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26 Jan 14:00

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Making the World a Safer Place

by steveblank

Introducing Hacking for Defense – Connecting Silicon Valley Innovation Culture and Mindset to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community
Hacking for Defense is a new course at Stanford’s Engineering School in the Spring of 2016. It is being taught by Tom Byers, Steve Blank, Joe Felter and Pete Newell and is advised by former Secretary of Defense Bill PerryJoin a select cross-disciplinary class that will put you hands-on with the masters of lean innovation to help bring rapid-fire innovative solutions to address threats to our national security. Why? Hacking for Defense poster

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, CIA, NSA
What do all these groups in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community (DOD/IC) have in common? Up until the dawn of the 21st century, they defined military technology superiority. Our defense and intelligence community owned and/or could buy and deploy the most advanced technology in the world. Their R&D groups and contractors had the smartest domain experts who could design and manufacture the best systems. Not only were they insulated from technological disruption, they were often also the disrupters. (During the Cold War we used asymmetric technologies in silicon and software to disrupt the Soviet Union’s lead in conventional weapons.) Yet in the last decade the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community are now facing their own disruption from ISIS. al-Qaeda. North Korea. Crimea. Ukraine. DF-21 and Islands in the South China Sea.

Today these potential adversaries are able to harness the power of social networks, encryption, GPS, low-cost drones, 3D printers, simpler design and manufacturing processes, agile and lean methodologies, ubiquitous Internet and smartphones. Our once closely held expertise in people, processes and systems that we once had has evolved to become commercial off-the-shelf technologies. U.S. agencies that historically owned technology superiority and fielded cutting-edge technologies now find that off-the-shelf solutions may be more advanced than the solutions they are working on, or that adversaries can rapidly create asymmetric responses using these readily available technologies.

Its Not Just the Technology
Perhaps more important than the technologies, these new adversaries can acquire and deploy disruptive technology at a speed that to us looks like a blur. They can do so because most have little legacy organizational baggage, no government overhead, some of the best software talent in the world, cheap manpower costs, no career risk when attempting new unproven feats and ultimately no fear of failure.

organizational capabilitiesTerrorists today live on the ‘net and they are all early adopters. They don’t need an office in Silicon Valley to figure out what’s out there. They are experts in leveraging Web 2.0 and 3.0. They are able to collaborate using Telegram, Instagram, Facebook, Skype, FaceTime, YouTube, wiki’s, IM/chat. Targeting, assessments, technology, recipes, and tactics all flow at the speed of a Lean Startup.  They can crowd-source designs, find components through eBay, fund through PayPal, train using virtual worlds and refine tactics, techniques and procedures using massive on-line gaming. All while we’re still writing a Request for a Proposal from within the US Government procurement and acquisition channels.

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We’re Our Own Worst Enemy
In contrast to the agility of many of our adversaries, the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community have huge investments in existing systems (aircraft carriers, manned fighters and bombers, large satellites, etc.), an incentive system (promotions) that supports the status quo, an existing contractor base with major political influence over procurement and acquisition, and the talent to deliver complex systems that are the answer to past problems.

Efficiently Being Inefficient
Our drive for ultimate efficiency in buying military systems (procurement) has made us our own worst enemy. These acquisition and procurement “silos” of excellence are virtually impenetrable by new ideas and requirements. Even in the rare moments of crisis and need, when they do show some flexibility, their reaction is often so slow and cumbersome that by the time the solutions reach the field, the problem they intended to solve has changed so dramatically the solutions are useless.

The incentives for acquiring and deploying innovation in the DOD/IC with speed and urgency are not currently aligned with the government acquisition, budgeting, and requirements processes, all of which have remained unchanged for decades or even centuries.

The Offset Dilemma – Technology is the not Silver Bullet
Today, many in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community are searching for a magic technology bullet – the next Offset Strategyconvinced that if they could only get close to Silicon Valley, they will find the right technology advantage.

It turns out that’s a massive mistake. What Silicon Valley delivers is not just new technology but – perhaps even more importantly – an innovation culture and mindset. We will not lose because we had the wrong technology.  We will lose because we couldn’t adopt, adapt and deploy technology at speed and in sufficient quantities to overcome our enemies.

Ultimately the solution isn’t reforming the acquisition process (incumbents will delay/kill it) or buying a new technology and embedding it in a decade-long procurement process (determined adversaries will find asymmetric responses).

The solution requires new ways to think about, organize, and build and deploy national security people, organizations and solutions.

