Microsoft Workers 4 Good, a group of Microsoft workers, is campaigning for their employer to cancel a $479m HoloLens military contract with US Army.
The group believes that HoloLens is developed for non-harmful means, including helping architects and engineers design buildings and cars, teaching complex surgery, and even to push the boundaries of gaming. Not to help people kill.
CEO of the Microsoft, Satya Nadella, responded to this campaign by saying “We made a principled decision that we’re not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy”. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Finnish company Varjo announced VR-1, a VR device that has more than 60 pixels per degree(over 60 PPD / 3000 PPI), which is equivalent to human-eye resolution.
But although VR-1 has over 20/20 vision resolution and sub-degree accuracy eye-tracker, it has 87 degrees of field of view — human has 114 degrees FOV — and 90Hz refresh rate at max. Which is not near the human level.
Samsung teased some cool new tech in their new concept video. Which was leaked by Samsung’s Vietnam YouTube channel and deleted.
In official upload, it showcases transparent display(0:06), motion-tracking mirror display(0:11), 5G connected robot(0:20), foldable phone(0:24), ultrasound attachment with no punch hole bezel-less phone(0:30) , and AR gaming(0:36).
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology invented new technology that can beam sounds to a specific person using a laser. It works by using eye-safe laser which heat the water molecules in the air, creating a local sound.
Currently, the tech can send sounds up to 60 decibels with a distance of roughly 2.5 meters. But the team are working to make measurements longer, 100 to 500 meters.