Best Tech Stories around the web #283

Gucci, Roblox, Archetypes

This week: Google announces next-gen 3D video chat solution that works in real-time, China lands its very first rover Zhurong on Mars, Gucci extends its Archetypes exhibition on Roblox, Minwook Paeng develops robotic third eye for hyper-connected mobile users and sign up for ISE Barcelona, from June 1 to 2, 2021.

INNOVATION

Google previews Project Starline, a next-gen 3D video chat booth by theverge.com

Google is working on a next-gen video chat booth that makes the person you’re chatting with appear in front of you in 3D. You can see them from different angles by moving around and even make eye contact, Google said during a preview of the project at its I/O conference today. Read more

SCIENCE

China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars by bbc.com

China has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, state media announced early on Saturday. The six-wheeled Zhurong robot was targeting Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet's northern hemisphere. The vehicle used a combination of a protective capsule, a parachute and a rocket platform to make the descent. Read more

CREATIVE CONTENT

Gucci enters the metaverse with a virtual experience on Roblox by wersm.com

Intent on expanding its brand awareness to younger audiences, Gucci is taking its collaboration with Roblox to the next level, by creating Gucci Garden, a virtual brand experience right within the online game platform. Last year, the fashion powerhouse collaborated with Roblox to release rare virtual accessories on its platform but has now recreated an entire virtual art installation. Read more

Archetypes, Gucci Garden, Roblox

UNUSUAL

Minwook Paeng develops robot eye to help users walk while looking at their phones by dezeen.com

Industrial design student Minwook Paeng has created a robotic Third Eye that is fixed to the forehead and looks out for obstacles when the wearer's real eyes are glued to their smartphone. The prosthetic automatically opens its plastic eyelid when the head is tilted downwards and sounds a warning buzz if a hazard is detected up to a metre ahead. Read more

EVENT

ISE Barcelona from June 1 to 2, 2021

ISE makes its debut in Barcelona with a regional event offering high-level thought leadership content, the opportunity to discover the latest solutions from international and regional suppliers, as well as plentiful opportunities to arrange meetings and to network. Sign up

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