Stanford’s new Hacking for Defense class is a part of the solution.

Hacking for Defense (H4D) @ Stanford
In Hacking for Defense a new class at Stanford’s School Engineering this spring, students will learn about the nation’s emerging threats and security challenges while working with innovators inside the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community. The class teaches students entrepreneurship while they engage in what amounts to national public service.

Hacking for Defense uses the same Lean LaunchPad Methodology adopted by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and proven successful in Lean LaunchPad and I-Corps classes with 1,000’s of teams worldwide. Students apply as a 4-person team and select from an existing set of problems provided by the DoD/IC community or introduce their own ideas for DoD/IC problems that need to be solved.

Student teams will take actual national security problems and learn how to apply Lean Startup principles to discover and validate customer needs and to continually build iterative prototypes to test whether they understood the problem and solution.

Most discussion about innovation of defense systems acquisition using an agile process starts with writing a requirements document. Instead, in this class the student teams and their DOD/IC sponsors will work together to discover the real problems in the field and only then articulate the requirements to solve them and deploy the solutions.

Each week, teams will use the Mission Model Canvas (a DOD/IC variant of the Business Model Canvas) to develop a set of initial hypotheses about a solution to the problem and will get out of the building and talk to all Requirement Writers, Buyers (Acquisition project managers) and Users (the tactical folks). As they learn, they’ll iterate and pivot on these hypotheses through customer discovery and build minimal viable prototypes (MVPs). Each team will be guided by two mentors, one from the agency that proposed the problem and a second from the local community. In addition to these mentors, each H4D student team will be supported by a an active duty military liaison officer drawn from Stanford’s Senior Service College Fellows to facilitate effective communication and interaction with the problem sponsors.

Today if college students want to give back to their country they think of Teach for America, the Peace Corps, or Americorps. Few consider opportunities to make the world safer with the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and other government agencies. The Hacking for Defense class will promote engagement between students and the military and provide a hands-on opportunity to solve real national security problems.

Our goal is to open-source this class to other universities and create the 21st Century version of Tech ROTC. By creating a national network of colleges and universities, the Hacking for Defense program can scale to provide hundreds of solutions to critical national security problems every year.

We’re going to create a network of entrepreneurial students who understand the security threats facing the country and getting them engaged in partnership with islands of innovation in the DOD/IC. This is a first step to a more agile, responsive and resilient, approach to national security in the 21st century.

Lessons Learned

 Hacking for Defense is a new class that teaches students how to:

  • Use the Lean LaunchPad methodology to deeply understand the problems/needs of government customers
  • Rapidly iterate technology to produce solutions while searching for product-market fit
  • Deliver minimum viable products that match DOD/IC customer needs in an extremely short time

The class will also teach the islands of innovation in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community:

  • how the innovation culture and mindset operate at speed
  • advanced technologies that exist outside their agencies and contractors (and are in university labs, and commercial off-the-shelf solutions)
  • how to use an entrepreneurial mindset and Lean Methodologies to solve national security problems


Sign up here.


Filed under: Air Force, Customer Development, Science and Industrial Policy, Secret History of Silicon Valley, Teaching
12 Oct 18:07

Mobile UI Prototyping And Presentation App

by Nate Kay

Mockup.io is a mobile UI prototyping and presentation app that performs three interwoven functions.

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First, it enables the user to upload a number of mockups for presentation. The mockups are realistically displayed in simulated iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Android devices frames. For further prototype presentation and collaboration you may simply invite any number of team embers via e-mail to view, edit or comment on your prototype.

Second, all the functions and features of the future app can be interactively examined, tested, adjusted, or managed. Is is possible to add any custom hotspots and links, upload long mockups for scrollable screens and add animated mockups. Mockup.io provides some unique functionality as App Icon Preview. It is possible to upload several app icons to test how they look on the homescreen or in the AppStore.

Third, Mockup.io iOS and Android apps enable UI tests on the real devices as a final check. One may invite any number of team members to simulate the app prototype in real life context.

Simple sharing options make this tool essential for presenting your page designs and prototypes for non-designers: customers, stakeholders, developers or even friends.

Website: mockup.io

23 Sep 15:50

See The Slack Power-Up In Action In Trello Business Class

by Lauren Moon

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Like Siskel and Ebert, Sigfried and Roy, peanut butter and jelly, there’s another dynamic duo that just got even better: Slack and Trello. If you’ve upgraded to the latest version of Trello Business Class, you are now able to activate the Slack Power-Up. This Power-Up, in addition to many others in Business Class, streamlines the tools your team is already using, and subsequently improves communication. 

