Using a special 3D camera, a Tango equipped device looks at the world around it, and uses that information to map a space, add in augmented reality objects, or simply track the location of a mobile device.By building a memory of the world around it, the Tango device can recognize those spaces, and properly fit objects back into them.Several demos served to illustrate how well this worked.Turning on area learning produced entirely different results.Granted, it sometimes took a few seconds to re-identify the space around it, but once it did, the box popped right back up.Memory makes for better multiplayerArea learning really opens up the possibilities of VR and AR gaming with multiple users.
MUST SEE: This hidden iPhone trick just became my new favorite featureGrand Theft Auto has grown much less controversial over the years as the world continued to be desensitized.Remember all the commotion GTA used to cause in the early days?Now it seems like anyone and everyone plays Grand Theft Auto games, and GTA 5 did more than $1 billion in sales in its first three days alone.The full video is embedded below in GIF format so that you can spend the rest of your day watching it on loop and wishing you were the one actually getting to play GTA in VR.It s a big file so you might have to give it a few seconds to load.Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.
Google has begun to build its own custom application-specific integrated circuit ASIC chip called tensor processing units TPUs , Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.The name is inspired by Google s TensorFlow open source deep learning framework.When you use the Google Cloud Platform, you can take advantage of TPUs as well, Pichai said.Specialty hardware — sort of taking a cue from the holographic processing unit HPU inside Microsoft s HoloLens augmented reality headset — will not be the only thing that will make the Google public cloud stand out from market leader Amazon Web Services AWS .Also, over time Google will expose more and more machine learning APIs, Pichai said.Our goal is to lead the industry on machine learning and make that innovation available to our customers, Google distinguished hardware engineer Norm Jouppi wrote in a blog post.Building TPUs into our infrastructure stack will allow us to bring the power of Google to developers across software like TensorFlow and Cloud Machine Learning with advanced acceleration capabilities.Machine Learning is transforming how developers build intelligent applications that benefit customers and consumers, and we re excited to see the possibilities come to life.
On top of that, we really have to think about what wearables are going to become to make sure that we're thinking about them in the right way today.One company that's targeting its omnichannel customers and working to meet shoppers wherever they are is retail home improvement chain Lowe's.Since the majority of wearables are tied to an app, marketers can use those mobile applications to get permission from consumers and provide disclosure on that collected data.The data tied to wearable devices will be leveraged, Edwards continues, to build predictive models that will ultimately be part of a larger interconnected ecosystem that will be comprised of Internet of Things hardware and software, emotive robotics, and mixed reality — such as virtual reality and augmented reality — in order to create immersive and highly contextual solutions for the brand marketers of the future.As wearable tech becomes more ubiquitous, Barrett Glasgow says that there'll be even more attention centered on the data that these devices are collecting, displaying, and distributing.Don't focus on the wearable part.
Google's Project Tango isn't just a big focus as the skunkworks team aims to map the world, it's a full-fledged component of Android N. The company isn't spilling the beans on Lenovo's upcoming Tango smartphone - details on that will have to wait until Lenovo's own event on June 9 - but it is talking about how it has paved the way for a whole range of Tango-capable devices in future.That's because the Project Tango team has pushed the fruits of its labors deep into Android N. Indeed, just about any device running the OS would - with some caveats - have the potential to be a Tango device."It lays the groundwork for many, many new devices with those capabilities," Project Tango's Johnny Lee says.Tango's effectiveness is improving dramatically since the early demonstrations of Unity walk-throughs we saw when the project was first revealed.What makes such a use of Tango special is that the virtual environment is aware of the physical space in which it's being played: the edge of the stage was mapped to, so in theory apps could prevent you from inadvertently stumbling off, much as HTC's Vive remembers the shape of your virtual reality gaming area and warns you if you're about to step outside of it.In the background, the work continues on making Tango's perception of the world more accurate and more useful.
After Apple s recent milestone, I posed the following question to a panel of business owners from Young Entrepreneur Council YEC :What do you see Apple reinventing next, and how will this change the markets in which they operate?Siri continues to be integrated into Apple products as exemplified by the most recent integration of Siri into Apple TV.The Automotive IndustryApple will either acquire Tesla or create their own hybrid electric and solar powered vehicle, which will of course be self-driving as well.IoT for Home AutomationAutomating and connecting the home as part of the IoT industry continues to be a growing market.While Apple has done some things related to home networking related to entertainment, they might consider getting into other aspects of the home related to the atmosphere, security and functionality.It s a billion dollar industry, probably more, so more people rely on travel and tech than ever.
GIFIt s fun for the occasional tech demo, but now we know the real reason that Google Glass, and other augmented reality solutions, have failed to catch on.The future they ve promised us will eventually turn into the same nightmare that surfing the web has become—a sea of intrusive ads and countless another annoyances trying to sell you something.You can at least close your browser or look away from your laptop when it all gets too overwhelming, but as Keiichi Matsuda reveals in this brilliant Hyper-Reality short film, one day there might not be any escape from ads.
