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We just reviewed the Wikipad 7 Android Gaming Tablet and now we are giving you the chance to win it.

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If you like playing games this Android tablet with controller might be just what you are looking for.

How to enter to win

We have a Wikipad 7 to give away:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Friday February 13th, and the WikiPad 7 is available now for £59.99 from Ebuyer.

If you enjoy gaming on a tablet then you probably that sometimes it’s not that easy without a controller – and that’s where the Wikipad 7 Gaming Tablet comes in, and here is our review.

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Specifications

Specs

What’s in the Box?

The box is well packaged and contains the tablet, the controller, a quick start guide, USB cable and a power adaptor.

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A Closer Look

The controller is quite large and bulky, and has a slot for the Wikipad. There are thumbsticks, triggers and buttons in all the places you would expect them to be.

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The Wikipad tablet itself is both small, thin and lightweight. All the main buttons are on the top of the tablet so that they are accessible when the tablet is slotted into the controller. There is a micro SD card slot to expand the storage capabilities, along with a micro-HMDI port for connecting to a TV or monitor. There is also a 2 megapixel camera on the front of the tablet.

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Using the Wikipad

You can use the Wikipad like any other tablet, but the difference here is the controller. You slot the Wikipad into the controller enabling you to play games more easily.

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Final Thoughts

The Wikipad 7 isn’t a new release, in fact it has been available now since 2013, but there have recently been seem serious drops in price which makes it worth taking a look at.

The processor is the NVIDIA Tegra 3, so it’s not the latest and greatest (again, its been out a while) but with 12 cores it’s by no means a slouch either!

The screen gives a very clear image, although it’s not full 1080p, and it might take you a little while to get used the screen dimensions, but when using it in normal tablet mode it gives you that little bit extra screen for icons and applications.

Connectivity to a large screen TV or monitor it easy using a mini-HDMI cable, although there isn’t one in the box, but then given the new price for the Wikipad you can’t really complain.

As we mentioned earlier all the buttons on the Wikipad itself are on the top of the screen which makes it a lot easier when using the controller, which brings us nicely onto the controller. It’s rather big and hefty, and looks a little plasticy, but it does get the job done and it certainly makes it easier to play certain games than without it. I can imagine though that a few people might not take it outside the house given it’s size. The Wikipad also comes with a number of games preinstalled, and you can of course visit Google Play and buy or download more. Just be warned that there are some games out there that wont run very well due to the hardware requirements, and there are some games that are not compatible with the controller, so make sure you check before you buy. There is a button mapper app included on the Wikipad to help you map controls for other games, but this can be a little fiddly to get working, but it does work!

The battery life was pretty good – not the best on the market today, but then again remember it’s age and new price. That said you should be able to get some good gameplay times out of it.

Increasing the storage is simply a case of popping in a micro SD card, and you play a lot of games you might want to consider that.

So all in all, if you looking for a low priced gaming tablet that you really should take a look at the Wikipad 7.

Available now for £59.99 from Ebuyer.

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Ubisoft recently took us to Paris to take a look at Assassin’s Creed Unity – in this interview we talk to Andree-Anne Boisvert and take a look at the companion app.

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Paris, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once-magnificent city into a place of terror and chaos. Its cobblestoned streets run red with the blood of commoners who dare to rise up against an oppressive aristocracy. Yet as the nation tears itself apart, a young man named Arno will embark upon an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin.

Andree-Anne Boisvert currently works as an Associate Producer at Ubisoft. She fell in love with video games as a teenager, right after learning Epona’s song.

After completing her master’s degree in computer science, she worked in various production roles on social and mobile games. Her game credits include a wide range of titles from the Petz & Raving Rabbids series, to some of the Assassin’s Creed titles (Brotherhood, Black Flag and Unity) and Prince of Persia.

For the last 2 years, she’s been making the console / mobile boundaries disappear by shipping meaningful companion app experiences for the console games players.

Andree-Anne’s goal is to offer the most immersive experience to Assassin’s Creed Unity players while using their mobile device.

