Sun. Feb 24th, 2019

Digital Traits Reside: Google Maps AR, a real-life replicator, and extra

On episode 63 of Digital Traits Reside, DT’s dwell morning present, hosts Greg Nibler and Matt Smith rounded up the most popular tales from the world of tech. First up on the docket: Google is including an augmented actuality (AR) characteristic to Google Maps. The AR information will allow customers to carry their telephone up and see instructions and different useful notices within the bodily house they’re taking a look at. David Pierce of The Wall Road Journal received an opportunity to attempt the brand new characteristic, which is coming to the broader public quickly.

In different cellular information, Samsung has a Galaxy Unpacked occasion arising on February 20, and the corporate launched a teaser all however confirming that viewers will get a have a look at the long-awaited foldable telephone. We nonetheless don’t know what precisely the foldable telephone will seem like, however relaxation assured that we’ll have protection as quickly as particulars floor.

Engineers on the College of California, Berkeley, have thrilling information for Star Trek followers — they’ve developed a brand new 3D printer paying homage to the replicator from Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi franchise. The printer makes use of a course of referred to as Computed Axial Lithography (CAL), during which mild hits liquid resin, inflicting parts of the resin to harden, forming a sculpture. The method is way quicker than conventional strategies of 3D printing, during which objects are constructed layer by layer.

Afterward within the present, Greg and Matt talked to Kate Welch, a sport designer at Wizards of the Coast who works on probably the most esteemed gaming properties: Dungeons and Dragons. Welch spoke about her time within the online game business and the way she transitioned to engaged on a pen and paper role-playing sport.

“It’s been a really steep studying curve,” she mentioned. “I believe among the best tales that I’ve about it’s there was a degree the place we wished to utterly change the mechanics and story of an upcoming product that we’re engaged on, and I used to be like, ‘Oh my god, that is going to push our schedule again a lot,’ and my boss was like ‘No, it’ll take two weeks to put in writing this, after which we’re advantageous.’ That’s not doable within the online game business, it is a six month delay no less than! The agility of having the ability to make sweeping modifications when your medium is simply the written phrase has been fairly academic.”

Though D&D is historically performed with pen and paper, in recent times Wizards has introduced the sport into the digital house with the D&D Past app. Welch gave some insights into how the neighborhood has responded to the brand new period.

Digital Traits Reside airs at 9 a.m. PT from Monday by Friday, with highlights out there on demand after the stream ends. For extra data, try the DT Reside homepage, and make sure you watch dwell for the possibility to win occasional prizes.

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