Researchers at The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Facebook developed a “speech neuroprosthesis”, or brain-computer interface, that allowed a man with severe paralysis to communicate in sentences. How so? This interface translated the signals from his brain to the vocal tract directly into words that appear as text on a screen. This also marked the first time in over 16 years that he’d been able to communicate without having to use a head-mounted device. Read more for a video and additional information.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is known for posting some unusual stunts, and his latest one has him riding an electric surfboard to celebrate Independence Day, all the while holding an American flag. A fitting theme song, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, played in the background. For those who want their own electric surfboard, it’s made by Lift Foils and will set you back around $12,000 USD. Read more for the video and additional information.
Some of the latest deepfakes are hard to distinguish from reality, but Facebook, in partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), have developed a method of detecting and attributing deepfakes that relies on reverse engineering from a single AI-generated image to the generative model used to produce it. That’s right, AI can now facilitate deepfake detection and tracing in real-world settings. Read more for a short video and additional information.
Facebook’s TextStyleBrush, the company’s latest AI research project, needs just a photo of a single word to emulate your handwriting style. This means that you’ll easily be able to edit and replace text in images, making it the first self-supervised AI model that replaces text in images of both handwriting and scenes using a single example word. It opens the door to advancements in personalized messaging and captions, such as photo-realistic translation of languages in augmented reality (AR). Read more for a video and additional information.
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Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) Research is one part of the company you don’t nearly hear about, but today, they showcased their new wrist-controlled AR interface. Why the wrist? Well, it’s the traditional place to to wear a watch, meaning it could seamlessly fit into everyday life and social contexts, thus enabling intuitive, powerful, as well as satisfying interaction. Electromyography (EMG) uses sensors to translate electrical motor nerve signals that travel through the wrist to the hand into digital commands that you can use to control the functions of a device. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Zynga released FarmVille, an agriculture-simulation social network game, in 2009. This game had players overseeing farmland management, like plowing land, planting, growing crops, harvesting them and raising livestock. After an 11-year-plus run, this game is coming to an end, mainly due to Adobe stopping distribution as well as updates to Flash Player for all web browsers. This meant that Facebook is discontinuing support for all Flash games on the platform completely after December 31st, 2020. Read more for a video showing how the game has evolved over the past decade.
Oculus Quest 2 will be released in just a few short weeks, and to show the possibilities of the virtual reality headset, Facebook created an “Infinite Office” video. Put simply, they want to show that productivity can exist in both the virtual and real worlds, especially with many people working from home until 2021. Some may not have a large workspace for a multi monitors setup, but by placing them virtually, space does not become an issue. Read more for a video and additional information.
After an early leak, Facebook has officially unveiled Oculus Quest 2, a next generation all-in-one virtual reality headset that’s priced even lower than its predecessor at $299 USD. Featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 Platform, 6GB of RAM and a new display with 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye, the company’s highest resolution display yet. Thanks to the increased graphics processing power, this new display is now capable of supporting 90 Hz. Read more for a video, including a hands-on review, and additional information.
The problem with all current VR headsets is that they can’t be worn like you would sunglasses, that is unless…you’re talking about the new holographic glasses from Facebook Reality Labs. That’s right, these new glasses make use of holographic film, enabling the lenses to have a total thickness of less than 9mm. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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It’s common practice for reporters to use social media to broadcast live nowadays, but sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Asheville television reporter Justin Hinton, who reports for WLOS, accidentally activated Facebook’s “Mystery Mask” filter generator during his live stream while covering the snowfall last week, and hilarity ensued. Read more for the video and additional information.