TORONTO – A medication commonly prescribed for morning sickness during pregnancy appears to be ineffective, based on results from a previously unpublished clinical trial paid for by its Canadian manufacturer and submitted as part of the approval process to both Health Canada and the FDA, a new report suggests.Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, obtained thousands of pages of documents from Health Canada related to the 2010 clinical study, which suggested Diclectin (pyridoxine-doxylamine) was effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.The trial sponsored by drug-maker Duchesnay Inc. of Quebec was conducted at six U.S. medical centres and compared symptom reduction in 101 women put on the medication versus 86 women given a placebo, or dummy pill.At the end of the two-week study, there was little difference in symptoms between the two groups; on a 13-point scale, women who took the drug reported symptom reduction only 0.7 points higher than that for women who got a placebo, the documents show.The study specified that the findings would be clinically important only if there were a three-point reduction in symptoms, Persaud said Wednesday in an interview. “But on all counts, there was less than one point between the groups.”The analysis by Persaud and colleagues was published online Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE.Diclectin, sold as Diclegis in the U.S., is prescribed for alleviating morning sickness to millions of women around the world, including tens of thousands each year in Canada. At least one prescription for the drug is filled for every two births in this country.Persaud once routinely prescribed the medication, which is recommended by the Society for Obstetricians and Gynecology of Canada (SOGC). But in 2011, one of his patients questioned use of the drug, prompting him to start investigating the safety and effectiveness profile that led to the drug being granted marketing approval.“It did take a long time to get the information, but after looking at it, my practice has completely changed,” said Persaud, who suggests that Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should rethink their endorsement of the medication.Diclectin comes in a time-released pill that contains two main ingredients: pyridoxine, or vitamin B6, and doxylamine, an antihistamine.A Health Canada spokesperson said the federal department reviewed the safety and effectiveness data for Diclectin in 2016, including seeking advice from an external expert panel.“No new safety or efficacy issues were identified as part of the review,” the spokesperson said by email. “The available evidence continues to support Diclectin in the treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.”As well, updated SOGC guidelines continue to recommend pyridoxine alone or doxylamine/pyridoxine combination therapy (Diclectin) as a first-line treatment for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy “when conservative measures have not been effective,” the spokesperson said.“Diclectin has been prescribed for more than 40 years in Canada and has been repeatedly proven safe and effective for use throughout pregnancy,” said Duchesnay spokeswoman Fiona Story.Both the safety and efficacy of doxylamine-pyridoxine have been proven in multiple studies and an estimated 35 million pregnant women worldwide have used the drug to manage their symptoms, Story said by email.The medication has been endorsed as a first-line therapy for morning sickness in guidelines issued by professional medical organizations like the SOGC and approved by regulatory bodies in countries around the globe, she said.“It is important to note that the specific clinical trial (DIC-301) being referenced … was designed and developed in collaboration with the FDA through a special protocol assessment. The clinical trial achieved a statistically significant endpoint using the method of analysis requested by the FDA in accordance with all FDA requirements.”Still, pregnant women with nausea and vomiting may want to consider other treatment options, said Persaud, referring specifically to the more common form of morning sickness, not the severe type known as hyperemesis gravidarum that has repeatedly hospitalized the Duchess of Cambridge.“I have completely stopped prescribing the medication and I would recommend that women with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy see their health-care provider about effective treatments,” he said.– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
Yet a vaccine already routinely given to children in the United States could halve the toll, saving a child’s life every minute, and cut the nearly $300 million the infection costs annually, said the study, the most comprehensive ever conducted on the regional impact of the diseases, which kill 1 million people worldwide every year, mostly young children. “The current vaccine may not be a silver bullet, but widespread immunization will clearly translate into thousands of lives saved, as well as better health for children,” UN Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) official Jon Andrus told Second Regional Pneumococcal Symposium in São Paulo, Brazil. “This will also benefit large number of adults and elderly who catch the disease from children every year.” Reviewing the potential impact of the existing vaccine, the report found that widespread vaccination of children in Latin America would prevent over half of all pneumococcal illnesses and deaths regionally, saving one life for every thousand children vaccinated and avert one case of illness for every 80 youngsters vaccinated.Extended vaccines that are expected to become available in two to three years will raise the level of protection even further.Annual routine pneumococcal vaccination covering 92 per cent of children would save the lives of over 9,400 children every year. It would prevent 678,000 cases of ear infection, 