300 Drones Illuminate the Sky to Honor Health Care Workers

Last Tuesday, at 10 pm local time, medical workers and patients at the Netherlands’ Erasmus MC hospital—currently the epicenter of the country’s Covid-19 response—flocked to the windows. Outside, above Rotterdam’s inky black Nieuwe Maas river, a swarm of mysterious floating lights were rising in gentle flight. Shimmering, they swirled into a mass both organic and…

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Here’s a First Look at the Tech Behind Sony’s Finger-Tracking VR Controllers

In a recently published paper and accompanying demonstration video, researchers with Sony showed off their work with incorporating finger-tracking into VR controllers. Gif: UploadVR (YouTube)Thanks to a few patent filings that have surfaced over the last two years, we’ve had an idea that Sony’s been tinkering with finger-tracking technology for a line of new VR…

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Defcon Is Canceled

For years, a simple and elegant inside joke has permeated Defcon, the influential hacking conference. You say it to your friends, you reference it during your talk, you design a fake website to try to trick unsuspecting rubes: Defcon is canceled. On Friday, though, the bit became reality. Organizers announced that the Las Vegas gathering,…

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