So over to Andree-Anne:

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released November 13th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

What do you think of Assassin’s Creed Unity? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Today Lenovo announced at the IFA 2014 in Berlin an expanded portfolio of tablets and PCs that gives consumers more options for tablets that fit their mobile lifestyle as well as choices of dedicated gaming PCs. The new lineup kicks off with the TAB S8, Lenovo’s first Intel-powered Android tablet. Lenovo also announced two new high-performance gaming PCs: the Y70 Touch, Lenovo’s first 17-inch touch laptop with the latest processor and graphics technology for HD gaming, and the ERAZER X310, Lenovo’s latest affordable desktop gaming PCs.

TAB S8: Combines Android Experience with Intel Performance

Lenovo created the TAB S8 for consumers who are looking for a stylish, slim and affordable Android tablet starting at just £149. At 8-inches, the TAB S8’s 1920×1200 infinity screen is sharper than FHD, while the One Glass Solution touch-panel technology provides a crystal clear viewing experience. The tablet’s ultra-slim bezel seamlessly merges the screen with the dark front panel, giving the TAB S8 a sleek, clean look. The front panel also features a 1.6-megapixel HD camera for easy video chatting. Turn the TAB S8 around to reveal an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The wide aperture f2.2 lens snaps sharp photos, even in low light. Pre-installed apps, like SHAREit, allow for easy and safe photo and file sharing.

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Engineered to give users the most from their mobile device without sacrificing portability, the Lenovo TAB S8 marks Lenovo’s first 8-inch Android tablet powered by an Intel processor. Available with the Intel Atom Z3745 Processor with Intel® Burst Performance Technology, the TAB S8 dynamically matches processing power to the task at hand in order to maximize battery life without compromising speed in a thin and light design. The TAB S8 is just 0.65 pounds and 0.31 inches thin, nearly as thin as a standard pencil.

Additional features include optional high-speed LTE (4G) connectivity (based on Intel® XMMTM 7160) and Wi-Fi for data connectivity, up to seven hours of battery life to keep users cord-free, and 64-bit technology compatibility. The TAB S8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Dolby-enhanced dual front speakers. Colors vary by region and include ebony, canary yellow, pearl white and midnight blue.

Y70 Touch: Extreme Performance for HD Gaming

The Lenovo Y70 Touch comes with an up to 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and powerful NVIDIA GTX graphics, making it ideal for heavy entertainment use and HD gaming. At 17 inches, the Y70 Touch is Lenovo’s largest touchscreen laptop, opening up a whole new level of interaction for video editing, social sharing and gaming.

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The Y70 delivers a fantastic audio and visual experience, with a FHD display that brings movies and games to life with enhanced colour, clarity and resolution. Its JBL-designed stereo speakers and subwoofer paired with Dolby Advanced Audio provide a totally immersive audio experience rarely found on a laptop. The backlit keyboard glows in dimly lit environments, adding to the overall visual experience.

At under 7.5 pounds, the Y70 Touch is thinner and lighter than most other laptops in its class thanks to the included external optical disc drive that supports both DVD and Blu-ray. The Y70 Touch also features up to five hours of battery life and customizable memory and storage options, with up to 16GB DDR3L and 1TB of SSHD storage or 512GB SSD storage.

Z50-75: Thin and Light, Optimized for Gaming

The stylish Lenovo Z50-75 laptop provides a full gaming experience for on-the-go at a stunning price point. At 2.5 cm thin, it features an AMD FX-quadcore processor, R7-M260DX 2GB graphics and groundbreaking graphics API that allows games and applications to utilize the CPU and GPU more efficiently thus improving performance up to 60%. Equipped with gorgeous 15.6 inch FHD 1920X1080 display, up to 16GB DDR3L memory, large storage options up to 1TB HDD or 1TB SSHD, and Stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater, the Z50-75 offers users a fantastic gaming experience.

