2018, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality (AR), Auto, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), News, Smart Home

CES: Coffee machine and AR mirror turn conversational

SoundHound Inc., a developer of AI and conversational intelligence technologies, this week introduced a range of integrations empowered by their Houndify Voice AI platform. Demonstrations of some of those integrations will occur at this week’s CES in Las Vegas. The integrations run a very wide range of IoT categories, including automotive, connected speakers, robotics, appliances, augmented reality experiences, smart home, and wearables, from companies including Hyundai, HUMAX, Mayfield Robotics, AvatarMind Robots, PhotoSpring and Onkyo. “Conversational voice interfaces represent the next shift in how we interact with the devices around us and the user behavior of speaking to things will quickly become an integral part of

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2018, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Google, Graphics, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

CES: YI Technology and Google introduce VR camera

Imaging technology firm YI Technology today announced details of its YI Horizon VR180 Camera at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The camera, created in collaboration with Google’s Virtual Reality team, is billed as an easy-to-use, stereoscopic 3D camera. The camera features seamless integration with YouTube and Google Photos, and is compatible with Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, PlayStation VR and other certified viewers. Notably, content created by the camera can also be viewed easily in 2D. “We truly believe that it should be easy for everyone to create and share virtual reality experiences,” said Sean Da, CEO of YI Technology. The camera supports 3D video at

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2018, Amazon, Augmented Reality (AR), Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Google, Internet, Microsoft, Mobile, Mobile Computing, News, Smartphones, Wearables

CES: Rokid unveils AR glasses prototype

AI and robotics firm Rokid has unveiled a prototype of its planned augmented reality product, Rokid Glass, this week at CES. The company, better known for its home assistant products (that bear similarities in looks and functionality to Amazon’s Alexa Dot and Google’s Home Mini), appears to be making its first foray into the augmented reality space. Reportedly, the glasses will operate as a standalone headset, but also provide functionality to connect to smartphones or other devices via Bluetooth or WiFi to bolster processing power and network range. The glasses run a variant of Android 6.0 — suggesting it may eventually leverage Google’s ARCore to

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2018, Artificial Intelligence, Auto, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Hardware, Intel, Internet, Mobile, News, Sport, Virtual Reality (VR)

CES: Intel CEO Krzanich keynote highlights AI and VR

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used Monday’s CES 2018 keynote to highlight how data is changing our work and personal lives, while simultaneously pushing forward technological innovation both at his company and within the larger technology sector. His keynote also specifically addressed Intel’s new initiatives in the VR space. “Data is going to introduce social and economic changes that we see perhaps once or twice in a century,” Krzanich said. “We not only find data everywhere today, but it will be the creative force behind the innovations of the future. Data is going to redefine how we experience life – in our work, in our homes,

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2018, Augmented Reality (AR), Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Google, Hardware, Mixed Reality (MR), News, Samsung, Smartphones, Sport, Virtual Reality (VR)

CES: NextVR announces realism-boosting upgrades

NextVR, a leading provider of systems for broadcasting live sports and music events in virtual reality, yesterday previewed several upgrades to its technology platform. The announcement was made in conjunction with the opening of CES 2018 in Las Vegas. In what was billed as a “sneak peek,” NextVR unveiled three major initiatives: introducing Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) technology; improving fidelity of transmitted content; and adding augmented reality to their platform. NextVR is currently compatible with the Samsung Gear VR headset or Google Daydream View combined with an appropriate smartphone, PlayStation VR, or Windows Mixed Reality system. “VR is the most demanding visual medium ever

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Entertainment, Event, Game Reviews, Gaming, HTC, News, Oculus, Sony, VR World

December’s Top VR Gaming Announcements

Thanks to PSX (PlayStation Experience) and The Game Awards 2017, December has been chockfull of VR gaming announcements. We’ve gone through all of them and picked the most notable ones. New Game Announcements   Vacation Simulator Platforms: PC, PSVR Launch Window: 2018 Vacation Simulator is billed as a sequel, since “after you job, you vacation”. In contrast to the small office environment of Job Simulator, players will tackle a full island of activities in this game, accompanied by a few robots. Judging by the trailer and Owlchemy Labs’ former work in the industry, this game is gonna be a good one. Accounting+ Platforms: PSVR, PC (eventually)

