Ravindra Jadeja looking forward to challenging Sri Lanka series

first_imgRavindra Jadeja’s indecision cost Hardik Pandya his wicket in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan. Many cricket fans blamed the al-rounder for the eventual loss.”Honestly the true followers of the game understand that such things (run out) happen sometimes. No one does it intentionally,” Ravindra Jadeja told India Today.  “Everyone wants to represents the country and everyone has big dreams. There have been so many run outs in cricket, but it is part of the game and I don’t think I need to worry so much about it,” he added.  India has played a lot of cricket since then. Virat Kohli’s men finished the short West Indies tour on a sour note, losing in the solitary T20, but not before winning five-match ODI series 3-1. Up next a Sri Lanka who will be trying to bounce back after an humiliating loss to Zimbabwe in the ODI series.   “Critics change their views after every series. I don’t play the game for critics. I play for myself. I always aim to give my best in whatever conditions that I play in,” he said on his critics questioning his overseas record.Jadeja is excited for a long and challenging tour of the island nation. India will play three Tests, five ODIs and a lone T20 international in Sri Lanka starting July 26″I like to perform when there are challenges. In cricket when you get easy performances or easy wickets then it’s no fun, but when you have to fight and perform in challenging conditions then that feeling is something else,” he said.advertisementRavindra Jadeja and his wife Reeva Solanki, who got married on April 17 last year in Rajkot, became parents to a baby girl at the  start of last month.”It was a special feeling. I don’t realise anything now but as I spend more time with the baby, then I will get more attached. It is a good thing for me and everyone in the family is so happy,” said Jadeja on the birth of his baby girl, even confessing,  “Sometimes when I go home, I get bored so now I have a toy to play with now, it will be a good time pass for me.”Jadeja learned his trade while his time at Rajasthan Royals from the legendary Shane Warne, someone he says he “didn’t know” at the time.  But the thing that perplexed Jadeja is why he was called a ‘rockstar’ by Shane Warne and just  kept working hard on his game and kept improving his skills, whether it was bowling or batting.”Then I didn’t know what rockstar meant. When I met Shane Warne for the first time, I didn’t know he was such a great bowler in Test cricket. He used to call me ‘Rockstar’, and I used to wonder that I don’t sing any songs, nor do I do anything then why is he calling me Rockstar?”I just asked one of my friends why he is calling me Rockstar. He said that maybe because you put too much of zinc on your face that is why,” he finished.last_img read more

One-Off Test: Sikandar Raza puts Zimbabwe on course for first Test win over Sri Lanka

first_imgSikandar Raza closed in on his maiden hundred and put Zimbabwe in sight of a first Test victory against Sri Lanka on the third day of their only match at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.The touring side, who also won their maiden one-day international series against Sri Lanka which finished last week, reached 252/6 in their second innings at the close of play for an overall lead of 262 runs.The 31-year-old Raza was unbeaten on 97 for his highest test score and has added 107 for the unbroken seventh wicket with Malcolm Waller, who remained 57 not out.Sri Lankan spin spearhead Rangana Herath (4/85) had helped the hosts to reduce Zimbabwe to 59-5 at one stage but Raza and Peter Moor, who made 40, launched a fightback with a stand of 86 for the sixth wicket.Earlier, Zimbabwe captain and leg-spinner Graeme Cremer (5/125) took his maiden five-wicket haul to help his side to restrict Sri Lanka to 346 after the hosts had resumed on 293/7.Sri Lanka have been hampered by a left hamstring injury to all-rounder Asela Gunaratne, who has been told he needs a recovery period of up to 10 days and will not bowl or field in the remainder of the ongoing Test.last_img read more

OnePlus 5 OxygenOS 4.5.12 update brings fix to YouTube Video lag, display issues, Security patch and more

first_imgOnePlus has been quite swift with its OS updates for its latest flagship phone OnePlus 5 . The company only last week released the OxygenOS 4.5.11 that brought several bug fixes along with Android security patch and now it has silently released the OxygenOS 4.5.12 update for the phone.The update is only 27MB in size and fixes several bugs like the YouTube video lag, display issues with some UI elements and more. The company has also tagged the September security patch along with the update. The company is also fixing the issue of no 4G+ network in some regions with the latest OS update.Here are the other fixes that the OxygenOS 4.5.12 brings along:– Fixed bug of missing icon of Download app in 4.5.11– Supports customization of notification ringtone– Improved launching speed of apps– Optimised adaptive brightness– Fixed issue of YouTube video lagging behind audio– Fixed display issues of some UI elements– General bug fixesBeing an OTA update, the OxygenOS 4.5.12 will be rolled out in batches. In case you do not receive the update notification, you can check for it manually in your phone.OnePlus 5 was launched in June this year. The phone costs Rs 32,999 for the base 6GB variant. The smartphone sports a metal unibody design with 5.5-inch display protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on top.  The 8GB variant is priced at Rs 37,999.OnePlus 5 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and is powered by powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The smartphone received its first OxygenOS 4.5.1 OTA update on the day of global unveiling, and the second update came within a week of its launch.advertisementlast_img read more

I dont believe in giving up: Vineet Kumar Singh

first_imgMumbai, Jan 5 (PTI) Release of “Mukkabaaz” will be the end of an arduous journey for lead actor Vineet Kumar Singh, who also debuts as a feature film writer with the sports romance.Having written the script with a desire to play the lead, the 36-year-old struggled to find a director for the project for three years, overcame injuries while getting in shape to perform the demanding role of a boxer and even battled financial crunch.”All those I approached liked the story but I was told to play some other role or associate myself as a writer with this film. But I did not want this to happen. I approached around 25 producers and none of them were keen to do this film with me. I was like maybe in six months or a year I will find someone but that did not happen,” he told PTI in an interview.Vineet, who has acted in films like “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Bombay Talkies”, wrote “Mukkabaaz” with his sister and a friend.The “Ugly” actor thought Anurag Kashyap — the director and co-producer of “Mukkabaaz” — will not buy into his dream project. A meeting to take the “Black Friday” directors “feedback” on the script ended with more than advice.Vineet said he was hesitant to approach the director who had already cast him in three of his films.”After he read the script, he called me up and that phone call is the most important call of my life. He told me I will direct it and you will play the lead.”advertisementVineet said Kashyap wanted him to look like a real boxer and determined to give his best, he packed his bags and went to Patalia to train with real boxers.”As a boxer, I had to be physically fit. I was training for stamina and physical strength. Before meeting Anurag sir, I did train in boxing in Mumbai for a brief period. I realised that it was not proper boxing but MMA. I discussed this with Anurag sir and he spoke to (star boxer) Vijender Singh, who later spoke to a coach in Patalia.”With an aim to understand the inner life of a boxer, Vineet started the training. His only condition was to be treated like a real boxer.”In the film, I have fought in different styles. I was playing with international players like Neeraj Goyal, Deepak Tanwar and Sandeep Yadav.”There were lot of injuries that Vineet faced due to his extensive training but overcame them.”I did not have a house to stay. I was running out of money and had no work. If I quit this, then I had to be a doctor. I felt if I give up, then the problem is with me. I did not give up.”Vineet says the sports romance was shot like a real fight.”Action meant you will fight and keep fighting. It was more like real fight. Nothing was planned in advance.”Vineet, a national level basketball player, says he chose boxing because he wanted the focus to be on him in the film.”Being a basketball player, I could have easily written a story around it but it would have had 12 actors, as the sport requires that many people. So out of selfish reasons, I chose a film on boxing so that I get the chance to show my skills.””Mukkabaaz”, also staring Zoya Hussain, is slated to release on January 12. PTI KKP JUR NRB BKlast_img read more

