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Facebook’s virtual reality (VR) “Spaces” app, originally created for Oculus, can now be used with HTC Vive and will soon come to more competing VR platforms and devices.
[Jessica Smith, businessinsider.com] Facebook’s virtual reality (VR) “Spaces” app, originally created for Oculus, can now be used with HTC Vive and will soon come to more competing VR platforms and devices, Facebook announced Tuesday.
The Spaces app is a social VR environment that lets consumers create art, interact with friends and family, and play games in a virtualized social space. This is a major about-face from Facebook’s original claim that its VR software and services would remain exclusive to the Facebook-owned Oculus platform.
This development is important because fragmentation between VR platforms could hinder uptake of any single VR experience. While exclusive releases may be beneficial for some categories of VR, like gaming, for a social experience that relies on the network effect maximizing reach is paramount to success. And Facebook is likely hoping it can push its social VR software to maximize its reach among VR consumers, a move that’s particularly important considering how fragmented the VR headset and platform space is. Facebook’s Oculus headset came in third in terms of headset shipments in Q3 2017, when it accounted for 210,000 units, behind Sony’s 490,000 and ahead of HTC’s 160,000.
The market will become more fragmented in 2018 as a range of new devices at lower price points are released. The line of Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets from HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Samsung will come to market in 2018 and the cheapest will start at $299. HTC and Oculus are both expected to launch their own headsets in the stand-alone category — stand-alone headsets tend to be cheaper than their computer-tethered counterparts. As more headsets on competing platforms come to market, it’s likely that wide-reaching apps like social experiences will be launched across platforms to maximize reach to the fairly small pool of potential users; in 2017, just 10% of US consumers owned or had access to a VR headset, according to a report from Deloitte.
JD.com and real estate developer China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd (COLI) plan to open hundreds of unmanned convenience stores, Quartz reports.
Utilizing ceiling cameras that use facial recognition technology to identify customers, as well as image recognition and heat mapping to track their movements and item selections!
The Port of Moerdijk is the fourth largest seaport in the Netherlands. This port is important not only as a European transportation hub, connecting the Netherlands to the rest of the world but also as an industry terrain home to hundreds of companies. Because many businesses located here continue working around the clock, there is a need to keep the terrain well-illuminated at all hours to make sure the visitors and employees always feel safe and comfortable.
However, the Port of Moerdijk aims to evolve into one of the most sustainable ports in Europe and make its outdoor facilities energy-neutral by 2030, which requires focusing the attention on energy conservation. Because a large share of the electricity consumption goes into powering outdoor lighting at the port’s industry terrain, optimizing outdoor illumination is key to achieving the Port’s energy and sustainability targets.
A new method for synthesizing high-resolution photo-realistic images from semantic label maps using conditional generative adversarial networks (conditional GANs). Conditional GANs have enabled a variety of applications, but the results are often limited to low-resolution and still far from realistic.
[HN- Adéla Očenášková] V rámci letních olympijských her v roce 2020 se Japonsko chystá představit nový vysokorychlostní vlak typu maglev. Stroj "letící" nad kolejemi bude pro některé japonské cestující do budoucna dokonce výhodnější než letadlo.
[technative.io]Around the world, companies focused on artificial intelligence are generating buzz.
Although established companies are investing heavily into AI, many fairly new organisations are securing funding and focusing on products that could be truly revolutionary. Here are some companies to keep an eye on.
[Goh Sui Noi China Bureau Chief In Beijing] Smart technology cannot replace wise planning in building a city, Singapore's former master planner, Mr Liu Thai Ker has said.
Many young planners put blind faith in technology, thinking that knowledge of technology is enough to plan a city well, and this is the reason why urban environments do not do well, he said yesterday at a forum in Beijing.
[April 20, 2018 by Christine Steinmetz, The Conversation] Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Perhaps. But these types of cities are supported by infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar.