Xiaomi Mi Band & the rise of affordable wearables
This is the second in a series of posts about Edge’s recent visit to China. We talk about the Xiaomi Mi band and the implications that its price point has on wearables.
Xiaomi Mi Band & the rise of affordable wearables
Medium
Xiaomi Mi Band & the rise of affordable wearables
Medium
So then why is the Mi Band so popular? Where the Mi Band differentiates itself is on price and battery life. Without heart rate sensing, it costs 69 RMB or roughly $10.66, and with heart rate sensing, it costs 99 RMB or roughly $15.29 (now listed as $14.99 on their site). The battery lasts on average 30 days... So what happens in a world where basic wearables are so affordable that they could be given away for free? What types of businesses could be built with the strategy of giving consumers wearables in order to do something useful with the data? And of course, what will incentivize consumers to keep wearing them?
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Apple opens up neural nets to devs
At WWDC this week, Apple quietly launched support for embedded mobile deep learning on apple devices, via the BNNS update. While you still can't train neural nets on the fly on mobile devices, this makes deploying your pre-trained nets much easier on Apple devices, a workflow that we've mostly seen only from highly experienced CV engineers. In other words, CV is one step closer to the general Apple dev with this release.
BNNS
Apple.com
BNNS
Apple.com
The Accelerate framework’s new basic neural network subroutines (BNNS) is a collection of functions that you can use to construct neural networks. It is supported on OS X, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and is optimized for all CPUs supported on those platforms.
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Our focus areas: Robotics
Introducing our new focus area, robotics.
Our focus areas: Robotics
KPCB Edge
Our focus areas: Robotics
KPCB Edge
We believe the coming wave of automation driven by companies working on robotics will allow a larger number of humans than ever before to engage in more creative, skilled work by making us more productive, and by allowing small and medium businesses to grow faster. This is the future we’re excited about investing in, and hope to lay out in this post.
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A look back on 1 year of Office Hours
A look back on 1 year of Edge Office Hours and some helpful excerpts from conversations with Office Hours guests!
A look back on 1 year of Office Hours
Medium
A look back on 1 year of Office Hours
Medium
Almost a year ago, we launched Office Hours, an app for anyone in the world to chat with us 1:1. Since then, we’ve released an Android app to go with our iOS app and written about how we did so by switching over to React Native. It’s safe to say that we’ve achieved our goal of reaching founders all over the world — to date, we’ve had 2,500 people download Office Hours and we’ve even met with 11 companies that reached out on Office Hours... Today, we wanted to share (with permission) some excerpts from Office Hours hosted by these guests over the past year that we think may be particularly insightful for early-stage founders.
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Our focus areas: The future of work
We're excited to talk about one of our new focus areas, the future of work. This post covers trends in the contingent workforce and where we think technology can help shape finding & scheduling work, income volatility, and paying taxes for this group of workers.
Our focus areas: The future of work
Medium
Our focus areas: The future of work
Medium
Today, the most interesting labor shift we’re observing is the rise of the contingent workforce, composed of freelancers, independent contractors, part-time workers, and self-employed individuals. This group has grown from 30.6% of the workforce in 2005 to 40.4% in 2015... We believe that there are great opportunities for software and software-enabled services to play a role in serving this growing group of contingent workers, particularly as people increasingly grow accustomed to managing their work on their mobile devices. In this post, we discuss each of these areas and the problems we’re interested in seeing companies tackle.
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Google Daydream: If You Build It, They Will Come
While everyone thought we'd see a standalone Android headset at IO today, Google instead chose to do what it knows best - building better ways for people to search - just this time, in VR. Daydream is essentially a better way to search for, discover and navigate mobile apps in VR. It's a classic Google move, and while it's not the provocative competitor to Oculus everyone wants, it's exactly the kind of tablestakes firmware Google can build to attract the thousands of existing mobile app developers to show up in VR.
Google Daydream: The Next Android Will Have Virtual Reality Baked Right In
Wired
Google Daydream: The Next Android Will Have Virtual Reality Baked Right In
Wired
. Google clearly wants the VR ecosystem to work like smartphones, in which Google doesn’t build a headset but instead powers a hundred others. In that metaphor, Oculus would be the Apple of VR, the company building the fully integrated walled-garden experience—which makes Google, well, the Google of VR
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New Medicaid rules increase access to care through telemedicine
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released a major update to their bylaws that changes the way that states can provide care to their beneficiaries. The CMS calls for states to allow telehealth to meet network adequacy standards, encouraging the consideration of telemedicine in triage and check-ups. We’re excited about how these new regulations continue to pave the way for consumers to receive more efficient, immediate care and to manage their health in the home.
