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26 Jun 06:02

7 things you need to do after building your chatbot

by Moshe Mor

Most of us know that building something good is not easy. You need to be up for the challenge in order to actually make something of worth. So after a lot of time, sweat and tears, you have finally finished building your chatot. Well congratulations, but making a good product usually will not be enough, you will need to follow these 7 steps to make sure your product will succeed.

Step 1: Spread the word

I believe I made a great chatbot

First things first, you need to get a buzz about your product. but how? well, there is not right or wrong answer for this question. You need to try getting good and wide coverage about your bot and company before you even launch your product. It is important for you to start the work before, so you can do a ‘rolling launch’ and get people to talk about you even after the official launch date. The way to do so lays in the next steps.

The Chatbot Conference

Step 2: Contacting Influencers

You need to catch them all

Everybody knows that the way to get to your massive target audience, is by early adopters who will be the first ones to go and buy your product. The way to obtain them is through influencers. Who are they? They are the people who every word they say or write reaches thousands of people and they are a household name in a specific field. Contact them in every way you can- social media, email, phone call, face to face conversation. Do whatever you need to do in order to tell them, that you have something worthy and interesting for them to check out, but do not be too mysterious. Remember, you need to interest them and not waste their time, so that they actually check your bot and hopefully, like it enough to post about it and give you feedback.

Step 3: Draw people’s attention

It’s about attention

You need to target your audience and drop them hints about your upcoming release. It can be anything you want as long as it is implied gently and focused to those who can be eager for your bot- Tweets that say ‘coming soon’ or prephase ‘leaked’ photos and of course a good GIF is always a smart move. After you do this you build interest and make people notice and monitor you. A fine specimen of example is how Apple operate in their launches (look at the ‘leaked’ photos of the new iphone 8).

Step 4: Do not expect much

You need to know that during the launch everything can go wrong, things you did not even dream of going wrong. It is ok, do not worry, that is just how life works. Being ready to fail and not getting surprised is super important, it helps you to better improvise and make the best out of every situation you will encounter. Remember, the official launch is just the day your bot was actually available, life still goes on after.

Step 5: Stand out

Be special

During your release cycle you need to keep people talking about you and reporters having an opportunity to write about you. You need to produce ‘how to’ manuals, customer stories, how your bot provides return on investment (ROI) to customers and so on. The way to do it, is by making a funny video, cool infographic, survey or anything that can make you stick out in a small bot crowd.

Step 6: Benefit from your partners

Getting help never hurts

Harness those who have a financial interest in your success, including business partners, shareholders, marketers and all those who can benefit you. All of these people share the same interest as you, so they should be hyped as you are.

Step 7: Focus on what matters

Getting Facebook likes, Twitter followers and shares on social media, is all nice and dandy, but do not let it distract you. You need to get meaningful and useful engagement so that your product will sell. Likes, followers and shares will only get you so far. People that talk about you online and can benefit you are far more better because they can help to promote you.

Everything worth doing started with a dream

After you do all of what i have mentioned, the option of you making a business out of your chatbot, will start to become more a reality than rather just a dream.

7 things you need to do after building your chatbot was originally published in Chatbot’s Life on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

25 Jun 07:48

Cook This Page is IKEA’s brilliant cooking hack

by Jules Yap

Finally, easy to follow assembly instructions from IKEA.

It’s hard to go wrong with the Cook This Page recipe parchment paper, an interactive recipe card from IKEA. Using food safe ink, the recipes are printed on parchment paper, with ingredient blanks measured to size. All you need to do is to place the ingredients on their corresponding images, roll it up and place it in the oven to bake.

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - ingredients close up

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - ingredients close up

The ingredients get steamed in the wrapper and when it’s done, cut it open and voilà! It’s ready to serve. And what I like most, it’s so easy to clean up. The lazy cook/ dishwasher in me is jumping with joy!

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - blank

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper with ingredients

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - cooked

Parchment paper cooking is not an entirely new idea, so we can’t give IKEA all the credit. The concept has been around ever since our forefathers learnt how to wrap food in leaves/ mud/ bamboo/ whatever. In my hometown, we have a famous salted chicken baked in parchment paper and it’s the yummiest ever and it’s been around since I was wee small.

But most parchment paper is just that – paper – they don’t come with recipes printed on them, with to-size measurements of ingredients. Well, this may change soon. I see a Kickstarter in the making.

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - blank

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper with ingredients

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - cooked

Kudos to IKEA and their agency Leo Burnett for the fresh twist. The extra step of printing the illustrations onto the paper makes it easier for “people who find new recipes intimidating. IKEA wanted to show people that getting creative can be deliciously simple,” it says in this video. It’s a great way for the beginner cook to get started on healthy homemade meals. I think it’s also an awesome way to introduce kids to cooking. What better way to keep little fingers busy than lining up shrimp!

The recipes incorporate IKEA food and kitchen items. From what I can see, each booklet comes with 4 recipes: Salmon with Lemon and Dill, Meatballs with Ravioli, Shrimp with Olives and Rhubarb Raspberry Crumble. Yums.

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - blank

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper with ingredients

Cook this page IKEA parchment paper - cooked

Now, don’t get too excited. The Cook This Page recipe sheets were a promotional item for the IKEA Canada’s kitchen sale, so we may never see them in stores. But we’re keeping our fingers crossed, aren’t we?

The post Cook This Page is IKEA’s brilliant cooking hack appeared first on IKEA Hackers.

25 Jun 07:47

Adobe and Stanford just taught AI to edit videos — with impressive results

by Hillary Grigonis

Could Adobe Premiere Pro get an AI update? Researchers from Adobe and Stanford just developed a pretty good AI video editor. The program automates the edit while still giving the editor stylistic controls.

The post Adobe and Stanford just taught AI to edit videos — with impressive results appeared first on Digital Trends.

25 Jun 07:41

How Sound Design Can Add Texture To A Virtual World

by Alex Colgan
How Sound Design Can Add Texture To A Virtual World

Explorations in VR Design is a journey through the bleeding edge of VR design – from architecting a space and designing groundbreaking interactions to making users feel powerful.

Sound is essential for truly immersive VR. It conveys depth and emotion, builds and reinforces interactions, and guides users through alien landscapes. Combined with hand tracking and visual feedback, sound even has the power to create the illusion of tactile sensation.

In this Exploration, we’ll explore the fundamentals of VR sound design, plus take a deep dive into the auditory world of Blocks. Along the way, we’ll break a few laws of physics and uncover the surprising complexity of physical sound effects.

What Can Great Sound Design Achieve in VR?

Presence and Realism in 3D Space

When it comes to depth cues, stereoscopic vision is a massive improvement on traditional monitors. But it’s not perfect. For this reason, sound is more than just an immersive tool – how (and where) objects around you sound has an enormous effect on your understanding of where they are, especially when you’re not looking at them. This applies to everything from background noises to user interfaces.

Engines like Unity and Unreal are constantly getting better at representing sound effects in 3D space – with binaural audio, better reverb modeling, better occlusion and obstruction modeling, and more. The more realistic that zombie right behind you sounds, the more your hair stands on end.

Mood and Atmosphere

Music plays a crucial role in setting the mood for an experience. Blocks has a techno vibe with a deep bass, inspired by ambient artists like Ryuichi Sakamoto:


Weightless features soft piano tracks that feel elegant and contemplative:

Finally, Land’s End combines a dreamy and surreal quality with hard edges like tape saturation and vinyl noise.

If you imagine shuffling the soundtracks in these three examples, you can understand how it would fundamentally change the experience.

Building and Reinforcing Interactions

Sound communicates the inception, success, failure, and overall nature of interactions and game physics, especially when the user’s eyes are drawn elsewhere. Blocks, for example, is designed with a wide range of sounds – from the high and low electronic notes that signal the block creation interactions, to the echoes of blocks bashing against the floor.

For game developers, this is also a double-edged sword that relies on careful timing, as even being off by a quarter second can disrupt the experience.

