Despite its struggles in some countries, virtual reality has steadily grown in popularity throughout China over the last few years, so Microsoft -- better known for its augmented reality headset HoloLens than its VR initiatives -- is getting in on the action. As reported by China's Xinhua news agency, the company today launched the Nanchang City AI VR Innovation Center, a cloud and mobile technology incubator geared towards startups and established manufacturing companies. Though the center's name suggests that Microsoft will focus equally on artificial intelligence and virtual reality initiatives, the incubator was apparently designed to cater to the VR industry in the Jiangxi province, which created a first-of-kind industrial base within China for VR technologies. The local government expects that Microsoft's incubator will "lure dozens of AI, VR and other tech companies" into Nanchang City's Honggutan New District, and expects it to be used to train and support local companies. Microsoft's interest in AI has been strong and clear over the past year, most recently spanning everything from AI-powered suggestions in Microsoft 365 to AI-focused ecological research grants and general availability of Azure Machine Learning.
Alongside AI and automation, virtual reality (VR) and its closely related cousin augmented reality (AR) have been touted for several years now as technologies likely to have a profoundly transformative effect on the way we live and work. Solutions which allowing humans to explore fully immersive computer-generated worlds (in VR), and overlay computer graphics onto our view of our immediate environment (AR) are both increasingly being adopted in both entertainment and industry. Over the next year, both VR and AR applications will become increasingly sophisticated, as devices get more powerful and capable of creating higher quality visuals. Our understanding of how humans can usefully navigate and interact within virtual or augmented environments will also evolve, leading to the creation of more "natural" methods of interacting and exploring virtual space. In a collision of two-letter abbreviations unlike anything that has come before it, AR and VR developers will increasingly build smart, cognitive functionality into their apps.
The construction industry is booming--particularly heavy/highway projects. At the same time, construction is facing a skilled labor shortage that is requiring projects to be managed more effectively. There are many ways to improve this efficiency through leveraging new technology--including these three ways to enhance operations using project-management software, estimating technology, and more. Create Efficiencies in Estimating Perhaps one area to heighten efficiencies in the year ahead is in estimating. Too often, estimators are still using spreadsheets to create estimates and proposals--but this can be time consuming and can create inaccuracies.
Investors including Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Saudi Arabia's main wealth fund have poured money into this much-hyped maker of augmented-reality glasses. The bugeye-like glasses with tinted lenses--released only to software developers thus far--overlay virtual reality-like images onto the real world, designed for use by gamers and neurosurgeons alike. Early reviews have been lukewarm. Priced at $999, Focals by North represents a less flashy but potentially more practical version of futuristic glasses. The glasses, released last fall, can display directions, texts and other simple displays by beaming hologram-like images into eyes.
Revolutionary new virtual reality technology could let anyone ride along with you as a virtual passenger. Called Voyage XR, it's expected to have a range of applications, from training truck drivers to letting parents keep an eye on teen drivers while they're on the road. And it could even enable far-flung, elderly relatives to ride along with family members from any corner of the globe. Valeo debuted Voyage XR at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, which it claims'brings teleportation to life.' The Paris-based automotive supplier set up shop at CES with demos of Voyage XR, along with an eye-catching self-driving car test track across from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
One of the most attractive benefits to intent-based networking (IBN) is its ability to relieve the IT department of updating all networking devices to complete an over-arching business objective. IBN is defined as a self-driving network that automatically applies business intent to various network devices across a network without having to rely on command-line interface (CLI). Instead, the network administrator writes intent in plain language or via a graphical interface. In simple terms, IBN is about telling the software what the business intent is with the software automatically applying the intent across the network. IBN is achievable through orchestration and machine learning (ML).
The platform, developed by studios Cult Ldn and MassiveMusic alongside mental health charity Mind, uses voice activation to respond to people's worries with soothing music, breathing exercises and tips on managing mental health. Advancements in technology are increasingly being used to help those living with mental health problems. Virtual reality (VR) has been trialled in helping people tackle anxiety-related phobias such as a fear of heights, while apps such as Woebot and Wysa use text-style chatbots to speak with those who are feeling anxious, depressed or otherwise unwell. Other general wellbeing apps, such as meditation tool Headspace, are intended to help anyone control and alleviate distressing feelings, from anger to anxiety and sleeplessness. Tech healthcare is still in its early days and yet to be refined.
As technology develops at a seemingly exponential rate, the potential for radical transformation in the workplace might seem a dizzying prospect. HR managers need continually to be flexible in adapting to new situations, and keeping on top of emerging trends. We HR managers need always to be asking: 'How can I redefine the role of HR in this organisation so that I'm adding value?' Here are the top six talent management trends for 2018 and beyond, to help spark your imagination in the process. More people are more plugged-in to their work more of the time, so there's an increasing emphasis on the employee experience.
The first time I watched a 3D movie at the age of 12, I was mesmerized by the experience and literally tortured my parents to take me to that movie again and again. I was so much interested in 3D movies that I had to watch them alone as I grew up because my friends deemed such movies as fit for kids alone. I do blame my choice of movies though, as these movies were targeted at kids. But for me, it was the experience rather than the story, I would eagerly wait for those moments where I get to feel the objects closer to me, and a couple of occasions I have even chosen the front seats to check whether the experience doubles up (forgive my naivety). I loved the experience, and I am sure many would agree with me.