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Google: Hundreds of Millions of Android Devices Will Use AR

Google expects that “hundreds of millions” of Android devices will be capable of augmented reality (AR) uses next year, bringing a slew of potential monetization opportunities. Amit Singh, vice president of business and operations for virtual reality (VR) at Google, spoke about the company’s investment in the technology and the release of ARCore, a platform that allows developers to make AR apps for Android. During a talk at the Web Summit tech conference in Portugal (Lisbon) Tuesday he announced that there will be hundreds of millions of phones that will be AR ready. “And the current stage is … we are helping developers … build the

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Companies, Education, Entertainment, Google, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Discovery and Google collaborate on immersive VR experiences

This past Friday, Discovery Communications and Google launched the first chapter of Discovery TRVLR, a collaboration that they herald as a “groundbreaking new immersive series,” which aims to provide a 360-degree cross-cultural experience. This new content is viewable by using the Discovery VR app. The app supports a range of mobile and VR platforms, including the new Google Daydream View headset and Google Cardboard. To date, the app has been downloaded over four million times. Each new chapter of Discovery TRVLR will explore a different continent, and immerse viewers in the rituals, traditions, quests, and environments of those regions. A total of 38 episodes will

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3D, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Google, Graphics, Virtual Reality (VR)

Google Created Poly – Both AR and VR Platform

Google is opening a new platform called Poly where people can find and distribute virtual and augmented reality objects. Built for development kits like Google’s own ARCore, or Apple’s ARKit, Poly allows anyone to upload or view 3D objects in a mobile or desktop browser. Google has been offering a number of tools to make it easier to create those 3D assets for several months now, including the development of the free Tilt Brush and Blocks solutions and their associated websites. Now, Google Poly, makes it easy for creative types both share and access a warehouse of 3D objects and scenes. The 3D objects that are uploaded to Poly are published

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Artificial Intelligence, Business, Companies, Entertainment, Google, News

Google AlphaGo Zero AI started to learn by itself

Google’s DeepMind says it has made another big advance in artificial intelligence by getting a machine to master the Chinese game of Go without help from human players. Named AlphaGo Zero, the AI program has been hailed as a major advance because it mastered the ancient Chinese board game from scratch, and with no human help beyond being told the rules. In games against the 2015 version, which famously beat Lee Sedol, the South Korean grandmaster, AlphaGo Zero won 100 to 0. The newest version of its Go-playing algorithm was not only better than the original AlphaGo, but it had taught itself how to play the

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Google Gadgets Going High on AI

Instead of making phones with nicer screens, faster chips or polished industrial design, it seems that Google is trying to leverage heavily on Artificial Intelligence. According to Straits Times, Google Assistant, its virtual assistant software powered by artificial intelligence (AI), is on virtually all of Google’s new hardware devices, ever listening and ready to help users with their queries and tasks. Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive already had said on a conference two weeks ago that as an “AI first” company, this is a “unique moment in time” for Google to combine hardware, software and artificial intelligence. “It’s radically rethinking how computing should work,” he

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Amazon willing to team up with Apple and Google

Amazon.com Inc. is willing to team up with competitors Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google if it would help improve customers’ experience with its Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant, an executive working on the platform said. The online retailer, which is already working with Microsoft Corp. on productivity features for Alexa such as calendar interactions, will put the user first in pursuit of any other partnerships, said Toni Reid, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa and Echo devices, who has been on the team since 2014. Just a few weeks ago, Apple was hiring brand new software engineers in Cambridge to help improve its Siri service. Sensing

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Thanks to VR, Teachers Could (Finally) become Millionares

Robot classroom assistants and virtual reality learning could see “celebrity teachers” make millions, experts claim. Technology is set to play a vital role in helping the 263 million children globally who are not in school, delegates at the annual Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) heard. Mark Steed, the director of Dubai private school Jess, said the format was already being used by some teachers to offer global internet-based seminars, earning millions of pounds in the process. He pointed to a Korean teacher who offers online lessons on “cramming” learning and made $8m (£6m) in one year. Teachers in the Middle East , Egypt and UAE

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VR Fighting Racism: Try Walking in My Shoes Experience

An assistant professor of social work at Columbia University, professor Courtney D. Cogburn and her team are hard at work at completing a project named “1000 Cut Journey”. Developed in collaboration with Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, which is led by prof. Jeremy Bailenson. According to Engadget, this is the first time the experience is showcasing at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. With the use of an HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset, users are put in the body of a black man, Michael Sterling, at four different stages of his life. Titled in reference to the gruesome torture method of death by a thousand

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Let’s go to the Theatre – AR Version

Google Glass managed to make AR and it seemed inaccessible with limited applications and maximum privacy concerns. Now, simple AR apps like Pokemon Go and Snapchat have brought down consumer walls and made us see the fun side of the technology. Now that ARKit has launched on iOS 11 and Apple has effectively created a huge platform for AR on the iPhone overnight we can only see it expanding in terms of depth and breadth. Just to remember, ARKit is an augmented reality framework Apple introduced at WWDC ’17 that is compatible with iOS 11 iPhones and iPads. ARKit lets developers place digital objects in the real world by blending the

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Digital marketing will grow to more than $162 billion