Tutorial Audio

It’s sad but true – most users don’t read instructions. Fortunately, while written instructions have to compete with a huge variety of visual stimuli, you have a lot more control over what your user hears.

Using the abstract state capabilities in Unity’s Mecanim system, you can easily build a flow system so that your audio cues are responsive to what’s actually happening. Just make sure that the cues work within the narrative and don’t become repetitive.

Setting Boundaries

Virtual reality is an exciting medium, but for first time users it can take a few minutes to master its limitations. Our hand tracking technology can only track what it can see, so you may want to design interaction sounds that fade out as users approach the edge of the tracking field of view.

Evoking Touch

In the absence of touch feedback, visual and auditory feedback can fill the cognitive gap and reinforce which elements of a scene are interactive, and what happens when the user “touches” them. This is because our brains “continuously bind information obtained through many sensory channels to form solid percepts of objects and events.” Some users even describe phantom sensations in VR, which are almost always associated with compelling sound design. To achieve this level of immersion, sounds must be perfectly timed and feel like they fit with the user’s actions.

Sound Design in Blocks

We’ve already talked about its ambient-inspired soundtrack, but you might be surprised to learn the sound effects in Blocks were one of our biggest development challenges – second only to the physical object interactions, an early prototype of the Leap Motion Interaction Engine.

Magic and Progression

One of the core design ideas behind Blocks was that we never imply a specific device underneath anything. For example, there are no whirring or mechanical noises when the arm HUD appears. It’s just something that magically appears from nowhere. The block creation sounds are also minimal, suggesting a natural progression. This was central to the narrative we wanted to tell – the miraculous power to create things with your bare hands.

This philosophy was also reflected in the physical sound effects, which were designed to suggest the embodiment of the object itself, rather than a specific material. When you grab something, a minimal subtle clicking sound plays. Nothing fancy – just tactile, quick, and precisely timed.

Getting the Right Physical Sound Effects

Here’s where it got challenging. To ensure a natural and immersive experience, the physical sound of block impacts is driven by 33 distinct effects, which are modified by factors like block sizes, collision velocities, and some random variations that give each block its own unique character. This aspect of the design proved nontrivial, but also was a fundamental component of the final product.

Since the blocks don’t have a representative material (such as metal or glass), finding the right sound took time. In creating the Blocks audioscape, sound designer Jack Menhorn experimented with kitty litter, plastic jugs, cardboard boxes, and other household objects. The final sound suite was created by putting synths into cardboard boxes and slamming the boxes into each other.

Violating the Laws of Physics

In an abstract environment with simple geometry, sound design is the difference between disbelief and physical presence. Sometimes this involves breaking the laws of physics. When you have to decide between being accurate and delighting your user, always opt for the latter.

In the real world, sound follows the inverse square law – getting quieter as the source gets farther away. The Unity game engine tries to reinforce this real-world falloff. But a block that lands silently after being thrown a long distance isn’t very satisfying. With Blocks, we created a normal falloff for a number of meters, but then the falloff itself stops. Beyond that point, blocks sound to be the same volume, regardless of how far away they are.

At the same time, the reverb goes up as blocks get farther away – creating an echo effect. In the real world, this would be impossible, since there are no walls or anything in the space that suggests there should be reverb. This is all just part of setting the rules for the virtual worlds in ways that feel human, even as they violate the laws of physics. So far no one has complained, except maybe this guy:

The Future of VR Sound Design

Imagine all the different ways that you can interact with a coffee mug, and how each action is reflected in the sound it makes. Pick it up. Slide across the table. Tip it over. Place it down gently, or slam it onto the table. All of these actions create different sounds. Of course, if it breaks, that’s a whole other problem space with different pieces!

This is the root of the biggest challenge on the horizon for sound design in VR – the economy of scale. When you move away from a simple scene with a few objects, to fully realized scenes with many different objects, everything in the scene has to be interactive, and that includes sound. You need to have variations and sensitivity.

This is one of the reasons why we recommend only having a few objects in a scene, and making the interactions for those objects as powerful as possible. As VR experiences grow in size and complexity, these new realities will need richer soundscapes than ever before.

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25 Jun 07:35

100 announcements (!) from Google Cloud Next '17

by Alison WagonfeldGoogle Cloud

San Francisco — What a week! Google Cloud Next ‘17 has come to the end, but really, it’s just the beginning. We welcomed 10,000+ attendees including customers, partners, developers, IT leaders, engineers, press, analysts, cloud enthusiasts (and skeptics). Together we engaged in 3 days of keynotes, 200+ sessions, and 4 invitation-only summits. Hard to believe this was our first show as all of Google Cloud with GCP, G Suite, Chrome, Maps and Education. Thank you to all who were here with us in San Francisco this week, and we hope to see you next year.

If you’re a fan of video highlights, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Day 1 keynote (in less than 4 minutes) and Day 2 keynote (in under 5!).

One of the common refrains from customers and partners throughout the conference was “Wow, you’ve been busy. I can’t believe how many announcements you’ve had at Next!” So we decided to count all the announcements from across Google Cloud and in fact we had 100 (!) announcements this week.

For the list lovers amongst you, we’ve compiled a handy-dandy run-down of our announcements from the past few days:


Google Cloud is excited to welcome two new acquisitions to the Google Cloud family this week, Kaggle and AppBridge.

1Kaggle - Kaggle is one of the world's largest communities of data scientists and machine learning enthusiasts. Kaggle and Google Cloud will continue to support machine learning training and deployment services in addition to offering the community the ability to store and query large datasets.

2AppBridge - Google Cloud acquired Vancouver-based AppBridge this week, which helps you migrate data from on-prem file servers into G Suite and Google Drive.


Google Cloud brings a suite of new security features to Google Cloud Platform and G Suite designed to help safeguard your company’s assets and prevent disruption to your business: 

3Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP) for Google Cloud Platform (Beta) - Identity-Aware Proxy lets you provide access to applications based on risk, rather than using a VPN. It provides secure application access from anywhere, restricts access by user, identity and group, deploys with integrated phishing resistant Security Key and is easier to setup than end-user VPN.

4Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Google Cloud Platform (Beta) - Data Loss Prevention API lets you scan data for 40+ sensitive data types, and is used as part of DLP in Gmail and Drive. You can find and redact sensitive data stored in GCP, invigorate old applications with new sensitive data sensing “smarts” and use predefined detectors as well as customize your own.

5Key Management Service (KMS) for Google Cloud Platform (GA) - Key Management Service allows you to generate, use, rotate, and destroy symmetric encryption keys for use in the cloud.

6Security Key Enforcement (SKE) for Google Cloud Platform (GA) - Security Key Enforcement allows you to require security keys be used as the 2-Step verification factor for enhanced anti-phishing security whenever a GCP application is accessed.

7Vault for Google Drive (GA) - Google Vault is the eDiscovery and archiving solution for G Suite. Vault enables admins to easily manage their G Suite data lifecycle and search, preview and export the G Suite data in their domain. Vault for Drive enables full support for Google Drive content, including Team Drive files.

8Google-designed security chip, Titan - Google uses Titan to establish hardware root of trust, allowing us to securely identify and authenticate legitimate access at the hardware level. Titan includes a hardware random number generator, performs cryptographic operations in the isolated memory, and has a dedicated secure processor (on-chip).


New GCP data analytics products and services help organizations solve business problems with data, rather than spending time and resources building, integrating and managing the underlying infrastructure:

9BigQuery Data Transfer Service (Private Beta) - BigQuery Data Transfer Service makes it easy for users to quickly get value from all their Google-managed advertising datasets. With just a few clicks, marketing analysts can schedule data imports from Google Adwords, DoubleClick Campaign Manager, DoubleClick for Publishers and YouTube Content and Channel Owner reports.

10Cloud Dataprep (Private Beta) - Cloud Dataprep is a new managed data service, built in collaboration with Trifacta, that makes it faster and easier for BigQuery end-users to visually explore and prepare data for analysis without the need for dedicated data engineer resources.

