Author: Charles Duoto

SXSW 2017: Four Small Take Aways

Making a case for removable batteries During my time at SXSW, I had no better partner than my smartphone, a trusty LG G4. I described my smartphone as “my everything.” The reason being of course that I relied on it for note-taking, photos, social media, messaging, and, most importantly, navigation. As you can imagine, my consistent...

Next Nature Habitat VR at the Virtual Cinema

Human, what is your natural habitat? – Next Nature The question Next Nature asks might seem like a simple one, but the truth is that the answer is much more complex. Next Nature’s 11-minute presentation took me through a variety of environments, the Garden of Eden, the Hypernatural Resort, Modernist Dream and Techno Favela. The...

ENCORE: Five Use-Cases Defining VR and Mixed Reality

In the eyes of Robert Scoble, as well as his co-panelists Nonny De La Peña and Shawn Dubravac, virtual reality and mixed reality are slated to become an industry revolutionizing force. Scoble said that Apple is set to completely outsell the current generation of AR and VR technology when they release a pair of augmented...

Making Accessibility Part of Your Digital DNA

After the National Federation of the Blind sued Target over their inaccessible website, the company knew it was time to change their internal culture. The first thing Ryan Strunk said to the audience was “I’m blind.” He then proceeded to tell a few stories of how difficult being disabled can be. He recalled browsing the top...

Creativity and Coding: Inspiring Future Innovators

There is a growing community seeking to teach children how to code. Saxs Persson, Christina Miller, Mimi Ito and Mitchel Resnick are all exactly those type of people. Persson has worked on Minecraft, Miller works for Cartoon Network, Ito works for UC Irvine and Resnick works for the MIT Media Lab. Miller and Resnick have worked on...

Countering Extremism Online from ISIS to Neo-Nazis

One of the biggest issues surrounding digital and online media is the use of platforms for harassment, hate speech and the spread of extremist propaganda. Companies like Twitter have struggled with fighting this problem. It has also led to investors becoming leery of financing a platform that can be used for attacks on people. All the...

Vint Cerf: An Internet For And By The People

There are very few people in the world who can claim to be the inventor of the internet, and Vint Cerf just happens to be one of those people. On March 12, he made his very first appearance at the SXSW conference with his panel, Vint Cerf: An Internet For And By The People. During his...

AR Hacking My Way Out Of Deep Depression

Yosun Chang is no novice when it comes to computer hacking. She has participated in and won multiple hackathons, such as the AT&T IoT Hackathon. In her panel, AR Hacking My Way Out Of Deep Depression, Chang discussed how creating 300 augmented reality hacks pulled her out of her slump. Unlike many panelists, Chang had no...