The new Z50-75 comes bundled with two free games offering among a selection of AAA titles like “Thief” and “Darksiders” that buyers can download through a dedicated website using a unique code. This promotion is available in EMEA only and valid until 31st March.

ERAZER X310 Smooth, Immersive Gaming with Design Flare

The Lenovo ERAZER X310 is the latest addition to Lenovo’s line of affordable gaming desktop PCs. To keep users in the action, the ERAZER X310 features discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, a quad-core processor and up to 2TB of SSHD or 256GB SSD high-speed storage. The combined power and speed allows users to play the most intense games seamlessly without lag. The ERAZER X310 boosts the gaming experience with immersive audio featuring 7.1 channel sound support and Dolby enhancements.

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The newly designed chassis features front LED lighting and a futuristic profile that mimics the smooth lines of a knight’s armour. The front panel also features a one-touch port cover for easy access and a hidden air vent that keeps the device cool when the gaming heats up.

Other features include up to 32GB DDR3 memory, four USB 3.0 ports and always-on USB charging port for enhanced connectivity.

“Our latest consumer tablet and PCs give consumers even more choice so they can select the right device that fits best into their mobile lifestyle,” said Jeff Meredith, vice president, marketing, Mobile Business Group, Lenovo. “From the super mobile TAB S8 tablet to the Y70 and ERAZER X310 gaming PC, we’ve optimized each one to meet the diverse needs of customers.”

With Lenovo’s Tab S8 tablet powered by an Intel Atom Processor, consumers have the freedom to experience seamless, powerful performance with great battery life. They can enjoy the content they want on this new Intel-based tablet, such as games or videos,” said Erik Reid, vice president of Intel Mobile and Communications Group and general manager of the Tablet Business Unit.

Pricing and Availability

The Lenovo TAB S8 will be available beginning in September with models starting at £149 via major retailers and http://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/.

The Lenovo Y70 Touch will be available beginning in September with models starting at £999.99 via major retailers and http://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/.

The Lenovo Z50-75 with two free games offer will be available beginning in September with models starting at £399.99.

With the new Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, it gives you a slim, light and waterproof tablet that’s going to be perfect for browsing in the bath with an IP65/68 rating.

The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is only 6.4mm thick and weighs only 270g, so should be easy to heft with one hand. It measures 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4mm.

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It features the Xperia Z design, giving you something that’s high quality and minimalist, with stainless steel corners and a tempered glass front.

There’s an 8-inch Triluminos display on the front, enhanced with Sony’s Live Colour LED, with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. That gives you a pixel density of 275ppi, which won’t give you the detail of common rivals like the iPad mini with Retina display or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

There is plenty of power, however, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.5GHz and 3GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage, that can be expanded by up to 128GB via microSD.

Making a departure from the rest of the Z3 family, there Z3 Tablet Compact comes with an 8.1-megapixel camera on the rear and lacks the 4K video capture that the smartphone cousins offer.

The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be available in black or white, with both LTE and Wi-Fi only versions, There’s no word on pricing available from autumn 2014.

Activision have just announced Skylanders Trap Team Tablet edition and we got to play with it.

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Children (and some adults) love Skylanders, that’s a fact, but the biggest problem has been needing to be at home with the console to play it. Well all that changes now with the introduction of the tablet edition of Skylanders Trap Team.

It comes in a starter pack that includes a Bluetooth Portal of Power, a controller, Food Fight and Snap Shot, two traps and a tray to keep it all one. The controller and the portal of power connect to the tablet (either an iOS, Android or FireOS device) using the Bluetooth low energy standard, which means longer lasting playtime. Both devices take AAA batteries (the controller takes 2 and the portal takes 3). Pairing the devices to your tablet is simple – just open the game and press the button on the device – simple as that!

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The controller is stored on the underside of the portal of power making it very easy to transport. The controller itself is smaller than an usual console controller as it has been designed for smaller hands. It is however easy and comfortable to use and is Skylanders branded.

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If you want to play the game in co-op mode then you can either use another controller or you can use another supported controller or gamepad.

