Augmented reality has long since been one of the most promising visions of the future presented by Silicon Valley. As cell phones have grown more powerful and wearable devices have become more ubiquitous, that vision has come increasingly closer to realization. In a new video originally meant to be screened at South By Southwest, Magic Leap, a company specializing in AR and backed by Google, shares a little bit of the software its been working on.
Most forms of AR--like Microsoft's HoloLens--are a virtual overlays projected onto physical objects that can only be seen through a digital lens. Magic Leap’s take on the tech showcases a literal first person shooter game in which static physical objects become weapons that can be used to fight enemies in a video game.
Magic Leap also shows a few brief moments of interacting with e-mail as if it were a tangible thing and sending it with the flick of a wrist. It’s difficult to say just how close this concept video is to what Magic Leap may eventually bring to the consumer market, but the company’s PR director says that the Magic Leap team is playing a version of this game around the office right now.
Let it never be said that Disney doesn’t know how to turn a ride, or in this case a land within its own theme parks, into what appears to be an epic film. The latest trailer for Tomorrowland gives us a better--though still cryptic--idea of just what Brad Bird has in store for his second live-action feature film.
The future, as luck would have it, seems to be in some sort of dire peril at the hands of a nefarious Hugh Laurie. Helpless to fend off the forces of evil himself, Amal Alamuddin’s husband enlists the help of a young girl whose imagination will probably save the day. Silly as it all may sound, the film’s visuals are absolutely gorgeous and just might convince you to give it a shot when it hits theaters in May.
One of greater hurdles facing most pieces of tech these days is battery life. You’ve been there--out on the town, heading to a bar or friend’s place, only to realize that your phone is on the brink of death with little to no chance of making it through the rest of the night. What if, you’ve undoubtedly thought to yourself, there was a way that you could charge your devices on the go? What if there was a way to harness the kinetic energy of your body’s movement to charge your smart watch in the same way that you charge your everyday wristwatch?
Soon there will be with the...provocatively named WankBand. As you might have surmised from its name the WankBand is a small wearable device that generates an electric charge while you’re...being vigorously celibate. As Caity Weaver points out writing for Gizmodo, it’s questionable just how much energy one might be able to produce while using their shake weights or mixing martinis. But then again, you’d be surprised what you can accomplish with a little bit of elbow grease and determination.
Check out the first (totally legitimate and mostly SFW) ad for the WankBand AFTER THE JUMP...
This week marked the return of the Consumer Electronics Show, the world's biggest electronics and technology trade show. Spanning some two million square feet of exhibit space across Las Vegas, CES 2015 brought together thousands of exhibitors and dozens of giants in the tech, automotive, phone, computer, 3D printing, home entertainment, and virtual reality industries.
With so much innovation and just plain fun on display, it can be hard to narrow things down to a top 10 list. But we'll give it a shot with our Top 10 Tech Trends at CES 2015.
With the Orion spacecraft having a successful test flight Friday, when can we expect to see manned trips to Mars?
And if you thought watching a harrowing space survival journey (a la Sandra Bullock in Gravity) was intense, try playing one.
It's only been 9 days since the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed teaser trailer exploded onto the internet, but dedicated fans have already built one of the new, controversial "crossguard lightsabers" using a 3D printer. Check it out below:
Check out Sony's latest marketing stunt showing off their waterproof devices - the Xperia Aquatech Store in Dubai. It's an underwater concept store that requires scuba gear and an invitation to reach.
Awareness or alarmism? Stephen Hawking's recent comment on artificial intelligence potentially leading to the "end of the human race" has stirred debate among AI experts.
In related news, if you have 20 minutes to spare be sure and check out this new TEDx Talk on the wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn.
Work has begun on the European Extremely Large Telescope, an enormous telescope with a 128 ft main mirror that will be able to obtain high-resolution imagery of planetary formation and potentially even detect water and other organic molecules on far off planets.
A fascinating look at how ultrafast cameras that capture 100 billion frames per second will enable us to watch how light moves and may even help us study invisibility cloaks.
And if your mind (and ears) are still swarming with all things Interstellar, be sure and check out this behind the scenes video for the sound of the film.
On Thursday and Friday, Silicon Valley's Singularity University was in Amsterdam for Summit Europe. The two day event centered around the concepts and consequences of exponential technologies. Check out SingularityHub's coverage of the event, including the summit's discussions on robots, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars.
The second phase of Expedition 42 blasted off to the ISS today, carrying commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, flight engineer Terry Virts of NASA, and Italian flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. They will be joining their other three crew members already on the ISS. The crew has also put together a humorous poster mimicking The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Check out the first image of Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the iconic role of a T-800 robot for next year's Terminator: Genisys.
Speaking of Terminator, Space X CEO Elon Musk recently said that he's legitimately worried dangerous artificial intelligence (a la Skynet) is only five years away.
A video on the future of sex, courtesy of The Verge.