New Medicaid rule carves out a place for telemedicine in care networks
MobiHealthNews
New Medicaid rule carves out a place for telemedicine in care networks
MobiHealthNews
In part, the rule opens the door for more telemedicine reimbursement. The rule passes to the states the duty of establishing “network adequacy standards”, or standards that ensure all Medicaid beneficiaries have reasonable access to all the types of care they might need. In the past, these standards required that services be accessible in-person, but, after it was suggested in public comments, CMS has amended the final rule to allow states to consider telemedicine options as well.
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NVIDIA's rack-mountable deep learning computer
NVIDIA released the world’s first commercially available rack-mountable deep-learning computer, boasting 170 teraflops in one machine (equivalent to 250 CPU-based servers). This could make it easier for large enterprises to spin up dedicated deep learning hardware in-house, with support for the full package coming from NVIDIA.
The World's First Deep Learning Supercomputer in a box
The World's First Deep Learning Supercomputer in a box
Data scientists and AI researchers today spend far too much time on home-brewed high performance computing solutions. The DGX-1 is easy to deploy and was created for one purpose: to unlock the powers of superhuman capabilities and apply them to problems that were once unsolvable.
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Shenzhen: The World's Secret VR Supplier
This is the first in a series of posts about Edge’s recent visit to Shenzhen.
Shenzhen: The World’s Secret VR Supplier
KPCB Edge
Shenzhen: The World’s Secret VR Supplier
KPCB Edge
Over the last three years, the rise of VR in public discourse has been impossible to ignore. During this time, most mainstream discussions have centered on the same few efforts in the US — Oculus, Vive, and Cardboard. But there’s something as important going on roughly 7000 miles west of San Francisco, across the Pacific Ocean in Shenzhen, China. There, in the markets of Huaqiangbei, the factories in Dongguan, and in the high rise offices of Nanshan, is where demand and supply for VR hardware and software are on par, if not outpacing, the US. The Edge team took a few days to go on the ground in Shenzhen in March, and this is a summary of what we saw.
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Our focus areas: Mobile marketplaces
In this post, we summarize our thinking on mobile marketplaces and which trends have contributed to the opportunity in this space.
Our focus areas: Mobile marketplaces
Medium
Our focus areas: Mobile marketplaces
Medium
Marketplaces have evolved through several phases as of late. In the pre-Internet days, buyers and sellers met in person and exchanged goods at physical locations. As people moved online, buyers and sellers shifted their transactions to their desktop terminals, using marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. Now, as the world has moved onto mobile devices, buyers and sellers can exchange goods and services in new ways, enabled by the capabilities and interfaces of our phones.
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The DJI Phantom 4 launch is historic for consumer robotics
Today's an exciting day for geeks everywhere ! The Phantom 4 launch is a true milestone for consumer robotics - it’s the first vision based, GPS denied object avoidance and tracking system to be offered at consumer price levels (<$1,500). We still have a long way to go, but the avionics on the Phantom would make Isaac Asimov proud - it’s a signal of the coming age of robots that see and react to the real world (not the lab) with reliable autonomy.
Faster, Smarter DJI Phantom 4 Dodges Obstacles on Its Own
Wired
Faster, Smarter DJI Phantom 4 Dodges Obstacles on Its Own
Wired
That built-in camera is one of five on the new drone. As with previous models, two downward-facing ground sensors help with landing. But the newest cameras—and the most interesting ones—are the pair of optical obstacle sensors just head of the landing gear. They drive the drone’s obstacle-avoidance system; you can plot a flight path with the DJI Go app, and the drone will automatically avoid any objects in its way. Even in “Return Home” setting, the UAV will bob and weave to avoid redwoods and people on stilts.
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How the Millennial Mindset will Shift Healthcare Delivery
As millennials increasingly interact with our healthcare system and their financial clout grows, the industry must begin to cater toward a demographic that expects services to be on-demand, mobile, and priced transparently. The number of millennials that are working as part of our healthcare industry is growing too, encouraging new ways of serving patients from within. This article details the expectations of millennials for healthcare and how these expectations may shift the industry.
