New Fun Gadgets for Entertainment

Each year, the IT industry has some pleasant surprises in store for us. Here is the list of the most fun gadgets on the market right now.

UBTech Jimu Astrobot Kit

This kit lets you assemble three cute robots in a similar way to Lego. Each robot can move around and has sensors for recognizing and manipulating the environment. It is a great toy for children to learn the basics of programming, by means of an app that offers numerous ways to determine the behaviour of the robot.

Nintendo Switch

Although its processor is not as strong as its competitors’ and it does not offer as much multiplayer options, this new gaming tablet brings together the Wii and the DS in a merger that could rightly be called revolutionary. An increasing number of games are being created for this outstanding new gaming device that can transform from a portable system to home console in an instant.

Sony Xperia Touch

This gadget is fun as well as useful, as it lets you turn any surface into a touch screen! It is still in its early stages, but we can expect this to become a regular household item. Imagine its range of use: you can play games on a big screen across your entire wall, watch movies as if you are in a cinema, show photos to all your friends at the same time, and much more!

Anki Cozmo

Your new adorable robot friend, Cozmo is a small truck that can move freely around the room, sing, and do all kinds of fun stuff. It has sensors for facial recognition, so it will be able to recognize you and show you its undivided love and devotion.

LOGITECH G29/G920

Logitech’s new driving set-up promises an experience that is the next best thing to driving an actual race car, thanks to its smooth “helical gearing”. The console is compatible with the Xbox One and PC.

HTC Vive

This new VR gaming platform is already proving to be a worthy rival to the Oculus Rift that has dominated the VR market so far. It can track movements immediately, which really creates lifelike impressions for players and it also helps diminish the nauseating effect of previous versions.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth

Created by an acclaimed Dutch designer, this gaming headset runs two inputs, wired and wireless one, simultaneously. This enables players to listen to the audio from the game and chat with friends or listen to music at the same time.

Snap Spectacles

Created especially for Snapchat, these extravagant glasses let you record your adventures and take photos in order to share them with your loyal followers. They are water-resistant and they come with a charging case that allows up to 4 times recharge on the go.

Sphero R2-D2 droid

Fans of Star Wars will adore this lovely reproduction of Luke Skywalker’s sarcastic sidekick, which can move and follow you around at will, and make his usual hooting sounds.

Parrot Bebop 2 Power

Play with your very own drone that you can fly for up to 60 minutes and up to 2km away. Experience flight while standing firmly on the ground, with a first-person view headset that allows you to see what your drone sees.

The Most Advanced Robots in 2018

We live in the age of robots. Artificial intelligence is developing ever more rapidly. Here is the list of the most advanced robots at the time this article was written.

Agility Robotics’ Cassie

Cassie is a bipedal robot with no arms that can walk and run. Designing a two-legged robot is more complicated than creating a robot that uses four legs because a bipedal robot can lose balance much more easily. Cassie is a prototype for the future robot that will have arms as well.

The reason why the company is building them like this is that they want to build robots that can easily navigate the same environment as people. This should make the transport of packages from delivery truck to customers’ doorstep much easier.

Cassie is currently sold to researchers in robotics and one of their first customers is MIT.

NASA’s Valkyrie

This “superhero” Android looks like it came straight out of Star Wars. It is strong, completely self-contained, it boasts 44 degrees of freedom, a 2kW battery stored in its backpack and cameras in its head, chest, forearms, knees, and feet. Its purpose? To send robots to scout and prepare the way to Mars ahead of human astronauts.

Honda’s Asimo

The most advanced robot in terms of human interaction so far, Asimo was unveiled in 2000, after decades of development. Asimo is the first bipedal robot and it can perform some pretty advanced functions, such as walking up and downstairs, standing on one leg, kicking a ball and jumping. In terms of intelligence, Asimo can recognize voice commands, faces and gestures and respond to them appropriately. Designed to be an assistance and nursing robot, Asimo has 14 degrees of freedom in its arms and additional 4 DOF in its hands. Moreover, it has five fingers with opposable thumbs, allowing it to carry a tray, push a cart, turn on light switches, open doors and more.

