The UK government's goal to play host to the first spaceport in Europe is taking a baby step closer to fruition today. After being introduced just over a year ago as the Draft Spaceflight Bill, the rebranded Space Industry Bill is receiving royal ass… Engadget RSS Feed
One of my predictions for 2018 is that virtual reality (VR) will become more mainstream. When you look at the growth trajectory of the VR industry over the past few years, it is clear that only great things lie ahead. For one, just a few years ago (in 2014), there were about 200 thousand active virtual reality users. This increased to 90 million active users in 2017, and It is projected to increase to 171 million users in 2018 (almost double that of 2017). Here’s a growth chart courtesy of Statista: The growth the VR industry has experienced as shown…
Sony is back in Austin this week for SXSW, the annual tech and entertainment meet-up, with a entire warehouse of weird gadgets, games, and prototypes that all rely, in one way or another, on Sony technology. The exhibit, called the Wow Factory, is an opportunity for the Japanese tech giant’s engineers and artists to collaborate on experimental projects.
These projects are meant to emphasize how Sony’s display technology, particularly its advancements in image sensors and projectors, can be stretched and morphed into hardware and software that goes far beyond a standard image on a flat screen. In this way, Sony is able to dabble in areas like augmented reality by using interactive holograms instead of requiring users to wear bulky…
Apple is apparently working on a keyboard that could do away with the scourge of crumbs, according to a recently disclosed patent application. As any MacBook owner knows, eating crumb-laden food around their computers can be perilous. Those crumbs can pretty easily get lodged on or near the computer’s keys. And it’s not just an […] Read More… iDrop News
Plenty has happened in the five years since Elon Musk first published his white paper on a system he called hyperloop. Since releasing that manifesto to the world, hundreds of people, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been put to work, all of… Engadget RSS Feed
One of the more compelling features Apple introduced in iOS 11 was ARKit, a framework which allows developers to easily incorporate immersive augmented reality experiences into their apps. Hardly a surprise, Apple has been championing the benefits of augmented reality for quite some time, with Tim Cook going so far as to call the technology “big and profound” a few months back.
Since iOS 11 dropped this past fall, we’ve seen a number of truly fascinating applications of the technology. And while we wouldn’t go so far as to say that augmented reality on the iPhone has been a game-changer thus far, the potential is certainly there.
One of the more intriguing ARKit demos we’ve seen in recent memory comes courtesy of Peter Norrby, an artist based out of Sweden. The end result is something of an optical illusion as evidenced via the Twitter video below.
portable hole!? 🙀 . . no post effects, all in-camera. full write-up with source code coming soon pic.twitter.com/At0fzTQ8s9
— ΛLGΘMΨSΓIC (@algomystic) February 26, 2018
As to how it all came together, Norrby explained (via comments picked up by Mashable): “I’m using iPhone X with ARKit’s face-tracking to perform head-tracking in 3D.”
Incidentally, Norrby is planing to make his app — which is dubbed The Parallax View — available on the App Store for free. And if you’re curious as to the technical underpinnings of the app, Norrby said he’s planning on making the source code available to the public.
Taking a journey down virtual rabbit holes may not be far away. With the Pokemon Go craze now a thing of the past, developers are looking for other uses for augmented reality. Peder Norrby has created an app that shows off some of the possibilities of Apple’s ARKit and the iPhone X: a portable […]
In August 2017, researchers discovered a sheep in rural New Jersey covered in Haemaphysalis longicornis, a tick endemic to East Asia. The ability of these Asian ticks, also call longhorned or bush ticks, to cross continents has baffled state health authorities, and the whole ordeal is the subject of a paper recently published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.
The elderly sheep in question belonged to a family living in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Its owner spotted the ticks while shearing the animal and decided the discovery was worth a trip to the county office.
According to Tadhgh Rainey, the study’s lead author and division head for Hunterdon’s health services division, the sheep’s owner entered their office carrying far more of the creatures than she thought.
“What she didn’t know was her entire clothing, pants and everything, they were covered in ticks,” Rainey told NPR. “I get this call from my assistant and he said, ‘We’ve got a resident here who showed up covered in ticks; she’s panicking; now we’re panicking and her pants are in our freezer.’”
Longhorned ticks feed on the blood of certain mammals, including humans. In general, they don’t transmit diseases directly from person to person. Instead, they could pick up a disease from an animal and pass it to a human. They can multiply rather quickly, essentially cloning themselves, but they can’t withstand cold temperatures, hence the pants in the freezer.
Senior study author Andrea Egizi told NPR that researchers have discovered this particular species of tick in the U.S. before on large quarantined animals. The New Jersey case, however, marks the first time anyone has spotted the ticks in all of their life stages on an unquarantined animal.
So, how did Asian ticks get to New Jersey?
They could have reached the U.S. by hitching a ride on a traveling animal or human being. The parasitized sheep itself, however, had never left the country. Its owners didn’t have any other domesticated animals that could’ve transferred the ticks, either, so thus far, their arrival is still a mystery.
The New Jersey incident is just one example of a growing trend. Across the planet, species are finding their way to places they don’t naturally belong, like a wildlife globalization of sorts.
In the case of the New Jersey sheep, Rainey’s office first visited the animal’s home to confirm the reports. They found hundreds of ticks on the sheep and collected around 1,000 more from the property. Then, the sheep’s owner chemically cleansed the animal, after which county workers cut and chemically treated the property’s high grass.
As of November, all traces of the ticks had vanished. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re gone, according to Rainey. Tracking the ticks is difficult given their small size, and invasive species do tend to have good survival skills, so they could crop up again on another animal, maybe in New Jersey or maybe somewhere even less expected.
There’s something to be said for those with the courage to follow their dreams. But if your dream is to make it big on YouTube you should probably take a seat. This is going to hurt a little. Choosing a far-fetched career path isn’t new. From a young age, many of us aspired to be actors, pop stars, or professional athletes. This generation, though, has a new plan: taking over the internet. In a British survey last year, one in three children professed a desire to be full-time YouTubers. That is to say, the children wanted to be the next…