What the Metaverse Is, Who’s in It and Why It Matters
The metaverse is a virtual universe that blends aspects of digital technologies including video-conferencing, games like Minecraft or Roblox, cryptocurrencies, email, virtual reality, social media and live-streaming. Quite how these pieces will fit together is a work in progress, but some tech giants already see it as the future of human communication and interaction. It’s “the next frontier,” Mark Zuckerberg said when he changed his company’s name from Facebook to Meta Platforms Inc.washingtonpost.com
Fauci presents his personal virus model to Smithsonian
Fauci presented the donation Tuesday night in a virtual ceremony to honor him with the museums Great Americans Medal. (Smithsonian's National Museum of American History via AP)WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the U.S. government’s pandemic response, has donated his personal 3D model of the COVID-19 virus to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The museum on Tuesday honored Fauci with its Great Americans Medal. “His humanitarianism and dedication truly exemplify what it means to be a Great American." The museum asked Fauci to contribute a personal artifact to mark the pandemic, and he chose the lumpy blue and orange ball that he used to explain the complexities of the virus in dozens of interviews.
Ann Arbor tech startup creates immersive digital experiences
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A young technology startup in Ann Arbor is bringing online marketing and browsing into the three-dimensional world. Founded in 2017 by software entrepreneur Donald Hicks, Saganworks is using new 3D media to create a more immersive experience for audiences online. Called a Sagan, short for Spatially Accessible Gallery of Archived Knowledge, the software allows users, including retailers, restaurants and organizations, to provide visually organized content and display products in 3D. The immersive digital rooms can be embedded into websites, landing pages or blogs, according to a release. AdThe startup has Sagans for businesses and organizations including Ann Arbor’s WSG Gallery, Blue LLama Jazz Club and Llamasoft Inc., The Henry Ford Museum, JOOB Activewear and the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts,Learn more about Sagans and Saganworks through its website.
How high tech tools are being used to restore Michigan Central Station to former glory
DETROIT – When Ford announced it was taking over Michigan Central Station we were told the rehab would be meticulous. On Wednesday, Local 4 got a look at how some very high tech tools are being used to make sure everything is exactly how it should be. 3D scanners are being used to restore the station to its former glory. Local 4 spoke with Dan Saperstein, the senior vice president of business systems at Computer Aided Technology (CATI) to find out more. Click here for more Michigan Central Station coverageWatch the video above for the full report
Should 3D mammograms become the new norm?
Should 3D mammograms become the new norm? A new study finds adding the 3D imaging technique - called tomosynthesis - to routine digital mammography increases cancer detection and reduces the number of false alarms. Researchers found 41 percent more invasive cancers when women were screened with both 3D and digital mammography. CBS News' Alexis Chirstoforous reports.cbsnews.com