According to an International Data Corporation report, the digital reality market will grow from $5.2 billion last year to more than $162 billion in 2020. Corporate CEOs in any field would be hard-pressed to find a multibillion-dollar industry with an anticipated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 181.3% over the 2015–2020 forecast period in any sector other than digital reality. Also, established by HTC earlier this year, the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance, or VRVCA, is an organisation comprising of VR-invested firms and companies who believe VR is the next big medium. With HTC at the forefront, the VRVCA has set aside US$12 billion to grow VR, with investments

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IDC: AR/VR Market Rising more than 100%

Worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market are forecast to increase by 100% or more over each of the next four years, according to the latest update to the Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide from the International Data Corporation (IDC).  Their forecast calls for the combined AR and VR headset market to reach 13.7 million units by the end of the year, and 81.2 million by 2021 with a compound growth rate of 56.1 percent. The majority of the market will belong to VR, which will account for nine out of 10 headsets until 2019, but AR will pick up

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Business, Entertainment, Google, News, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables, Wearables

Google Enables to Browse the Web in VR with Chrome

Virtual reality is something every gamer is talking about. Sure it’s great to win wars, fly in a space or kill a handful of zombies but, what about everyday usage for not-so-gaming population? Google (who else) is working rapidly on transforming the way we experience the everyday stuff – like watching movies or browsing the web. At Google’s I/O developer conference in May, the company announced that it was working on a VR version of Chrome (Chrome 61) that could work in Daydream. Last week, Chrome development team member and “happiness evangelist” François Beaufort announced that the first set of features are now ready for

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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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Study shows VR Could Improve Eyesight in Children

China is spearheading the research on health, and one such study caught our attention as estimates show that over a million VR headsets are being shipped each month (in China alone). Beijing-based research organization recently released a study named “Experiment Report on the Impact of Long-Term Use of Virtual Reality (VR) Head-Mounted Displays on the Vision of Pre-teen Users” (PDF download). This document suggests that extended use of high-end VR headsets might improve or benefit the vision in preteen population, as explored by six researchers and contributors; Bao Yihua, Advanced Innovation Center for Future Visual Entertainment in Beijing Weng Dongdong, Yu Xingyao, Guo Jie from Beijing Institute of

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YouTube Realizes VR is The Future

As a part of a broader push, YouTube is now working on making its virtual reality app a more social experience. During Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the video site announced that the VR users will be able to watch VR videos together while in its VR app. Not far away from a movie theater experience, the goal is that a viewer is put together with a small group of friends that can sync up videos to watch together simultaneously and talk to each other about what’s going on. At the bottom of the screen, users see which of their friends is in the “room,”

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Google Announced WorldSense, Stand Alone VR Headset

At its annual developer conference called I/O, Google announced standalone VR headsets for the Daydream VR platform, the first of which will be made by HTC and Lenovo. Supporting these new devices is WorldSense, an inside out positional tracking system which supposedly “dramatically improves tracking” when compared to previous Daydream devices. WorldSense is a product name for a positional tracking system that operates on an ‘inside-out’ principle; it doesn’t need any external sensors or beacons to track the movement of your head through 3D space. The new fully self-contained ‘standalone’ Daydream VR headsets will use the new tech to allow for positional tracking which Google

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Samsung Disables Google Daydream VR on Galaxy Phones

While Samsung always had a clear plan that Google and its Android are just some of operating systems the company ships their products with, the company never disabled features that come with Android… until now. When Samsung Galaxy S8 arrives on the market on April 21st, it will probably take the crown of the world’s most powerful Android smartphone on the market… facing a different situation. At the moment, compared to Google’s Daydream, Samsung’s Gear VR is more rounded and polished. However, users that opt for Oculus’s mobile i.e. GearVR platform won’t be able to use Google’s own VR platform, known as Daydream. Just like YouTube platform

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Pokémon Go Is a Game-Changer, What Can Augmented Reality Do Next?

With Pokémon Go recently breaking a financial milestone – reaching one billion USD in revenue, it may finally be time to say that Augmented Reality (AR) is now reaching mainstream acceptance and acknowledgement. Before the game’s release in July 2016, the words “augmented reality” probably didn’t mean much to the average consumer. Despite being an emerging concept for the last few years, Google’s April Fools-joke-turned-into-reality made the technology a mass hit. According to the numbers, Pokémon Go has a database of more than 500 million, with an average of 20 million players in the US alone powering up the game every day. Although official revenue

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Khronos Announces an Open VR Standard Initiative

The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, have just announced a call for participation in a new initiative to define a cross-vendor, royalty-free, open standard for access to modern virtual reality (VR) devices. “Virtual Reality’s success is dependent on a large thriving market of hardware where casual and professional consumers alike can take their pick without worry of fragmentation and incompatibility,” said Christopher Mitchell, OSVR business lead, Razer. “This has been OSVR’s vision from day one and we are thrilled to be a part of the Khronos Group in order to push standardization of interfaces across the industry.” The standards body

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Google Releases Google Earth VR Experience

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. Originally created by Keyhole under the name EarthViewer 3D, Google played with developing 3D models and similar improvements, ultimately leading to the release of Google Earth VR. This is somewhat a surprise project from Google’s Geo team, both just announced and released today. The group has spent the better part of a decade collecting and cataloging an obscene amount of visual data from all over the planet. Now, all that visual data is used to make Earth in Virtual Reality. When you start exploring, you begin your journey looking at the Earth from space, just like in normal Google Earth. From there

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