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Tech makeover for L'Oreal: Artificial intelligence, augmented reality coming to its cosmetics WRAL TechWire


LONDON – The worlds of makeup and artificial intelligence came together on Friday. L'Oreal, one of the world's biggest cosmetics companies, has purchased ModiFace, a Canadian firm that specializes in artificial intelligence and augmented reality technology. The French company is hoping it will bolster its previous work on virtual beauty products. Lubomira Rochet, the chief digital officer at L'Oreal, said that ModiFace's engineers, researchers and scientists would help it develop apps and in-store services. The two companies are working on technology that can scan a human face and provide suggestions for skin-care products based on facial wrinkles, pores, hydration levels and pigmentation.

Where NEXT for Tech Innovation in 2018?


One way that Samsung Electronics works with the technology startup community is through Samsung NEXT – an innovation arm that scouts, supports and invests in forward-thinking new software and services businesses and entrepreneurs. By rubbing shoulders with those on the frontline of software innovation, as well as harnessing the insights of its homegrown experts, Samsung is always thinking about how technology, and indeed society, will change. We spoke with members of the Samsung NEXT team--here are the top five technologies that will change people's lifestyle in 2018. Artificial intelligence (AI) will dramatically expand within the next 12 months. It is already changing the way people interact with a number of applications, platforms and services across both consumer and enterprise environments.

Qualcomm adds Tobii's eye-tracking tech to its mobile VR kit


That means future head-mounted displays (HMDs) based on Qualcomm's standalone headset kit will feature more efficient foveated rendering. Since they can tell where you're looking, they'll be able to dedicate most of their graphics power to make that part of the experience as sharp and clear as possible. They can even downgrade graphics on parts of the screen you're not looking at, which could lead to systems with lower specs and lower price tags. Eye tracking will also make experiences more personal and interactive. Avatars and in-game characters could look at you when you look at them, which could make interactions in VR social networks much more enjoyable.

5 emerging tech trends at SXSW that will shape 2018


It's March, which means winter is ending, the clocks decide to lose an hour and the luck of the Irish is celebrated. Seen as a beacon of new technology and emerging trends, this year's event is no different. Let's dive into the world of blockchain-controlled sentient robots that will diversify technology with a list of the emerging technical trends of 2018. With computers getting faster and GPU's being re-purposed, we're seeing an explosion of innovation, from machine-learning models to validate brand creative to those that create unique art and music. Companies like IBM and Getty Images are asking how they can apply large scale AI to the creative process, and what that means for their business.

Introducing the holographic virtual assistant


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a spectacular start to the New Year! Yes, 2017 should have received a speeding ticket, since it went by too fast! And, I'm sure, 2018 will similarly speed along at an unsuitable pace – apparently time flies when you're having fun, or is it just old age? So, it's 2018, and I thought in this month's column I would steer away from the traditional diet of "Here are my predictions for 2018." To be honest, I simply couldn't swallow writing a piece of this ilk, as I'm sure plenty of others will have their own unique perspective.

NASA and how they use virtual reality and cognitive computing


'Virtual reality' and'cognitive computing' have become the trends to watch in the tech industry in recent years. In many ways, the excitement makes sense. The world around us continues to converge and become infinitely more connected, driven largely by the ability for businesses to sort, analyze, and action on the vast amounts of data that are being generated everyday. This, paired with a new generation of inexpensive VR headsets have sparked a flurry of renewed interest for gamers, just as'thinking' computers like IBM's Watson have literally stolen the show while schooling human opponents on Jeopardy. However, thanks to a recent slate of research by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), these two technologies are poised to help us travel far beyond the bounds of Earth.

Uber patents VR systems to entertain passengers in self-driving cars

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Uber is patenting technology it hopes will keep riders entertained during their commutes. Two of their patent applications, which have not yet been approved, hint at the concept of self-driving cars equipped with virtual reality technology, Motherboard reports. The applications are both called'Virtual Reality Experience For a Vehicle' and were filed in 2016. The United States Patent and Trademark Office published them in February. Uber is trying to get virtual reality technology used in self-driving cars patented.