Beyond thrilled to finally share a sneak peek of our Facebook partnership with Ray-Ban! Our first smart glasses will launch next year, and that’s just the beginning… The future will be a classic and it’s coming in 2021 😎 pic.twitter.com/l9992ZQGoy
— Hugo Barra (@hbarra) September 16, 2020
“We’re envisioning a time when we have all the benefits of connectivity (and more), without the need to keep our heads and our eyes down, looking at a device,” the company explained in a Wednesday press release. “Imagine calling a friend and chatting with their lifelike avatar across the table. Imagine a digital assistant smart enough to detect road hazards, offer up stats during a business meeting, or even help you hear better in a noisy environment.”
As a research platform, Aria will act as a testbed enabling Facebook engineers to further develop the AR ecosystem by capturing both POV photos and video as well as tracking the wearer’s head and eye movements as well as location data. if that sounds like a hornets nest of privacy and surveillance issues, you’re not alone.
As Facebook points out, “Project Aria was designed as a way to help us innovate safely and responsibly. To help us develop the safeguards, policies, and even social norms necessary to govern the use of AR glasses and future wearable devices, we’re gathering feedback both from people wearing the device and from people who encounter other people wearing the device in public.” Essentially, the company wants to see if people wearing Aria get punched in the face as often as folks who wore Google Glass. As such, Facebook has created a privacy FAQ regarding the project explaining what data it collects and how it is collected.
Facebook is also partnering with Carnegie Melon University to explore how these glasses might be used to map and record the interiors of museums and airports, then display that information to people with visual impairments. The first batch of Aria glasses will be released to select FB employees and contractors later this month.
Amazon Echo and Alexa event live blog: all the news, products, and updates
It’s September, and that means it’s hardware season. Amazon makes a lot of it: Echo speakers, Ring doorbells, Eero routers, and weird stuff like smart rings and boxes that are streaming DVR add-ons for the Fire TV. We’re expecting updates for many of those things and maybe some weird new gadgets to boot.
Amazon is doing its event a little differently from everybody else. Rather than streaming live to the whole world, it’s an invite-only affair. But fret not: we scored one and will be live-blogging Amazon’s announcements right here as they happen. Amazon has historically announced well over 60 and sometimes over 80 products at these events, so buckle in for a very fast moving, jam-packed event full of new and possibly strange gadgets.
The event kicks off today at 10AM PT / 1PM ET, and we’ll be there — virtually, anyway — to bring you all the news.
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Fortnite: Make a Stark robot dance — week 5 challenge guide
Fortnite season 4’s week 5 challenges send players all over the island, but only one is about dancing robots. This challenge tasks players with making a Stark robot dance.
While this challenge may sound simple, it’s a little more complicated than you might think. First of all, you’ll need to know where to find Stark robots. The most obvious place and the one we’ve marked on the map below is Stark Industries. There are always robots roaming around this area, but it’s also hard to get them to dance because there are other players shooting constantly. But there’s also an easier place to find these robots.
While Stark Industries may be the most consistent spot for robots, the easiest is one of the Quinjet crash sites that spawn randomly every match. These spots always have robots and rarely have players, but you can’t plan where they’ll be. Each crash site is marked with a pillar of blue smoke that’s visible from the battle bus. If you want to head to a crash site after the drop, they’ll be marked on your map with a small white ship icon, like the ones that the yellow arrows (the smaller ones) are pointing to on the map below.
Stark Industries robot locations
Once you land at the crash site, the more complicated part of the challenge begins. First you’ll need to find a weapon — there’s usually a chest with a gun inside the Quinjet. Next, shoot all of the Stark Industry robots, but just down them, don’t kill them. Once every single robot in the area is down, walk up to one and interact with it to hack it.
Once it’s hacked, it will be on your team, follow you around, and shoot at enemies for you. On top of that, the hacked robot will also dance with you if you emote near it. Once you’ve got your hacked robot, just emote nearby and it’ll start to dance, completing this challenge.
Xbox Family Sharing App arrives on iOS and Android today
Since the pandemic began, gaming has offered a way for people to stay connected, but even Microsoft knows that too much of a good thing can be harmful and that “gaming should be part of a balanced life.” With that in mind, it’s rolling out the official Xbox Family Sharing App. Available for iOS and Android, the app lets parents and caregivers create child and teen accounts, set screen time limits by day of the week, accept or decline friend requests and more.
Microsoft released a preview of the app in May. Since then, it has given caregivers more control over their kids’ friend lists and made it possible for caregivers to grant more screen time. Kids and teens simply send a request to their adult, and that person can accept or deny the screen-time boost. Adults can set content filters, and they’ll get daily and weekly screen time reports for each child.
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