When Facebook burst onto the scene all those years ago, it changed the way we live forever. Well, it seems as though the tech giant is at it again as Facebook believes their AR glasses could give people super hearing.
It might seem like something from a futuristic science fiction movie, but augmented reality glasses are just around the corner. Augmented reality (AR) changes the visual reality around you to replace things with digital images.
Facebook has reportedly been developing their own set of AR glasses since 2017, and they come with an unexpected bonus. The glasses that the social media company are working on could give people super hearing.
Facebook’s Reality Labs Research shared its latest developments in a blog and explained that they were working on two major things for the AR glasses. Firstly, they want to create virtual sounds that cannot be distinguished from reality, and secondly, they wish to “redefine human hearing.”
To change how we hear, Facebook’s research team has analyzed how our brains determine what sounds are and where they come from.
They will use this knowledge to allow people to hear better in noisy rooms by determining what it is you want to listen to. The AR glasses can filter out loud background noises while augmenting someone’s voice from across the room.
Look And Listen
Facebook’s AR glasses will figure out what you want to listen to by analyzing where you are looking. The tech company plans on doing this by capturing sounds around research subjects by using multiple microphones and registering your head-eye movement patterns. These patterns will teach the tech which sounds people are more interested in listening to, effectively giving them super hearing.
While Facebook might be best known for its social media platform, it could soon be providing people with what is essentially a superpower through its AR glasses.
Skydio, a company that has made a name for itself with self-flying, obstacle-dodging drones, has recently made two huge announcements regarding its upcoming drones. The company has launched the new and updated Skydio 2 Plus. It is also providing a free update that will turn the drone into a programmable cameraman. Read on to know more about the technological advancements of the Skydio drones.
Skydio 2 Plus
This latest version of Skydio’s product cost $1,099 and is the fix to its predecessor, Skydio 2’s, biggest shortcoming. The Skydio 2 Plus comes with the kind of long-range, robust connection that the original Skydio 2 was missing, thanks to a new high-power 5GHz Wi-Fi radio and a pair of pop-up antennas. The company also promises a view of up to almost two miles with an optional Skydio 2 Plus Beacon controller and almost four miles if you’re using the optional twin-stick Skydio Controller. The new drone also has nearly 20% more battery and a maximum flight time of 27 minutes, both an improvement over the last model.
A new feature will soon be unrolled for both Skidio 2 and Skydio 2 Plus. This brand new addition, called Keyframe, makes it possible for anyone to capture continuous choreographed shots with complex, cinematic, and smooth camera motion. With Keyframe, all the pilot has to do is select the start and end shot, along with any interesting points in between, while the drone’s system will do the rest. This feature will allow any user, no matter their skill level, to capture Hollywood-style camera shots.
The company has grown massively during the pandemic, now housing more than 400 people. Skydio has also launched the $149 Skydio Care plan which will let you swap your broken drone for a new one for a flat fee of $150, no questions asked.