To activate the Slack Power-Up on a specific board, simply go to “Menu” in the top right corner, then click “Power-Ups,” and scroll down the list until you find Slack, then press “Enable.” A green checkmark next to Slack will indicate you have powered up your productivity.

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So, how does it work? There are a few ways to integrate Slack and Trello together into your workflow:

Set Reminders And Notifications

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Remember Slackbot? He helped you set up your Slack account. With the new Slack Power-Up you can also use him to remind you about Trello cards.

Let’s say that a member of your team tags you on a project but you’re in the middle of something else. You don’t want to forget to address that card later, so you simply click the Slack button and choose “Remind me about this card…” From there you will see an exhaustive drop down of timeframes in which to remind you, ranging from three minutes from now to thirty days from now, as well as the ability to set a custom time:

choose_time

Pro tip: the “In 3 days” reminder is perfect for Friday afternoon notifications. You’re welcome.

When the time you chose Slackbot to remind you comes around, you will get a direct message in Slack with a link to that card.

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It’s basically like having a robot personal assistant. Automation level: Tony Stark status.

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Assign A Board Specific Slack Channel

An easy way to avoid extra output is to assign specific Trello boards to specific Slack channels. On a Trello board, go to “Menu,” then “Power-Ups,” then scroll down to Slack. Click the gear icon and you will be prompted to choose a channel from the dropdown to assign to this board.

Once enabled, the chosen Slack channel will appear in the top right corner of your Trello board next to the Slack icon. This gives newcomers to a board a quick way to view the general discussion.

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So when you’re hashing out the details of a contract and want to see the relevant real-time discussion, click the Slack icon in the top right corner of the Trello board to go directly to the conversation.  

The assigned Slack channel will also serve as the default for other Power-Up features, like sending a card to a channel.

Attach Trello Cards To Conversations

Via Direct Message

You can send a Trello card with its relevant information directly to someone in Slack. On the menu on the right side of a card click “Slack,” then click “Send via Direct Message.” A list will pop up with all the people on your Slack team, and you simply choose the lucky recipient. Boom. Done.

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In Slack, a direct message to that person will appear with a Trello logo, the card’s name, its description, and the board and list name where it is located. If you click the link you will be taken directly to that card. Easy peasy.

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Send To A Channel

This is similar to sending a Trello card via direct message, except this one goes to an entire channel. Let’s say you’re working on a new feature or want feedback on an idea. Simply send the card to the relevant Slack channel by clicking “Slack” on the right side of the card, then “Send to channel” and choose accordingly.

One of the benefits of this workflow is that now people in a specific channel can easily click through to the card and give their feedback in one place, as opposed to their comments getting washed away in the Sea of Forgotten Slack Messages. And if they ever need to reference the card again, but can’t remember which board it’s on, they can simply pop back in the channel and get directly to where they need to go.

Link A Conversation To Trello

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If general Slack discussion turns into suggestions you want to remember later, drag the Slack timestamp to a Trello card to capture all subsequent comments.

This is only the beginning of Trello Business Class Power-Ups. To read more about what Business Class has to offer, check out this blog post.

If you are using the Slack Power-Up, reach out! Tell us in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter.

The post See The Slack Power-Up In Action In Trello Business Class appeared first on Trello Blog.

17 Jul 16:00

beme – The Simplest Way To Share Your Experience On Video

by Nate Kay
Ze Do Gas

no filter real life sharing

Casey Neistat and his team have just launched beme, an app that allows you to instantly capture real moments from around the world with a simple gesture. It’s the simplest and most authentic way to share your experience on video. You can see how friends, family and interesting people honestly live their lives, and send them genuine reactions.

beme

  • Capture video without touching a button
  • Automatically share what you see — no preview, no review
  • React in real-time to your friends’ experiences
  • Find compelling people to follow and see what it’s like to be them

Casey describes the ins and outs of the app in his latest video.

Download the beta version of beme on the App Store.

Website: beme.com

03 Apr 09:59

Practical Electronics : Components and Techniques

Practical Electronics

How much do you need to know about electronics to create something interesting, or creatively modify something that already exists? If you'd like to build an electronic device, but don't have much experience with electronics components, this hands-on workbench reference helps you find answers to technical questions quickly.

Filling the gap between a beginner's primer and a formal textbook, Practical Electronics explores aspects of electronic components, techniques, and tools that you would typically learn on the job and from years of experience. Even if you've worked with electronics or have a background in electronics theory, you're bound to find important information that you may not have encountered before.
28 Mar 16:17

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17 Dec 17:54

Trello for Android – Now with 100% More Material!

by Dan Lew

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It’s finally here – our material Trello app for Android! We’ve been designing and coding our butts off for months on this release.1 It’s better, easier to use, and it looks sweet!

Wait a Minute – What the Heck is Material Design?

I’ve gotten a bit ahead of myself. Material design is a visual language introduced by Google this year. At its core, it’s a set of guidelines for creating well-designed apps that not only look good, but work well and delight the user.

This new release is Trello’s first foray into material design. The goal is to make the app look and feel better than ever.

More Than a Fresh Coat of Paint

There are no half measures for our team. In re-imagining the app through a material lens, we ran through the entire experience and made sure no stone was left unturned. Seriously, it was a ton of work.

Even more than that, we saw this project as an opportunity to rework some of the rougher parts of the app. We simplified navigation. We created a new board sidebar, which will be a lot easier to use than our old system. We made visual attachments easier to view. And so much more!

Show Me the Money!

Enough talk: what sort of changes did we make? A few pictures are worth thousands of words, which is great because I’m getting tired of typing anyways.

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As you can see, we’re not trying to give a shock to your system; it’s still the same Trello you have come to know and love. We just streamlined the interactions via material design and hard work.

Not Just for Candy Lovers

No one gets left behind! Even though only the most recent version of Android, Lollipop, showcases material design, we were able to bring material awesomeness to everyone.2

Just like that, you no longer have to upgrade your phone. Trello saves you from needing to buy a new gadget. What other app has saved you so much cash?

Things to Come

Check out the new version of the app – we’ll be rolling it out over the next couple days. Find out what you like, what you don’t, then help us improve it. Let us know what you think – the good and the bad. We’re always working to make the app better.


1The internal codename was “mako” – bonus points if you can figure out the reason for that.

2Well, truthfully, only most of it. Some things aren’t possible pre-Lollipop unless you’re a wizard and we don’t have any on staff at the moment.

08 Oct 12:43

Bye Bye Adobe Subscriptions, Hello Affinity Designer

by Jay Kapadia
Ze Do Gas

Damn

It’s hard to ever sway away from Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Though Sketch made huge ground on the creative software of choice, many designers continue to support the tools they are most familiar with. So what’s it going to take for a new design program to make people step out of their comfort zones?

affinity-designer

Well, here’s one for starters. Affinity Designer has just launched, and their pitch is one that has us clamoring to test it out just as much as Sketch. With any new software there are sure to be bugs and kinks to be sorted out, but the video below clearly shares Affinity Designer’s incredible intuitive nature, smoothness and strength. It may just be a possible Illustrator and Photoshop killer!

The tools found in Affinity Designer are customary to what all Adobe users are used to, but the extra abilities of the product offer real-time document editing, outline and preview splitting, easy 2x exporting and–let’s not forget–it is all SUBSCRIPTION FREE! We’ve got our copy! You can get yours for $39.99 but normally it retails for $49.99.

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After all, Adobe can’t be the kings of graphic design forever…right?

26 Aug 15:05

App gives moms the power to lock kids’ phones if they screen their calls

by Springwise
Photo: Francisco Osorio/Flickr

When it comes to parenting, there are a million different methods. Some prefer a hands-off approach and like to let their child make their own decisions, while others will go to great lengths to make sure their kids aren’t getting into trouble. For those in the latter camp, a new Android app called Ignore No More enables them to remotely shut down their child’s smartphone until they return their calls.

Created by Texas-based Mountaineer Technology Ventures, the app requires parents to be able to install the software on both their own and their child’s phone. This means they’ll need to have their child’s permission, or at least feel ok about sneaking into their kid’s room and stealing their phone. The app enables devices to be registered under either a Parent or Child account. The Parent account gives moms and dads certain admin rights to their child’s phone, meaning they can control the lock screen and password and add their number to the emergency call abilities. Through the Ignore No More app, parents can simply tap a button to shut down the child’s phone by setting a new lock code. The child’s phone can then only be used for emergency services calls or to call their mom back to get the new code.

Members can add as many children accounts as they like and up to two parent accounts. The app also notifies parents if the child tampers with the Ignore No More installation on their device. It’s available to buy from Google Play for USD 1.99 per device.

