Intel has released its newest processor, the Comet Lake-S Core i9-10900K. This new processor is intended to help fight off the rising threat of AMD's Ryzen processors. AMD has seen a huge rise, especially in the realm of high core count. The new Intel processor attempts to match this move, by including ten cores and, out of box clocks in at 4.9 GHz.
Obviously, with specs like that, the processor is not intended for an average consumer. The 10900K is aimed at enthusiasts, power users, and gamers. While it doesn't match AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X in terms of threaded performance, it does make it for it in overall performance as well as price. The Ryzen 3950X is currently retailing for $709, while the Intel 10900K is retailing for $529.
Intel's newest processor does have some downsides, however. First and foremost, it still uses 14-nanometer architecture, which is generations behind where AMD is on its 7-nanometer architecture. This means that to produce the same result, the power consumption is lower. This is a standard rule of processors - smaller transistors use less power. This processor does not buck that trend at all, being the most power-hungry processor that Tom's Hardware has seen in recent times.
With more power consumption comes more heat generation. That means that it takes more work to keep the processor cool. If you're going to build a quiet PC, either for streaming or just to maintain your own sanity, this processor will provide a bigger challenge. Intel rates the processor for 250W at peak performance, and the review even measured peaks as high as 325W at out-of-the-box settings. That is a massive increase over the previous generation, caused almost entirely because of the continued use of the 14-nanometer architecture design decision.
For the full review, head over to Tom's Hardware.
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NVIDIA has added a new developer kit to its hardware lineup, called the Jetson Xavier NX. This new board is designed to allow developers to integrate artificial intelligence skills into a hardware project without the need for internet access or custom-designed hardware. Built in to the kit is a couple of common demoes, such as human detection, skeleton mapping, and attention tracking.
In addition to the included models, the Jetson Xavier NX is able to be trained for any AI workload. Perhaps you're building a scanner for an airport that verifies official identification versus forged documents. Or, maybe you're letting passengers know that their driver's license doesn't conform to the new REAL ID system, which will be required in 2021. You can train your system on-board or through an external AI training system and import the model into the device.
The most exciting aspect of this product is the ability to do all this AI training and processing live on the device without internet access. Because connectivity is never guaranteed, and speed and access can vary based on time of day, relying on internet access can be a limiting factor for AI. If you're building hardware for a factoring or manufacturing facility that may be deployed in a developing country, being able to use AI while off the grid can be the difference between market success and a bricked platform.
Once you have developed your application and are ready for system deployment, you can get just the Jetson Xavier NX deployment board and integrate it into your own custom hardware. This reduces the size and cost of the device, plus gives you greater flexibility in your deployment scheme. The developer board is available now for $399 and the deployment module will be available soon.
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Whether you're a regular maker or you're looking for new things to try while in lockdown, the Raspberry Pi is a great platform to expiriment with. This board is made for both prototyping as well as learning, and this week, Tom's Hardware has some great advanced projects as well as simple projects.
In the more advanced project category, there are truly a ton of interesting and unique projects. Some are more conceptual while others are designed to improve your daily life. Take, for example, Raspbian XP - a version of the Raspbian operating system designed to look like Windows XP. If you miss the bizarre blue taskbar and green Start button, then this project is for you. However, it's not going to change your day. However, if you're looking to get into shape, HIIT Pi: The Raspberry Pi Personal Trainer might be a legitimate project for you. This uses computer vision to make sure you are doing the moves correctly, like how a personal trainer would in a gym.
If you're looking for a simpler project, perhaps one you can do with your kids, then the second category is intended for you. These projects take advantage of a diverse add-on board, known as the Sense HAT. This board has sensors for temperature, humidity, pressure, magnetic forces, orientation, acceleration. In addition, it has an 8x8 LED pixel matrix which can be used for pictures, words, and more. Learning to use the sensors is easy and can be done using the Scratch 3 block-based programming environment.
Tom's Hardware will help walk you through setting up the device, adding the HAT, and working with the sensors. Like any new technology, making the screen say "Hello, World!" is the place to start, and it's where they start. Once you've got that working, you can move on to learning about the joystick and the temperature sensor. Then, you get to learn the accelerometer. With that knowledge, you should be able to master the device and create your own projects.
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When you think of the greast rivalries of the world, you might think of Holyfield and Tyson, or Axl Rose and Vince Neil. But, in the world of technology, there might not be any more interesting rivalry than AMD and Intel. For decades, these two companies have produced the vast majority of processors. For desktops and laptops, these two companies have owned the market. In the server market, Intel has long been the standard. For mobile phones, AMD was once the standard.
While the world is on pause, Tom's Hardware dedicated testing resources to putting the rivalry to the test in today's marketplace. They compared the current offerings from both brands across ten metrics, from price and value to heat and performance. On the total metric count, it was a clear win for AMD.
This win comes care of the difference between the companies' philosophies. AMD has always worked to be the low cost provider. They accomplish this by pushing their hardware to a higher threshold than Intel does. While this helped them in several categories, it did lose them in the overclocking capacity. Because they natively push their processors harder, it means that there is less head room at the top of the processor for users to push it farther.
The biggest win for AMD was in its value. For the same price, you can get an AMD processor with more cores and similar or higher clock speed. In fact, looking at the comparable product families, AMD's processors tend to run about 20% less per device than an Intel processor.
Now, it is important to note that, just because AMD won seven out of ten categories, does not mean that AMD is the right solution for everyone. When purchasing a pre-built machine, don't go out of your way to over customize your configuration. When building your own machine, consider what your intentions are and what your needs are going to be.