176,000 cases of pneumonia, 2,100 cases of sepsis, and 660 cases of meningitis.In addition to the current vaccine, which contains seven strains of the pneumococcal bacteria, the report considers the potential impact of other vaccines now in development, including a 10-strain formulation and a 13-strain formulation. It found that the current 7-strain formulation would cover up to 64 per cent of pneumococcal disease, while the 10-and 13-strain formulations would cover up to 87 and 92 per cent of disease, respectively.PAHO is the regional office for the Americas of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2013 12:21 pm MDT TORONTO – Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A) and Pershing Square have called a truce in their dispute over the future of General Growth Properties (NYSE:GGP), which owns shopping malls in the U.S. and Brazil.Pershing Square — headed by Bill Ackman — had been pushing for a sale of General Growth, a plan that had been opposed by Brookfield, the real estate firm’s largest shareholder.However, the two have reached a deal that will see Brookfield buy warrants for 18.4 million General Growth shares from Pershing for $271.9 million and agree to limit its voting power at the company on takeover offers for the next four years.“Brookfield Asset Management is prepared to provide this undertaking to the company in considerations of the undertakings of Pershing Square Capital Management,” Brookfield senior managing partner Cyrus Madon wrote in a letter to the General Growth board.The potential shares represented by the warrants would account for about a 1.9 per cent stake in General Growth.Brookfield is the largest shareholder in General Growth with a roughly 38 per cent stake in the company, while Pershing Square holds a nearly eight per cent stake as the second-largest shareholder, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.Under the agreement, Brookfield has agreed to limit its right to vote its shares in excess of 38.2 per cent and will not exceed a 45 per cent stake in General Growth for four years. Pershing Square has agreed to limit its stake in the company to a maximum of 9.9 per cent for the same time period.Brookfield has also given General Growth’s board of directors 30 days to buy the warrants for the same price it has paid, General Growth said.The standstill agreement between the two fund managers was dated Dec. 31, but disclosed on Thursday in a U.S. regulatory filing.In a letter to Brookfield chief executive Bruce Flatt, Pershing Square said it will refrain from “soliciting, proposing or making plans (or assisting or encouraging any third party with any of the foregoing) with respect to any extraordinary transactions . . . for a period of not less than four years.”Pershing Square — the New York-based fund manager that led last year’s shakeup at Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) — had been pushing to have GGP sold.Pershing said it had been in discussions with Simon Property Group Inc, the largest mall owner in the U.S., to acquire GGP at a 65 per cent premium to where shares were trading at the time. But it said Brookfield rebuffed the proposal in order to acquire GGP for itself without paying the premium usually required for a takeover deal.Brookfield said that it had no plans to buy GGP and nor any interest in selling its stake.General Growth shares were down 64 cents at US$19.41 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange.Brookfield shares were down 10 cents at C$36.50 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Brookfield, Pershing Square call truce in battle over General Growth Properties
As the preferred supplier and solution provider for Powerfuel, Trolex has been specified to design and manufacture a bespoke directional indicator system for Hatfield coal mine in South Yorkshire, UK, as part of a continual upgrade of mine safety systems. The system comprises track point arrows and fault indication lines using 100 intrinsically safe, long life LED indicator lamps with an ultrasonically sealed front bezel to IP66 for arduous duty and hazardous areas. The LED displays are mounted in a robust, water and dust-proof housing and combined with the Trolex Commander Unit and a dedicated power supply. The systems can be controlled from a central monitoring station. Trolex provided the bespoke solution by housing 30 LED lamps in each of the double arrow signs and 20 in the single arrow signs using a simple and convenient clip-on fixing system to secure the lamps to the panels. The LED indicator lamps have a long life of up to 20,000 hours even when vibration is present and the equipment has ATEX M1 Group 1 and 2 approval. The lamps work on a low current for use with IS circuits and safety barriers and the universal 22.5mm diameter mounting hole matches standard panel indicators.Commenting on the use of Trolex equipment at Hatfield, Charlie Smith from Powerfuel said, “Innovation lies at the heart of Powerfuel’s business. We commission Trolex as our systems partner because the company provides the full monitoring and control package, from smart, integrated sensors to uninterruptible power supplies and everything in between.”As well as the bespoke directional indicator system, Trolex has also recently been specified to supply a complete fan monitoring system to be used in the Hatfield fan house as part of Powerfuel’s commitment to a safety-first industry. The system uses a wide range of Trolex products, delivering the sensor information back to the Trolex Commander, a group 1 certified product. Vibration sensors, pressure sensors, level sensors and temperature sensors are all used in the system to monitor fan vibration, levels of carbon monoxide, oil level and pressure and temperature of the bearing. Trolex was specified for its specialist knowledge of M1 rated products to deliver a reliable solution, as a number of the products sensors are located in hazardous areas.
