Alphabet Inc. s Google outlined several initiatives around virtual-reality in a bid to compete with rivals like Facebook Inc. that have taken an early lead in the emerging technology.Google is already a prolific maker of virtual-reality headsets, with its Cardboard offering that uses a smartphone as a screen and costs $20.Google has given out more than one million of the devices, including to most subscribers of the New York Times as part of a partnership with the paper.Oculus also offers virtual-reality software, including an effective app store that is also available on Samsung s devices, which will compete directly against Google s new VR software.HTC Corp. has partnered with gaming firm Valve Corp. to offer a high-end VR headset, and Sony Corp. is planning its own headset for its PlayStation game console later this year.Google also said its model headset will offer higher-quality experiences than smartphone-based devices, reducing complaints of motion sickness.
Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Chelsea Handler, Taylor Swift, The Rock, BJ Novak - the list goes on and on.Is Hollywood disrupting mobile distribution, and ultimately the application of Silicon Valley s emerging technology?But it s important to know, before they stamped Kim Kardashian s brand on the game, Glu Mobile ironed out all the kinks to the addictive game loop with Stardom Hollywood.What these numbers are pointing to, reports The Mary Sue a guide to gaming for geek girls , is an underserved market for games specifically geared toward women.The popular email newsletter rallied its readership of Skim bassadors because of its wit and daily digest on current events, building and serving its loyal subscribers as the publication s first priority.Without a doubt, branded content gives mobile apps more visibility, which increases user acquisition.
Wearables require an extra layer of flexibility and durability to last for more than a few years.See Also: Wearable makers see huge potential in the Chinese market Wearable and bendable electronics are subject to mechanical deformation over time, which could destroy or break them, said Penn State University s professor, Qing Wang.We wanted to find an electronic material that would repair itself to restore all of its functionality, and do so after multiple breaks.Lifepsan of devices not only improvementThe new material could be extremely valuable to wearables and other bendable devices.Wearables are definitely one of the biggest emerging technology markets, with a 67-percent increase in sales in the past year.We are bound to see more innovative ideas come from researchers as the market becomes more valuable, to explore how to fix certain problems current wearables face.
The Tropical Data Centre TDC , currently planned for a Q3 trial, could help reduce energy consumptions in data centres by almost 40 percent, its designers claim, and is part of Singapore s smart nation green initiative.Being built by the Infocomm Development Authority IDA of Singapore in partnership with data centre industry experts, the TDC proof-of-concept hopes to show that data centres can run at optimal levels at temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius, in humidity levels of around 90 percent.Khoong Hock Yun, assistant chief executive of the IDA, said: With Singapore s continued growth as a premium hub for data centres, we want to develop new technologies and standards that allow us to operate advanced data centres in the most energy efficient way in a tropical centre server speed storage fast Spectral-Design ShutterstockLarge data centres have traditionally been built in more temperate climes, with some big operators choosing to build in northern, colder regions like Sweden, to keep cooling costs at a minimum.But as the need for data centres located close to emerging technology markets in the middle east and Asia grows, research into how they can run at higher temperatures could save operators billions of pounds each year.New ideas and approaches, such as raising either the ambient temperature or humidity, will be tested to see if these can greatly increase our energy efficiency, with insignificant impact on the critical data centre operations, Yun added.
The computer tooth design software and milling machine are photographed at Oasis Dental Office in Dublin, Calif., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.With new software and computer aided design systems and equipment, dental offices are able to digitally scan a tooth, design a crown, mill the crown, and install the crown all within one office visit."Gann was able to transform her mission impossible into dental reality thanks to an emerging technology that has melded the digital realm with the world of dentistry.In conventional dentistry, patients needing a crown typically undergo a numbing of the mouth, then are asked to bite down on a gooey substance to help create the impression for the temporary and the permanent crowns.You get a better restoration in less time.""The patients think it's like magic," Petrush said.