11New Commercial Datasets - Businesses often look for datasets (public or commercial) outside their organizational boundaries. Commercial datasets offered include financial market data from Xignite, residential real-estate valuations (historical and projected) from HouseCanary, predictions for when a house will go on sale from Remine, historical weather data from AccuWeather, and news archives from Dow Jones, all immediately ready for use in BigQuery (with more to come as new partners join the program).

12Python for Google Cloud Dataflow in GA - Cloud Dataflow is a fully managed data processing service supporting both batch and stream execution of pipelines. Until recently, these benefits have been available solely to Java developers. Now there’s a Python SDK for Cloud Dataflow in GA.

13Stackdriver Monitoring for Cloud Dataflow (Beta) - We’ve integrated Cloud Dataflow with Stackdriver Monitoring so that you can access and analyze Cloud Dataflow job metrics and create alerts for specific Dataflow job conditions.

14Google Cloud Datalab in GA - This interactive data science workflow tool makes it easy to do iterative model and data analysis in a Jupyter notebook-based environment using standard SQL, Python and shell commands.

15Cloud Dataproc updates - Our fully managed service for running Apache Spark, Flink and Hadoop pipelines has new support for restarting failed jobs (including automatic restart as needed) in beta, the ability to create single-node clusters for lightweight sandbox development, in beta, GPU support, and the cloud labels feature, for more flexibility managing your Dataproc resources, is now GA.


New GCP databases and database features round out a platform on which developers can build great applications across a spectrum of use cases:

16Cloud SQL for Postgre SQL (Beta) - Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL implements the same design principles currently reflected in Cloud SQL for MySQL, namely, the ability to securely store and connect to your relational data via open standards.

17Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise (GA) - Available on Google Compute Engine, plus support for Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) and SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability (GA).

18Cloud SQL for MySQL improvements - Increased performance for demanding workloads via 32-core instances with up to 208GB of RAM, and central management of resources via Identity and Access Management (IAM) controls.

19Cloud Spanner - Launched a month ago, but still, it would be remiss not to mention it because, hello, it’s Cloud Spanner! The industry’s first horizontally scalable, globally consistent, relational database service.

20SSD persistent-disk performance improvements - SSD persistent disks now have increased throughput and IOPS performance, which are particularly beneficial for database and analytics workloads. Read these docs for complete details about persistent-disk performance.

21Federated query on Cloud Bigtable - We’ve extended BigQuery’s reach to query data inside Cloud Bigtable, the NoSQL database service for massive analytic or operational workloads that require low latency and high throughput (particularly common in Financial Services and IoT use cases).


New GCP Cloud Machine Learning services bolster our efforts to make machine learning accessible to organizations of all sizes and sophistication:

22.  Cloud Machine Learning Engine (GA) - Cloud ML Engine, now generally available, is for organizations that want to train and deploy their own models into production in the cloud.

23Cloud Video Intelligence API (Private Beta) - A first of its kind, Cloud Video Intelligence API lets developers easily search and discover video content by providing information about entities (nouns such as “dog,” “flower”, or “human” or verbs such as “run,” “swim,” or “fly”) inside video content.

24Cloud Vision API (GA) - Cloud Vision API reaches GA and offers new capabilities for enterprises and partners to classify a more diverse set of images. The API can now recognize millions of entities from Google’s Knowledge Graph and offers enhanced OCR capabilities that can extract text from scans of text-heavy documents such as legal contracts or research papers or books.

25Machine learning Advanced Solution Lab (ASL) - ASL provides dedicated facilities for our customers to directly collaborate with Google’s machine-learning experts to apply ML to their most pressing challenges.

26. Cloud Jobs API - A powerful aid to job search and discovery, Cloud Jobs API now has new features such as Commute Search, which will return relevant jobs based on desired commute time and preferred mode of transportation.

27Machine Learning Startup Competition - We announced a Machine Learning Startup Competition in collaboration with venture capital firms Data Collective and Emergence Capital, and with additional support from a16z, Greylock Partners, GV, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.


New GCP pricing continues our intention to create customer-friendly pricing that’s as smart as our products; and support services that are geared towards meeting our customers where they are:

28Compute Engine price cuts - Continuing our history of pricing leadership, we’ve cut Google Compute Engine prices by up to 8%.

29Committed Use Discounts - With Committed Use Discounts, customers can receive a discount of up to 57% off our list price, in exchange for a one or three year purchase commitment paid monthly, with no upfront costs.

30Free trial extended to 12 months - We’ve extended our free trial from 60 days to 12 months, allowing you to use your $300 credit across all GCP services and APIs, at your own pace and schedule. Plus, we’re introduced new Always Free products -- non-expiring usage limits that you can use to test and develop applications at no cost. Visit the Google Cloud Platform Free Tier page for details.

31Engineering Support - Our new Engineering Support offering is a role-based subscription model that allows us to match engineer to engineer, to meet you where your business is, no matter what stage of development you’re in. It has 3 tiers:

  • Development engineering support - ideal for developers or QA engineers that can manage with a response within four to eight business hours, priced at $100/user per month.
  • Production engineering support provides a one-hour response time for critical issues at $250/user per month.
  • On-call engineering support pages a Google engineer and delivers a 15-minute response time 24x7 for critical issues at $1,500/user per month. site - Google Cloud Platform Community is a new site to learn, connect and share with other people like you, who are interested in GCP. You can follow along with tutorials or submit one yourself, find meetups in your area, and learn about community resources for GCP support, open source projects and more.


New GCP developer platforms and tools reinforce our commitment to openness and choice and giving you what you need to move fast and focus on great code.

33Google AppEngine Flex (GA) - We announced a major expansion of our popular App Engine platform to new developer communities that emphasizes openness, developer choice, and application portability.

34Cloud Functions (Beta) - Google Cloud Functions has launched into public beta. It is a serverless environment for creating event-driven applications and microservices, letting you build and connect cloud services with code.

35Firebase integration with GCP (GA) - Firebase Storage is now Google Cloud Storage for Firebase and adds support for multiple buckets, support for linking to existing buckets, and integrates with Google Cloud Functions.

36Cloud Container Builder - Cloud Container Builder is a standalone tool that lets you build your Docker containers on GCP regardless of deployment environment. It’s a fast, reliable, and consistent way to package your software into containers as part of an automated workflow.

37. Community Tutorials (Beta)  - With community tutorials, anyone can now submit or request a technical how-to for Google Cloud Platform.


Secure, global and high-performance, we’ve built our cloud for the long haul. This week we announced a slew of new infrastructure updates. 

38. New data center region: California - This new GCP region delivers lower latency for customers on the West Coast of the U.S. and adjacent geographic areas. Like other Google Cloud regions, it will feature a minimum of three zones, benefit from Google’s global, private fibre network, and offer a complement of GCP services.

39. New data center region: Montreal - This new GCP region delivers lower latency for customers in Canada and adjacent geographic areas. Like other Google Cloud regions, it will feature a minimum of three zones, benefit from Google’s global, private fibre network, and offer a complement of GCP services.

40. New data center region: Netherlands - This new GCP region delivers lower latency for customers in Western Europe and adjacent geographic areas. Like other Google Cloud regions, it will feature a minimum of three zones, benefit from Google’s global, private fibre network, and offer a complement of GCP services.

41. Google Container Engine - Managed Nodes - Google Container Engine (GKE) has added Automated Monitoring and Repair of your GKE nodes, letting you focus on your applications while Google ensures your cluster is available and up-to-date.

42. 64 Core machines + more memory - We have doubled the number of vCPUs you can run in an instance from 32 to 64 and up to 416GB of memory per instance.

43. Internal Load balancing (GA) - Internal Load Balancing, now GA, lets you run and scale your services behind a private load balancing IP address which is accessible only to your internal instances, not the internet.

44. Cross-Project Networking (Beta) - Cross-Project Networking (XPN), now in beta, is a virtual network that provides a common network across several Google Cloud Platform projects, enabling simple multi-tenant deployments.


