These hologram-like projections are so good they’ll make you question reality


These projections are so convincing they’ll make you question reality.

Visual Studio THEORIZ developed technology that creates 3D hologram-like projections, designed to give you an immersive experience.

Interactive video is projected onto the walls and ground, responding to the movements of the subject in real time, all without the use of any post-production. 

You can see more of their work by visiting their Vimeo, Instagram or Twitter.

Produced by David Ibekwe.

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An ex-Tesla engineer created an FDA-compliant cure for hangovers


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Sisun Lee loved his job as an engineer at Tesla. He had absolutely no intention of quitting and starting his own company.

But what started out as a fun side project to find a cure for hangovers has grown so big, he felt he had to quit his job this week and launch a company.

On July 5, his startup Morning Recovery, will be open for business, where it will sell an FDA-compliant hangover cure.

The whole thing started about a year ago, when the then 26-year-old Lee took a trip to his home country of South Korea, a land known for its partying ways. And that meant he spent a lot of time with his friends getting drunk. But instead suffering from hangovers, his Korean buddies turned him on to the hangover cure drinks that are popular there.

Those drinks worked for him, Lee told Business Insider. "The next day, I woke up feeling great."

When he returned to the US he searched for similar drinks but they didn’t work for him as well. He bought some Korean ones online and shared them with his friends, particularly his buddies at his former job at Facebook. They loved them and everyone wanted more.

"I tried to import them" and become a distributor, he told Business Insider, but these companies weren’t interested in having someone they didn’t know, with no background in beverages or consumer goods represent them in the US.

Then he got an idea. Could he just make the drink himself? He had taken three years of nanotechnology/biotech engineering in college before changing majors to computer science.

He started researching the ingredients and discovered the work of Dr. Jing Liang, a UCLA researcher publishing papers on herbal remedies for hangovers.

The herb that stops hangovers

It turns out the secret ingredient, according to Liang’s papers, is an herbal compound called dihydromyricetin (DHM) found in the Oriental raisin tree and rattan tea, Lee says.

Morning Recovery hangover cureHerbal drinks from these trees have been used to cure hangovers in Asia for thousands of years, Lee discovered.

Hangovers are caused when we drink more alcohol than our livers can handle, and a type of toxic acid builds up, he said.

Too much of that acid causes inflammation like a headache. Too much too fast can cause vomiting. DHM helps the body remove this toxic acid, he said. (Here’s a link to a more technical explanation.)

He also learned that for a hangover drink to really work, "Purity matters, quantity matters, and you need a lot of other ingredients for hangovers. You lose Vitamin B and Vitamin C in the body. These are all things that are not in Korean hangover drinks," he said.

With the help of Dr. Liang, who agreed to advise him, and a few of his other tech engineer friends, they created their own formula.

Getting drunk for the sake of his company

Once he had the formula, he needed a contract manufacturer to make it in large enough quantities for him and his friends. So he took a two-week trip to Asia. At first, he tested their sample runs on himself.

"I was basically getting drunk every single night," he said. His hangover formula seemed to work, "but I’m super skeptical. I wondered, did I not drink enough?"

Morning Recovery Korean factorySo he took videos of himself drinking it up to verify to himself that he was really getting hammered.

He also tried skipping the drink to verify he would still wake up hung over.

"It wasn’t healthy," he said. "I gained 15 pounds."

He needed more guinea pigs. He asked his friends to distribute the drink to more people and the feedback was good. 80% said it helped them.

"We were still very skeptical. We wanted to eliminate bias. We needed to give it to people who didn’t know us at all. But we couldn’t get enough strangers to say, ‘Yeah I’ll get drunk and take this really weird sketchy drink from you," Lee laughed.

They put up a simple Web page explaining the science behind the drink, he posted it on Facebook and asked his friends to share it. A VC in Toronto saw the post and put it on Product Hunt, a website that helps launch new products.

And his hangover cure blew up.

"Overnight we became No. 2 on Product Hunt. We weren’t even a startup. We were just people doing this thing," he said. That day 10,000 people signed up to try it. News stories about the drink began popping up.

"We had to apologize, and changed the web page from offering to send a sample to a waitlist," he said.

