clear
Thursday April 26th, 2018 12:06AM

The Latest: HTC has new headset for exploring virtual worlds

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

HTC is upgrading its headsets for exploring virtual worlds.

HTC says the new Vive Pro has better resolution and audio and weighs less than its existing VR model. The Taiwanese company hasn't yet revealed cost or shipping dates.

The Vive competes with Facebook's Oculus among high-end systems. They require powerful personal computers to run and haven't been as widely used as cheaper headsets that use smartphones, including Samsung's Gear VR and Google's Daydream.

The high-end systems have also been constrained in requiring physical cords to PCs, something the smartphone-based headsets don't need. To address that, Vive is introducing a wireless adaptor this summer using Intel's WiGig technology.

HTC announced the changes at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

___

1:20 p.m.

Automotive supplier Bosch wants to help guide drivers to vacant parking spots in more than a dozen U.S. cities this year.

The German company says it's been testing its "community-based parking" initiative in Stuttgart and other German cities and will launch it later this year in as many as 20 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Miami and Boston.

The company says it will be working with automakers on the initiative but didn't say which ones. As cars drive by, they will automatically recognize and measure gaps between parked cars and transmit that data to a digital map.

The company has been pushing a number of smart-city projects, including internet-connected sensors to monitor pollution, allergens and flooding.

Bosch made the announcement Monday at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

___

12:35 p.m.

The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles.

Major automakers like Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Ford have a noticeable presence at this week's tech showcase in Las Vegas, though most save more practical announcements about new cars, trucks and SUVs for the upcoming Detroit auto show.

CES has been a chance for carmakers and suppliers of automotive parts and software to display their wilder and far-out ideas. A Chinese company, Byton, has unveiled an attention-grabbing concept electric SUV with futuristic features. Nvidia announced it's teaming up to help Uber develop self-driving taxis. Lyft is using its own self-driving fleet to transport conference attendees. Scooters and three-wheeled street cars will also be on display.

___

11:40 a.m.

Toyota says it's developing self-driving mini-buses that can serve as bite-sized stores.

These vehicles will drive themselves to places where potential buyers can try on clothes or shoes or pick through flea market items. They can also give employees fully functional office space on their commute.

The project, unveiled at the CES gadget show Monday, is still in the conceptual stage. A concept vehicle is still being developed and will be tested in the 2020s. A version is also expected to make an appearance at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The Japanese automaker is partnering with Amazon, Uber, Pizza Hut, Mazda and Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi on what it is calling the e-Palette Alliance.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda told CES conference attendees: "In the future, the store will come to you."

___

10:40 a.m.

Toy maker VTech has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle charges it violated a law protecting children's privacy.

The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that VTech collected personal information from children without getting parental consent and didn't do enough to protect the data it collected. The FTC says that the VTech settlement is the first privacy and security case related to toys connected to the internet.

Such toys have become popular, and companies are expected to unveil more toys and other internet-connected gadgets at the CES tech show in Las Vegas this week.

Concern about the toys' security has grown. That's in part due to VTech, whose database was hacked in 2015, exposing the names and ages of more than 6 million kids who used its toys. The FBI also warned last year that connected toys could be susceptible to hackers.

___

9:40 a.m.

Robot fails are almost a given at technology trade shows, and this year's CES is no exception.

As LG unveiled its lineup of smart appliances, executive David VanderWaal quickly lost rapport with his on-stage partner, the cute voice-activated assistant CLOi. After an initial greeting, CLOi stopped responding while continuing to blink its digital eyes.

On stage, VanderWaal remarked, "CLOi, are you talking to me yet? What recipes should I make with chicken?"

The robot failed to come back to life during the 45-minute talk. VanderWaal shrugged it off, saying, "even robots have bad days."

LG and other companies are giving previews ahead of Tuesday's opening of the annual CES show in Las Vegas.

___

12:30 a.m.

Flummoxed by the alphabet soup of features on new TVs?

TV manufacturers are showcasing new models at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week — all with acronyms to set their sets apart.

One feature called HDR10+ takes what's known as high-dynamic range and adjusts settings for each frame, instead of having levels set for the entire video at once. HDR10+ is also a way to get around royalty payments for a competing technology called Dolby Vision.

Meanwhile, quantum-dot technology promises more accurate colors. Samsung calls its version QLED (pronounced q-led), which shouldn't be confused with OLED (o-led), a display that offers darker blacks and better contrast. And don't be fooled by LEDs (l-e-d). They are just regular screens with a certain type of lighting.

___

12:15 a.m.

A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children with cancer. The social robot can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them, and help them cope with their illness through the power of play.

Aaron Horowitz was diagnosed with a debilitating condition as a child. He and his Rhode Island-based company Sproutel developed the emotional support robot to help children manage stress and change the way they deal with their health.

