The Honor Magic6 Pro focuses on AI – Here are things we like

HONOR launched two new AI-focused products, the HONOR Magic6 Pro smartphone and the HONOR MagicBook Pro 16 AI PC, at MWC 2024 in Barcelona. The global technology brand’s latest products demonstrate a significant advancement in its all-scenario AI strategy. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is the latest addition to the HONOR Magic Series and comes with impressive improvements in photography, display, and performance, all of which are enhanced by AI. The smartphone runs on MagicOS 8.0, an Android-based operating system, and now includes platform-level AI capabilities. The HONOR Magic6 Pro also debuts the industry’s first intent-based user interface.

Designer: HONOR

To enhance user experience, the Magic6 Pro includes features such as Magic Capsule and Magic Portal. These are designed to provide streamlined access to information and simplify complex tasks. For example, Magic Portal can recognize addresses in text messages and guide users to navigation apps. This improves the efficiency of daily interactions with the device.

There are also collaborations with global partners, including Qualcomm, to integrate the LLaMA 2 large language model. This allows the Magic6 Pro to perform tasks such as Q&A, text creation, and reading comprehension in an offline environment.

Stepping into the spotlight, the HONOR Magic6 Pro’s camera system is nothing short of a photographic powerhouse. It’s spearheaded by a jaw-dropping 180MP Telephoto Camera that brings distant scenes closer with a 2.5x optical zoom, ensuring that what you capture is as sharp as if you were standing right there. And when you need to reach out, the camera can push up to a 100x digital zoom, bringing the farthest of details into clear view.

But that’s not all. The Magic6 Pro also packs a 50MP Ultra-Wide Camera, perfect for those expansive landscape shots or to get the whole gang into one epic selfie. And let’s not overlook the main 50MP camera, a true chameleon with its variable aperture. Whether you’re capturing the thrill of a nighttime street race or the vibrant colors of a butterfly in broad daylight, this camera adjusts to let in the right amount of light, ensuring your photos are always lit to perfection.

 

All of this is wrapped up with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to keep your shots steady and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) to smooth out the action. So, whether you’re snapping photos at a football game or chasing the perfect sunset, the HONOR Magic6 Pro is designed to deliver stunning clarity, detail, and color in every shot.

Durability and viewing comfort are also emphasized in the HONOR Magic6 Pro, featuring the industry’s most drop-resistant screen glass and a 6.8-inch LTPO Eye Comfort Display with various dimming features to reduce eye strain.

The HONOR Magic6 Pro delivers exceptional performance with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform, enhancing CPU and GPU by 30% and 25%, respectively. This upgrade results in a staggering 98% improvement in AI feature performance over prior models.

As for battery innovation, the Magic6 Pro introduces the second-generation Silicon-carbon Battery, featuring a robust 5600 mAh capacity that excels in low-temperature performance. This allows for extended use in harsh conditions, with the ability to watch videos for over an hour at -20°C on just 10% battery.

Charging is ultra-fast, with 80W wired and 66W wireless options, fully charging the device in just 40 minutes. This rapid charge is a game-changer for those who are always on the go.

The device’s leading-edge battery capabilities are part of why it earned the top spot in DXOMARK’s global display rankings and received five DXOMARK labels for its superior camera, audio, display, battery, and selfie features.

In addition to the smartphone, HONOR has launched the MagicBook Pro 16, a laptop that uses AI to enable cross-OS compatibility. They also revealed the HONOR Pad 9, which boasts a large display and an eight-speaker audio system.

The HONOR Magic6 Pro will be available in Black and Epi Green, with pricing incentives for early subscribers and bundle offers. The company’s strategy aims to deliver human-centric innovations and an interconnected AI experience across devices, focusing on addressing consumer needs and enhancing the efficiency of daily interactions.

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World’s First AI-Powered Night-Vision Goggles give you Game-Changing 4K Vision in Ultra-low Light

Night vision technology has come a long way from its early military origins, now boasting better visibility, color reproduction, and clarity that goes beyond the grainy green images we’ve come to expect from action films in the 2000s… however, it fundamentally still relies on the same principles of using IR to help the human eye see in low light settings. What the AKASO Seemor does is game-changing, as it weaves AI magic into the entire process. While regular night vision goggles purely rely on large sensors and heavy image processing, the AKASO Seemor uses an AI-driven ISP algorithm that detects objects and shapes, compares it to its vast database, and uses that information to enhance what you see. It’s perhaps the biggest leap in night-vision tech, representing the kind of game-changing leap from using regular Google Search to AI-powered search like Bard, ChatGPT, and Bing Chat.

