I'm in London for the TIP Summit, a gathering of telecom providers seeking to create their own open source hardware as part of an industrywide coalition led by Facebook. I'll be moderating the opening keynote Tuesday with Facebook's Jay Parikh.
Meanwhile, we're getting closer to the launch of our upcoming Axios show on HBO (see the trailer here). Make sure to tune in for the premiere on Sunday 11/4 at 6:30pm to get smarter on what really matters, with new episodes every Sunday in November.
Project Aero can take a Photoshop image with layers and make it into a 3-dimensional AR object. Photo: Adobe
At Apple's developer conference in June, Adobe first talked about Project Aero, an effort to allow creators to transform works of digital art into augmented reality objects. At its own conference this week, the company will announce a limited release of the tool and detail its effort to dive deeper into AR creation.
Why it matters: Adobe is always looking for the next area where creatives will need good authoring software tools. The lack of such tools has been hindering both AR and VR, says Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis.
Details: The private beta of Project Aero will focus on iPhones, iPads and a cloud service, for now, with plans to have native desktop versions for Mac and Windows next year. Adobe is not yet talking about how Aero will be priced or bundled into the company's existing subscription products.
The big picture: For brands looking to move into AR, Adobe's move is important because today's augmented reality often requires developers to be familiar with advanced coding or game engines — skills in short supply. The goal with Aero is for a much wider array of creators to bring their work into mixed reality.
What about Android?: The fragmentation of Android hardware makes this effort harder in the Android world, according to Adobe. And while there are already 700 million iOS devices capable of running Apple's ARKit, Google's similar ARCore is only supported on about 150 million devices.
What's next: Separately, Adobe is also using its annual Max conference to make several other big announcements, including:
Facebook's secretive Building 8 hardware lab has reportedly developed a prototype that would let people hear through their skin.
Why it matters: A system like this could provide an alternative method of communication for those who are deaf, as well as potentially provide a means to serve up information to those who are operating machinery.
The company's researcher-in-chief, Regina Dugan, talked briefly about the project at last year's F8 developer conference.
My thought bubble: The project reminded me of a pair of 2015 TED talks.
Facebook continues to struggle with managing its existing products, even as it looks to invent ever more capable technology for the future.
The big picture: The company disclosed Friday that its recent breach may have affected somewhat fewer customers than originally announced (30 million vs. 50 million), but it turns out a great deal of information was taken, after all.
Details: Hackers accessed names and listed contact information for 14 million people as well "as other details people had on their profiles," Facebook's Guy Rosen wrote in a blog post.
What they're saying: The reaction from media, critics and politicians was sharp and swift.
Meanwhile, Wired's Tom Simonite notes that a comment from Facebook exec David Marcus sounds a lot like a comment given by Gavin Belson, CEO of the fictional tech giant Hooli on HBO's Silicon Valley.
Marc Benioff and Jack Dorsey are locking horns over how to tackle San Francisco's growing homelessness problem.
What they're saying: Benioff has been loudly touting his strong support for Proposition C — a pricey but comprehensive bill designed to address the causes and symptoms of homelessness. Dorsey on Friday responded by saying he opposed the measure, instead supporting efforts to let San Francisco's new mayor, London Breed, address the issue.
Meanwhile, Stripe CEO Patrick Collison weighed in on Dorsey's side, tweeting "Am with Jack. Marc is well-intentioned, but I trust Mayor Breed's expertise on homelessness over his."
What's next: San Francisco voters will have their say on Proposition C during next month's election.
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