“Now I want to do the same for the professional sport and I hope those who have supported me along the way will come along with me. I’m excited for the road ahead.”Hearn, who has been closely following Taylor’s progress for the last four years, said: “Today marks a significant day for our sport with the news that Katie is joining the professional ranks. Oct 27th 2016, 10:16 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Eddie Hearn/Twitter 25,330 Views By Ryan Bailey Source: Katie Taylor/Twitter Taylor has been weighing up her options since relinquishing her Olympic title in Rio and has agreed terms with Eddie Hearn’s company.After dominating the amateur ranks for over a decade, during which she won five World titles, six European crowns and an Olympic gold, the 30-year-old will now look to make her mark in the pro game.“When I first dreamt of Olympic gold, female boxing was practically unknown,” Taylor said.“Now because of my journey and the incredible supporters who came along with me, female boxing is as much part of the fabric of the Olympics as its male counterpart. Share439 Tweet Email3 Signed and sealed! Katie Taylor turns professional and will make debut next month The Bray boxer’s debut fight will be live on Sky Sports. KATIE TAYLOR HAS signed a professional contract with Matchroom Boxing and will make her debut at London’s Wembley Arena on 26 November.The Bray boxer’s first pro fight will be shown live on Sky Sports, with her opponent yet to be announced.Taylor will also be on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title defence in Manchester on 10 December. Add us: the42.ie 39 Comments Today marks the end of an amazing amateur campaign but the start of an exciting new chapter as a pro. Ready to conquer! @MatchroomBoxing— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) October 27, 2016 Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 10:16 AM https://the42.ie/3048873 “She is one of the most decorated amateur boxers of all time and a public icon in Ireland. I met Katie for the first time last week and was fascinated by her desire to not just win World titles but to break down the barriers of women’s boxing, she is an incredible role model.“Boxing is a sport open to all but it’s also an entertainment business. Anyone who has watched Katie fight knows how exciting she is and anyone who hasn’t is really going to enjoy her journey on Sky Sports. I’m really excited by this challenge and we are committed to giving Katie the opportunities she needs to achieve her dreams.”The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Short URL Excited to announce the signing of 6 time European champ,5 time World champ & Olympic gold medalist @KatieTaylor – debut Nov 26 @SkySports 💥 pic.twitter.com/qomtLiEyxx— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 27, 2016
Jurgen Klopp recently announced Liverpool would not be changing their famous attacking approach for the final of the Champions League against Real Madrid.With only six days left ahead of the last fixture of the Champions League, Liverpool vs. Real Madrid, which will take part at Kiev on May 26, Klopp had his say on Liverpool’s future behaviour.Despite the fact that Real Madrid will be looking for getting their hands on the third consecutive Champions League win – a task rather daunting – the Reds will not be making any special changes.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“If I was to ask the boys, ‘What do you want to do in this game?’ they would say, ‘What we always did’. I am pretty sure that would be the answer,” explained Klopp, according to the official website of Liverpool.“In football you always have to try to create a plan to deny the qualities of an opponent, but you also have to bring through your own qualities. If we would only think about trying to deny their qualities, that would be quite difficult.”“It’s not that we go there, run like crazy and have no clue how to defend, it won’t be like that. But we will play our football and hopefully at the highest level,” Klopp went on to add.