Designer: AKASO

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Designed to look like a pair of high-end binoculars with a digital viewfinder on one end, the AKASO Seemor is equipped from the top to the bottom with some of the most cutting-edge night-vision tech consumers can buy. A large 1/1.79″ CMOS sensor gathers as much light data as it can to observe objects and environments, while all visual data gets passed through the Seemor’s cutting-edge AI-powered ISP (Image Signal Processor) to enhance everything it sees. The 4-megapixel sensor is capable of recording videos and images in 4K, reproducing up to 99% of the color in the scenery – something other night-vision goggles struggle with. A whopping 16x digital zoom lets you hone in on subjects as far as 500 meters (1640 feet) away, making the Seemor perfect for everyone from surveillance personnel to wildlife enthusiasts, night-time adventurers, and just overall lovers of great tech.

Ultra-low Light Full-color Night Vision

The AI chops are perhaps the Seemor’s most impressive accomplishment, as it effectively taps into rising tech trends to meaningfully make its own features better. The way the ISP works is remarkable, because it tries and identifies the things it sees by comparing them to its massive database. That information then helps the ISP do its magic, adding details and vivid colors to the scene and the objects within it, even in ultra-low light. The AI also aids with other features like scene enhancement and HDR color-grading to provide some impressive results.

Visuals from the Seemor are displayed on its dedicated 3-inch TFT display, allowing you to easily see up to 3280 feet away from you. The goggles offer 7 different infrared settings (for how dark your scene is), while letting you toggle between color and IR viewing modes. In the color mode, you’re treated with stunning vivid hues thanks to the Seemor’s ability to accurately represent 99% of the color in its scenes. This means flowers look vibrant, skies look distinct, and your environment looks exactly like it would in daylight – despite the lack of sufficient light.

The Seemor’s visual chops go beyond just enhancing low-light visuals. With its incredible visual range, the goggles let you see as far as 3280 feet (1 kilometer), although the 1640 foot mark (500 meters) is where you’ll be able to clearly view smaller subjects. Beyond mere observation, the Seemor goggles also excel in capturing what you see. They’re capable of 4K video and image capture, and come equipped with H.265 video encoding, ensuring high-definition image and video quality. Media gets saved onto an SD card within the Seemor, allowing your night goggles to have a storage of up to 512Gb. Aside from a removable SD card, the Seemor also sports removable 3200mAh batteries, letting you quickly swap out an old pair out for a new one to keep the party going (each Seemor comes with two batteries to ensure you’re always ready for what nature has in store for you). The batteries give the Seemor up to 4-hours of continuous use in IR mode, and 8 hours if you shift to color. A USB port lets you charge your Seemor directly too, further prolonging its life.

Priced at just $179, the Seemor sits at the perfect crossroad between amateur night-vision gear and cutting-edge military-grade tech. However, it vastly outperforms anything in its price category, thanks in part to its game-changing use of AI. Each Seemor also comes with its own dedicated AKASO Aura app that lets you remotely monitor and capture everything the goggles see. Just mount your Seemor on a tripod thanks to its threaded mount and you can wirelessly view and record media directly from your Seemor or even transfer photos and videos over its built-in 2.4G WiFi link. The AKASO Seemor begins shipping as early as February 2024.

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Terrifying Humanoid Robot Plays Charades Using The AI Of GPT-4

Using GPT-4, the University Of Tokyo’s Alter3 humanoid robot can autonomously act out actions given to it as prompts in a style not unlike a game of charades. Alter3 uses GPT-4’s large language AI model to convert the human-provided prompts into code for its movement, and the result, while rather unsettling to watch, is quite impressive. And it’s certainly a nice change of pace from their development of flying spider robots.

In the video below, Alter3 pantomimes playing a guitar, pretending to be a snake, taking a selfie, throwing a ball, and pretending to be a ghost, with varying degrees of success. It also attempts to act out the prompt, “Enjoying popcorn at the movies when I realized I was actually eating the popcorn of the person next to me.” That was perhaps its magnum opus, and if Oscars were awarded to humanoid actors, it would have almost certainly received a nomination.

The University of Tokyo researchers behind the project hope that robots perfecting making human-like movements will make our interaction with humanoid robotics more lifelike. And, in the very near future, you might not even be able to tell if your charades partner really is a human at all! What a time to be alive!

