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Volumetric capture is the swift kick in the butt VR so desperately needs

Throw your 360-degree videos in the trash. VR documentaries just got way better.<p>AUSTIN, Texas—As has become standard at my job, I recently strapped …

Virtual Reality

A New Technique Captures Stunning Timelapse Footage of the Smallest Living Things

Microscopes let us observe some of the smallest objects in our universe, but with limitations when it comes to movements that can take hours, days, …

Biology

Brilliant Motion-Tracking Dart Board Guarantees a Bullseye With Every Throw

A night at a local pub isn’t complete without a few rounds of darts, but as your blood-alcohol level rises, your ability to hit the bullseye greatly …

Cool Stuff

Disney's New Rolling Robot Climbs Walls Like a Gecko

Not even walls can stop Disney’s and ETH Zurich’s new four-wheeled robot called VertiGo that can quickly transition from rolling on the ground to …

Robotics

Watch This Guy Catch a Virtual Reality Ball That Turns Out to Be Real

When you strap on all of the gear required for a modern, immersive, virtual reality experience, you’re all but completely blind to the real world. …

Virtual Reality

This Coffee Shop Is Staffed Entirely By New Refugees, To Help Them Get On Their Feet

1951 Coffee Company was founded by refugee workers to help give financial stability to people who have fled to the U.S. with nothing.<p>The refugee crisis takes on a new meaning in light of Trump’s immigration ban — no longer do we only imagine Syrian refugees traveling by boat, but we also imagine …

Refugees

Empty talk on innovation is killing Canada’s economic prosperity

<i>Jim Balsillie is former co-CEO of BlackBerry and co-founder of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.</i><p>If overuse of the word “innovation” was our only problem, Canadians would not have much to fear. What we should fear is a stubborn reliance on 19th- and 20th-century policy strategies that have …

Economics

Hackers Can Now Use Sound Waves to Take Control of Your Smartphone

There’s an old mantra in the security world that anything can be hacked. And the more complex our devices become, the more methods hackers dream up …

University of Michigan

MIT Found a Way to Make Virtual Characters Interact With Background Video

One of the obvious tells that a computer-generated character isn’t real is the lack of interaction with the background they’ve been added to. It’s …

Virtual Reality

This Hololens Gate App Will Make You Experience Vertigo

You might have seen the very cool simulation of <i>Portal</i> in Hololens recently. White it demonstrated the ways in which Microsoft’s augmented reality …

Virtual Reality

Colored Light Makes This Magical Origami Fold Itself One Step at a Time

Much like cassette tapes, land lines, and broadcast TV, one day, “some assembly required” might be a phrase that’s completely foreign to kids, as …

North Carolina State University

20 Brilliant Product Designs To Problems You Never Knew Existed

These clever product designs tackle problems you might never even thought existed. From treating trash as a currency to pay for your subway ticket to …

Ads Will Be Even Harder to Escape Now That Posters Can Hijack FM Radio

Visual ads like signs, posters, and billboards are easy to ignore—you just need to look away. But what if a poster for a concert started broadcasting …

University of Washington

Sony’s crazy projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen is going on sale this year

It’s called the Xperia Touch, is powered by Android, and will cost around $1,600<p>Over the past couple of years, Sony has shown off a number of experimental products designed for the home. Now, though, one of them is actually going on sale: the newly christened Xperia Touch — an Android projector …

Sony

Robotic studio takes fashion photos without a camera crew

Fashion photography is a time-consuming process, to put it mildly. The constant adjustments to angles and lighting can take ages, and that's not including formatting your photos for different media outlets. StyleShoots might just have the problem licked, though. It's launching Live, a robotic photo …

Photography

The Science of Navy SEAL Superlearning | Jamie Wheal

How long would it take you to master a new language? A year? 18 months? Longer? For a special operator in the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 it used to take …

People Are Freaking Out Over This Song Made From A Unciorn Drawing

Andrew Huang, a multi-talented Canadian musician known for his frequent use of unorthodox instruments, printed the shape of a unicorn mask onto …

Art

Samsung’s latest C-Lab projects embrace augmented and virtual reality

Samsung created C-Lab (that’s Creative Lab) half a decade ago as an attempt to incubate employee creativity within the larger confines of its corporate culture. Among the decided benefits of its place as a giant among consumer electronics companies is the ability to showcase some of the more …

Virtual Reality

"Revealing Invisible Changes In The World"

disruptive innovation

When every innovation claims to be disruptive, disruptive loses its meaning. This is particularly the case in startups, where the word “disruption” …

Innovation

Mondly's VR language-learning app is the closest thing to actual immersion

Experts agree that language learning is best accomplished with full immersion. Most of us, unfortunately, can’t pack up and head to Tokyo for a year to learn Japanese.<p>Mondly, a language-learning app on iOS and Android, thinks VR could help bridge the gap. And today it’s launching an app for Gear VR …

Virtual Reality

BoosterBuddy

Once poverty-stricken, China’s “Taobao villages” have found a lifeline making trinkets for the internet

Heze, China<p>Daiji township, a dusty collection of villages in China’s central heartland plains, is an unlikely candidate to be one of the country’s leading e-commerce hubs.<p>The first word that local residents use to describe the area is “remote.” Until a few years ago, it took an hour to drive to the …

China

Japanese scientists build tiny drone that pollinates like a bee

As concern over dwindling bee populations mounts, a team of chemists at a Japanese institution came up with a robotic solution. They designed …

Cities need to innovate to survive. Here are four ways they can do it

Alice Charles, Community Lead, Infrastructure and Urban Development, World Economic Forum<p>We are living in an ever increasingly urban world, where …

This Infamous Amsterdam Prison Is Now A Creative Hub For Refugees

What once was an imposing gray building is now Lola Lik, a colorful public space where refugees can share skills and get to know other Amsterdammers.<p>On the night of January 20, a crowd of people gathered in a courtyard in Amsterdam. Under strings of lights, a circus performed for the children, …

A Guide To The $13.4 Billion Biodesign Industry

Biodesign is a quickly growing field, and it will rely on designers as much as scientists. Here's our guide to what you need to know.<p>Synthetic biology is a rapidly growing market, expected to reach $13.4 billion by 2019. Often called bioengineering or biodesign, the field is increasingly relevant …

7 Luxury Travel Trends for 2017

Lux is in flux, says Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons. Here’s what to know.<p>Every December, top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, travel agents, and members of the media descend upon Cannes, France, for the annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), the travel industry’s version of the …

Hotels