TECH CROSSING

Called virtual reality’s “Year Zero” because of the huge wave of virtual and augmented reality consumerism that took over, 2016 saw the technology and its potential grow leaps and bounds. 2017 is already shaping up to be an even more productive year for the VR and AR industries as headsets are selling and applications are earning. VentureBeat dived into what 2016 had to offer and are now looking ahead at the current year, making 6 predictions and 4 wishes for the evolution of the technology over the next 12 months. From iPhone 8 predictions to a hope for more social interaction opportunities, check out their full list!

It seems these days the newest forms of tech are combining with musical instruments in magical ways. Remidi, a new startup that just launched a Kickstarter, is hoping to combine music with the hottest new tech trend, wearables, in order to create a glove instrument. To put it simply, Remidi’s T8 is a glove that makes sounds. Various sensors in the fingers or palm can be assigned to play as different notes, chords, or even samples. The glove is also a MIDI-controller, compatible with all the best sound software. Currently, the T8 is only available for sale as part of its Kickstarter campaign. The backing starts at $199, which will get you your very own wearable glove instrument. The T8 will cost a lot more once it’s on sale to the public, so better get onboard quick! Got a bad tapping habit or are people always telling you that you seem a bit fidgety? Why not read up more on the campaign and make those bad habits a musical masterpiece!

In an exciting move, the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will be hosting a series of virtual reality events and programming during this year’s festival, advancing future collaborations between VR and film.To touch on just a few of the offerings, the Tribeca Festival Hub will feature a total of 23 interactive VR installations and exhibitions from April 13th - 24th, with 16 of the films having their world premieres. In addition, the festival will also host a Virtual Arcade, open from April 18th - 20th, allowing attendees to try out new VR headsets.Read up more on some of the different events set to happen here. 

Crazy spy cameras always seem like cheesy, fictionalized objects, recalling mid-20th century spy films and James Bond tricks. However, concealed cameras were actually a real thing back in the day. Resembling anything from guns to books, these miniature cameras took a variety of different forms and show an interesting side to the history of photographic technology.

Developed in a Google Incubator by two determined designers, the Light Phone is the opposite of every other phone in existence. It is thin, light, lasts 20 days on a charge, and literally does nothing but make and answer calls. It’s as if the makers of the Sports Illustrated Football Phone had studied the timeless teachings of William Walker Atkinson and created a telephone that was the platonic ideal of the ultimate telecommunication device. The best thing? It costs $100. Read more abou this "innovative" design here and fund the project on Kickstarter here.

A pair of Autodesk design engineers have taught their robot to draw, even programming in human-like flourishes. They discuss how they did it and what’s next for the automated artist. See it in action here.

A hotel in Japan, opening this July, claims that it will eventually be staffed almost entirely by humanoid robots. Fittingly, the hotel's name — Henn-Na Hotel — translates to "Strange Hotel." The robots will do an array of tasks, like conversing with guests at check-in — while exuding a natural "warmth" — as well as cleaning, according to the hotel's website. Read all about it here

The fact that technology allows us to pile so much more on our plate, both professionally and creatively, really makes you that much more pissed off when you spend 30 whole minutes looking for keys that were right where you left them. This new gadget, called TILE, will help give your unique brain a bit more time to create, and a bit less time to freak out.