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We’re still a ways off from having a 3D print shop on every corner, but one Oakland neighborhood is getting a taste of that future. The city’s Montclair district got a little craftier this weekend when HoneyBee3D opened its doors to offer rapid prototyping, printer tools and Type A Machines 3D …
Extreme Reality, an Israeli startup backed by SV Angel, has been at work for eight years on building motion capture technology.
Now they’re opening up the kimono with a platform that can turn any basic webcam or laptop cam into something like a Kinect, with the power to capture a three-dimensional range of movement.
“We’re aiming to give people a console-like experience without the user having to buy additional hardware,” said Asaf Barzilay, who is Extreme Realty’s vice president of products and research and development.
They’ve launched a new developer zone and an SDK for developers to play and test out Extreme Reality’s motion control software. They say it will let developers easily add Kinect-like experiences to web-based games. Without asking consumers to buy hardware, they believe the market for motion-centric games could be orders of magnitude larger.
Their platform lets based laptop and mobile cams capture motion and gestures that are up to 5 meters or 17 feet away from the camera.
The Herzelia, Israel-based company says that other game makers like SEGA have already incorporated their SDK into games like GO DANCE for iOS. Then there are more indie titles like Side-Kick’s Top Smash Tennis for Windows 8, Indie Hero’s BeatBoxer+TM for Windows 7 and VTree Entertainment’s Pro Riders Snowboard for Windows 7 and 8.
The SDK is free at first, but then there’s a revenue sharing arrangement that the company works out on a case-by-case basis. The SDK supports Unity, C++ and C# and operating systems like iOS and Windows 7. But no Android yet.
The company has raised about $ 19 million in venture funding from SV Angel, Marker LLC, Texas Instruments and Crescent Point Lantern.
Extreme Reality was actually founded eight years ago, but didn’t really start putting out consumer or developer-oriented products into the market until about three years ago. During that time, they picked up about 14 patents.
“We were in a laboratory mode,” Barzilay says.
Apple’s stock was up 6.15 percent, or $ 28.74 at market open this morning, on the back of news that its iPhone 5s and 5c have sold over 9 million units during opening weekend — a record for first-weekend iPhone sales. The stock surge follows a dip last week, which came when Apple launched pre-order sales of the iPhone 5c and failed to report any numbers related to how those sales were progressing.
Initially, some suggested that Apple’s reticence regarding the 5c pre-orders was due to weak demand, but it seems much more likely in light of this week’s announcement that the company was waiting until it had a cumulative figure to reveal. Apple has seldom broken out individual model numbers for sales of new devices, and last year when it released the iPad 4th generation and iPad mini, it included both together represented by a single figure.
The stock gains put Apple back within striking distance of $ 500 per share, a milestone it has recently hit and fallen back from a couple of times thanks to market reaction to new iPhone models. Apple also updated its fiscal Q4 outlook 8-K filing with the SEC to reflect improved revenue expectations up around $ 36 billion for the quarter, which indicates its launch weekend iPhone sales were indeed higher than expected.
Carriers need to innovate their way to bigger profits, so AT&T has been opening up foundries — startup incubators that try and recreate the spirit of Bell Labs. While the company already has a software-focused facility in Plano, ‘Ma Bell has now rented the office space directly above it for the follow-up. The second Dallas facility will concentrate on hardware for the “Internet of Everything,” packing gear like a faraday cage, fast prototyping equipment and 3D printers. Aspiring inventors should just bear in mind that whatever you go there to build will probably need to sell a wireless plan alongside — after all, AT&T is paying the bills.
IMAP support has finally come to Outlook.com. More than a year after overhauling its mail service, Microsoft today announced the immediately addition of IMAP to Outlook.com users during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. It has since publicized the update further via a blog posting. “As an older protocol, IMAP is widely supported on feature phones and other email clients such as those on a Mac,” writes Steve Kafka. “We heard your feedback loud and clear that this was important.” The introduction of IMAP support paired with OAuth gives third party developers new avenues for developing apps and services that tap into your inbox. To illustrate that point, companies including TripIt, Sift, Slice, motley*bunch, Unroll.me, OtherInbox, and…
AT&T opens latest Foundry facility in Atlanta, focusing on the connected car, home automation and emerging devices
If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s the skinny: US carriers are doing everything they can to expand their horizons, and in the case of Verizon and AT&T, this sense of urgency has led to the creation of numerous innovation labs. In a nutshell, these facilities serve as incubation centers for startups and well-positioned outfits alike that are looking to add cellular connectivity to whatever it is they’re hawking.
AT&T’s latest facility — its fourth in total — will open its doors later today, with the Atlanta-based Foundry focusing on innovation in the connected car and emerging devices sectors. Moreover, it’ll be used to further AT&T’s own U-verse and Digital Life platforms, though specifics of what exactly engineers will be toiling on remain under wraps. For an idea of what all goes down at places like this, have a look at a tour we took through one of Verizon’s Innovation Centers right here; we’re hoping to get a similar look at AT&T’s lairs when time allows.
In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with “Insert Coin” as the subject line.
Here’s one to get the maker community’s mouths watering. SparqEE CELLv1.0 is a compact certified cellular board that plugs directly into Arduino and the Raspberry Pi shields, letting you piggyback on networks all over the world. The company, naturally, is offering up plenty of potential applications for the technology: remote home automation, pet tracking, RC copter flying. You know, the usual. As ever, though, the fun of these sorts of things is in the execution the manufacturers never dreamed of. Of course, $ 70,000 is a fairly lofty goal for the component’s Kickstarter campaign, so SparqEE needs all the help it can get. Watch the company’s Kickstarter plea after the break.
Previous project update: Choose Your Own Adventure is chugging along. The page-turner of a campaign is currently at $ 30,878 of its $ 100,000 goal. Thankfully, it’s still got nearly a month to get there.
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YouTube is opening up its live streaming service to anyone with 100 or more subscribers, putting smaller, independent creators on the same footing as larger productions. The announcement comes less than three months after YouTube lowered the bar on live streaming to channels with 1,000 or more subscribers. The company says that access to the feature is being handed out gradually, so if you don’t see the “Enable” button for YouTube Live on your account features page, it suggests you keep checking back.
In other YouTube news, smaller creators are also getting the ability to add custom thumbnail images to videos, link out to online stores or other sites in their videos’ annotations, and place viewers inside video playlists — all…
The second largest clothing retailer in the world has just launched its US online store today. H&M has offered online shopping in a handful of European countries, but until today the only way to purchase the brand’s ever-popular affordable clothing in the US was from one of the company’s nearly 300 physical stores. The company has twice previously committed to opening up its online shop, first in 2011, but both times management decided to pull the plug after citing logistical and security issues.
Those two failed attempts and today’s ultimate launch serves as a reminder of just how difficult it can be to set up a profitable online shop in the US. Retailers like Amazon have made online shopping for all sorts of goods seem commonplace,…
This is a video of an Ammonium dichromate volcano erupting with a couple mercury thiocyanate tablets hidden inside. Mercury thiocyanate is commonly sold as those “Pharoah’s snake” fireworks. So between the volcano erupting and those tentacles spilling out it looks like the Kraken from hell has been awakened. As a matter of fact, if there were no sense of scale in the video I would have though this was the opening to a Sy-Fy original movie. ‘Krakano’ or something. I don’t know, I’m just spitballing here.
Hit the jump AND STARE INTO THE DEPTHS OF HELL.