Paul Hoover

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Leap Motion North Star Headset Extended Demo

A new demonstration video has been released by Leap Motion providing a glimpse at what we can expect from the North Star Headset. Leap Motion has no …

Augmented Reality

AR for the blind is straight out of Star Trek

For those who are legally blind, this Augmented Reality headset could enhance vision during essential tasks<p>Augmented reality could help the legally …

HoloLens virtual touchscreen is the futuristic tech we’ve been waiting for

Researchers at Microsoft Research have developed a way to give HoloLens users a virtual touchscreen through a system called MRTouch. This allows …

How to make $400,000 a year writing about what you love — according to someone who's doing it

After posting my blogging income report from last year (where I made $401,681 with my blogging side hustle), I've been getting a lot of reader questions about how much money can you actually make blogging? I think blogging is the perfect side hustle because you can do it in your own time, you can …

A Dire Warning From The 'Father of Virtual Reality'

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment.</b><p>You might think that the so-called "father of virtual reality" would be big on escaping the real world. Turns out, not so much.<p>"It's not about escapism at all," says Jaron Lanier, the computer scientist who coined the term virtual reality. …

Virtual Reality

War Of AR/VR/MR/XR Words

Virtual Reality (VR) is about humanity’s quest for immersion. It provides presence and agency in other worlds, in stories and myths, and it stretches from Plato’s cave to religious rituals, theater, dark rides, theme parks, film, television, and video games, all of which require our willing …

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

Lone Echo is one of VR’s newest high points

A brief look at why the game is so good, and how it was achieved<p><i>Lone Echo</i> for the Oculus Rift is the sort of virtual reality game that used to only exist in movies to show off how cool games will be in the future. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in what you’re doing <i>inside</i> the game that you fail to …

Google’s Rules For Designers Working With AI

As part of a new project to humanize AI, the company created a guide to what it calls “human-centered machine learning.”<p>How do we make sure we’re designing artificial intelligence that takes human behavior into account? How do you integrate machine learning into a product or service while ensuring …

Machine Learning

Super Mario Bros. in AR offers a peek at the future of gaming

Everything old is new again. Old, in this case, is the NES classic that introduced many of us to gaming. New, is a recently re-designed level using HoloLens that allows players to become their favorite fictional Italian plumber through the power of augmented reality.<p>Developer Abhishek Singh …

Retrogaming

Watch What Happens When an Algorithm Tries to Predict the Next Frame 100,000 Times in a Row

Like an athlete trying to push their body to its extreme limits, artist Damien Henry was curious what would happen if you asked a predictive …

Forthcoming game evokes style of legendary artist Moebius

Shedworks is making a video game and I don't care what it's about or whether it's "good" because it looks like Jean "Moebius" Giraud drew every frame …

North London

An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong

Let’s just say this neural network won’t make you fear the robot uprising.<p>At some point, we've all wondered about the incredibly strange names for …

How Adam West played a prank using his local phone book

A few years back, I was in Sun Valley, Idaho for a conference. I learned Adam West lived in the area and I wondered if he was listed in the local …

Batman

NASA Will Reach Unique Metal Asteroid Worth $10,000 Quadrillion Four Years Early

NASA has fast-tracked the Psyche mission to visit a one-of-a-kind asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion.<p>Unlike most asteroids that are either icy or rocky, 16 Psyche is composed almost entirely of metallic iron and nickel, similar to the core of the Earth. If anyone could mine that asteroid, the …

Space Exploration

A Designer Creates the Most Unusual Virtual Pet Ever in Scifi Short Strange Beasts

Magali Barbé’s very well-done short <i>Strange Beasts</i> runs just over five minutes long, so it doesn’t take too long to get to the twist. But the pacing …

Pets

Storyboard VR Makes Building Virtual Worlds Stupid Simple

If you want to make a website today, you can build a prototype in a matter of hours, if not minutes. Thank the cottage industry of rapid prototyping …

Kids Can Learn Basic Animation with Pixar in a Box

ILMxLAB and Magic Leap “Lost Droids” Mixed Reality Test

Citizens! I have returned… from the future

For the past 2.5 years, I have been in the future. I have interacted with entirely virtual objects, of my own creation, that felt almost as real as …

Microsoft's New Gadget Could Change How We Watch Football

Without a doubt, Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 will pay homage to the game’s past. But like Walter Payton breaking a tackle, Microsoft, the league’s …

Augmented Reality

Four-part video tutorial taps Bob Ross lookalike to promote Photoshop Sketch for iOS

Adobe has chosen to use a Bob Ross lookalike for a series of video tutorials on using Adobe Photoshop Sketch with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. The company posted the last of the four-part series (below) over the weekend.<p>The late host of the long-running TV show <i>The Joy of Painting</i> was a much-loved …

Emerging Technology, Computer, and Software Research

AI News and Innovations<p>Dr. Morris gives us some fascinating insights into the world of “ability,” talks about how technology is augmenting not only …

Artificial Intelligence

Life With My Robot Secretary

I lived with an AI assistant for a month, and never before have I felt like such a boss.<p>I’m not important enough to have what the rich and powerful call “people.” Most of us aren’t. The average personal assistant is paid about $31,000 a year, while the average wage for the U.S. job market is …

The Lightning-Fast World of High-Speed Drone Racing Is Going to Blow Your Mind

Virtual reality and augmented reality are cool, but they're no match for the best reality of all: old-fashioned, unadulterated reality. The newest …

Drones

Matthew Hill

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.<p>Google's self-driving cars can tour you around the streets of Mountain View, California.<p>I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands …

Punk Rock Branding: How Bruce Pavitt Built Sub Pop In An Anti-Corporate Nirvana

The man who helped introduce the world to Nirvana shares stories from the band’s first European tour–a pivotal eight days for Kurt Cobain, Sub Pop records, and rock ‘n’ roll as we know it.<p>It’s 1990. Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman are in New York City visiting Sony Records, the biggest label in …

Mad Genius' Motion Capture System brings Sony's break-apart controller idea to life, and then some

Remember that break-apart DualShock 3 idea for motion control Sony had five years ago? A new company named Mad Genius Controllers has surfaced with a working prototype that shows such a contraption working in spades. The setup uses a splittable controller and a processing unit to enable seamless …