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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.
[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.
The world's Robotic Kitchen by Moley.
The Future is Served. Thanks to the motion-capture system the robotic kitchen can now precisely replicate the actions of a master chef thereby creating a variety of delicious dishes, cooked to world-class standards, for the domestic kitchen and for other preparation areas.
Through a network of connected devices and vehicles in the district, researchers hope to make cycling a safer activity.
It’s the first real-world testing Charles River Analytics has done with the system, which it calls Multimodal Alerting Interface with Networked Short-range Transmissions (MAIN-ST)