Best Tech Stories around the web #166

On the program this week: IBM's tiniest computer is smaller than a grain of rock salt, Goodyear's "living" car tyre converts carbon dioxide into oxygen, Settlers of Catan is coming to virtual reality this year, scottish tech company recreates lost JFK Speech and Samsung creates a TV that blends into your wall.

INNOVATION

IBM's tiniest computer is smaller than a grain of rock salt by engadget.com

IBM has unveiled a computer that's smaller than a grain of rock salt. It has the power of an x86 chip from 1990, according to Mashable, and its transistor count is in the "several hundred" thousand range. That's a far cry from the power of Watson or the company's quantum computing experiments, but you gotta start somewhere. Oh, right: it also works as a data source for blockchain. Meaning, it'll apparently sort provided data with AI and can detect fraud and pilfering, in addition to tracking shipments. Read more

Goodyear's "living" car tyre converts carbon dioxide into oxygen by deezen.com

This 3D-printed concept wheel by tyre manufacturer Goodyear uses living moss to absorb moisture from the road, before converting it into oxygen through photosynthesis. The Oxygene tyre was revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show that officially kicked off yesterday, 8 March 2018. Read more

CREATIVE CONTENTS

Settlers of Catan is coming to virtual reality this year by theVerge.com

Iconic board game Settlers of Catan is coming to virtual reality. A new version is being developed by game studio Experiment7 — which previously created a pair of VR takes on chess — with feedback from the original minds behind Catan. The VR game, which is coming to both Oculus Rift and Gear VR and called simply Catan VR, is described as “true to the classic, but optimized for virtual reality” with “a fresh, fully-immersive format.” Unfortunately, right now the creators aren’t showing off what the new VR title looks like, though it appears that it will feature both a single-player and online multiplayer component. Read more

Scottish Tech Company Recreates Lost JFK Speech by digit.fr

Using 116,777 sound units from 831 of JFK’s speeches and radio addresses sound engineers in Edinburgh have been able to recreate the late president’s final speech in his own words. Read more

DESIGN

Samsung Creates a TV That Blends Into Your Wall by architecturaldigest.com

Last year, the intrepid and tech-savvy designer Yves Béhar presented a concept that made the large-scale, flat-screen television far more palatable. The frame reverted to what looked like a framed artwork when not in use. Now, Samsung—the creator of the Frame—is taking that concept one step further. Read more