announced triple the sales of hardware in 2014, with over one million Surface Pro sales.
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The new release date will be in October, alongside the launch of the iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 4. The iPad Pro will be targeted at business customers, instead of the Air and Mini, both consumer products primarily.
There are worries the iPad Pro will cannibalize the MacBook market, currently on a large increase with 5.5 million sales in 2014. This will be even more relevant if the iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch screen, basically the same as the top-end 13-inch MacBook Air.
Price for the iPad Pro will most likely be $150 more than the iPad Air, right in the high-end market.