The game itself appears on your tablet and you can either play it holding your tablet or you can slot it into the side of the portal of power, effectively making your own little gaming setup.

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The portal supports tablets up to 12” in size so you should be ok for most tablets today.

You don’t have to play the game using the controller if you don’t want to. Just switch it off and you can use the touch screen controls on the tablet, and they work surprisingly well! The game detects if you are using the controller, or not, and changes the game for you.

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You may be thinking that there will be times that you can’t use the portal as you might be in the car, or on a train, well don’t worry as you can actually play the game without using it! If the portal is not connected then the game switches automatically to using “on the go characters” which are digital versions of the toys, in this case Instant Snap Shot and Instant Food Fight. These are separate characters with their own skill trees, but they are essentially the same as the toys, just without having to carry them!

And talking of the toys, all of the previous toys are also supported with the tablet edition too!

The game itself is a free download, you only need to buy the starter pack to get the portal, controller and toys. However you can actually play the game without buying the starter pack! It’s not the full game obviously, but it will be a special introductory adventure that is being created just for this purpose. The idea being that if you like it you can buy the starter pack, and then all the toys!

The game itself is around 1GB for the initial download so you will want to be on a wireless connection when you first download it, and all later levels are actually streamed for you in the background ready for you to play. At this point I don’t know how large those levels will be and if it would be possible to stream them using a data connection (if you were on a train or in a car for example), but that will become clear soon.

I was very impressed with the whole thing, it was easy to setup and the game looks and plays exactly the same as the console version and throwing everything you need into the starter park, including a controller is a great move. I think that a lot of parents are going to find this keeps their children quiet for hours and hours on those long trips.

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So the starter pack, which includes the portal of power, two toys, two traps, the controller and a tray will cost £64.99 and will be available at the same time as Skylanders Trap Team on the consoles, which is October 10th in Europe.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

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Now, for the first time in franchise history, Activision Publishing, Inc. is bringing the full AAA console experience of a Skylanders game to tablet devices with the  Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack. Launching day-and-date with the console version, the Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will include a Bluetooth version of the Traptanium Portal, a new ring of magical energy which reverses the magic of the Toys-to-Life category by letting players bring digital characters into the physical world. The new portal gives players the freedom to dock their tablet, providing a hands-free gaming experience. The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will also include a Bluetooth-enabled controller for the best possible play experience; a built-in tablet stand; two Skylanders characters; two Traps; and a display tray that lets Portal Masters keep track of the Traps they’ve collected and which villains they have trapped.

Like the console version of the game, all 175 existing Skylanders toys will be forward compatible and playable across all platforms, truly allowing Portal Masters to play wherever and whenever they want. Delivering another meaningful technological leap to the Skylanders franchise, the launch of Skylanders Trap Team on tablet underscores Activision’s continued commitment to bringing significant innovation to the Toys-to-Life category that the company firmly established in 2011.

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The game introduces more than 50 new playable Skylanders heroes and more than 40 villains in an all-new adventure, delivering a diverse and dynamic story-driven gameplay experience filled with adventure, combat, puzzles, mini games, activities and platforming, all set within a variety of lush, compelling environments.

KEY FEATURES:
•    Unprecedented Tablet Innovation – Skylanders Trap Team on tablet represents a huge technological leap for the Toys-to-Life category as one of the first AAA experiences of its kind on the platform. The team is delivering a feat of development innovation with a game that was built alongside the console versions, driving an unparalleled level of performance from the tablet devices that it supports.
•    Complete Toys-to-Life, Life to Toys Tablet Experience – The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack gives fans everything they need for a rich gameplay experience wherever and whenever they want to play. Tablet players will experience the Skylanders Trap Team innovation through a Bluetooth© version of the Traptanium Portal and Bluetooth© controller. They can also play the full game on their tablets using touch controls and two digital Skylanders characters and two digital Traps.

