“Mixed Reality”

In a trippy pixelated fashion, Imverse captures your body and it’s movements, recreating them in a virtual space. Though the effect is strange and clearly produced, it does hint at a future without body trackers in which your space records your movements. It’s easy to discount certain technologies that are discontinued, but as our engineer proclaimed, “See, look! The Kinect is still useful!”.

In other mixed reality news, Facebook is developing another response to the problem addressed above – how do we accurately capture body movements? What it comes down to is computer vision and the ability to predict and confirm the thousands of potential movements. The tech is moving forward, but more work is still to come.

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Too impatient for the above companies to figure it out? Look to the Vive Pro which already has the capability to track your hands without trackers with the depth sensor on the headset. While capabilities are still limited, it’s certainly a step forward.

While the Hololens is effectively an expensive marketing tool, Trimble is trying to reinvent its image as a hard hat for workers. Can you image the Hololens replacing your typical protective eyewear? I can’t imagine it’d protect me from actual dangerous debris, but I’ll wait for them to prove me wrong.

AR For Everyone! (You get AR, and you get AR!)

Even though Tango is dead, Google is declaring AR for the web. A potential reason for this decision and declaration is that one of Google’s main offerings is Web. With AR applications taking off, Google needs to compete. Especially with Poly, this puts Google in a prime position to offer AR access to the masses.

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Just in time for the Olympics, the New York Times announced their future use of AR within their content. Embedded in future news stories, AR content will be interlaid like other images, thus allowing readers to interact with the AR object in their own space.

Misc.

I love a good patent (thank god for Google Translate), and HTC is no exception. Last week, WIPO published and approved a patent for a mobile VR “accessory and lens system”. The patent illustrates a phone case with an attached Cardboard-like headset.

H-E-B, one of the largest grocery chains in the US, will now pilot Vuzix smart glasses in their manufacturing operations. AR within industrial enterprises is clearly coming and utilizing glasses is the ideal.