Facebook to Support 360-Degree Video
While speaking to developers at Facebook’s annual F8 conference in San Francisco, Mark Z revealed news that Facebook is soon to support 360 video.
So that means you’ll finally be able to purchase cameras like the V.360, Ricoh’s Theta M15 or the Kodak SP360 and have widespread support for the video you shoot so friends and family can join along on your adventures!
New Fiber is Tougher Than Kevlar – And Stretchy!
And since you’re going to be getting all wild and crazy once people can finally see your reaction while holding the camera, you might need some ruggedized gear. Luckily, Scientists at my alma mater, UT Dallas, have created a new kind of fiber that’s even stronger than Kevlar, and that can stretch up to 7 times its normal length!
It seems Kevlar can absorb up to 80 joules per gram before it breaks, but the new material can handle up to 98!
Apparently they made the Spiderman inspired fabric by spinning… are you kidding me… polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and polyvinvylidene fluoride trifluoroethylene… well they spun that stuff into nanofibers and then twisted ’em into yarns.
What makes the thread so tuff is that they’re piezoelectric materials and when you stretch them it basically creates an electrical force that pulls it back together.
They’ve actually only managed to make tiny little amounts in a lab, so the next step is figuring out how to mass produce it.
Twitter Gains a Periscope!
While you’re waiting on your new super fabric you might want to take it easy and do some sightseeing. And Twitter wants you to take your followers along with their new real-time live video streaming app, Periscope.
It’s for iOS only at the moment, but when you go live it instantly notifies your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. It also keeps track of how many hearts you get from your viewers. The more hearts, the higher you get in the “Most Loved” list, which presumably means that people are going to start doing some really crazy stuff to try and get attention on Periscope, really, really soon.
Anyway, when the broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later, but currently only for 24 hours. So you’re not going to use it to capture anything permanent, like with YouTube Live.
Also, I have no idea how long you can actually be live. I would guess there is some sort of a limit.
John P. Rides Into the Sunset
And finally… I’m not sure if you caught that little nugget back at the beginning of the show, but yes, this is going to be my final episode of Geek Beat!
A few weeks ago I let our Patrons know on a private post that after 5 wonderful years working with the most talented team in Tech News, I’m throwing in the towel and re-retiring. I mean, I’m retiring again. It’s something I like to do every 5 years or so.
On a serious note, I feel like the most fortunate person in the world to have been able to partner up with Cali on this crazy ride. And we’ve been so fortunate to have an amazing staff of people who care for us and make us look good! Dave Curlee is a magician with the video stuff. I mean just check it out. He can give me flaming hands!
And he can beam me out…
And beam me back…
And beam me BACK!!!
Ok, he gets a little pissed when I make him do stuff like that, but anyway, he’s cool. And Kien the engineer can build anything anyone dreams up. And Dave Peterson catches all of the stupid things I try to say and makes me look way better than I am on ye olde website.
And Ben gives us the most awesome content for our Live Shows!
And there are so many other awesome team members who I absolutely cherish! Past and present! Gord, and Norm, and Pelpina and Dhiren, and Mark Zamora – the original intern. And Pablo the Senior intern, and Carter the intern turned producer. And even more. I’m really sorry for everyone I didn’t name! The pressure is getting to me!
The thing is, it’s time for me to get back to professionally lighting things on fire. And welding stuff. And driving too fast. And attempting a record breaking spree of picking up hot chicks! So before I’m way too old, I’m just gonna do it. All of it.
Of course, you can always follow along with my crazy antics on Twitter and Google+ and especially on my crazy personal website over at OneMansBlog.com.
Now, Cali has some more news about her plans coming up in another episode, so you’re going to want to stay tuned for that! And if anyone wants to chat me up you can tweet me, or email me to firstname.lastname@example.org or whatever.
So, I want to take this one last opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for tuning in. Not just today, but for the last 5 years.
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