Though Thanksgiving week will be a quiet one (everyone should be busy eating turkey and stuffing, after all) the rest of this month is packed with opportunities to hear succesful women share their career path, participate in hackathons, or hear more about voice-based digital interactions. Oh, and the inlaws aren't the only ones in town this month; the voice of Siri will be in Boston for SwiftFest 2017.
October will be an especially busy time of year for Boston techies, as the week-long series of events showcasing the intersections of art, science, and technology known as HUBWeek takes over City Hall Plaza. We're also excited to announce that we'll be hosting the brand-new Kotlin Offfice Hours meetup.
There's a lot going on in September, with Boston Startup Week kicking off on the 18th and Hubspot’s huge annual marketing conference, Inbound, at the end of the month. We've highlighted some interesting upcoming tech and design events below.
This month, we've gathered some of the city's most forward-thinking talks and panel events, including a number of events that focus on machine learning, virtual reality, and AI.
As you inch your way towards the ledge of the mountain your heart races and you start to experience a dizzying sense of vertigo. You’ve nearly forgotten that the thousand-foot drop that lies ahead doesn’t actually exist, and that your feet are firmly planted on a carpet. You are in a virtual reality simulation, but it feels very real.
In 2014, 22.5 million people in the U.S., from 12 years old and up, needed treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, but only 11% of them (2.6 million people) actually received treatment at specialty treatment programs. Recent technological advances have begun to supplement treatment; from apps to VR, technology has began to make treatment more accessible to those suffering from addiction.
Are you waiting for the full virtual reality experience? Upset you can’t drive a flying car yet? Still want a hoverboard that actually hovers?
Let’s take a look at the types of digital realities that currently exist, and how they differ from each other. Currently there are three major types of virtual experiences: virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR).
If you are looking to dip your toe into the world of Virtual Reality development, Google Cardboard is the logical place to start. The Unity integration is easy and the headsets are cheap– if not free, if you eat at McDonalds (and live in Sweden). Without a ton of work you can get a VR app running on a iOS or Android device.