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OBSBOT Tail Air AI-powered 4K PTZ Streaming Camera Review: It Doesn’t Get Easier Than This

PROS:


  • Impressive tracking accuracy even for small objects

  • Supports 4K 30fps video recording

  • NDI|HX3 support for multi-cam setup

CONS:


  • No iOS app yet as of this writing (coming soon)

  • Smart remote control and NDI keys per unit are separate purchases

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EDITOR'S QUOTE:

With fast and accurate AI auto-tracking, 4K 30fps recording, and a powerful mobile app, the OBSBOT Tail Air PTZ camera brings pro-level streaming quality in a sleek and affordable package.

Live streaming has proven to be more than just a passing fad. It has become a way of life for many, while some even make their livelihood from this form of media. While anyone with a smartphone can get started with live streaming, decent and professional-quality videos require a bit more effort and investment in the right tools. Unfortunately, many of the “pro” tools come in bulky, expensive, and complicated packages, widening the gap between famous stars and aspiring influencers. Fortunately, there are also brands that aim to empower content creators from all walks of life, delivering tools that will allow them to do more with less, such as the new OBSBOT Tail Air streaming camera that promises a ton of smart features in such a small package. Naturally, we had to check it out to see for ourselves if the 4K PTZ camera’s unassuming appearance belie the power it possesses.

Designer: OBSBOT

Aesthetics

Cameras designed for capturing action live and transmitting the video in real-time come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The boxy forms of action cameras are common these days, while the thick sticks of gimbals still look awkward in public. These small cameras, however, are engineered more for capturing fast-paced movement, both of the target and especially of the user. Cameras for live streaming, on the other hand, are often placed in a single spot and have a different set of problems to tackle, particularly that of tracking their targets. Because of their different purpose, they also tend to have different designs, most of which seem to take more after action cams and security systems.

The OBSBOT Tail Air embodies the principle of simplicity and minimalism in its design, bearing no more than what’s necessary for it to function. There are no buttons other than one for power, and the connection ports are so subtle you might find yourself squinting to see them, especially in the dark. The main body is a simple and unadorned truncated cone, with a camera arm rising from one side. The design is compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry around in the provided case.

The OBSBOT Tail Air shaves a few grams off its weight by using plastic materials for its chassis, but that choice by no means makes the device look or feel cheap in any way. It actually feels solid and sturdy, and the matte texture gives it a stylish finish. All in all, the streaming camera has enough visual presence to look presentable in any environment without being distracting, allowing you to focus on the actual act of creating content rather than fussing over the device’s details.

Ergonomics

In addition to being lightweight, compact, and portable, the OBSBOT Tail Air’s usability comes from its ease of use. After the initial setup, you could almost just leave the camera running and forget about it, leaving it to the AI to follow you around and adjust the focus as needed. Of course, you’ll want to select some angles or framing, which is as easy as a single tap, but you can also just set up and go for a quick and short stream.

As mentioned earlier, there are no physical controls on the device itself, which is both a boon and a bane for its usability. Everything is controlled remotely, primarily through the OBSBOT Start mobile app, but there are also other options. On the one hand, that means you won’t be fussing over buttons and sliders on the camera when you should be focusing on recording. On the other hand, it also means you’re at the mercy of an external device or remote control, as well as wireless connectivity.

Although the app offers all the bells and whistles you can think of when recording and directing a video, you’re unlikely to be fiddling with a smartphone in the middle of a live stream. Fortunately, you won’t need another person to do that for you, at least not for basic camera controls. The OBSBOT Tail Air’s AI can recognize a few hand gestures that will make it lock on or unlock from a target, zoom in manually or dynamically, and, of course, start and stop recording. These gestures, on top of the camera’s excellent tracking, turn you into a one-man camera team, which is what most budding live streamers are.

This advanced gesture control does have a disadvantage when you have more than one OBSBOT Tail Air setup. All these cameras will be recognizing those same gestures, and you won’t have a way to remotely control one camera at a time. For multi-camera configurations, you’ll need OBSBOT’s Bluetooth remote control and, unfortunately, you’ll have to buy it separately from the cameras, or as part of a bundled offer if those are available.

