A-ha Moment – Great example of Augmented Reality!

I love this, need to go and invest in a headset now after seeing this. Amazing! Or does it show my age that I love the face that it’s A-ha?

Amazing Interactive projector that can turn surfaces into a touchscreen

Wow, this looks like an amazing new bit of technology that has uses both at home and in the office.

It can be used on the floor, on walls, anywhere with a flat surface. Check it out:

It’ll be launched this Spring at a price point of… wait for it… £1284. Perhaps we’ll be waiting for the it to drop down a while. Definitely an addition for the office and one for the Christmas list!

Microsoft just released a fully functional, Terminator-style HUD for HoloLens

This is surely what Augmented Reality and the HoloLens have been invented for?

If you’ve grown up following the Terminator series then now is the time you get to live out your fantasy as a terminator! Get yourself a Microsoft HoloLens and then simply follow these instructions from Microsoft.

This is not just a graphical representation of a HUD.

Not only does HoloLens make for a realistic augmented reality (AR) mockup of the T-800 Terminator’s visual field, but the interface can be hooked up to Microsoft Cognitive Services to analyze objects in the physical space.

It can even use face detection. Basically it actually functions.

Really, this is a great way of getting some great PR on AR. If that makes sense. I’ll certainly be giving it a go!

 

Is the AI apocalypse a tired Hollywood trope, or human destiny?

“Why is it that every time humans develop a really clever computer system in the movies, it seems intent on killing every last one of us at its first opportunity?

In Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000 starts off as an attentive, if somewhat creepy, custodian of the astronauts aboard the USS Discovery One, before famously turning homicidal and trying to kill them all. In The Matrix, humanity’s invention of AI promptly results in human-machine warfare, leading to humans enslaved as a biological source of energy by the machines. In Daniel H. Wilson’s book Robopocalypse, computer scientists finally crack the code on the AI problem, only to have their creation develop a sudden and deep dislike for its creators.”

Read more on the great article from Digital Trends where they look at AI, where we are right now and what’s coming up.

There is some great stuff about Deep learning and AI Art and also an interesting interview with Elon Musk!

Fascinating Reading!!

Incredible Google Maps Hyperlapse

University student Matteo Archondis’ work might inspire you to create something even more extraordinary using Google Maps.

If funds are too tight or work is too busy for you to go on that world trip you’ve been promising yourself, then here’s a cheaper, altogether more convenient option.

Most impressive is that the Italian created the two-and-a-half-minute video using only screenshots from Google Maps, Street View, and Earth.

Archondis made the hyperlapse partly to celebrate this week’s 12th anniversary of Maps, and also to “show the potential tools we have to discover the world around us, even if we can’t afford to travel to places far away from home,” he told PetaPixel.

It’s a superb piece of work that takes you smoothly from famous location to famous location, zooming from up high to up close, and circling iconic landmarks. The carefully considered sound effects are a big part of the piece, too, so be sure to follow Archondis’ advice and stick a pair of cans on before you begin your globetrotting session.

To create the video, Archondis spent two days capturing just over 3,300 screenshots. Post-processing took a full week, with the main challenge to effectively blend and stabilize the content to create as smooth a journey as possible for the viewer.

The university student said the project was a good chance to “experiment with Google Maps and the Street View system, for me one of the best inventions to let us discover and see places from our computer without needing to leave home.”

Archondis added that he drew some of his inspiration from the amazing work of hyperlapse artist Rob Whitworth, who travels the world to make jaw-dropping videos of places like Dubai.

As for Archondis’ piece, we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s a stunning bit of work. Check it out in the video above.

Source: Digital trends

Is this really what Augmented Reality will look like?

Here’s a crazy look at Augmented Reality. It’s a creative impression from Keiichi Matsuda.

Keiichi is a designer and film-maker. His research examines the implications of emerging technologies for human perception and the built environment. Keiichi is interested in the dissolving boundaries between virtual and physical, working with video, architecture and interactive media to propose new perspectives on the city.

I wonder how close this will be and how soon we will see some of these ideas becoming reality.

Watch this robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in a fraction of a second

The hours that I used to spend trying to figure out the Rubix Cube before I know there was a simple system. Now look…

Benedict Cumberbatch debuted a koohl new product that noone saw coming

Didn’t see this one coming…

“There is only one approved way to sit on the toilet! It has been designed to make you look stupid and feel foolish! It is against regulation to look cool and feel confident on the toilet! This is the way it has always been and must always be.”

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