Tech Digest: Spaceships, electric cars and 4K cameras – Metro Newspaper UK


Out of this world

Virgin Galactic gave us our first virtual glimpse inside the high-tech cabin of SpaceShipTwo — the luxury spacecraft that will take the world’s first space tourists into orbit. Also known as VSS Unity, the spacecraft accommodates up to six passengers and has high-def cameras embedded in the windows for the ultimate selfie. The first commercial flight launches later this year. Tickets will only set you back a quarter mil…

Electric dreams

Blending modern innovation with a dose of retro, Honda’s little electric car is all kinds of endearing. A couple of 12.3in digital touchscreens take centre stage in the dashboard, and there are digital cameras over traditional wing mirrors, on-board wi-fi and headlights loaded with LEDs. You can even plug in a games console. Prices start at £26,160.

Happy snappers

Excitement levels were high this week following the reveal of Sony’s long-awaited 12.1-megapixel Alpha A7s Mark III. In exchange for £3,799, this premium shooter offers improved ISO performance and real-time autofocus/tracking, plus a fully articulating touchscreen. Its ability to shoot 4K in the dark will impress, as will the new finger-friendly menu system. Sony says it is the best 4K camera it has ever made. Available September.

Not on the Surface

Remember when Microsoft announced its cutting-edge dual-screen Surface Neo? If you’ve been impatiently waiting for the shape-shifting tablet, complete with 9in displays fixed on a 360-degree hinge to collectively form a single 13in screen, it now looks like it won’t arrive in time for your Christmas wish list. Hopefully its smaller sibling, the Duo, doesn’t suffer the same fate.

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