Morning Recovery on Product HuntWord spread. Over the next week, 20,000 people signed up on the wait list. Then 30,000 people. He started a private Facebook group so he could interact with a reasonable number about the drink, and it ballooned to 800 people. His inbox is flooded with emails asking for it. He was even contacted by Shark Tank, he says.

He raised a small seed round from Slow Ventures, 500 Startups, and other angel investors to fund a real production run.

And it became increasingly obvious that he had to quit his job and give running this company a try.

"Leaving Tesla was a very tough decision. If I could have done both, I would have," he said. But he feels like he’s been handed a very specific job to do: cure hangovers. And he’ll always regret it if he doesn’t try.

He’s even hoping to one day get FDA approval for the formula. If that works, doctors would be able to prescribe it as a drug, an actual cure.

There must be a lot of people in the world who would say "cheers" to that.

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We rode an electric motorcycle that could change the way you think about sport bikes


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There’s a variety of reasons why someone would prefer to ride a motorcycle — even with its inherent risks and inconveniences — over a traditional car.

However, much like the transportation industry, the term "traditional" has been redefined to include modes of transportation that don’t completely rely on an internal combustion engine — you don’t need to look long to spot a hybrid or electric car on the road today.

Now Zero Motorcycles, an American manufacturer that produces electric motorcycles, is putting a new battery powered ride on the road with its 2017 Zero SR.

Nestled in the mountaintops of Scotts Valley, California, is a company that’s trying to revolutionize the motorcycling industry by building sport bikes that run on lithium-ion batteries. The company says the Zero SR can deliver TK miles of range, while producing 70 horsepower and 116 foot-pounds of torque at the drop of a hat.

No, that’s not an exaggeration or a ringing endorsement of the SR. It’s a fact. Unlike traditional motorcycle engines that require time and a suitable transmission to ride the revs in order to achieve peak torque, there’s no powerband on an electric motor, so you’ll have access to 100% of its power with a simple twist of the throttle.

Now, I wouldn’t blame purists who stopped reading after seeing "battery-powered" and "motorcycle" in the same sentence — I had my doubts, too. Taking the SR out for a spin myself helped answer some of my questions, while also raising some new ones.

Here’s our impression of the 2017 Zero SR:

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At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about the SR — it more or less looks like your standard bike …

… That is until you realize the clutch lever is missing. With no clutch and no gearbox, there’s no shifting involved.

Hazard lights for safety and etched logos on the grips are also a nice touch.

Here’s the belt drive system. Relatively quiet compared to its metallic predecessor, Zero claims that the SR has 116 foot-pounds of torque, more than any 1,000cc sport bike on the market.

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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s advice to entrepreneurs: ‘Get out of PowerPoint’


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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Twitter and Square cofounder Jack Dorsey’s main piece of advice to entrepreneurs is don’t spend too long dreaming about your idea — get out there and build it.

"As soon as you get to that space where you actually have something to play with and something tangible, that’s when the real learning happens," Dorsey told the Money2020 conference in Copenhagen on Monday. "Get out of Keynote, get out of PowerPoint, and just start building and start showing it off to people."

Dorsey offered the advice to a packed conference hall of thousands of finance industry execs, startup founders, and would-be entrepreneurs on the first day of the fintech conference. He was speaking in his capacity as CEO of Square, the Silicon Valley startup that helps small businesses accept credit card payments through their smartphones.

Dorsey said: "We will not talk with anyone — VCs, investors, customers, other people we’re trying to hire — until we’ve got something to show, in Square’s case until we had something that could actually take money from them off their credit card."

He added: "The biggest thing for us back in the day, especially when we were just getting started, is, you know, you have so many ideas and you’re talking about what if, what if, what if, instead of just doing it, just making it.

"The faster you can get to making it, really create that time to build the idea and write that code, the faster you’re going to be able to answer your questions and you’ll be able to attract people to your idea and what you’re doing."

Square was founded in 2009 and Dorsey said the company’s mission is to "make sure a seller can always make a sale." The company recently launched in the UK and Dorsey said that, while its early days, "it’s resonated in the same way many other markets have for us."

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