La Liga: Barcelona held by Celta Vigo despite Lionel Messi ending goal drought

first_imgBarcelona stumbled for the second consecutive week in La Liga, being held to a 2-2 home draw against Celta Vigo on Saturday and giving its nearest challengers a chance to move closer to the top.Barcelona now have a five-point lead over second-place Valencia, who will play mid-table side Getafe on Sunday.Third-place Atletico Madrid and fourth-place Real Madrid are nine points behind the Catalan club ahead of their games later Saturday. Atletico hosts Real Sociedad and Real Madrid plays at Athletic Bilbao.”It’s tough to lose points at home in such an important game,” Barcelona midfielder Paulinho said. “We had plenty of chances but we didn’t take advantage of them.”Barcelona had won 11 of its 13 league matches entering the weekend. Its other setbacks in the league this season were draws at Atletico Madrid and at Valencia last week.It hadn’t lost points at home in 18 straight league matches, since a 1-1 draw against rival Real Madrid nearly a year ago.”This result will boost our players’ morale,” said Celta coach Juan Carlos Unzue, who used to be Luis Enrique’s assistant at Barcelona. “It shows that we are on the right track and that we are getting better each day.”Celta, eighth in the standings, has proved a tough opponent for Barcelona, losing only two of its last five matches against the Spanish powerhouse.It opened the scoring with Iago Aspas’ close-range shot in the 20th minute. Lionel Messi equalized just two minutes later from inside the area after an assist by Paulinho, taking his league-leading tally to 13 goals.advertisementLuis Suarez put Barcelona ahead after a cross by Jordi Alba in the 61st, becoming Barcelona’s 10th all-time top scorer with 127 goals in 165 games.Celta evened the match less than 10 minutes later with a goal by Maxi Gomez from inside the area after being set up by Aspas in a breakaway which saw Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti hurt a right leg muscle. He was substituted and the club later said Umtiti could be out for two months.Barcelona captain Andre Iniesta also had to be substituted because of an apparent injury early in the second half.”It took a while for us to get into the game, but we eventually took control,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “In the end we had our opportunities to win, but we couldn’t get it done.”Defender Gerard Pique had a chance to put Barcelona ahead in the 75th, but his close-range shot from a tight angle hit the post after he had cleared goalkeeper Ruben Blanco and had an open net in front of him.Messi just missed with a header in the 85th, and a minute later Celta had a chance to score the potential winner but Pione Sisto’s shot from inside the area was stopped by a remarkable foot save by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.last_img read more

West Indies captain Jason Holder banned for second Test against New Zealand

first_imgWest Indies captain Jason Holder has been suspended for one Test and fined 60 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 30 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during New Zealand’s innings and 67 runs victory in the Wellington Test.According to an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement, match referee Chris Broad imposed the suspension on Holder after the West Indies were ruled to be three overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration.In accordance with Article 2.5.1 and Appendix 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which deals with minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.As Holder had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the Jamaica Test against Pakistan in April 2017, this offence constituted his second minor over-rate offence in a Test match within a 12-month period.The suspension means Holder will miss the second Test against New Zealand which starts in Hamilton on Saturday.The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth official Wayne Knights.last_img read more

Yanks Don’t Pay To Pay A-Roid $6M

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the team in December 2007 and a separate marketing agreement that called for $6 million payments for up to five milestone accomplishments designated by the Yankees.Each payment is due within 15 days of designation and is in exchange for rights such as using Rodriguez’s name and image in selling licensed goods.At the time of the marketing agreement, those accomplishments were contemplated to be tying the home run totals of Mays, Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds, (762), and breaking Bonds’ major league record.Rodriguez returns to the team next month after a season-long drug suspension and has three seasons and $61 million in guaranteed money remaining in his contract.New York’s thought process on the $6 million payment, first reported by the Daily News, was described to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.The Yankees are thinking of letting any accomplishment pass without declaring it a milestone.A failure to declare a milestone and make a payment likely would trigger a grievance on Rodriguez’s behalf by the Major League Baseball Players Association. Barring a settlement, the case would be heard by an arbitrator.Rodriguez’s spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, declined comment.A-Rod met last week with Rob Manfred, who headed the investigation of the Biogenesis of the America clinic that led to the player’s suspension for violation of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.“Occasionally when players have an issue, they have asked me for advice, come to see me, wanted to talk to me about something,” Manfred said. “I don’t put a particular significance on this meeting. It was one of those things. A player wanted to come in. We had a brief meeting.”Rodriguez, a three-time AL MVP, turns 40 in July, and the Yankees have said they plan to shift him from third base to designated hitter.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Serena Williams Earns 700th Win

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FL — Seven-time champion Serena Williams overcame some shaky play Wednesday for her 700th career victory, beating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Miami Open.Williams won despite an unreliable serve, a poor second set and 51 unforced errors. The victory was her 16th in a row on Key Biscayne, where she’s the two-time defending champion.The No. 1-seeded Williams withdrew before the Indian Wells semifinal earlier this month with a right knee injury, but she has won 19 consecutive matches this year.Williams’ opponent Thursday will be the winner of the match Wednesday night between unseeded American Sloane Stephens and No. 3 Simona Halep. TweetPinShare0 Shares STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writerlast_img read more

