Magic Leap

What’s impressive in this video is the line at the bottom of the screen.

Mixed reality is getting closer. Which is great, because augmented reality and virtual reality are very 2009.

The Magic Leap technology projects a digital light field into your eyes which magically disintermediates screens and the TV industry.

It’s a Florida startup that has raised $1.4B, you read that correctly, from investors that include Google, Alibaba, and the 40 thieves.

See you in my eyeballs.

Okay Google not okay with Google

This is the simple TV ad Burger King ran to try and voice-activate Google Home (Google’s version of the Amazon Echo). The intention was to get Google to look up the Whopper’s Wikipedia entry and read out the ingredient list.

Straight away, some malcontent hacked the Wikipedia page and added ‘toenail clippings’ and ‘rat’ as Whopper ingredients. Well, of course they did. On an almost related note, Donald Trump set up a phone line so people could report crimes by illegal aliens. The line was reportedly swamped by people phoning in reports of crimes by space aliens.

So to re-cap, Burger King tried to hack Google Home, then someone hacked Burger King’s Wikipedia page, then Google shut down Burger King’s hack and Wikipedia locked down the Whopper’s page to prevent malicious edits. Nobody died, no Russians were involved, everyone got excited about privacy again and another cute advertising idea got socked in the mouth. Here’s an XKCD cartoon:

cartoon where visitors arrive and shout purchase orders at Alexa

Signage in the sky

Red bull digital billboard dominating night sky

UK tech startup Lightvert is experimenting with fleeting digital images that seem suspended in mid-air at night. Yes, like in Blade Runner. Above is an artist’s representation, so probably totally accurate, of how it might look on a city night skyline.

Here’s how it works: strips of reflective material are attached to a building. A projector shines light off the reflector directly into the viewer’s eye.

The image is momentary, not persistent, but boy; nice moment.

It’s crowd-funded. Here’s their somewhat formal pitch video:

Original source article from the BBC