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How you can build your own VR headset for $100

My name is Maxime Coutté. I’m 16 and I built my own VR headset with my best friends, Jonas Ceccon and Gabriel Combe. And it ended up costing us …

Virtual Reality

How Facebook’s new 3D photos work

In May, Facebook teased a new feature called 3D photos, and it’s just what it sounds like. However, beyond a short video and the name, little was said about it. But the company’s computational photography team has just published the research behind how the feature works and, having tried it myself, …

University College London

A Radioactive Lens

Between the 1940s and 1970s, a number of camera manufacturers designed lenses employing thoriated glass in one or more elements. Incorporating as …

Time I

AI can transfer human facial movements from one video to another

Researchers have taken another step towards realistic, synthesized video. The team, made up of scientists in Germany, France, the UK and the US, used AI to transfer the head poses, facial expressions, eye motions and blinks of a person in one video onto another entirely different person in a …

Robotics

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Guitar

Adobe is releasing a free XD plan to win the UX design wars

Adobe is joining the trend of giving away UX/UI tools in hopes of strengthening its overall platform–and it’s betting that the race is just beginning.<p>For decades, Adobe has excelled at creating powerful software and then commanding top dollar for it. In the 1990s, the company sold Photoshop in a …

UX Design

Google Lens hands-on: Copy-and-paste the real world to your phone

Google may have teased us with exciting new AR features for the Maps app, but it's not forgetting to make its Lens camera more useful, either. Since its launch last year, Lens has rolled out to iOS and gained a few skills, like identifying cat and dog breeds. At its I/O developer conference today, …

The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers

Behind the guards, the blast doors and down corridors of reinforced concrete, sit the encrypted computer servers -- connected to nothing -- that hold …

3D-printed airless bike tires deliver a 'smooth ride'

In New Mexico, we have a plant called a goathead whose spiked seeds love to destroy bike tires. That's why the promise of newer, better bicycle tire technology always intrigues me. BigRep, a Berlin maker of super-sized 3D printers, has introduced what it's calling a "world-first 3D-printed airless …

New Mexico

Open sourcing Seurat: bringing high-fidelity scenes to mobile VR

<i>Crossposted from the Google Developers Blog</i><br>Great VR experiences make you feel like you’re really somewhere else. To create deeply immersive …

The Oculus Go improves mobile VR, but there’s still a long way to go

Oculus’ first portable all-in-one VR headset is good, but not great<p>For the past few years, consumer virtual reality headsets have mostly come in two flavors: tethered headsets that connect to a computer or console, and mobile ones that are powered by a smartphone. That’s starting to change, and one …

Introducing Progressive Web Apps: The No-Store App Solution

For developers, the Web has been in a constant state of change. Starting with static Web pages, developers quickly started building dynamic websites …

How Artificial Intelligence is Taking Over the Economy

From self-driving cars to robot-powered factories, artificial intelligence is taking over significant pieces of the global economy. But while this is …

Flipboard introduces expanded tech coverage and private sharing features

But will any of it matter?<p>Flipboard is expanding its editorial coverage of technology to include a broader selection of curated articles and product recommendations, the company said, which represents a modest step into e-commerce for the news-reading app. Starting today, people who follow “tech” …

Facebook starts its facial recognition push to Europeans

Facebook users in Europe are reporting that the company has started giving them the option to turn on its controversial facial recognition technology.<p>Jimmy Nsubuga, a journalist at Metro, is among several European Facebook users who have reporting getting notifications asking if they want to turn …

Palantir Knows Everything About You

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Startups

Facebook admits tracking users and non-users off-site

Facebook has released more information on the social media platform’s tracking of users off-site, after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, failed to answer questions about the process from US politicians and as the company prepares to fight a lawsuit over facial recognition in California.<p>In a blog post, …

Privacy

T-Mobile Slapped With A $40 Million Fine For Its Deceptive Design

Using fake ring tones, the company lied to millions of users.<p>If there’s a pantheon for dark patterns (sometimes known as “asshole design“), T-Mobile has earned a spot on it for this dreadful example of deceptive user experience. The company used fake ring tone noises to make customers think their …

The billion-dollar, Alibaba-backed AI company that’s quietly watching people in China

Most Chinese consumers have likely never heard of SenseTime. But depending on where they live, it might be looking at their faces several times a day.<p>If a person goes shopping at Suning, one of China’s largest electronics retailers, it’s possible that a camera in the store is tracking her behavior …

The world’s most valuable AI startup is a Chinese company specializing in real-time surveillance

China wants to use AI-powered surveillance to help ‘manage society’<p>Artificial intelligence is being used for a dizzying array of tasks, but one of the most successful is also one of the scariest: automated surveillance. Case in point is Chinese startup SenseTime, which makes AI-powered surveillance …

'Mr. Zuckerberg' explains the internet to elderly senators

In what will probably be the premise of <i>The Social Network 2</i>,Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by members of the U.S. Senate on …

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy

Unveiling Project North Star

Leap Motion is a company that has always been focused on human-computer interfaces.<i>The fundamental limit in technology is not its size or its cost or</i> …

Blackmagic's new $1,295 compact shoots 4K RAW movies

As it teased, Blackmagic Design has unveiled a 4K version of its popular portable RAW camera at NAB 2018. The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K packs a full-size, dual native ISO Micro Four Thirds sensor and can internally record 4K HDR RAW at 4,096 x 2,160 and 60 fps in 12-bit RAW or 10-bit ProRes. Best of …

Adobe Launches Immersive 360° Editing, Improves Plane To Sphere

<b>The update is a window into the future of immersive content creation.</b>Adobe unveiled a slew of new features in its Creative Cloud update released …

Leap Motion designed a $100 augmented reality headset with super-powerful hand tracking

Gesture interface company Leap Motion is announcing an ambitious, but still very early, plan for an augmented reality platform based on its hand tracking system. The system is called Project North Star, and it includes a design for a headset that Leap Motion claims costs less than $100 at …

Apple is facing its toughest fight since the 1980s

Apple has done pretty well for itself these last few years. It’s got cash in the bank, healthy revenue, and it still sets the bar for what a modern smartphone should look like.<p>But while the iPhone is singularly important, both to Apple and to the category of devices it’s inspired over the last …

Facebook sent a doctor on a secret mission to ask hospitals to share patient data

Facebook has asked several major U.S. hospitals to share anonymized data about their patients, such as illnesses and prescription info, for a …

Social Media

Changing your ASMR experience forever with Google Daydream

ASMR stands for the autonomous sensory meridian response which, in short, is the tingling sensation you get when you hear <i>just</i> the right sound or see …

Virtual reality as sharp as the human eye can see?

<b>Finnish start-up Varjo has developed a prototype virtual reality (VR) headset that its makers claim gives an image 50 times sharper than most other headsets currently on the market.</b><p>When I tested the prototype - looking round the virtual cockpit of a passenger plane - the level of detail in the …