Innovation continues to flow as we look back at another week in the tech space with new products, announcements and more. Dyson led the way by showing off a new robot vacuum — the 360 Vis Nav — that it claims has twice the suction power of its closest competitor. Elsewhere, Amazon is looking to revolutionize ID checking for alcohol purchases with new palm-scanning technology.
In other product news, the Hypebeast team got up close and personal with Apple’s “Transparent” Beats Studio Buds + ahead of its release. The major tech brand also announced its schedule for WWDC 2023 while Leica unveiled its latest full-frame compact camera — the Q3.
Below, Hypebeast has rounded up the top tech stories of the week so you can stay up to date on trends in the industry.
Following up on a recent reveal, Apple shared its Beats Studio Buds + in a “Transparent” finish for the Hypebeast team to review. It taps into Y2K aesthetics with the clear case and buds while offering all of the latest tech specifications.
Enhanced sound quality is paired with an upgraded Active Noise Cancellation, 36 hours of listening time and improved acoustics for clearer sound. Weighing just 5 grams, the lightweight buds provide a comfortable fit that is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. Retailing at $170 USD stateside, pre-orders are available now with a full release anticipated for mid June.
Amazon has expanded its evolving palm identification tool – Amazon One — to include age verification. Users can now verify their age by hovering their palms over the device, allowing them to purchase alcohol without presenting a traditional government ID.
This new feature has been introduced at Colorado’s Coors Field, and enrolled customers can upload photos of their ID and a selfie to enable alcohol purchases with a simple palm scan. Moving forward, the technology may continue to offer efficient check-in processes at additional venues while Amazon continues to develop the novel technology.
Apple has announced the schedule for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), set to take place from June 5 to June 9. During the event, Apple will unveil new technologies, updates and products.
Anticipated announcements include iOS 17 and macOS 14 content updates, as well as watchOS 10 for Apple Watch. Adding to the anticipation, fans are eagerly awaiting the potential unveiling of the long-awaited AR/VR headset and a rumored 15-inch MacBook Air. While primarily aimed at developers, the conference will be livestreamed for anyone to watch.
In continuation of its dominance in the industry, Leica has introduced the third generation of its popular Q series compact cameras, known as the Leica Q3. It features a new full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution Technology, offering 60, 36, or 18 MP image formats to cater to different user preferences. The camera includes an ISO range of 50 to 100,000, the latest Maestro Series processor and L2 Technology.
Notable upgrades include a high-resolution 3-inch tilting touchscreen display and a new hybrid autofocus system for improved tracking and focusing accuracy. The Q3 supports up to 8k video recording and wireless charging via the Leica Charging Pad. It retains Leica’s signature sleek and timeless design and will be available for approximately $6,558 USD online and in stores worldwide.
Dyson has introduced what it claims to be the world’s most powerful robot vacuum. The new offering features a Hyperdymium™ motor spinning at 110,000 rpm, delivering double the suction power of its closest competitor.
It offers four modes, including an Auto mode with a piezo sensor that adjusts suction based on dust levels. The vacuum includes a five-stage HEPA filtration system and 26 sensors for 360-degree vision. Other notable features include a wall dock for automatic recharge, dual-link suspension for climbing up to 21mm and bin clear indicators. With 2.5 hours of charge time, it provides up to 50 minutes of runtime. Control and customization can be done through the MyDyson app. The Dyson 360 Vis Nav is available online in Australia for $2,399 AUD (approx. $1,588 USD), a stateside release has not yet been announced.