It is four feet three inches tall, enabling it to navigate home or the office and operate in a human environment. It can move autonomously, avoid obstacles, and recognize moving objects.

Honda recently announced that it won’t produce Asimo anymore, but it will use the technology to develop four new helper robots.

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and Spot Mini

These robots have the most advanced movement in the industry.

Atlas, first released in 2013, is a bipedal six-foot humanoid robot that can navigate uneven natural terrain without losing balance, and manipulate its environment, e.g. lift and move packages. In terms of movement, it has a number of advanced functions. If it falls down, it can lift itself up, if it drops the package it can track it and lift it again. It can also open doors, run and jump over obstacles and even do backflips!

Spot Mini is a four-legged robotic dog that can smoothly walk and run in obstacle-laden environments, climb the stairs, pick up and relocate objects. Primarily intended for military purposes one of its main applications in the future is for security.

Economic Influence of Online Casinos in the UK

Gambling industry in the UK, as well as globally, is undergoing a shift towards online gambling, as land-based casinos attendance continues to drop. The main reason for this is that online casinos are more accessible: you can gamble whenever and wherever you are, provided you have a PC, tablet, or a phone and an internet connection. When you want to get some benefits, you can find bonus codes and reviews of new casinos (if you don’t know what it looks like, check this out). The staggering growth of online gambling in the UK was enabled by the liberalization of gambling laws in the Gambling Act 2005, which legalized online gambling.

Gross gambling yield in the UK reached £13.8bn in September 2016, a 65% increase compared to £8.36bn in April 2008, mostly thanks to online gambling, FOBTs and National Lottery.

Currently, online gambling makes up for more than a third of the industry’s income in the UK and has reached £4.5 billion last year. In comparison, the income from remote betting was only £817m in 2009. The most popular type of online gambling are online slots, amounting to around £1.8 billion of total income.

The most immediate positive effect on the economy is through taxes: as online gambling is growing, so is the amount the companies are paying to the Treasury. Also, the gambling industry is creating more and more jobs, as new startups continue to pop up.

The main negative effect on the economy is an overall increase in risky gambling behaviour, leading to more people losing money and suffering consequences of gambling addiction. This might also lead to a bigger demand for state-funded gambling rehab programs since people with lower levels of income are generally those most exposed to risk. Also, the demographics of gamblers is shifting to include more young people and there has been a 5% increase in gambling among 16- to 24-year-olds and a 10% increase among 25- to 34 year-olds.

This, together with the bad reputation of gambling as problematic behaviour, might lead UK authorities to turn against the online gambling, but bookmakers’ associations are warning that restricting the industry would cause thousands of jobs to be lost, in a move that would cost the Treasury billions of pounds.

With so many online startups, the competition is fierce, making the market riskier for investments. More than ever, casinos must stand out and offer fair deals to customers. The awareness is increasing about the importance of responsible gambling, and casinos often advocate for it themselves. Thus, the effects of gambling liberalization might not be as catastrophic as gambling opponents are predicting.

Although there are some downsides to it, the online gambling industry is expected to keep growing. Teaching people how to gamble responsibly should be the top priority of both the gambling companies and the government.    

Does VR Have a Future in Online Gambling?

VR casinos are slowly making their way to the mainstream of the gambling industry.

Currently, there are not many VR casinos that let players gamble with real money, but we can expect more of them very soon. 2016 report by Juniper predicts that the total amount of bets in VR casinos will reach $520 million by 2021, amounting to an 800 per cent rise over the next few years. In comparison, in 2016 total amount of bets in VR casinos was $58.5 million. Even for sports betting the virtual sports market is on the rise, with the Mobilebet voucher code making it easier than ever to start the process. Early adopters are expected to be millennials, high rollers, with advanced VR headsets or smartphone-based ones.

