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What I'm Reading - 4/10/2018

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MICROSOFT’S SMART MAT PROJECT COULD BLEND LEGO AND MINECRAFT TOGETHER

Microsoft has unveiled its latest research project today, Project Zanzibar. It’s a smart mat that’s designed to blend the digital and physical worlds by sensing touch, gestures, and objects. A team of researchers, with a love of toys, created the project at Microsoft’s research labs in the UK. The mat folds and combines sensing, near field communication (NFC), and multi-touch to imagine a future where you could place objects on this smart mat and play games.

PUBLISHERS ARE TREATING INSTAGRAM STORIES LIKE EPISODIC TV

Bustle posted its first Instagram Story show within a week of the Facebook-owned app’s replication of Snapchat’s Story format in August 2016. Since then, Bustle has produced 11 episodic series, and its sibling sites, like Romper and Elite Daily, have produced nine. Airing those 20 shows all at once would clog the publications’ Stories feeds, so Bustle splits them up into seasons, the way TV networks do. Now, Bustle is applying the strategy to how it pitches its shows to brands.

Bustle is creating an editorial calendar just for Instagram Stories that it will go to market with, in the same way the networks and YouTube do, said Bustle CRO Jason Wagenheim. The company has already made “several million dollars in revenue” by selling sponsorships against its Stories, he said.

HOW CAMERAS ARE LEARNING TO “SEE” - WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PEERS THROUGH THE LENS?

The iPhone already has a built-in AI chip. Future devices will come with dedicated hardware for machine vision. These chips will make computer vision faster and less of a drain on your battery, allowing designers and developers to further push the limits of the camera experience.

Machine vision has been making incredible progress in the last few years. We now have real time algorithms that do a pretty amazing job at anything from recognizing objects to estimating human pose in a video.

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