NYT’s Google Cardboard experience is another step forward for “My First VR”

The New York Times is sending out a million Google Cardboards to go with its upcoming VR films. It’s an exciting time to think about the adoption curve of cheap and easy mainstream virtual reality. In order for VR to mainstream, it must be accessible and affordable. That means $350 Oculus headsets that need a $2000 computer to run aren’t realistic for Joe Blow Public. And the Halolens developer kits are going to cost $3,000. This is why I’m soRead more

The Use Case for Smartwatches

I recently gave a presentation on wearables at a private event in NYC, and it was a good time to reflect on where we’re at. Android Wear On the Google side of things, the Android Wear smartwatches have been out for a bit over a year, and we’ve seen most of the larger Google Android phone makers launch watches on this platform. Most of the watches are functionally very similar, and differentiate based on form-factor, or how they look andRead more

Live coding music at space150 this week

One of the newest electronic music sub-genres is called Live Coded Audio, where composers make music using algorithms. It’s live, improvised, electronic music created using programming languages in real time. Live coders often project their code onto a large screen for the audience to see, allowing for a very transparent performance. No cut/paste allowed! This form of music started with a small group in the UK and is just starting to get some traction in the states — and inRead more

Apple and the Future

If you’ve kept up on the latest Apple rumors, you have a good idea of what to expect today at the latest Apple iPhone event. We’ll have new phones: the iPhone 6s + 6s Plus, which are iteratively better than last years model with improved cameras and force touch. The Apple Watch will get a nice software upgrade: watchOS 2, which will support native third-party apps, allowing these to be as fast as the native Apple apps. For new products,Read more

Autonomous Cars: Second Order Effects

Autonomous (self-driving) vehicles are all over the news lately. Google is very open about their efforts, and while Apple has not announced it officially, there is too much smoke for this to just be a rumor at this point – especially given the source (the WSJ has traditionally been the formal “leak” source for Apple news). Uber is working on redefining transportation, and self driving cars are a huge part of that future – and they’ve publicly stated this. Meanwhile, theRead more

Invisible Apps

The term “invisible app” describe a mobile app that works in the background and automatically brings important things forward to you. Our phones have new sensors, faster connections, and with smarter things happening in the cloud, we’ll see more of this in the future. One of the big challenges has been creating the software to do these smart things for us. Some of the simplest, and most useful things require analyzing a lot of information. Weather is a good example: look atRead more

Vote for space150’s 2016 SXSW proposals

space150 is excited to share our speaking proposals for South by Southwest 2016 that are now live in the PanelPicker for your voting pleasure… Deep Web & Dark Social: Is Anything Really Private – Greg Swan & Marc Jensen​ Text is Dead: Emerging Visual Languages Online – Greg Swan & Nick Mastodon Embrace Data for an Algorithmic Content Strategy ​- Craig Key How Digital Can Solve Racial Disparity ​- Elliott Payne 5 Signs, Steps & Benefits of Nonstop Courage ​-Read more

Do Computers Dream?

Okay, that title is a bit misleading, but it’s hard not to go there…  stick with this for a minute. At Google I/O this year, Google announced the new Google Photos – a new approach to storing, organizing and searching photos. It’s been dubbed “Gmail for photos”, and they are hoping to do for photos what Gmail did for email. To that point, it’s a service (website + mobile apps) that allow you to easily sync and store photos. The differentiator forRead more

So it turns out fruit flies are self-aware and can play video games

According to a new report in the Journal of Neuroscience, fruit flies may be a higher order species than we may have thought. A crucial function of the brain is to be able to distinguish whether or not changes in the environment are caused by one’s own actions. Even the smallest brains appear to be capable of making this distinction, as has been shown by closed-loop behavioral experiments in flies controlling visual stimuli in virtual reality paradigms. Scientists at theRead more

Summer Games Done Quick: Masters for Charity

The yearly Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) competition and charity event is going on right now in St Paul MN. This event raises money for Doctors Without Borders – last year this same event raised over $700,000. This is twice-yearly event, and the January Awesome Games Done Quick event earlier this year raised over $1.5mm for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Games Done Quick is the parent organization of this event. Competitive gaming and eSports are on the rise. Within this category, SGDQ is a unique event thatRead more