On Fridays I post here my favorite stories about emerging technologies, experiential activations, interactive art, advances in scientific research, and other things I find inspirational.

Against every VR company’s advice, two researchers spent 48 hours in nonstop virtual reality:

Image: Dean Johnson

Alphabet’s X labs is working on an air traffic control system for delivery drones:

Image: Alphabet

Meta wants you to use its AR headset and new Workspace software to be more productive at work:

Image: Meta

SwapBots are modular blocks that can combine to make various augmented reality creatures:

Image: SwapBots / The Next Web

MIT CSAIL researchers used their GelSight sensor technology to give robots a sense of touch:

Image: Robot Locomotion Group at MIT

This week a robot called AI-MATHS will be taking China’s grueling gaokao college entrance exam:

, Image: Quartz

China’s Autonomous Rapid Transit (Art) is a rubber-wheeled train that runs on virtual tracks:

Image: CGTN/YouTube

HoloKit is a clever Google Cardboard-like rig for augmented reality:

Image: Amber Garage

Paul Allen built the world’s largest plane, the Stratolaunch, to fling satellites into space:

Image: Stratolaunch Systems Corp

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an autonomous stone stacking robot:

Image: ETH Zurich

To see stories throughout the week, follow me on Twitter: @josiah17