Most subscription services manipulate customers with “dark patterns”

Several websites and mobile applications around the world use “dark patterns”, which involve hiding or delaying the disclosure of information that can affect a consumer’s purchasing decision, and interface interference, techniques such as obscuring important information or pre-selecting options that frame information in a way that directs consumers to make more favourable decisions for the business.

Augmented reality technology for people with visual impairment

The “Obstacle Detection in Augmented Reality” (ObstAR) research project aims to develop an Augmented Reality-based navigation device that allows visually impaired individuals to minimise their dependence on conventional aids, such as walking sticks or assistance from third parties.

Digital screens of the future could be soft and elastic

A touchscreen for digital devices that can be deformed by finger pressure, becoming softer or stiffer in direct response to the force applied by the user, has been developed by computer scientists at the University of Bath in the UK.

AI and holography bring 3D augmented reality to normal glasses

Researchers in the emerging field of spatial computing have developed a prototype augmented reality headset that uses holographic images to superimpose colourful 3D moving images onto the lenses of what would appear to be an ordinary pair of glasses. 

Smart textiles make remote hugs tangible

Smart textiles are making virtual reality more immersive and allowing users to experience the sensation of physical touch. An ultra-thin film that can transmit sensations of touch is able to transform textiles into a virtual second skin. For seriously ill children in hospital isolation wards, this new technology offers them the opportunity to feel the physical closeness of their parents during computer-simulated visits and to re-experience the sensation of being hugged, cuddled or held.