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IDC: Robotics, AR and VR are bolstering ICT spending

Worldwide information and communications technology (ICT) spending is set to accelerate over the next five years, thanks to the growth of new technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and cognitive computing and artificial intelligence (AI). The forecast is part of IDC’s latest Worldwide Black Book forecast. What this forecast shows is a tale of two ICT markets. The traditional IT and telecom spend will stagnate and move toward a handful of cloud computing giants. Traditional IT spending will grow 3 percent to 4 percent annually through the next 5 years. Telecom spending will grow 1 percent per year.

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Augmented Reality (AR), Companies, Entertainment, News

Take a AR Screenshot Photo with FC Bayern Stars

FC Bayern has launched an Augmented Reality feature that enables fans to create a mixed reality experience with its star players. The experience, which is one of the very first in soccer, enables users to view players anywhere in the world whether it’s at home or in Times Square, New York. Fans will be able to use their mobile device camera on any flat surface to make team captain Manuel Neuer or forward Arjen Robben appear, giving them the option to jump in and take a screenshot photo with the Bayern stars. Robben is an international star, having played for PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid

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Microsoft Presenting Easy-To-Use Virtual Reality Experience

Microsoft is trying to nudge laptop and deskbound computers to interact with the three-dimensional world. The company on Tuesday started rolling out its latest bundle of updates to the Windows 10 operating system with features clustered around a bet that people will use their PCs to experience 3-D virtual worlds. Dubbed the Fall Creators Update, the package will make its way in waves to the more than 500 million Windows 10 users starting this week. Business users have the ability to delay updates. This technology “will forever unleash the creativity of people and organizations around the planet,” Alex Kipman, a Microsoft technical fellow working on Windows

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Augmented Reality (AR), Auto, Business, Companies, News, Tesla

AR Automotive Market Estimated to Reach $7.98 Billion

While many industries are beginning to embrace augmented reality, it’s really starting to come into its own in the automotive space. According to the International Trade Administration, the automotive industry accounts for roughly 3 to 3.5 percent of the United States gross domestic product. The augmented reality automotive market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 30.31% during the forecast period, to reach $7.98 Billion in 2025. The base year for the PWC report is 2018 and the forecast period is 2020–2025. The market for augmented reality automotive applications is primarily driven by the increase in adoption of advanced driving assistance systems by OEMs across

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Beat that LeBron Shooting Hoops

On Monday, the NBA augmented reality (AR) app, NBA AR, was released, and it allows you to test your jump shot on a backboard and basketball court no matter where you are. In NBA AR, once you load the app, you get to choose your the team whose logo you wish to have emblazoned on your augmented court. Then you will be prompted to move your iPhone left and right around the spot you wish to place your court and backboard so the camera can scan your surroundings before plopping some AR hardwood before you. The game relies on Apple’s ARKit AR platform, restricting it to newer iPhone

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Overstock updated iOS app for AR

American internet retailer Overstock.com Inc. updated its iOS app on Tuesday to enable shoppers to view thousands of products in augmented reality. The new functionality makes use of ARKit, a new Apple Inc. tool that aims to simplify the process for developers to add augmented reality capabilities to their apps. “Augmented reality is changing the way people shop for furniture and home goods forever,” said Overstock.com President Saum Noursalehi. “Shoppers no longer have to guess how a piece of furniture will fit in their room, or if a pattern will match their existing design style. Instead, they can use their phones to see the exact

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Upskill Hopes to Bring AR to Mainstream

Upskill wants to be the development platform for our smart glasses, regardless of the brand. This agnostic approach is fairly unusual for companies building augmented reality applications and it provides enterprises with a neutral way to build these applications to work across different smart glasses systems. GE, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Boeing are all Upskill customers that use the Skylight platform in conjunction with Google Glass. The AR market is booming, with Google Glass reborn and ABI Research expecting AR in enterprise applications to hit an inflection point in 2018, with a 227% CAGR. Also, a week ago, ABI Research announced that Augmented Reality (AR) logistics will account for

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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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Everysight Signs First Brand Athlete for its AR Smartglasses

Everysight, an augmented reality (AR) smartglass company, announced its first brand athlete, Chris McCormack (Macca), hailed by ESPN as “The World’s Fittest Athlete”. Everysight is the maker of Raptor AR smartglasses, which provide cyclists and triathletes with a competitive advantage that enhances training by providing them with the real-time information they need to transform into faster, fitter, and more efficient riders. “Everysight Raptor is a monumental leap forward that will revolutionize the way we consume and interact with information while training and racing. Once you’ve experienced Raptors, there’s no turning back – you’ll never want to ride without them. They are amazing, an absolute game-changer,”

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Apple ARKit Shaking up Things for the Brands

