Archive for January, 2019
Audi turns the car into a virtual reality experience platform at CES
· Audi e-tron takes backseat passengers on adventure through outer space
· Technology combines VR content with vehicle movements in real time
· Debuts “Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run” futuristic prototype created with Disney Games and Interactive Experiences for CES showcase
· Start-up company, holoride, to establish new entertainment category via open platform
Audi e-tron takes backseat passengers on adventure through outer space
Audi is redefining in-car entertainment at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In the future, backseat passengers will be able to experience movies, video games, and interactive content even more realistically using virtual reality glasses. The premium brand is presenting a technology that adopts virtual content to the movements of a vehicle in real time: If the car drives through a right turn, the spaceship in the experience does the same, for example. Through a subsidiary, Audi Electronics Venture GmbH, Audi has co-founded a start-up company, holoride GmbH, which will commercialize this new form of entertainment via an open platform that will be made available to all carmakers and content developers in the future.
Audi is demonstrating the immersive futuristic technology with “Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run,” an in-car VR experience for backseat passengers being brought to life by Disney Games and Interactive Experiences. Wearing VR glasses, the passenger in an Audi e-tron is transported into a fantastical depiction of outer space: The Audi e-tron now functions as the ship manned by the Guardians of the Galaxy, as the passenger makes their way through an asteroid field together with Rocket, a character that will appear in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame in spring 2019. Every movement of the car is reflected in the experience in real time. If the car turns a tight corner, the player curves around an opposing spaceship in virtual reality. If the Audi e-tron accelerates, the ship in the experience does the same.
In order to establish this new category of entertainment on the market as quickly and comprehensively as possible, Audi is taking a new approach: The premium brand has co-founded a start-up named holoride, in which it holds a minority interest through the subsidiary Audi Electronics Venture GmbH, which developed the technology. Furthermore, Audi will license the technology to holoride. The start-up will use an open platform to allow carmakers and content developers to create and offer additional extended reality formats. “Creative minds will use our platform to come up with fascinating worlds that turn the journey from A to B into a real adventure,” said Nils Wollny, Head of Digital Business at Audi, and future CEO of holoride. “We can only develop this new entertainment segment by adopting a cooperative, open approach for vehicle, device and content producers.”
Debuts “Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run” futuristic prototype created with Disney Games and Interactive Experiences for CES showcase
From arcade games, underwater adventures and space exploration to educational trips through historical cities or the human bloodstream, there are almost no limits to what is possible. Holoride will provide a software development kit that serves as the interface to the vehicle data and transfers those into virtual realities, allowing developers to create worlds that can be experienced in-car with all of the senses. Since the visual experience and the user’s actual perception are synchronized, conventional movies, series or presentations can also be viewed with a significantly reduced chance of motion sickness.
Holoride intends to launch the new form of entertainment on the market within the next three years using standard VR glasses for backseat passengers. In the long term, the continued expansion of car-to-X infrastructure could also see traffic events becoming a part of the experience: Stopping at traffic lights could introduce unexpected obstacles to a game or interrupt a learning program with a quick quiz.
Audi and Marvel Studios have been teaming up since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with the appearance of the Audi R8 in Iron Man (2008). Drawing upon this longstanding relationship, Audi and Disney Games and Interactive Experiences together created “Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run,” to demonstrate how a backseat passenger can enjoy their journey even more using the most innovative VR technology. “Audi, Marvel and Disney Games and Interactive Experiences are celebrating Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary with an Avengers experience that combines world class content and innovative technology,” said Mike Goslin, Vice President, Disney Games and Interactive Experiences. “While this CES demo was developed purely in the spirit of exploration and experimentation, we are constantly evaluating emerging technologies to enhance our stories and experiences.”
Jaymee realized how good iMessage is and it’s one of the ways I’ve been contacting my friends and clients. Well, this one works with those on IOS.
One of my favourite dishes of 2018. A gem I found and thanks to Ruby for introducing it. The Kimchi Stew from Brukori at Little Soho food court. One of the reasons why the food court is always busy, busy, busy!!