AS Roma sporting director Monchi has defended the sale of Alisson to Liverpool.After selling Mohammed Salah to Liverpool last summer, the Italian side are currently in the process of selling Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker to the same club though for a record fee.Monchi has come to the club’s defence after they came under much scrutiny for their transfer policy after seeing two key players leave the club to Anfield in just under two years.The sporting director insists the decision to sell Alisson is not a lack of ambition on the part of the Giallorossi as the keeper closes in on a record £67million move to the Premier League club.Alisson enjoyed a very good 2017-18 season as Roma finished third in the Serie-A while also getting to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League. The Brazilian was also part of Brazil’s 23 man squad to the just concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The goalkeeper had one of the best records of the tournament conceding only three goals in five games for the Selecao as they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual second-runners up Belgium.“Nothing is finalised yet but we’re in advanced negotiations with Liverpool and Alisson is also over there in England,” Monchi said about the Brazilian during a press conference to unveil new signing Justin Kluivert, according to Goal.“When a substantial bid of that magnitude comes in, we’ve to consider the pros and cons before making a decision.”“Selling Alisson isn’t a lack of ambition for me, the ambition is to build a very good team not just for one season but for many years,” Monchi responded to the criticism of the Rome based club.“Nobody would have thought we could sign players like Pastore or Kluivert but we’ve both with us.”
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In a letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership this week, ASA and a coalition of like-minded farm groups encouraged the advocacy of “strong, meaningful, and affordable” crop insurance protection for the nation’s farmers, and opposed any changes that would discourage producer participation or undermine private sector delivery. The letters come as both chambers are confronted with a need to reduce spending through the sequestration process.”In agriculture, one thing is for certain: crop loss will occur in some part of the United States each year,” wrote the groups. “The significant, widespread crop losses of 2011 and 2012 have clearly demonstrated the need for crop insurance protection and the public-private partnership of program delivery. Farmers, ranchers, their lenders, input suppliers and other stakeholders agree that crop insurance protection should remain a viable, affordable tool for managing risk.”The groups went on to underscore the shortfalls of piece-meal disaster bills after catastrophic events occur.”Crop insurance… is a product selected in advance and tailored to the individual producer, with that producer choosing his or her product and protection level, and paying a premium for that coverage. In contrast, ad hoc disaster assistance is an after-the-fact form of assistance paid for entirely by the taxpayer that may help a producer survive a disaster but does not help manage risk. Importantly, because of the protection crop insurance provides, there were no calls for ad hoc disaster assistance in 2012 as there have been in the past.”
Fire destroyed a dryer inside a home in west Hazel Dell on Thursday afternoon. The fire at 1010 N.W. Sluman Road was reported at 2:33 p.m. Fire District 6 originally sent one engine and upgraded the call to a full structure fire, said Assistant Chief David Taylor. Crews arrived three minutes later and found an electric dryer on fire. The fire was contained to the dryer, although the cabinet above the dryer was damaged, and there was smoke damage throughout the house, Taylor said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. A Clark County fire marshal is investigating the incident.
A robber armed with a large knife accosted a convenience store clerk in Vancouver this afternoon, stealing cigarettes.The robbery was reported just before 2:30 p.m. at the Shell station, 4905 N.E. 94th Ave., in the VanMall neighborhood.The clerk told 911 dispatchers that the robber was a black man in his mid-20s, with a large build. He wore eyeglasses and a black-and-red coat, and displayed a large knife with a brown handle.He was last seen headed toward the Westfield Vancouver mall. Mall security has been notified, and police are in the area looking for the bandit.
