Samsung could still be planning to launch a pair of augmented reality specs

Gadget makers aren’t giving up on the idea of getting Google Glass-style augmented reality specs on our faces, with a recently filed Samsung patent the latest evidence that more of these wearable devices are on the way.

Spotted by Patently Apple, the filing shows a fairly standard design for a pair of glasses with added smarts on board. They’re going to be foldable, apparently, so you can pop them in your pocket when you’re not being wowed by AR.

A tiny projector mounted on the wearer’s temple beams images in front of the eye, though we don’t get much detail  about what information the glasses would actually show. We’re guessing smartphone notifications for a start.

The filing does make mention of an ARM processor, so that could well be one of the components that make it into the finished version of the specs. An on-board camera and various sensors are also mentioned.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tabletop RPGs

Shannon Appelcline’s four-book series Designers and Dragons presents an incredibly detailed look at the history of tabletop roleplaying games, featuring profiles of more than a hundred companies, including TSR, Wizards of the Coast, and White Wolf.

“The scale of the project was obviously huge, and the only way that it possibly came about was doing one article at a time, one company at a time,” Appelcline says in Episode 369 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “If I had ever looked and said, ‘Hey, I need to put out four books’—which together were half a million words—I probably would have run in the other direction.”

For each article, Appelcline gathered as much information as he could from magazines and websites, then ran his research past people who had actually worked at the companies in question.

“Sometimes they’d send it back and say, ‘Hey, this is all great. It sounds exactly like what we did. I don’t know how you figured it out,’” Appelcline [...]  read more

Personality of things

Humans are starting to get better acquainted with personal assistants such as Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and Bixby. But how would people feel about personalities translating to automobiles, laptops and other household items? Would we want a single seamless personality across all devices, or would we prefer to build new relationships with each of these things? Would we want these things to understand and empathize with us? Do we really need these things to “feel” what we feel or do we just need the experience that they “get” us.

Humans have an innate habit of anthropomorphizing objects around them, especially those that move, grow, or talk to them. As technological advances enable robotics and IoT devices with greater intelligence, humans are likely to assign personality to more devices that they interact with in their daily life.

The vacuum cleaner, which was once a simple tool, is now a Roomba with a cheerfully clueless personality as it makes happy chimes [...]  read more

Liked on YouTube: Sand Mandala Time Lapse [Extended Version] – Asheville, NC – Urban Dharma – 2012

Sand Mandala Time Lapse [Extended Version] – Asheville, NC – Urban Dharma – 2012
Traditionally it is believed that simply viewing a mandala and the symbols associated with it brings blessings of love, compassion and well-being to all. “Om Mani Padme Hum” is the mantra associated with this particular mandala – the mantra of compassion with the mandala of compassion.

This video has been infused with the Om Mani Padme Hum” mantra – it is flashed 108 times throughout this documentary (although this is not so easily noticed with the naked eye). The 108th one is the easiest to see – it is at the very end of the video and takes up the entire screen. The intention for doing this is to make watching the creation of this mandala a fuller experience – this video itself is a meditation on well-being for all.

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England vs New Zealand live stream: how to watch Cricket World Cup final 2019 from anywhere

Cricket World Cup finals only roll around every four years, but the 2019 edition will see a first-time champion crowned – hosts England or last time’s losing finalists New Zealand. It’s all set to be an unforgettable match and you can read on how to discover how to watch your England vs New Zealand live stream options for the Cricket World Cup final.

Live stream England vs New Zealand – where and when
The 2019 Cricket World Cup final takes place – wher else? – at the legendary Lord’s in London.

Play begins at 10.30am BST on Sunday, July 14. For those tuning in from New Zealand that’s a 9.30pm NZST start. 

Having dominated one day cricket for the last few years, it will likely seem just reward to many cricket watchers should England win their first ever World Cup title at Lord’s on Sunday. Their ruthless dismantling of Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston showed a coolness under pressure that bodes well ahead of a game that offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for glory.

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Roblox EC-1, immigration requirements doubling, grief in the workplace, and cannabis startups

The Roblox EC-1

Following in the wake of our deep profiles of Patreon and Niantic, we have our next EC-1 package, this time on children’s gaming platform Roblox. Extra Crunch writer Sherwood Morrison has covered gaming and startups for years, and he got an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly popular startup with interviews with many of the company’s principals. This is your weekend read.

How Roblox avoided the gaming graveyard and grew into a $2.5B company

In part one of this EC-1, Morrison looks at the origin story of Roblox, which has to be one of the most interesting I have read in some time. Founders Dave Baszucki and Erik Cassel first worked together on a physics simulation engine called Knowledge Revolution before founding Roblox in 2004 (then known as Dynablox).

Since those humble origins 15 years ago, Baszucki and his team have grown the company dramatically through a sequence of smart strategic moves that Morrison illuminates, eventually culminating in the company’s massive $150 million Series F venture capital round last year from Greylock [...]  read more