The final day. It’s like very anti-climatic that the end is near. The feelings is simply mixed. I don’t know how to explain. I am looking forward to revisit the world of social media but at the same time, I still want to continue my purge. Overall, it has been one of the most refreshing experiences as long as I can remember because I know how immersed I am when it comes to social media. It’s part of my DNA and to detach that addiction and separate it from my being. We’ll see how it goes after I’m back on social media.
I’m still slightly down because Liverpool finally lost in the Premier League after a great run of 20 games unbeaten, their best form since the formation of the English Premier League. Their loss came at the expense of a four point gap against 2nd placed Manchester City who beat them 2-1. It could have been a 10 point gap or 7 point gap or 4 point gap. Now the race is even closer than before and both Liverpool and Man City can’t afford to lose. It will be an interesting horse race between the two and will Liverpool slip up for the third time? We shall wait and see.
Before I signed off, I would like to thank everyone who has been supporting me in this “Social Media Purge” journey. Thank you for the SMSes, the emails and the face-to-face greets as they do build my immune system to distant myself from social media and slowing down that distraction.
I chilled at T-Lounge at Little Soho and I was more productive updating my blog. An under- rated cafe that I don’t mind spending time there again.
A beautiful sunset taken at Manggis Mall top floor.
Hello Eugene. Have a good married life and it was nice bumping into you by the sunset haha
It was the first time that I attended a wedding at Emperor’s Court and it was quite an intimate wedding.
Another excellent performance from The Sequence who sang at the wedding last weekend
Had supper at TK and I did like the chicken vege soup 😀
An alarming sign when students from high school are aware of this problem. An interesting survey conducted by a teacher.
The new A-Class
Löwen/Stuttgart. Best vehicle tested in 2018 and best in class in the small family vehicle segment: The European safety organisation Euro NCAP has presented the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class with an award for best performing car in safety.
The new A-Class from Mercedes-Benz has undergone European NCAP crash tests, and achieved outstanding results in them. As a result, it was awarded the top rating of five stars. “This Euro NCAP award, which we are delighted about, is recognition of the excellent standards of safety in our vehicles,” explained Prof. Dr. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Passive Safety and Vehicle Functions at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “However, the standardised crash tests only represent a small sample of the real-life accidents that may be encountered on the street. For that reason, Mercedes-Benz designs all its model series using around 40 different accident constellations.”
Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) is an organisation of European transport ministries, automobile clubs and insurance associations. It carries out crash tests and assesses vehicle safety based on the safety systems available. The General Secretary of Euro NCAP, Michiel van Ratingen, says:
“In 2018 we introduced new, tougher tests, with a particular focus on protecting particularly vulnerable road users. The winners of the “Best in Class” awards clearly show that the vehicle manufacturers are striving for the highest levels of safety and that the Euro NCAP ratings act as a catalyst for significant progress where safety is concerned.”
The new A-Class: exemplary active and passive safety
The new A-Class is also the first Mercedes-Benz model to have been developed in part at the new Technology Centre for Vehicle Safety (TFS). The design of the vehicle structures incorporates findings from research into real accidents. The centrepiece of the body’s safety concept is the highly rigid passenger compartment. Its great rigidity in accident conditions, e.g. in frontal, lateral or rear-end collisions and roll-overs, is above all due to the greater use of high-strength, ultra-high-strength and press-hardened sheet steel.
The driver and front passenger each have a three-point seat belt with belt force limiter and belt tensioner. In conjunction with the PRE-SAFE® system (optional equipment), the front seats are equipped with reversible belt reel tensioners. Both of the outer rear seats are fitted with a seat belt with reel tensioner and belt force limiter.
The new A-Class is equipped with driver and front passenger airbags, a driver’s kneebag and windowbags as standard. Unlike in many competitor models, the windowbag also covers the A-pillar for more complete passenger protection. Thorax-pelvis sidebags are also fitted as standard in the front. Rear sidebags are optionally available.