Mets Romp Over Brewers, 14-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Wilmer Flores arrived at Citi Field and saw he had been dropped to the bottom of the batting order, even below pitcher Jacob deGrom. The pair made Terry Collins’ grand idea look like genius.The Mets manager slotted New York’s top home-run hitter ninth in the batting order for the first time in nearly a half-century and batted his pitcher eighth for the third time this season.that stopped a five-game losing streak.New York had totaled 10 runs during its skid.“We finally woke up,” Flores said.DeGrom was 3 for 3 with three singles, including two in the big inning. He became only the second pitcher since at least 1914 to have three hits in the No. 8 hole, according to STATS, following St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright against Atlanta on Aug. 22, 2008. And deGrom picked an appropriate time for the hat trick — it was fedora giveaway night.“That was fun,” deGrom said with a wide smile. “Just trying to get up there and hit the ball hard, and they found holes.”With the game scoreless in the second inning, runners at first and second and one out, deGrom punched a first-pitch, go-ahead hit as Milwaukee anticipated a bunt.“I saw that the infield was kind of shifted over, so I was just trying to hit the ball in the middle of the field,” deGrom said.Kevin Plawecki, who sat out May 15 because of a sinus infection, hit a RBI grounder to shortstop in the fourth as Michael Cuddyer slid home ahead of shortstop Luis Sardinas’ off-line throw, and deGrom loaded the bases with his second hit.Wearing neon orange batting gloves, Flores drove a 94 mph fastball over the 370-foot sign and into the left-field party deck, an area where the Mets brought in the fence before the 2012 season. He became the first starting NL position player to hit a grand slam from the No. 9 hole in an NL ballpark, STATS said.“He did something right, that’s for sure,” Collins said.Flores’ sixth home run this season, which tied a career high set last year, put the Mets ahead 6-0. The shortstop had been struggling, entering with nine errors — tied for third in the major leagues.“It’s got to help him,” Collins said. “He’s going to put up big offensive numbers. With the defensive side, I think he’s really been pressing at the plate a little bit.”New York had nine hits and sent up 15 batters in the 32-minute bottom of the fourth, its highest-scoring inning since a club-record 11-run sixth against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 16, 2006. The Mets’ top home-run hitter had not been ninth in the order since April 30, 1967, in a doubleheader opener at Cincinnati, according to STATS.Don Cardwell, New York’s starting pitcher that day, was in a seven-way tie for the Mets’ home-run lead with one. Flores became the Mets’ first outright home-run leader to hit ninth.New York tied the record for runs by a team at Citi Field, which opened in 2009, and had a season-high 16 hits on a night of intermittent rain.Collins wasn’t concerned Milwaukee would pitch around Flores, an infielder whose career high was six homers last year. “It’s not like he’s Giancarlo Stanton,” the manager said.Cutting down on his stride, deGrom (4-4) limited the Brewers to five hits in six innings, giving up his only run on Ryan Braun’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly. He is 9-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last 11 home starts.“It was a big night,” he said. “Everything came together.”Garza (2-5) allowed a career-high 10 runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings, raising his ERA from 4.04 to 5.72. Plawecki added a solo homer, and Curtis Granderson hit a two-run drive in the seventh off Neal Cotts,DeGrom laughed about whether a few more big days at the plate could earn an even higher spot in the batting order. “I don’t think so,” he said. “I’ll probably stay there.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Injured Yanks Hurler Whitley Done

first_imgNEW YORK — Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and miss the rest of the season.The team made the announcement May 18 during an off-day.The 25-year-old Whitley left his start May 14 against Tampa Bay in the second inning because of pain in his elbow.Whitley will have the surgery in New York. He was 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA in four starts this season.Injured Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova kept up their comebacks.Tanaka, who hasn’t pitched since April 23 because of right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain, threw 29 pitches Monday in a bullpen session at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Manager Joe Girardi said that a minor league rehab game May 21 was an option.Nova is expected back next month from Tommy John surgery in April 2014. The righty threw 42 pitches over three innings against Philadelphia minor leaguers.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rays Rally Catches Mets, 4-3

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Once again, the New York Mets were in control early. That was until All-Star Chris Archer found his control.The Mets scored three times in the second inning when Archer walked four batters, but were shut out the rest of the way Aug. 9 in a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.For the second day in a row, the NL East leaders took a quick 3-0 edge but wound up losing. Curtis Granderson drew a bases-loaded walk and Daniel Murphy hit a two-run single to excite the many Mets fans at Tropicana Field.“I thought the offense that inning really did a good job to put some good at bats on him,” said Murphy, who had two of the Mets’ six hits.“We put ourselves in a position to put up a crooked number right there. He threw me three really good sliders. Fortunately one of them was a ball or the inning would have been over, and then I had to just battle up after that.”Archer got Yoenis Cespedes on a foul pop to end the inning, then struck out the side in the following inning. The Mets never got another runner to second base.“There’s a lot of talk about this guy being the best in the American League and he certainly looked like it outside that one inning where he just lost command,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “Great stuff.”Nor could the Mets get anything going against three Tampa Bay relievers. Xavier Cedeno (2-1) pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Jake McGee earned his sixth save.Rookie Richie Shaffer’s third hit in three at-bats against Bartolo Colon (10-11) was a solo homer into the left-field seats. Shaffer entered with one hit — a homer — in seven at-bats this season.John Jaso drove in three runs for the Rays, who reached the .500 mark at 56-56.Archer gave up three runs, four hits, four walks and struck out 10 over six innings. All the walks and eight of his strikeouts came in the first three innings.“This is a morale booster,” Archer said.The Mets, who are scheduled to open a seven-game homestand Aug. 10 night against the Colorado Rockies, have lost two straight after a seven-game winning streak.They went 4-2 on a Florida road trip and remain a game and a half ahead of the second-place Washington Nationals, who also lost Aug. 9.“It was a good road trip,” General Manager Sandy Alderson said. “It could have been a great road trip, but this team played us well.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jags Beat Bills in London, 34-31

first_imgLONDON — When the big lead was finally wiped out, Blake Bortles got his offense going for one last drive.Got it going right into the end zone.It was the defense that gave the Jacksonville Jaguars a big lead over the Buffalo Bills at Wembley Stadium, but it was Bortles that put the final touch on the 34-31 victory by completing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Allen Hurns with 2:16 remaining.“The offensive line, they did a great job as far as just giving Blake a lot of time,” Hurns said of the winning play. “Blake does an awesome job of just keeping plays alive.”The Jaguars (2-5) won their first game in London after losing in each of the past two seasons at Wembley, the home of England’s national soccer team. The Bills (3-4) were playing in the British capital for the first time.It was also the first time the game was streamed live around the world on Yahoo’s website.The Jaguars built up a 27-3 lead, mainly by taking advantage of another inconsistent performance from backup Bills quarterback EJ Manuel.On third-and-9 early in the second quarter, Aaron Colvin forced a fumble from Manuel and Chris Clemons grabbed the loose ball and ran 6 yards into the end zone.After the kickoff and a touchback, Manuel was again in the pocket but his pass was picked off by Telvin Smith, who ran it in from the 26.And the defense wasn’t done yet. On the fourth play of the next drive, Manuel was again picked off, this time by Paul Posluszny.“Just bad football,” said Manuel, who finished with 298 yards on 24-of-42 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.Manuel, however, led the comeback attempt and safety Corey Graham nearly capped it off by returning an interception 44 yards for a touchdown and 31-27 Bills lead.That’s when Bortles came up with the goods.“To be able to stay calm and to have a big lead and give it up and be able to come back and score to win the game is huge,” said Bortles, who was 13 of 29 for 182 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.(CHRIS LEHOURITES, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cardinals-Panthers Also Fascinates

