Tuesday in CE: Bill Gates Wants to Build a Smart City in the Arizona Desert
While already-established metropolises around the world work to retrofit their streets and buildings to become smarter cities, the only real way a city can become legitimately connected is if it were basically built from scratch. Something tells me it’s a little too late to do that with a New York or Los Angeles at this point.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates apparently feels the same way.
According to a CNET report, a Gates-controlled investment firm recently bought a sizable chunk of land in the middle of the Arizona desert, which it’ll use to build a truly smart city. The space—roughly 25,000 acres located about 45 miles west of Phoenix—will be known as Belmont, and it could serve as the template for the development of sustainable cities built around technology.
"Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs," Gates’ firm said in a statement.
Broken down, the space will include 80,000 residential units, 3,800 acres space for office, commercial, and retail purposes; 3,400 acres of open space; and 470 acres for public schools.
First iPhone Xs (?) Rumors
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As per the usual, rumors are already starting to swirl about what next year’s class of iPhones will include. One of the more popular ideas floating out there right now is that Apple will introduce a larger Plus sized version of the X.
A more intriguing rumor, though, is the idea that Apple could bake a 3D sensor into the back of the phone. Similar in nature to the technology in the front-facing FaceID system, the rear-facing 3D sensor would act more like a bat’s navigation system, projecting a laser out and calculating time-of-flight to sense how far away an object is. The advancement here could allow for higher-powered and more accurate ARKit applications.
More CE News
- Mozilla just released a new version of Firefox that promises to be snappier and better-able to compete with Google’s Chrome browser.
- Shinola dove headfirst into the headphone market with a line of stylish, albeit expensive, models.
- Amazon Black Friday deals include a price cut on the Echo Dot to just $30.