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theoriz-holodeck-ar-projectors

Engadget

A company called Théoriz from Lyon, France has married both of those things to create a "mixed reality room" that uses projector tech, motion tracking and augmented reality together. That generates digital environments like flying space skulls, a Minecraft-like room with holes that open up on the floor and geometric shapes that interact with actors to form stairs, wells or small hills. In the resulting videos, live actors interact seamlessly with virtual environments, creating a hallucinogenic effect. In the latest demo video (above), actors interact with bizarre geometric environments, opening up holes in the floor where they move and walking up fake stairs.


Apple just got deeper into AR with purchase of eye-tracking tech firm

USATODAY

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple wants to make AR a reality. Three weeks after it unveiled ARKit, a new augmented reality developer kit that would help Apple app developers integrate this technology that overlays digital images on the physical world, and Apple CEO Tim Cook singed its praises, the company has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, a German developer of eye-tracking movement technology. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," the company said in an email statement. Longtime Apple analyst Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, believes the company could leverage AR for use in the home improvement and real estate industries.


Apple iPhone AR, VR Could Improve After Eye-Tracking Company SMI Acquisition

International Business Times

Apple has acquired German eye tracking company SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), MacRumors reported Monday. In the report, MacRumors cited the power of attorney signed by German law firm Hiking Kühn Lüer Wojtek giving power to Delaware-based shell company Vineyard Capital Corporation to represent it in all business related to the acquisition. SMI has been working in the arena of eye-tracking hardware and software for close to three decades in the segments of augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in-car systems, clinical research, cognitive training, linguistics, neuroscience, physical training and biomechanics, and psychology. The tech giant recently announced its ARkit to help developers create augmented reality experiences.


Hey glassholes: Apple just bought an eye-tracking company

Mashable

In addition to tracking down acquisition documents linked to Apple attorney Gene Levoff, the site also spoke to an anonymous tipster in contact with an Apple employee who confirmed the acquisition. Similarly, another image on the SensoMotoric site shows a user wearing similar glasses as she reads the information on the back of a cereal box (see top image). This connection to SensoMotoric and its eye-tracking could be what led to recent rumors around Apple possibly developing its own AR glasses. Also, giving brands a means to directly track user engagement in AR with eye-tracking (the holy grail of advertising) could result in a rush of AR apps from major brands, in addition to independent AR app developers.


CEOs use VR headsets to experience 'realities' of homelessness

The Independent

Our Sydney CEOs using virtual reality to get a glimpse of the realities faced by the people who experience this everyday. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall ...


Self-driving cars are safer when they talk to each other

Engadget

But a University of Michigan public-private partnership called Mcity is testing V2V, or vehicle to vehicle communication, and has found that it makes their autonomous prototypes even safer. Mcity is also using a new augmented reality system to test their cars equipped with V2V. They've created virtual vehicles equipped with the technology that can communicate with their actual prototypes. Regardless, anything that gets us closer to safe, reliable autonomous cars is a win, so it will be interesting to see how this tech develops.


Watch your raw memories become mind-blowing abstract art

Mashable

A London-based creative technology studio, random quark, has found a way to visually represent emotions by scanning people's brain activity to create awe-inspiring paintings. Random quark's Theodoros Papatheodorou and Tom Chambers adopted a technique that draws inspiration from generative art -- that's a flocking algorithm inspired by bird swarm or movement of fish in the sea. Papatheodorou and Chambers also used emotional techniques for Saatchi Wellness website where the due basically scan the "twitter-sphere" and extract the emotional state of the world using machine learning. Random quark sees the brainwaves painting as an experiment in human computer interaction.


4 Disruptive Health Care Technologies That Will Change Everything

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He continues, "While farfetched at the time, big data and machine learning have come far enough in just four years to provide gravitas to Vinod's argument. With a trillion gigabytes of patient data collected from devices, EHRs, labs, and DNA sequencing, alongside surrounding factors such as weather, geo-location, and viral outbursts taken into account, computers learn quickly, and they learn everything. Today, researchers in Europe are using 3-D printers and DNA sequencing to grow human body parts that could potentially replace missing limbs or ailing organs. While some of Aziz's ideas still make me squeamish, machine learning, virtual reality, the Human Genome Project, and the internet of things will undoubtedly impact our lives in the future.


Google Glass: Shock update hints at return from the dead

The Independent

A new update for Google Glass has just rolled out, to the surprise of the entire technology community. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped ...