Light Start – Not the Google I/O Edition


BMW’s self-driving car will be in garages in 2021

BMW-Vision-Next-100So you want some of that delicious autonomous driving, do you? It’s coming and we’ve got a date for it. More or less. BMW CEO Harald Krueger said in a recent meeting with company shareholders that, following the launch of the BMW i8 Roadster, the sporty EV “…will be followed in 2021 by the BMW i Next, our new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road.” What we don’t know is what it will look like but since it’s called the i Next and they recently released a concept called the Vision Next 100… we can hope, right?

Source: CNET

And now, here’s a PC game about corn. Yes, really.

We’ve seen all sorts of strange games, usually originating on the PC, where players get to be all sorts of strange things. Like cats, or goats, or bread, or even a rock (in one memorable spoof). And now we’ve got a game about corn. You’re not going to be playing as corn (we think) but you will be interacting with sentient maize in Maize. At least. What you’ll actually be doing is looking around a “…desolate farm for clues to the past, ventur[ing]deeper into the underground research facility, and mak[ing]a few…colorful friends along the way, including a grumpy Russian knock-off of the most technologically advanced toy ever created: Teddy Ruxpin.” It’s no Call of Duty but we’ll gladly play this one.

Source: via Kotaku

Xiaomi has revealed an Android 4K-streaming set-top box called the Mi Box

Mi BoxOkay, we’re technically bending the whole ‘not Google I/O’ thing here because Xiaomi’s newest toy was revealed there but… look at it. The Mi Box is an Android-based streaming box from the Chinese company which in no way looks kinda sorta similar to an Apple TV. Even if it sort of works like one. The Mi Box is designed for Android TV (which we don’t have yet. Boo!) and is able to stream 4K at 60fps. It’ll also handle HDR, operates with the major streaming services and play games with a separate controller. It’s set for sale in the States but Xiaomi have not mentioned when it will launch or what it will cost. Hopefully it’ll arrive here at some point.

Source: The Next Web

Want VR in your pocket? Speck’s Pocket VR is for you

SpeckWe’re fans of Google Cardboard. It’s a low-cost way to get your virtual reality on but it has two problems: it’s bulky and not terribly durable. Speck is a company that makes a plastic version of the Cardboard that it folds down into a sliver of its former self. So if you really can’t do without your VR (we can’t stop showing off the Gear VR, for instance) then you might want to get your hands on one of these. Be prepared to pay for it, though, as you’ll be shelling out for shipping as well as the Pocket VR? How much? Well… how does $70 (R1,110 – stupid exchange rate) grab you?

Source: Speck


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