Eclipse America sends 15,000 free eclipse glasses to schools

Google and Mystery Science are giving elementary schools eclipse glasses. Image: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty A highly-anticipated total solar eclipse is set to cut a path across a large portion of the United States on August 21, but not everyone has the proper gear to see it safely. But some organizations want to change that. The company Mystery Science and Google just announced a partnership to provide 15,000 free eclipse glasses to elementary schools so that kids around the country can safely view the event. SEE ALSO: Your most basic and burning questions about next month's solar eclipse, answered Both kids and adults need eclipse glasses to filter the sun's strong light. The glasses use solar filters, not just color films like your everyday sunglasses, to protect your eyes. The only time it's safe to look without your eclipse glasses is during the brief period of total eclipse, when the moon […] Read more »

Apple sneakers from the 1990s are being auctioned for *at least* $15K

This company is auctioning off a pair of Apple sneakers from the 1990s.Image: Heritage Auctions When you think of Apple, the first thing that comes to mind might not be fashion. However, Apple did, in fact, dip into the clothing industry in the '80s and '90s, and now a pair of its vintage shoes could be yours ... for a price. Heritage Auction House plans to put the Apple Computer Sneakers, which they say are from the early 1990's, up for auction on June 11, The Verge reported. Read more »

First look at Apple's big jump into augmented reality

One of the first games to use Apple ARKit is a version of Star Wars chess.Image: karissa bell/mashable Apple just jumped head-first into augmented reality. Following months of speculation about what exactly the nature of its ambitions for augmented reality are, the company announced it's building an AR platform directly into iOS. With ARKit, Apple is for the first time offering developers a suite of tools to make dedicated augmented reality apps for iPhones and iPads. SEE ALSO: Apple announces iOS 11 and... we hope you like Siri Like other new iOS 11 features, it will be some time before we see ARKit's full potential, but Apple demoed a couple AR experiences created with the tech to show a bit of what's possible. The flashier of the two demos was the Star Wars HoloChess demo, a callback to the iconic game (which, as any true Star Wars fan knows, is […] Read more »

This new selfie technique can turn you into a bronze statue

Because at present they are definitely not. Image: getty Let's face it: Selfie filters have gotten boring. No one cares anymore that thanks to the miracle of modern technology you can vomit rainbows or stick a dog's nose on your face. It's just, well, played out. Whether that's in spite of or because of Facebook's recent push into the filter game is anyone's guess, but all the Zuckerberg money in the world can't make something cool. But hey, all you filter lovers out there, there's hope yet. Say hello to the definitely sexy sounding technique known as "example-based synthesis of stylized facial animations" that is to be presented at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference scheduled for later this summer in Los Angeles. SEE ALSO: The only camera on your phone that matters now is the one that takes selfies And just what is that, you ask? "This new method allows […] Read more »

Hipster haters are gonna destroy these fancy, ridiculous VR goggles

Image: mashable, Lili sams Virtual reality as we know it today didn't exist in the 19th century, but what if it did? What if, alongside the monocles, pocket watches, and snuffboxes of proper gentlemen of the time, there existed, somehow, a fancy pants VR headset. You may officially turn your imagination off, because we found those VR goggles, and they are gloriously impractical yet compelling in their own hipster-using-a-vacuum-tube-phonograph way. SEE ALSO: Did Da Vinci Invent Google Glass? The 2VR Virtual Reality Headset is a foldable pair of spectacles designed to work with most 4- to 6-inch smartphones to allow you to view VR content on the go. Dubbed "a window to the world in your pocket," the device, as wonky as it looks, is actually designed quite well. The smartphone cradle is padded with rubber grips to hold the smartphone firm, the arms of the glasses are adjustable and […] Read more »

Snapchat's future Spectacles will have augmented reality

Image: snap inc. Snapchat isn't done with Spectacles, its video-camera sunglasses. The first version, released in November, was a disappointment for some, not for its lack of color selection, but for the absence of augmented reality. But a patent published Thursday reveals an augmented future for Spectacles and other wearables and gadgets made by Snap Inc., the camera company. Like this: .@Snapchat Patent also teases Snapchat's future version of @Spectacles that will include augmented reality (look at the display) pic.twitter.com/iBkvRIt19F Kerry Flynn (@kerrymflynn) May 4, 2017 Those two displays at the top of the glasses could sense what is around you and then also display augmented reality. What fake reality would you want to be inserted into your surroundings? Perhaps, a Tyrannosaurus rex: .@Snapchat @Spectacles My favorite part of the patent is this T-REX. I hope future @Spectacles let me put a T-REX in random places pic.twitter.com/IpNS7RQVpz Kerry Flynn (@kerrymflynn) […] Read more »