All posts by Lucas Matney

Experience the future of reality simulations at Disrupt SF 2017 with Unity and Improbable

 Video games have never been just games, but as developers grow their ambitions, thanks to evolving, powerful game development tools, the line between real life and simulation has been growing much murkier. To hear more about it, join us at Disrupt SF 2017, where we’ll be chatting with John Riccitiello, the CEO of Unity, and Herman Narula, the CEO and co-founder of Improbable. Read More

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Movidius launches a $79 deep-learning USB stick

 Movidius and Intel have put deep-learning on a stick with a tiny $79 USB device that makes bringing AI to hardware a snap. In April of last year, Movidius showed off the first iteration of this device, which they then called the Fathom Neural Compute Stick. The company wasn’t able to get the product out as quickly as they had hoped because they were a little busy getting acquired by… Read More

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Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public

 Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360 photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. The program has enabled trips to the TaJ Mahal, Colosseum and behind… Read More

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Google introduces the feed, a news stream of your evolving interests

 More than four years after the launch of Google Now, the company has fully dissolved its AI assistant into the DNA of many of its core product offerings. Nowhere is this impact more evident than in search, where Google has significantly shaken up its philosophy on what a term like “search” even means when you know so much about users and their interests. Today, Google is delivering… Read More

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Blippar introduces ‘Halos’ facial recognition feature on its mobile app

 In the next several months, phone-based augmented reality is going to become quite a bit more visible for consumers as tech titans like Apple and Google launch new AR platforms, but startups won’t let the big public companies have all the fun. Blippar has been in the augmented reality field since before Google Glass. “When we just started probably one out of a thousand people knew… Read More

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ObEN raises $5M from Tencent to create AI celebrities for AR

 The worlds of VR and AR may deeply change how we interact with computers but it may also change how we follow celebrities as well. ObEN, which uses artificial intelligence-powered tools to create avatars that look and sound like the real deal, announced today that it has raised $5 million in strategic investment from Tencent as it looks to tackle the AI celebrity scene. Li Ruigang, Chairman… Read More

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Leap Motion nabs $50M for its VR/AR hand-tracking tech

 Headset-based VR and AR may be a bit slower out of the gates then many had hoped, but investors are still pouring money into startups looking to change how consumers interact with the digital world. Leap Motion, a hand-tracking company based in San Francisco, has raised $50 million in Series C funding led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the WSJ reports. The startup has… Read More

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Marvel is bringing its superheroes to VR with a new Oculus-exclusive game

 The Incredible Hulk and some of his other box office money-grabbing super pals will be coming to the world of virtual reality. Marvel Powers United VR, announced at Disney’s D23 event on Saturday, will allow players a chance to step into the shoes of some familiar heroes as they destroy lots of stuff in VR. Powers United VR, an Oculus-exclusive, looks pretty similar to existing VR… Read More

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Jodie Whittaker cast as Doctor Who’s first female lead

 After months of earnest anticipation from fans, BBC finally announced this morning that actress Jodie Whittaker will be taking on the role of the 13th Doctor in the eleventh series of Doctor Who. Whittaker will be the first female actress to hold the role in the show’s 54-year history. The time-traveling sci-fi show first went on the air in 1963. The 12th Doctor, played by Peter… Read More

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