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Augmented Reality & Dragons Could Be The Future Of D&D

<b>A team on kickstarter wants to take your next D&D session to the next level using AR tabletop technology.</b>Dungeons & Dragons. Even those completely …

Board Games

Here's How Steven Spielberg Used VR Headsets to Create 'Ready Player One'

<i>Ready Player One</i> is set in a world that is so dreary people flock to virtual reality in an effort to escape their problems. But it turns out VR …

Ready Player One

If you want to stay successful, learn to think like Leonardo da Vinci

Some of history’s greatest contributions have come from polymaths.<p>Aristotle practically invented half a dozen fields of study across philosophy. Galileo was as much a physicist as he was an engineer when he helped kick-start the scientific revolution. Da Vinci might have been even more famous as an …

Learning

Neuroscience Says Doing This 1 Trick Can Help Your Children Feel More Fulfilled

It takes just a couple of minutes, but studies show this mindfulness exercise can boost compassion, resilience, and positive emotions. And it's not just for kids.<p>Say you get a nasty email from a client. Or you have to fire an employee. Or you're pitching to investors on zero sleep.<p>Entrepreneurs …

Mindfulness

Dockless bike-share service leaves France after "mass destruction" of its fleet

Wrecking bikes has become ‘the new entertainment of underaged individuals,’ the startup says<p>Hong Kong-based bike-sharing service Gobee is shutting down in France after suffering what the company is calling “mass destruction” of its fleet. Gobee, which had 2,000 bikes in Paris and claimed around …

Cycling

A field guide to the incredible scissors of Japan

Yasukuni Notomi ("a writer who has covered the world of stationery for many years") provides an introduction to the creative explosion in Japanese …

Supplements are a $30 billion racket—here’s what experts actually recommend | Ars Technica

From nutrients, delusions, and deadly scams, let's sort it out.<p>There are more than 90,000 vitamin and dietary supplement products sold in the US. …

Apple Glasses: AR Revolution in the Making

<i>Don’t call it a paradigm shift unless it’s truly revolutionary to our day-to-day lives.</i><p>While we own more display screens than ever before, the …

Japan strikes again, this time with a Gundam-inspired folding car

The “Earth 1” is not your typical car. Four Link Systems, a Japanese company, has created an electric car that looksmore like a Transformers robot. It was designed by Kunio Okawara, the designer behind themecha characters in the original Gundam anime, a wildly popular series that has racked …

This Artist Drawing an Incredibly Detailed Mechanical Crab Is Like a Human Printer

Watching this timelapse footage of artist Steeven Salvat drawing a cutaway illustration of a mechanical crab, revealing its impossible inner workings …

Programmers use TensorFlow AI to turn any webcam into Microsoft Kinect

A pair of AI developers turned a $10 webcam into a motion-tracking system. It’s like a DIY Kinect with a Google brain. And best of all they named it Skeletron.<p>The project, a collaboration between Or Fleischer and Dror Ayalon, was developed using TensorFlow, an open source AI platform created by …

Light Field Lab raises $7 million for Holodeck-like holographic displays

Light Field Lab has raised $7 million for holographic display technologies that the company says will make you wonder whether what you’re seeing is real or an illusion.<p>The money comes from Khosla Ventures and Sherpa Capital, with participation from R7 Partners. It’s a large amount of money for a …

‘Volumetric Display’: A Device That Creates 3D Image In Space, More Realistic Than Holograms [Video]

Many hologram <i>Stars Wars</i> scenes, such as R2-D2 beaming a 3D image of Princess Leia into thin air, could soon be a reality with the discovery of the …

Augmented Reality

Lifeguard drone in Australia saves two boys on its first day of service

Little Ripper is a remote controlled multicopter that carries a floatation device. On its first day of service off the coast of Lennox Head in …

Drones

North Korea Designed A Nuke. So Did This Truck Driver

This year, deep inside a mountain, North Korea detonated a giant nuclear bomb.<p>The weapon was powerful; at least 10 times more destructive than the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The North claimed it was an advanced, thermonuclear design. The test came just months …