Here's How Millenials Could Change Healthcare
USA Today
Here's How Millenials Could Change Healthcare
USA Today
“If you look at the demands of millennials on our society as consumers, they are a group that uses services such as Amazon and the Internet who aren’t really used to person-to-person service per se,” said Dr. Ron Rowes, chief medical officer of Prominence Health Plan. “They’re used to reaching out when they need something, getting instant gratification, moving on and only coming back when they have the need again.” It’s a behavior that’s starting to make its mark on the healthcare field and is expected to lead to even bigger changes as millennials get older. At the top of the list is how healthcare is provided.
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Use cases for facial expression sentiment analysis
Sentiment analysis software can interpret facial expressions surprisingly well. This article details why emotions displayed by CEOs might be able to predict financial performance of the companies they lead. What else could we predict from the emotions of CEOs, politicians, or even consumers?
Software Detects CEO Emotions, Predicts Financial Performance
The Wall Street Journal
Software Detects CEO Emotions, Predicts Financial Performance
The Wall Street Journal
Although fear, anger, and disgust are negative emotions, Dr. Cicon found they correlated positively with financial performance. CEOs whose faces during a media interview showed disgust–as evidenced by lowered eyebrows and eyes, and a closed, pursed mouth–were associated with a 9.3% boost in overall profits in the following quarter. CEOs who expressed fear–raised eyebrows, widened eyes and mouth, and lips pulled in at the corners–saw their companies’ stock rise .4% in the following week.
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Building Two Mobile Apps at Once… With Javascript
We built the recent updates to the Office Hours app using React Native, and had a great experience. Here, we dive deeper into how React Native helped us develop native mobile experiences faster than ever before.
Building Two Mobile Apps at Once… With Javascript
Building Two Mobile Apps at Once… With Javascript
The only programming language that every full-stack developer must know is Javascript. A strong statement, I know. Let me justify it. Two and a half months ago I had never touched iOS or Android environments, and two weeks ago Edge released both Android and iOS versions of an app I wrote. How did I do it? Javascript and React Native.
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Announcing Edge Office Hours 2.0
Today, we’re bringing Office Hours to even more people, with an updated iOS app, and an all new Android app!
Announcing Edge Office Hours 2.0
Announcing Edge Office Hours 2.0
In 2015, we tried something new. We shipped Office Hours, and made ourselves available to anyone from anywhere, for six hours a week, every week, for six months straight. And thousands of founders from 61 different countries showed up.
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Introducing Edgecoin: Our Internal Blockchain for Founders
Today, we’re announcing Edgecoin — a private, permissioned blockchain we use as a ledger of record for founders. We started testing Edgecoin in early 2015 with founders in our portfolio and are now announcing it publicly as we begin scaling up the base of people using Edgecoin.
Edgecoin: Our Internal Blockchain for Founders
Medium
Edgecoin: Our Internal Blockchain for Founders
Medium
We built Edgecoin, a private cryptocurrency ledger that maintains a secure, independently verifiable record of when one of our founders or advisors has signaled when we should be spending time with another seed-stage founder. The Edgecoin ledger serves as a basis of accounting for us, and as a tamper-proof record for Edgecoin holders.
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@danielcawrey   ·  
Edgecoin from @kpcb_edge is a next-generation blockchain currency for startup reputation https://t.co/qps732mW9E
@parthiban_logan   ·  
A cryptocurrency for intros, referrals, IOUs and other "transfers of trust". Interesting stuff from @kpcb_edge. https://t.co/fb6SsR9OMV
@mrogati   ·  
Trust cryptocurrency is a big deal. Imagine 'social capital' micropayments included w/ email intros, favor requests. https://t.co/HRgDczRK0A
@venturedan   ·  
Props to @kpcb_edge for #EdgeCoin. One of the most interesting new angles on early-stage VC in a while! https://t.co/7ayyllwcgg
@JohnEdgex   ·  
@roneilr I like what the @kpcb_edge team have done here ;) #edgecoin Blockchain tech to incentivise Founders https://t.co/eaZeaY0aEV
@pbartstephens   ·  
VC+Blockchain=Very Cool! @KPCB_Edge @AnjneyMidha @roneilr KPCB is Using Blockchain Tech to Incentivize its Founders https://t.co/AT8ajse0Ff
Why we're paying attention to Ethereum
As investors with a focus on blockchain technology, we’ve seen quite a few companies building on top of the Ethereum ecosystem. Here, we outlined our thoughts on the space and the kinds of things we hope to see people build.