In the past year, we’ve launched 300+ features and updates for G Suite and this week we announced our next generation of collaboration and communication tools.

45. Team Drives (GA for G Suite Business, Education and Enterprise customers) - Team Drives help teams simply and securely manage permissions, ownership and file access for an organization within Google Drive.

46. Drive File Stream (EAP) - Drive File Stream is a way to quickly stream files directly from the cloud to your computer With Drive File Steam, company data can be accessed directly from your laptop, even if you don’t have much space on your hard drive.

47. Google Vault for Drive (GA for G Suite Business, Education and Enterprise customers) - Google Vault for Drive now gives admins the governance controls they need to manage and secure all of their files, including employee Drives and Team Drives. Google Vault for Drive also lets admins set retention policies that automatically keep what’s needed and delete what’s not.

48. Quick Access in Team Drives (GA) - powered by Google’s machine intelligence, Quick Access helps to surface the right information for employees at the right time within Google Drive. Quick Access now works with Team Drives on iOS and Android devices, and is coming soon to the web.

49. Hangouts Meet (GA to existing customers) - Hangouts Meet is a new video meeting experience built on the Hangouts that can run 30-person video conferences without accounts, plugins or downloads. For G Suite Enterprise customers, each call comes with a dedicated dial-in phone number so that team members on the road can join meetings without wifi or data issues.

50. Hangouts Chat (EAP) - Hangouts Chat is an intelligent communication app in Hangouts with dedicated, virtual rooms that connect cross-functional enterprise teams. Hangouts Chat integrates with G Suite apps like Drive and Docs, as well as photos, videos and other third-party enterprise apps.

51. @meet - @meet is an intelligent bot built on top of the Hangouts platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to automatically schedule meetings for your team with Hangouts Meet and Google Calendar.

52. Gmail Add-ons for G Suite (Developer Preview) - Gmail Add-ons provide a way to surface the functionality of your app or service directly in Gmail. With Add-ons, developers only build their integration once, and it runs natively in Gmail on web, Android and iOS.

53. Edit Opportunities in Google Sheets - with Edit Opportunities in Google Sheets, sales reps can sync a Salesforce Opportunity List View to Sheets to bulk edit data and changes are synced automatically to Salesforce, no upload required.

54. Jamboard - Our whiteboard in the cloud goes GA in May! Jamboard merges the worlds of physical and digital creativity. It’s real time collaboration on a brilliant scale, whether your team is together in the conference room or spread all over the world.


Building on the momentum from a growing number of businesses using Chrome digital signage and kiosks, we added new management tools and APIs in addition to introducing support for Android Kiosk apps on supported Chrome devices. 

55. Android Kiosk Apps for Chrome - Android Kiosk for Chrome lets users manage and deploy Chrome digital signage and kiosks for both web and Android apps. And with Public Session Kiosks, IT admins can now add a number of Chrome packaged apps alongside hosted apps.

56. Chrome Kiosk Management Free trial - This free trial gives customers an easy way to test out Chrome for signage and kiosk deployments.

57. Chrome Device Management (CDM) APIs for Kiosks - These APIs offer programmatic access to various Kiosk policies. IT admins can schedule a device reboot through the new APIs and integrate that functionality directly in a third- party console.

58. Chrome Stability API - This new API allows Kiosk app developers to improve the reliability of the application and the system.


Attendees at Google Cloud Next ‘17 heard stories from many of our valued customers:

59. Colgate - Colgate-Palmolive partnered with Google Cloud and SAP to bring thousands of employees together through G Suite collaboration and productivity tools. The company deployed G Suite to 28,000 employees in less than six months.

60. Disney Consumer Products & Interactive (DCPI) - DCPI is on target to migrate out of its legacy infrastructure this year, and is leveraging machine learning to power next generation guest experiences.

61. eBay - eBay uses Google Cloud technologies including Google Container Engine, Machine Learning and AI for its ShopBot, a personal shopping bot on Facebook Messenger.

62. HSBC - HSBC is one of the world's largest financial and banking institutions and making a large investment in transforming its global IT. The company is working closely with Google to deploy Cloud DataFlow, BigQuery and other data services to power critical proof of concept projects.

63. LUSH - LUSH migrated its global e-commerce site from AWS to GCP in less than six weeks, significantly improving the reliability and stability of its site. LUSH benefits from GCP’s ability to scale as transaction volume surges, which is critical for a retail business. In addition, Google's commitment to renewable energy sources aligns with LUSH's ethical principles.

64. Oden Technologies - Oden was part of Google Cloud’s startup program, and switched its entire platform to GCP from AWS. GCP offers Oden the ability to reliably scale while keeping costs low, perform under heavy loads and consistently delivers sophisticated features including machine learning and data analytics.

65. Planet - Planet migrated to GCP in February, looking to accelerate their workloads and leverage Google Cloud for several key advantages: price stability and predictability, custom instances, first-class Kubernetes support, and Machine Learning technology. Planet also announced the beta release of their Explorer platform.

66. Schlumberger - Schlumberger is making a critical investment in the cloud, turning to GCP to enable high-performance computing, remote visualization and development velocity. GCP is helping Schlumberger deliver innovative products and services to its customers by using HPC to scale data processing, workflow and advanced algorithms.

67. The Home Depot - The Home Depot collaborated with GCP’s Customer Reliability Engineering team to migrate to the cloud in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Moving to GCP has allowed the company to better manage huge traffic spikes at peak shopping times throughout the year.

68. Verizon - Verizon is deploying G Suite to more than 150,000 of its employees, allowing for collaboration and flexibility in the workplace while maintaining security and compliance standards. Verizon and Google Cloud have been working together for more than a year to bring simple and secure productivity solutions to Verizon’s workforce.


We brought together Google Cloud partners from our growing ecosystem across G Suite, GCP, Maps, Devices and Education. Our partnering philosophy is driven by a set of principles that emphasize openness, innovation, fairness, transparency and shared success in the cloud market. Here are some of our partners who were out in force at the show:

69. Accenture - Accenture announced that it has designed a mobility solution for Rentokil, a global pest control company, built in collaboration with Google as part of the partnership announced at Horizon in September.

70. Alooma - Alooma announced the integration of the Alooma service with Google Cloud SQL and BigQuery.

71. Authorized Training Partner Program - To help companies scale their training offerings more quickly, and to enable Google to add other training partners to the ecosystem, we are introducing a new track within our partner program to support their unique offerings and needs.

72. Check Point - Check Point® Software Technologies announced Check Point vSEC for Google Cloud Platform, delivering advanced security integrated with GCP as well as their joining of the Google Cloud Technology Partner Program.

73. CloudEndure - We’re collaborating with CloudEndure to offer a no cost, self-service migration tool for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) customers.

74. Coursera - Coursera announced that it is collaborating with Google Cloud Platform to provide an extensive range of Google Cloud training course. To celebrate this announcement  Coursera is offering all NEXT attendees a 100% discount for the GCP fundamentals class.

75. DocuSign - DocuSign announced deeper integrations with Google Docs.

76. Egnyte - Egnyte announced an enhanced integration with Google Docs that will allow our joint customers to create, edit, and store Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files right from within the Egnyte Connect.

77. Google Cloud Global Partner Awards - We recognized 12 Google Cloud partners that demonstrated strong customer success and solution innovation over the past year: Accenture, Pivotal, LumApps, Slack, Looker, Palo Alto Networks, Virtru, SoftBank, DoIT, Snowdrop Solutions, CDW Corporation, and SYNNEX Corporation.

78. iCharts - iCharts announced additional support for several GCP databases, free pivot tables for current Google BigQuery users, and a new product dubbed “iCharts for SaaS.”

79. Intel - In addition to the progress with Skylake, Intel and Google Cloud launched several technology initiatives and market education efforts covering IoT, Kubernetes and TensorFlow, including optimizations, a developer program and tool kits.

80. Intuit - Intuit announced Gmail Add-Ons, which are designed to integrate custom workflows into Gmail based on the context of a given email.