•    Two Ways to Play – Once players purchase the tablet Starter Pack and download the game via their tablet’s app store, the game will recognize the Traptanium Portal and unlock the full experience. Players will experience the same AAA content they come to expect from Skylanders console games, but with two ways to play:

•    “Controller” –– Fans can play the game just like the console version using the tablet-specific Traptanium Portal and toys with the custom Bluetooth Skylanders game controller included in the Starter Pack.
•     “Touch Controls” – For players who prefer to use touch controls instead of a controller, fans  have the option to play the game just using on-screen touch controls.

•    Innovative Gameplay – In Skylanders Trap Team, you can play as a Skylander or capture Skylands’ most wanted foes and unleash them for good. It’s up to Portal Masters to find these villains and capture them inside the new Traps that transport the villains into the real world via the Traptanium Portal. Once trapped, players can return the villain to Skylands as a playable character. This exciting new play pattern gives fans the option to switch between playing as a Skylander hero or a villain at any time, creating fun and unique “tag team” gameplay.

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Square Enix Montréal has announced that Hitman: Sniper, a brand new  game currently being developed for mobile and tablet devices. E3 attendees will be treated to a very first look and hands on during the world’s biggest video game trade show.

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After Hitman GO, the first mobile Hitman game to be released by the studio, Square Enix Montréal will continue extending the franchise into mobile with a completely new Hitman game. Hitman: Sniper focuses on the subtlety of execution and includes a series of scenario-driven contracts, which contain a number of targets and assignments to allow for replayability.

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Hitman: Sniper will be launching later this year as a free to play title with over 100 missions full of creative opportunities to manipulate the environment, guards, and targets to complete the hits.  It is also designed to deliver a game experience that is built from the ground up for touch screen devices and takes full advantage of the possibilities offered by the platform and will contain leaderboard driven challenges for players to compete against their friends.

Hitman: Sniper will also have a live 30 minute broadcast from the E3 showfloor on Square Enix Presents from 12:30 PST to 13:00 PST and will allow everyone at home to access exclusive news and reveals. Tune in via the following link www.youtube.com/squareenixpresents

 

EE has launched its first tablet in the shape of the Eagle, an 8-inch slate manufactured by Huawei. The Eagle device is near identical to the MediaPad M1, launching with CAT 4 LTE support for taking advantage of EE’s double-speed 4G network.

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The Eagle also offers an 800 x 1280 display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD support, and a 5-megapixel rear camera.

EE is are saying that the device as an iPad Mini competitor, with a higher screen resolution, more powerful processor and lower price tag.

The EE Eagle is released Wednesday the 28th May for £199.99 on a pay-as-you-go contract, or for £15 per month on a two-year contract with an upfront payment of £49.99.

Sony also announced the Xperia Z2 tablet at the MWV 2014 today, the biggest change again comes in the form of the screen, which is essentially a bigger 10.1-inch version of what you get with the Z2. That means it uses IPS for improved viewing angles, as well as the mobile Bravia engine, Triluminious display and Live Colour tech pilfered from Sony’s TVs.

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At 6.4mm it certainly is slim, with a ‘barely there’ feeling that isn’t unlike what you get with a Kindle.

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The processing speed is covered off by a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which is the same as the one found in the Xperia Z2. 3GB of RAM keeps multi-tasking covered, while 4G LTE adds more connectivity options. Expect to get plenty of life from the device’s 6000 mAh battery.

Speakers have now been moved to the front of the device to stop you from blocking them with fingers while listening to music.

 

As you can see Huawei been busy at this week MWC 2014, that is announced the MediaPad X1. The Huawei MediaPad X1 will be battling in the mid-range tablet market like against the like of the Nexus 7. Mediapad X1 will come with a slick unibody with only 7.13mm thickness and the impressive weight of only 239 grams.

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The 7-inch LTPS Screen comes with a 1920×1200 resolution for a sharp-looking experience and with its dynamic lighting features you will get the best view even in direct sunlight.

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The MediaPad X1 is powered by a Kirin 910 1.6 GHz quad-core processor which is backed up with an impressive 5000 mAh Battery, that should last for 5 days of continued use or 21 says of Stand-by.

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For taking pictures the X1 comes with a highly developed 13 MP camera with Sony’s Exmor R BSI Sensor with automatic scene recognition to give you the best mode for the Picture you’re trying to take, the front facing Camera for self shots and Video chatting comes with 5MP and Huawei’s proprietary self-focus tips, preview screen, 10-level auto-facial enhancement and voice-activated hands-free capture.

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MediaPad X1 will be available in black, white, champagne and light pink in China, Russia, Western Europe, Middle East, Japan and Latin America from March 2014 at a suggested retail price of €399. Accessories for MediaPad X1 include a Smart Cover, featuring magnetic closure to protect it from wear and tear.

 

I was recently invited by Toshiba to visit Inition, an independent gaming production company to see just what the Encore Windows 8.1 tablet was cable of.

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Inition was formed 12 years ago and through a finely-tuned blend of technological and creative capabilities, has established itself at the forefront of the development gaming scene.

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The Toshiba Encore Tablet

The Windows 8.1 tablet is ideal for consumers and prosumers wanting to move seamlessly between working, playing and sharing on a single device. Its Xbox SmartGlass capability, wide viewing angles and superior screen quality make it ideal for gamers and entertainment junkies alike.

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It has an 8-inch HD touchscreen, 32GB of built-in storage, an 8 megapixel camera, an Intel Atom processor, 2GB ram, weighs less than half a kilo and retails for under £250 – yes, you read that correctly £250!

3D Scanning and Modelling

For this part of the afternoon, we were all scanned by a hand-held device. This scanning process took a couple of minutes and involved the device being moved from one side of our faces to the other. Under normal circumstances the process would be a lot more in-depth, ensuring that there were no areas missed during the scan. The scan could also be in colour if required, but for the sake of time, the scan was taken with a single colour (gold), and without hair!

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After the scanning was complete, the file was copied over to the Encore tablet, where it would be easily manipulated with the swipe of a finger.

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I was surprised just how well the Encore dealt with the scan – and also slightly freaked out by seeing myself as a 3D model!

Inition used the same 3D scanning and modelling technology to create the album cover for Robbie William’s latest album Take The Crown. They then took our scans and created our very own album covers – although I don’t sing as well as Robbie!

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Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift

Virtual Reality gaming isn’t anything new, however it’s popularity is taking off again with the Oculus Rift, which is a headset based experience that enables you to play games and experience many new and exciting things.

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For this particular demonstration, the Oculus Rift device was connected to the Encore tablet, and a Tusan Villa simulation was created. The Encore took care of all of the graphics processing, the connectivity for the Oculus Rift and all of the tracking data used to interpret were you are looking.

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Walking through the Tuscan Villa was a strange experience – one the one hand you know you are sitting on a chair in a studio space, and on the other you really do feel like you are there. I can only imagine what the experience will be like in the coming years when the technology evolves.

As with viewing the 3D model of myself, the Encore really coped well with the VR simulation – in fact, if the Encore hadn’t been sitting there next to me, I am not sure I would have believed it was running it.

Augmented Reality Apps

For this demonstration, the Encore was connected to a large screen monitor using it’s HDMI out. The USB port was used to control a wireless keyboard and mouse, which we used to drive the BMW M7 card, and the webcam was used to film it all.

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This is the what the Encore’s webcam was filming – an open space.

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The software then generates the BMW M7 and the keyboard is then used to drive the car around the “screen”.

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Normally this sort of demonstration would require multiple pieces of kit – a computer, a webcam, and more. All of this (apart from the large screen monitor used to make it easier for us to see the demo) was handled by the Encore.

My biggest take away from the whole experience was that Toshiba Encore was a very powerful device, one that was capable of doing so much more than you would think a small tablet could do – and that is just scratching the surface!

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If you enjoy gaming on a tablet then you probably that sometimes it’s not that easy without a controller – and that’s where the Wikipad 7 Gaming Tablet comes in, and here is our review.

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