Tag: category-/Hobbies & Leisure

Animoca Brands buys Quidd for up to $8 million as it moves into blockchain collectibles

Animoca Brands has agreed to acquire Quidd, a maker of a digital collectible marketplace with 6.8 million unique users. The purchase price is as much as $8 million. The move is part of Animoca Brands‘ long-term effort to marry blockchain technology — the transparent and secure digital ledger — with sellable digital merchandise such as […]

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Kast acquires remnants of group-watch company Rabbit

Kast announced that it has acquired Rabbit‘s intellectual property, software stack, and several patents. Rabbit was a service that let users watch videos together online. Although it averaged about 3.5 million viewers a month, the company shut down in May. Kast is another live-share experience — one that also supports game parties and video chat […]

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Intel’s RealSense SR305 camera is designed for low-cost depth tracking

Intel’s RealSense Technology, a suite of solutions designed to imbue machines with depth perception and object tracking capabilities, welcomed a new member to the family this afternoon. In a blog post, the Santa Clara chipmaker took the wraps off of the Depth Camera SR305, a standalone short-range coded light camera with a “streamlined” form factor […]

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MIT CSAIL makes AI that helps drones land like a helicopter and fly like a plane

Drones are versatile machines, which is why they’ve been used to ferry food to golf courses, perform reconnaissance for firefighters and first responders, and put on light shows at the Olympics opening ceremonies. But their propeller-forward form factors aren’t exactly conducive to power efficiency, which limits their flight time. Fortunately, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science […]

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3D-printing Dungeons & Dragons’ Monster Manual

Dungeons & Dragons is putting out fine lines of miniatures thanks to partnerships with companies such as WizKids and Gale Force Nine, and a number of third parties offer fantastic products as well. But many role-players enjoy the DIY touch. That’s where 3D printing comes to the table(top). If you browse 3D-printing sites such as […]

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AI identifies and classifies wild animal behavior

AI-driven activity recognition has been used to suss out emotions from walking style, estimate how many people are in a room, and create videos from start and end frames alone. But that’s not all it’s good for. In a new paper (“A Framework for Identifying Group Behavior of Wild Animals“) published on the preprint server […]

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AI helps drones navigate forests and other ‘cluttered’ environments

Cutting-edge drones from companies like DJI and Parrot have no trouble navigating obstacle-strewn environments, but when faced with a never-before-seen landscape like dense woods or maze, they have a tougher time reaching goal destinations autonomously. That’s why scientists at Intel Labs and Mexico’s Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute recently […]

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AI photography platform Meero raises $230 million to become France’s newest unicorn

Paris-based Meero said today it has raised $230 million in venture capital for its AI-driven photography platform, pushing the company past a valuation of $1 billion. Founded in 2016, Meero wants to reinvent the market for professional photography by using artificial intelligence to process large batches of images for businesses like ecommerce or travel. Its […]

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Apple’s iMovie for iOS adds green screen editing and 80 soundtracks

Apple’s consumer-level video editing application iMovie has continued to improve on iOS since its initial release in 2010, though major new feature additions have only been intermittent in recent years. Newly released version 2.2.7 is noteworthy, though, because it brings a valuable new feature — a green screen effect — to the app, along with […]

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Polarr’s 24FPS video editing app for iOS uses AI to recommend ‘cinematic’ filters

Making movies like the pros doesn’t require a pricey camera rig or a tricked-out editing suite  — at least, that’s Polarr’s pitch. The San Jose, California-based startup, which was founded by Google veterans Borui Wang and Derek Yan and which recently attracted $11.5 million in venture capital backing, today announced 24FPS, an editing app for […]

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Oppo and Xiaomi tease ‘under-display’ selfie cameras with no notches or punch-holes

Xiaomi and Oppo have today given a glimpse into what smartphone selfie cameras may look like in the not-too-distant future. Over the past few years, we’ve seen phone makers iterate with the front-facing shooter layout, as they look to minimize the bezel and maximize screen real estate. This has led to so-called “notched” phones that […]

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