Traffic lights in the ground for smartphone zombies
We have a zombie related crisis on our hands but not the kind you would see on The Walking Dead. No, these are Smartphone Zombies or as the youth of Germany has coined them, “Smombies”. People who are so glued to their smartphones that they seem to take no notice of their surroundings.
There is no doubt you would have seen them or maybe you are a culprit yourself but there are inherent dangers within the practice. You are so caught up in scrolling through your newsfeed or sending a snap to a friend before you realise you have crossed 3 roads without even noticing, potentially placing yourself in danger.
Well, a new form of traffic lights is being trialed at a number of tram stations in the city of Ausberg, Germany. The lights are installed on the ground that will flash red when a tram is oncoming to prevent “Smombie” related accidents. In an age where dog pictures on Instagram outweighs the desire for personal safety, is this a step in the right direction?
Cluster allows users to virtually attend a meeting or event
It seems we are only taking baby steps with VR but not by our own fault; just like a baby learning to walk we are only now beginning to see what the technology can do.
Startup “Cluster” want to improve and streamline the existing practice of conferences and meetings by offering a virtual space for this to occur.
Cluster aims to help overcome challenges of organizing large events or conferences as it essentially cuts out the need for physical space as well as time for organization. You just simply enter and begin your meeting, or event in seconds in what at a first glance seems to be a video game.
Your next phone might have a holographic glasses-free 3D display
Most 3D displays require you to be wearing specialized glasses or to be viewing the screen at a certain angle for the images to seem as if they are popping out at you.
However, researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have developed a prototype smartphone that uses holographic technology to display dynamic 3D images without the need for head tracking or annoying glasses.
The phone has a special 3D printed overlay with thousands of individual fisheye lenses that makes whatever is appearing on-screen seem to appear to have a 3rd dimension. The technology only seems to be in its early stages as the resolution is only a mere 160×104 pixels but it makes you think that more extensive holographic technology could perhaps not be that far off.