While the app may prove a hit with worried parents, whether kids would allow them to install the app or give them their lock code in the first place is another matter. Are there other ways kids can stay connected with their parents throughout the day without feeling trapped?

Website: www.ignorenomoreapp.com
Contact: info@ignorenomoreapp.com








26 Aug 16:01

BitTorrent wants its newly-updated Sync file transfer service to kill sneakernet

by Nathan Ingraham

While BitTorrent may be best known for its peer-to-peer file transfer protocol, the company has also been trying to find a simple and secure way to share large files without relying on the cloud — and the storage constraints that come with it. In fact, the company has been working on killing off sneakernet for a while now. Earlier efforts, like BitTorrent Share and SoShare, never really took off, but the company finally thinks it has something with BitTorrent Sync. Publicly launched in beta last July, the service lets you select and share folders with any number of recipients, with the folder's contents sent directly between devices and kept in sync.

Sync is beginning to find an audience (more than 10 million installs and 80 petabytes transferred thus far), but it hasn't always been the most user-friendly process. BitTorrent is trying to change that with the launch of Sync 1.4 — a complete and much-needed visual overhaul and refresh of how users will share files. Technologically, Sync is still the same, but instead of using lengthy, "secret" alphanumeric codes to grant access, users can now invite others to view their folders using by sending an email or simply sharing an HTTPS link.


BitTorrent Sync 1.4

BitTorrent Sync 1.4

Once the person on the receiving end clicks the link, the original sender can see who is connecting and grant or deny them access. Another nice refinement includes the ability to simply right-click any folder in Windows Explorer or the OS X Finder — from there it brings up a quick dialog box that lets you generate the email or link you want to use to share the folder. The app also generates a QR code, which mobile users can then scan to add a folder directly to the Sync app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone (a feature that's been present since Sync 1.3 launched).

It's worth noting that Sync is primarily a file-sharing service, not a backup solution — there's no cloud to speak of here. Instead, files are directly transferred between computers; if you're sharing a file with multiple users, you'll all benefit from increased speed when syncing files thanks to BitTorrent's peer-to-peer technology. However, the plus side of not using the cloud is that you can send any file or folder, regardless of how big it is. Dropbox, Google Drive, and the like all make it easy to share files and folders, but you're constrained by the amount of space you have available — that's not the case with Sync. Ultimately, the company believes it has put together the tools necessary to kill things like trading files on flash drives or mailing external hard drives.

BitTorrent Sync 1.4 Screenshot

BitTorrent Sync 1.4 Screenshot

For most users, however, the free space in Dropbox and Drive will probably be sufficient (and comes with the added benefit of backing files up in the cloud), but BitTorrent believes there will definitely be a segment of the market interested in this service. The company is mainly targeting users who need to send multi-gigabyte files like multimedia creators, as well as users concerned with security and don't want their files in someone else's server. With Sync 1.4, BitTorrent thinks it has added the necessary polish and fine-tuning too make the service a mainstream success. You can download Sync 1.4 for Windows, Mac, and Linux now, and updated mobile versions of the app should roll out today as well.

26 Aug 19:50

Incancelável, como o seu voto

by Renato Pezzotti

Você se lembra em quem votou na última eleição? É, a maioria diz que lembra. Mas a gente sabe que não é bem assim. Pensando nisso, a News Monitor e a LiveAd apresentam a Newsletter Incancelável, uma ferramenta que enviará, pelos próximos quatro anos, boletins mensais com notícias mais relevantes sobre os políticos que você escolheu – ou que quer ficar de olho. Talvez ajude a mostrar o quanto a sua decisão na urna é importante e irreversível. Clique aqui e participe.

A MTV, por sua vez, já iniciou a veiculação do seu primeiro filme com o objetivo de incentivar o voto consciente entre os telespectadores do canal. A campanha faz um paralelo entre a urna eletrônica e um videogame – mostrando que para cada há uma reação. A assinatura da campanha: “E aí? Você vai deixar a máquina te derrubar?”.  Roteiro e produção da Santa Transmedia. Veja:

12 Aug 02:55

This new ‘holographic video’ tech paves the way for a real-life Holodeck

by Tom Cheredar
Ze Do Gas

That's some 3d 2d new shit

This new ‘holographic video’ tech paves the way for a real-life Holodeck
Image Credit: Otoy

Graphics startup Otoy released a new 360-degree holographic capture system that has the potential to drastically change how the media industry uses video.

