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How Oculus and Facebook Are Attempting to Make VR Social

October 16, 2017

Anyone who follows the VR (virtual reality) space knew it was only a matter of time. Facebook-owned Oculus VR has officially gone untethered. At its recent Oculus Connect conference the maker of the popular Rift VR headset announced two new developments on its path to fully untethered virtual reality. But behind it all is a strategy to take social media off of your 2D screen and into the virtual world.

New Interconnect IP Supports Machine Learning in Autonomous Cars

October 16, 2017

A new chip interconnect technology offers promise for autonomous car manufacturers who want to employ machine learning in their vehicles.

The EV Trend Is Now Irreversible

October 13, 2017

A few years ago, US consumer acceptance was considered the key to the success of the electric car.

No more, though. A collection of other forces have stepped up, relegating US consumer acceptance to a lower rung on the market ladder. So now, even if sales of the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3 fall flat, even if American consumers let out a collective yawn with the debut of each new battery-powered vehicle, automakers will continue to make real plans to sell new electric cars.

3D Printing Techniques Bettered by Studying How Droplets Freeze on Surfaces

October 13, 2017

Researchers at MIT have made a new, significant discovery in terms of the mechanics involved when droplets come in contact with surfaces, research that could help develop new 3D-printing techniques and improve other applications.

The Linux Steampunk Conference Badge

October 12, 2017

I prototype, write, speak, and consult on physical computing gadgets and wanted a one-off attention-grabbing conference badge that would break the conversational ice when I walked around trade shows. That quest started a few years ago, with the first generation Arduino Pro-Mini and a 1.8” color TFT screen conference badge.

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How Oculus and Facebook Are Attempting to Make VR Social

By Chris Wiltz | October 16, 2017

Anyone who follows the VR (virtual reality) space knew it was only a matter of time. Facebook-owned Oculus VR has officially gone untethered. At its recent Oculus Connect conference the maker of the popular Rift VR headset announced two new developments on its path to fully untethered virtual reality. But behind it all is a strategy to take social media off of your 2D screen and into the virtual world.

New Interconnect IP Supports Machine Learning in Autonomous Cars

By Charles Murray | October 16, 2017

A new chip interconnect technology offers promise for autonomous car manufacturers who want to employ machine learning in their vehicles.

The EV Trend Is Now Irreversible

By Charles Murray | October 13, 2017

A few years ago, US consumer acceptance was considered the key to the success of the electric car.

No more, though. A collection of other forces have stepped up, relegating US consumer acceptance to a lower rung on the market ladder. So now, even if sales of the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3 fall flat, even if American consumers let out a collective yawn with the debut of each new battery-powered vehicle, automakers will continue to make real plans to sell new electric cars.

3D Printing Techniques Bettered by Studying How Droplets Freeze on Surfaces

By Elizabeth Montalbano | October 13, 2017

Researchers at MIT have made a new, significant discovery in terms of the mechanics involved when droplets come in contact with surfaces, research that could help develop new 3D-printing techniques and improve other applications.

The Linux Steampunk Conference Badge

By Rob Reilly | October 12, 2017

I prototype, write, speak, and consult on physical computing gadgets and wanted a one-off attention-grabbing conference badge that would break the conversational ice when I walked around trade shows. That quest started a few years ago, with the first generation Arduino Pro-Mini and a 1.8” color TFT screen conference badge.

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