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Here’s how a Googler explains headphones with Google Assistant built-in are actually useful

After several big leaks, Google finally unveiled headphones with Google Assistant built-in this week. That functionality is debuting on the Bose QC35 II, but Google hasn’t done a good job advertising why this feature is worth buying into. Now, a Googler has given his two cents on the topic.<p>Ian …

Google

Virtual Reality: Beyond the Hype

<b>How do you think we will use VR/AR in the future?</b><p>The vision that is generally accepted is that VR and AR will combine and become like a single pair …

Virtual Reality

52% of the world does not have internet access

A new UN report on the state of broadband says 52% of the world's population does not have internet access.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> The global "digital …

Internet

The price of Bitcoin has a 91% correlation with Google searches for Bitcoin

The current price of Bitcoin has a 91% correlation with the volume of Google search requests for Bitcoin-related terms, according to a study by SEMrush, a search engine marketing agency.<p>The study used a database of 120 million US keyword searches linked to the cryptocurrency. It showed that the …

Cryptocurrency

Are Artists the New Interpreters of Scientific Innovation?

WHEN WE THINK OF ARTIST residencies today, we think of the MacDowell Colony, in the woods of New Hampshire, and of the Skowhegan School, in Maine. There’s the Rome Prize fellowship, at the city’s American Academy, and Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation, in Marfa. To be an ­artist in residence means …

Art

Royal Academy of Arts to reveal explicit side of Dalí and Duchamp

London gallery to warn visitors of graphic material in exhibition that demonstrates artists’ shared values<p>Some of the exhibits in a forthcoming exhibition on Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp – two of the 20th century’s most famous artists – may not be for the faint-hearted. Visitors to the Royal …

Art

Instagram posts can reveal depression better than anything patients tell their doctors

Our social media posts say more about us than we realize, including when we need help. In a paper published today (Aug. 8) in the journal EPJ Data Science, a pair of researchers found that an algorithm flagging a few key signs in people’s Instagram posts may be able to diagnose depression more …

Mental Health

How to stay human in the digital age

A few years ago, seeing a group of people paying more attention to their smart phones than to each other — whether in a line, at a restaurant, on a …

Texas

This exoskeleton can be controlled using Amazon’s Alexa

‘Alexa, let’s go for a walk’<p>Amazon’s Alexa is available on a lot of devices, from lamps to alarm clocks to fridges. But robotics company Bionik Laboratories says it’s the first to add the digital assistant to a powered exoskeleton. The company has integrated Alexa with its lower-body Arke …

Amazon

At Creativity Explored, Adults With Disabilities Express Their Own Sexuality

“Just because someone has a developmental disability doesn’t mean that sense of sexuality is non-existent.”<p>“Everybody has a sexual nature to them,” curator Amy Auerbach explained during a phone conversation. “Just because someone has a developmental disability doesn’t mean that sense of sexuality …

Artists

'Walden, a Game' Creator Talks the Sublime, Life's Tough Questions, Games

In 1970, the British mathematician John Conway devised a fascinating set of rules for infinite pattern generation. These rules, when enacted on a …

Game Design

The Art of Neuroscience

The winners of an annual contest capture the brain at its most beautiful

The Brain

The Hololens ‘Transformation Mask’ is a mashup of art and AR technology

Why it matters to you<p>Projects like the Transformation Mask show how technology and art can collide to produce innovative and exciting …

Chinese scientists created the largest virtual universe

A team of Chinese scientists put the world's faster supercomputer to the test by using it to create the biggest virtual universe. They're calling it a "warm-up exercise" for the machine called Sunway TaihuLight, which used 10 million CPU cores to crunch numbers for the simulation. According to <i>South</i> …

China

View Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebooks Online and Go Inside the Mind of a Genius

Thanks to the British Library, we can go inside the mind of a genius and peruse Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks. The first true Renaissance Man, Da Vinci not only painted the <i>Mona Lisa</i>, but was a master inventor who is sometimes credited with creating the parachute and helicopter. And, to top it all …

Humanities

How Lara Croft's changing face illustrates Moore's law

Lara Croft is one of the most recognizable female characters in video gaming, having starred in a dozen editions of <i>Tomb Raider</i> since the series debuted in 1996. And that makes her a perfect window into the rapid pace of progress in 3D graphics over the last two decades:<p>At the left is the Lara Croft …

Moore's Law

Why 3D audio is the next big step for virtual reality

Almost 90 years ago, in October 1927, the art of storytelling took a dramatic turn when the first “talking picture” or “sound film” was released to audiences around the world. <i>The Jazz Singer</i> was a smash hit, earning more than $2.6 million as it captivated audiences with its Vitaphone technology, …

Virtual Reality

VR For the Greater Good

<b>Calling all conscious content makers to make the real world a better place through Virtual Reality</b><p>VRTogether is a recently launched non-profit …

A new gallery in Chicago is dedicated to the artistic merit of the video game

If you’re among the many who consider video games to be entertainment for children (or childish adults), a new museum in Chicago is ready to challenge your preconceptions. The Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery, opening in the Bloomingdale Arts Building on 11 August, is making a strong case for the …

Lonely Planet

A Woman’s Selfie Accidentally Causes Over $200,000 Of Damage To A Los Angeles Art Gallery [Video]

Selfies are typically a fun way to document your day out with family, friends, or simply just yourself, that is until they go horribly wrong. …

Augmented Reality: It's Fun And Games Until You Make Your Neighborhood Mad

Do you really need a permit to place virtual objects in a real park? This and other odd dilemmas are emerging with augmented reality (AR), where virtual worlds are colliding with our actual world.<p>Earlier this year, an augmented-reality appmaker, Candy Lab, sued the County of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, …

Augmented Reality

How video games affect the brain

Video gaming is clearly a popular form of entertainment, with video gamers collectively spending 3 billion hours per week in front of their screens. …

The Brain

Makin' Moves, A Mesmerizing Animated Film Featuring Human 3D Scans Dancing a Surreal Dance

“Makin’ Moves” by designer Kouhei Nakama is a trippy, short film that features 3D scans of real humans incorporated into a crazy dance that turns …

Surrealism

Revolutionary AR Headset Helps the Legally Blind See

Augmented and virtual reality devices are the latest trend in consumer tech — but one company’s smart glasses stand out. Rather than let users …

Augmented Reality

How universities are defining the future of VR

Higher education has always been fertile ground for the creation of new, boundary-pushing technology. While VR software and hardware innovation have been, to date, largely the domain of startups and large tech companies, it’s colleges and universities that are using the technology in some of the …

Virtual Reality

Raspberry Pi rival delivers a 4K Android computer for just $25

The Rock64 Media Board Computer may be a similar size to the best-selling $35 Raspberry Pi but its specs help it to stand apart.<p>The Rock64 Media …

Machine Reasoning Gets a Boost With This Simple New Algorithm

There’s a classic scene in almost every police procedural: a weathered detective stands staring at a collection of photos pinned to a wall. Thin, red …

Machine Learning

Google shows off Blocks, a 3D modeling tool made for VR

Google wants to simplify content creation in VR so that people have more pretty things to look at and build.<p>The company’s VR painting app Tilt Brush has been one of their most-finessed successes and today Google is launching a new app that allows users to create 3D objects using tools built …

3D Modeling

Vycle, A Bicycle Powered Vertical Track Elevator System Designed For Crowded Spaces

The Vycle is a simple but brilliant vertical transport system captures human peddle power exerted upon a modified bicycle to lift itself up and down …

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