By timothy from Slashdot's cool-cars-hot-fires department
New submitter sumit sinha
notes recent reports that Tesla may soon be joined again by Fisker in the world of high-end, all-electric car makers. According to a Reuters story, the Fisker Karma in something very close to its previously available form may be offered for sale again sometime soon
. Says the article:The "new" Karma that California-based Fisker, acquired by Wanxiang earlier this year, is rushing to finish is based largely on the 2012 model, said the people, who asked not to be identified. Wanxiang's top U.S. executive said in February the Karma would be reintroduced within a year. "It will have to be nearly identical to the 2012 model, or it would need to go through (safety) testing and certification again," a person close to Fisker's suppliers said. "I don’t think they want to put a lot of engineering into it either, as well as probably use up some of the old parts that are in inventory."
Close, but not exact,: Fisker does not plan to simply reintroduce the 2012 Karma, a source close to Fisker said. “Not 100 percent identical," the person said. "The new Karma will be different in many key areas. It will have noticeable upgrades." He declined to provide details. Using the 2012 Karma design could present problems given it has older features and technologies. "You're not buying something that's considered 'state of the art' necessarily," the supplier source said. "It's a big hurdle to overcome."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's as-the-ndas-fall department
Oculus Rift revealed today its new 'Crescent Bay' prototype wearable display
, at its inaugural Oculus Connect conference
. (You can find more in the company's blog
too.) From Gamasutra's coverage: The new headset has 360 degree tracking and integrated audio, as well as improved performance that allows better presence, says Iribe. It has higher resolution and a better refresh rate than even its recent DK2 headset. It's also much lighter than earlier prototypes.
The company has also licensed technology from RealSpace 3-D for improved 3D audio on Oculus moving forward. Audio is becoming a priority for the company, [CEO Brendan] ]Iribe said.
Road to VR has a gushing hands-on review
: One of the stand-out demos put me in front of an alien on some sort of Moon-like world. The alien was looking at me and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue. When I moved my head, its gaze followed me. Its big and detailed eyes, combined with reaction to me as I moved, imbued it with a sense of living that was really cool. Spaceships flew over head and drew my gaze behind me, leading me to look at some incredibly detailed scenery.Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's for-just-a-few-euros-more department
New submitter atagunov
have been released as crowdfunding
starts for the world first open source cinematic videocam. "I am a filmmaker myself ... I would like to have powerful
tools that I know to have full control over and that I can tune and tweak," says
Sebastian Pichelhofer of Apertus. He is working on
the Axiom Beta,
the 2nd generation Apertus videocam, fully
GPL and OHL.
It's not cheap compared to consumer-grade cameras, but being not-cheap hasn't stopped people from snapping up Joel Rubenstein's Digital Bolex
.Read Replies (0)