Xiaomi has expanded its range of notebooks by launching the Mi Notebook Youth Edition. The new model comes as a toned-down version of the new Mi Notebook that was launched last month with up to eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processors and 8GB of RAM. Being a part of the existing Mi Notebook family, the Mi Notebook Youth Edition features a 15.6-inch full-HD display and is powered by an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor. The notebook also has 128GB of SSD alongside 1TB of a mechanical hard drive. Aside from the Mi Notebook Youth Edition, the Chinese company has launched the Mi Smart Alarm Clock that is backed by Xiao AI voice assistant. The Mi Smart Alarm Clock supports voice controls to let users snooze the annoying alarm using their voice. It is also capable of setting up to 30 different alarms using voice commands. Xiaomi has additionally offered the ability to add up to 80 reminders and deliver stock updates, news headlines, or listen to the preset radio stations.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Youth Edition features a 15.6-inch full-HD display and is powered by an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, coupled with Nvidia GeForce MX110 graphics along with 2GB discrete memory and 8GB of RAM. There is 128GB of SSD that is accompanied by 1TB of hard drive.
Aside from the basics, the Mi Notebook Youth Edition has a dual-fan cooling system that uses a dual-fan technology along with a twin air outlet with 2+2 heat pipe layout. The notebook has a USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI interface, 3.5mm headphone jack, and two USB 3.0 ports. There is also a three-in-one card reader.
Xiaomi has offered dual 3W speakers as well as a chiclet-style keyboard along with an independent keypad. Furthermore, the Mi Notebook Youth Edition comes with 19.9mm of thickness.
As reported by GizChina, the Mi Notebook Youth Edition will go on sale in China with a price tag of CNY 4,599 (roughly Rs. 48,500). Details about its availability are yet to be announced.
Coming to the Mi Smart Alarm Clock, it has a digital display that adjusts the brightness automatically. There is an option to use your voice to set up to 30 alarms or as many as 80 reminders. Xiaomi has provided its in-house Xiao AI voice assistant that also enables the Mi Smart Alarm Clock to push latest stock updates, weather alerts, and news headlines. Similarly, the clock has the option to control more than 100 connected devices using your voice commands. It can also stream over 2,000 Internet radio stations. Moreover, you can ask the clock your general questions.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Alarm Clock
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Alarm Clock is powered by an SoC that has a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A35 CPU. In terms of connectivity, there are Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) connectivity options. The clock also works with devices running at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or iOS 9.0. There is a dedicated button to mute the microphone in case if you don’t want to use the Xiao AI integration. Besides, it measures 126.2x27x60.8mm and weighs 170 grams.
The new Mi Smart Alarm Clock is currently available for pre-orders in China through Xiaomi’s YouPin with a price tag of CNY 149 (roughly Rs. 1,600). Details about its availability and price in other markets including India are yet to be revealed.
Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900
Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.
The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.
The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.
“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.
Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.
As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.
Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.
“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.
Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.
The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.
Novel device can quickly detect strokes
Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.
A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.
Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.
The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.
“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.
Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”
The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.
“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.
“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.
Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.
Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton
Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.
Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.
“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.
Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.
She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.