Our thoughts on Ethereum
Medium
Our thoughts on Ethereum
Medium
We wanted to familiarize ourselves with Ethereum the way we know best — by making some demos and seeing what’s possible on the platform. Here, we’re sharing some simple instructions on how to get started with Ethereum and some thoughts on why we’re excited by it.
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@itratedeg   ·  
Great material from @kpcb_edge on #Ethereum. #blockchain #bitcoin #FinTech https://t.co/EqzVPK2YUi
@coindesk   ·  
Why We're Paying Attention to Ethereum (And You Should Too) https://t.co/X8UgNAttIB by @roneilr
@jeffscottward   ·  
@KurtKumar yes. Take a look at Ethereum. @kpcb_edge did a piece on it. Super super easy to deploy smart contracts and not need that^^^
@FGraillot   ·  
Great material from @kpcb_edge on #Ethereum. #blockchain #bitcoin #FinTech https://t.co/jTzKE4WHlX https://t.co/41TydkvdPB
@KLmoney8   ·  
Excellent guide for getting your first contract deployed. “Our thoughts on Ethereum” by @kpcb_edge https://t.co/vTxnNVSvEH
@ErnOpp   ·  
Thanks for the writeup. Great explanation of Ethereum for us... mortals ;) “Our thoughts on Ethereum” by @kpcb_edge https://t.co/8ue1NXIGJ6
@ErnOpp   ·  
“What’s really interesting here is that this code now lives on the Ethereum…” — @kpcb_edge https://t.co/Rfowp10mcW https://t.co/5CARLFZUDV
The only good diet is one personalized for you
In a study recently published in Cell, Eran Segal and Eran Elinav showed that individuals have different responses in glucose levels to the same food. For example, "Participant A maintained a stable blood glucose level after eating a cookie but responded with elevated glucose levels after eating a banana, while Participant B experienced an increase in blood glucose level after eating a cookie, but not a banana." Imagine if we could all have our own profiles constructed to tell us what counts as junk food and what counts as a healthy snack.
This diet study upends everything we thought we knew about 'healthy' food
Washington Post
This diet study upends everything we thought we knew about 'healthy' food
Washington Post
Different individuals showed vastly different responses to the same food, even though their own responses remained the same day to day... By using the information from the study, the researchers were able to come up with the holy grail of dieting: an algorithm that takes hundreds of factors about a person and turns them into a tailor-made meal plan. The results were pretty surprising to both the doctors and participants. “It wasn't just salad every day,” Segal told The Atlantic. “Some people got alcohol, chocolate, and ice-cream, in moderation."
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Why We Invested in Envelop VR
We’re excited to join Envelop VR on its journey to bring virtual reality to personal computing — the coming decade will bear out an explosion in VR for the enterprise and consumer, and we believe Bob, Jonathan, and the rest of the team will help shape the industry for years to come.
Why We Invested in Envelop VR
Medium
Why We Invested in Envelop VR
Medium
Envelop is building a VR work environment for everyone. By virtualizing screens to VR interfaces, Envelop is turning the hardware on your desk into software, reducing the task of adding, arranging and managing displays to changing a few software parameters. Eventually, Envelop envisions a world where anyone can use infinite screens and visualize information in three dimensions when working on a computer.
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Our focus areas: Computer vision
This post covers why we're excited about computer vision and what kinds of companies we're most interested in seeing in the space.
Our focus areas: Computer vision
Medium
Our focus areas: Computer vision
Medium
Today, computers can analyze and understand image data better and faster than ever before. Three recent developments have made building vision systems significantly more feasible: (1) improvements in general-purpose GPU (GPGPU) hardware and hardware accessibility, (2) improvements in tooling around GPU acceleration of network training, and (3) discoveries in applying convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to image recognition problems.
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Our focus areas: Digital health
This post discusses the three trends that inform our digital health investing thesis and what this means in terms of the digital health companies we're excited about.
