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13Oct/19Off

Is the world ready for virtual graffiti? 5

EGJmGv7WkAAPX3w.0Imagine a world that’s filled with invisible graffiti. Open an app, point your phone at a wall, and blank brick or cement becomes a canvas. Create art with digital spraypaint and stencils, and an augmented reality system will permanently store its location and placement, creating the illusion of real street art. If friends or social media followers have the app, they can find your painting on a map and come see it. You might scrawl an in-joke across the door of a friend’s apartment, or paint a gorgeous mural on the side of a local store.

Now imagine a darker world. Members of hate groups gleefully swap pictures of racist tags on civil rights monuments. Students bully each other by spreading vicious rumors on the walls of a target’s house. Small businesses get mobbed beyond capacity when a big influencer posts a sticker on their window. The developers of Mark AR, an app that’s described as “the world’s first augmented reality social platform,” are trying to create the good version of this system. They’re still figuring out how to avoid the bad one.

At launch, Mark AR is supposed to work a bit like Facebook. Users will log in with real names, probably through Facebook itself. When they create art, they can share the location with a single person, a list of friends and followers, or the members of a group. Google’s ARCore platform stores the location using GPS and computer vision, capturing details in the environment to use them as anchor points. When somebody shares art with you, a thumbnail will appear on a map; if you visit that location and point your phone at the place shown in the thumbnail, you’ll see whatever image they’ve created.

they hope a real-name policy and the friend-based model will limit people making offensive or harassing images. “Because there’s no anonymity, that helps govern what people are doing,” says Sybo CEO Mathias Gredal Norvig. (It’s unclear how true that is — Facebook has faced repeated problems with closed groups devoted to swapping non-consensual pornographyor degrading women or immigrants.)

See the full story here: https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/12/20908824/mark-ar-google-cloud-anchors-social-art-platform-harassment-moderation

13Oct/19Off

Breakbulk Middle East 2020 reveals plans to incorporate augmented reality

The-UAE-Minister-of-Infrastructure-DevelopmentSpeaking on the addition of ‘Breakbulk AR’ at next year’s event, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development and the Chairman of Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime said, “Those who don’t fall in line, fall behind, and Breakbulk Middle East has done a tremendous job of aligning with the global shift of digitalization to avoid the latter. A willingness to adapt in a timely manner has contributed to the event’s continual progression and its simultaneous influences in the industry’s development.”

“The breakbulk industry, and all associated industries which are integral to the Middle East’s infrastructure, are reliant on innovative efforts for fostering a technologically sound and sustainable environment; The 5th annual edition of the event in February 2020 will assist in nurturing such innovation, and ‘Breakbulk AR’ is a commendable addition,” he added.

See the full story here: https://www.logisticsmiddleeast.com/business/34260-breakbulk-middle-east-2020-reveals-plans-to-incorporate-augmented-reality

13Oct/19Off

Tesco supermarkets with no tills could mean history for shop queues

Screen-Shot-2019-10-12-at-14.00.09Queuing at Britain's largest supermarket chain could soon be a thing of the past thanks to Tesco investing in the development from a company in Israel.

The startup - Trigo - is reported to make use of artificial intelligence and cameras to take 3D images of items picked up by customers, charging them via an app on their phone once they leave the store.

Dave Lewis, Tesco's Chief Executive told Jewish News: "We benchmarked the market in this space and they were by far and away the best."

However he added that the technology is still in the testing phase, and is not intended to replace all tills at Tescos.

See the full story here: https://www.entertainmentdaily.co.uk/food/tesco-supermarkets-with-no-tills-could-mean-history-for-shop-queues/

12Oct/19Off

University of St. Thomas to display Jesus in augmented reality come December

940x0The University of St. Thomas in Houston is taking its on-campus experience to a new level with an “augmented reality Jesus” experience that will allow visitors during the coming holiday season to view real-life nativity scenes near its chapel by opening a cell phone app.

See the full story here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/University-of-St-Thomas-to-display-Jesus-in-14515940.php

12Oct/19Off

Immersive Storytelling, Virtual Reality at HIFF

“To the Moon,” by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang, transports the viewer on a debris-filled space voyage to the moon. Like the artists’ previous work in VR, it is a dazzling experience full of visual pyrotechnics and haptic feedback that is probably as close to space travel and walking on the moon as any of us will come. It draws images and tropes from Greek mythology, literature, science, science-fiction films, and, briefly, politics.