Google I/O 2016: Google details new suite of VR hardware and software for Android manufacturersGoogle will bring virtual reality VR to smartphones with the launch of the Daydream platform which comprises a reference design headset for hardware partners and a software upgrade to its Android mobile operating system.Daydream is described as a platform for high quality mobile reality that brings Android applications to VR, delivering rich, responsive and immersive experiences .Third party apps will support the features, while google will introduce them into its own services such as Maps and YouTube.HTC, Facebook and Samsung are also targeting the fledgling market for VR with their own headsets, which have the potential to impact the gaming, entertainment and business markets.Daydream is phase 2 in Google s mobile virtual reality ambitions, said Geoff Blaber, an analyst at CCS insight.It will be hoping its new Daydream reference design will help its Android partners go head-to-head with Samsung s Gear VR.
This is no surprise to see in this year at Google I/O conference in the Google Campus pushing into new products and services in voice recognition and more adaptive text apps to try to compete against Amazon and facebook s rise in user-friendly search-and-assistant services.What was surprising was Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai admitting on stage that Amazon Echo, the tabletop and mobile speaker device with Alexa, a voice recognition assistant has stolen a march on google and the rest of the industry in offering voice-controlled services for the connected home to connected retail and a huge range of other possible services.We are moving from keyboard to control by voice and virtual reality touchWhat is driving this is that we have passed a tipping point a few years back with the convergence of faster cheap computing power and faster broadband and local wifi network speeds to enable better near instant search and complex response.Why this is fundamentally important is that it means we will increasingly not touch a keyboard or smartphone or tablet screen but use our voice to do the same thing but more importantly, it will also talk back and recommend and assist with personalized services or connected room or car situational advice.Thirdly, it also means that the earlier attempts of virtual reality with Google Glass and Microsoft Kinect have shifted from fad and game inside a closed virtual environments to a bigger open assisted augmented reality of connected things.In effect we are moving from early closed virtual reality Closed-VR to open augmented reality Open-AR which mixes and blends your devices and experience with voice, sounds, sights and machine artificial intelligence to make it more immersive.
It s fun for the occasional tech demo, but now we know the real reason that Google Glass, and other augmented reality solutions, have failed to catch on.The future they ve promised us will eventually turn into the same nightmare that surfing the web has become—a sea of intrusive ads and countless another annoyances trying to sell you something.You can at least close your browser or look away from your laptop when it all gets too overwhelming, but as Keiichi Matsuda reveals in this brilliant Hyper-Reality short film, one day there might not be any escape from ads.
For three years now Google has been working on its Project Tango augmented-reality AR technology for mobile devices.And today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, there were more demos that made the system look even more promising.There was an improved measurement app that recognizes edges and can then be used to measure the dimensions of windows, tables, and other objects.The app can retain the corresponding images but also present schematics, which can then be used for other purposes, like identifying the right size of tablecloth or curtain set to purchase.There was an app that let you put a dinosaur in the middle of the room and then tap the plus button a fe times to make it look huge in the middle of the real-life environment in the background.There was an app in which you could select furniture and have models of it unboxed and placed right next to you, so you could see if it would be a good fit.There was an app that made little flowers sprout in the middle of the floor.Yes.People who prefer iOS may have to wait before something like this gets baked into the operating system — it was not very long ago that Apple bought AR startup Flyby Media.Today Johnny Lee, who works on Project Tango at Google and previously worked on Kinect at Microsoft, played a video that demonstrates the latest research projects.There is no guarantee that any of these experiences will ever become available for consumers to try out.
When companies like Microsoft and the mysterious Magic Leap present their visions for augmented reality, it is like dreams coming true.But on the internet, dreams have a funny way of becoming nightmares — ad-filled, overwhelming nightmares.Designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda has created a short film that shows an alternative vision of what augmented reality might do to our world.He describes "Hyper-Reality" as "a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media."It shows how ads and other media might make our new reality a digital version of New York's Time Square.Here is the film, which was surfaced by Gizmodo:NOW WATCH: The defense attorneys from 'Making a Murderer' respond to criticism from Steven Avery s new lawyerLoading video...
We got a look at how the Tango's mapping capabilities can be used for everyday tasks—as well as for having a little fun inside your home.I ve already seen how Project Tango is used in the International Space Station, as well as in a museum as an augmented reality guide.I still haven t seen the smartphone, but I did get to see a few demonstrations where its underlying technology could be helpful at home.The application will automatically snap a line to each angle of the object, so you don t have to worry about being precise.Sure, both apps seem designed to encourage you to pull the trigger on that new couch or that fancy convection oven.But they re also excellent examples of how Tango s technology can be used to aid even the most menial life decisions.
Until people get their hands on it, the photonics chip remains a mystery.There are some subtle differences between mixed and augmented realities, with the latter tending to lay stuff onto surroundings while the former mixes the person into them.I watched miniature humans wrestle each other on a real tabletop, almost like a Star Wars holographic chess game.The focus on fun means the headset is closer to the Oculus VR than Microsoft s HoloLens, which has been demoed doing work-focused tasks.Facebook, which bought Oculus for $2 billion last year, has been promoting VR heavily and Google announced a new platform for the technology at its I/O 2016 keynote event, which was held this week.Ultimately, Magic Leap s secrecy means no one can accurately judge the technology without trying it, and the world is unlikely to see it anytime soon.
