You Can Now Explore Mars Thanks to Microsoft HoloLens

You Can Now Explore Mars Thanks to Microsoft HoloLens

If the closest you’ve ever come to exploring Mars is nibbling on a chocolate bar, you’ll likely be excited that, by putting on a Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset, you can now explore the Red Planet’s rocky terrain.

Yes, it’s very much a virtual experience – but also a great indicator of how far the technology has come, not to mention a hint at how much further it could go.

Introducing “Destination: Mars”

We all know the story of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon – but, over the last 70 years, various strategies for human travel to Mars ...   read more

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Stay Safe on the Snow Slopes with These Goggles

Stay Safe on the Snow Slopes with These Goggles

Winter is coming! No, that’s not meant to be a Game of Thrones reference – we’re just saying that, well, winter is coming. And, with the arrival of winter, you could be keen to hit the snow slopes for some skiing or snowboarding.

However, your preparation for that should include taking account of how you will protect yourself from injury – and goggles from our stock could help here.

Winter sports safety is snow joke

Whether you’ll be honing already sophisticated skills or trying out a winter sport for the first time, now’s a good time to prepare for hitting those slopes.

After all, there’s...   read more

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Your Eyes are Your New Password with Windows Hello

Your Eyes are Your New Password with Windows Hello

The eyes have it… access to your phone, computer or tablet, that is. Well, maybe not necessarily right now – but, sooner than you might expect, they could do. And that’s largely down to the introduction of Windows Hello, which enables users of Windows 10 devices to log into them simply by looking at them. Confused? Allow us to explain…

Right now, you probably unlock each of your devices by typing in a password or passcode. However, imagine how much more quickly you could start using a device if, the moment you looked at it, it immediately unlocked. That’s what Windows Hello allows,...   read more

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Unlock Your Next Phone Just by Looking at It!

Unlock Your Next Phone Just by Looking at It!

At the moment, you probably unlock your smartphone by quickly tapping in a passcode or placing your finger on a sensor. However, in the not-too-distant future, you might be doing it by looking at the phone and… actually, that’s it. Yes, just looking at it! That’s thanks to more and more phone makers integrating iris-scanning technology into their devices.

Lumia on the horizon

For several people, looking at a smartphone to unlock it is already pretty routine. That’s because a number of respectable phones already come with the necessary technology. The first phones that ...   read more

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Scissors-Glasses: A Fascinating Relic from Eyewear History

Scissor-Glasses: A Fascinating Relic from Eyewear History

Imagine that it’s the late eighteenth century and you are King Louis XVI of France. There’s a court event to attend, but your near-sightedness will prevent you seeing enough of what is going on. So, what do you do? Bring “scissors-glasses” – a peculiar type of eyewear actually used by Louis. In this article, we look closer at these frames and see who else in history used them.

The Origin and Form of Scissors-Glasses

Where and when were scissors-glasses invented? According to Professor Albert von Pflugk, ...   read more

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Practical iPhone and iPad Features for Overcoming Poor Vision

Practical iPhone and iPad Features for Overcoming Poor Vision

When spending time out and about, it can be difficult not to spot people wielding iPhones and iPads – whether they are using them to simply check train times at the railway station, get some work done at a cafe, play a quick game, or something else entirely. Furthermore, thanks to a range of accessibility features, poor eyesight doesn’t have to be a barrier to using these devices.

Larger Dynamic Type

If you often struggle to make out the small text on an iPhone, it can be too easy to simply blame the size of the device itself. However, illegible text doesn’t have to be a necessary evil! That’s...   read more

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Tips for Keeping Up Good Eye Health on Holiday

Tips for Keeping Up Good Eye Health on Holiday

It’s that time of year when many of us are off to spend weeks on a luxurious holiday – likely somewhere abundant with beautiful scenery, lovely warm waters and fascinating culture! Before packing your bags, however, you could benefit from cluing yourself up on these little tips for looking after your eyes.

Tuck into some healthy nosh

Cuisine abroad can be distinctive, to say the least. Many dishes can strongly reflect the unique history and culture of wherever they are made, consisting of locally sourced ingredients cooked using traditional methods. And, if you’ve read our recent announcement about ...   read more

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