It’s been another busy week in the tech universe with new products, announcements and interviews from the Hypebeast team.
Elsewhere, we caught up with Alex Klein – Kano Computing founder and co-creator of Steam Player – about everything from the Kano office to the company’s demise. To sum things up, Elon Musk has had some trouble with the FDA because they were unable to reauthorize his company’s Neuralink brain implant prototype to begin human trials with a brain-computer interface.
Below, Hypebeast has rounded up the best tech stories of the week so you can stay up-to-date on trends in the industry.
A conversation with Trunks co-creator Alex Klein
To kick things off, the Hypebeast team sat down with Alex Klein, founder of Kano Computing and co-creator of the Steam game, bringing to life what it’s like to build a company and dive into the amazing projects he’s had in hand.
Klein also underlines the difficulty of the situation, weighing the fallout with Yee – associating it with separation. He also discussed the Kano office, the magic of Kano STEM products, the company’s vision for the future, and more.
Louis Vuitton has introduced the third-gen Horizon headphones
Following the releases in 2019 and 2020, Louis Vuitton has announced the launch of the third generation Horizon Earphones. Attention-grabbing accessories deliver an undeniable LV look – from the packaging to the sound quality and the headphones themselves.
The headphones boast a lightweight aluminum frame construction and are emblazoned with the brand’s monogram in stunning polished sapphire. Available in five color options, each pair comes with a compact charging case. Developed in collaboration with Master and Dynamic, key features include active noise cancellation, noise filtering equipped microphone and Bluetooth multipoint. Available now, the pair can be purchased for $1,660 USD.
Xiaomi announced the new wireless AR glasses
For years, wearable augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology have been touted as the future. Whether it’s a full-fledged headset that takes one to another direction or a head-mounted display to move around in reality, the possibilities are endless. As companies continue to delve deeper into its capabilities, Xiaomi unveiled the Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition.
Still only as an example, the retina-level near-eye display provides an enjoyable experience while wearing it. While it can be switched between “Immersed Mode” for VR and “Transparent Mode” for AR, the specs include a magnesium-lithium alloy structure with carbon fiber parts and a silicon-oxygen anode battery that weighs at least 126g (4.4 oz).
Neuralink’s request to begin human trials of its brain transplant has reportedly been rejected by the FDA.
Elon Musk and a team of scientists and engineers have been working on Neuralink as a brain-computer interface (BCI) since July 2016. There are technological advances designed to “develop ultra-high-bandwidth BCIs to connect people and computers.” There are many security concerns.
Despite pressing for faster FDA approval, Musk was again denied the opportunity to conduct human trials of the Neuralink brain implant. The FDA reportedly has a long list of concerns about the experiment, including the possibility of this type of device moving through the brain and the risk of the lithium battery failing.
It is reported that Meta will launch its first fully-assisted AR glasses in 2027
A big week for wearables, news broke of the launch of Meta AR glasses – pointing to a release date of 2027. A roadmap presentation took place at the end of February, where Meta Reality Labs shared the inside scoop on what progress is being made in both AR and VR technology. .
Far from arriving, other AR glasses are set to hit the market before this pair. However, Mark Zuckerberg believes this development will be the meta’s “iPhone moment.” Workers are expected to be able to test the device in 2024.