News: Only 7% currently have initiatives underway for blockchain-based concepts.Rising interest in blockchain technology is being supported by the expected benefits that it could bring to numerous areas of financial services, but many asset owners and managers admit that they don't know much about it.This percentage is even greater when it comes to asset managers, with 78% saying they need more education.Antoine Shagoury, global CIO, State Street, said: "A majority of institutional investors are well aware that blockchain, an 'emerging technology,' could become an everyday application in the near future.Although cryptography is one of the core components of the blockchain infrastructure, nine-out-of-10 respondents were worried about how security implementation in blockchain will address existing and future requirements.The survey results are compiled from the responses of 50 asset owners and 50 asset managers, including asset management firms, private pension funds or retirement funds, and public pension and retirement funds.
Qualcomm has expanded its wearable chip range the recent Computex Taipei event, announcing the mid-range Snapdragon Wear 1100, a chip for less powerful wearables.The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is aimed at targeted purpose wearables like fitness and location trackers, and smartwatches for kids, which don t require as much computing power as a fully fledged smartwatch.See Also: You can build your own robot using a Snapdragon processorQualcomm has made the Snapdragon Wear 1100 15 percent smaller than the Wear 2100; Qualcomm s more powerful wearable chip for smartwatches.An LTE/3G modem, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low-energy, Qualcomm s own iZat location tracking technology, and a Power Save Mode are all inside the chip.Xmetrics CEO Andrea Rinaldo spoke about this in a recent interview, stating that users interactions should be limited but powerful, like the company s swimming headband, rather than trying to capture every market at once.Qualcomm is eager to tap into that market of enthusiastic niche markets, as they have been with autonomous cars, virtual reality, and any other emerging technology that requires a chipset.
The White House finally hopped on the AI train last month.In a blog post titled Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence, Deputy U.S. CTO Ed Felten announced the creation of the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee and a series of workshops to encourage public discourse about the emerging technology.There are tremendous opportunities and an array of considerations across the Federal Government in privacy, security, regulation, law, and research and development to be taken into account when effectively integrating this technology into both government and private-sector activities, wrote Felten.Open to the public, the workshops are co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology and National Economic Council with academic and non-profit organizations across the country.The goal is to identify challenges and opportunities related to AI, which will lead to a public report by the subcommittee later this year.The first event was co-hosted by the University of Washington s School of Law in Seattle on May 24 and considered AI as applied to law and governance.
We have built a system that is too large, and too unfair, and too costly – in every sense of the word – and we need to start to change it, heralded the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy s Lynn Overmann on Tuesday in Washington, DC.Overmann was speaking at the Computing Community Consortium workshop, Artificial Intelligence for Social Good, which was the second of four public workshops co-hosted by a new White House initiative to explore challenges and opportunities surrounding the emerging technology.And Overmann wasn t simply raising an issue; she was calling for help.During her years working for the Justice Department, Overmann saw how partial and unfair the justice system can be.Overmann called for technologists to help better the system and reduce incarceration rates by applying digital tools and analytics to the troves of available data collected today.Think of all the things you could learn when you have hundred of thousands, if not millions, of hours of police data on body-worn cameras.
That's why it formed the Smart City Challenge, a contest that challenged cities to draw up plans showing how they would make their city smarter to integrate emerging technology like self-driving cars.The winning city will receive $40 million and will be announced this month.Andrew Ng, chief scientists at Baidu, often referred to as the Chinese version of Google, wrote in Wired that it's necessary to make "modest changes to our infrastructure" to get autonomous cars on the road.Because addressing the problem from an infrastructure standpoint is bound to move at a "snail's pace" and isn't as useful as other methods, he said.Templeton proposes taking advantage of a device people always have on them to make cities better prepared for driverless cars: cell phones.More from Tech Insider:Why Google isn't investing in Larry Page's flying car startupsA Google car expert told us there's one thing that could seriously delay self-driving carsCersei may have a devastating plan concocted for the 'Game of Thrones' finale6 amazing things that happen to couples in long relationships'Warcraft' director Duncan Jones is aware video game movies generally suck — this is why he made one anywayNOW WATCH: The uncomfortable truth about how often you should wash your bath towelLoading video...
