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In what could just as easily prove to be a very bad idea as it could a good one, a startup company called Feelreal has created a virtual reality mask and helmet that lets you smell virtual environments. The company claims its devices stimulate both the olfactory (smell) and tactile (touch) senses, thereby immersing you in virtual water mist or wind or a battlefield.
While other companies are busy building 360 degree camera rigs and hoping for consumer adoption, VR startup LiveLike has a unique approach which uses existing broadcast camera tech in a surprisingly effective way to make you feel like you're in a luxury box with friends at your favorite sporting event.
We've learned some amazing things about Microsoft's Windows Holographic platform since it was announced back in January. We know that NASA is using it to virtually explore Mars, and you can play Minecraft on your coffee table, and today we learned that the company will integrate all universal apps running on Windows 10 into the experience.
The modern workspace would hardly have been recognizable 20 years ago: We've gone from hardwired phones to roaming telepresence robots, from static whiteboards to Internet-connected ones, and from sitting desks to workstations that let you walk in place -- all while pairing wirelessly with your many devices. This week's suite of Re/code Reviews are about our individual experiences with some of these new, cutting-edge solutions.
As I've written previously, video conferencing is at a crossroads in the enterprise. While room system vendors are starting to deliver better quality and improved user experiences at sub-$1,000 prices, they're battling against a host of desktop and mobile video apps for attention
A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a physical-virtual interface (PVI) by combining the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and teleoperated robotics.
Stephen Hawking appeared at the Sydney Opera House to a crowd of 2000 using a custom implementation of Digital Video Enterprises Telepresence Stage display technology and Cisco's TelePresence videoconferencing endpoints and internetworking. Every news article misrepresents this as a hologram which technically is not as Dr. Hawking was being projected as a 2D image onto DVE's semi-transparent display medium but quite impressive just the same.
Auckland, 24 April 2015 - Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific has introduced the latest additions to its High Definition Visual Communications (HDVC) System, a platform for multi-site, enterprise-grade video conferencing. The two new models, the base KX-VC-1300 and the enhanced KX-VC1600, enable a Full-HD video-communications experience across four or more sites, connecting businesses quite literally at the speed of light.
When donning a VR headset, it's easy to be awestruck by whatever 3D world you find yourself in. It's a whole new medium that simply can't be replicated on a TV. Still, there are reasons the likes of Oculus and Sony aren't selling headsets to the masses just yet. While Samsung's Gear VR and other smartphone-powered headwear are filling the void, headsets that tap into the processing might of PCs and consoles will ultimately deliver the most immersive experiences. But, the technology isn't quite there yet. Stereoscopic 3D can be jarring, with complicated worlds often appearing slightly out of focus. Then there are issues like nausea that can strike when moving through virtual surroundings. Also, how we interact with virtual spaces will continue to evolve, moving beyond the gamepad and keyboard to more natural and hopefully intuitive methods of control.
Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a new wearable device that turns the user's thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad.
They envision that the technology could let users control wireless devices when their hands are full -- answering the phone while cooking, for instance. It could also augment other interfaces, allowing someone texting on a cellphone, say, to toggle between symbol sets without interrupting his or her typing. Finally, it could enable subtle communication in circumstances that require it, such as sending a quick text to a child while attending an important meeting.
Newswise -- New York, NY--April 15, 2015--A research team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered--it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed a pixel that can not only measure incident light but also convert the incident light into electric power. The team is presenting its work at the International Conference on Computational Photography at Rice University in Houston, April 24 to 26.
Protesters in Spain have come up with a novel way of taking on a new law that limits the rights of the public to take part in demonstrations. There was a large turnout, but nobody even came close to being arrested - because no one actually attended the protest. A number of holograms were projected outside Spanish parliament building, showing people across the globe, who are angry at the new so-called 'safety' law, which makes it illegal to protest outside government buildings, insult police officers or refuse to reveal identification documents.
On 27-29 May, 2015 we will gather to discuss the rapidly evolving Unified Communications & Collaboration (UC&C) solution set, the disruptive nature of emerging UC&C technologies, workplace transformation, and how the cloud and new service platforms are impacting delivery of collaboration services.
A new element to a videoconferencing program will allow students in remote locations to participate in classroom activities, thanks to their ability to independently operate new remote control robotic functions.
Swivl has launched Swivl Cloud Live, which is designed to allow teachers to connect with chronically homebound students, planned absentees, distance learners and guest speakers or instructors. It is the second announcement of an enhancement by Swivl in the last week and the third in the last six months.
What is the twinBot?
The twinBot is a remotely controlled telepresence robot that enables conversation to happen anywhere you want.
Skype Translator Preview, the multi-lingual video conferencing tool from Microsoft, has added what is arguably the world's most popular language: Mandarin Chinese.
Starting today, Skype Translator Preview, which is still in invite-only beta and only works on Windows 8.1 and above, can do real-time voice translations of Mandarin and Italian. As with the preview's previous language skills, Skype Translator can, in real time, translate spoken words from English to Mandarin and Mandarin to English, creating a near fluent conversation between two people who might otherwise not be able to communicate.
Digi-Capital predicts AR And VR spending To Hit $150 Billion in 2020 but forgets to break out conferencing & collaboration
Digital consultancy Digi-Capital has put out a report predicting that the AR & VR markets will hit $150 billion by 2020 but judging by the report's Summary and Table of Contents, the report's authors seem to have completely missed VR & AR conferencing and collaboration which is odd since personal videoconferencing and webconferencing are such reliable, predicable and demonstrable capabilities that employers will pay good money for and whom future VR & AR conferencing & collaboration offerings are likely to spring. Here is a TechCrunch article summarizing the some of the report's predictions:
BY Microsoft first announced its new Spartan browser at a Windows 10 event earlier this year, with promises of greater speed, lighter resource usage, and a couple of nifty features like a reading mode and drawing on webpages. With Project Spartan, a very early pre-release version (v.0.1, actually) Microsoft is finally giving up on its Internet Explorer browser brand. The last few versions of IE made impressive strides in speed, new standards compatibility, and trim interface design. But the despised software just couldn't shake off the rep earned by its proprietary predecessors, especially the problematic IE6. Nonetheless, Internet Explorer is still the most widely used desktop Web browser, according to new U.S. government numbers.
In show business, being dead has often been a viable career option. Just ask Elvis, Jim Morrison or Jimi Hendrix, all of whom still sell more records than many indie bands. In 2012, holographic technology upped the ante for dearly departed music stars when audiences at that year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., were stunned by the reunion on stage of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur with the very alive Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Microsoft recently revealed its vision of the future through a video that explores how emerging technologies could shape the world in the next five to ten years. The video doesn't reveal any specifics regarding product development but it does show that the technology giant's vision of the future heavily relies on AV product development.