Performance

With so many cameras today promising creators and streamers to take their output to the next level, it might be difficult to pick one out from the crowd. Fortunately, the OBSBOT Tail Air has a few tricks up its sleeves that easily set it apart, starting with the ability to shoot in 4K resolution at 30 fps rates, making it one of the few streaming cameras with this capability. This feature will come in handy with one of the camera’s AI features that lets you choose the framing of the scene with just a single camera.

The OBSBOT Tail Air’s headlining feature is, of course, its AI-powered tracking system. It can lock onto targets, even when those targets go out of frame for a few seconds, and follow that target at a speed of 120 degrees per second. It can do this from three axes, which is where it gets its PTZ or “Pan, Tilt, Zoom” label. That’s true not only for humans and objects but also for select animals such as cats, dogs, and, soon, horses. Tracking is fast and accurate, even for small objects like a teaspoon, which makes the camera also suitable for dramatic close-ups of objects, such as when you’re doing a product review.

AI powers many of the camera’s impressive features, including the innovative AI Director Grids available on the OBSBOT mobile app. The grid presents different frames of focus that you can select with a single tap, letting you easily switch from a close-up up facial shot to a full body shot, all with just one camera. The trick here is that OBSBOT Tail Air actually records video in 4K and then crops it up to a 1080p frame in real time. Considering most live streams are done in 1080p anyway, you aren’t really sacrificing much in terms of quality for the sake of some impressive framing.

There might come a time when you will want to actually work with multiple cameras, and the OBSBOT Tail Air has you covered as well. It supports the latest NDI or Network Device Interface technology that lets you hook up three of these cameras together and control them from a single computer that acts as mission control for the recording session. There’s a bit of initial setup involved, including buying one NDI access key per OBSBOT Tail Air camera and making sure they’re connected to the same local Ethernet network. Once those are out of the way, however, you have full control of an advanced yet easy-to-use multi-cam camera system to really take your live streams to the next level.

For most cases, especially with a single camera, you will be using the OBSBOT Start mobile app instead. It has everything you need to tweak the video recording settings, from those Director Grids to exposure and balance, pretty much like a standard digital camera. At the moment, this powerful app is available only for Android, but OBSBOT is already working on making an iOS version available soon. The one disadvantage to relying on an app for almost all of the controls is that you need a network connection with the OBSBOT Tail Air camera. That’s no problem when stable Wi-Fi is available, but you’d be forced to use a cellular connection when it’s not. That’s true even if you’re recording directly to the device’s microSD card instead of live streaming, so you’ll have to be aware of potential data charges. That’s what makes the Bluetooth remote control almost a necessity, even if it’s a separate purchase.

Aside from its excellent auto-tracking, the OBSBOT Tail Air’s video output is actually impressive as well, even when there’s little light around. That’s thanks to the 1/1.8-inch CMOS sensor with a large 2-micrometer pixel and an equally large f/1.8 lens aperture. Of course, it does its best with bright lighting, but low-light scenarios still deliver decent videos, though with some hiccups in tracking and autofocus. The camera’s gimbal performs the minimal required stabilization, but it becomes immediately clear that this isn’t an action camera. Yes, it can record and stream sports scenes and the like, but it’s best when it’s put on a stable and non-moving platform rather than in your hand. The camera’s internal battery gives you about two hours of use, shorter when doing 4K, and an hour and a half to charge, though you could continue using the camera while charging to minimize downtime.

Sustainability

Action and streaming cameras are relatively new product categories, though they have been around for a few years now. There’s quite a good number of them around, even, which makes their presence also a cause for concern when it comes to the environment. As with any fast-growing consumer electronics segment, there is bound to be plenty of waste during the product production and lifecycle, not to mention increased use of non-sustainable materials, components, and processes. However, that also means there’s plenty of room for improvement and growth, and hopefully, this young company will also set itself apart from its peers in this regard.

Unfortunately, there’s also not much that can be said about the product’s longevity and repairability. As a “static” live streaming camera, it seems that the OBSBOT Tail Air was designed with indoor use primarily in mind, which could explain the lack of any dust or water resistance guarantee. The repair policy is also pretty standard, which means it only covers a small subset under warranty and has to be shipped back to the manufacturer if they do qualify. Repairing them by yourself is pretty much out of the question.

Value

In a world of advanced smartphone cameras and action cams, does a dedicated streaming camera like the OBSBOT Tail Air still matter? The answer is a resounding “yes!” especially considering how much it offers without too much cost. It offers an excellent video recording and streaming experience that you’d be hard-pressed to find without having to buy separate products, like a gimbal, monitor, and additional sets for a multi-camera setup. In other words, the OBSBOT Tail Air crams all those desirable features in a single package, one that starts at around $478.

