It's Friday morning, and maybe you're questioning your life a little: is it worth this long hard slog each week? But there are bigger questions to ask yourself, like, do you even exist in the first place?
Forgive us while we get a little philosophical on a Friday morning but: what the hell is reality anyway?
Our modern understanding of reality is based on some fundamental concepts: that the world around us is tangible, that the theory of relativity holds, that cause and effect works as we'd expect, and that humans have free will. But take quantum theory at face value, and it turns out the four can't co-exist together.
The Island of Dr. Moreau-style splicing of technologies is generally one trend the world could do without. "Haven't you always wanted a lava lamp with a built-in hatchet?" No, Mr. Pitchman, and please take your abominations elsewhere.
If you watch the latest promo for Bravo's Silicon Valley reality show and think, hey these
failed actors are just stringing together tech buzzwords, it's because that's exactly what they're doing. The video is below, for those who have been sapped of any hope at a fruitful life.
Imagine if you picked up a ceramic teapot and it felt hairy, of if you ran your hand across a counter top and it felt like sandpaper. That's exactly the kind of thing researchers at the cutting edge of touch interfaces are trying to do, by changing the way everyday objects feel using a weak electric signal fed…
Math! It's hard enough to wrap your head around even when it's not systematically unraveling your understanding of reality. For instance: there's a pretty decent chance you're dreaming right now. No, seriously; math says so.
Given Sony already torpedoed its Xperia S back at CES, you can aaaaalmost forgive the now-lacking-in-Ericsson company for its lacklustre MWC showings. New Sony boss Kaz Hirai took to the stage to intro the Xperia P and Xperia U phones, which, as rumoured, are both dual-core phones with 8 and 5-megapixel cameras…
Joergen Geerds, Dan Finkler and Mark Sevenoff got six Sony Ericsson Xperia phones, combined them with a special panoramic mount and then recorded an 360-degree videopanorama of their ride in Moab, Utah. The result is beautiful, especially the Little Planet view.
I don't need to tell you how cool augmented reality is, but it's definitely got some limitations (e.g., barcodes and markers). But Sony's new SmartAR technology, which doesn't rely on real-world markers, may put that issue to rest.
Augmented Reality is done so much these days that it's not even terribly cool anymore. However, Aurasma, a new iPhone app due out next month, is promising to add a new layer of video and interactivity onto everyday print.
Ready for your Tuesday-morning mindfrak? Here's a whirlwind tour that takes apart almost everything you thought you knew about reality. If those BBC accents weren't so soothing, I might actually be pretty freaked out by now.
It was the first time in his life Isaac didn't want to go to Vegas.
The last place I imagined being was in an operating room following the minute-by-minute highlights of the significant kidney surgery being performed on Brian's dad.
It was the week my friend Mordy became a hero.
My friends were the first two people kicked off of an extremely popular reality show. And I couldn't have been happier for them.
When Les "Survivorman" Stroud—the hardest-working cameraman in the business—says shooting his new show "Beyond Survival" was his most challenging shoot yet...
While you were busy using augmented reality to find the nearest Taco Bell, a Chicago company by the name of Tanagram Partners was busy developing military-grade AR technology with lightweight sensors for interpreting information on hostiles during combat.