Our focus areas: Digital health
Medium
Our focus areas: Digital health
Medium
We believe products in this space will create a future where the norm is having your medical risk monitoring, your communication with caregivers, and, in some cases, your medical treatment taking place at home. This will reduce both the average severity (and cost) of one-time hospital visits and the number of visits for individuals with chronic conditions.
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6 Mobile VR Use Cases We Believe In
The smartphone in your pocket will be the gateway to your first VR experience, eventually tipping you towards purchasing your first dedicated mobile VR device somewhere between 18 and 48 months from now. What will be the use case that gets you through this gateway? No one knows for sure of course, but here’s my short list of experiences that are already starting to peek out at us.
6 Mobile VR Use Cases We Believe In
Medium
6 Mobile VR Use Cases We Believe In
Medium
A storm is brewing. Slowly, but steadily, the trickle of entrepreneurs working on a slew of technologies to make immersive worlds a reality coming through our doors at Edge is turning into a healthy stream. Week by week, they are getting smarter, more ambitious, and more importantly, building experiences we’ve never seen before, which were just plain impossible to build even 24 months ago.
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@HelenSitu   ·  
Great article. Personally would love Reading in VR: text suspended at optimal height, audiobook adds, full 3D scenes https://t.co/l9B9UbknO5
Artificial skin as a wearable form factor
Researchers have demonstrated that they can produce artificial skin that is stretchable, pressure-sensitive, and structurally and electronically self-healing. In addition to the applications in robotics and prosthetic limbs, I’d love to see how this could be used in wearables. Layering a patch of artificial skin on top of natural skin to measure, for example, heart rate and sweat output, seems like a great form factor improvement for wearables - less bulky and difficult to forget than a bracelet, and less invasive than an implanted device.
The Body Electric
The Atlantic
The Body Electric
The Atlantic
But eventually both Wang and Kim believe the merger of artificial and biological skin will happen. First, it’s likely people will put one on top of the other. “In the future, this electronic skin can be directly applied to your human skin and detect your heartbeat and pulse and other functions, just a simple example, like you have a smartwatch,” says Wang. He imagines that instead of a Fitbit, people might have a little square of second-skin that gathers data about their movements and health metrics.
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Introducing Edge Office Hours
We're excited to introduce our first public product, the Edge Office Hours app!
Introducing Edge Office Hours
Introducing Edge Office Hours
Office Hours is a simple private messaging app. You can use it to have a direct conversation with the Edge partners. Each of the partners spends two continuous hours a week on Office Hours, and we respond to messages received outside of these times throughout the week.
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@lipmanb   ·  
This is awesome. KPCB Edge Office Hours Virtual office hours with VCs on your iPhone via @anjneymidha @ProductHunt http://bit.ly/1LDqxwN
@nilayarora   ·  
This is cool. @kpcb to use messaging based app for connecting seed stage. Introduces Edge Office Hours https://medium.com/@kpcb_edge/introducing-edge-office-hours-bd36711fd31f
@SkipFleshman   ·  
This seems like a really good idea. Well done @kpcb
Our focus areas: Virtual Reality
We’re in the midst of an unprecedented convergence of hardware, software, and the result is, for the first time in history, accessible VR. This post details why we're excited to back founders working on Virtual Reality.
Our focus areas: Virtual Reality
Medium
Our focus areas: Virtual Reality
Medium
Visions of the future have presented compelling sketches of Virtual Reality for decades. Whether you grew up reading about Express Ports in Snow Crash, geeking out over the headjacks in the Matrix, or visualizing your own OASIS avatars from Ready Player One, concepts of systems that would allow us to interact with digital realities have existed in different shapes and forms for years. What has changed, however, is the minimum viable entry point to VR — now a smartphone you likely already have in your pocket, and a headset for as little as $10.
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Decentralized Timestamping using the Bitcoin blockchain
This is a great use of blockchain technology to solve a longstanding problem in a way that minimizes trust.
Decentralized Trusted Timestamping using the Crypto Currency Bitcoin
Decentralized Trusted Timestamping using the Crypto Currency Bitcoin
Trusted timestamping is a process for proving that certain information existed at a given point in time. This paper presents a trusted timestamping concept and its implementation in form of a web-based service that uses the decentralized Bitcoin block chain to store anonymous, tamper-proof timestamps for digital content.
