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Samsung has today revealed two new Galaxy Book laptops at a Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event. Despite being thin and light, the Pro and Pro 360 models boast powerful performance and are the company’s first Windows machines to boast AMOLED displays.

“The new Galaxy Book Pro series offers true mobile computing for the connected world, enabling ultra-light, yet mighty portability, boundless connectivity and a window into your wider Galaxy ecosystem,” said the company’s Dr. TM Roh.

The Pro is reported to be the thinnest laptop in its class, and the lightest in the Galaxy Book series – that translates to just 11.2 mm thin and 0.87 kg (30 oz) for the 13.3-inch laptop, and a little more for the 15.6-inch variant. Either way, they come with a Full HD AMOLED display with a response time of 0.2 ms and HDR contrast of 1,000,000:1.

The Pro series laptops also feature an Intelligent Color Engine that automatically switches color spaces depending on what the machines are being used for, and Samsung has also reduced the amount of harmful blue light emitted to achieve Eye Care certification from SGS. Interestingly, a Second Screen feature allows users to extend their desktop real estate over to a Galaxy tablet, which could be handy for a cramped workspace. This feature can also duplicate the display’s content for presentations or collaborations.

A Galaxy tablet can extend or duplicate the Galaxy Book Pro's display
A Galaxy tablet can extend or duplicate the Galaxy Book Pro’s display

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Inside the sturdy aluminum alloy housing you can opt for Intel’s 11th Gen Core i3/i5/i7 processors, Intel Iris X, Intel UHD or Nvidia Geforce graphics (depending on the configuration), and up to 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage. Both variants boast Bluetooth 5.1 and are Wi-Fi 6E Ready, but the 13-inch unit also comes with a nanoSIM slot for LTE connectivity for a true mobile work/play experience.

The Pro comes with a re-engineered keyboard with a scissor mechanism and wide keys for increased speed and comfort, which is paired with a large trackpad, and there’s a fingerprint reader on the power button. It can run up to three external monitors from the array of ports, which stack up as a full-size USB 3.2 port, two more USB-C (one with Thunderbolt 4) and HDMI. A microSD media slot is included too, along with a headphone/mic combo jack.

Built-in speakers by AKG should offer decent sonics, but Dolby Atmos is cooked in as well for immersive audio. The 720p webcam and dual microphones cater for virtual office meetings, and Samsung has included the SmartThings app, so you can control compatible appliances and gadgets from the laptop.

The 13-inch model comes with a 63-Wh battery, while the 15-inch flavor gets 68-Wh, for the promise of all-day working, and there’s support for 65-W fast charging if you need a top up in a hurry.

As its name suggests, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 2-in-1 convertible sports a 360-degree hinge for laptop and tablet modes, as well as other display/usage modes. Again, this model is offered in two display sizes – a 13.3-inch Super AMOLED Full HD screen model that’s 11.5 mm thin, and a 15.6-inch Super AMOLED Full HD one that’s 11.9 mm thin. And the Pro 360 supports stylus input, with Samsung’s latest S-Pen is included in the box.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 can be used like a tablet, and comes boxed with Samsung's latest S-Pen
The Galaxy Book Pro 360 can be used like a tablet, and comes boxed with Samsung’s latest S-Pen

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The same 11th Gen Intel Core processor options as the Book Pro are on offer, but there’s no discrete graphics available here. The 13-inch convertible can be had with 16 GB of RAM, while the 15-inch model can go up to 32 GB, and either way, up to 1 TB of SSD storage is available.

Wireless connectivity shapes up as Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6E Ready, but the 13-inch laptop also packs 5G, and they both come with a Thunderbolt 4 port, two USB-C ports, a combo audio/mic jack and a microSD slot. The webcam, sound, keyboard and battery specifications are the same as the Pro.

The Galaxy Book Pro laptops are up for pre-order now, with general availability starting on May 14. The 13.3-inch Book Pro starts at US$999.99, and the 15.6-inch version starts at $1,099.99. The 13.3-inch Book Pro 360 starts at $1,199.99, while the 15.6-inch model starts at $1,299.99.