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Entertainment, Event, Exclusive, Interviews, Montreal Virtual Reality Market (MVRM), News, startups, Videos, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Montreal Virtual Reality Market shines light to city’s movement in AR/VR

November saw the third instalment of the Montreal Virtual Reality Market – an industry gathering held in Montreal. With over 50 virtual- and augmented reality companies located in the city, Montreal is well positioned to burst in the VR industry: four engineering schools, massive video gaming industry (Ubisoft, EA, A2M, Gameloft to name a few), world-renowned filmmaking and developed IT market surely makes for a lot of qualified skills floating around here. We visited the event nestled at Societe Des Arts Technologique (Technological Arts Society) to check up with the AR/VR startups coming out of this French-speaking city and converse with some of them. Drone

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Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

VR gains foothold in destination marketing at Miami Art Week

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), announced yesterday that they will be unveiling what they herald as a “groundbreaking destination marketing program” at Miami Art Week (Dec 7-9, 2017). Entitled “Vegas: Alter Your Reality,” the experience consists of five, two to three-minute long VR content pieces showcasing various aspects of Las Vegas. “We are committed to constantly exploring new and innovative avenues through which we can reach potential visitors,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing at the LVCVA. “By uniting art and virtual technology to reflect the vibrancy of the destination, Vegas: Alter Your Reality will inspire travelers to create their

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Artificial Intelligence, Auto, Business, Companies, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), News

Toyota Yui wants to know how you feel

After unveiling a concept model for a new line of autonomous vehicles, Toyota expects to start testing these driverless cars in 2020.  Toyota is supposedly combining their Concept-i cars with an AI called “Yui” — the product of spending billions on a venture capital arm meant for AI development. Yui isn’t your typical autonomous driving system. Toyota wants their AI to be able to chat with drivers and get to know them better by using their preferences, emotions, and habits, which Yui builds through deep learning. The company says the Concept-i series is based on its Learn-Protect-Inspire technology that understands people, uses automated driving technology to increase safety and can

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Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Entertainment, Event, , News, Oculus, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Facebook to Open AI Lab in Montreal

Facebook announced that in the future, they want to replace clicking buttons and tapping on screens with natural conversations. The idea, according to Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, is that users could ask Facebook for an update on a family member, the news or even to suggest a friend they haven’t seen in while they might want to catch up with. “I think of it as a full-time, 24/7 personal assistant that helps me stay connected with all the things I care about in the world. That is beyond the reach of current technology” Schroepfer said. Now, a Montreal-based team will be working to

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Artificial Intelligence, Business, Companies, Education, Entertainment, Event, News, , VR World

Branson: Basic Income is crucial for the rise of AI

Richard Branson has backed the introduction of a universal basic income and said it is crucial to tackling the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). The billionaire said it could help protect people whose jobs will be lost as a result of new technology. Another reason the world should look to the Nordics, according to Branson, is its experiments with universal basic income — which can help counter the effects of AI. “In Finland you are experimenting with it in at least one city at the moment,” says Branson, who recently announced his support for the idea. “Basic income is going to be all the more important. If a lot more wealth is created

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Entertainment, Event, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

Magic Leap and Madefire delivering VR Comic

Secretive augmented-reality start-up Magic Leap is partnering with online comic book publisher Madefire to deliver mixed reality comics to Magic Leap’s devices when they launch. According to Rolling Stone, the news sort of snuck out during a Friday night New York Comic-Con panel with a deliberately vague name: “The Future of Comics in New Realities.” Madefire already has VR apps for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, but Magic Leap advisor Andy Lanning has revealed a couple of key differences at the con. The Magic Leap version will apparently feature spatial sound and comics will appear much crisper and more readable on it. So far, Magic

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Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Get Ready for the First VR Concert by Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty VR Concert

Matchbox Twenty and SwivelVR have teamed up for what is billed as the “first fan-controlled virtual reality experience.” or more simply said, a “VR concert”. Being filmed at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, the concert, set on 4th of October, will allow Matchbox Twenty fans a unique viewpoint for the event, being able to use the SwivelVR app to watch either in 2D, or using a VR headset for the full experience. The app and the way how the concert is recorded will allow fans to change their viewpoint with a simple hands free menu. They will also be able to take snapshots during event and share them on

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Companies, Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Marry the Man of Your Dreams Through VR

