How a top down approach to innovation produces results CIO strategies: A top down approach to innovation is delivering results for one bank - and can produce big benefits for your business, too. Special Feature Special Report: Mixed Reality in Business (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature examines how Mixed Reality is empowering new scenarios in training, coaching, remote work, and other enterprise functions. Read More There's plenty of potential for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in business, but whether a company has effectively implemented these technologies seems to depend on the industry.VR and AR and their cousin, mixed reality, offer plenty of benefits for the enterprise, but many tech leaders have yet to see the justification for using it within their organizations, with only one-third saying it's a key technology for them now, or will be within the next year, according to a TechRepublic CIO Jury … [Read more...] about CIO Jury: Only one-third of tech leaders say AR or VR is or will be a key technology in the next year
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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
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
Like all everyday miracles of technology, the longer you watch a robot perform surgery on a human being, the more it begins to look like an inevitable natural wonder. Earlier this month I was in an operating theatre at University College Hospital in central London watching a 59-year-old man from Potters Bar having his cancerous prostate gland removed by the four dexterous metal arms of an American-made machine, in what is likely a glimpse of the future of most surgical procedures. The robot was being controlled by Greg Shaw, a consultant urologist and surgeon sitting in the far corner of the room with his head under the black hood of a 3D monitor, like a Victorian wedding photographer. Shaw was directing the arms of the remote surgical tool with a fluid mixture of joystick control and foot-pedal pressure and amplified instruction to his theatre team standing at the patient’s side. The surgeon, 43, has performed 500 such procedures, which are particularly useful for pelvic … [Read more...] about The robot will see you now: could computers take over medicine entirely?
Something big happened last week, and I’m not sure anyone really noticed. Both Facebook and Lenovo (with partner Google) released new VR headsets: the Oculus Go ($200) and the Mirage Solo ($400) respectively. Just like plenty of other VR headsets, these devices allow you to fly over mountains in a squirrel suit, watch YouTube on a 100-foot screen, and blast zombies to smithereens. advertisement advertisement projected to be a bestseller in the industry. They were also designed as completely stand-alone gadgets, like an iPod for VR. They require no tower PC, no tracking systems mounted to your walls, and no heavy cord attached to the back of your head. They don’t ask you to put your smudgy phone into a little scuba goggles case, either. Sitting on my couch, I can slide on the Go or Solo, pick up a tiny remote, and be inside the world of VR in moments. It just goes to show how freakin’ fast a whole new paradigm of computing can move when it’s backed by … [Read more...] about Google and Facebook are now tantalizingly close to solving VR
A world where ubiquitous AR and VR exist? ZDNet's David Gewirtz tells TechRepublic's Karen Roby about what a future of ubiquitous AR and VR could look like, and the potential pros and cons it would present. Read more: https://zd.net/2ChwIGX With Black Friday and Cyber Monday in their full, week-long glory, many gifts will be bought for deserving (and sometimes not-so-deserving, but still beloved) folks the world over. Among the gifts bought will be drones, 3D printers, and -- somewhat less frequently -- AR and VR kits, mostly for the gamers who have everything. Of course, gift-givers aren't the only purchasers. Geeks, makers, and early adopters will take advantage of the sales to procure the gadgets for themselves. Whatever the purchase motivation, the population of drones, 3D printers, and AR/VR rigs in consumers' hands will increase measurably in the next few weeks. For some, these new purchases will be the beginning of something special. But for many, these classes of gadgets … [Read more...] about Drones, 3D printing, and AR/VR: Unrealized potential, competent results, and worrisome futures