#XboxOneX goes head-to-head with #PS4Pro – an annotated infographic

The XBox One X, Microsoft’s souped-up update to its Xbox One console, is the latest weapon in its ongoing war with Sony, boasting 43 per cent more rendering power than the market-leading PS4 Pro. The hardware race between the PlayStation and XBox game consoles has been running for years, but Microsoft has been under pressure to overtake Sony, after the current generation PS4 steadily outsold the Xbox One following the launch of the two systems in 2013. E&T news reported on the Xbox One X announcement at E3 2017, the annual gadgets and gaming convention held in Los Angeles, USA. … Continue reading #XboxOneX goes head-to-head with #PS4Pro – an annotated infographic

How #smartphones are transforming personal #healthcare – an annotated infographic

  More than 1.2 million people living in London are to be offered medical diagnosis using Babylon – an “artificial intelligence” (AI) app which gives patients access to a virtual health service in their pocket. Babylon’s AI doctor is just one of the powerful tools that have transformed smartphones into mobile medical clinics. In 2016 the US Food and Drug Administration approved 36 smartphone apps and devices. Now, smartphones are being used to perform ultrasound scans, measure heart rhythm, blood pressure and glucose levels, and execute an array of lab tests from liver and kidney function to identifying communicable diseases … Continue reading How #smartphones are transforming personal #healthcare – an annotated infographic

#Nintendo #Switch console details revealed – an annotated infographic

Nintendo’s Switch console, the successor to the beleaguered Wii U, and its big bet on the future of video games, has been revealed in full. It is set to go on sale in the UK on 3 March for £279 and features an adaptable design allowing for greater portability than its rivals. E&T covered the Nintendo Switch news announcement in full last week. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading #Nintendo #Switch console details revealed – an annotated infographic

100 years of Sharp – an annotated infographic

The ¥389 billion ($3.5bn) takeover of Japanese electronics giant Sharp by Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision industries – better known as Foxconn – ends the independence for a 100-year-old company which started out making belt buckles. We remember them fondly for their mid-1980s sponsorship of Manchester United. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading 100 years of Sharp – an annotated infographic

Book Review: How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design – Katherine Isbister

By Jade Fell “If I was feeling depressed or frustrated about my lot in life, all I had to do was tap the Player One button, and my worries would instantly slip away as my mind focused itself on the relentless pixelated onslaught on the screen in front of me.” ― Ernest Cline, screenwriter What do you see when you hear the word ‘gamer’? If your immediate vision is that of someone pasty white, sat hunched over a keyboard, face lit only by the pale blue light of a computer monitor, insistently clicking away for hours on end with no … Continue reading Book Review: How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design – Katherine Isbister

Easy #WearableTech upgrade for any analogue watch – instant #SmartWatch – an annotated infographic

Casting envious glances at all the shiny-brainy smartwatches pouring out of global gadget-fests like CES 2016? Old watch feeling a bit stupid? Fear not! For a projected selling price of $99, Chronos will smartify your existing analogue watch, allowing you to continue wearing your Patek Philippe heirloom, yet still join the obsessional footstep-tracking, personal health-monitoring, phone-bothering smartwatch generation. Nice. The Chronos smartwatch add-on is a pad that simply attaches to the back of a regular watch to add Apple Watch-like smart functionality, such as notifications, fitness tracking and phone controls. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Easy #WearableTech upgrade for any analogue watch – instant #SmartWatch – an annotated infographic

Book Review: Design Meets Disability – Graham Pullin

By Jade Fell “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry From their humble beginnings, balanced on the noses of monks and scholars in the 13th century, eyeglasses have undergone a fantastic transformation. The handheld lorgnette donned by ladies in the 19th century gave way to the inexpensive pince-nez of the early 20th  – but It was not until the latter half of the century that eyeglasses were transformed from a mere medical necessity to something more. In Design Meets Disability, author Graham Pullin … Continue reading Book Review: Design Meets Disability – Graham Pullin