first_imgCHARLOTTE, NC— Hey, don’t forget about us.As in, yes, while Brady-Manning 17 takes place earlier in the day, the teams with the two best records in the NFL go at it in the NFC championship game Sunday night.That would be the host Carolina Panthers, that rare team to go 15-1 in the regular season, and the Arizona Cardinals, who were next in the NFC and overall standings at 13-3. Maybe it isn’t the juiciest story line dominating the football world, but there’s plenty of reasons to be intrigued by this one, too.“One guy (Tom Brady) is playing in his 10th and there are two guys that are playing in their first,” Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer says of reaching the last step before the Super Bowl. Palmer, in his 13th season, and Panthers QB Cam Newton, in his fifth, are newbies at conference title games. “Everybody has a different journey. Everybody has a different path, and however it works out is the way it works out. Everybody has different roads.”That’s also true for the coaches. Arizona’s Bruce Arians’ long and winding coaching road goes back to his time at Alabama under Bear Bryant. Ron Rivera, a linebacker for the awesome Chicago Bears’ defense of the 1980s, spent time on three coaching staffs before landing the Carolina gig.Both franchises have been to the Super Bowl and lost close contests. New England beat Carolina 32-29 after the 2003 season, and Pittsburgh edged Arizona 27-23 for the 2009 championship.“I think we are the better team,” Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson says. “I’m pretty sure they are saying the same thing, that they are the better team. We’ll find out on Sunday.”Some things to watch for in the NFC championship game, which kicks off at 6:40 p.m. ET:___HEISMANS: This is the first meeting of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks in a conference championship. Palmer won it at Southern California in 2002 and Newton took it at Auburn eight years later.This has been the best pro season for both of them. Newton, the All-Pro QB, threw for 35 touchdowns and ran for 10, an unprecedented number for the position. Palmer has the highest passer rating, 104.6, of any of the four remaining quarterbacks — yes, higher than Hall of Fame-bound Brady and Peyton Manning — and also threw for 35 scores.The list of Heisman winners at the position who had NFL success has been slim. Consider these names surrounding Palmer’s award: Chris Weinke, Eric Crouch, Jason White and Matt Leinart.Better to look at the professional pedigree. When healthy, Palmer has been a solid quarterback if not spectacular, and he is a perfect fit for Arians’ schemes in Arizona.Newton has taken the Panthers to three straight NFC South titles, something never previously achieved. His skill set can be overwhelming, as is his confidence.He expects to perform at a high level regardless of the circumstances or pressure.“I don’t get nervous,” Newton says. “I’ve been playing football too long for me to get nervous. I have dreamed of being in this position.”___WEATHER: A severe winter storm rocked the Carolinas, although conditions should be fine by kickoff, if a bit chilly for Charlotte.Both teams could turn to the running game if the weather is problematic, which might be an advantage for the Panthers, with Jonathan Stewart over Arizona rookie David Johnson. Stewart’s 59-yard sprint on the first play against Seattle last week catapulted him toward a 106-yard performance and set the tone for a decisive first half.With solid defenses on both sides — Arizona ranked fifth during the regular season, Carolina sixth — any hangover from the nasty weather could keep the score down.___FITZ VS. JOSH: Josh Norman emerged in 2015 as one of the NFL’s best shutdown cornerbacks. Larry Fitzgerald re-emerged as one of the league’s most dangerous receivers this season.When they match up, it could be the most entertaining and significant battle in the game.Norman likes to get physical, as his antagonistic showdown with the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. showed in December. Fitzgerald doesn’t get intimidated.“Josh Norman is a premier cornerback,” Fitzgerald says. “There’s a reason he’s going to be the highest-paid free agent come this offseason. Whatever team he goes to, I hope it’s in the AFC, so we don’t have to deal with him.”The Cardinals will move Fitzgerald around, into the slot at times, and even coming through the backfield as he did on the shovel pass that beat Green Bay in overtime last week. That will put someone else on him at times.But mostly, it will be the ultra-confident Norman.___DON’T GET CONSERVATIVE: Carolina played it way too safe last week after building a 31-0 lead over Seattle at halftime. The final? Try 31-24, as the Seahawks dominated the last two quarters.Rivera has acknowledged that the Panthers got way too protective instead of continuing to push the pace, challenge the Seahawks. He promises that won’t happen again, though he probably should be concerned how his defense ran out of gas in the second half of that game.Arians has warned Palmer not to be too restrained, concerned that the quarterback could check off some plays against a defense led by three All-Pros in Norman and linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.One thing for certain is Arizona won’t back off on its aggression on defense.___GAME CHANGERS: Several other players who could be the catalyst to their team getting to the Super Bowl: TE Greg Olsen, DT Kawaan Short and S Kurt Coleman for Carolina; WRs Michael Floyd and John Brown, S Rashad Jefferson and DE-LB Dwight Freeney for Arizona.BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer ___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panathinaikos announce Ledesma signing

first_imgThe 33-year-old centre midfielder, who played for Santos last season, has signed a two-year contract with the Greens.Ledesma obtained Italian citizenship in 2008 and has made one appearance with the Italian national team.Source: SdnaTweetPinShare0 Shares Panathinaikos have officially announced the transfer of Argentinian Cristian Ledesma.last_img

Couldn’t get more comfortable for Panathinaikos in Lefkada

first_imgPanathinaikos improved its record in the Greek Basket League to 4 – 1 after beating Doxa Lefkadas 73 – 46 on the road with a comfort that is shown in the final score.The Greens more or less “finished” the match in the first half when Antonis Fotsis’ buzzer beating three-pointer sent them to the locker rooms with an advantage of 19 points, 41 – 22.Coach Pascual’s players kept the same intensity in their defensive game facing no problem whatsoever until the end, with Nick Calathes (11 points, 6 assists), Giannis Bourousis (12 points, 6 rebounds) and James Gist (13 points) dropping double-digit numbers.This was the fourth defeat for First division newcomers Doxa Lefkadas that saw Justin Robertson scoring 12 points and Melham Basabe adding 9 plus 9 rebounds.Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stephens Tops Williams; Faces Keys in All-American US Open F