While in “To the Moon” one is surrounded by a vividly imagined astral realm; in “Traveling While Black” the medium puts the viewer so vividly into the restaurant—at a table with other customers, listening to their stories—that one is tempted to reach for a salt shaker or give the person next to you more room.

See the full story here: https://easthamptonstar.com/20191011/immersive-storytelling-virtual-reality-hiff

12Oct/19Off

Conference on virtual reality to open in east China

The 2019 World Conference on virtual reality (VR) Industry will be held from Oct. 19 to 21 in Nanchang, capital of eastern China's Jiangxi Province, organizers said Saturday.

A total of 108 VR industry agreements and projects worth more than 35 billion yuan (about 5 billion U.S. dollars) were inked during last year's conference held in Nanchang, said Yang Wenbin, deputy mayor of the city, at a press conference.

Over 90 percent of the projects have been either registered or put into operation, Yang said.

The city has invited more than 370 enterprise executives to attend this year's conference and a batch of major VR projects are expected to be signed, according to the organizers.

A VR expo will also be held during the event, with an exhibition area of 60,000 square meters. Nearly 200 VR and AR (augmented reality) enterprises will participate in the expo, an increase of about 30 percent year on year.

See the full story here: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/12/c_138466725.htm

12Oct/19Off

Engineers solve 50-year-old puzzle in signal processing

K94Q-648The FFT algorithm was published in 1965. Four years later, researchers developed a more versatile, generalized version called the chirp z-transform (CZT). But a similar generalization of the inverse FFT algorithm has gone unsolved for 50 years.

Until, that is, Stoytchev and Vladimir Sukhoy – an Iowa State doctoral student co-majoring in electrical and computer engineering, and human computer interaction – worked together to come up with the long-sought algorithm, called the inverse chirp z-transform (ICZT).

Like all algorithms, it’s a step-by-step process that solves a problem. In this case, it maps the output of the CZT algorithm back to its input. The two algorithms are a little like a series of two prisms – the first separates the wavelengths of white light into a spectrum of colors and the second reverses the process by combining the spectrum back into white light, Stoytchev explained.

See the full story here: https://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2019/10/10/signalprocessing

12Oct/19Off

Trump optimistic about US-China trade talks

50786830_101-e1570783365547-750x375The Chinese Embassy in Washington denounced the visa action and said the US accusations on human rights violations were “made-up pretexts” for interfering in China’s affairs.

Although many of the blacklisted entities are government security bureaus, the eight companies named include some of China’s leaders in artificial intelligence.

The blacklist could restrict the access of those companies to US microchips, which they currently rely on for many of their products and services.

See the full story here; https://entertainmentoverdose.co.uk/world/trump-optimistic-about-us-china-trade-talks-32863.html

11Oct/19Off

Artificial Intelligence- Empowering Patent Filling

Amit Since the formal conception of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, way back in the 50s, more than 300,000 patent applications and over a million scientific journals have been published.

On a global level – Microsoft, IBM and the like have been working tirelessly to build a hefty patent portfolio in the field of AI applications. The recent patent activity of IBM and Microsoft clearly suggest that these companies want to make their mark as pioneers in AI and machine learning as well. Toshiba, NEC and Samsung are major players in this race too, however, it will be a while before they can catch up to either IBM or Microsoft. A particular focus in recent times seems to be on machine learning techniques which are based on biologically inspired methods and supporting vector machines using supervised learning.

See the full story here: https://www.techiexpert.com/artificial-intelligence-empowering-patent-filling/

11Oct/19Off

Mark Zuckerberg wants a wearable device that can read your thoughts to ‘control something in virtual or augmented reality’

  • Mark Zuckerberg discussed Facebook's goals for brain-reading tech
  • A wearable that can read brains signals could be used in augmented reality 
  • The company bought brain-to-computer interface company CTRL-labs
  • Some users may need to have brain-reading tech implanted into the brains 

18862856-0-image-a-3_1570745651575CTRL-labs wristband (pictured above) can read brain signals and translate them into information for controlling another device

See the full story here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7560765/Mark-Zuckerberg-wants-brain-reading-device-control-virtual-augmented-reality.html