Otoy’s new system allows you to capture the parameters of a setting (people, objects, scenes) with a mobile device’s camera. It then sends that video information to be encoded via the cloud, which allows video producers to display a 360 degree view on video stills as demonstrated in the video embedded below.

Essentially, this means you’ll be able to display a “holographic video” that mimics what you’d see when looking outside a window while walking — including details like lighting and color. You’ll still need to equip a camera like the Kinect to track a person’s face to make the effect happen.

And while this isn’t exactly a Holodeck, Rod Roddenberry (son of legendary Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) said that he believes Otoy’s tech is the kind of software that would be needed to power a real-life version of the Holodeck itself. For now, it’ll be more than helpful to those that wish to create videos with highly detailed special effects. And it could also help change what you’d expect from a physical marketing/advertising sign.

“Holographic video, or holographic light field rendering as it’s technically known, produces stunningly realistic images that can be looked at from any vantage point,” the company said in a statement. “Each frame of video accurately simulates every ray of light in a given scene or environment and every interaction that each light ray has with the surfaces and materials therein. Every reflection, refraction, and absorption of that field of light is modeled as it would be in the real world.”

Otoy CEO and cofounder Jules Urbach told VentureBeat this kind of computing power is the same image rendering quality found in major blockbuster movies, which typically takes days to produce. However, Otoy’s new holographic capture system makes it possible to offer the same quality via a smartphone in just seconds.

The company has already partnered with a handful of major entertainment companies and film studios to put its holographic video capture tech into action. Otoy said it plans to make a commercial launch of the tech (via freestanding volumetric holographic displays) at some point in 2015.

Besides making 360-degree video, Otoy’s tools can be used to make animated movies with special effects or high-end video games too.



OTOY is developing technology for delivering real-time “cinematic quality” 3D rendering through the browser. The technology has the potential to be used for online games, 3D virtual communities, instant messaging and social netwo... read more »








11 Aug 17:14

Researchers Develop Algorithm to Turn Erratic First-Person Footage Into Smooth Hyperlapse Videos

by Rollin Bishop

Three researchers at Microsoft Research (Johannes Kopf, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski) have developed an algorithm that turns erratic first-person footage into smooth hyperlapse videos. The problem, as they put it, is that first-person footage is generally so long that the best way to actually view it is through a time-lapse video, but a time-lapse video further exacerbates the general shakiness and erratic nature of first-person footage. Kopf, Cohen, and Szeliski solve this problem through a complex algorithm that ultimately stitches and blends certain frames into a cohesive whole.

Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video (shown in red) that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input.

More on the algorithm, including a more technical breakdown, is available at Microsoft Research.

via Nuzzel

11 Aug 18:00

4SeTV will let you watch four live TV shows at the same time

by Dean Takahashi
4SeTV will let you watch four live TV shows at the same time

Above: 4SeTV

Image Credit: 4SeTV

4SeTV wants to launch a box that will help you watch four different TV shows at the same time. That lets you multitask like never before when it comes to viewing your television shows.

The company is launching a Kickstarter campaign on Aug. 19, and it is revealing a new piece of its business model. Once it has enough customers, it will pay those customers to watch TV. It will do that by running targeted ads in a quarter of the screen. 4SeTV will share ad revenue generated from this. The name means “four screen enhanced TV.”

You can watch four live programs simultaneously on cable TV or over-the-air broadcasts. Service providers and over-the-top intellectual property streaming device will benefit from. People already view multiple screens at once, but they must have two screens or more. Sports fans are likely to be prime target.

Hyung Lim, president and founder of 4SeTV, got tired of watching one program on a big screen. So he figured out how to get four streams to run at once.

“I understand what technology people already own and understand what can solve this problem at minimum cost,” he said. “I drew up a business plan, found partners and got funded.”

4SeTV says that family members can watch favorite shows at the same time. The company has about 16 people working on the project. Rivals include SimpleTV and Tablo TV, but 4SeTV will have a technical edge. In the long run, the company wants its technology built into a set-top box.

“We are the only one doing four screen TV experience,” Lim said.

Investors include Lim, Sam Yu, and South Korea’s Digital Media Technology (DMT). The company has raised $12,500, and it wants to raise at least $50,000 more via Kickstarter.

You can watch four live shows on a range of devices, including TVs, tablets, and smartphones. It will run on devices with iOS 7.x and Android Kit Kat version 4.4. You can set up three simple steps. You connect a router, the power, and an antenna.

The company plans to ship its first devices in November.

