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14Aug/17Off

Location-Based Virtual Reality Is the Next Big Bet for Movie Theaters, Malls

Joining Imax, Nomadic, Dreamscape and The Void are a number of other location-based VR companies including Vrcade, whose technology is being used by restaurant and entertainment franchise Dave & Buster’s. [also Spaces]

See the full story here: http://variety.com/2017/biz/features/location-based-vr-1202506197/?mc_cid=62308b4d17&mc_eid=79d3ad3512asia-virtual-reality-boom-2

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Virtual Reality-Based Training Software for Improved Recognition of Elder Abuse and Neglect

Executive Summary

 Elder abuse and neglect (EA/N) affects 1 in 10 older adults. Despite high prevalence rates of elder abuse and neglect (EA/N), compliance with mandatory reporting remains low; a lack of practical training on EA/N has been identified as a barrier. Researchers at Michigan State University have developed an innovative virtual-reality based educational program intended to improve EA/N recognition and reporting among nurses and social workers providing in-home services.

Participants made gains in knowledge in identification and had 99% accuracy in their mandatory reporting decisions.

See the full story here: http://www.flintbox.com/public/project/47777/

14Aug/17Off

Military Augmented Reality (AR) Headgear Market Research Report 2017

Military-Augmented-RealityCompanies Mentioned are Applied Research Associates (ARA), BAE Systems, Elbit Systems, Rockwell Collins, Thales Group, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Osterhout Design Group, and VUZIX.

More info and purchase the report here: http://entertainmentnewsaccess.com/military-augmented-reality-ar-headgear-market/

14Aug/17Off

ARKit is a Goldmine for VR Developers

One of the most enjoyable accounts on Twitter in recent days has been @MadewithARKit, which curates some of the best new pieces of content created in Apple’s new ARKit toolbox. The possibilities for VR developers that want to use the technology are literally endless, and if you use Unity, it is very easy to move VR objects into ARKit. It’s also quick — you can make an object in a program like Google Blocks and then put it in ARKit, where it can interact with the real world.

Developer and musician Andrew Deutsch used Blocks and ARKit to create a piano playing character who could then perform on any surface, including a bar top or an outdoor cafe table. He also made a piece where flowers popped up all over a dirty NYC subway platform. Deutsch is planning on spending more time experimenting with the medium, too. “It’s a brand new world of creation,” he says. “I’m following what a lot of people are making and the main thing is the they are having fun with it.”

Normal VR mirrored the actions of someone painting in the Vive with a character so users could see what was being created in real time.

See the full story here: https://uploadvr.com/arkit-goldmine-vr-developers/

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Viacom Next + NYC Media Lab Present New VR Projects

ViacomNEXT-1140x642Viacom NEXT & NYC Media Lab are back yet again for their 2nd annual Viacom VR Fellowship program and so are new experimental experiences from some of the brightest students of the technology today. This year the summer program focused on blending music with virtual reality as the six graduates and undergraduates picked from universities in the NYC Media Lab consortium created experiences centered around a particular music track.

The finalists began developing their projects in June and this past Wednesday I had the chance to attend their official presentations at the Viacom HQ in New York City. Over a glass of white wine I listened to each of the student developers elaborate on their visions and delve deeper into their unique perspectives on VR and music. Finally, we entered the demo room where we were given the chance to try each project for ourselves. Here are some first impressions of the musical experiences:

See the full story here: https://vrscout.com/news/viacom-music-vr-fellowship/

12Aug/17Off

Facebook now has technology for manipulating live videos

C9tgV5mUQAE6QyM C9yzySeVYAAP_FsFacebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported. The German-based startup Fayteq has software that is able to remove or add objects in videos, even live ones, and add effects to them.

The company offers "innovative technologies in the area of off-line and real-time video manipulation, removing the border between reality and fiction," described Siegfried Vater, an investor and partner of Fayteq, according to TechEu.

See the full story here: http://mashable.com/2017/08/11/facebook-fayteq-video-manipulation-fake-news/#UU_X.5l5qZqs

 

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The world’s best Dota 2 players just got destroyed by a killer AI from Elon Musk’s startup

Tonight during Valve’s yearly Dota 2 tournament, a surprise segment introduced what could be the best new player in the world -- a bot from Elon Musk-backed startup OpenAI. Engineers from the nonprofit say the bot learned enough to beat Dota 2 pros in just two weeks of real-time learning, though in that training period they say it amassed “lifetimes” of experience, likely using a neural network judging by the company’s prior efforts. Musk is hailing the achievement as the first time artificial intelligence has been able to beat pros in competitive e-sports.

See the full story with video here: https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/11/16137388/dota-2-dendi-open-ai-elon-musk

11Aug/17Off

Lampix’s Augmented Reality ‘Crypto’ Crowdfund Scores $4.5M, Targets $60M

Lampix, a US-based fintech building a blockchain-based ‘image mining’ network for augmented reality or any other computer vision systems, raised 11,111 ethereum (ETH) - a little over $3m - from investors in three minutes during a ‘pre-sale’ crowdsale token launch (CTL) of their PIX token this week, together with partner company ICO.info.

Since being created in 2015, Lampix has garnered paying clients from the likes of Bloomberg, PwC and large retail chains amongst others, and is creating what is described as a “new blockchain that will hold data-sets of real world objects.”

See the description of Lampix here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r8lxnx2wXM

See the full ICO post here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogeraitken/2017/08/10/lampixs-big-data-crypto-crowdfund-scores-over-4m-sets-60m-target/#5b8b8adb68fb

 

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Samsung and Live Nation to Stream Coldplay’s Chicago Concert in Virtual Reality

coldplaywembleysamneillSamsung and Live Nation will broadcast Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams Tour” live in virtual reality from Chicago’s Soldier Field on August 17, starting at 9:30 pm ET.

Fans using Samsung Gear VR in more than 50 countries will need a Gear VR headset with a compatible Samsung smartphone, and navigate to the Samsung VR service. A concert replay will also be available on Samsung VR for a limited time.

See the full story here: http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/samsung-live-nation-to-stream-coldplays-chicago-concert-in-virtual-reality-1202520622/

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Hollywood’s favorite video-editing tools arrive in a free app

avid-mc-first-color-correction-2017-08-01-02-ed avid-mc-first-color-correction-2017-08-01-04 avid-mc-first-color-correction-2017-08-01-05The new free version, Media Composer First, mirrors Avid's expensive software in most ways that count. "We've been showing Media Composer First to Hollywood film and TV editors, and they all asked the same question: 'What isn't in Media Composer First? This works just like my Media Composer,'" Avid's Matt Feury told No Film School.

However, it has limitations that could give you pause, especially if you work with high-res video or a lot of video and audio tracks. You've got just five bins, four video tracks and eight audio tracks to work with, and exports are limited to Quicktime H.264 or DNxHD (an Avid format) at 1080p 59.94 fps max -- so no 4K. Almost any type of input footage, including 4K or UltraHD is allowed, however.

If you're a film student or enthusiast and thinking about becoming a professional film editor, then you really need to consider getting MC First. With few exceptions, most film and television shows are cut on Avid because it can easily handle and share complex video and audio assets and even sync up scenes with lines in a script (the latter option isn't available in MC First).

In my estimation, anyone that masters Avid's free editor will have a very short learning curve to the paid app.

See the full story here: https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/01/Avid-Media-Composer-First-free-app-hands-on/