DT Daily: iPad rumors, Oculus VR-LSD, QuarterWave update

Apple just held one of the biggest tech events of the year last week when it introduced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. Along with that, iOS 8 made its debut yesterday. That may sound like more than enough for one year, but it seems that Apple’s not done yet. A new report hints that the company will introduce two new iPad models and OS X Yosemite at an October 21 event. The Daily Dot claims to have heard about the event from anonymous sources who are familiar with Apple’s plans. And this isn’t too far fetched. Last year, Apple held its iPad event on October 22. If the rumor is true, expect updates to the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina. Earlier reports hinted at a 12.9 inch iPad Pro making its debut in either this year or next, and with what we’re hearing now, it’s looking more like 2015.

Ever wanted to see your carpet change patterns right in front of your eyes? Well good news — thanks to the miracles of modern technology, you can finally make it happen without eating a sheet of high-power blotter acid. Using a modified Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and some clever software, one researcher has developed a unique setup that can apply different patterns to your floor and other surfaces in your house. The system uses an RGB-D camera mounted on top of the Rift, giving the device full color vision. With the help of some custom software, it’s able to measure the contours of a given room to create a 3D map. If this technology becomes more sophisticated, maybe living in an empty apartment won’t be so bad in the future.

Here’s an update on a kickstarter project that audiophiles like myself are eagerly anticipating. The QuarterWave, a gorgeous concoction of wood, metal, and glass from SmartWood, goes beyond the normal fare, amounting to a truly unique piece of audio gear. The QuarterWave has a secret weapon: a cost of around half of its original price tag, available for a crazy-low $249. The QuarterWave met its original funding goal, and added new stretch goals for the last 18 days of its campaign, including a Bluetooth adapter, extra color choices, and primo RCA cables. In addition, a wireless remote, and NFC touch pairing for compatible devices will be added should the speaker move past its current $38K to $50,000 and $60,000 respectively.

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