Product pages: Galaxy Book Pro, Galaxy Book Pro 360

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Skyborg combat drone’s “brain” flies for the first time

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The US Air Force has flight tested the Skyborg combat drone’s Autonomy Core System (ACS) for the first time. The “brain” of the autonomous Skyborg was installed in a Kratos UTAP-22 tactical uncrewed vehicle at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and carried out a two-hour-and-10-minute flight.

Though the full Skyborg drone is still under development by BAE Systems, the ACS that will control it is far enough along for field testing. The April 29, 2021, flight of the ACS by the 96th Test Wing marks Milestone 1 of the Autonomous Attritable Aircraft Experimentation (AAAx) program to produce a military drone that is advanced enough to work with conventional aircraft, but cheap enough to be expendable if necessary.

During the test, the ACS was able to carry out basic flight functions and respond to navigation commands as it negotiated with geo-fences. It was also able to operate within aircraft flight envelopes and handle coordinated maneuvering while being monitored by airborne and ground stations. Later tests will focus on direct crewed and uncrewed teaming with multiple aircraft and ACS-controlled drones.

The Skyborg autonomy core system launches aboard a Kratos UTAP-22 tactical unmanned vehicle
The Skyborg autonomy core system launches aboard a Kratos UTAP-22 tactical unmanned vehicle

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The Skyborg Vanguard program is tasked with producing a low-cost vehicle with full-mission autonomy that can also be networked for manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T). Skyborg is designed to be able to automatically adapt to changing mission circumstances, and its sensors and other payloads will carry out reconnaissance for fighter planes while offering extra protection.

“We’re extremely excited for the successful flight of an early version of the ’brain‘ of the Skyborg system,” says Brigadier General Dale White, program executive officer for fighters and advanced aircraft. “It is the first step in a marathon of progressive growth for Skyborg technology. These initial flights kick off the experimentation campaign that will continue to mature the ACS and build trust in the system.”

Source: US Air Force

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Off-grid electric camper box modernizes Jeep Wrangler camping

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The days of all-electric Jeep Wranglers leaving behind only agitated dust while roaming the vast Western wilderness may still be a long ways off, but Phoenix startup DirtBox Gear has a new way of electrifying the other half of the overlanding experience. Unique from the typical camper-in-a-box kit, DirtBox’s Juice Box wires lithium battery power inside the Wrangler tailgate. Use it to run an induction cooktop and 12-V fridge/freezer, and you can power your base camp without a single LPG tank or canister.

Throughout two decades of off-roading and camping through the deserts and mountains of the American Southwest, DirtBox Gear cofounder Greg Whitworth repeatedly battled two problems he couldn’t shake: the near-impossible task of organizing all the necessary off-road and camping gear, accessories, and odds and ends and the chore of trying to keep operational the fast-draining electronics that have become so much more prevalent over that 20-year timespan.

Whitworth turned to friend and cabinetmaker Rod McGalliard, cofounder #2 of DirtBox, and got to work creating a solution that neatly combines storage and electricity. The Juice Box looks like a fairly simple RV drawer stack, but in place of a top drawer it includes a full Renogy power system complete with 170-Ah 12-V lithium-iron-phosphate battery, 2,000-W pure sine wave inverter, DC-DC charger, battery and inverter monitors, and BT-2 Bluetooth module. Also included are a solar input for plug-and-play solar charging and a series of 110-V, 12-V and USB outlets spread around the front and back for access from both outside and from the rear seats. The two drawers below offer a combined 83.5 liters of storage space.

Along with its electrical hardware, the Juice Box gives users 83.5 liters of storage capacity
Along with its electrical hardware, the Juice Box gives users 83.5 liters of storage capacity

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Off-roaders can use the Juice Box independently to power their own equipment and electronics, and DirtBox also offers an accompanying fridge/stove module to mount right next to it. Included is a dual-slide system built to hold 45- to 50-quart (43- to 47-L) fridge/ freezers behind a stove platform up front.

