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Plug the Fathom Neural Compute Stick into any USB device to make it smarter

Following on the heels of their announcement a few weeks ago about their FLIR partnership, Movidius is making another pretty significant announcement regarding their Myriad 2 processor. They’ve incorporated it into a new USB device called the <i>Fathom Neural Compute Stick</i>.<p>You can plug the Fathom into …

Deep Learning

Facebook unveils “Surround 360” open source VR camera

How can Facebook get more 360-degree video in the News Feed and VR content on Oculus? By inventing its own virtual reality camera from scratch and open sourcing it so people can build their own and start shooting.<p>Today at F8, Facebook revealed the “Surround 360”, a 17-lens 3D VR camera that looks …

Virtual Reality

Everything You Need to Know When Applying to 500 Startups Accelerator

Ever since I published <b>how we got funded by 500 startups</b>last month, a few founders reached out for advice on getting into the accelerator. Hence …

You Have a Great Business Idea? Hold On. Ask These 15 Questions First | Inc.com

How do you know if you've got a great business idea?<p>Before you proceed with your venture, it's a great idea to do some market research and assess the potential for success.<p>Here are 15 questions to ask before you waste time, money and blab about how great it is going to be to all your friends.<p>1. Do …

Business Strategy

Now any Xbox One can be used to develop games

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft has, in recent years, done a fairly good job of moving its Windows 10 and Xbox gaming platforms closer together, but mostly …

Virtual Reality

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Netflix has revealed for the first time that it lowers the streaming video quality on Verizon and AT&T.</b> Netflix says that it has been throttling its video on wireless networks like AT&T and Verizon for over five years, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p><b>2. Playboy wants to sell itself, and it</b> …

Startups

Check out this weird, futuristic music controller built by a DJ

It wouldn’t be SXSW with a handful of experiences that explore the boundaries of the weird and wonderful parts of technology. Last night I had the pleasure of interacting with a giant, stark white ‘playground’ that looked like one part Chuck E. Cheese interactive station and one part Zordon’s …

'The Great Reset': Venture capitalists and startups have shifted from greed to fear

Investors have already labeled this period "The Great Reset." Why?<p>There wasn't a single IPO in January for the first time since September 2011.<br>• As the public market has slashed the value of tech companies like LinkedIn and Tableau almost in half, their private counterparts look oversize.<br>• The industry …

Venture Capital

Oculus founder explains why some people get sick when using his product

But virtual reality will have to overcome one very big problem before it takes off: it makes some people sick.<p>This was one of the big knocks against the Oculus Rift, one of the first modern VR headsets, when it first started demonstrating its product in 2014, but the company (now owned by Facebook) …

Virtual Reality

This week in patents: Facebook, Apple, Boeing and more

Boeing patented as awesome technique to 3D print objects while levitating in space.<p>Current 3D printing techniques employs a “bottoms-up” building method in which the part is built layer by layer on a supporting platform that moves down as individual layers are formed. A single print head is moved …

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice.<p>Xiaoice …

Watch A Designer Build A Virtual Reality Game–Inside Virtual Reality

Designers can now craft virtual worlds while standing inside one.<p>As of today, designing a virtual reality game consists of coding on the flat screen of a computer terminal, and then putting on a VR headset to test the results. This workflow leaves a gap–an inherent disconnect between the 2-D box of …

Virtual Reality

Apple has started selling the View-Master virtual-reality headset

Shoppers can pick up a View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack on Apple's online store for $30, although it's not available in Apple's physical retail stores. It's the first VR product that Apple has sold in recent memory.<p>Yes, it's the same View-Master that made the famous red goggles we all …

Virtual Reality

3D Models with OpenSCAD

Easily program your 3D models instead of sculpting them!<p>I wrote recently about the excitement surrounding Clifford Wolf’s OpenSCAD program. OpenSCAD is free software. It uses a cool keep-it-super-simple approach to 3D modeling, eliminating the resource-hungry what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) …

I want to get into VR, where do I start?

