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

OMG a new Aibo!

 

From The Verge:

The new Aibo is available to pre-order in Japan today and will go on sale on January 11th, 2018; there aren’t any plans yet to release it outside of Sony’s homeland. It costs 198,000 yen, or about $1,700, as well as the monthly subscription — but what price can you put on cloud-powered robot companionship?

Digital-to-Analog Converter in Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm Adapter

Tiny computers in everything…

Vietnamese website Tinhte has shared a teardown of Apple’s new Lightning EarPods and Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter included in the box with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The video confirms that, as expected, each accessory is equipped with a small digital-to-analog converter.

Source: Teardown Confirms Digital-to-Analog Converter in Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm Adapter – Mac Rumors

TSA-Approved Master Luggage Keys Hacked and 3D Printed Once Again

On Saturday, at the Eleventh annual HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference in New York, three hackers who go by the code names DarkSim905, Nite 0wl and Johnny Xmas unveiled a 3D printable model of the Safe Skies TSA master key.

Source: TSA-Approved Master Luggage Keys Hacked and 3D Printed Once Again | 3DPrint.com

Link: My blog post on hacking the original TSA Keys, printing and demoing them at the Berkman Klein Center.

Lucasfilm is making a virtual reality movie about Darth Vader

It’s fairly obvious that VR and AR are going to be a big deal over the next couple of years, and if this is the sort of thing that big media is going to be producing for it, well…sign me up.

“You are the visitor in this story that is happening in and around you, and to a certain extent you might even have some effect on,” Goyer said. “You can pick up things, you can open things. You can push things, you can walk. You can touch characters.” The film will also take place in a “persistent” world, that cycles through day and night, and continues to go on even after the “visitor” has gone through the story for the first time.

Source: Lucasfilm is making a virtual reality movie about Darth Vader | The Verge