While campers could use the stove platform for a basic dual-burner gas camping stove, DirtBox has designed it with an induction cooktop in mind. Plug it into the Juice Box and enjoy a stable, flameless cooking solution without the hassles of carrying LPG. The Juice Box includes a dedicated 12-V outlet at the lower rear corner for the fridge/freezer.

The fridge/stove module mounts neatly beside the Juice Box and makes for an organized electric kitchen
The fridge/stove module mounts neatly beside the Juice Box and makes for an organized electric kitchen

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Campers can also plug into the Juice Box to power kitchen appliances, such as a blender, automatic drip coffeemaker, coffee grinder or crockpot. Attach a drop-down Wrangler tailgate table like this one from Front Runner, and the Wrangler transforms into a pretty solid little food-prep and cooking station.

Both the Juice Box and the fridge/stove module are made to mount to an accompanying polyurethane enamel-coated plywood base plate. DirtBox currently offers plates that fit Jeep Wrangler JK and JL Unlimiteds and old Cherokee XJ models. It is working to add options for popular off-roaders like the Toyota 4Runner.

DirtBox has designed its initial base plates specifically for Wrangler JKU and JLU models; additional vehicle models will be supported in the future
DirtBox has designed its initial base plates specifically for Wrangler JKU and JLU models; additional vehicle models will be supported in the future

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Unsurprisingly, the Juice Box is the wallet-diving piece of the DirtBox puzzle at $3,929. The base plate tacks on $293, and the dual-slide fridge/stove box costs $1,297 (fridge and stove not included).

Source: DirtBox Gear

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Source: https://newatlas.com/outdoors/off-grid-electric-camper-box-modernizes-jeep-wrangler-camping/

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Off-grid electric camper box modernizes Jeep Wrangler camping

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The days of all-electric Jeep Wranglers leaving behind only agitated dust while roaming the vast Western wilderness may still be a long ways off, but Phoenix startup DirtBox Gear has a new way of electrifying the other half of the overlanding experience. Unique from the typical camper-in-a-box kit, DirtBox’s Juice Box wires lithium battery power inside the Wrangler tailgate. Use it to run an induction cooktop and 12-V fridge/freezer, and you can power your base camp without a single LPG tank or canister.

Throughout two decades of off-roading and camping through the deserts and mountains of the American Southwest, DirtBox Gear cofounder Greg Whitworth repeatedly battled two problems he couldn’t shake: the near-impossible task of organizing all the necessary off-road and camping gear, accessories, and odds and ends and the chore of trying to keep operational the fast-draining electronics that have become so much more prevalent over that 20-year timespan.

Whitworth turned to friend and cabinetmaker Rod McGalliard, cofounder #2 of DirtBox, and got to work creating a solution that neatly combines storage and electricity. The Juice Box looks like a fairly simple RV drawer stack, but in place of a top drawer it includes a full Renogy power system complete with 170-Ah 12-V lithium-iron-phosphate battery, 2,000-W pure sine wave inverter, DC-DC charger, battery and inverter monitors, and BT-2 Bluetooth module. Also included are a solar input for plug-and-play solar charging and a series of 110-V, 12-V and USB outlets spread around the front and back for access from both outside and from the rear seats. The two drawers below offer a combined 83.5 liters of storage space.

Along with its electrical hardware, the Juice Box gives users 83.5 liters of storage capacity
Along with its electrical hardware, the Juice Box gives users 83.5 liters of storage capacity

DirtBox Gear

Off-roaders can use the Juice Box independently to power their own equipment and electronics, and DirtBox also offers an accompanying fridge/stove module to mount right next to it. Included is a dual-slide system built to hold 45- to 50-quart (43- to 47-L) fridge/ freezers behind a stove platform up front.

