I don’t know about you, but my experience with ASUS products have not exactly been happy ones. The hinge on my ASUS notebook popped open one fine day without any warning, where the other hinge followed a couple of weeks later – and I was apparently informed by the ASUS service center here that “it happens”, without any explanation as to why it happened. Still, I am quite sure that you have horror stories of your own when it comes to the different consumer electronics brand in the market, but let me not take the shine off ASUS’ intention to deliver its new PadFone collection to the US.
ASUS CEO, Jerry Shen, claimed that the company has already sold more than 10,000 PadFones in Taiwan between April and August, and continued, “Without knowing our customers’ acceptance, I did not dare to go mainstream. The fact that such an expensive device still managed to sell nearly 300 units per day in Taiwan means the user base is quite stable. So in June, I was confident enough to tell my team that it’s time to go mainstream. Without knowing our customers’ acceptance, I did not dare to go mainstream, because going mainstream requires a lot of effort.”
It seems that this means the new PadFone devices will be headed for the US, and Shen did share that they are working on a device for an unnamed but “big” operator for a Q2 launch in the US. Anyone wants to warrant a guess as to who this operator would be?
Google might now allow you to create Street View places on your own, but Microsoft does not intend to just sit back and do nothing about the situation. A response is definitely needed for sure, and just like how a picture is worth a thousand words, don’t you think that certain places are worth a thousand views? A preview of the new Photosynth has been revealed, where this is one app which will be able to analyze digital photographs, ending up with the generation of three-dimensional views of real world spaces.
The rollout of Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8 last week saw one step taken in the right direction of developing a digital replica of the planet using an immersive 3D method, so that one is able to explore the vast world without having to leave the comfort of the living room. From there, the inclusion of Photosynth would be able to provide just about anyone with access to powerful tools in order to capture their own favorite spots worldwide. Just how does Photosynth work? It allows you to upload a bunch of photos to the cloud service, where the technology will be on the lookout for points known as “features” in successive photos which appear to be the same object. Should it discover majority of features that happen in the same photo set, such information will be used in bundle adjustment, which is a standard technique in photogrammetry, to figure out just where in 3D space each feature is. Once done, 3D shapes will be generated based on the feature points, how neat is that? [Press Release]