The new A-Class has the very latest driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support, giving it the highest level of active safety in this segment, with functions adopted from the S-Class. For the first time, the A-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. It keeps a very close eye on the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems allow it to see far ahead. The A-Class also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions. For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the Driving Assistance package is able to support the driver in numerous route-specific situations, and predictively and conveniently adjust the speed e.g. when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts.
The new A-Class comes with expanded Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the situation, it can effectively help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether.
It’s time of the year again where Bruneians look forward to. The only event that can easily attract thousands over the span of five days. This was the signing ceremony with the partners of the upcoming 22nd Consumer Fair at D’Sunlit office yesterday.
Day 11. 48 hours more to go. I still feel that I haven’t achieved much in terms of my productivity level. I blame netflixing and my mobile games for sure. I have to be productive or maybe that could be another challenge of its own. Yea, maybe that could be a new challenge – doing something different each day for two weeks. Maybe I can take up ballet or dancing. Ok, maybe not the former but yea, it would be nice to do something that I have never tried before. I mean, cooking was fun and I have been doing some cooking of my own during the social media purge.
I am also thinking if I will be blogging again full time like I used to. It’s kinda fun when you can express and pour your thoughts and share it with people. That was what Ranoadidas was built for when it started – to share the fun and the joy of my everyday life and that’s what made what it is today. You know what, maybe I will still continue to blog in this manner even after the social media purge. This year will be my 18 years of blogging. My blog is an adult.. Woohoo…
Yesterday, I attended the signing ceremony of the 22nd Consumer Fair and I am very fortunate to always partner with D’Sunlit with the Consumer Fair since Day 1. This time the theme will relate to family – there will be four characters, Babah, Babu, Boboi and Alai, and it’s basically a story of them shopping wisely during the Consumer Fair. There will be a RUSH HOUR shopping spree where customers can enjoy huge discounts for only ONE hour at a specific time. It reminds me of how Singapore conducted their IT fairs where they have crazy sales for an 1 hour to entice buyers.
I want to jog but my jogging partner had last minute changes. Then again, I shouldn’t make that as an excuse. I should be more motivated to do it for myself. Soon, Rano, soon. Well, at least, the night ended up quite productive as we had a toastmasters dinner at Rizqun International Hotel. It was great to kick off the year with the Brunei Advanced Speakers Club meeting as the rest of the toastmasters clubs will only be back next week.
This is Rano Iskandar, signing off and have a great weekend, peeps!!!
I woke up and read a text from my friend and she was cornered, watching More than Blue. So have you?
Kudos to the RB crew for handling a dangerous situation calmly and making sure safety is the number one priority.
Day 10. Two more days and the feeling is just mutual. Nothing high, nothing low. Just like any other day. I’m referring to the day when I am back on social media this Sunday. I felt like catching a movie today but ended up chilling at home, netflixing and playing mobile games. I did say that I wanna do something productive such as clearing my junk emails, clean my room before the renovation, read my unread books before they collect more dusks and do more exercise.
Speaking of exercise, I plan to do more of it this year. To be more active and even pro-active in burning calories. Oh yea, typing doesn’t count as burning calories. I really need to sweat. I have gained a few kilos and my medical check up also shows that my cholesterol is still above borderline even though it’s lower than before. Now I have to be careful with my diet and I know I am big fan of curry especially curry chicken from Teazone and I really love fried chicken. This one, I won’t put it as a challenge but more like a discipline and I know I can do without curry chicken or if I do, have them in moderation. My goal now is to improve my cholesterol and make it below the borderline by August 2019.
Today’s my friend’s birthday Pranika and I hope you had a wonderful day today. Hope you enjoyed the lunch treat with your buddies. Thanks for being an awesome friend and coping with my lameness.
In other news, there is always a reason why power banks are always a no-no in luggages when checking-in. One of the passengers flying on RB had a power bank blown off in mid-flight and good thing the RB steward managed to handle the situation with great care and all the passengers and crew were safe on flight BI636 (Hong Kong to BSB). So there you go. Always important not to store your power banks in the luggage, instead carry them with you on the plane.