81. Liftigniter - Liftigniter is a member of Google Cloud’s startup program and focused on machine learning personalization using predictive analytics to improve CTR on web and in-app.

82. Looker - Looker launched a suite of Looker Blocks, compatible with Google BigQuery Data Transfer Service, designed to give marketers the tools to enhance analysis of their critical data.

83. Low interest loans for partners - To help Premier Partners grow their teams, Google announced that capital investment are available to qualified partners in the form of low interest loans.

84. MicroStrategy - MicroStrategy announced an integration with Google Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL and Google Cloud SQL for MySQL.

85. New incentives to accelerate partner growth - We are increasing our investments in multiple existing and new incentive programs; including, low interest loans to help Premier Partners grow their teams, increasing co-funding to accelerate deals, and expanding our rebate programs.

86. Orbitera Test Drives for GCP Partners - Test Drives allow customers to try partners’ software and generate high quality leads that can be passed directly to the partners’ sales teams. Google is offering Premier Cloud Partners one year of free Test Drives on Orbitera.

87. Partner specializations - Partners demonstrating strong customer success and technical proficiency in certain solution areas will now qualify to apply for a specialization. We’re launching specializations in application development, data analytics, machine learning and infrastructure.

88. Pivotal - GCP announced Pivotal as our first CRE technology partner. CRE technology partners will work hand-in-hand with Google to thoroughly review their solutions and implement changes to address identified risks to reliability.

89. ProsperWorks - ProsperWorks announced Gmail Add-Ons, which are designed to integrate custom workflows into Gmail based on the context of a given email.

90. Qwiklabs - This recent acquisition will provide Authorized Training Partners the ability to offer hands-on labs and comprehensive courses developed by Google experts to our customers.

91. Rackspace - Rackspace announced a strategic relationship with Google Cloud to become its first managed services support partner for GCP, with plans to collaborate on a new managed services offering for GCP customers set to launch later this year.

92. Rocket.Chat - Rocket.Chat, a member of Google Cloud’s startup program, is adding a number of new product integrations with GCP including Autotranslate via Translate API, integration with Vision API to screen for inappropriate content, integration to NLP API to perform sentiment analysis on public channels, integration with GSuite for authentication and a full move of back-end storage to Google Cloud Storage.

93. Salesforce - Salesforce announced Gmail Add-Ons, which are designed to integrate custom workflows into Gmail based on the context of a given email.

94. SAP - This strategic partnership includes certification of SAP HANA on GCP, new G Suite integrations and future collaboration on building machine learning features into intelligent applications like conversational apps that guide users through complex workflows and transactions.

95. Smyte - Smyte participated in the Google Cloud startup program and protects millions of actions a day on websites and mobile applications. Smyte recently moved from self-hosted Kubernetes to Google Container Engine (GKE).

96. Veritas - Veritas expanded its partnership with Google Cloud to provide joint customers with 360 Data Management capabilities. The partnership will help reduce data storage costs, increase compliance and eDiscovery readiness and accelerate the customer’s journey to Google Cloud Platform.

97. VMware Airwatch - Airwatch provides enterprise mobility management solutions for Android and continues to drive the Google Device ecosystem to enterprise customers.

98. Windows Partner Program- We’re working with top systems integrators in the Windows community to help GCP customers take full advantage of Windows and .NET apps and services on our platform.

99. Xplenty - Xplenty announced the addition of two new services from Google Cloud into their available integrations: Google Cloud Spanner and Google Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL.

100. Zoomdata - Zoomdata announced support for Google’s Cloud Spanner and PostgreSQL on GCP, as well as enhancements to the existing Zoomdata Smart Connector for Google BigQuery. With these new capabilities Zoomdata offers deeply integrated and optimized support for Google Cloud Platform’s Cloud Spanner, PostgreSQL, Google BigQuery, and Cloud DataProc services.

We’re thrilled to have so many new products and partners that can help all of our customers grow. And as our final announcement for Google Cloud Next ’17 — please save the date for Next 2018: June 4–6 in San Francisco.

I guess that makes it 101. :-)

22 Jun 05:59

Chatbot Summit Berlin

by Nikita Galinkin

Chatbot Summit Berlin, June 26, 2017 is the second event of Chatbot Summit founded by tech entrepreneur Yoav Barel of Tel Aviv, Israel in 2016. After huge success last December with a first meeting held for “Bot Heads” in Israel — Barel and his team of industry tech and entrepreneur leaders put the event together in less than three months and drew over 200 participants — Barel knew he needed to think bigger and Chatbot Summit was born.

Chatbot Summit is a global think tank-collaborator haven, tech style — think fast-brain with start-up mojo in the digital space — for tech, big brand, entrepreneurs, developers, and freelancers. The event, whose sponsors include Deutsche Bank, LivePerson, SAP, Deloitte, Amazon Alexa and more will bring new and becoming Chatbot Enthusiasts together to discuss, market and explore each other’s services, strategize, and overall become driving players in the Bot Revolution.

The summit is a one-day event featuring close to 100 speakers presenting over three stages — there is a fourth space reserved for an Amazon Alexa Workshop. If you are a chatbot startup, you can reserve a booth along the “Chatbot Boulevard.” Start getting your Chatbot Economy on the evening before the big day with a pre-networking event. On the day of, there is plenty of time built-in for networking and coffees (and after-party, too, which everyone will surely need after 40+ sessions. Dance Bot, anyone?)

For full details and to buy tickets, visit the Chatbot Summit website.

P.S. When getting your tickets make sure to use the code ‘CHBTMGZ30’ and get a 30% discount!

Chatbot Summit Berlin was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

21 Jun 20:34

4 points du règlement sur la protection des données à anticiper

A moins d'un an de l'entrée en vigueur de la réglementation sur la protection des données personnelles, la feuille de route des marques est chargée. Voici les articles à ne pas louper pour espérer être prêt en temps et en heure.
20 Jun 22:15

Visio, un rétroprojecteur nomade, open source et made in France

by Bruno Labarbere
Dans sa conception et son principe, Visio est d'une simplicité déconcertante, ce qui contribue d'autant plus à sa magie. Une source lumineuse, un porte-diapositive, un objectif, le tout dans un petit objet de 17 cm pour à peine 1 kg : il n'en faut pas plus. Dans les faits, ce sont 7 leds, alimentées par une batterie externe de 8,4 V, qui assurent une...
20 Jun 22:08

Microsoft’s Dictate uses Cortana’s speech recognition to enable dictation in Office

by Sarah Perez
 Dictate, a new project from Microsoft’s experimental R&D group, Microsoft Garage, is launching today to offer a way to type using your voice in Office programs including Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Available as an add-in for Microsoft’s software, Dictate is powered by the same speech recognition technology that Cortana uses in order to convert your speech to text. This is… Read More
19 Jun 21:31

Hasbro’s new Gaming Crate subscription service is for board game fanatics

by Dani Deahl

Toy and board game company Hasbro is entering the subscription box market with Hasbro Gaming Crate. The box is offered in two options: a family-friendly version and one geared more toward party games for adults. It includes three games, delivered every three months for the cost of $49.99.

Focusing on brand-new games instead of classics, the games are curated by Hasbro experts and include some crate-exclusive titles. (Hasbro’s website notes that these exclusives “may” become available for public purchase in the future, meaning the company could be using the crate to gain valuable insights on which games to invest in.)

The first Family Crate will be themed “family staycation” and features crate exclusive Mask of the Pharaoh, which was...

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14 Jun 20:41

Microsoft’s new Xbox Live Avatars are impressively diverse and customizable

by Tom Warren

Microsoft is preparing to launch a big overhaul of its Xbox Live Avatars system. Originally released as an Xbox 360 feature in 2008, Xbox Live Avatars have been slowly tweaked to include more props and customizability ever since. Microsoft is now introducing a new avatar system that’s designed to make these Xbox avatars a lot more customizable, with a huge focus on diversity.