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens was two points from defeat against Venus Williams in one U.S. Open semifinal before pulling out the victory.Madison Keys faced no such test, overwhelming CoCo Vandeweghe in the other semifinal.Now Stephens and Keys, a pair of pals in their early 20s, will meet in the first Grand Slam title match for each — and the first all-American women’s final at Flushing Meadows since 2002.Stephens summoned some of her best strokes when she needed them the most, steeling herself when so close to defeat and taking the last three games of a back-and-forth thriller, edging seven-time major champion Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 on Thursday night.“I have a lot of grit,” said Stephens, who is ranked 83rd after having surgery on her left foot in January and is the fourth unseeded finalist at the tournament in the Open era, which dates to 1968. “I don’t give up. Like, I’m not just going to give it to someone. I’m not just going to let them take it from me.”The 15th-seeded Keys, who dominated No. 20 Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2, had her own recent health issue to deal with: She missed the first two months of this year after an offseason operation on her left wrist, then needed another procedure in June because of pain in that arm.“It was kind of one of those days where I came out and I was kind of in a zone,” Keys said of her play Thursday, “and I just kind of forced myself to stay there.”She had 25 winners to only nine unforced errors, never faced a break point and needed barely more than an hour to win.“Madison played an unbelievable match,” said Vandeweghe, who wiped away tears during her news conference. “I didn’t really have much to do with anything out there.”It would have been even shorter, except play was delayed for more than five minutes when Keys left the court to have her upper right leg taped at 4-1 in the second set. She said she first felt something in that leg in her previous match but made it sound as if the treatment was simply a precaution.“I just didn’t want it to become something that would be bad,” Keys said. “So as soon as I kind of felt it get the tiniest bit worse, I just had it wrapped to try and prevent anything from happening.”This was the first time in 36 years that all four women’s semifinalists at the U.S. Open represented the host country, so it was understandable if spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium were conflicted about which players to pull for.At 37, Williams was attempting to become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She was trying to reach her third major final of this season, something she last did 15 years ago. Here’s how long and successful her career has been: Williams’ first final in New York came in her U.S. Open debut in 1997. Stephens, now 24, was 4 at the time.“Venus knows it’s an opportunity lost,” said her coach, David Witt, “because she had it. She had it on her racket.”Williams was ahead 5-4 with Stephens serving at 30-all. Two points away. That’s when they engaged in a 25-stroke point, until Stephens conjured up a backhand passing winner down the line, then wheeled and pumped her fists.“That was good, huh?” Stephens said later.At 5-all, Stephens broke with the help of a rainbow of a winner — “That lob-thingy,” she’d call it — that drew a standing ovation from the crowd, and a full-sprint get of a short ball that she turned into a “How did she do that?!” point-ender at an impossible angle.“There was nothing I could do about those shots,” Williams said.Soon enough, Stephens was serving out the biggest win of her career — and of this comeback. She returned to the tour at Wimbledon in July, losing in the first round, and lost her next match, too. Her ranking, which reached a high of No. 11 in 2013, dropped out of the top 900.But since then, Stephens has won 14 of 16 matches.“Sloane is a new person right now,” the 22-year-old Keys said. “I think she’s really loving being back on the court again and she’s just excited to be out here and playing really well.”Williams vs. Stephens was a back-and-forth affair, with a pair of lopsided sets leading up to a classic third. Just when it seemed one woman or the other was in full command, the match would swerve in a new direction.They both hit the ball hard. They both covered so much ground, Williams getting to seemingly unreachable balls thanks to her long wingspan, Stephens doing the same thanks to her speed.But it was Williams who faltered. She finished with six double-faults and a total of 51 unforced errors, 24 more than Stephens.“I just wasn’t playing well. Those are moments where you have to dig deep and figure out how to get the ball on the court and have a big game. I can’t be tentative and try to figure out how to put that ball in,” Williams said. “Clearly she’s seen me play many, many times. I haven’t seen her play as much.”Stephens and Keys have only played once before, on a hard court at Miami in 2015. Stephens won in straight sets.Away from the court, though, they know each other well. On Saturday, one will raise a Grand Slam trophy for the first time, at the other’s expense.“She’s one of my closest friends on tour. It’s obviously going to be tough,” Stephens said. “It’s not easy playing a friend.”By HOWARD FENDRICH TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Europa League: AEK Won at Rijeka, Apollon Drew with Lyon

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Crowd disorder marred Cologne’s return to European competition after 25 years as the German team’s fans caused havoc in London and forced the Europa League game against Arsenal to be delayed on Thursday.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was surprised that the game was eventually played after a one-hour delay, with his team winning 3-1.The presence of thousands of ticketless Cologne fans, who marched through the streets of the British capital, made it hard for ticketholders to enter the Emirates Stadium.Police said four people were arrested for public order offenses. About 20,000 Cologne fans came to London, after only 3,000 tickets were allocated to them.“At some stage I thought they would not play the game, because I can’t see the police taking any risk,” Wenger said. “We live in a society of 100 percent security and I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium. But I must say our supporters as well dealt well with the situation as well and there was no aggravation.”Wenger said Cologne supporters had been “very clever” to enter the stadium undetected.“I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well,” he said. “I don’t know if they went through Arsenal membership, on the internet … they did very well.”Cologne coach Peter Stoger declined to be questioned on the actions of the supporters.“I have no comment about the fans,” he said. “I’m the coach. My job is the team. My job is football not the fans.”Cologne sits winless on the bottom of the Bundesliga, but its fans — walled off by security guards in the stadium were celebrating after only nine minutes when Jhon Cordoba lobbed goalkeeper David Ospina from 40 yards out.It took Arsenal 40 minutes to reply, through substitute Sead Kolasinac. Alexis Sanchez hit the match-winner, and started the move for the last goal, a rebound effort finished by Hector Bellerin as Arsenal won a Group H match that is likely to lead to UEFA charges over the disorder.___MILAN START FASTMilan started quickly in subduing host Austria Vienna 5-1 as forward Andre Silva scored a hat trick.Midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring after seven minutes then set up two for Silva in the 10th and 20th.“We played quickly, particularly in the first 20 minutes, finishing the game off clinically,” Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said. “This was a big win for us.”Alexandar Borkovic’s header reduced the deficit early in the second half, Silva completed his hat trick, and Suso finished the rout just a minute after coming off the bench.After three years away, AC Milan returned to European competition as perhaps the favorite — at least until December when eight teams jump in as a result of placing third in a Champions League group.AEK won at Rijeka 2-1 in the Group D game.___EVERTON STRUGGLESAtalanta struck three times in the first half to beat struggling Everton 3-0 in Group E on a triumphant return to Europe. Lyon drew with Apollon of Cyprus 1-1 in the group’s other game.___BRAGA RALLIESHoffenheim’s confidence after beating Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday was pricked by Braga, which rallied from a goal down to beat the German host 2-1.Sandro Wagner headed in a Pavel Kaderabek cross for Hoffenheim to lead in Group C. Joao Carlos equalized, and another Ricardo Esgaio cross set up the match-winner for Dyego Sousa after the break. In the other game in the group, Ludogorets and Istanbul Basaksehir drew 0-0.___SOCIEDAD SURGEReal Sociedad scored twice within a minute early in the first half on the way to a 4-0 victory over Rosenborg in Group L. Diego Llorente netted the opener nine minutes into the game, and the closer in the second half. It extended Sociedad’s fine start to the season, with the team opening the Spanish league with three wins.___OTHER GROUPSIn another high-scorer, Alassane Plea scored the first two goals to lead Nice over Zulte Waregem 5-1 in Group K.Another Italian club, Lazio, came from a 2-1 down to win 3-2 at Dutch side Vitesse in its Group K opener. Murgia scored the winner 15 minutes from time after Ciro Immobile equalized eight minutes earlier.Marseille beat Turkey’s Konyaspor 1-0 in Group I courtesy of a header by Adil Rami from Dimitri Payet’s corner kick.KAREL JANICEK, Associated Presslast_img read more

