Samsung Gear VR Gets Refreshed at MWC 2017; Comes With Touch Controller

Samsung Gear VR Gets Refreshed at MWC 2017; Comes With Touch Controller


  • The new Gear VR comes with a strap to hold controller
  • The controller helps users in navigating through VR apps and games
  • The controller provides users with more interaction options within the ap

Samsung has launched the latest version of its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset at MWC 2017 and for the first time around, the South Korean company has introduced a VR controller that goes along with the headset. The new controller is aimed at providing users with convenience while interacting with the user interface in VR apps and games with the help of the headset.

The South Korean conglomerate says that the curved design of the newly introduced Gear VR controller offers users with convenient one-hand control and provides better motion interaction with minimised head movement. The touchpad on the motion controller provides quicker selection and interaction within VR apps. With the controller, users get the ability to “point, drag and drop, tilt, shoot, among other actions, while the Trigger allows for enhanced gaming experiences,” the company said. The Home, Volume and Back keys located on the controller help users to navigate easily within the interface.

“At Samsung, we are focused on setting and exceeding the standard for VR experiences, making them even more accessible and delivering the highest in quality,” Younghee Lee, executive vice president of mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics, was quoted as saying in company’s blog post. “The Gear VR with Controller expands our VR ecosystem to help consumers get more engaged and immersed in VR content – whether it’s games or videos,” Lee said.

The Gear VR with controller offers 42mm lenses with 101-degree FOV (Field of View) and “advanced distortion correction technology” to minimize users’ motion sickness. The Samsung Gear VR with Controller will support both Micro-USB and USB Type-C port with a converter in-box. Further, the new Gear VR comes with a strap on the headset that allows it to hold the controller when it is not being used.

The new Gear VR with controller is compatible with Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. You can find the full specifications of the new Gear VR over here.

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Apple Unveils iOS 10 Update with New 3D Touch Pop Ups, More

Apple Unveils iOS 10 Update with New 3D Touch Pop Ups, More

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced some updates to its mobile operating systems across the board during Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2016 recently. Those updates included some new features and a more open policy for app developers, which will hopefully bring more innovative solutions in the future. Since the mobile division is the bread and butter of the company, the spotlight was definitely brighter on iOS 10.

Apple says the iOS 10 update is the biggest release to date, with more than 70 new features designed to make your mobile experience better than ever.

Before you visit the App Store to download the latest version, you should know it won’t be available until later this fall, and only for the following devices: iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.

Meanwhile here are some of the more important features Apple wanted the world to know from iOS 10?

A Peek at the iOS 10 Update

3D Touch

When 3D Touch was introduced on the 6S it was well received, but there were some complaints, especially on how quickly it responded. The app has been tweaked to be more responsive, and all you have to do is deep press an icon for an app a little longer and it brings up key info without having to enter the app.

For the home screen this is a great feature, as you have all the apps you use most front and center. If you want to take a quick look at a notification, you deep press it and you can see the messages right away.

Companies that want to create apps for this feature, such as Uber, food delivery, service related companies or others can provide information on their location and how long it will take them to a customer’s location.

Smarter Lock Screen, Raise to Wake

The lock screen experience is much smarter now because you can view it by just picking up the phone, hence the name Raise to Wake. This feature is also integrated with 3D Touch, which lets you see inside of Notifications, Today view and Control Center with a deep press. 


The biggest news for Siri is that Apple will be releasing the Siri API to the developer community, which might be the only truly big surprise of the whole event. With the SiriKIt, developers will have access to many of the voice controlled capabilities so they can design apps for messaging, phone calls, photo search, ride booking, personal payments and workouts, as well as controls for some home appliances and automotive functions.


The new feature in the Photos app is called Memories, which scans all your photos and videos and finds favorite people, trips and events to present them in a collection. It goes through your pictures and turns them into highlight-style reels with on-device facial, object and scene recognition technology.

There are also new facial and location detection capabilities along with a more powerful search.


Maps is also being made available to developers so they can create new applications. The Maps API will bring in OpenTable, Uber, Lyft and other services so users can book tables at restaurants and get a ride back home when they are finished — all within the Maps app.

The app also proactively delivers directions based on your routine or appointments on your calendar. And once a route has been planned, it can search for gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops and more.


This is a native app which expands on the Homekit framework for the connected devices in your home. With more appliances and home infrastructure slowly but surely becoming part of the Internet of Things (IoT), this is an application with many long term prospects.

Apple Unveils iOS 10 Update - Home

Support for HomeKit is growing, and it will include thermostats, lights, window shades, door locks, video cameras and more. Apple also announced how HomeKit devices will be integrated by leading home builders, including Brookfield Residential, KB Home, Lennar Homes and R&F Properties.

Apple Music and News

Apple Music has a new design for easy access to your music library as well as discovering new music. The news app has a new For You feature that is organized into categories to make it easier to find stories, breaking news notifications, and paid subscriptions to news services.