4SeTV

Above: 4SeTV

Image Credit: 4SeTV







11 Aug 17:16

360fly scores $17.8M as investors bet big on interactive 360-degree video (exclusive)

by Devindra Hardawar
Ze Do Gas

Take my money

360fly scores $17.8M as investors bet big on interactive 360-degree video (exclusive)

Above: 360fly's 360-degree camera

Image Credit: 360fly

Just as the first-person video craze is reaching mainstream consumers, investors already have their eyes set on the next hot thing: interactive 360-degree videos.

360fly, a company that has developed its own 360-degree camera, announced today that it has received $17.8 million, its first institutional funding round, led by Catterton, Qualcomm Ventures, and others.

Interactive 360-degree videos are more like recorded experiences that you have the freedom to explore, rather than footage where you’re stuck looking at whatever the camera is pointing at.

360fly’s flagship camera is rugged and portable, similar to the first-person video cameras we’re seeing from companies like GoPro. In addition to shooting a full 360 degrees horizontally, it also shoots 240 degrees worth of video vertically.

360fly's 360-degree video Camera

Above: 360fly’s 360-degree video Camera

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The company says it plans to use the funding to prepare for the consumer launch of its $499 camera this fall, which includes building an online platform for its videos, as well as iPhone and Android apps. 360fly is also developing a smartphone attachment that will let you record 360-degree videos right from your phone (the big limitation is that it only shoots 90-degrees of vertical video).

The technology behind 360fly’s camera comes from years of research from engineers at Carnegie Mellon University, CEO and president Tim O’Neil told VentureBeat in an email. Even more intriguing: O’Neil says the original patents for 360fly’s tech were spun out of CMU’s Robotics Institute after they were used by NASA in one of the Apollo missions.

So who would use one of these things? O’Neil says the camera will be able to capture video that’s ideal for virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift. He also expects the company’s smartphone attachment to shoot video that looks almost as good as the company’s pro-grade lenses, which have been used by CBS Sports, Discovery Live, and Matchbox 20 for live event streaming.

Given the rapid success of GoPro and its ilk, as well as promising virtual reality solutions on the horizon from Oculus and Sony, there’s a good chance consumers will warm up to 360-degree videos over the next few years. We’ll need plenty of content to drive VR platforms, after all. And the athletes who helped popularize action video cameras likely won’t be content with shooting in one direction for much longer.

360fly isn’t alone in the 360-degree video market, but its camera differs from the competition because it uses only a single lens to capture its video. Other 360-degree cameras, like the Centr and Bubl, rely on multiple cameras, which can add additional expense and complexity. The single camera lens also lets 360fly record 360-degree video instantly — competing cameras have to stitch their video together from separate lenses.

With this round of funding, which brings the company’s total funding to nearly $21 million, O’Neil says 360fly likely won’t need another round. But, he noted, “if we decide to move more aggressively into other vertical markets or geographic regions, or a potential strategic partner offers us a unique opportunity, our plans could change.”



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09 Aug 14:56

Navdy: projetando notificações do celular no parabrisa do carro

by Fabricio Teixeira

Utilizar o smartphone enquanto está dirigindo é bastante, bastante perigoso. É inclusive um crime, contra a sua própria segurança e a segurança dos outros motoristas e pedestres perto de você.

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Foi pensando nisso que o Navdy foi criado. O funcionamento é simples: um mini-projetor que você coloca sobre o painel do carro e que projeta as notificações e principais informações do seu celular em um pequeno “heads-up display” acoplado ao produto. “Heads up”, porque você consegue olhar para ele e manter a cabeça elevada, sem desviar sua atenção da pista logo à sua frente. Inclusive, o conteúdo é projetado como se estivesse dois metros à frente do motorista, para que ele não precisa alternar o foco de sua visão entre o display e a estrada.

Dá uma olhada no vídeo que explica como a tecnologia funciona:

O produto utiliza comandos de voz e gestos, para que o usuário não precise segurar o smartphone ou interagir fisicamente com o projetor. À medida em que o usa o produto, o motorista consegue configurar exatamente os tipos de notificações que quer que sejam exibidos na tela.

O produto já está em pré-venda no site oficial, por “míseros” 300 dólares. Custa caro sustentar vícios.

09 Aug 18:02

MIT Researchers Have Developed a Material That Changes Between Soft and Hard States on Command

by EDW Lynch

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an intriguing material that can change between soft and hard states on command. The phase-changing material, consisting of a wax-coated foam lattice, softens when exposed to heat, and hardens at room temperature. It is intended for use in soft and deformable robots. Lead researchers Anette Hosoi and Nadia Cheng discuss the material and demonstrate prototypes in this MIT video.

