Best Tech Stories around the web #158

The Best Tech have been given a facelift for the new year : discover now the best news about "innovation", "design", "creativity", "entertainement"...of the week. Enjoy your reading!

INNOVATION

The Sgnl wristband is almost ready to turn your hand into a phone by engadget.com

We've seen Innomdle Lab's Sgnl wearable at CES a few times before, but it's worth revisiting because a) it's an absolutely crazy idea that works; and b) it's very nearly ready for the masses. In case you missed it the first time around, the Sgnl is a sleek, understated wearable that lets you have full-blown private phone conversations by simply touching your finger to your ear. Read more

Future of uber flying taxi is revealed in bell helicopter sneak peek by designboom.com

Aircraft manufacturer bell helicopter has revealed the cabin for an electric, self-piloting air flying taxi at the consumer electronics show 2018 (CES), designed for uber’s scheduled 2020 aircraft taxi service. the concept – a cross between a helicopter and a drone – is unveiled following uber’s announcement that it will partner with NASA to develop a flying taxi service in los angeles in two years time. Read more

DESIGN

Parse/error's lamp reacts to earthquakes in real time by designboom.com

Behind its appearance of a beautiful object, the ‘earthquake lamp‘ unveils its true nature when it responds — in real time — to earthquakes from around the world with light pulses and a disturbing rumble. the luminaire immediately changes the observer’s behaviour — shifting between anxiety and fascination — while also inviting them to contemplate the reality and beauty of a living planet, constantly in motion. Read more

CREATIVITY

Intel Opens Los Angeles Studio for Volumetric VR/AR Video Productions by variety-com

Intel wants to help Hollywood embrace the next generation of immersive media: The chip maker officially announced the opening of a Los Angeles-based studio space dedicated to the production of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and other types of cutting-edge content at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Monday. Read more

ENTERTAINMENT

Black Mirror’s Metalhead suggests technological disruption is unavoidable (and terminal) by theverge.com

The fourth season of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, a Twilight Zone-esque anthology TV series about technological anxieties and possible futures, was released on Netflix on December 29th, 2017. In this series, six writers will look at each of the fourth season’s six episodes to see what they have to say about current culture and projected fears. Read more

INTERVIEW

The father of virtual reality sounds off on the changing culture of Silicon Valley, the impending #MeToo backlash, and why he left Google for Microsoft by businessinsider.fr

Author and programmer Jaron Lanier is considered the founding father of virtual reality. He recently published a new book, 'Dawn of the New Everything', which chronicles his upbringing in New Mexico and the years he spent working on virtual reality in Silicon Valley in the 1980s. Read more