Attorneys for Indian tribes and the Interior Department announced today an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit for $940 million. It’s a case that dates back to 1994. Since then, until 2013, the department short-changed some 640 tribes that had federal contracts to provide services to their people. Alaska tribes are among those owed money.Download AudioOne the one hand, this case is about the mundane overhead costs a tribe incurs when it takes over a federal program. To run a housing office or deliver social services, tribes have to get insurance, buy payroll software, and keep the office lights on. According to their contracts, the government was supposed to cover these administrative support costs.But the government didn’t. Or didn’t consistently. Anchorage attorney Lloyd Miller, who pursued the case on behalf of tribes, says it’s about contracts, but there’s a bigger principle at play.“The government gave these contracts discriminatory treatment. It is the only way to explain it. These very agencies, when they would award contracts to other entities would honor those contracts and would go to Congress for the money needed to honor those other contracts, but they never did that with Indian tribes.”Miller says about $125 million of the settlement will go to 190 Alaska entities, some of them small tribes and some regional non-profits, like Tanana Chiefs Conference and the Association of Village Council Presidents. If a judge approves the settlement, the money could begin to flow to the tribes next year. Miller has also settled similar cases over contract support costs for tribal health care.At the heart of both is the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1975. Before then, the federal government provided the services.“Fifty years ago, my elders tell me everything on the reservation was controlled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, from where we lived to where we were buried.”That’s one of Miller’s non-Alaska clients, Val Panteah, governor of the Pueblo of Zuni. At a Justice Department press conference announcing the settlement, the Zuni leader said it all changed when, under the Indian Self-Determination Act, tribes started contracting to do the work themselves.“But the federal government found a way to undermine this process, too. They cheated us on our contracts.”At the U.S. Supreme Court, the government argued it couldn’t pay the tribes’ their due, because starting in the 1990s, Congress — worried about the rising bills — set firm caps on the contract support costs. Much of the case was about the conflict between those statutory caps, and what the department promised the tribes in each contract.The current head of the BIA, Interior Undersecretary Kevin Washburn, applauded the outcome of that case, and the new agreement.“Today’s proposed settlement reflects the Obama administration’s effort to get the United States to fully embrace tribal self-determination. The tribal leaders, and their smart and very persistent lawyers, deserve credit for turning the United States around on this principle, by winning a major case in the United States Supreme Court in 2012.”Since 2013, Congress has fully funded contract support costs. Washburn says the administration is now pushing Congress for permanent, mandatory funding for those portions of the contracts.
The Emerald Princess is moored Wednesday, July 27, 2017, at the South Franklin Street Dock in Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)When cruise ships dock in Juneau, a few of them can connect to the city’s electric grid. That means less emissions and pollution downtown in the summer. It also generates money for Juneau’s hydroelectric utility that, in turn, benefits customers.That’s why the City and Borough of Juneau wants to explore expanding port infrastructure to allow more ships to hook up.Since 2001, Princess Cruises has been connecting to shore power at the Franklin Street dock during the summer cruise season.“A lot of people don’t realize, this was the first place in the world (to offer shore power to cruise ships),” said Kirby Day, who works for Princess Cruises out of Juneau. He spoke about the benefits at a recent community meeting with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.“It’s been a great program and a great asset to the community, as well as Princess,” Day said.Connecting to renewable hydroelectric power allows ships to shut off their engines. That cuts down on emissions from burning diesel fuel while they sit in the harbor.Day estimates that Princess pays Alaska Electric Light & Power about $1 million each summer for shore power. The money acts as a rebate for Juneau customers, who then receive a discount on their monthly energy bills.Today, ports around the world offer electric hookups for cruise ships. But Juneau still only has one dock capable of supplying power.That’s why the Juneau Commission on Sustainability submitted a proposal this year for the city to explore expanding that infrastructure. It suggests using $250,000 in revenue from Juneau’s marine passenger fee. That’s the $5 head tax cruise passengers pay when they visit Juneau.While there are obvious benefits to shore power, it’s not a simple proposal.For one thing, building the infrastructure is expensive, and the cruise season only lasts about four months.A feasibility study from 2016 estimated building a new facility to provide shore power from just one additional dock would cost $12.9 million.Alec Mesdag works for AEL&P. The company use surplus hydroelectric energy generated from reservoirs around Juneau to provide power to interruptible customers like Greens Creek Mine, the downtown Hurff Ackerman Saunders Federal Building and Princess Cruises.“In general, the capacity in that time of year is fine,” Mesdag said. “The energy would depend on how much precipitation had fallen.”Right now, both Greens Creek and the Federal Building are running on fuel-powered generators. That’s due to low rainfall last year and so far this winter. It’s also led to an increase in prices for Juneau customers.Mesdag said they have to think about that when considering providing even more customers with power.“The ships are a fairly large load relative to the size of our community’s load, and there are just technical issues associated with serving a load that large in a town this small,” Mesdag said.AEL&P doesn’t know how long the interruption in service will last.Several communities in Southeast Alaska are partially running on diesel generators due to the lack of rain.Still, expanding shore power is already gaining support from the community.Don Kubley serves as vice president of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 70. He submitted resolutions from his organization to the city this week in support of more shore power.He said they’re worried about the impact of cruise ship pollution.“Our members are very concerned about the foods they harvest and have traditionally harvested along the beaches and the shores and in the woods of Gastineau Channel,” Kubley said.Assembly member Michelle Bonnet Hale chairs the city Public Works and Facilities Committee. It considered the proposal at a meeting earlier this week.Hale said the city will also need to work with cruise lines to figure out how it would affect their schedules.“That would require further study, to be sure. You can’t just jump to design if you don’t know what you’re designing for,” Hale said.She said there will be ample opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the proposal during the budget process this spring.
Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild Stay on target Do you remember the Super Famicom Stellaview? Chances are that you probably don’t because it was never released outside of Japan. This peripheral allowed SFC users to download and play games over a satellite connection. The device had some games that were exclusive to it, one of which was a Legend of Zelda game called Ancient Stone Tablets.Thanks to a group of dedicated fans, this nearly forgotten title has been translated into several languages including English, French, and German and made available online.To say that this game was unique is a vast understatement. One could only play Ancient Stone Tablets when it was being broadcast over satellite. Depending on the week the game was being broadcasted, users would only be able to play certain parts of the overworld and dungeons. The game was only made available for four weeks and only for an hour at a time. Players could save their progress via special cassette tapes that they could use for the following week. Because of this, it was extremely hard for people to emulate Ancient Stone Tablets.As for the game itself, it is more or less a remix of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It shares the same art style and gameplay of that SNES classic. The game can also be viewed as a prequel to Ocarina of Time: Master Quest.Most folks (even die-hard Zelda fans) may not have even known BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban (as it was known in Japan) even existed, so having this game finally be available is certainly a nice treat.Make sure to check out the dedicated fan site to find out how fans were able to translate and emulate the game. Also make sure to watch the video above to find out more about BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban and another fan-translated Zelda game — BS Zeruda no Densetsu, which was a re-imaging of the original Nintendo Zelda title.
I Played Trump’s Hologram Nightmare with HoloPlayer OneMicrosoft is working on a 3D holographic avatar system for Skype Stay on target One thing Tuesday’s next-gen iPhone unveiling likely won’t include: a holographic screen.Digital cinema camera maker RED in July announced “the world’s first holographic media machine”—the Hydrogen One smartphone, available to pre-order starting at $1,195.But a buzzword-heavy press release and a single mysterious image (pictured) left much to the consumer’s imagination, until now: RED and partner Leia Inc. last week offered a textual glimpse at its upcoming “holographic” handset. (The companies’ suggestive quotation marks, not mine.)Prototype Hydrogen One (via Marques Brownlee/MKBHD)Presumably named after the princess, HP spin-off Leia describes itself as “the leading provider of lightfield holographic display solutions for mobile.”At its core, Leia’s technology projects 3D images viewable from different angles. Its party trick, dubbed Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting (DLB), claims to provide “almost magical properties” without compromising display quality or battery life.RED’s smartphone isn’t ready for its close-up, so prospective buyers still can’t see the new tech in action; a 2015 concept video (above) is your best bet at a first look. Instead, the firms illustrate the complicated mechanics in a statement:“Leia leverages recent breakthroughs in Nano-Photonic design and manufacturing to provide a complete lightfield ‘holographic’ display solution for mobile devices, through proprietary hardware and software. The Silicon Valley firm commercializes LCD-based mobile screens able to synthesize lightfield holographic content while preserving the normal operation of the display.”You’re gonna need a bigger hand (via Marques Brownlee/MKBHD)The startup has come a long way since 2015, when it released a dev kit for experimentation with interactive holograms on a 2.2-inch display.According to a joint memo, the upcoming Hydrogen program promises “stunning” holographic content and 3D sound, aimed at movie watchers, interactive gamers, social network users, and mixed-media viewers.While some prototype Hydrogen Ones have been thrown around—David Fincher and Brad Pitt were reportedly impressed—the smartphone largely remains a mystery.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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