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07 Aug 21:54

SAAQ – A linha

by Leonardo Amaral
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One big line string

Como um fio condutor, o ato combinado de beber e dirigir pode conduzir à trágicas consequências para os envolvidos e para aqueles que os amam.

De uma forma criativa, a agência Lg2 apresenta, e parceria com a SAAQ, a Sociedade para a Segurança Automobilística do Quebec, uma série de eventos que se segue após um ato imprudente.

Diretor de Criação Luc Du Sault
Redator/ Diretor de Arte: Jean Lafreniere
Diretor: Guillaume de Fontenay
Produtora: Emilie Heckman / La Cavalerie

01 Aug 00:14

Daring Fireball: T-Shirts

by John Gruber

Thumbnail of a slate gray Daring Fireball baseball t-shirt.

On sale now through tomorrow.

24 Jul 20:14

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10 Jul 22:39

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25 Jul 14:42

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18 Jul 18:00

Why Google took years to address a battery-draining “bug” in Chrome

by Ron Amadeo
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A recent Forbes report says that Chrome on Windows uses up more battery than competing browsers, thanks to a high system timer setting. Windows uses a timer to schedule tasks. At idle, the timer on Windows is set to about 15 ms, so if it has no work to do, it will go to sleep and only wake up every 15 ms to check if it needs to do something.

Applications can change this timer, and other browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer don't mess with it until they need to do something processor intensive, like playing a video. After the video is done, the timer is set to return to 15 ms so that the computer can idle again. Chrome, though, boosts the timer to 1 ms and keeps it there forever. The difference means that on Firefox at idle, the CPU only wakes 64 times a second. On Chrome, it wakes up 1,000 times a second.

In its Windows documentation, Microsoft notes that setting the system timer to a high value can increase power consumption by “as much as 25 percent.” This means that on a laptop, you'll get a shorter runtime with Chrome than you will on a competing browser. And the issue has been around for a long time. Forbes links to a bug report documenting the problem that was first filed in 2010.

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17 Jul 16:39

Snowden: NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos

by Cyrus Farivar

Edward Snowden has revealed that he witnessed “numerous instances” of National Security Agency (NSA) employees passing around nude photos that were intercepted “in the course of their daily work.”

In a 17-minute interview with The Guardian filmed at a Moscow hotel and published on Thursday, the NSA whistleblower addressed numerous points, noting that he could “live with” being sent to the US prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He also again dismissed any notion that he was a Russian spy or agent—calling those allegations “bullshit.”

If Snowden’s allegations of sexual photo distribution are true, they would be consistent with what the NSA has already reported. In September 2013, in a letter from the NSA’s Inspector General Dr. George Ellard to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the agency outlined a handful of instances during which NSA agents admitted that they had spied on their former love interests. This even spawned a nickname within the agency, LOVEINT—a riff on HUMINT (human intelligence) or SIGINT (signals intelligence).

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13 Jul 15:28

South Park to move behind Hulu’s paywall and end unlimited free streaming

by Lee Hutchinson
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Hope you guys like Hulu, because that's what you're going to be using to watch South Park from here on.

Since 2008, fans of the Comedy Central cartoon South Park have been able to stream the show’s entire library (minus a few permanently redacted episodes) from the South Park Studios site. But according to a new post on the show's official blog, this fan-friendly unlimited streaming arrangement will soon be ending: South Park is moving to Hulu. Folks who want to watch more than a limited selection of old South Park episodes will either have to resort to physical media or begin paying $7.99 per month to subscribe to Hulu Plus.

Under what the blog post describes as an "exclusive, multi-year" agreement, the current offering of streamable South Park episodes will remain available until September 24 at both the show’s official site and also on Hulu. After September 24—the start of the show’s 18th season—new episodes will be available to both standard Hulu and Hulu Plus customers the day after they air (Variety’s writeup says that the official South Park Studios site will also have next-day streaming, but that isn’t mentioned in the blog post).

The big change is the paywalling of past episodes. After September 24, free Hulu users and visitors to the show’s official site will only be able to watch "a revolving selection of free episodes." Unlimited access—which today is free—will only be available for Hulu Plus users.

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10 Jul 04:02

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02 Jul 18:53

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14 Jun 15:08

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10 Jun 04:50

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