I also heard a shocking, good news. Well, that’s a wrap for January the 3rd.
My routine medical check up every six months. Even though, I’m a Permanent Resident, I’m still feel privilege for able to experience good medical check up at government clinic. We have to pay like BND 3 fee which can costs more in private clinics. I will definitely do an extensive one soon. It’s about time the Gen X should be checking out their health status.
Lunch with birthday celebrant at Flour & Butter. I don’t know why it’s my go-to-place for birthday treats. Just love the environment and especially the food.
Happy birthday Pranika 😀 and she must have been happy to receive two bouquet of flowers.
It’s paying bill time. I realised why don’t I simply pay my bills online rather than wasting my energy visiting counters which I have been doing for the past year or so.
A quick visit to YMRM to see this tauke #herefortesh and he was hyped up for the new YMRM signature store, opening soon in January. It will be the first of its kind in Brunei. Can’t wait.
Guess who sent me this pic? Amirul Adli…. He is now in midst of taking driving lessons and soon enough, he will be driving here and there. Just make sure, I will be one of your passenger list once you’re a legit driver
My go-to-place for dinner at times. Even after two months of opening, the queue is still there. Not many healthy joints have the same hype as Fuel’d. If you ask me, it’s more about affordability and healthy and still tasty.
Headlines in yesterday’s paper. Seems that the bonus month is a good time to conduct roadblocks. 500 offences in just a week is quite high. Another headline is the tragedy at the beach where two persons were reported missing after being swept away by the strong currents. I’ve seen this situation with my own eyes two years ago and it was terrifying. We need more proper signage to make it explicit to beach goers on the dangers swimming at the beach.
Angela accompanying her dad while we had a quick meeting at Papparich. I am quite amazed how she caught up with speaking as she was a late bloomer. A smart kid indeed 😀
Day 9. Can you imagine if I were to simply stop social media for good, how would I take it? It’s something I couldn’t imagine for now. It’s easier to give up on Maggi Curry (or instant noodles) but social media is a different league. It’s the root of all addiction and I have to admit that I am of them. 20% of the usage of social media is attributed to my work for my clienteles but the remaining 80% usage involves viewing personal stories, being updated of other people’s life, stalking, liking, sharing “interesting” stories through WhatsApp and the list just goes on and on. It’s embedded in every one of us and because it has become a culture and a lifestyle, it becomes a norm and we don’t see anything negative about it unless one crosses the line.
I don’t how I am gonna take it once I enter the social media life this Sunday by 12pm. Will I view it differently than before? Will I be less proactive than before? Will I be concerned about my drop in ratings and impressions? I mean, will these numbers or figures matter to me? It is hard to say until it really happens and only from my own experience, I am able to feel and think after a 12 day hiatus. I am very happy and honoured that a few of my friends did their own 3-day purge in supporting my good cause. Thank you, Reuben, Amran, Pranika, Nabil, Brendan and Ruby to name a few.
Now, how was my 2nd day of 2019? I feel more recharged after a good long rest. My thoughts became lighter and I feel blessed to still be in a healthy condition though I have to wait what the doctor will say about my recent blood sample (Wish me luck tomorrow). I know for sure my blood pressure is still borderline because I haven’t been taking care of my diet. I still eat healthy stuff but it is still being outweighed by the unhealthy ones.
I have also received an email for an invitation to Taiwan. It does clash with the upcoming Consumer Fair. The former seems to entice me more since it’s a travel/working trip. I have turned down a few flying trips last year due to work commitments. Maybe this time round it will be tougher to turn especially to a country that I don’t mind traveling to. So far, it’s an 80/20 likelihood I will accept the offer.
So how was your first two days of 2019? Let’s hope it’s a good start to an amazing year.