Let’s face it: every time Apple introduces a new iPhone to the world – everybody knows! Apple has been exploring virtual reality and augmented reality technologies for more than 10 years based on patent filings, but with virtual and augmented reality exploding in popularity with the launch of their ARKit, Apple’s dabbling may be growing more serious and could lead to an actual product in the not-too-distant future. Its most recent releases, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, have many people talking about the future of augmented reality and the way it will change the world. We’re not just talking about consumers here. All of the brands,

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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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Snapchat Launches AR Art Platform

Snapchat plans to launch a new art initiative aimed at using augmented reality to feature art installations around the world. A countdown clock magically appeared, and a snippet of javascript underlying the page appears to confirm that the reveal is a collaboration with renowned artist and big Snapchat fan Jeff Koons. The only piece of art on the site is a photo of Central Park in New York City with people sitting about in an open lawn. However, dogged software engineer and Twitter user Jonah Grant uncovered the secret by setting his clock ahead. According to the screenshots, Snapchat is calling on artists to submit

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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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Microsoft HoloLens optimizes Ford designs

Microsoft; HoloLens; Ford Motor Company

Ford has started equipping its designers with Microsoft’s HoloLens, the augmented reality technology Microsoft is rolling out for commercial and industrial applications. While the companies are purchasing $5,000 HoloLens Commercial Suite headsets, the components themselves are subject to change for specific customers. We’ve heard stories of customers that bought HoloLens Commercial Suite and received (now cancelled) 2nd generation. Then again, all of this is a warm-up for the 3rd generation HoloLens, planned for a commercial market launch as early as next year. This is not new in the world of car industry since HoloLens headset has been slowly pivoting towards commercial markets over the past year. NASA, Volvo, Lowe’s, Audi, and

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Swarovski and MasterCard Create a New VR Shopping Experience

MasterCard and Swarovski disclosed that two companies joined forces up to create a new virtual reality shopping app for browsing through a virtual home filled with crystal objects designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, designer Tomás Alonso and many others. According to Cnet.com, the app could mean that VR and augmented-reality shopping will start to grow in the luxury markets. Because these crystal pieces are heavy, pricey and difficult to ship (fragile), VR shopping may be a useful step for potential buyers and help Swarovski achieve more sales. In our earlier coverage, IKEA used features from Apple’s new iOS 11 to create an AR furniture shopping

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Intel Abandons Project Alloy VR as it Canceled Its Mobile Processors

Over the past three months, Intel abandoned or canceled a large number of projects which were hailed as the “future of Intel”. By canceling its low-power mobile processors and shifting away from competing with ARM, projects are getting abandoned ‘en masse’. Last in the list of cuts were plans to create a virtual reality headset. According to a report, this semiconductor giant has shut down Project Alloy virtual reality headset initiative, in which third-party companies were to build VR headsets based on Intel’s hardware blueprints. As stated: “Intel has made the decision to wind down its Project Alloy reference design, however we will continue to

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“IKEA Place” AR App Now Shows How Your KIVIK looks in the Daylight

Swedish-based furniture manufacturer IKEA is known for not just designing and manufacturing assemble-it-yourself furniture, but for being the pioneer of its kind by letting technology inform its business. According to Wired.com, there is a new app called Ikea Place that’s not just bringing Swedish shelves and tables to life in your living room, but also lets you put your sofa on the street if you feel like doing it. Previously, IKEA already had released a Catalog app with a similar 3D visualization tool, but the user interface was tiny and it required the physical paper catalog for it to work properly. “IKEA Place makes it

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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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Finalists Announced for NVIDIA VR Content Showcase 2017

With a record number of applicants, NVIDIA just announced the finalists for its VR Showcase at the upcoming festival of  GTC 2017. From over 120 startups, 10 companies have been chosen to compete for a chance to win up to $30,000.00 in cash and prices. These companies have created new and novel ways to use VR/AR content to better the world. The finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and concepts on stage for 5 minutes with 3 minutes allotted for questions. All the finalists will have exclusive exposure for marketing, public relations, and venture capital. GTC 2017 will offer multiple sessions on

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Top 10 Stories to Read on April 20th

Starting today, on April 20th we’re launching a new daily section covering the latest news from the world of technology. Every day we’ll try to bring Top 10 stories for you to read and eny. We hope you’ll enjoy them. Hold on, memory will be cheaper (soon?) http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20170418PD203.html “Major NAND flash suppliers including Samsung Electronics, Micron Technology and Toshiba have rolled out 64-layer 3D NAND flash products, said the sources. SK Hynix has even introduced what the company claims is the industry’s first 72-layer 3D NAND flash chips.” Microsoft explains why the company opted against combining Polaris GPU with RYZEN CPU architecture http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-the-scorpio-engine-in-depth “There are

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