Magic Leap One: Creator Edition

After years of hype, the Magic Leap One is finally available for purchase…at least, for those developers lucky enough to live in certain parts of the US. They are limiting purchasing for now to certain geographic areas (you have to enter your ZIP to see if you are in a lucky area). The headsets start at $2295, so they aren’t cheap, but given the promise of AR and the hype behind Magic Leap, I think they are worth looking at for libraries that are getting into AR.

Check their “experiences” page to get a better idea of the sort of craziness that is coming with AR.

Source: Magic Leap One: Creator Edition | Magic Leap

Lightform Projection Mapping

About three years ago I was talking with a Very Large Library about their desire to put in a video wall as an art piece, and given the shape and size of the space I tried very hard to talk them into projection mapping instead. They didn’t get it, but this might make it easy enough for libraries to use as a display option for some spaces….if i were running a library, I’d want one of these to play with as far as displays and signage.

 

 AI isolates voices in a crowd

Google researchers have developed a deep-learning system designed to help computers better identify and isolate individual voices within a noisy environment. As noted in a post on the company’s Google Research Blog this week, a team within the tech giant attempted to replicate the cocktail party effect, or the human brain’s ability to focus on one source of audio while filtering out others—just as you would while talking to a friend at a party.

Source: Google works out a fascinating, slightly scary way for AI to isolate voices in a crowd | Ars Technica

Tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere

Hello, surveillance state!

Engineers have previously investigated the possibility of having a camera sensor power itself with the same light that falls on it. After all, it’s basically just two different functions of a photovoltaic cell — one stores the energy that falls on it while the other records how much energy fell on it.

Source: Under a millimeter wide and powered by light, these tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere | TechCrunch

Loomo

Ok, I totally want my own personal droid. It’s kind of silly how much I’d like to have this if I were in a city.

 

L.L. Bean To Link Boots, Coats to a Blockchain

I will say, this is maybe 2 years earlier than I thought this would happen. But no doubt that it would, or that eventually this will be commonplace (except of course for Designer Brands that sell privacy as a service).

In a test due to begin this year, L.L. Bean plans to ship a line of coats and boots with sewn-in sensors that send data to the public Ethereum blockchain platform. The retailer is building a data tracking and analytics system to use customer data stored on Ethereum. Loomia, a Brooklyn-based technology company, plans to provide sheets of flexible circuitry to embed in the apparel, along with a small hardware device that uses near-field communication signals to collect data from the circuits while the custome

Source: L.L. Bean To Link Boots, Coats to a Blockchain – CIO Journal. – WSJ

Paper Signals: A Voice Experiment from Google

Super interesting maker/prototyping experiment from Google…use a few pieces of cheap hardware and paper construction to build a device that listens to your voice, and acts as an ambient information sensor. Potentially really useful for maker programs in libraries (if you don’t mind the creepy Google factor).

Paper Signals are build-it-yourself objects that you control with your voice.

Source: Paper Signals: A Voice Experiment