Lewis showed me his new gadget he bought from Singapore – Hypervolt. It’s a portable device that vibrates and helps to massage your muscles. It’s pretty heavy and it costs around 500ish. This might be ideal for those who works out a lot.
I managed to finally complete an hour recording of our Favourite Movies of 2018. My special guest this time is Del Goh. Do check out Progresif Radio next week for our Podcast recording. You’ll be surprised what’s my number one movie of 2018.
Ruby trying to remember how to set up the balls and she did it. A much improved player than she was weeks ago. You’re one fast learner, my friend. Safwan, beware!!!
A card game that I was getting to be familiar with – Monopoly Deal. However, Ruby is unbeatable in this one.
My first time trying out the cendol at M-Strike and one of the best sellers too.
We saw this mixer at Wise Generation outlet at Setia Kenangan II and it costs more than $15,000 if I’m not mistaken. A few nice kitchen ware here and tons of choices to look at. I’m definitely check this store out again for my cooking materials.
We had a pitstop at Potters too. They have discounts from 20% to 40% until 13th February. A few items also caught my eyes.
Ruby finally catching up on my blog entries and she was shocked with the statistics I shared about my social media usage per week.
Before midnight, we were preparing for a surprise for our birthday friend. It was 90% success.
Happy birthday, Pranika and I hope you enjoy the rest of the day!!!
It was such an anti-climatic to the beginning of the year. I slept at 6am and woke up a midday. Had my home made lunch and slept more for almost the entire afternoon. I was pretty damn exhausted, mentally. Best way was just to sleep it off and rest my mind. It was a good time to be with myself and rest my body and mind. Ironically, a good way to start the year.
This was the headlines in today’s paper for January 1st, 2019. I do hope a better growth this year can help to counter the rising unemployment rate which is a pressing issue to me.
I was browsing The Scoop and they had their Top 10 most read news of 2018. It happened to be this news of the passing of the legendary Pehin Lau.
I had my dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant at Kiulap. I highly recommended the Pho with Beef 😀
It was raining pretty heavy that night but only lasted two hours. It’s gonna be a wet week perhaps.
Resting time means either playing my Football Manager or catching things on Netflix.
I caught Annihilation and it was an interesting sci-fi movie with deep themes. I prefer this than Bird Box and it’s available on Netflix. Verdict: 8/10
Nothing much to update on the final day on 2018. I was charing my joy con for Switch for the small gathering. I wanted to buy Just Dance 2019 for Switch but sadly, I didn’t have time to do so.
I had my final tennis session with my buddies. Minul didn’t show up because he thought it was raining since he was caught in the rain at Gadong. See you all in 2019 😀
Day 7. YEESSS, I survived for a week so far. There has been any drastic change in my habits or feelings. I did feel lighter than usual in terms of not bothering about social media. It’s such an anti-climatic day since it was the final day of 2018. This was the day I started to slow reflect what has happened in 2018 and having that rewind button on your head can take a toll on me. Furthermore, I couldn’t rely my flashbacks by going through my IG feed. Hence, I had to jog my memory on my highlights of 2018.
I didn’t do much on the Day 7 but more preparing on a small gathering at my place. A simple one and a pretty last minute one. So let’s go quickly on my top picks or highlights of 2018.
1) Maggi Purge Challenge. The first ever challenge that changed my personality, fighting one of my biggest addiction – instant noodles. It has been more than a year now and I don’t even crave for Maggi 😀
2) My Nepal Trip. At first, I was skeptical because I have never been to Nepal and loads of uncertain thoughts in my head. It turned out the other way. I truly love Nepal especially Thamel and Pokhara. There are still cities I have yet to explore. The best travel trip so far this year and I will make my plans to go again in 2020.
3) Cuckoo Trip to Seoul. This was early in March with a bunch of social media friends and the local media. I really had a great time, visiting the Cuckoo factories and also sight seeing in Busan and Seoul. I think it was kudos to the ground handlers and also Hui Ting for taking care of us and the awesome hospitality since Day 1. I hope for another trip again to Seoul.
