Today entertainment is more lifelike than ever and content is coming from just about everywhere; productivity and the way we work has also transitioned to a whole new level. Coming this holiday the new Dell Mixed Reality Headset is poised to take you even further – to new worlds, even.In partnership with Microsoft, we’re developing our first head mounted display (HMD), which builds on our leadership in virtual reality (VR) and our work with HTC and Oculus to develop even more accessible virtual and mixed reality experiences.At the top of the year we piqued the curiosity of media and attendees when we first displayed (albeit under glass) an early prototype at CES. At that time, Paul Thurrott said it was “best-looking of the bunch” of the HMD headsets shown.Its evolved design (below) can be seen this week at Computex 2017, at both the Dell and Microsoft booths and among the OEM designs featured during the Microsoft keynote. Pre-orders begin this holiday in time to give your family, your friends – and most of all, yourself – what you really want for the holidays this year.This is a beautiful, ergonomic headset with stylish white contours and an innovative eye toward design. Engineered with a flip-up visor for convenient transitions from virtual world back to real world, there’s an equal emphasis on comfort: from thick, replaceable head and face cushions, to a thumbwheel band adjustment for personalized fit, to weight balancing that takes pressure off the nose and cheeks. The innovative design extends to cable management, routing cords (including audio) to the back for better freedom of movement as you walk about a room scaled experience.So are we talking about virtual reality? Or augmented reality? As Microsoft HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman told the audience at Microsoft Build earlier this month, “These are just labels for different points on the mixed reality continuum.”The Dell Mixed Reality Headset takes advantage of some of the same technology used in HoloLens, in particular built-in inside-out tracking, meaning there is no need to purchase or install external trackers or sensors in the wall. Moreover, you don’t need to bother with a complicated setup, just plug and play. In the future this tech can extend to platform-agnostic communication, with the possibility of users interacting with owners of different MR headset brands down the road.There’s the sleek design and the premium technology, but the excitement will be its accessibility. The Dell headset will be priced competitively and has been developed to run on more mainstream PCs; Dell wants to help anyone interested in mixed reality that may be challenged by the current cost of entry or complexity.Dell is excited to put Windows Mixed Reality within reach for virtually anyone.I look forward to sharing more news and details on path to the holiday and availability of the Dell Mixed Reality Headset. Keep an eye on our social channels.
NAMIBIA will appear at the T20 World Cup for the first time after beating Oman in Dubai, joining the Netherlands on Tuesday by qualifying for next year’s tournament.Allrounder JJ Smit blasted 59 off 25 balls as Namibia beat Oman by 54 runs to progress to the eight-team ‘First Round’ of the World Cup in Australia in October 2020.Namibia posted 7-161 after choosing to bat, with Smit smacking five sixes in a match-winning innings following a steady 45 from Craig Williams.Oman, who took part in the 2016 T20 World Cup, began well in reply as Khawar Ali and Aqib Ilyas put on 57 for the second wicket after Jatinder Singh was removed for a first-ball duck.Left-arm spinner Bernard Scholtz trapped Ilyas (18) in front and then had Ali (41) stumped as Oman staggered to 4-64 before folding meekly.Scholtz finished with 3-14 while Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus took three wickets of his own, including that of opposing skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (2), as Oman slumped to 107 all out.“We got so many messages from people back home believing in us, and we did it finally,” said Smit.“I’m relieved. We’ve been on the wrong side of many of these tournaments.”Namibia, who lost all six of their games at the 50-over World Cup in 2003, meet Papua New Guinea in the competition semi-finals, while Oman can still qualify if they beat Hong Kong in a playoff.Earlier, the Netherlands punched their ticket to Australia after thrashing the United Arab Emirates by eight wickets.UAE, who started the tournament with victory over Ireland, could only muster 9-80 in their 20 overs which the Dutch knocked off with 29 balls remaining.The Netherlands face already qualified Ireland in the semi-finals, while UAE have a final chance to reach the tournament in Australia when they face Scotland in a playoff on Wednesday.UAE won the toss and chose to bat but were quickly