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Emerging Tech Roundup — June 3
The Quantious team’s top picks for timely trending news in the tech world.
This week in tech: Roblox brings in-game rewards to ADHD treatment, an ear implant is successfully 3D-printed, iOS 16 features are speculated, researchers find gaps in AV knowledge, soundwaves fuel 3D printing, TikTok experiments with ‘Clear Mode’, and VR is used for public speaking training.
Roblox to partner with medically prescribed video game
(Axios, May 26)
Roblox is working with Akili Interactive to make the treatment of ADHD a bit more lighthearted and interactive. Akili Interactive uses video games to treat ADHD and will leverage its new partnership to offer patients in-game rewards while undergoing treatment.
Woman receives 3D-printed ear made from her own cells
(The Verge, June 2)
3DBio Therapeutics has completed its first clinical trial for ear tissue transplants. The process includes pulling cartilage from human ears and growing the cells, which are later printed into a 3D, ear-shaped implant. There are currently 11 patients in testing for the current trial and if the company sees continued success, it expects to “revolutionize” tissue engineering.
iOS 16 will reportedly include an always-on display feature for future iPhones
(Engadget, May 29)
With Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference around the corner, there has been speculation by journalist Mark Gurman on what iOS 16 will include. First off, users will likely be introduced to an always-on display for their lockscreens, allowing them at-a-glance notifications without the display entirely turning on. Other new features may include enhanced multitasking, window flexibility and new features in Messages.
Researchers find that autonomous vehicles can be tricked by ordinary objects
(CleanTechnica, May 30)
The University of California has finished a research project concluding that self-driving cars are in fact distracted and tricked by ‘ordinary objects’ such as traffic cones, bicycles, boxes and more. Such objects prompted full-stop reactions in the vehicles, which could be dangerous on fully-functioning, public roadways, disrupting the flow of traffic for items that often show up on sidewalks.
New type of 3D printing uses sound waves to build up objects
(New Atlas, May 31)
Canada Concordia University has been making progress in developing a new 3D printing method involving the use of liquid resin. The process is triggered by focused ultrasound pulses that aim bubbles at specific areas in the resin, solidifying it, and in turn, forming detailed structures.
TikTok is testing a ‘clear mode’ for a distraction-free scrolling experience
(TechCrunch, May 31)
TikTok already had a full-screen, viideo-centric home screen with minimal distraction for users, but now they’re pushing it further. Its new ‘clear mode’ test experience will roll out to some users to start, displaying a screen free of captions, usernames, audio sources and comment buttons.
HTC VIVE introduces immersive training for public speaking
(XR Today, May 31)
HTC VIVE has furthered its mission of fighting social anxiety with a new VR use case. The company has introduced two new public speaking modules that can train users on headsets, smartphones or desktops by judging voice pitch, pace, eye contact and more. The immersive, interactive and realistic environments provided by VR are expected to serve as adequate training for the common challenge of public speaking.