4) Grabbing a podium finish in Toastmasters. It was the first time I received a Toastmasters trophy at Area Level. After competing numerous times over a span of 4 years, I inched my way to the top three for both International Speech and Table Topics. Let’s see what this year brings for me.
5) _ _ E. I have known this friend for a few years already but it was only this year, things started to gel and we simply had a lot in common and interests. I know it’s cliche but you’re a gift to this wonderful friendship and bond we have. It’s a great reminder that to not take things for granted or lightly. For more adventures and excitement in 2019. Thank you for being such an amazing friend.
6) Social Media Purge. Of course!!! This is maybe the best highlight of 2018 and the toughest challenge to date. To not access Whatsapp, Facebook and most of all, Instagram. A few weeks ago, this was just a thought in my head if I could pull this off. Today, it’s a reality and I am very proud that I can do without social media. I shall be back soon.
So these are my quick bits on my highlights of 2018. Let’s hope for a much prosperous year ahead and Happy New Year to all my friends, families and readers. You all have been super awesome and thank you for reading my updates.
One of my favourite board games and even the newcomers love Werewolf
So we played Werewolf, Telestration and Cards Against Humanity
Thanks guys for coming last Monday
We had a bit of karaoke for some entertainment on New Year’s Eve
It has been a while since I visited Tati’s Kitchen at Jalan Babu Raja. My usual order would be the “Tumpi” with curry. However, the roti chef was on his off day. I ended up ordering roti kawin. Sometimes I will run out of ideas when it comes to having breakfast outside. Hence, Tati will be my default place since it’s nearby my home.
After watching More than Blue in Singapore two weeks ago, I was wondering if it will be showing in Brunei. Guess what? It was released Thursday and the cinemas have been packed even though it’s screened at a smaller screen. I caught this for the second time and this time my movie partner was Ruby. It’s one of her favourite movies of the year since she gave it a 9/10 rating. She was worried about her swollen eyes after watching it. Ironically enough, I didn’t weep as when I did on my first viewing. I gave this an 8.5/10 and on a side note, I have mixed feelings about the message of the movie.
After catching the movie, we went window shopping at ETA @ Cineplex and viewing Switch games. One that caught my eye is Civilization, a game I was hooked during my PC days in my teen years. It has a high score rating too. I’m locking my eye on this gem!!
One of my go-to-places for dining. Sawaddee. Totally love the Sambal Petai there. Recharging for dinner before we headed off to Jerudong Park Amphitheater for an event.
Ruby and Safwan were among the hundreds that came to catch Cuckoo Stardom Quest 3. Ruby was once a participant of the Stardom Quest ages ago and this time round, she was a spectator.
The two adorable kids were too excited when they saw the Pepsi advert because I was featured in it. They were simply on sugar rush and kept saying, “It’s you.. It’s you.” Sometimes it’s nice to have kid fans 😀
Bridget Ang was one of the favourites to win Cuckoo Stardom Quest 3 as she was the most experience one, after performing on stage on numerous occasions and she does have one of the powerful voices in Brunei. It was good to see her again on stage. She came in 2nd place. Congratulations 🙂
The best showmanship on that night. He invested a lot of effort and he drew the crowd from the start to finish. The judges seemed to have thought otherwise. We were pretty “shook”. Good job, anyway, Andie.
Sabrina was crowned the champion of the Cuckoo Stardom Quest 3. I have one question about the competition. The elimination process through a duet performance is pretty subjective and I don’t think it’s easy to judge one’s performance through a duet. Just my two cents.
This will be the last time I will be posting this. Because I accidentally click on Whatsapp and it reseted the notification counter. Boohoo!!!
I had a late night.. After catching an anti-climatic singing competition, we headed off to TK and Stuart, an Man Utd Fan, joined to catch the Manchester vs Bournemouth match. After Ole took over, the Red Devils have been on a roll with three wins in a row before the end of 2018. A feat that Jose wasn’t able to muster in this season. We are gonna miss your antics, Jose.