The American Cancer Society says almost 11,000 U.S. children are diagnosed with cancer yearly.

The duck is modeled after the mascot for insurance company Aflac, which paid for its development. Beginning later this year, the ducks will be distributed free to kid patients.

The duck's expected to be featured Monday at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Health, AP Health - Children's Health, AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, AP Business, AP Technology News
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Belichick 'absolutely' intends to return as Patriots coach
Belichick 'absolutely' intends to return as Patriots' coach despite reports of turmoil
6:11PM ( 3 minutes ago )
The Latest: HTC has new headset for exploring virtual worlds
HTC is upgrading its headsets for exploring virtual worlds with a model it says has better resolution and audio and weighs less than its existing VR model.
6:08PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Tavis Smiley announces deal for new show
Tavis Smiley, fired by PBS last month for inappropriate relationships, announces deal for new talk show
5:58PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Plan to guide drivers to vacant parking spots
Automotive supplier Bosch wants to help guide drivers to vacant parking spots in more than a dozen U.S. cities this year, including Los Angeles, Miami and Boston.
4:21PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Autos overshadow the small at CES tech show
The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles.
3:36PM ( 2 hours ago )
Apple investors urge action to curb child gadget addiction
Two major Apple investors are urging the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone addiction among children
3:21PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Health
AP Health - Children's Health
Why not President Oprah? Awards speech has Democrats buzzing
Oprah Winfrey's speech at Golden Globes has Democratic activists saying, "Why not?" in post-Trump world.
5:25PM ( 49 minutes ago )
Autos overshadow the small gadgets at CES tech show in Vegas
The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles.
5:19PM ( 54 minutes ago )
Beamer, Brown head College Football Hall of Fame class
Coaches Frank Beamer, Mack Brown highlight latest class of College Football Hall of Fame
5:18PM ( 56 minutes ago )
AP Entertainment
Kimmel sees Seth Meyers as 'litmus test' for Oscars host
Jimmy Kimmel, host of the upcoming Academy Awards, said he thought one of Golden Globes host Seth Meyers' monologue jokes was writing specifically for him _ about being like the first dog shot in space
2:34PM ( 3 hours ago )
National title game still feels like afterthought to season
The College Football Playoff is here to stay, but the national championship game is still trying to make its mark
2:06PM ( 4 hours ago )
Kimmel says hard to tell what the mood will be for Oscars
As the host of the upcoming Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel said he watched Seth Meyers at the Golden Globes and felt like one of the monologue jokes was written for him, when Meyers said it felt like being the first dog shot into outer space
1:45PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online TV News
Energy agency rejects Trump bid to boost coal, nuclear power
An independent energy agency has rejected a bid by the Trump administration to bolster coal-fired and nuclear power plants
5:16PM ( 58 minutes ago )
Guns sold by Washington authorities used in threats, suicide
An Associated Press review has found more than a dozen firearms sold by police in Washington state since 2010 ended up as evidence in new police investigations.
4:50PM ( 1 hour ago )
JFK airport tries to catch up after cascade of winter woes
Frazzled travelers have been snoozing on floors and dozens of suitcases are sitting unclaimed as a welter of winter weather problems extended flight delays at Kennedy Airport into a fourth day
4:50PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
What's on center stage at the CES tech show? Your voice
Artificial intelligence and internet connectivity in everyday products will take center stage this week as the annual CES gadget show kicks off in Las Vegas
8:07PM ( 22 hours ago )
Border inspections of electronic devices hits record high
The government inspected a record number of international travelers' electronic devices last year
4:09PM ( 3 days ago )
Reports: FCC head Ajit Pai skips CES tech show after threats
Reports say Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping big technology conference CES because of death threats
11:16AM ( 3 days ago )
AP Technology News
Tavis Smiley announces deal for new show
Tavis Smiley, fired by PBS last month for inappropriate relationships, announces deal for new talk show
5:58PM ( 15 minutes ago )
South Korean officials head to border for talks with North
Senior South Korean officials are heading to the Demilitarized Zone for rare talks with their North Korean counterparts
5:52PM ( 21 minutes ago )
AP source: Mueller conveys interest in questioning Trump
AP source: Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with President Donald Trump
5:51PM ( 23 minutes ago )
White Kansas lawmaker says blacks 'responded worst' to drugs
A white Kansas lawmaker arguing against the legalization of marijuana said it and other drugs were outlawed in part because blacks were "basically users" and "responded worst" to the drugs because of their "character makeup _ their genetics and that"
5:33PM ( 41 minutes ago )
4 ex-fraternity members get jail in pledge's hazing death
4 New York City men sentenced to jail in death of 19-year-old fraternity pledge during 2013 hazing ritual in Pennsylvania
5:30PM ( 43 minutes ago )