The new avatars will let you fully customize your online character with new body type options, clothing, and props. During the Xbox daily briefing at E3 yesterday, Microsoft demonstrated the new avatar system with a trailer (above) and some behind-the-scenes footage of how the company is building the new Xbox Live Avatars. Microsoft’s trailer shows an amputee,...

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14 Jun 20:36

Blade lève 51 millions d’euros : Vers l’avènement du zéro PC ?

by Pierre Lecourt

Shadow, je vous en ai parlé en détail lors d’un précédent billet, c’est techniquement une solution assez classique, proche d’un service à la Netflix : On utilise une machine comme interface pour y relier écran, clavier et souris mais le calcul pour afficher les données que vous allez utiliser est effectué à distance, loin de vote machine, dans une salle remplie de serveurs.

Shadow Blade

Shadow, c’est donc une minimachine proposée par Blade mais également un accès vers une autre, beaucoup plus grosse solution. Vous prenez un abonnement mensuel pour accéder à votre serveur et profiter de ses capacités.

Des jeux PC en Ultra sur mon vieux MacBookPro 2009, merci @Shadow_France , j’ai la larme à l’oeil

— Jérôme Keinborg (@jeromekeinborg) 6 mai 2017

Overwatch sur un MacBook Pro

Vous pouvez également vous passer de minimachine et utiliser une application Mac, Android ou Windows. en fait peut importe le flacon, l’ivresse est brassée bien loin de chez vous et c’est tout l’intérêt du dispositif. Votre machine habituelle est un zombie, son cerveau est situé à distance. Tout comme vous streamez des jeux via un service comme Youtube ou Netflix sans jamais avoir la totalité de la vidéo sur votre machine, vous utilisez un PC à distance pour jouer ou travailler sans jamais avoir les programmes installés sur votre propre matériel.

Shadow Blade

Les serveurs de Blade : 2 Xeons, beaucoup de mémoire et 8 cartes GeForce 1070.

Avec ce système, Blade peut assurer des performances en jeu comparables à un PC de joueur classique, en fait vous profitez d’un vrai système, d’un vrai stockage et des performances d’un morceau de processeur Intel Xeon et d’une carte graphique GeForce 1070 dédiée situés dans une salle de serveur. Les avantages de la solution sont nombreux. Pour vous, vous n’avez qu’un forfait mensuel à débourser pour obtenir les performances d’un PC de jeu plutôt haut de gamme. A 30€ par mois pour un engagement d’une année, vous ne payez que 360€ par an pour un PC capable de faire tourner tous les jeux Triple A du marché. Vous n’avez pas à gérer ou à faire évoluer votre machine. Le service s’en chargera quand le besoin s’en fera sentir avec l’apparition de nouveaux jeux ou de nouveaux circuits graphiques. Votre PC peut ainsi évoluer et vous pouvez prendre un abonnement moins long pour une période donnée : Vacances ou autres par exemple.


Le boitier Shadow

Mais la technologie de Blade n’est rentable qu’avec un gros parc de clients en mutualisant les ressources. Sur un même serveur, il y a 8 cartes graphiques GeForce 1070 en parallèle et deux Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3. Mais ces serveurs peuvent accueillir bien plus de 8 clients… à condition qu’ils ne se connectent pas en même temps. Avec Shadow, l’intérêt est de dimensionner ses serveurs du mieux possible pour que le plus de clients possible puissent en profiter en achetant le minimum de matériel. Si un joueur est plutôt matinal, il pourra utiliser la même carte graphique qu’un veilleur de nuit et un autre qui ne joue qu’en rentrant de l’école aura recours au services du même matériel. Trois abonnements, un seul moteur, la recette du succès.

Avec cette levée de fonds, Blade veut prospecter à l’international. En ouvrant des bureaux en Angleterre et en Allemagne d’ici la fin de l’année mais également en installant une antenne en Californie cet été. Plus les serveurs implantés pourront couvrir de larges fuseaux horaires, plus la rentabilité sera bonne pour le système.

Reste encore et toujours un dernier bémol, le nerf de la guerre est la connexion aux services de Blade. Une bonne dose de fibre est nécessaire pour profiter du service sans subir de ralentissements incompatibles avec les usages de jeu, principale activité visée par Blade avec son système aujourd’hui même si d’autres usages sont possibles. Un accès très haut débit, en règle générale la fibre, est indispensable pour profiter de ce service correctement. Un détail important car d’autres en ont fait les frais par le passé. Nvidia notamment qui n’a pas réussi à imposer un service du même type avec son GRID annoncé en 2013.


Blade lève 51 millions d’euros : Vers l’avènement du zéro PC ? © 2016

14 Jun 20:08

Il réussit à faire passer son portrait 3D sur sa carte d’identité française

by Margaux Couturier

Le numérique vient tromper le réel. Le 7 avril 2017, Raphaël F. a effectué une demande de renouvellement de sa carte d’identité à la mairie du 18e (Paris). Jusque là, rien de très étrange. Il a fourni tous les justificatifs papier nécessaires à la procédure, dont une photo d’identité conforme aux règles établies. Sa demande a été acceptée et il dispose aujourd’hui d’une nouvelle carte d’identité.

Photo réalisée en 3D

A y regarder de plus près, la photo qu’il a soumise est en réalité un modèle 3D de son visage. Cette image a été conçue grâce à la technologie de plusieurs logiciels, qui sont notamment utilisés dans l’industrie du cinéma et du jeu vidéo pour créer des effets spéciaux extrêmement réalistes. Son visage a été recréé de toutes pièces en 3D. L’artiste s’est amusé à rajouter des effets de lumière et de cadre pour rendre cette fausse pièce d’identité plus réaliste que jamais. Et cela a marché.

Une critique des nouvelles technologies

Par cette expérience, l’artiste Raphaël F. a souhaité mettre en exergue « l’aspect parfois très inquiétant des nouvelles technologies » tout en s’interrogeant sur la nature poétique de l’identité de chacun. Le portrait, la planche photomaton et le récépissé de demande ont été montrés à la Galerie R-2 dans le cadre de l’Exposition Agora.

Crédits : Facebook/Raphaelf

07 Jun 17:10

Ce stylo permet de chercher sur internet des images similaires à vos dessins

by Creapills

Au Brésil, Getty Images a lancé Pen Project. Un stylo qui se connecte à votre smartphone pour rechercher des équivalents de vos dessins sur la banque de données d’images.

Imaginé et développé par le Getty Images Innovation Lab, ce stylo veut « révolutionner le futur de la recherche d’images ». Et il faut dire que l’idée est pas mal même si elle est loin d’être révolutionnaire. Si vous êtes dans la création graphique ou la communication il doit vous arriver de chercher régulièrement des images. Et parfois, on a une idée en tête et on aimerait trouver des images similaires à celle-ci. Alors, si vous avez déjà un exemple d’image, vous pouvez utiliser la fonction « Images similaires » dans Google Images. Mais si vous n’avez rien que votre imagination ?

C’est pour ça que Getty a imaginé ce stylo. Il se connecte à l’application Pen Project de Getty et permet de dessiner sur une feuille de papier tout en dupliquant son dessin sur l’application (d’un même geste). Une fois votre croquis terminé, il vous suffit de chercher les images similaires en appuyant simplement sur un bouton et le tour est joué !

Si d’un point de vue technique et algorithme on peut saluer la prouesse, c’est plus dans l’usage qu’on tique un peu en regardant la vidéo de promotion de l’innovation. Dans les quelques exemples fournis, on voit une graphiste dessiner, par exemple, un croquis de cactus pour chercher des cactus dans Getty Images. Bref, elle aurait plus vite fait de taper Cactus dans le moteur de recherche.

Car si le côté créatif de l’idée est intéressant, on peut se poser la question de l’utilité de créer des croquis au lieu de faire des recherches de mots-clés. Si votre croquis est trop créatif et n’est pas reconnu par le logiciel, il vous suggérera alors des choses qui n’ont rien à voir avec votre idée initiale… et c’est peut-être là que l’application est la plus utile !