While campers could use the stove platform for a basic dual-burner gas camping stove, DirtBox has designed it with an induction cooktop in mind. Plug it into the Juice Box and enjoy a stable, flameless cooking solution without the hassles of carrying LPG. The Juice Box includes a dedicated 12-V outlet at the lower rear corner for the fridge/freezer.

The fridge/stove module mounts neatly beside the Juice Box and makes for an organized electric kitchen
The fridge/stove module mounts neatly beside the Juice Box and makes for an organized electric kitchen

DirtBox Gear

Campers can also plug into the Juice Box to power kitchen appliances, such as a blender, automatic drip coffeemaker, coffee grinder or crockpot. Attach a drop-down Wrangler tailgate table like this one from Front Runner, and the Wrangler transforms into a pretty solid little food-prep and cooking station.

Both the Juice Box and the fridge/stove module are made to mount to an accompanying polyurethane enamel-coated plywood base plate. DirtBox currently offers plates that fit Jeep Wrangler JK and JL Unlimiteds and old Cherokee XJ models. It is working to add options for popular off-roaders like the Toyota 4Runner.

DirtBox has designed its initial base plates specifically for Wrangler JKU and JLU models; additional vehicle models will be supported in the future
DirtBox has designed its initial base plates specifically for Wrangler JKU and JLU models; additional vehicle models will be supported in the future

DirtBox Gear

Unsurprisingly, the Juice Box is the wallet-diving piece of the DirtBox puzzle at $3,929. The base plate tacks on $293, and the dual-slide fridge/stove box costs $1,297 (fridge and stove not included).

Source: DirtBox Gear

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“World’s first wireless underwater drone” uses light instead of tether

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Despite ongoing advances in the field of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), the devices have remained tethered to the surface via communications cables. Such is not the case with the ExRay, however, which uses light instead.

Because radio waves don’t travel well through water, ROVs currently have to be linked to their surface-located operator via a long cable that sends commands down to the vehicle, and that relays real-time video back up. In many cases the cable also provides power to the ROV, although some models are powered by their own onboard batteries.

In any case, because the reeled cable can be quite heavy (with a possible newly developed exception), fairly large surface vessels are typically required to carry it. What’s more, the cable can get snagged on underwater objects, potentially resulting in the loss of the ROV. That’s where the ExRay comes in.

Billed as being “the world’s first wireless underwater drone,” it’s currently being developed by Swiss startup Hydromea.

Pricing for the Hydromea ExRay has yet to be announced
Pricing for the Hydromea ExRay has yet to be announced

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The functioning prototype utilizes the company’s existing Luma underwater communications system, which transmits binary data through the water via rapid pulses of light. We’ve seen this concept explored previously, although not to the point that it’s actually been incorporated into an ROV.

In more detail, Luma sends pulses of 470-nanometer blue LED light back and forth between two optical modems, one on the ROV and one at the surface. Because the data is transmitted at a rate of 10 megabits per second, even HD video from the ExRay’s onboard camera can be relayed with virtually no lag.

There are some limitations, as Hydromea co-founder Alexander Bahr tells us that the ROV currently has a communications range of 50 m (164 ft) in clear water and complete darkness – that figure decreases as ambient light and turbidity levels increase.

That having been said, the company is aiming for a range of at least 100 m (328 ft), which should increase as the technology is developed further. Additionally, the vehicle is intended mainly for enclosed-space tasks such as the inspection of ships’ ballast tanks, so long range isn’t necessarily much of an issue at this point.

Front view of the Hydromea ExRay
Front view of the Hydromea ExRay

Hydromea

The ExRay itself – in its current incarnation – is 70 cm long (27.5 in), weighs 7 kg (15 lb) and features a total of seven hubless thrusters (four vertical, three horizontal), giving it 6-degrees-of-freedom maneuverability. Along with its zoom-capable HD camera, it also sports dual LED spotlights and a battery runtime of six to eight hours.

More detailed specs and pricing should be announced when it’s commercially released, which Bahr says ought to happen late next year. In the meantime, you can watch the prototype doing its thing in the video below.

Source: Hydromea

World’s first wireless portable underwater drone

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