Some online casinos, like SlotsMillions, already made first steps by offering gambling on virtual slots. You can walk around their virtual casino freely, experience incredibly realistic environment, sit in the lounge, see other players, and try one of a dozen slots currently on offer either in VR or in 3D mode. Top developers like NetEnt and Microgaming are already investing in this new market and have created VR versions of their most popular slots, that you can try out at SlotsMillions. All you need for the VR experience is to plug in a VR headset. You won’t be able to gamble with real money at the moment, because SlotsMillions are currently developing a new platform for this purpose.

Why would anyone want to gamble in a VR casino, rather than at a regular online or land-based casino? The main reason is that VR gives online gamblers what they were lacking before, an experience of being at an actual casino, from the comfort of their home. The social factor is also significant because VR enables players to interact with each other in a more lifelike manner. One could say that a VR casino is the next best thing to visiting the real one, but in some ways VR casinos can offer even more than real ones. What if you want to play poker in the Wild West or gamble in outer space? You could also give your avatar a cowboy hat, elf ears, or completely change your looks. In Social Club VR: Casino Nights you can play privately with friends and even challenge them for a fencing or a shooting match. The opportunities are countless.

VR holds promising prospects for casinos, as the entire gaming sector rapidly develops in that direction. There are already headsets that allow for a fully immersive experience, we can only expect the technology to improve in the following years. With VR market expected to reach over $50 billion by 2021, and as VR gaming platforms are already becoming more affordable, non-VR games might even become obsolete.

All things considered, the future is looking bright for VR online casinos.

Best Cryptocurrencies for Gambling Online

With every passing day, there are more cryptocurrencies coming out. One such currency is called Fun and it is dedicated to online gambling. This one has been in existence for a while, it is an RC20 token that came out of the Ethereum network and it is also based on Ethereum technology as well. While this is a specialized currency for a very specific purpose, others are broader and not for the specific purpose. Such a currency is Bitcoin.

Bitcoin

This is the most accepted cryptocurrency in the world. It is also the most recognizable. This is the first and leading currency among the other 1,600 who came after it. It was developed and put to work by a person or a team of people who call themselves Satoshi Nakamoto. It is for this reason that the pennies of a Bitcoin are called satoshies. Pennies for any other cryptocurrency are also called satoshies. With many exchanges around the world successfully accepting and trading Bitcoin, there is a lot of things you can buy with Bitcoin- from housing to food to cars (Lamborghini accepts Bitcoin) in all parts of the world. This currency is probably the safest to own because others might be less traceable, they are called privacy coins. You will find that the largest range of casinos and other gambling sites that give the best sign up offers accept Bitcoin the most.

Privacy Coins

These are the coins where any transaction cannot be linked to a person. In other words, you can never find out who sent money to who and how much. Such a currency is Monero, another is Zcash. Both are respected privacy currencies. These currencies exist because the people using them and maintaining them believe that your transactions should remain private. In the early days, Bitcoin was considered private but today it is only considered semi-private. This is because you can see all the transactions made since its inception in 2009. If you would want this bad enough, you could track every bitcoin as it changed hands over the years.

Downsides of Using a Cryptocurrency for Gambling

The price of cryptocurrencies can change in a matter of minutes. In hours they can double or triple their value, but they can also lose their value. For this reason, you should never invest more than you can afford to lose in cryptocurrencies. Nobody can guarantee the value of Bitcoin or any other currency unless they are specifically created to mimic real-life value. Such a currency as Tether- this currency is tied to the value of dollars. 1 Tether is 1 dollar and this value never changes. But Tether is not truly accepted on a lot of places, and as such, it’s not ideal to use for gambling or general use.

Positive Sites of Cryptocurrencies

Only you have the access to your funds. No bank or anybody else can take them away from you. You can also send them anywhere with a click of a button. Funds are almost instantly transferred for a minimal cost per transaction.