The Morning After: Finally a laundry for space
Our general contempt for online advertising has continued for as long as it exists. From banner ads and pop-ups, to pre-roll video ads, infomercials and all the other ways that both offer a way for sites (hi) to make money and a way for businesses to make their names known.
But what about a must-have advertisement in a VR headset? Barely a week since Facebook started testing ads in Oculus apps, and one developer said it was withdrawing from the test after “listening to player feedback.”
Resolution Games has been tasked with integrating ads into its multiplayer shooter blaston but was bombarded with criticism after the trial for including advertisements for a game that wasn’t even free. (So why the ads?) After announcing its withdrawal, the developer indicated that ads weren’t completely excluded and that they were looking to see if their free title Bait! maybe a better fit.
Facebook has argued that the ads will give developers another way to generate income – a paid title on a $ 300 headset might not be the best place for them.
– Mat Smith
Corporate Wellness allows companies to offer Peloton subscriptions at reduced prices.
Peloton unveiled Corporate Wellness so companies can offer subsidized Peloton Digital and All Access subscriptions, not to mention personalized corporate features and “exclusive benefits” for connected products. You can pay little or nothing to use a Peloton membership at home, at least if you don’t need a bike or treadmill. The company already has several major corporate wellness clients, including Accenture Interactive, Samsung, SAP and Sky.
There is no mystery behind Peloton’s strategy. This could increase the number of subscribers – and not just in the short term. It could also fuel more sales of exercise equipment for businesses and employees who want the “full” Peloton experience, the top-of-the-line home training the company is positioning itself for. Continue reading.
Trying to make him as good as a human.
Tesla Senior AI Director Andrej Karpathy explained how, with vision-only technology, computers must respond to new environments with the same speed and sharpness as a human. To do this, it takes AI training on a massive data set with a powerful supercomputer to process it. The Tesla Dojo is a next-gen model with 1.8 exaFLOPS of performance and 10 petabytes of NVME storage running at 1.6 terabytes per second.
To train the system, Tesla’s supercomputer collects video from eight cameras on Tesla vehicles, each running at 36 frames per second. This generates a huge amount of data which also requires near instantaneous processing, which should be treated as a supervised learning problem. Continue reading.
A badge for displays that support all of the features of the Xbox Series X / S.
Getting a monitor (or TV) that offers all the features your new PS5 or Xbox is capable of can be a daunting task. Along with 120Hz support, you also need support for variable refresh rates and HDR, among other features. Microsoft plans to simplify it a bit, expanding its Made for Xbox program to include gaming monitors. Starting this summer, you’ll see a few screens with a Game Features for Xbox badge. At a glance, the brand tells you that a monitor includes an HDMI 2.1 connection and support for features like HDR and a 120Hz refresh rate. Branding exercise? Yes. But useful? Yes too. Continue reading.
Astronauts won’t have to wear clothes multiple times, thanks to Tide.
Tide has partnered with NASA to develop the first laundry detergent for space. The fully degradable detergent should take care of stains and odors while functioning properly in a closed loop water system like the one aboard the International Space Station. Its first mission will begin in 2022 aboard the ISS, titled Mission PGTide. Ugh. Continue reading.
No VR headset needed.
After making its way to Facebook’s Oculus Quest platform in late 2020, last year’s “reimagining” of the classic adventure game is heading to PC and Mac. Myst Series creator Cyan Worlds has said it will release the game in the third quarter of 2021. Plus, you won’t need a VR headset to play the remake once it hits Windows and macOS, with the release including full support for flat panel monitors. And hey, no ads. Continue reading.
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