Imaginé par Getty Images et AlmapBBDO

Cet article Ce stylo permet de chercher sur internet des images similaires à vos dessins provient du blog Creapills, le média référence des idées créatives et de l'innovation marketing.

06 Jun 19:54

CLEARink : Une nouvelle solution d’encre numérique couleur

by Pierre Lecourt

CLEARink ressemble à un produit entre deux mondes. D’un côté, elle propose un affichage compatible avec des situations très lumineuses en utilisant l’environnement à son avantage comme de l’encre numérique. De l’autre, elle permet de faire tourner une vidéo avec un rafraîchissement correct et jusqu’à 4096 couleurs comme un affichage LCD classique.

Mais CLEARink est aussi en dessous des deux technologies d’un point de vue rendu. Son côté réflectif n’est pas aussi contrasté et lisible que de l’encre numérique et ses couleurs sont délavées et presque invisibles.

Difficile donc de se faire une idée sur le rendu global de cette technologie mais un point est sur, la marque permet de faire quelque chose d’impossible sur les  deux technologies qui existent aujourd’hui : Afficher un texte lisible en plein soleil et jouer une vidéo au dessus en même temps. Un détail intéressant qui permettrait de mieux penser certains livres comme les manuels scolaires ou autres documents pédagogiques, quitte à se passer de la couleur, avec un rendu vidéo en support de textes.

Un prototype d’affichage vidéo coloré

La marque ne devrait pas proposer ce type d’affichage avant 2018. Mais elle vient de recevoir un prix pour son travail au salon Display Week 2017 connu également sous le nom de SID International Symposium. Un prix prestigieux qui va mettre CLEARink sur le devant de la scène et, peut être, améliorer sa recherche de partenaires.


Un prototype d’écran PixelQI intégré dans un netbook Lenovo…

On se souvient évidemment d’autres promesses du genre comme Liquavista,  Mirasol et particulièrement de la marque PixelQI qui proposait grosso modo la même chose que CLEARink mais qui, mis à part quelques rares machines pas vraiment distribuées à grande échelle, n’a jamais réussi à faire aboutir ses produits en rayon.

Le procédé de CLEARink n’est pas énormément détaillé mais il s’agit de créer un courant au travers d’un courant qui vient bloquer le reflet de la lumière dans l’image. Les samples de cette technologie devraient être rapidement disponibles et l’éclairage du salon Display Week devrait l’aider à avancer. La production de masse pourrait commencer rapidement et les premiers produits pourraient donc arriver en début d’années prochaine.

Source : ARMDevices

CLEARink : Une nouvelle solution d’encre numérique couleur © 2016

02 Jun 20:37

Super Mario Fish Tank Cool Enough To ALMOST Make You Want A Fish Tank

by Remy Carreiro

Note in the title of this article I said ALMOST. Having and maintaining a fish tank is a great deal of constant work. But seeing an original fish tank like this done so superbly in a Super Mario theme, I cannot but think of how cool that would look in my home.

But (and there is always a but)…

I have had fish tanks and know how much work they are so I will just save this picture to smile now and then and keep my fish tank-less life going just the way it is.

Great job though, Kelsey Kronmiller !

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02 Jun 06:19

The Pro2 Adds 2D Print Images To Matterport’s Robust 3D Camera

by Charles Singletary
The Pro2 Adds 2D Print Images To Matterport’s Robust 3D Camera

Matterport has positioned itself as one of the most prominent VR companies, growing the company on a foundation of a large library of real places scanned into 3D that are being made available for VR as well. They’re able to do this with their proprietary camera and, now, they’re introducing a new model that not only brings improved 3D and VR scans but also 2D prints for a robust all-in-one solution.

Matterport’s new Pro2 is priced $3,995, which is over $500 cheaper than their original camera but it comes packed with more functionality. This 134-megapixel 3D camera comes with complete solutions for those wanting to use it for Real Estate: GPS-tagging of scan locations, automatic generation of interactive floor plans, and more. The kicker is, this same device can harness those same 134-megapixels to provides 4k 2D images in addition to 3D scans.

“As real estate professionals, we must embrace technology to stay competitive,” said John De Souza, President at Cressy & Everett Real Estate, in a prepared statement about the new camera. “Matterport has helped my team win listings and reach more buyers.”

The Pro2 versatility is a benefit for creators, small teams and large. Large teams can send out staff equipped with a multi-tool that improves fficiency and small teams can spend limited funds on hardware that serves multiple purposes.

To learn more about how Matterport is impacting the Real Estate market via VR, check out this feature from one of your writers.

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02 Jun 06:17

A World First CRISPR Trial Will Edit Genes Inside the Human Body

by Tom Ward

Uninvasive CRISPR

A new CRISPR trial, which hopes to eliminate the human papillomavirus (HPV), is set to be the first to attempt to use the technique inside the human body. In the non-invasive treatment, scientists will apply a gel that carries the necessary DNA coding for the CRISPR machinery to the cervixes of 60 women between the ages of 18 and 50. The team aims to disable the tumor growth mechanism in HPV cells.

The trial stands in contradistinction to the usual CRISPR method of extracting cells and re-injecting them into the affected area; although it will still use the Cas9 enzyme (which acts as a pair of ‘molecular scissors’) and guiding RNA that is typical of the process.

How CRISPR Works: The Future of Genetic Engineering and Designer Humans
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20 trials are set to begin in the rest of 2017 and early 2018. Most of the research will occur in China, and will focus on disabling cancer’s PD-1 gene that fools the human immune system into not attacking the cells. Different trials are focusing on different types of cancer including breast, bladder, esophageal, kidney, and prostate cancers.

Modifying Our World

The study, if it succeeds, will be promising for sufferers of HPV and act as a milestone in the CRISPR process. Although HPV is not necessarily cancerous, it can cause cervical cancer. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 3 million new infections every year. Although there is a vaccine for the virus, currently, once you have it you can never get rid of it.

More generally, the CRISPR process could be nothing short of a miracle: if it passes all medical tests it wouldn’t just make medicine a whole new kettle of fish, it would reinvent the kettle…and the fish, for almost any field. It is cheaper than other gene editing therapies, and could potentially save millions of lives by curing diseases we can only deal with therapeutically like cancer, diabetes and cystic-fibrosis. Crops could be altered more effectively using the process. Drugs and materials that were never possible before could be pioneered.

However, it is still extremely nascent technology, and many fear that there could also be a host of unexpected consequences. Recently, it has been found that it causes hundreds of unexpected mutations in DNA. While these concerns are valid, more research is necessary. Which is why the upcoming studies over the next few years are so vital to the future of our health.

The post A World First CRISPR Trial Will Edit Genes Inside the Human Body appeared first on Futurism.

02 Jun 06:12

Bebop Sensors creates motion-sensing gloves for VR that tickle your fingertips

by Kevin Parrish

Bebop Sensors created the Marcel Modular Data Gloves for virtual (and augmented) reality capable of accurately tracking hands and fingers. They are designed to be modular so that headset makers can create unique experiences.

The post Bebop Sensors creates motion-sensing gloves for VR that tickle your fingertips appeared first on Digital Trends.

02 Jun 06:06

CLEARink Wins Best in Show at DisplayWeek 2017 for its Reflective Displays

by Nate Hoffelder

Charbax met with CLEARink Displays Chairman and CEO, Frank Christiaens and VP of Engineering, Scott Ferguson, at SID DisplayWeek 2017 in Los Angeles this week.

The company won the "Best of Show" award for its reflective screens.

CLEARink Wins Best in Show at DisplayWeek 2017 for its Reflective Displays e-Reading Hardware Screen Tech

CLEARink Displays' tech works on the principle of Total Internal Reflection (TIR) which occurs on the top plane of the display where light is reflected back creating white state images.

The top plane also encompasses an electrophoretic mechanism where applying a charge causes black particles to rise to the top and absorb light, thus creating the black state, and all this is driven by the back of the display, which is a TFT backplane essentially identical to what is used in E-ink screens and LCDs.

