"Machines that men make, make men machines,” said some prescient soul. And, one suspects, were that soul to tread the streets of any major city in the world, he’d probably be convinced he’s passed into some machine and gadget-age dystopia. Witness the amounts of people in offices and homes, on the streets or in cafes, perpetually doing something or the other with some gadget of some sort. Notebooks and phones and music players seem to be the instruments of most conspicuous communication . And yet, it is a moot point where that drive to ‘stay connected’ all the time, ostensibly to some virtual community or individual, is really taking us. Indeed, these gadgets seem to have taken on a life of their own, becoming aspects of personality rather than just a tool to communicate . There is something odd, for instance, about listening to an advertisement, perchance on FM, while driving home after a day’s work, which advocates, in the form of a young … [Read more...] about Virtual reality: Man & machines
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Mixed Reality in Business Augmented Reality isn't just for glasses and Virtual Reality isn't just for games. In fact, the combination of the two in Mixed Reality is empowering new scenarios in training, coaching, remote work, and other enterprise functions. Imagine strapping on a VR headset, blinding yourself to the real world, which you swap for a virtual world, and then navigating on foot to work? What could possibly go wrong? Microsoft Microsoft Ignite postmortem: Cutting through the complexity Microsoft to represent DACA recipients in Supreme Court trial to keep program alive New Surface devices: Prices, release dates, and where to buy Windows 10 version 1909: A pleasant surprise (ZDNet YouTube) Windows 10: Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7 (CNET) Microsoft HoloLens 2: Everything developers and IT pros need to know (TechRepublic) Probably lots, but Microsoft reckons its DreamWalker VR system can let users do just this without walking into, say, a … [Read more...] about Dream or nightmare? Microsoft’s VR swaps your real walking route for a virtual one
Primers What is AI? Everything you need to know What is machine learning? Everything you need to know What is deep learning? Everything you need to know What is artificial general intelligence? Everything you need to know A health technology company that wants to beam doctors to patients remotely is announcing the first deployment of its telemedicine station with Tampa General Hospital. Hospital staff members can now get virtual life-sized consultations with physicians and automated pharmaceutical services.Telemedicine has the potential to decentralize healthcare by distributing doctors into local communities virtually. In the best scenario, it could ease some of the strain and inequality in the current healthcare ecosystem. It's an idea that's gaining purchase around the world. As I wrote earlier this year, in France, people are already visiting Telehealth cabins for fast, convenient healthcare. During the recent Ebola crisis, the University of … [Read more...] about Would you visit a virtual doctor?
Microsoft HoloLens 2: It's all about the software and cloud services While the hardware improvements with Microsoft's HoloLens are interesting, the real win for business is the subscription model and hook into Dynamics 365 and Azure. Larry Dignan handicaps the Microsoft HoloLens strategy with Mary Jo Foley. Italian luxury furniture brand Natuzzi is speeding up the high street's digital transformation by allowing London shoppers to browse for sofas, chairs and beds – in the form of holograms overlaid onto 3D renderings of their own living rooms, while wearing a Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset. See also Best VR headsets for 2019 (CNET) The retailer's Tottenham Court Road shop now has a dedicated space for visitors to come in and try on the headset. This sends them all the way to what the brand calls "an endless virtual showroom" where they can, in theory, browse through the catalogue of digital twins for every single piece of furniture created by Natuzzi designers. Before … [Read more...] about The future of retail: This furniture store wants you to browse sofas and beds in augmented reality
Advertisement The 2018 FIFA World Cup is fast approaching, with the soccer tournament set to kick off in Russia on June 14. Over the course of one month, 32 teams will be whittled down to just two teams, which will compete in the final in Moscow on July 15.If you’re planning on watching the World Cup Goal! Explore Over 80 Years Of World Cup History With These 5 Sites Goal! Explore Over 80 Years Of World Cup History With These 5 Sites For many, the history of the World Cup is littered with bitter disappointments, but if you want to indulge in over 80 years of the World Cup, there's never been a better time. Read More on the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), you’re going to be able to watch the games in 4K UHD or VR (virtual reality). And both technologies should help you feel closer to the action.Watch the World Cup in 4K and/or VRFor starters, all 29 games being shown on BBC One will be available to stream in 4K. The UHD stream will be available on iPlayer. … [Read more...] about The BBC Is Streaming World Cup Games in 4K and VR
Social VR: A platform and economy for entrepreneurs Tonya Hall and Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab, talk about the platform and capabilities that social VR has for entrepreneurs. See also Best VR headsets for 2019 (CNET) With all the focus on curved screens, folding screens, and multiple screens in mobile devices, one can easily overlook the advances that projection has made in the past few years. Lenovo, the first champion of folding-screen PCs, has previously experimented with integrating pico projectors into its Yoga Pro line of tablets. But most of the work in small projectors has taken place in standalone devices, some of which have reached the dimensions of smartphones (albeit thicker). They have been great tools for presentations on the go, particularly when one can't find a conference room permutation of video cables and connectors that are on speaking terms.Beyond that, the practical shortage of suitable screens or wall space, the demands of low light, the ubiquity of … [Read more...] about Cinemood 360 is a child-focused projector with VR business potential