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One of the most interesting aspects of CES is the fact that it is not just a single conference, but really a collection of conferences all within Las Vegas at once. Our floor interviews come from some other events, such as ShowStoppers. One of the larger events to take place during the show is the Digital Health Summit @ CES, a two-day partner event that showcases some of the big, upcoming advancements in health tech.
The conference is hosted by Living in Digital Times, who we also spoke to about The Young Innovators Awards. The conference draws large exhibitors like Philips and Johnson & Johnson, and startups alike.
This year's conference showed the growing popularity of a more personalized approach to healthcare and wellness. Products like Lumen, who received our TPN Pick award, is a great example of a personalized approach to wellness. While we've had wearables and trackers for a while, we're just starting to see the promise of taking those data points and applying them to reality. Another great example of this is EyeQue, a company that allows you to administer your own eye exams without the need for a doctor's visit.
Another big trend for this year was sleep science. We had the pleasure of speaking with several companies that were approaching sleep technology from various angles, ranging from a way to know about what time it is based on the color of a box to devices designed to help train you to get better sleep based on your experiences. At the Digital Health Summit, they had keynote speakers from companies like Sleep Number, whose newest models all offer sleep tracking and training built into the bed itself.
The Digital Health Summit happens every year during CES. To learn more about the conference and see videos from 2020, head over to their website.
There is a growing movement to teach kids and young adults to code. The problem with this movement is that coding in itself is neither worthwhile nor interesting. Without a goal or a purpose that is intriguing to the student, the task is often abandoned without a feeling of completion. One company has found a way to combine the fun and magical worlds of Disney with software education to develop Disney Codeillusion.
For some, the excitement of knowing that you have forced a computer to do what you asked can be enough to drive the educational process. For others, applying that knowledge to building an app or a website can be satisfying. Using code skills to control a robot is a motivating factor for others. But, for some people, gaming is the best way to make the educational process stick, and that is exactly what Disney Codeillusion is all about.
This product uses Disney characters and worlds to create an interactive role playing game (RPG) in which the player is challenged with programming tasks to continue the gameplay. Because the courses are presented in the context of a game, it means that the learning process is completely paced by the student. Self-paced learning can help a lot of students to gain and retain information.
Another aspect of the game is that, when you're stuck, you have your in-game friends to help. Since your friends are all Disney characters, they tend to possess special powers. In this case, those powers can help you out of a sticky situation by leading you toward the answer (but not giving it to you).
The complete course comes with a storybook and the online learning platform and is available for purchase now. The retail price is $1,999 on the company's website.
Lumen is a breath analyzer, but with a different purpose from what you may be thinking. Rather than being used to analyze whether or not you are drunk, Lumen is used to determine information about your metabolism. The company claims that with a single breath they can give you information about the effectiveness of exercise and more. They do this by determining whether you are currently burning carbs or fat based on a CO2 sensor and flow meter.
The science behind the device is not new. A similar process has been in use in hospitals and sports facilities for years. Lumen is bringing the concept to consumers for the first time. Whether you are actively trying to lose weight or just looking to improve your nutrition, Lumen can help.
To get started, you use the sensor to determine your metabolism throughout your day. This allows the system to determine how you are affected by activity, sleep, and more. Based on your readings, the connected app can give you a recommended meal plan, including when to eat. Before you workout, you can also use the sensor to determine whether you are in a good position to exercise or if you need to fuel up first. When you're done with your workout, run another test to see how your body was affected. This will allow you and the app to help optimize future workouts and meals to be the most effective.
All of this data combines together to form your Lumen Flex Score. This score indicates how effective your metabolism is for your lifestyle and health. Keeping an eye on this score will allow you to track your success and help with sustaining results.
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Lumen is available now. The regular retail is $349, but the company is currently running a sale for $299.
Richard Graham, Chief Executive Officer of Delta Sound Labs, was at CES 2020 with the company's latest offering, Stream, a granular sampler audio effects plug-in that helps musicians and audio techs create big textures from very small sound samples.
Delta Sound Labs is a U.S. based audio technology company focused on bridging analog and digital domains to create new instruments for the music, film, and gaming industries. Stream does that in a powerful, but user-friendly way, employing the concept of live looping - capturing audio on the fly, then repeating it to create larger, grander textures.
Stream is a plug-and-play virtual mixer employing time-domain processing that provides an immediacy of results not found in spectral or frequency granulators. It can manage very small samples of sound, down to 20 milliseconds, and layer it up to 16 voices. While most looping systems allow for a short burst to be repeated on end (think KT Tunstall's Black Horse and the Cherry Tree), Stream is designed for integrating very small sections of audio as well as longer loops.
The system also boasts a very low latency, making it ideal for live performance. The software is designed for people who like to perform solo with conventional instruments like the guitar, voice, or even brass, and want to record themselves as they play and use that as a pedal point to launch from, to solo or play melodies. From a live performance standpoint, there is something very special about a single performer acting as their own full band. The sounds can also be paired to a MIDI controller, allowing you to play the recordings back almost like notes on a piano.
Stream also works within Unity as an audio mixer plugin, providing a tool for environmental audio for video games. This kind of granular audio processing could make for smaller audio installations for games, while also widening the capabilities of the game. Opening a door in a horror game could have a screeching sound that is customized to the length of the action.
The software retails for $49. Visit the company's website to learn more about Stream and see other Delta Sound Labs products.