Chelsea Signs Kovacic on Loan from Madrid on Deadline Day

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Chelsea has signed Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid for the season.The move was completed on the final day of the Premier League’s transfer window.The 24-year-old Kovacic was part of Croatia’s run to the World Cup final, where it lost to France. Kovacic has been at Madrid since 2015, joining from Inter Milan.Chelsea has also sold a player — goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — to Real Madrid. The Belgian was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea met the goalkeeper’s 80 million euro ($93 million) buyout clause from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.The transfer window is closing a day before the season opens on Friday with Manchester United hosting Leicester. United manager Jose Mourinho says he is “not confident” of signing players Thursday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virtual and mediated realities: presentation technologies and potential applications

first_img Log in to Reply Returning to serious augmented reality applications, can you imagine the pilot of a small airplane on final approach into an airport wearing an augmented reality headset and seeing a series of glowing rectangles superimposed over the real scene, where said rectangles are floating in the air and receding into the distance? (There was a similar scene in the first Alien movie). All the pilot has to do is fly the plane through the center of each of these rectangles to enjoy the most fuel-efficient landing path.Similar to the above, the captain of a barge on the Mississippi River could use his augmented reality headset to view a series of virtual port and starboard buoys superimposed on the river accompanied by a dotted line showing the optimum path along which to steer the vessel.How about when you’re driving somewhere unfamiliar? Today’s GPS systems are pretty amazing, and it’s nice that they talk to you, but you still have to occasionally drag your eyes from the road to check the screen. Wouldn’t it be great to see a dotted line with arrows superimposed on the scene in front of you depicting exactly where to turn? The same thing applies if you find yourself walking around a strange city — it would be incredibly handy to be able to specify a destination like a local museum and to be presented with a dotted line with arrows guiding you to your destination.I don’t know about you, but I’m really bad when it comes to remembering names and recognizing faces. This can be a particular problem at conferences where people assume you will recognize them following a chance meeting several years ago. It would be tremendously advantageous to see small “info bubbles” floating above each person’s head giving details like their name and company and position, perhaps color-coded to reflect whether or not you’ve met them before, and so forth.Still on the topic of interfacing with people, it can sometimes be difficult to “read” someone’s mood — are they happy, sad, confused, homicidal? Wouldn’t it be useful to have this type of information presented via an augmented reality system? (I can imagine entering my house, seeing my wife, warbling “Hello love of my life,” and — when she turns to face me — having my augmented reality system flash the message “Danger Will Robinson; run as far and as fast as you can!” )In a similar vein, how good are you at telling if someone is lying to you? (Did you see the article about an algorithm that can spot lies in emails and dating sites?) Suppose you were talking to a used car salesman who was singing the praises about one of his offerings and your augmented reality system displayed green tick-marks (“true”) or red crosses (“false”) in real-time accompaniment to each of his points as he made them. (Note that the system wouldn’t necessarily have to understand the spoken word — it would be observing and analyzing the salesman’s non-verbal cues.)I could waffle on about this for ages. Instead, may I invite you to watch this video depicting the possible incarnation of an extreme form of augmented reality described as hyper reality (it’s worth watching this all the way through).All of this may seem a bit frantic, but I actually believe that the various capabilities it presents will be with us sooner rather than later.Hold onto your hat! The whole virtual and augmented reality scene really has my head buzzing with ideas. In the case of virtual reality, for example, can you imagine a next-generation version of Cluedo (“It was Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Lead Pipe!” ) taking place in a virtual mansion. Playing the investigator, you could move around the building manipulating objects (e.g. looking under a clock or behind a picture) and looking for clues.Further imagine that the system was enhanced with speech recognition and generation capabilities, thereby allowing you to interview the characters, asking them questions and trying to detect any lies or omissions in their responses. If you’ve seen what’s already possible with an Oculus Rift, you won’t regard any of this as being too farfetched. In the case of augmented reality, I don’t think it will be long (relatively speaking) before these systems are enhanced by deep-neural network (DNN)-based embedded vision systems performing real-time object detection, identification, and classification tasks, with the results being presented on top of the scene. I can also imagine everyone’s augmented reality systems being networked together, allowing everyone to respond appropriately in the case of an emergency.In closing, I’d like to reiterate that I really don’t think we have clue where virtual and mediated reality technologies may take us in the not-so-distant future. We see new announcements almost every day, such as turning one’s arm into a virtual keyboard, using smart glasses to see the world in new ways, or the fact that Google recently decided to acquire an image recognition startup.Personally, I cannot wait to see all of this unfold. How about you? Are you looking forward to the virtual and mediated future with trepidation or delight? What virtual and/or mediated applications would you most like to see? And what, if anything, scares you about all of this? August 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm “”I installed Translate on my smartphone, expecting to be disappointed, but I am truly amazed at how well it works!”nnHa! 10 points for me, I think :-)” “”I’ll share a lesser idea, virtual photography lessons. You just stay at home and the headset shows you different scenes and teaches you how to take pictures.”nnThat’s a brilliant idea — I could really use that sort of training myself!” Log in to Reply “In my next column I’ll be discussing a variety of different VR technologies,including comparing the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive — but also considering some cheaper and more accessible systems.” Max The Magnificent says: Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Embedded SBCs face uphill battle in IoT gateway marketNext How I sent my boss to jail August 25, 2016 at 9:20 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “The photography idea was inspired by your need to take lessons, that’s why i shared it :)nVisual inspection came to me now, was watching on Youtube a video about Tesla’s factory a few days ago and it bugged me that they do visual inspections like 100 yea August 29, 2016 at 1:56 pm August 25, 2016 at 6:56 pm Rcurl says: August 26, 2016 at 11:45 am “”How about AI aided visual inspection…” nnThat’s another great potential application!” realjjj says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Log in to Reply “Do I detect a note of cynicism? LOL “ August 26, 2016 at 2:53 pm TonyTib says: August 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm “It’s important to make a distinction between indoors only headsets and 24/7 glasses. The early ones like HoloLens and likely Magic Leap would be indoors only and in that case,how it looks is less relevant.nnIn education, what people tend to think about Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: “I just played with a Google Cardboard and it was great for the price but really uncomfortable — by comparison, the Oculus Rift really isn’t very heavy at all – -and the whole thing is engineered for comfort — plus you don;t have time to worry about pain Log in to Reply “I also like to try new food — in the case of Chinese, I pretty much like everything I’ve had — the European/American interpretation, Hong Kong, Singapore, and mainland China — the only thing I would say is that one sea cucumber is enough for any man i August 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm “From past experience, looking through eyepieces (be it binoculars, magnifying glasses etc) and/or wearing some heavy headpiece (possibly even unbalanced) gives me a splitting headache. I would have to augment that reality with pain killers.” “Later this week I’ll be posting my observations about different headsets…” Clive”Max”Maxfield says: center_img August 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm “”It’s important to make a distinction between indoors only headsets and 24/7 glasses.”nnI totally agree — at the moment I’m having lots of fun with my indoors-only Oculus Rift, but I long for the day when 24/7 glasses/goggles are available.” “As I was watching the video about Google Translate’s ability to translate signs I couldn’t help but think that the video was fake. I installed Translate on my smartphone, expecting to be disappointed, but I am truly amazed at how well it works! Cynthia a realjjj says: Log in to Reply “It’s more of an illusion, Oculus is pretty heavy at 470 grams.nGoogle Daydream should be released soon.nAlso, if you can, check out LG’s headset as the phone is not on your face. I understand the experience is rather poor though.nHopefully we see soon August 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm 17 thoughts on “Virtual and mediated realities: presentation technologies and potential applications” Log in to Reply August 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm antedeluvian says: Russell P says: August 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm Log in to Reply August 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm August 30, 2016 at 1:37 pm August 29, 2016 at 2:01 pm In my previous column on this topic, we considered what we mean when we refer to different types of reality (see A brave new world of virtual, augmented, hybrid, hyper, and diminished realities ).Virtual Reality’s New Game! Come hear illustrator and animator Chuck Carter, who helped create Myst and 26 other video games, talk about VR challenges in his keynote presentation, Playing a New Game: VR Challenges and Opportunities , at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), September 21-22, 2016 in Minneapolis (Click Here to register).As we discussed in that article, augmented realities are really only a subset of mediated realities , which also encompass diminished or deletive realities . In this column, we’re going to turn our attention to alternative presentation technologies and potential applications.Virtual and mediated reality presentation technologies One aspect of all of this that I’ve been pondering in particular is the way in which mediated (augmented and/or diminished) realities can and will be presented to the user. One way is to view the world through the “window” of a smartphone or tablet