One that particularly stood out to us from a practical perspective was a video of ultra-precise indoor navigation in use, complete with a waypoint overlay on the phone's display.It looks a bit like a modern first person shooter game, except those little digital breadcrumbs lead to a delicious meal or an important appointment rather than a virtual bloodbath.Also shown off was the potential to map large buildings in 3D from the outside, which another demo showed how Project Tango could detect and remove moving objects from a captured 3D image.It really is like your own personal Google Maps capturing device.Google even showed off how Project Tango could help space robotics, enabling operators to accurately track the position and movements of their robots from thousands of miles away.Next, check out our Oculus Rift unboxing video:It's all looking very impressive indeed, and with Lenovo's first commercial Project Tango handset just around the corner, we're rather excited to give it a proper spin.
It s coming out in spring 2017, with a limited beta coming this fall.It s called the trucker jacket, Levi s vice president of innovation Paul Dillinger said.Google Maps, Google Play, Spotify, and Strava will be supported — and there will be APIs that will let developers build their own custom services for this technology.The division came to Google as part of the Motorola Mobility acquisition, and it was the only thing Google kept before selling the rest to Lenovo.Not surprisingly, it has done a lot of hardware projects — alongside Project Jacquard, last year the group debuted Project Soli, a radar device that picks up on gestures.There was also the Project Vault encrypted microSD card.But ATAP is also behind the Project Tango augmented reality technology that is close to being shipped in a consumer smartphone from Lenovo.Recently Regina Dugan, the leader of ATAP who used to work inside the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA , left Google for Facebook.In addition to the Jacquard and Soli updates, Google has been working on the Abacus authentication technology it talked about at I/O last year.Later this year there will be a Trust application programming interface API that Android developers will be able to incorporate into their applications, said Dan Kaufman — another DARPA alum who replaced Dugan as ATAP head.
The company said it will be releasing the developer edition in Q4 2016, and it s already working on a consumer version that s scheduled to be released next year.Ara has made so much progress this year, it s actually spun out into a new business unit run by Richard Woolridge the chief operating officer of ATAP , Google said.Enabled devices will have six generic slots that can be customized to your heart s desire.The idea of Ara is to ensure that your devices are future-proofed, meaning that the whole upgrade every two years mentality is no longer a thing.When you want to eject it, you can either specify the module you no longer want within the settings app or simply tell Google using your voice.Google is working on giving developers more access to tools that it calls the first truly modular computing platform.Created by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, who has since departed for Facebook, ATAP specializes in projects that could be developed within two years, which is a much shorter time from Google s other innovative program, X, which focuses on moonshots.In previous years, the company has shared details around some of the things it s been working on, including its wearable technology effort Project Jacquard, touch-sensitive textiles Project Soli, and Project Vault, which specializes in encrypting a microSD memory card.Other efforts in the group include augmented reality technology Project Tango, modular smartphone customization effort Project Ara, and a smart contact lens that helps you manage your glucose levels.Google also shared updates today relating to Project Jacquard and Project Soli.
Google announced that Chromebooks would be able to download apps from the Play Store, bringing the low-cost laptops into the Android ecosystem.Chromebook users will now be able to download Android apps such as Skype or Office, meaning that developers and companies can now easily build apps that are usable across smartphones, tablets and laptops.The devices are particularly popular in schools.Since most of the storage on Chromebooks is hosted in the cloud, a concern around hosting Android apps would be the limited memory of the devices.The move by Google to combine the Chrome OS and Android ecosystems reflects a broader shift towards multi-platform apps and ways of working.This is the first OS to render for all devices from the same kernel, meaning that the same applications can run across all the different major platforms, including desktop, tablet, mobile and emerging technologies such as augmented reality.
agorafinancial.comAdChoicesAd covers the pageReport this adThanks for the feedback!InappropriateRepetitiveIrrelevantThanks for the feedback!But like any technology, the computers and the Internet, they do come with their own set of dangers, opening them up to abuse by less than conscientious individuals.Designer Keiichi Matsuda has and his vision, narrated in the video "Hyper-Reality", is rather frightening.You see neon colored text and images everywhere, floating like ghosts loosely attached to surfaces and people's heads.The video ends in a sort of comedy-tragedy duality, depending on your interpretation of the events.
Google's Project Tango could turn out to be the biggest thing to happen to smartphone technology in years.There's also potential for helping those whose eyesight may be fading.In many ways, then, it's closer to Microsoft's HoloLens in its focus on enhancing reality rather than creating a whole new virtual one.Aimed at helping you part with your cash more efficiently, they're still in their infancy but give a glimpse into the shop of the future.Among them are Car Visualiser, which lets you take a virtual tour of a car by moving the device, MeasureIt which lets you measure objects just by pointing the phone at them, and 3D puzzle game WeR Cubed.This included ultra-precise indoor navigation in use, complete with a waypoint overlay on the phone's display, which looks a bit like a modern first person shooter game, except those little digital breadcrumbs lead to a delicious meal or an important appointment rather than a virtual bloodbath.
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