That price includes a 4K camera that can produce impressive videos even in low light, an excellent AI-powered target tracking system, out-of-the-box support for a multi-cam setup, and an intelligent mobile app that puts you in total control of the stream’s direction. What it doesn’t include, however, is a remote control that is honestly almost essential rather than an add-on, not unless you get it as part of the crowdfunding reward or a bundle. You’ll also need a separate NDI authorization code for each OBSBOT Tail Air device, which you need to buy for $98 if you ever want to have a multi-cam live stream. OBSBOT could have thrown these into the basic package for a slightly higher price tag, but it’s also understandable why it didn’t. Not everyone will have a multi-cam setup, so they might not want to pay for something they’ll never use. Shipping a remote control with each camera when that remote can connect to as many as three will also be wasteful. Hopefully, OBSBOT will offer bundles that include these when the product becomes available on shelves.

Verdict

Some will definitely roll their eyes, but there are definitely people who consider being a live streamer, YouTuber, or “influencer” to be their dream job. Whether it’s for earning money, sharing knowledge, or just having fun, there’s no denying that live streaming is already a major part of our culture today. It’s definitely easy to get started as long as you have a smartphone, but it’s not that easy to step up your game without devices or at least some accessories that give your streams a professional quality.

That’s the kind of assistance that the OBSBOT Tail Air 4K PTZ Streaming Camera is bringing to the table, especially for solo steamers. With reliable AI-powered tracking that accurately follows even small objects, an impressive 4K camera that performs admirably in both bright and dim environments, and a no-fuss easy-to-use mobile app, this streaming camera is basically all you need for pro-level content. And when you’re ready to graduate to a multi-camera setup, the built-in NDI support will let you easily expand and control up to three OBSBOT Tail Air cameras from a single computer to direct your best production yet, helping you on your journey to Internet stardom.

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Wearable AI pin could “weave seamlessly” into our lives

Wearable “smart” technology isn’t a new idea by any stretch of the imagination. Fitbit long predated the original Apple Watch, and we’ve basically been able to outsource or remotely control functions of our smart phones for… well, nearly as long as we’ve owned smart phones. But it’s inevitable that new advances in tech will generate excitement around new product concepts – and since AI is on everyone’s mind lately – hey, wouldn’t it be cool if you could carry an AI assistant around on your clothing rather than on your wrist?

That’s the concept behind the Humane Ai Pin, which made a splash across the tech and fashion worlds last week when it landed at Coperni’s 2024 Spring Summer show on September 29 in accordance with Paris Fashion Week, where it was worn on the runway by several models – most notably, the famous Naomi Campbell.

Designer: Imran Chaudri and Stephanie Garcés (via Humane Ai)

Co-founded by accomplished ex-Apple design director Imran Chaudhri and ex-Apple engineering director Bethany Bongiorno, Humane Ai seems like it’s skirting away from direct competition against OpenAI, which is developing its own GPT-4-powered fitness wearable. This is because the Humane Ai Pin is meant to go anywhere but your wrist.

Instead, it functions as a high-tech lapel pin that’s a little bit bigger than a regular lapel pin – but thanks to its sleek and rounded design, it doesn’t even look out of place in today’s modern world. Not to mention, it’s purported to include a genuinely interesting feature that immediately leaps above everything else on the docket: a projection display that beams user interface elements and buttons onto your hands. You can see it in action during Chaudhri’s TED Talk in April 2023, titled “The disappearing computer — and a world where you can take AI everywhere“.

Alongside the Coperni reveal on September 29, Humane Ai put out its own press release where the company explained its vision for the pin, stating that “The Humane Ai Pin is the screenless, standalone device and software platform …designed to weave seamlessly into users’ day-to-day lives. The device is privacy-first, with aspects such as no wake word and therefore no ‘always on’ listening.”

Co-founders Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno also weighed in about their inspirations for the project, saying, “We have been admirers of Arnaud and Sébastien at Coperni for some time and our shared passion for the union of design, creativity and technology is at the heart of this collaboration. Our relationship with technology is changing profoundly, becoming even more personal as our devices morph into extensions of our bodies, minds and hearts.”

It sounds like we’ll be seeing hands-on details about the Humane Ai Pin on November 9, when the full unveiling of the new wearable is slated to take place.

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