computer. A really good example of this is this video showing the real-time translation of signs.Another example is the GoSkyWatch app that I have loaded on my iPad. When you hold your tablet up to the night sky, you see the same stars and planets on the screen as you do in the heavens, but the ones on the screen are annotated with names and the outlines of constellations and suchlike. Alternatively, you can call up a list of planets and the app will indicate which are presently visible in the sky. When you tap one of these, the app will guide you to its current location in the firmament. (As an aside, I’m not 100% sure how to class this application — it’s not exactly augmented reality and it’s not really virtual reality — I’d like to hear your thoughts on this conundrum.)The GoSkyWatch app (Source: Max Maxfield / Embedded.com) Now, I have no problem occasionally using my iPad to view things like the night sky, but I don’t particularly wish to spend all of my days wandering around brandishing a smartphone or tablet computer and beholding the world through its screen.Something a little less obtrusive was Google Glass, which could have been useful to some extent, but which eventually went the way of the Dodo (having said this, Google Glass does appear to have found a second life in emergency medicine). I never actually tried this little scamp myself, but I don’t think it would have provided me with the immersive experience I desire.At some stage in the future, it may be that people have virtual/mediated reality systems embedded in their eyes and other parts of their bodies. Before this occurs, I can envisage contact lenses that project virtual and mediated realities directly onto the retinas of their wearers (I have no idea how these would be powered).Within my lifetime, I can imagine people walking around wearing eyeglass-style goggles that superimpose textual, image, and video data over real-world scenes. To the best of my knowledge, the leader in this space is a company called Magic Leap. Take a look at the video you’ll find on the Magic Leap Homepage to give you a taste of what’s possible.(Source: Magic Leap) But what about the near-term future? Well, I can easily conceive a world in which you see people walking around sporting Oculus Rift-style headsets. The idea is that these headsets would be augmented with two forward-facing cameras giving binocular vision. The default state would be for the images from these cameras to be projected on the displays in front of the wearer’s eyes, thereby providing exactly the same view as if the user wasn’t wearing the headset at all. Additional information would now be layered over the real-world scene.An unknown stranger (Source: Max Maxfield) At this point you might be thinking “Max has lost his mind; there’s no way anyone would be seen wandering around in public looking like this.” To this I would respond with a series of vignettes as follows:Punk rock arrived on the scene in the mid-1970s. I remember visiting friends in London around that time. At some stage during my stay, I found myself sitting on a tube train facing a business man wearing a suit and tie and sporting a briefcase and an umbrella. Sitting one side of this chap was a Goth in full makeup and regalia; on the other side was a Punk rocker wearing an interesting ensemble featuring straps and chains and flaunting a spanking-pink spiky mohawk haircut with the sides of her head shaved. (I myself now boast a “reverse Mohawk” — it’s a funny old world when you come to think about it.) The point is that, having witnessed this scene, I don’t think there’s much that would surprise me.My mother-in-law likes to ride the crest of the technology wave. She was one of the early adopters of Star Trek-style Bluetooth earpieces. She also used to have her phone set to auto-answer. Once, when she came to visit, I took her to the local supermarket to pick up a few things. Since she has long hair, I had no idea she was wearing an earpiece. Suddenly, while we were ambling around the isles, she started talking animatedly to an unseen person while gesticulating wildly. I honestly thought she’d gone insane. Two things flashed through my mind: (a) How was I going to get her out of the store? and (b) When we got home, my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) was going to say “My God, you were only out with my mother for 30 minutes and you’ve driven her insane!” These days, of course, you think nothing when you see ladies in supermarkets waving their arms around furiously and talking to themselves (I do occasionally wonder how many of them actually have phones?).Way back in the mists of time, during the summer after I graduated from university, just before commencing my first job, some friends and I went to a Greek Island for a couple of weeks. As part of this, we visited a beach where… let’s say clothing wasn’t encouraged. You might think that this would be somewhat disconcerting but, strange as it might seem, if everyone around you as far as the eye can see is au naturel , then it’s more embarrassing to be the one who is garbed.The point of my meandering musings is that, if you were to see just one person strolling around a public place wearing an Oculus Rift-style headset as illustrated above, then you might think “That’s odd” or “He looks like a plonker (but that’s a nice Hawaiian shirt he’s wearing).” On the other hand, if half of the people around you were sporting these headsets, then it wouldn’t take long before you ceased to notice them at all.Virtual reality applications To be totally honest with you, I don’t think any of us really have a clue where virtual and mediated reality technologies may take us, but I have a few ideas and thoughts I’d like to share.One obvious application domain in the case of virtual realities is games. Until now, I’ve never considered myself to be a gamer, but I must admit that I love playing around on my Oculus Rift (see It’s (Virtual Reality) Life Jim, But Not As We Know It and Minecraft + Oculus Rift Virtual Reality = Mind Goes Boom). However, let’s think outside this box…Another obvious application is education. Let’s take the Colosseum (also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre) in Rome, Italy, for example. When I was a kid, we were lucky to get to see black-and-white pictures in books after walking three miles uphill through the snow in our bare feet (Ah, how I miss summertime in England). In later years, schools might show short 8mm educational films. Over time, these were replaced by videos. More recently, the teacher might play a DVD or stream online videos from some educational source. In the not-too-distant future, I can imagine the teacher and students all donning virtual reality headsets and setting off on a guided tour in which all of the participants can see each other’s avatars. The ability to look around, focus on areas of interest, whisper comments to your friends in close (virtual) proximity, and even wander off and get lost (“Where’s young Max gone now?” ), would greatly add to the experience.Suppose we have someone who handles IT for a large company that has offices and data centers across the globe. Further suppose that people start complaining about slow response times. I don’t know how the IT folks go about tracking down and resolving this sort of problem today… and maybe I’ve been watching too many science fiction films… but I can envision our IT guru donning her VR headset and using hand gestures to transport herself to a virtual birds-eye view above the facility from whence she can observe virtual network highways entering and leaving the building (think TRON ). Maybe most of these highways are a healthy green color, while one is more of an angry red. So we “fly” along the red one across the country, up to a satellite, across an ocean to another satellite, down to a ground-based receiver, and across the land to another building. Now we fly into the building and on to the server room where we observe that one of the server cabinets is looking out of sorts. Then we plunge into the server cabinet where we observe a failing disk drive, and we swap this out for a replacement, all still in our virtual world. Again, I know this may sound like the script for a futuristic movie, but I really can picture (no pun intended) something like this coming our way.Similar to the above, suppose you are sitting in the control room of a large industrial plant like an oil refinery that occupies square miles of real estate and has hundreds of miles of wiring and pipes and thousands upon thousands of switches and valves and sensors and actuators. Now suppose an alarm sounds indicating that something has gone wrong. Once again, I can envision operators wearing virtual reality headsets “flying around” the facility, homing in on visual indications of troubled mechanisms, looking at the values coming out of virtual representations of real-world sensors, and activating virtual representations of controls and valves where these actions are automatically replicated in the physical world.What do you think? Am I on the fast train to cuckoo land, or do you think all of the above is a (weak or strong) possibility? Furthermore, while we’re here, can you think of any other commercial and/or industrial applications for virtual reality technology?Mediated reality applications I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the concept of deleted realities, so — for the purpose of this column — let’s focus on their augmented counterparts.In the same way that many people tend to think of virtual reality as being targeted toward games and are surprised to discover there may be more professional applications, many folks tend to think of augmented reality as being targeted towards real-world purposes and are fascinated to realize that this technology may also be applicable in the gaming and educational arenas. As an example, we need go no farther than considering Pokémon Go, which rocketed onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere in July 2016, and had more than 20 million North American users per day after just a few weeks.In order to give us all something to ruminate on while working our way through the rest of this column, check out this video showing Sesame Street augmented reality dolls and this video showing some very interesting augmented reality implementations. Clive”Max”Maxfield says: TonyTib says: Log in to Reply August 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm realjjj says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: Max The Magnificent says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “OK Max, You went and triggered one of my long running dreams.nVR anywhere. I was working in VRML on my now ancient Amiga 4000 with Video Toaster and Flyer setup. I even adapted a Nintendo Power Glove to it. I had 2 sets of VR goggles but they were inter “Yep, you’ll be able to choose dishes like:nnSauerkraut burn meatnGinger onions mosquito all fish pot ten fly heartnSpiced cattle monthnSummer child Sichuan spiced potnEight Jane tofu pot 10nPepper wire rot milk through dishnnAll examples taken us Log in to Reply August 30, 2016 at 12:06 am “Not on Chinese food – I love to try new food, and have been fortunate to eat a lot of authentic Chinese food, home cooked as well as restaurant. (Western culture has lots of fun food, too, such as uncooked pork (proscuitto, jamon serrano – both extremely Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Kontron: data logger in-vehicle platform logs, manages and stores large video/data files