Virtual romantic avatars for men and women were on display at the 2017 edition of Tokyo Game Show, Reuters stated. Director Taro Kambe commented enthusiastically for Asahi daily magazine whilst checking a scene from his first video made using VR technology: “I have directed hundreds of adult videos but it was my first virtual reality movie.” You can check the Taro Kambe’s photo gallery at IndiaTimes. Japan, always an early adopter market of any new technology, is currently the second biggest market (behind the United States of course) for virtual reality headsets and games. For this reason, both the gaming and the adult movie industry

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Apple, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Event, Google, Hardware, iOS, Mobile, News, Smartphones

Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X will Boost AR Market

iPhone X

At the very first event in Steve Jobs Theater at its new headquarters, Apple Inc. announced a series of devices, including the new smartwatch “Watch Series 3”, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (realistically, these are iPhone 7S and 7S Plus) refreshments, and the king of the event – a $1000 iPhone X (pronounced ten), with X marking 10th anniversary since iPhone 2G came to market. All three phones are powered by a powerful A11 Bionic SoC processor, bringing a set of next-generation features to all three phones, with Augmented Reality and FaceID perhaps being the most impressive ones. Augmented Reality, in that way, superimposes digital

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What Are Virtual Reality Casinos Really Like?

Oculus Virtual Reality DK2

In recent years, virtual reality has been thrown into the limelight as an evolved technology that offers a very realistic experience for its users. VR has been embraced by developers within the gambling industry to help create a new generation of VR casinos for online gamblers to visit. Casinos currently utilizing the amazing VR technology include Slots Million and Casino VR. But is VR really a good thing? Offering VR is all well and good but to actually grab the opportunity with both own hands and maximize its potential is another thing. Can online casinos offer a futuristic product or is it all an aesthetic

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Breaking, Business, Education, Entertainment, Event, News, Samsung, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Virtual Winery: Meet the VR Tours Cuvee

GearVR Wine

Virtual Reality had, until recently largely been in the gaming and gambling consumer segment, followed by proliferation of 360 degree videos. Today, we can see many positive externalities happening in different spheres. We read how VR is seen as beneficial to health sector, banking industries, tourism, science, schools etc. It is a definite fact that this technology is moving to the mainstream. The likes of Audi, Coca-Cola and even The New York Times are all using VR for visual marketing, but what about matching Virtual Reality and the reality itself? Just as GoPro and YouTube achieved a symbiotic relationship, propelling both companies to the new

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3D, Audio/Video, Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Event, Exclusive, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, HTC, Microsoft, News, Oculus, Operating Systems, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Windows

Microsoft Prepares VR Partnerships for Windows 10 Holographic Edition

Last winter Microsoft announced that the company started working together with its PC hardware partners to develop headsets that support a mixed mode, between virtual and augmented reality. These headsets run a new version of Microsoft’s software called Windows Mixed Reality, a version of Windows that natively supports both augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences. At the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, or IFA, the biggest annual consumer electronics trade fair in Europe which started last week, this software giant took the center stage. They said that they will include their “Windows Mixed Reality” in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (available from Oct 17).

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Producer: VR is Not Competition for Cinema, It’s a New Dimension

Amal, 39, shimmered on the Venetian red carpet wearing a flowing purple frock while George, 56, looked dapper in a suit. The Clooney clan were earlier spotted taking a romantic boat trip on Venice’s iconic waterways and they also dined with Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso during their Italian jaunt. Their stay in the picturesque Italian city for its annual film festival, just three months after Amal gave birth to twins. And while this sounds like another boring star report not usual for VR World – it actually isn’t so. It seems that VR industry is coming to their lives and, no ladies,

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Audio/Video, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Hardware, Mobile, Mobile World Congress, News, Qualcomm, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Qualcomm Unveils Depth Sensing Spectra Module Camera

Qualcomm’s AR/VR efforts are accelerating. Following the launch of stand-alone Vive with Snapdragon VR 835 platform, the company launched Spectra ISP camera module for smartphone and headset manufacturers. Goal is to enable several new features which may be the key to simplification of how users around the world use their smartphones and headsets. While we mostly know Qualcomm as the manufacturer of Snapdragon processors, the company is also leading manufacturer of image processing systems, i.e. cameras. Second generation Spectra ISP proves that leadership with innovations such as active or passive depth sensing and biometric recognition (iris scan, facial features) – enabling future smart devices to

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