Engineers from MIT have developed an incredibly thin and lightweight speaker that flexes like a sheet of paper. The piezoelectric speaker’s volume increases when it comes into contact with other surfaces, so theoretically, it could be used to turn entire walls into immersive, room-size loudspeakers.
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New Zealand tech startup Eight360 has created a motion simulator that looks like something out of Jurassic World or Oblivion. The sphere can rotate untethered in any direction, meaning its occupant can tumble, roll, and spin. Its movements are synced with a VR headset, so motion sickness isn’t as likely as stationary VR.
With the increased need for video calls these days, those with low-bandwidth connections may experience poor video quality. This tech being developed at NVIDIA dramatically reduces bandwidth needs by sending a fixed image, then using an AI-controlled avatar to track and replicate their facial movements in real-time.
Google’s AI is getting really, really real. Check out this clip from Google I/O ’18 where CEO Sundar Pichai shows off Google Assistant’s future Duplex capability – which can actually call and make an appointment on your behalf, complete with human conversational skills.
A prototype smartphone developed by Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab with a bendable OLED screen that not only looks cool, but uses the screen’s flexibility and haptic feedback to create new ways of interacting with content – like flipping through the pages of digital books.