Joined:Apr 25, 2015<p>Posts:1<p>Last week I was at an industrial event in Hannover Germany, where I tried Virtual reality for the first time.<br>And was …

Getting Started with Virtual Reality: Building for Google Cardboard

<i>This is part 2 of our series introducing Makers to Virtual reality. If you haven’t already seen it, you should go check out:</i> An Introduction To Unity.<p>The Google Cardboard headset is the perfect and inexpensive way to get started with virtual reality for anyone who owns a smartphone. Mainstream …

Getting Started with Virtual Reality: An Introduction to Unity

The Maker community is an extraordinary bunch filled with wild ideas and potential, limited only by the capabilities of the components they can get their hands on — but what if I told you there were worlds you could have complete control over? They’re out there, and over the next few years we’ll …

VR startups: 4 lessons to learn from the AR hype cycle

Back in 2008, augmented reality (AR) could do no wrong. There was unbelievable hype around the technology and a growing amount of interest from just about every brand, company, and investor. Fast-forward three years and by 2011, if you were an AR company, you might as well have worn a scarlet …

Meet the Man Who Made Virtual Reality 'Feel' More Real

As a student at the University of Bristol, Tom Carter became obsessed with a seemingly impossible notion: letting people feel and manipulate virtual …

Virtual Reality

48 Crazy Ideas Coming From The $2 Billion Stealth Startup Magic Leap

Want a peek at what Magic Leap is working on? We pulled the best shots from their latest patent application.<p>Last October, <i>Fast Company</i> broke news about a stealth startup named Magic Leap that had raised $542 million in a round of financing led by Google. Names attached ranged from the mobile …

Augmented Reality

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This technology is quietly changing everything from smartphones to cars to virtual reality

Project Tango, like similar efforts from Microsoft, Apple, and Intel, is trying to give smartphones and other devices the ability to perceive depth and space the way humans do.<p>That sounds nerdy, but the potential effects of the shift towards depth perception are profound: Get ready for apps that …

Augmented Reality

HackerRank Jobs is helping people land tech jobs based on skill, not pedigree

The worst part of getting any job is the interview process, which can be tedious. For technical jobs, it’s often a months-long game of talks and tests. A company named HackerRank is introducing a product called Jobs, which can turn months into days.<p>Here’s how it works: A company posts a job on …

Augmenting the reality of business

Augmented reality (AR) is not new, but it is re-emerging and taking a new form. Shaped by new entrants and approaches to how AR can be used, …

Augmented Reality

Google Now Has an Official Virtual Reality Boss to Take On Facebook's Oculus

One executive move shows how Google is getting serious about VR and enterprise.<p>As Facebook and Microsoft have plowed ahead with virtual reality, Google has looked like it’s behind. But, in 2016, it may be serious about catching up.<p>The search giant is forming its own dedicated division for virtual …

Virtual Reality

HTC Vive Pre-Orders Will Open On February 29

The HTC -Valve partnership, which uncloaked last spring to reveal the pair working on a virtual reality experience called Vive, continues to push towards a consumer release — with their VR headset slated to ship in April 2016 — hotfooting it after rival headset Oculus Rift, due to start shipping to …

Virtual Reality

Facebook wants to own your Saturday night — and it's making progress

Traditionally, Events on Facebook were private invites to birthday parties or holiday bashes, with a kegger or fundraiser thrown in for good measure.<p>Although those kinds of events have pretty much always been part of Facebook's core experience, the company has vastly expanded its fun-finding …

Concerts

George Lucas says he sold 'Star Wars' to 'white slavers'

Lucas, who created the "Star Wars" saga, said he was against making the new movie "for the fans" and felt he sold the company he created, Lucasfilm, to "the white slavers," referring to Disney. [<b>UPDATE:</b> Lucas has issued an apology for his remark to Disney.]<p>This is somewhat surprising because Lucas …

Star Wars