The autonomous car industry is quickly becoming one of the most valuable emerging technology markets, but it will be hard, if not impossible, for manufacturers of hardware and software to reach a global audience without extensive partnerships.From low-level component suppliers to modules or systems, each domain is a highly complex field in itself, say Phil Magney, founder and principal of Vision Systems Intelligence.In the infographic above, Vision Systems Intelligence shows the various sectors of the autonomous car market.What it doesn t show is the partnerships already established, like Google and Uber s mapping partnership on Android, or General Motors acquisition of Cruise Automation for $1 billion and $500 million partnership with Lyft.Intel is apparently active in processing, connectivity, and security/safety, while Nvidia works on autonomous solutions, processing, and algorithms.Google is only active in autonomous solutions and mapping according to the infographic, though we suspect the search giant is working on its own development tools and sensors for the autonomous car prototype.
Human pathologists can accurately identify the disease with 96 percent accuracy by reviewing breast biopsy samples, without even coming in contact with the patient.That s the question asked by a team of scientists, who ve trained an artificial intelligence system to detect breast cancer with near-human accuracy.Once the system reviewed all 300 slides, they showed it millions more with cancerous and normal patches of lymph nodes, rehashing the images that the system struggled to analyze.That s a few percentage points short of the average pathologist but, here s the thing, when the researchers combined their AI s efforts with pathologists , they could identify breast cancer with 99.5 percent accuracy.I hope to see the model performance continue to improve at this task as well as other tasks in cancer pathology, he said, and in parallel I hope new systems and processes are developed to enable implementation of these tools in the clinical workflow.That is, the AI has a lot of training ahead of it, as Beck and his team intend to feed it larger and more diverse datasets, while refining the way pathologists engage with the emerging technology.
Eleven-X recently installed a rooftop base station that radiates a signal out five to 13 kilometres, depending on building density.The network will allow businesses and citizens to use inexpensive IoT sensors to generate data which will be mined for potentially transformative and lucrative insights.Eleven-X CEO Ryan Hickey said his startup is focused on taking the wireless lessons learned at Blackberry and applying to emerging opportunities with IoT.We wanted to make sure we were part of that core wireless technology development for that new and emerging technology sector, says Hickey.You can see that in four to five years from now it can be life changing for a lot of people and businesses and governments…It is going to be huge.Wireless sensors on an LPWAN can be powered for as long as five years on only two AA batteries.
Google showcased its virtual-reality technology at the Cannes Lions advertising festival in France.The emerging technology is on center stage at the company s bustling beachfront pavilion at the Cannes Lions advertising festival this week.But how many people even know what virtual reality is—let alone that it is available on YouTube or that Google makes a product called Google Cardboard that lets people watch VR videos using their mobile phones?Indeed, virtual reality is an early stage of its evolution, but Google executives argue that broader access on smartphones could encourage mass adoption.For example, a person wearing a VR device can feel as if they are in a street in Paris or flying a spaceship—without leaving their home.Mr. Bavor spoke about a not-so-distant future where people will be able to record live experiences, like a family sitting down to breakfast, and reliving those moments through VR technology some 10 or 20 years later when all the children have grown up.
We ve got to do something about how we communicate with customers, says Tobias Goebel, director of emerging technology at Aspect Softare.He points to the primary market research that shows that the era of the phone call is coming to an end in a time when an entire generation rarely, if ever, makes phone calls, and even baby boomers would prefer to text customer service questions than pick up the phone to talk to a rep. Making somebody pick up a phone and dial a number, that s pretty much how we ve been doing it for the last hundred years, says Goebel.Their solution has been to meet the demand for new channels with automated A.I.An IVR call is one dollar — versus the industry average of $13 for an agent phone call.As consumers continue to get more comfortable with the concept of A.I.The ROI can be made — but you have to sit down and figure out what you can and cannot do.
