secondrealm.is - Visual Digital Freedom Manifesto
- a visual experiment capturing emerging cryptoanarchy technologies (anonymization networks, cryptocurrencies, reputation models or escrow services) that made possible to simulate a decentralized world without force of central authorities and using coercion.
- sponsored by white-hat hackers company Nethemba focused on IT Security
You can try this out in your browser here [and as it is web native, can be watched in your mobile device]
Bizarre proof-of-concept tech by Dr. Hirotaka Osawa are glasses with small displays that give attention to others around you.
The idea here is that we have technology to help us work in areas such as physical labour and brainwork, but not “emotional labour”, the social face-to-face aspects of job roles. Video embedded below:
Have you ever had trouble concentrating in the office as people walk by and glance at you? Do you come off as unfriendly or aloof, when you’re really just focusing on your work?
Dr. Hirotaka Osawa from Tsukuba University, in Japan, has developed a new wearable device to help us with something called “emotional labor.” His idea is that people could adopt cyborg technology to increase the emotional comfort of those around us. In this case, the device is a crazy pair of glasses that display eyeballs on their lenses.
The device’s virtual eyes naturally follow people and movement, making it appear as though you’re friendly and approachable, even if you’re too busy doing something else or too tired to actually look friendly and approachable.
"This emotional support reduces a user’s cognitive load for social manners," Osawa says.
Sir David Attenborough nature documentary coming to Oculus Rift.
"Conquest of the Skies" is currently being shot in Borneo using a special camera rig that allows a 360 degree view of the scenes when viewed with the Oculus Rift headset.
Although there’s no firm release date for the headset, it’s thought to be likely to be available to the public as soon at late 2014, with Atlantic Productions hoping their documentary will be the first major wildlife production to be made available via the new tech.
One of the things that excites the company, Morris explained, is that there are no rules yet as to what a non-fiction experience on a totally new creative platform should be like. He compared audience experiences of using the Rift to the early reactions of cinema-goers attending the Lumière brothers’ famous The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station in the late 1800s.
“In terms of the creative challenge, we look at this as being comparable to the beginning of the film industry,” he said.