With Tech on the Defensive, SXSW Takes an Introspective Turn

March 16, 2019

The first five days or so of SXSW in Austin are always heavily weighted toward the interactive portion of the conference. The city’s downtown streets swell with lanyard-laden “entrepreneurs” and “founders” wearing that familiar uniform of T-shirts screen-printed with their company’s clever logo, an outfit made professional by throwing a blazer over the ensemble. They bounce from panel to panel and branded “house” to branded “house” (this year, on scooters,…


Bose’s AR sunglasses are the complete opposite of Google Glass and that’s really smart

March 13, 2018

Bose's augmented-reality sunglasses tell you about the world around you through sound.Image: Raymond Wong/Mashable Bose — yes, the speaker and headphone company — is developing augmented reality sunglasses. But unlike the failed Google Glass and other smart glasses designed to overlay digital objects and information on top of the real world, Bose’s AR glasses have no screen and no camera. Instead, they use sound to provide useful context when you’re…