We’re now firmly ensconced in summer, and while you might be relaxing by the pool and consuming hot dogs at a rate that would make Kobayashi shudder, the world is still busy churning out game-changing tech and just generally making cool shit. So if you’re worried you missed some of June’s best headlines while you were debating the pros and cons of a pellet grill, never fear, we’ve got you covered. Welcome to the latest …now you know.
the world’s most advanced consumer electronics device
When we wrote last month’s post the Cookster had just unveiled Apple’s Vision Pro headset. Now we’re a month deep into demos and trial runs and the reviews are…pretty damn good. Haters are gonna hate, but the consensus seems to be that the tech is flat-out impressive. Now the challenge is for the use cases to catch up to the tech. It’s happening…
A First Try of Apple’s $3,500 Vision Pro Headset (NY Times)
I wore the Apple Vision Pro. It’s the best headset demo ever. (The Verge)
First impressions: Yes, Apple Vision Pro works and yes, it’s good (TechCrunch)
for gen a-z, virtual is irl
This report somehow missed us when it came out in earlier this year, but it’s never too late for some of these eye-popping stats: “Nearly 90% of Gen Alpha and Gen Z consider themselves gamers or game enthusiasts, with Gen Z gamers spending almost twice as much time with friends in virtual worlds than in real life.” So while the oldies may be wringing their hands over whether or not people will actually immerse themselves in immersive worlds, the younger generations are already living there.
hurting us more than helping us
AI has been the blazing-hot buzzword of 2023, but one of the many signs of a technology’s maturity in the market is the backlash. After many founders spent the past few months scrambling to insert “AI” into their pitch decks, warranted or not, investors are now recoiling at the term, leading the savvy founders to search for new wording that conveys generative AI without saying generative AI. Anyone out there have a new, better term? What about “human replacement technology”? (We kid, we kid.)
as if peering into another world’s party
And finally, in the department of just general coolness, we came across this on-line/on-chain/on-the-actual-planet-earth art festival and it looks like they’re doing some pretty innovative and eye-popping things. If any of our international readers are out there and in the circumference of Paris, check out the July 19th event and let us know.