Fasten your seat belts, Air New Zealand is equipping its flight attendants with augmented reality headsets to explore in-flight optimization. The project, currently in beta testing, uses Microsoft’s Hololens technology to improve inflight customer service, giving passengers a glimpse of what the future of air travel might look like.
What it’s like to be dead? That’s a question we humans cannot answer until we are there, at the end of our lives. The big unknown. But this virtual reality experience developed at the University of Barcelona might get you a glimpse into how it could feel like to be dead, and with that eventually reduce the angst of leaving this earth.
A Recent announcement from a Canadian start-up is stirring up the media. They introduced a AI model capable of synthesizing a person’s voice from just a one-minute audio sample. In other words, you can get anyone to say anything you want.
Honey, I shrunk the… microscope? Blips is a set of mini-objectives for smartphone cameras that allows its users to see deep inside the micro-world and explore the environment on a cellular level. By simply sticking the lens to your smartphone or tablet, you can discover flowers, insects, computer chips, cooked rice and more with up to 100x magnification, obtaining entirely new sense of your surroundings.
Japanese are well known for their food replicas made to attract customers in restaurants. Polymer pasta, plastic lettuce or resin sausage became a common element of the display. A miniature piglet staring at you from a soup is a whole other thing.
The launch of augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go certainly did not go unnoticed. The world basically went crazy for it. The game “broke the Internet” and troops of trainers entered the augmented arena, all determined to become Pokémon masters. An avalanche of media attention is what followed.
Business and sports go hand by hand, but also hi-tech is now stepping in. A group of entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, PayPal and Yahoo, will start a professional soccer team in San Francisco, The San Francisco Deltas. They hope to use virtual reality to improve athletes’ performances – for example, the goalkeeper’s reflex – first in training and then in the actual game. Their ultimate goal is to have a new format in order to improve the show for the public.
The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is working to perform the first uterus transplant in the United States. The surgery would give a woman born without a uterus the chance to have a child. This raises the question: could uterus transplants allow men to get pregnant?
A few days ago, these images of iconic buildings in Beijing as they look with and without intense smog have been posted on Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media platforms. Interestingly, these images speak the visual language of augmented reality apps, in which an additional layer of information is projected on top of the perceptible environment as seen through the lens of a camera, usually on a hand-held device. But in this particular case, an interesting reversal seems to take place.