But while every new advance brings exciting new opportunities, they also beg many questions.How does this or that technology impact our mobile strategy?Pick any emerging technology — augmented and virtual reality AR/VR , IoT, chat bots, you name it — and you ll find mobile at the center.For IoT it s not quite so simple, but mobile still plays a central role.Instead, these devices are controlled and configured remotely — via mobile devices.They are the connective tissue enabling seamless, real-time interaction between digital products and services; the building blocks of the modern user experience.
Last week, UploadVR broke the news that Twitter has started an AR and VR team and pegged ex-Apple designer, Alessandro Sabatelli, as its director of VR and AR to empower us all in the spatial computing revolution.Beyond that, Twitter is remaining mum on where it is going with the new medium — but that doesn t mean I can t suggest a few things they should do.Before I tell you where Twitter should go, however, we should see where we are now.Here are several givens about the state of Twitter and VR:If you accept all of these things you can see just why Twitter acquired a new team that will work on VR/AR.It s becoming more and more important.So here s the things I think Twitter should do in Virtual and then mixed reality:The problem for Alessandro Sabatelli and his team at Twitter is that the board needs a win fast, say in next six months.So, has to choose carefully for this short-term win, while keeping an eye on the longer-term spatial computing/mixed reality world.More on that in a bit, for now, let s focus on virtual reality since that will be more important short term than mixed reality will be.Here I would become a top-tier Google partner.
In recent years, 3D printing technology has become all the rage in the tech sector, inspiring both experts and ordinary people to produce a seemingly limitless slew of innovative creations, from satellite parts and buildings to prosthetics and even food.As the emerging technology continues to advance and increase in popularity NYU researchers have now found that it does pose some potential cybersecurity risks, specifically during the manufacturing process.Examining the possible cybersecurity risks and implications of 3D printing technology in a paper titled "Manufacturing and Security Challenges in 3D Printing", a team of materials and cybersecurity engineers at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering discovered two areas of 3D printing that could be compromised by a malicious party - printing orientation and insertion of fine defects."These are possible foci for attacks that could have a devastating impact on users of the end product, and economic impact in the form of recalls and lawsuits," Nikhil Gupta, materials researcher and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at NYU, said in a press release.When a product is built using a 3D printer, a computer assisted design CAD file is first sent by the designer.However, the inputted CAD file does not communicate any specific instructions to the printer head regarding orientation, giving a criminal a loophole to alter the process without you knowing.
Esports is one of the fastest-growing segments of the gaming industry, and we ve put together a panel of experts to talk about it at GamesBeat 2016.During this session, FaceIt chief executive officer Niccolo Maisto, Deep Focus emerging technology director Todd Krieger, and Twitch vice president of esports Andy Swanson will examine the opportunities in the rising market of competitive gaming.You can register for the event here.Check out the new agenda here.Maisto cofounded FaceIt in 2011, and the company is now overseeing the Esports Championship Series league for the military shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.In 2013, Andy joined Twitch, with his current focus on planning, evangelizing, and executing the strategy around brand sponsorships and integrations within Twitch s esports ecosystem.Our theme is The platform awakens: A new hope for the game industry.Our previously announced speakers include: John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs, the creator of the mobile gaming sensation Pokémon Go.He wanted to promote exercise and an appreciation of public art.Steiber manages the global VR app store business and mentors Vive startups.
At first glance, the latest data on California's digital divide looks like amazingly good news.At that rate, the digital divide -- the gulf between the information haves and have nots -- could be wiped out in less than three years.Meanwhile, the percentage of Californians connecting to the internet via a laptop or a desktop has remained flat for several years.Students use laptop computers to work on a project in their 12th grade English class at San Leandro High School.Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group archive ARIC CRABB "That is the biggest problem," said Mark DiCamillo, director of The Field Poll, which conducted the survey for the California Emerging Technology Fund, a nonprofit focused on broadband deployment and adoption.