Bridge Brief: The Latest Tech News

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: May 1, 2018

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Here at Bridge we like staying up-to-date on the latest tech news. Seriously, it seems that every day there’s another article about a startup or device looking to change our lives. So, from full-body VR suits to smartwatches that project data, here are some of our favorite articles from the past few weeks.

Walmart filed a number of patents seeking to change the way we shop. One of which introduces a “smart” shopping cart that can communicate with your mobile device. Another involves the use of drones to assist customers shopping in-store. Still others suggest the use of sensors to assist with inventory. Could this shift toward smart technology be their way of competing with Amazon?

In this new age of environmentally-friendly vehicles, it’s no surprise that car brands are finding ways to produce more of them. For example, Ford and Indian automaker Mahindra Group have joined forces to develop a new electric vehicle. As a matter of fact, this alliance helps both companies; Ford gets a helping hand with penetrating China’s market and Mahindra stretches its wings into the electric vehicle space.

The craze over smartwatches is calming, but one company wants to re-excite the masses. At the Mobile World Congress 2018, Haier unveiled its Asu Smartwatch. The standout feature? A tiny projector on its side which displays onto your skin. It can show a number you’re typing, how many steps you’ve taken, the time, and even a stopwatch. However, the biggest criticism questions its practicality. What are your thoughts?

SanDisk’s newest microSD card boasts speeds 50% faster than previous ones. In fact, the 400GB microSD card reaches read speeds up to 160MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s. Thanks to Mashable, here’s an idea of just how much this tiny card can store:

About…

  • 400,000 e-books (at an average size of 1MB per e-book)
  • 200,000 photos (12-megapixel iPhone 7 photos at an average size of 2MB)
  • 100,000 iTunes songs (at an average size of 4MB for an average 4-minute tune)
  • 88 Full HD movies from iTunes (at an average of 4.5GB per movie)
  • 16 Blu-Rays (at an average size of 25GB)

One company is taking virtual reality gaming to the next level. The Teslasuit aims to add a sense of touch to gaming. How? The suit uses an electro-tactile haptic feedback system to stimulate your nerves. Meaning, you’ll be able to sense in-game objects, such as walls, and feel the weight of items. Even more impressive, the Teslasuit is helping treat patients with long-term disabilities. Turns out, there’s more to virtual reality than just gaming.

Feeling fancy? Takieso Graft Design, a design studio in New York City, brings finesse to your desk with this wool mousepad. Better yet, the sleek leather at the top doubles as a wireless charger for your smartphone. It plugs directly into a laptop or desktop computer, and if you’re on the move, simply roll it up and you’re ready to go.

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