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Facebook’s Oculus acquires eye-tracking tech company
Oculus, the virtual reality company Facebook bought for $2 billion in 2014, has acquired The Eye Tribe, a Danish startup that builds eye-tracking software.
The Eye Tribe, founded in 2011, develops software that enables eye movements to control consumer devices. It began shipping its "Eye Tracking Software Development Kit" to developers in 2014.
As Recode explains, it’s easy to speculate how Oculus might use eye-tracking technology. Imagine navigating a virtual reality dashboard without the need to move your head. Or having a conversation with another virtual reality avatar that includes details like where you’re actually looking.
Plus there are business benefits to this kind of technology. Facebook makes the vast majority of its revenue from advertising, and it’s assumed that ads will eventually make it into the virtual world as well.
Why isn’t there fake news on LinkedIn?
How has LinkedIn avoided the fake news epidemic that has flourished on Facebook and Twitter?
“We all have sweatshirts, hoodies, that say ‘human editors’ on them,” LinkedIn executive editor Daniel Roth said on the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka.
Those 25 human editors, scattered around the world, are tasked with “creating, cultivating and curating.” That’s a major contrast from Facebook, which laid off its human editors in August, leading to a spike in the prevalence of fake news.
Roth noted that politics in general have a less prominent place on the site than Facebook. Its users self-police the content in their feeds, telling each other to watch their words.
Amazon patents show flying warehouses
TechCrunch takes a fascinating look at some pretty wild drone ideas Amazon is exploring.
Patent filings by the e-commerce giant reveal details about it could make drone deliveries work at scale through “airborne fulfillment centers.”
The airborne fulfillment centers, or AFCs, would be stocked with inventory and positioned near a location where Amazon predicts demand for certain items will soon spike.
Drones, including temperature-controlled models ideally suited for food delivery, could be stocked at the AFCs and sent down to make a precise, safe scheduled or on-demand delivery.
Amazon also envisions larger shuttles that could carry people, supplies and drones to the AFCs or back to the ground.
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