Immersing yourself in virtual reality can feel like a sci-fi fantasy come true, but bulky, cumbersome VR headsets almost make it more trouble than it’s worth. There have been various attempts to slim down VR headsets, such as Dlodlo’s lightweight V One headset and Panasonic’s prototype goggles shown at CES 2020. Now Facebook has revealed its own glasses-like prototype headset with a display measuring 8.9 mm thick — about the same thickness as a smartphone.
In a new research paper entitled “Holographic Optics for Thin and Lightweight Virtual Reality,” Facebook Reality Labs researchers Andrew Maimone and Junren Wang have proposed a VR headset design that replaces the refractive lens with holographic optics and polarization-based optical folding. This allows the headset to be much lighter and more compact, like a strangely thick pair of retro sunglasses.
The future of gaming lives inside metal cages, if you believe some of the biggest gaming companies out there. Piled on hardware racks, blinking with little green lights, it’s calculated inside stacked-together computers and pumped out of a remote server through big underground tubes. It is distributed across the globe—Shanghai, London, Prague, Virginia—from nondescript, city block-sized architectural monoliths. To see it up close, you would need to pass through multiple levels of security.
The promise of technology has always been envisioned as a smooth and seamless process between your devices and services and Huawei is positioning itself to be on the forefront of delivering that. Last year, Huawei announced its Seamless AI Life Strategy with which it wants to provide users with an all-scenario experience across multiple smart devices in today’s “all-connected” age.
In line with its global vision, Huawei Consumer Business Group aims to deliver in the Middle East and Africa an intelligent experience to consumers across all scenarios such as with smart homes, health and fitness. Huawei’s plan with its seamless AI life strategy is to bring people together, especially in unprecedented times, and to create a world where everything works together intelligently, safely and seamlessly.
In a blog post this Friday afternoon, Y Combinator’s president Geoff Ralston said that the accelerator would make two changes to its terms for startups.
The first would see the size of the standard deal for YC startups decline from $150,000 for 7% (roughly a $2.1 million post-money valuation) to $125,000 for the same equity (or roughly a $1.79 million post-money valuation). The deal will continue to be offered using a SAFE, which YC and a group of others pioneered as a simpler investment option compared to convertible notes.
There’s a small airfield about a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles that sits on the edge of a vast expanse of desert and attracts aerospace mavericks like moths to a flame. The Mojave Air & Space Port is home to companies like Scaled Composites, the first to send a private astronaut to space, and Masten Space Systems, which is in the business of building lunar landers. It’s the proving ground for America’s most audacious space projects, and when Aaron Davis and Scott Stegman arrived at the hallowed tarmac last July, they knew they were in the right place.
Not many developers bother to write their applications specifically for the Macintosh computer. But there are hundreds of thousands of iOS apps that can potentially make those new Macs much more valuable. It will be a no-brainer for developers to submit these to the Mac App Store so desktop and notebook users can dive deep into the “there’s an app for that” world. The only apps that can’t be instantly moved to Mac are ones that access hardware found only on mobile devices, like gyroscopes and other sensors. (Developers can use an existing technology called Catalyst to do some work to port those apps to the desktop environment.)