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Machine Learning is Fun! Part 4: Modern Face Recognition with Deep Learning

<b>Update:</b> <i>This article is part of a series. Check out the full series:</i> <i>Part 1</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 2</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 3</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 4</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 5</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 6</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 7</i> <i>and</i> <i>Part 8</i><i>!</i><p><i>You can also read this</i> …

Deep Learning

Take a step inside the classroom of tomorrow

When you cast your mind back to the days of school, you probably think of dusty textbooks, graffiti and chewing gum, lessons that were both boring …

Education Technology

Here One earbuds bring augmented reality to your music

A few months ago, we reviewed the Here active listening system by Doppler Labs. If you’re not familiar, they are a pair of earbuds that could tune out specific sounds from your world (like a wailing baby), or help you tune <i>into</i> other ones (like the bass guitar at a live concert).<p>That made for an …

'Mr. Robot' promo has you hacking a fake ATM

If you were planning a real-world promo for <i>Mr. Robot</i>, a TV show that's all about hacking and the culture that goes with it, what would you do? Invite fans to do some hacking of their own, apparently. As part of the run-up to the series' second season, New York City retailer Story has remade its …

New York City

Will electric cars save the climate? That’s the wrong question.

<i>The problem isn’t our carbon footprint, it’s our civilization’s footprint.</i><p>After the unveiling of the Model 3, there has been a rash of articles …

Sustainability

Your guide to wearable trackers that can change your health and life

For people like Medha Pant, 47, a Type-1 diabetic with frequent blood sugar lows (hypoglycaemia), the stick-on continuous glucose-monitoring device …

Medical Technology

Want to Code? A University Degree Might be a Huge Waste of Time

A lot of people think they need a university degree to get a job as a software engineer.<p>A few days ago, I published a post called “Learn to Code: 13 …

Doomsday Savior? How Paul Ryan Will Pick the Next President

It's hidden there in plain sight, even if it hasn't happened since the election of 1825: The people will not pick the next president, Congress will.<p>We wrote about this last week on Medium, and now the story is beginning to flesh out.<p>Politico reports that leading conservatives will meet on Thursday …

Government

7 tips for raising startup capital, from a founder who's been doing it for 18 years

The next time I tried, for BzzAgent, nearly 200 investors told us to go screw. Most thought using real people to generate word of mouth about products and services was a generally dumb idea (this was a pre-social network world, after all) so we had to build the company to nearly $3 million in …

Venture Capital

Why Everyone is Talking About Isomorphic / Universal JavaScript and Why it Matters

Originally applied to mathematics, the term “isomorphic” was first popularized in relation to Javascript development by Spike Brehm of Airbnb. Since …

Release and pre-order dates for Microsoft's HoloLens Development Edition leaked

There's certainly a lot of anticipation about Microsoft's augmented reality headset. When we had a chance to demo the device, we were blown away with …

VR Developers React to Epic Games’ VR Editor Announcement

Epic Games today revealed their efforts to aid the progression of virtual reality (VR) videogame development with the new VR Editor suite, coming …

The Brain

How game devs will soon build VR worlds in VR

Epic Games, which makes the Unreal Engine that powers major titles like Rocket League, Mortal Kombat X, Borderlands and the upcoming Gears of War 4, has been excited about VR for a while now.<p>Last September, it created a demo showing what it’d be like playing a two-handed first-person shooter in VR …

Man Creates Obnoxious Robot to Trick Telemarketers in Brilliant Quest for Revenge

One devious genius has created a robot to string telemarketers along—and the results are comedy gold.<p>Fed up with unwanted calls, telecom professional …

Advertising Industry

Augmented Reality Climbing Looks Like So Much Damn Fun

I love climbing arguably more than breathing, but when you’re stuck in the same gym with the same routes all day long, it can get just the teensiest …

This solar innovation by a Swedish artist uses surprisingly simple technology to save lives

Petra Wadström, a Swedish designer and artist now in her 60s, doesn’t have an engineering background. Back in 2005, when she came up with the idea for Solvatten—a piece of equipment that makes contaminated water safe to drink—she also didn’t know much about solar power.<p>What Wadsrom did know was …

Particles

HTC Vive’s user manual details elaborate setup process, including moving your couch

You’re going to need a large area to enjoy the full capabilities of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. VR watchers have always known this. But now, they’re finally getting the specifics.<p>HTC has uploaded the user guide for its Vive PRE development kit, which is the latest version of the …

Creators of the VR porn controller explain why they suspended Indiegogo orders

There is a typical pattern of responses when you tell someone that virtual reality porn is a thing now: uncomfortable giggling, followed by …

Virtual Reality

This Inception-Inspired Coffee Table Is The Coolest Thing Ever

Just like anyone who has seen the incredible movie Inception, the particular scene where Ariadne learns how to make dreams and create her own world …

Moorella The Solar Powered Cyborg Turns CO2 Into Something Useful & Good

<b>Published on</b> January 8th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>9<p>Moorella The Solar Powered Cyborg Turns CO2 Into Something Useful & Good<p>January 8th, 2016 by <b>Tina …

Natural Gas

Mini is making augmented reality goggles for driving

Mini is rolling out a new product, and no, it's not a car. Announced at the Auto Shanghai show, the Mini Augmented Vision is actually a pair of augmented reality glasses that offers up info about your ride in your field of vision. You can see some of the following details as you're riding around in …

YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

Today Google activated 360-degree video on YouTube. This system works with a number of 360-degree or otherwise bubble-lens camera video media …

Virtual Reality

How To Make Your Own Hologram-Projecting Glasses

For less than the cost of a movie ticket<p>Augmented reality glasses are hotter than Drake right now. Last fall, Microsoft’s Hololens glasses dazzled us with promises of ‘holograms’ beamed throughout our workplaces. NASA announced this week that they plan to guide astronauts with projection glasses. …

Personify Lets You Video Chat and More in a 3D virtual space

While 3D may have flopped in the living room, its potential for video conferencing shines brightly.<p>Personify has launched an immersive video calling app and platform of the same name featuring Intel’s RealSense technology, which promises to bring a more immersive and realistic experience to video …

This Chrome Extension Makes YouTube a Serious Music Player

YouTube launched its music platform late last year to little fanfare, offering all you can eat music for $7.99/month on the site, with no ads.<p>While many of us use YouTube to listen to the occasional song, it’s no match for a real music service like Spotify or Google Music since it doesn’t offer …

Driverless car tech gets serious at CES

The big auto show in Detroit doesn't kick off until next week, but major car companies are already showing off some of their more exciting car-tech prototypes here at the International Consumer Electronics Show.<p>BMW and Audi unveiled their latest driverless car technology and conducted demonstration …