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@gretageanG2   ·  
@kpcb_edge We use the blockchain for exactly that: time stamping 'time of conception' of IP. Same for key corporate documents.
Our focus areas: Block chain technology
This post on Block Chain technology is our first of 6 posts about our focus areas. We’re excited by the rapid developer adoption of block chain technology we’ve seen, and we can’t wait to meet founders building meaningful things in the space.
Our focus areas: Block chain technology
Medium
Our focus areas: Block chain technology
Medium
Block chain technology is one of our core focus areas at KPCB Edge and an area we track closely. We’d like to talk about our learnings in the space and what we’re excited to see founders build.
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@jrdothoughts   ·  
1/ brilliant write up by @kpcb_edge about investing in block chain technologies https://medium.com/@kpcb_edge/our-focus-areas-block-chain-technology-f4681d843e9c #blockchain
Nutritional sensors to complement activity monitors
Wearable devices measuring activity, heart rate, and sleep patterns are currently only scratching the surface of health-related data that can be collected about an individual’s daily routine. A big missing piece is on the nutritional side, sensors to measure variables like the calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats in your food and changes in your glucose and insulin levels after eating. Tying nutritional intake with activity data will create a much more complete picture of an individual’s health profile.
The Struggle for Accurate Measurements on Your Wrist
MIT Technology Review
The Struggle for Accurate Measurements on Your Wrist
MIT Technology Review
Building these products takes lots of time. Testing, simulations, modeling, prototyping, and problem-solving are all more extensive when you need to make sure the devices can stand up to the requirements of daily wear, such as frequent exposure to sweat and water. That’s a lot more than you’d normally expect from your electronics. But if companies clear these obstacles, being able to sense things like blood pressure and skin conductivity continuously can also open the door to quantifying stress and mood, since they will make it possible to collect data about your body in all kinds of situations.
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@gobluem   ·  
@kpcb_edge Agree, nutritional sensors are added step in evolving adoption of wearable devices to enhance our daily lives and overall health.
Adapting Mobile Tooling to VR
This is a great example of why tooling for VR is a wide open space right now. Most VR dev workflows are rehashes from the world of game dev, which works well for some cases. But for devs used to building on web/mobile, VR-first tools (think Sketch for mobile) are still few and far.
A Month Designing in VR — Facebook Design — Medium
Medium
A Month Designing in VR — Facebook Design — Medium
Medium
My TL;DR judgement on Unity for designing VR interfaces is: it’s not great. Since picking up Quartz Composer (QC/Origami) at FB, one of the things I value the most in validating new interaction paradigms is an immediate feedback loop between tweaking and testing. Unity allows some live tweaking of variables while a project is playing, but those changes are all lost as soon as you stop playing. Monitor management with Unity and the Oculus DK2 also slows down the iteration cycle. A DK2 functions as a separate monitor at 1080p that requires content to be full-screened at that resolution, but Unity provides no way to immediately view full-screen unless you actually build a standalone OS X or Android app every time.
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A personal omics profile for everyone
In 2012, Mike Snyder’s team at Stanford University published a 14-month study during which Snyder’s genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic, and autoantibody profiles were collected every two months via a blood sample and analyzed to make predictions about his health. For example, despite not exhibiting any physical symptoms or risk factors, Snyder’s “omics" profile predicted and subsequently allowed for the early treatment of his Type 2 diabetes. To me, this study is a fantastic example of how fine-grained and predictive a dataset composed our own proteins and biomarkers can be. I’d love to move toward technologies that allow us to construct a personal omics profile for everyone.
Making It Personal: Geneticist Michael Snyder Puts a Face on Personalized Medicine
Pacific Standard
Making It Personal: Geneticist Michael Snyder Puts a Face on Personalized Medicine
Pacific Standard
With advances in genetics and genomics, however, scientists now not only have the ability to sequence the genome, but also to measure thousands of different biomarkers. And with that, a health care paradigm shift to focus on disease prevention seems more than just possible—it seems inevitable. With a better understanding of the genetic and molecular contribution to myriad disease states, scientists hypothesize that many chronic health issues can be averted altogether. Or, barring that, at least result in quick and reliable diagnoses that can be treated with gentler, more effective therapies specifically tailored to each patient.