North Korea

Niantic’s first AR game Ingress is getting a massive overhaul in 2018

Ingress Prime will feature a new look, new story, and new tech<p>Niantic may be best-known for the massive hit <i>Pokémon Go</i>, but for its next major release the studio is going back to the beginning. Today the developer revealed that it’s working on a significant update to its debut augmented reality …

Pokémon

DRM's Dead Canary: How We Just Lost the Web, What We Learned from It, and What We Need to Do Next

EFF has been fighting against DRM and the laws behind it for a decade and a half, intervening in the US Broadcast Flag, the UN Broadcasting Treaty, …

DRM

A visit to Galloping Ghost, the largest video game arcade in the USA | Ars Technica

From the archives: We took a trip down memory lane through Galloping Ghost's 400+ games.<p>It's Thanksgiving week in the US, and most of our staff is …

Every Day, This Satellite Company Takes A Snapshot Of The Entire Planet

Planet wants to analyze and index its 1.4 million daily photos to enable researchers to track Earth’s physical changes over time.<p>Six years ago, a group of scientists and engineers, among them three former NASA employees, gathered in a garage in Cupertino, California, with a goal: to found a company …

Imaging

Hypnotic video of imaginary celebrities generated by a neural net

A generative adversarial network (GAN) combines two neural networks engaged in a zero-sum competition. The result is a form of unsupervised machine …

Watch these mesmerizing mechanisms

Reuleaux Triangle Intermittent Pins Mechanism<p>Geneva Mechanism<p>Reuleaux triangle intermittent mechanism<p>Walking Robot Mechanism<p>[Fake] Perpetual Motion …

Geneva

9 Essential Podcasting Lessons to Make Your First Year a Hit | Inc.com

Podcasting is a great way to boost your visibility and deliver useful content to a growing audience. People prefer on-demand content these days and listen to podcasts on their commutes or at the gym. With a few years and awards behind my podcast, I'll share some hard-learned do's and don'ts.<p>These …

Podcasting

The Uncanny Resurrection of Dungeons & Dragons

The clinical psychologist Jon Freeman was feeling burnt out. He spent his days at a corporate office in Manhattan, managing dozens of research assistants as they tested pharmaceuticals on people with anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Looking for an escape hatch, he noticed that his daughter often …

Board Games

Doki Doki Literature Club is an uncontrollably horrific visual novel

This game isn’t what it looks like — and that’s key to its frights<p>During the fall season, I spend a lot of time searching for fresh scares. I’m immune to haunted houses and horror movies, because neither one force me out of my comfort zone. I know that movies will progress without my input; even if …

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark.<p>"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," Walker …

Immune System

Why Apple boss Tim Cook thinks AR will be bigger than VR and is the most profound technology for humanity

Apple boss Tim Cook has heralded augmented reality as the most transformative technology of the future, predicting its "profound" impact on …

Apple’s Calm Before The AR Storm

Remember way back when, back to when Apple was doomed because it was so far behind in augmented reality (AR) even when virtual reality (VR) was …

1 Trick Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci Used to Unlock Their Best Ideas | Inc.com

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs makes several appearances in Walter Isaacson's new biography of Leonardo da Vinci. The two creative geniuses have a lot in common, chief among them is their ability to marry art and science to create world-changing innovations.<p>Steve Jobs once said that the secret to …

Creativity

This 3D audio soundbar promises to beat your home theater setup

Surround sound is an exercise in compromise. Surround speakers are cumbersome and expensive to set up. They require you sit in a ‘sweet spot’ to achieve a decent sense of positioning, and can’t really replicate the sensation of sound getting close to your head. Headphones can position sound more …

The next tech age is closer than we think

Everyone is speaking about it, blockchain this, blockchain that, but why there is so much hype around? Well, a new age is coming, and many industries …

Blockchain