Yesterday I had my first, personal VR experience on a HTC Vive, toying with TiltBrush.
So you may ask, what is this TiltBrush? It is essentially a tool that allows you to "paint" in virtual 3D space, with the emphasis on 3D. When you are first playing with the application you start drawing iines into the air, as you would on a giant 2D canvas - until you realize that there is also "depth" to your drawing and you can actually move around space and "inside" your painting. That's the moment when your mind is really blown. If you know what you are doing, you might produce something like the things shown in the video down below...
So, what could possibly go wrong?
Well, first i can't draw. Also I'm an idiot. So the obvious happened. I'm not proud of it. Pixelated to keep this SFW.
Some fab tech demos based on the new Lytro Cams.
Just watch this mindblowing demo from Adobe Project Vocual. All you need is about 20minutes of recording of one particular voice.
Just to summarize: Your "Audio Photoshop" learns your voice from about 20 minutes of recorded speech. Then it will transcribe your waveform into text which you can edit on a word basis. And add your own text spoken with the actual emulated voice of that person.
Glad they are already adding audio watermarking.
Take a Virtual Tour to Hamburg's new gem: the Elbphilharmonie - an expensive yet beautiful, impressive architectural masterpiece - with the Google Cultural Institute. Best viewed with a VR headset like Cardboard or Daydream. Explore more here or download the Arts & Culture App here for Android and iOS.
RadarCat can use the micro-movement radar from Project Soli and Machine Learning to recognize and display information about physical objects - like showing you the nutrition information of apples, paint with different "scanned" materials and colors or change User Interfaces based on "body shortcuts".
Exiting stuff for a world full of truly smart and context sensitive devices and applications.
Eulerian Video Amplification is a process that essentially allows to use a video image and recognize / amplify micro movements to make them visible. Sounds weird, is mindblowing.
Imagine the implications for that - monitoring the health status of the elderly, recognizing seismic activity patterns for early warning systems, etc.
I for one can't wait for my 3h work week....
A great Video from Glen Cohen for BIG THINK on making decisions in times of moral dilemas.
Verily has just announced project Debug, a plan to stop the deadly diseases like Zika and Dengue transmitted by mosquitos that plague the world - using machine learning and robots. yes. robots. Awesome!
Paul Klee (1879–1940) was a painter whose highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. His personal manuscripts were recently digitized and published for you to enjoy. Links below the gallery.
Check out his Bildnerische Gestalungslehre here. Make sure you click through the pages with the top navigation arrows (can be a bit hard to find).