This Week's Buzz: HoloLens Toolkit the Politics of Privacy and Fingertip Speakers


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Here's the Buzz for the week ending April 8, 2016.

FROM THE BLOG / Introducing the Razorfish Emerging Experiences HoloLens Toolkit
With last week's release of the Microsoft HoloLens holographic computing device, we are excited to announce the release of the Razorfish Emerging Experiences HoloLens Toolkit (Download PDF - 19MB). This document contains a background on augmented reality, a deep-dive into the HoloLens platform, and thought leadership around how to design and develop next-gen experiences for the HoloLens. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Senator Franken wants to know what Oculus is doing with its Rift user data
From TechCrunch:  The U.S. senator sent a letter this morning to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe to inquire about how his virtual reality company is utilizing and sharing customers’ personal data. While Sen. Franken called VR technology “an exciting development,” he also expressed concern with how the company is collecting users’ personal data through the headset and its associated services. This letter, he said, is intended to help people “understand the extent to which Oculus may be collecting Americans’ personal information, including sensitive location data, and sharing that information with third parties.” (Image: TechCrunch)

A look at GoPro's 'Omni' VR camera rig
From Endgadget: It was almost a year ago we learned that GoPro was planning a spherical camera rig for VR. Back then, that was pretty much all we knew. The announcement came at the same time that CEO Nick Woodman confirmed the rumors his company was working on a drone (that we're still eagerly waiting for). We'd seen some prototypes of the rig before, but it wasn't until February, GoPro gave finally it a name: Omni. Today, for the first time, we get to see what the final product actually looks like (hint, much like the last prototype as most of the updates are internal, but that's it above. (Image: Endgadget)

FBI Spy Planes Are Using Augmented Reality To Watch America
From BuzzFeed: Each weekday, dozens of U.S. government aircraft take to the skies and slowly circle over American cities. Piloted by agents of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the planes are fitted with high-resolution video cameras, often working with “augmented reality” software that can superimpose onto the video images everything from street and business names to the owners of individual homes. At least a few planes have carried devices that can track the cell phones of people below. Most of the aircraft are small, flying a mile or so above ground, and many use exhaust mufflers to mute their engines — making them hard to detect by the people they’re spying on. (Image: BuzzFeed) 

BMW uses the HTC Vive to design new vehicles
From Endgadget: Since the Oculus Rift was first unveiled, it's been clear that virtual reality has applications beyond the home. One such use case is the automotive industry, where designers are constantly drawing, examining and comparing new ideas. BMW has been using the technology since the 1990s, and now it's adopting the consumer-ready HTC Vive. Staff will be using the headset to visualise new interiors and other physical features. Once they've been implemented in VR, designers will be able to simulate a city and test whether the driver has enough visibility behind the wheel. (Image: Endgadget)

If your cat is about to go to battle, you should print it some body armor
From Make: It can be said that the domestic house cat is a cute shadow of their much larger, fearsome cousins who stalk their prey in the wilds of the world. While that may be true, none of those lions, tigers, and panthers have their own 3D printed battle armor to keep them safe while looking intimidating, unlike Thingiverse user Jwall’s furry friend Bobo. (Image: Make:)

"Hello?" Take your next call on your fingertip
From PSFK: Using Bluetooth technology, the team is creating a process that allows TIPTALK to vibrate when users receive a call. The sound of the call is then transmitted through the user’s fingertips. Once a user puts their fingertip to their ear, they can hear the sounds coming through.

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