Future Tech: Plus…visual effects get a big dose of reality & 3D-printing an entire robot.
Hack insomnia with this audio-visual stimulation headset
From Tech Crunch:
When Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard set out to fly around the world in a plane that uses no fuel, he knew he wasn’t going to get much rest. During the journey, he would be able to sleep, at a maximum, three hours per day with rest meted out in twenty-minute intervals. The plane, which could only accommodate one aviator, required a human systems check every twenty minutes.
For part of the journey, Piccard used Sana Health technology to put him to sleep in flight, and to sleep as deeply as possible during those scant moments.
The Sana Sleep “smart goggles,” will be available to the too-tired public starting in the second quarter of 2018, according to Sana Health founder and CEO Richard Hanbury. The company recently closed a $1.3 million round of seed funding from Founder Fund, Maveron and SOSV, among others. The goggles will sell for about $400 a pair, Hanbury said.
Watch the video below to learn how Richard came to invent the product and how it has extended his life by 20 years…and counting.
Blend real-time visual effects with live-action shots in AR
Epic Games has a reputation for bringing bizarre demos to its GDC keynotes. The company loves to show developers what Unreal Engine can do, not just in gaming but other genres as well. As such, Epic Games has now demoed "Project Raven," which makes it possible for content creators to blend real-time visual effects with live-action shots.
The technology, created in partnership with Chevrolet and video production company The Mill, was designed to convey the promise of high-end augmented reality. In typical TV or film shoots, Epic Games says, a single computer-generated frame takes hours to render and requires days of tweaking before it can resemble a "photoreal" image.
With Project Raven, directors can add these types of visuals to their digital environments instantly, thanks to Unreal Engine and a proprietary virtual production tool developed by The Mill. To put this tech on display, Epic Games showed what it's like to change the color of a 2017 Camaro ZL1 in real time, all while the car is speeding through its own short movie.
Want to 3D print a robot?
From Popular Mechanics:
A French designer has shown his humanoid DIY robot to the public for the first time.
The life size plastic model responded to English language commands Friday, picking up and dropping a small ball and swiveling its head to follow people.
Designer Gael Langevin unveiled the robot at a technology fair in Romania this week. The idea developed from a prosthetics hand he made in 2011, the first ever made on a 3D printer. The robot is made with a 3D printer and micro-cameras. It is hoped the robot will be used to help children in schools and hospitals. If connected to the Internet, it can answer a variety of questions taken from Wikipedia.
Langevin admits his model, generically called InMoov, is not yet perfect. "This is a little bit like Geppetto building Pinocchio. You make a robot and you send it in the world and you see what the others are going to do with it," he said.
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