The CLEARink demos are running video at 30 frames per second. The company said that they are targeting wearables, mobile devices, electronic shelf labels as well as signage.

CLEARink is in trial production in a LCD fab and will have samples ready for the customer in the next few months with mass production in the first quarter of 2018.

I suggest that you take the claims of "first ever" with a grain of salt.

Reflective LCDs are old hat; the Pebble watch uses a reflective LCD screen made by Samsung, and you can even buy old stock reflective LCDs from discontinued product lines.

And of course Qualcomm's Mirasol and Pixtronix each had reflective screen tech. Their screens were based on very different tech from CLEARink, but the screen tech was low-power and reflective, and Mirasol could display video.

So CLEARink is not the first, but it does have at least one advantage over Mirasol and Pixtronix: CLEARink is still around, and it's about to bring a product to market.

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24 May 14:06

Japan Display Demos a 600 PPI E-ink Backplane

by Nate Hoffelder

E-ink screen tech hit a plateau three years ago when the Kindle Voyage was released with a 300 ppi screen. We haven't seen any increase in E-ink screen resolution (and not much in the way of new E-ink tech, either) since the Voyage was released, but that changed today.

Japan Display is demoing a pair of new backplanes at SID Display Week this week. When used as parts of E-ink screens, the backplanes will allow for 400 ppi and 600 ppi screens.

Japan Display Demos a 600 PPI E-ink Backplane e-Reading Hardware Screen Tech

JDI described the new backplanes as using LTPS (Low Temperature PolySilicon) tech, and said that it could be used for higher resolution screens on par with high-end smartphones screens.

Right now the sharpest e-ink screens on the market can be found on the Kindles, the Kobo Aura One, the Boyue T63, and a handful of other ereaders.

The new screen would be twice as sharp and have four times as many pixels.

It will also require a more powerful CPU to drive the extra pixels, and that means either a bigger battery or shorter battery life.

So while enthusiasts may one day get the high-res E-ink screens they've alway wanted, those screens are going to come at a price - a price that some won't want to pay because we can't really see the difference between a 300 ppi screen and one with 400 ppi, or 600 ppi - not when we're reading text, anyway.

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23 May 22:13

Développement web… Comment démarrer en 2017 ?

by Camille Roux

Voici une sorte de Roadmap pour devenir développeur web en 2017.

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23 May 22:06

YouTube VR will have shared rooms and voice chat instead of comment sections

by Adi Robertson

The virtual reality version of YouTube is adding shared rooms that will let people view 360-degree videos together, part of a larger update to Google’s Daydream VR platform. The new feature, coming later this year, offers what YouTube VR product lead Erin Teague calls a “co-watching experience.” That means that small groups of people can enter a viewing session, talking to each other via voice chat.

Teague describes community as “one of the core pillars that makes YouTube YouTube.” People will have control over what they’re viewing, but they’ll be able to see what other people are watching and choose to sync up the same video. People will appear as customizable (but generally human-looking) avatars, and they’ll speak out loud in real...

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23 May 20:38

Le Surface Studio sortira le 15 juin en France

by David
Surface Studio FranceMicrosoft a enchaîné les annonces à un rythme soutenu depuis l’année dernière. Après avoir levé le voile sur le tout premier tout-en-un de son histoire, le géant américain a remis le couvert avec un nouveau laptop conçu pour les utilisateurs les plus nomades. Ces deux machines arriveront en France le mois prochain. Plus précisément le […]
23 May 06:22

Stanley Robotics lève 3,6 millions d’euros pour son robot-voiturier autonome

by Maxence Fabrion
Pour l’heure, la start-up souhaite avant tout déployer son robot-voiturier dans les aéroports.

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18 May 06:05

Google I/O: Google Unveils VPS – Indoor Navigation Through AR

by Charles Singletary
I/O 2017: Google Unveils VPS – Indoor Navigation Through AR

Clay Bavor, VP of VR for Google, took the stage to share intriguing new information for immersive technology. He made a blockbuster announcement for the new standalone VR headset Google is working on with HTC and also shared that the S8 will finally be getting Daydream support.

Not to be left out, AR also got some shine from Bavor and there are some cool things down the pipeline.

First up, the 2nd gen AR phone will go on sale this summer. The new Asus ZenFone AR is a far cry from the first Tango-equipped device, adopting the small form factor prevalent across the mobile phone industry currently. Bavor didn’t spend very time on hardware before he shifted right into new technology that could send shockwaves across the mobile industry.

“AR is most powerful when it’s tightly coupled to the real world,” says Bavor. “The more precisely, the better.” Google has been working with the Google Maps team to get precise location data for indoors. The result is Visual Positioning Service, or VPS, which uses your phone to find distinct visual features in your surroundings to triangulate and get you to your desired space.

The example on stage showed a VPS equipped phone take a user directly to the specific screwdriver he or she needed in a Lowe’s store. The visual representation of how this works showed the phone’s camera marking “feature points” with different color dots. It recognizes where items are in the space down to within a few centimeters. Then the user interface shows navigation-like elements as the user is guided down aisles.

Bavor followed the demo up with an anecdote on how an audio-based version of VPS could help those with impaired vision and “transform how they make their way through the world”.

He also revealed that VPS will also be one of the core capabilities of Google Lens, which we recently covered as well. A lightweight pair of AR equipped glasses with Lens tech and VPS would be incredible to experience and, hopefully, we’ll see that initiative come to fruition in the near future.

Lastly, Bavor tackled AR’s capacity as an educational tool. With over 2 million students served by the Expeditions VR experience, which gave teachers a way to travel with their students without leaving the classroom, Google is now adding an AR mode to give students an augmented way to learn about things seen in the classroom.

The video shown displayed a classroom where each student was equipped with phones on selfie sticks as they watched an augmented volcano erupt on their desk and a tornado take shape in the class. The AR mode got the students up, moving, and excited about the things popping up in their learning environment.

Implications are that Google is gearing up to take Tango and AR the extra mile as they add more and more functionality. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

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13 May 08:36

Vidéo de la semaine : découvrez les robots guerriers géants prêts à se battre !

by Lou

La chine annonce son robot-combattant et provoque l'Amérique en duel !


Avez-vous déjà regardé des films dans lesquels des robots se battent, pilotés de l'intérieur, pour leur pays ou contre des monstres ? Si ces scènes épiques vont ont marquées, préparez-vous : des ingénieurs Chinois viennent de dévoiler le 3ème robot de combat : leur "robot-gladiateur" le Roi Singe (King Monkey) !


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13 May 08:31

The Elder Scrolls Anthology : Le coffret collector sauve la vie d’un gamer

by Sebastien Veyrier
The Elder Scrolls Anthology : Le coffret collector sauve la vie d’un gamer
Un joueur a eu la vie sauve grâce à l’édition collector de The Elder Scroll qui lui a servi de gilet par balles.

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09 May 05:50

HBO’s Silicon Valley takes a direct shot at the tech industry’s obsession with AI

by Nick Statt

Silicon Valley is Mike Judge and Alec Berg’s biting comedy about the American tech industry, now in its fourth season. Every week, we’ll be taking one idea, scene, or joke and explain how it ties to the real Silicon Valley and speaks to an issue at the heart of the industry and its ever-lasting goal to change the world — and make boatloads of money in the process.

Spoilers ahead for the third episode of season 4, “Intellectual Property.”

What started as a silly and somewhat racially insensitive joke from last week’s episode has turned into Silicon Valley’s latest clever skewering of the tech industry’s fanciful obsessions. The show has always had a knack for tapping into lowbrow humor — who could forget season 1’s elaborate dick joke...

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05 May 06:02

These Shoes Are Powered by Your Steps

by Aryan Mahyar

Hahna Alexander shares the journey the self-charging work boots that deliver actionable insights to increase efficiency and improve safety. At the core of SolePower’s development is a patented kinetic charger that generates power every step. Hahna is a 2017 winner of Toyota Mothers of Invention.

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