By Imran Khan
Segway Mini Pro
In 2015 many gadget users were jumping to get their hands on hoverboards, a craze that was short lived. The two main issues with hoverboards were battery reliability and back up service. We saw them in music videos and YouTube vlogs, but they soon became the target of public fails and cities like London and New York City made them illegal to use outside of private property. That said, the good folks from Segway have come up with something similar, but off course based on a lot more research and development.
Interestingly ‘Ninebot’, the Chinese company that released the first hoverboard purchased Segway in 2015 and together they created the ‘miniPro’. The self balancing scooter will feature dual 350 watt motors, run on lithium batteries and give you a maximum speed of 16 km/h. The range of the new unit is 30km on a single charge. Overall build is impressive, featuring the same technology that goes into high end Segways, including an Aircraft grade magnesium alloy frame. The unit will connect to any Smartphone, allowing the user to update the ‘miniPro’ software and summon their scooter.
The great news is that the Mobile in Africa group will be bringing these new mobility devices to South Africa and launch just before Christmas. Expect to pay around R16999 for one. If you want the unicycle version, they are already available at Dion Wired for around R12000.
Windows 10 Creators Update
So, if you are still contemplating whether to make the switch to Windows 10, this might just change your mind. Microsoft has announced their latest Creators Update, which will feature 3D content creation and gaming. Part of this update includes Paint 3D, which will completely overhaul ‘Paint’ as we know it. Users will be able to manipulate shapes and colours in 2D and 3D using the same controls that we are all used to.
To make things even more interesting, you can pull 3D art from Remix3D.com and customise and share it. Look forward to new textures and material simulations to add to your work. Doodling gets an upgrade with 3D, so you can create an entire scene with clouds, backdrops and more. The days of line drawings and eraser art are over…at last!
The full update is available at www.microsoft.com for free.
When it comes to fighting games, ‘Street Fighter’ and ‘Tekken’ are usually top of the list. The ‘Tekken’ franchise has enjoyed 20 years in the industry and will release ‘Tekken 7’ in 2017. The Mishima Clan is back with a powerful storyline about their eternal struggle for power and glory. ‘Tekken 7’ will make use of the Unreal Engine 4, setting a new standard for graphics quality, character and environment detail. New features include all new battle mechanics and moves, over 30 playable characters, the final chapter of the Mishima blood saga and a seamless story line (almost Hollywood-like in cinematics and action sequences).
So, you are probably wondering how ‘Street Fighter’ comes into this? In true honour to the fighting game that started it all back in 1987, ‘Tekken’ will bring the legendary ‘Street Fighter’ character Akuma into the 3D space, complete with his shoto-style moves and fireballs.
You can pre-order ‘Tekken 7’ on Xbox One, PC and PS4 from Takealot.com this weekend. Expect to pay around R659 to R999, depending on the platform.