Other updates include an overhaul to iOS 10’s Messages app including iMessages. If you regularly use an iOS powered device to keep you connected while on the go in your business, you can see a new overview of 3D Touch and other features here.

Images: Apple


This Podium Works like a Touch Screen Computer

touch screen podiumImagine showcasing your product demo on a drafting table that works like your iPad. Imagine hooking a projector to this table for large screen presentations on the nearest wall.

Now imagine all you need is your laptop to bring these features, and many more, to life.

Creators of the IKKUT touch screen podium have been working to make all of this a reality. Simply install the driver for your computer’s operating system, connect the single USB port and you’re ready to go, the company’s Kickstarter page promoting a campaign raising money for the device insists.

The campaign, started by Azkenmedia, a Spanish based company trying to make this presentation tool a reality, is currently nearing its end.

Here’s a video that showcases the IKKUT:

The IKKUT touch screen podium features a steel structure casing for the touchscreen which is position adjustable from 0 to 90 degrees, made of 6mm tempered security glass, and features true multi-touch with response times of only 7 to 13 milliseconds.

The infrared capacitive touch screen itself measures 40 inches and could be made available in a two or six point multi-touch display. The steel structure supporting the display measures 56.7 in. x 23.6 in. and would come coated in a matte black powder paint.

So why such a massive touch screen? On the main website for the prototype, project director Fernando Elola explains:

“Human touch is a must, an internal response to interact with other human beings.”

In a world where people are surrounded by touch screens on phones, tablets, computers and even watches, why not include a large screen which can allow you to showcase something in a new and intuitive way?

For example, a developer could create a phone app, then showcase it on a screen large enough for an entire room to see.

Though there are obvious possibilities for business applications, the IKKUT touch screen podium could be used for education in schools, museums or exhibitions, TV studios, or even at home for personal entertainment like movie projection or party games.

IKKUT is able to project using nearly any rear projection system, and comes with a special tray to attach your laptop and the projector unit.

The team that created IKKUT touch screen podium was planning on a fifty unit production run. Unfortunately, with only 10 backers and only $3,203 of their $105,000 goal raised so far, the device may not see the light of day just yet.

So the IKKUT ends up not only being an interesting prototype because of its business applications, but also an example of what can go wrong in a Kickstarter campaign.

The Kickstarter page for the project includes a note from Elola, informing potential and existing backers that the campaign is reaching its end without sufficient money to make the device a reality.

Elola says problems included:

  • Lack of precampaign promotion.
  • High cost of the project, though Elola insists that cost is justified.
  • A video that is too slow in the beginning and doesn’t explain enough about what the device can do.
  • No defined target audience for the product.

The campaign ends July 30, 2014 and seems unlikely to reach its goal. But Elola insists it has been a positive learning experience in any case.


Got an iPhone 6 Plus with ‘Touch Disease’? Apple Launches Program to Help Fix That

If you need the iPhone 6 Plus touch disease fix, Apple has launched a program to help owners of the devices find help for this frustrating defect.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) recently acknowledged that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may actually exhibit ‘Touch Disease’ symptoms, and has rolled out a program to help fix the “disease.”

The term ‘Touch Disease’ was coined on the internet to refer to the display flickering or Multi-Touch issues that surface after the iPhone 6 Plus undergoes stress, such as being bent several times or dropped on a hard surface.

Many iPhone 6 Plus users have in fact complained that the touchscreen will stop working entirely for several months. The issue reportedly stems from faulty chips inside the devices, according to repair site iFixit. When the iPhone 6 Plus is dropped or bent, the chips become loose.

Now, the California-based tech company has said it will repair affected iPhone 6 Plus devices for a service fee of $149 — as long as your screen isn’t cracked or broken, and the phone is in working order.

Although some iPhone 6 users have also reported the issue, Apple’s new ‘Touch Disease’ repair service, (officially named Multi-Touch Repair Program) only applies to the larger-sized iPhone 6 Plus for now.

Apple’s Multi-Touch Repair Program

According to the Support team on Apple’s official website, you must choose one of the following options prior to any service to verify that your iPhone 6 Plus is eligible for this program, and is in working order:

  • Apple Authorized Service Provider – Find one here.
  • Apple Retail Store – Make an appointment here.
  • Apple Technical Support – Contact us.

Once your device is cleared for repair, you are advised to back up your data to iTunes or iCloud before taking it to an Apple Authorized Service Provider for the repair service.

Apple added on its website that it will also reach out to iPhone 6 Plus users who may have already paid for a service repair related to this ‘Touch Disease’ issue, either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement.

“The reimbursement amount will equal the difference between the price you paid for the original service to your iPhone 6 Plus and the $149 service price,” Apple wrote.

Apple’s Multi-Touch Repair Program covers affected iPhone 6 Plus devices worldwide for 5 years after the first retail sale of the unit, added the tech company.

Image: Apple