Lee Stacey

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Uber, Lyft Returning to Austin

Many a techie moaned and groaned about the inability to get an Uber or Lyft at SXSW this March. Fortunately, if you head to Austin for the festival next year, that should no longer be a problem.<p>The app-based car services plan to relaunch in the Lone Star State's capital on Monday. As <i>The Texas</i> …

How chatbots will evolve over the next 5 years

Bots hit the scene so quickly in 2016 that many people have started to wonder if they’re just a temporary fad that will give way to a new technology this year or next.<p>What these people fail to realize is that bots never mattered. They didn’t matter when Microsoft announced its Bot Framework; they …

Snapchat Has Bought a Drone Startup With Hollywood Connections

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has acquired a small Venice, Calif.-based drone startup dubbed Ctrl Me, which counted some Hollywood studios among …

Drones

Seattle designers seek $50K on Kickstarter to build Spektra, an interactive VR experience room

Promising a “fun, mind-bending experience with friends that doesn’t involve legal marijuana,” a new Seattle-based Kickstarter project called Spektra …

Waterslide Down Oxford Street In Topshop’s In-Store VR Experience

<b>The popular fashion retailer debuts a VR waterslide exhibit at flagship store in London.</b>When it comes to recognizing the branding and promotional …

Eye tracking in VR/AR: The promise and the perils

What if everyone knew exactly what you are looking at? Chat with a stranger and she will know if you focus on her eyes, chest or belt. Talk with a neighbor and he’ll know when your gaze is wandering away.<p>A couple of years ago, I met a salesperson demonstrating an eye tracker for a see-through …

Augmented Reality

Oculus can now officially keep up if you want to move in VR

Oculus is working to make its VR experience even more immersive.<p>The latest update for the Oculus Rift headset adds full support for room-scale motion tracking. Put on a headset, start a game, and if you take a step in real life, your character in the game will move with you.<p>The HTC Vive -- one of …

Virtual Reality

Mind-bending virtual reality exhibit opens at Tech Museum

SAN JOSE — It’s just before dawn in a post-apocalyptic world and a dim bluish hue fills a flat landscape — your canvas in a virtual world. With the …

Virtual Reality

Eurostar's High-Speed Train from London to Amsterdam Will Launch in April

Travelers will be able to reach the Netherlands in less than four hours.<p><b>Update 02/08:</b> Finally, we have a real launch date for Eurostar's new London-Amsterdam and London-Rotterdam, a whole four months after the expected first ride. Starting April 4, you can get to the Netherlands from London's St …

T-Mobile wants to give your phone number superpowers

Starting May 31, T-Mobile users are going to be able to use their phone numbers in an entirely new way.<p>The new feature, known as DIGITS, is rolling out to all customers, the company said Thursday. It lets you connect all the devices you own to a single phone number — meaning you'll be able to …

Google's three-step plan to make you love VR

Three years ago, Google debuted Cardboard, a clever sub-$20 DIY kit that turned nearly any phone into a VR viewer. It was brilliantly simple -- so cheap and universal that The New York Times eventually gave it away for free to its print subscribers. And it worked as a smart counterpoint to the …

HP's mixed reality headset gets ready for holiday wish lists

The HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset works the same as models from Acer and others, but has more padding and a bigger cutout for your nose.<p>It seems like everyone is working on a lower-cost mixed reality headset right now, and we've seen coming-soon versions of these devices from Acer, Lenovo and …

Augmented Reality

Delta Uses Facial Recognition to Launch Self-Serve Bag Drop Off

Plus 'Shark Tank's impressive list of guest judges and way to get your dream manicure in the comfort of your own home.<p>2 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This week on Venturer News, Brittany Lehman reports on Delta Airlines launch of a self-service bag drop off,</i> …

Delta Airlines

The world's first 'nano hologram' could bring 3D technology to your smartphone

Holograms have been a part of our imagination since the dawn of science fiction. But fiction is now starting to cross over into reality.<p>The future of …

Chatbots, an emerging home for the money conversation, come under Just Eat’s gaze

After so many false dawns, the much-vaunted prospect of social commerce is fast-becoming a reality for Just Eat due to its refusal to let the sales …

Google's augmented reality project is the coolest thing it showed off this week

Augmented reality, or AR, is the concept of layering digital images on top of the real world. If you've played Pokémon Go or used a Snapchat Lens, then you've already experienced AR to one degree.<p>Google has one of the most powerful mobile AR tools with Tango, a project that has been years in the …

The VR future is here but no one can agree on a name for it

At the VR keynote at Google's IO developer conference, a slide appeared on screen to start the morning's presentation. Clay Bavor, head of AR and VR for Google, explained the spectrum of virtual and augmented experiences that Google is exploring.<p>On that spectrum, there are two points: Real Reality, …

Mixed Reality

Wimbledon appoints Two Circles to help it better leverage audience data for deeper fan engagement

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has appointed data-driven sports marketing agency Two Circles to help it better understand and communicate …

Time to connect Big Data with hotel visuals

Today’s travelers are starting to expect a personalized experience throughout all stages of travel – something that the emergence of “big data” is …

Snapchat is adding more kinds of camera ads to attract big advertisers

After placing ads on the faces of its users, Snapchat is bringing more ads to the world around them.<p>Snapchat announced on Monday that it will sell sponsored World Lenses, which are virtual effects that can be displayed in the real world through the app's front-facing camera.<p>Advertisers will also be …

Snapchat introduces Sponsored World Lenses, Warner Bros onboard as first advertiser

Snapchat’s World Lenses, the 3D live filters which it introduced last month, have become part of three new ad products rolling out on the platform – …

Warner Bros

Cost Isn't the Only Reason People Aren't Buying VR Headsets

Virtual reality (VR) headsets don’t come cheap—some can leave a big dent in a consumer’s wallet. But cost isn’t the only factor holding back adoption …

Virtual Reality

The Big Questions Google Needs To Answer This Week

At the company’s biggest event of the year, Google needs to address several pressing question marks.<p>This Wednesday, Google will open the doors to Google I/O, its biggest conference of the year. While aimed at developers, I/O is where Google announces stuff that any designer or consumer cares …

Instagram launches selfie filters, copying the last big Snapchat feature

Today Instagram Stories adds a more subtle and mature but error-prone copycat of Snapchat’s beloved augmented reality selfie filters. The eight initial “face filters,” as Instagram calls them, work exactly like Snapchat, and let you add virtual koala ears, nerd glasses, a butterfly crown or …

Mobile Photography

Nike Inc's New Soho Store Shows Why the Future of Retail Is Experience-Based

The leading name in sports apparel is launching a chain of concept stores that prioritize the customer experience over merchandise sales. Other …

7 Ways Amazon Wants To Innovate the Music Festival Experience

Amazon is hiring a Senior Program Manager, Music to “dramatically improve” the music festival experience for fans. In a job posting on its own job …

SXSW Without Uber And Lyft Is a Lesson In Event Planning

Imagine a monster event that takes place in multiple locations around a big city but not enough transport to get attendees from place-to-place. No …

Pay Per View VR – A New Revenue Stream For Events

NCAA March Madness is coming back to virtual reality (VR) for Samsung Gear VR viewers and this time, it’s pay per view. If you’re a basketball fan …