Microsoft Announces Launch Date of VR Headset

Buckle up, techy people. We’ve got news that will surely excite your inner geeky and hi-technology side. Are you ready? Here it is. Microsoft just announce the launch date of the first ever Virtual Reality “Mixed Reality” Headset. And the date is…. drum roll please…. October 17!

Of course, we are as excited as you are. What a great way to welcome the first week of September, yes? They said a couple of weeks ago that the release is going to happen on a “holiday,” it seems that we’re all going to have an early techy holiday for this season.

Earlier Announcement

Microsoft promises to bundle the VR headsets with motion controllers. It wasn’t too long when HoLo lens inventor Alex Kipman revealed that by the end of the year, these bundles will be available from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo.

Steam also announced that they will support the Mixed Reality headset. This simply means that VR games and apps will be much more interesting!

VR Headset Basic Specifications

The specs that we are going to provide here are the basic specification that the VR has. They may be sold per brand but each one almost has the same physical capabilities. Weighing at least 350 grams, Microsoft’s VR “Mixed Reality headset will have two unbelievably high resolution LCD at 1440 x 1440 with a display size of 2.89” diagonally. It will also have a front hinged display with a 95 degrees horizontal point of view. The display rate can also be refreshed up to 90 Hz. As for its basic connectivity, there will be a built in audio for a real-time feeling and a microphone that supports the universal 3.5mm jack. For the display, there will be an available HDMI 2.0 with a single cable and USB 3.0 for connectivity and 4.00m cable.  Here is a closer look at the headset.

Prices

As stated above, Microsoft VR “Mixed Reality Headset will be sold by different brands. It’s features are almost the same with each other. Distinction would perhaps be about which one has a better quality and other bundles. Let’s talk about the price.

Dell will have Mixed Reality into their Dell Visor VR118. The price would be $400 – $350 on the VR alone plus $100 on the controller. Its release is also happening on October.

Asus on the other hand has a simpler name – Asus Mixed Reality Headset (HC102). It may not have an exact date of released but this gadget will rougly cost around $450 as well.

It seems that Lenovo has a sexier and most recognizable name – Lenovo Explorer. It also has the exact same price of Dell with a total of $450 and $350 minus the controller. As per the brand’s announcement, this gadget is about to hit the market in a few weeks. Perhaps we can also expect it by October.

Meanwhile Acer and HP have been quiet with their very own Virtual Reality Headsets. Rumors have said that they will release their own virtual reality by October. Of course, it’s price will range from the stated rates above.

How Alexa can Simplify Your Life

I’m sure we have all seen the commercials with ‘Alexa’ playing music, ordering pizza or telling you what the weather is like outside on command. If you do not know what Alexa is by now, please allow me to educate you.

What is Alexa?

Alexa is the amazing virtual assistant app that comes with your Amazon devices like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Tap, Fire TV, etc. The app is in many ways like Siri for the Apple products. All it needs is a wake-up command that is obviously its name, Alexa, then you can begin asking and commanding away.

Here are a few ways in which this smart, innovative app can make your life better;

Play Music

All you need to do is say the title of the track and Alexa finds it and plays it for you. If you even need a specific genre or mood, Alexa can make a selection for you. No need to start flipping through playlists.

Read to You

Alexa can read the daily news and keep you up to date to with current affairs so you can catch up with the world. If you also need your audiobooks read while you relax, Alexa does that too.

Play Games for You

Next time you need to play rock, paper, scissors or to flip a coin in that funny way we like to make decisions, just ask Alexa to do it. It works, I promise.

Manage Your Calendar and Set Reminders

Alexa is like your own personal planner. No need to type, just tell Alexa what date you would like to be reminded of and it will be added to your to-do list.

Do Math

Ask Alexa any math question you like and you will be given an accurate answer. You do not need to find a calculator.

Order Food

Simply tell Alexa what you would like to eat and where you want it from and the next time you will have to stand or lift a finger is when the delivery guy is at your doorstep. You just have to make sure that Amazon is partnered with the company.

Control House Functions

Tell Alexa to turn off the lights or adjust your thermostat and it will be done. You will never need to get up from the couch again.

Find Your Phone

Just say “Alexa, open ‘Where’s my phone’,” and the app will give your phone a ring so you can find it wherever it is at home.

Plan Your Workout

Alexa can help you get a quick workout in anytime, anywhere. All you have to do is tell the app to plan a workout for you and you will be talked through it.