first_img Continue Reading Previous Wind River teams with Renesas to advance autonomous driving applicationsNext Tearing down a semi-autonomous motorcar for disabled drivers Kontron announced its in-vehicle EvoTRAC P201 high-performance data logger. The EvoTRAC P201 is designed to reliably collect and store large video imaging and associated data to the Cloud. In addition, the EvoTRAC P201 can be used to monitor essential in-vehicle information helping operators reduce costs and maximize fleet productivity. Easily configured, the EvoTRAC P201 provides exceptional capabilities to perform a wide variety of demanding data logging functions, such as real time video playback and in-vehicle testing. It also handles the tracking and storage of vehicle sensor and vehicle operational parameters including fuel consumption, driver behavior, driving hours and speeds, maintenance alerts and emissions data. These capabilities are key enablers in helping to advance next-generation transportation applications such as autonomous vehicles, sensor processing, artificial intelligence, deep learning and other types of emerging in-vehicle systems.The EvoTRAC P201 extends Kontron’s family of in-vehicle computers. Application-ready, this highly versatile platform delivers industry-leading performance via its integrated Intel i7-4700EQ 4-Core processor. It easily accommodates multiple vehicle input connections in a rugged, compact environment with features that include two SFP+ 10GbE interfaces and a 2.5-inch ruggedized SSD Drive bay for up to three removable SSDs. The system also provides six 1GbE interfaces (M12 X-Coded) and six locking USB 3.0 interfaces. Its integrated in-vehicle power supply offers a wide input range and two 12VDC power outputs. For maintenance and other monitoring functions, the EvoTRAC P201 supports HDMI, GPIO and Audio interfaces. Configured with open source Ubuntu 16.04 LTS software, the platform is ready to use in a wide range of in-vehicle applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more