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Video: Augmented Reality for the Motorcycle Helmet

Skully Helmets puts a heads-up display, a rear-view camera, and a GPS navigation system—in a motorcycle helmet

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Video: Augmented Reality for the Motorcycle Helmet
Skully Helmets

Skully Helmets, based in Redwood City, Calif., is hoping simplified GPS that reduces distractions and a 180-degree rear-view camera to eliminate blind spots will make life on the road safer for motorcyclists. The company, launching at DemoFall 2013 this month, expects the final product to retail well within the under-$1500 range of today’s high-end helmets. In the video, founder Marcus Weller explains his technology.
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Deep Learning Could Bring the Concert Experience Home

The century-old quest for truly realistic sound production is finally paying off

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Image containing multiple aspects such as instruments and left and right open hands.
Stuart Bradford

Now that recorded sound has become ubiquitous, we hardly think about it. From our smartphones, smart speakers, TVs, radios, disc players, and car sound systems, it’s an enduring and enjoyable presence in our lives. In 2017, a survey by the polling firm Nielsen suggested that some 90 percent of the U.S. population listens to music regularly and that, on average, they do so 32 hours per week.

Behind this free-flowing pleasure are enormous industries applying technology to the long-standing goal of reproducing sound with the greatest possible realism. From Edison’s phonograph and the horn speakers of the 1880s, successive generations of engineers in pursuit of this ideal invented and exploited countless technologies: triode vacuum tubes, dynamic loudspeakers, magnetic phonograph cartridges, solid-state amplifier circuits in scores of different topologies, electrostatic speakers, optical discs, stereo, and surround sound. And over the past five decades, digital technologies, like audio compression and streaming, have transformed the music industry.

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