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Nissan's New Concept Powers Camping Trips With Recycled EV Batteries

Nissan has unveiled a new concept in collaboration with camp trailer manufacturer Opus - a camper powered by the Nissan Energy Roam, a new portable power pack that harnesses Nissan's electric vehicle battery technology, set for release April this year. The new power pack has a storage capacity of 700Wh and a power output of 1kW, made possible by recycled lithium-ion cells recovered from Nissan electric vehicles.

With the concept camper, Nissan says persons can go on camping trips without having to worry about power for up to seven days. When the power pack becomes exhausted, it can be removed from where it's housed within the camper and recharged anywhere via a standard 230v domestic socket, or by plugging it into a solar panel accessory.



The battery pack's storage capacity of 700Wh, although small, is capable of powering electronics like USB sockets, lighting, fridges, portable entertainment systems, microwaves and more. According to Nissan, the battery pack can be recha…

The Oculus Go Review by The Techie



PROS                                                                                                             CONS  

Easy to set up                                                                                            Limited motion control
Plenty of padding for comfort                                                                  Still too bulky   
Stand-alone hardware                                                                                Charge/Battery time
Social apps                                                                                                 Light bleed from bottom
Close to zero screen-door effect
Amazing experiences
Moderate price for a high-end device

''Nevertheless, The Oculus Go is a very wonderful VR headset''



The Oculus Go officially became available 3 days ago, May 1st which marked the beginning of Facebook's F8 conference, Everyone in attendance at the conference got a free headset which was really an awesome display by the company.

The Oculus Go comes in amazing packaging with a box showing off its notable feature of having so many experiences;



Unboxing the package, one should be aware that;


  • Its Setup requires the use of an iPhone or Android smartphone, the Oculus app (free download), wireless Internet access and an Oculus account. 



  • The AC adapter for the device is included in the US packaging only with requirements of  10 W (5V 2A) AC adapter (sold separately elsewhere) to charge the device. 



  • Actual storage on the device is less than shown (32GB and 64GB) due to existing software. 



  • The Oculus Go will also require certain updates to be installed from time to time, including an update prior to its first use.







    The company has made it known that the VR headset comes with over 1,000 VR games, social apps, 360° experiences and more, some of which are free or sold separately online.


    The Oculus Go can be described as the simplest VR has ever been, Recent headsets while still very high performing comes as more bulky (although the Go is still kind of bulky too) and are much more expensive, The Oculus Go comes in 2 versions, The 32GB and 64GB versions which costs $199 and $249 respectively.

    While the Oculus Go comes with a swath of amazing features, The Headset comes with its own setbacks too; First of all, The Go comes in as heavy which can end up leaving red marks on the user's cheek when used for a long period, Also The Go's motion control functionality is technically not as advanced as that of other headsets which limits capabilities when playing games and enjoying other social experiences such as the lack of the ability fully control a virtual hand during use with the only choice of using a laser pointer which gives room for rotation of the head but not very free movement during use.


    The Oculus Go is very easy to set up with the product coming with step-by-step guidelines on how to effectively get it working, a task which seems very simple right here. Unlike the previous Rift or the HTC Vive, You wouldn't be needing technical knowledge on how to install software, drivers and setup sensors before and during its usage.

    The headset is fully wireless which in turn now provides assurance that you don't have to worry over anyone tripping over any object. This new development is analytically done in order to attract more people to the VR sector who are not huge gamers or tech nerds, Other audiences would have to join two, Everyone would surely love to watch Ready Player One.



    The Oculus Go when worn slips a slight amount of light through the nose of the controller which makes it sometimes unsuitable for the user although so many adapt to it in the long run, The headset can be tilted to your face which provides adjustment for minimal light bleed.

    The headset leaves room for the addition of accessories like the Virtucare Prescription lens inserts which makes it more suitable and clearer for users with various eye defects.


    You would need an accompanying Oculus Android or iOS which will be used for both setup and optionally for the downloading of games to the device from your smartphone although this task can be accomplished using the headset itself.




     Coming in at 32GB and 64GB respectively, The device actually doesn't let you check the amount of storage space you've used but gives you a notification when you have 2GB and 500MB of storage space left on it.

    It posseses a 5.5 inch LCD display panel which enables larger pixels which takes out the screen-door effect ; This feature is listed as one of its pros above.

    Finally, The Oculus Go comes at an amazing moderate price of $199 and $249 for the 32GB and 64GB respectively unlike its VR brothers which sometimes cost over 3 times that amount, This headset will surely be worth it and good for you, we recommend you get it for yourself!

    We give the Oculus Go a very good rating of ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆



                                 




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