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Immersive Design
In conversations with VR founders, I'm already starting to hear about 'design heuristics' when building VR experiences. This is exactly what happened with mobile starting in '07. What the world needs is a common VR design heuristic database, so new founders can leap frog VR design growing pains.
How to Design for Virtual Reality — Backchannel — Medium
Backchannel
How to Design for Virtual Reality — Backchannel — Medium
Backchannel
Designing for a flat screen and designing for an immersive environment are two fundamentally different challenges
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Blockchains and drone air traffic control
This is exactly the kind of use case that a decentralized, publicly verifiable ledger enabling machine to machine transactions can solve. i.e. think Drone Coins for instant, real time bidding between drones for civilian aerospace.
Nasa and Verizon plan to monitor US drone network from phone towers
The Guardian
Nasa and Verizon plan to monitor US drone network from phone towers
The Guardian
Nasa is considering monitoring drones with a range of sensors including radar, orbiting satellites and cellphone signals. The UTM system is also likely to be cloud-based, meaning that drones will need an internet link to download information about weather, traffic and restricted zones.
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@drorplusmik   ·  
@kpcb_edge I think I got it - you intend to use the blockchain to store a drone's budget. fascinating
Blockchain-based Authentication
Passwords are a broken form of authentication. Starbucks wasn't breached; accounts using simple passwords or duplicated passwords were broken into. Public key authentication combined with a blockchain, where public keys are stored in a universally verifiable way, could make passwords and standard authentication systems obsolete.
Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app
CNN Money
Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app
CNN Money
Criminals are siphoning money away from victims. They break into a victim's Starbucks account online, add a new gift card, transfer funds over — and repeat the process every time the original card reloads. Because this is an issue with account access, the only way for customers to protect themselves is to create a strong password — and erase any payment methods attached to their Starbucks account.
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@tradles   ·  
@kpcb_edge it will: 1. authenticate data items not sessions 2. be fuzzy, like credit score 3. disrupt data centralization #blockchain
Treating medical conditions with VR
There’s a growing body of research that supports using VR to treat a range of conditions including autism, social anxiety, PTSD, phobias, and phantom limb pain. Reminds me of the clever mirror box treatment for phantom limb pain, where showing the illusion of a mobile limb dulls the pain signals sent by the brain. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the medical applications of VR.
Me, Meet Virtual Me
Medium
Me, Meet Virtual Me
Medium
Two minutes of simulation can override an entire lifelong experience when it comes to what your body is and where it is,” says neurologist Olaf Blanke of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. What happens next, as you’re immersed in a virtual reality, could change your behavior for hours, days or even months to come. Researchers like Blanke have started to pull back the curtain on how the brain responds to simulated realities, and they’re finding that taking off the headset, or flicking off a screen, doesn’t end the effects of the technology.
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VR history circa '12-'15
Paul James over at RtoVR has a great post detailing the recent 'renaissance' in VR, starting with Carmack's show stopper at E3 in 2012. That the Rift was a 'gaffer-taped ski mask' only three years ago is one of the best reminders for me that we're still only a few feet from the ground floor of consumer VR.
E3 2015 Will Mark Three Years of Incredible VR Progress
Road to VR
E3 2015 Will Mark Three Years of Incredible VR Progress
Road to VR
"This year’s event marks something of a milestone in virtual reality’s recent explosive renaissance—specifically the final E3 before the arrival of the first major consumer virtual reality systems in this new era. So, before we’re swept away by the inevitable tsunami of E3 (and pre-E3) revelations, here’s a brief up-to-date summary of this most recent virtual reality renaissance period, using E3 itself as a convenient way-point."
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@SurrealGames   ·  
@kpcb_edge @RtoVR virtual reality is no longer a special effect, that's for sure #metaverse
Introducing KPCB Edge
KPCB Edge is a team of builders, investing in seed stage founders working on emerging areas of technology. We're excited to share what we're working on in this blog post.
Introducing KPCB Edge
Introducing KPCB Edge
At Edge, we focus on solving specific problems that founders across our portfolio face — recruiting, third party tools, financing, operations, or just connecting with fellow founders. We believe that at the earliest stages of company building, founders can be helped as much by great software as by great people. That’s why we’re taking a software defined approach to venture capital.
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