in trouble as Rohan Mustafa fell to Fred Klaasen in the first over. Things turned from bad to worse as UAE lost their first five wickets for just nine runs.Waheed Ahmed and Mohammad Boota went some way toward repairing the damage with a sixth-wicket partnership of 45 before both fell in the same over to Johannesburg-born Brandon Glover, whose 4-12 earned him the player of the match award.Ahmed Raza top-scored with 22 from 24 balls, but a target of 81 was never likely to stretch the Dutch.Max O’Dowd fell early but Ben Cooper, with 41 not out, guided the Dutch to victory.Fourteen associate nations are competing at the World T20 Qualifier for the final six spots in the ‘First Round’ of next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. The first round will also feature Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and will be played in Geelong and Hobart.Hosts Australia and other top nations such as India and England are already assured a spot in the ‘Super 12’ stage that will feature two groups of six before the knockout stages.Australia have been placed in the Super 12’s Group 1 along with Pakistan, New Zealand and the West Indies. India, England, South Africa and Afghanistan are in Group 2.Both groups will be joined by two teams out of the tournament’s first round. read more
Willard sees herself as a content creator as well as a gamer. She streams on Twitch, posts YouTube videos, makes memes, cosplays and competes in tournaments, she said.One day, she wants to create content for an esports organization. To get there, she said finding a clear path in the young, competitive industry requires drive. People who want to make it in esports can’t allow frustration or lack of success get in the way of opportunities, just like she didn’t in Berlin.“Even now, I feel proud that I was able to make the best of my situation to make it a learning experience,” Willard said. “Your dreams can be achieved if you persevere through your hardships, and those hardships make you into who you are today.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 19, 2020 at 12:40 am [email protected] The club’s Twitter account, run by Willard, posts graphics, GIFs and links to Twitch live streams of tournaments. The social media account also promotes campus events.Lauren Wiener, the club’s president, said Willard “single-handedly revitalized all of our social media platforms.” When SU competes, the account often posts pictures of club members gaming. From the moment Katie Willard arrived in Berlin, Germany in mid-November, she felt at home. The energy of like-minded people surrounded her.“I finally felt like I was in the world where I was supposed to be in,” the Syracuse senior said.Weeks earlier, Willard had been selected as one of seven participants in the G2 Esports’ “Making the Squad” tournament. “Making the Squad,” an esports-based reality show, awarded $10,000 to 2019’s winner.Despite losing in the first round, Willard embraced the opportunity in Germany by reaching out to G2 to work with their social media team. She’s taken the skills she learned there back to Syracuse as the university’s esports club’s community coordinator in charge of social media.“When I was eliminated, I felt devastated in the moment,” she said, “but after a good cry to let it out, I was able to muster up the strength to simply adapt.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWillard has been aware of esports for much of her life. But when she turned 19, her relationship with the growing movement went from playing the occasional Pokémon game to competing in tournaments with gamers from different states, countries and continents. She began searching for ways to turn her passion into a career and saw G2 as an opportunity to fuel that process.Once arriving, Willard wasted no time, said Tasha Romero, the tournament’s winner. Nobody knew anybody else, and Willard took it upon herself to initiate conversations and convince others to break out of their comfort zones, Romero said.Eventually, Romero said, Willard helped her and the other contestants realize they were in an environment where they could be themselves and express a love for esports without worrying about what others might think.After losing at G2, Willard said into the camera for watchers to follow her on Twitter and Instagram. She cheered on the other contestants, Romero — who grew close to Willard — said. The SU student said working with G2’s social media team was “equally as fulfilling” as the tournament itself, since it allowed her to gain real-world experience and build her network.Four months before leaving for the “Making the Squad” event, Willard became the Syracuse esports club’s community coordinator. She’s in charge of running the social media accounts, organizing community outreach and fundraising for the 500-member organization. read more