Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

Jem and the Holograms Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the President of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D animated hologram that can serve up the weather, on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. And like… Read More

Twitter to live stream the 6 nations rugby tournament in France

rugby You know that Twitter is getting serious about live streaming when the company starts signing deals for rugby matches just for French users. The company announced that it would stream the next 4 matches involving the French team in the 6 nations tournament. And if you know absolutely nothing about rugby, the 6 nations tournament happens every year and is probably my favorite tournament to follow. Read More

Twitter to live stream the 6 nations rugby tournament in France

rugby You know that Twitter is getting serious about live streaming when the company starts signing deals for rugby matches just for French users. The company announced that it would stream the next 4 matches involving the French team in the 6 nations tournament. And if you know absolutely nothing about rugby, the 6 nations tournament happens every year and is probably my favorite tournament to follow. Read More

Eventbrite buys Ticketscript, a self-service ticket platform for music events

Credit: Jim Urquhart, Reuters Eventbrite, the billion-dollar event-management platform that some tip for an imminent IPO, has made another acquisition in Europe to build out its presence here, and to move deeper into ticketing services. It has acquired Ticketscript, a startup based out of Amsterdam that offers a popular platform for event organisers to set up and sell tickets online for live events like music… Read More

Netflix engineers hacked a brain-controlled interface

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-7-11-27-pm This is pretty much the definition unnecessary, but then, that’s part of the fun of hack days. A quartet of Netflix designers have given the world “MindFlix,” by way of a short video, highlighting the hack’s use of a the Muse headband to control the movie streaming site’s familiar interface. “Instead of implanting chips in our brain for Hack Day,”… Read More

Netflix engineers hacked a brain-controlled interface

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-7-11-27-pm This is pretty much the definition unnecessary, but then, that’s part of the fun of hack days. A quartet of Netflix designers have given the world “MindFlix,” by way of a short video, highlighting the hack’s use of a the Muse headband to control the movie streaming site’s familiar interface. “Instead of implanting chips in our brain for Hack Day,”… Read More

Sundance merges VR with real life through props, AR, and vibrating suits

sundance-new-frontier-synesthesia-suit You can’t try this at home, even if you wanted to. Today’s premiere of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier exhibit proved there are vivid opportunities for a third kind of virtual reality beyond tethered and mobile: VR installations. Outside the headset, custom art and physical effects set the scene before you enter, deepen the immersion while you’re enveloped… Read More

A whole lot of people watched VR porn in 2016

Andrew Nicholls demonstrates the latest version of a View-Master, a collaboration between Mattel and Google, at the Mattel showroom at the North American International Toy Fair, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in New York. The new version of the classic toy uses Google's smartphone-based virtual reality solution, Cardboard. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) The adult entertainment industry has long been a silent driver of new technologies, from ISPs to graphics cards. With virtual reality, many see porn as one of the more obvious use cases that could lead to heavy headset adoption early on. Today, Pornhub released data that shows some of the early success the site has had since introducing a VR porn section in April of 2016. Read More

Lego targets pre-Mindstorms minds with its Boost educational kit

img_0703 Boost is an impressive kit. The five on-board building experiences cover a lot of ground, from a robot to a guitar, to quasi Lego “3D printer” that’s more like an assembly line Rube Goldberg-style device that pieces together its own Lego creations. The set is being couched as an educational kit, joining Lego’s line in a difficulty level a step down from the… Read More

Stroy Moyd’s dating show in an Uber goes from meme to mainstream

Rideshare the Love, the dating show in an Uber. For years, Oakland based standup Stroy Moyd has been driving for Uber and Lyft part-time to generate supplemental income. It’s a familiar story to anyone in a creative industry— even though Moyd was headlining at top San Francisco clubs like the Punch Line and Cobbs, and opening for icons like Dave Chappelle at Fox Theater in Oakland, comedy didn’t always pay his… Read More