Associated Press: From Mecca to the Vatican, exploring sacred sites with VR

Associated Press: From Mecca to the Vatican, exploring sacred sites with VR. “Click and gape at the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel ceiling up close. Click again and join thousands of pilgrims praying and circling around the cube-shaped Kaaba at Islam’s most sacred site. Or strap on a headset and enter the holy city of Jerusalem. There you’ll hear the murmur of Jewish prayers at the Western Wall or thousands of worshippers saying amen in unison at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. You can even light a virtual candle at the site where Christians believe Jesus rose from the grave. All without ever leaving home.”

India Partition: After 75 years, tech opens a window into the past (Reuters)

Reuters: India Partition: After 75 years, tech opens a window into the past. “The partition of colonial India into two states, mainly Hindu India and mostly Muslim Pakistan, at the end of British rule triggered one of the biggest mass migrations in history…. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since then, and relations remain tense. They rarely grant visas to each others’ citizens, making visits nearly impossible – but social media has helped people on either side of the border connect.”

Dezeen: Gluon “using 3D data to save” the Nakagin Capsule Tower

Dezeen: Gluon “using 3D data to save” the Nakagin Capsule Tower. “Japanese digital consultancy Gluon is combining data from laser scanning with 20,000 photographs to create an augmented reality model of the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, which is currently being demolished. Named the 3D Digital Archive Project, the team aims to use digital technology to create an extremely accurate virtual model of the metabolist residential block designed by Kisho Kurokawa.”

News@Northeastern: The Future Of Historical Tourism Is On Your Phone

News@Northeastern: The Future Of Historical Tourism Is On Your Phone. “In Malden, Massachusetts, history always sits just beneath the surface–sometimes all it takes is a cell phone to uncover it. That’s the premise of ‘Chronosquad,’ a new augmented reality game that takes players on a guided historical tour through the streets of Malden, a small city north of Boston. It’s an unconventional way to expose the city’s 373 years of history, but one that cities and tourism companies are now using to attract tourists in the age of COVID-19.”

Troy Today: Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum seeks to engage visitors with interactive app

Troy Today: Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum seeks to engage visitors with interactive app. “Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum is working to create a mobile app that will engage its visitors, especially young people. The Museum is teaming up with QuantumERA, LLC, an immersive solutions company, to create the ‘Rosa Parks and the Women who Made the Movement’ mobile application, which will feature a virtual Rosa Parks and other unsung figures of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.”

CNET: Google Begins Publicly Testing Its AR Glasses

CNET: Google Begins Publicly Testing Its AR Glasses. “Google’s glasses are AR of a sort, relying on audio assistance that can use built-in cameras to recognize objects in an environment through AI, similar to how Google Lens can recognize objects and text with phone cameras. The glasses will not, however, be able to take photos or videos.”

NewsWise: Data Governance Mapping Project Finds Most Countries Struggle to Govern Data

NewsWise: Data Governance Mapping Project Finds Most Countries Struggle to Govern Data . “A new report from the George Washington University’s Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub finds that some 68 countries and the European Union struggle to govern various types of data in a comprehensive, democratic and accountable manner. The researchers argue that this failure has huge implications for governance of technologies — such as artificial intelligence and augmented/virtual reality — which comprise the next phase of the internet.”

CNET: These Free AR Apps Glimpse a Metaverse Future if Artists Were in Charge

CNET: These Free AR Apps Glimpse a Metaverse Future if Artists Were in Charge. “These experiences give glimpses of what’s possible with AR, which you’ve likely interacted with through Instagram and other social media filters, or trying out digitized replicas of an Ikea couch in your living room…. They’re also a tease of what things look like if our destiny really is to live in a metaverse (debatable).”

‘Portals will be as important as the car’: the architects exploring gateways to new dimensions (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Portals will be as important as the car’: the architects exploring gateways to new dimensions . “Following a period of intensive research during the pandemic, experimental architectural duo Space Popular have unveiled the Portal Galleries, a beguiling immersive exhibition that explores the history and future of portals… Using a combination of virtual reality films and physical exhibits, alongside drawings from the collection, the show charts the role of magical thresholds in fiction, film, television and gaming, and speculates on the fundamental role they will play in the coming virtual world.”

KnowTechie: IKEA’s app digitally removes your furniture and replaces it with theirs

KnowTechie: IKEA’s app digitally removes your furniture and replaces it with theirs. “IKEA just launched a new design tool meant to help you envision its furniture right in your living room. Ikea Kreativ’s Scene Scanner lets you scan a room with your phone and place furniture how you see fit. You can ‘erase’ your own first, and then start placing Ikea-branded products like you’re arranging a home in Animal Crossing.”

Search Engine Land: Virtual environment optimization (VEO) is coming. Ready for it?

I feel like it’s a shade too early for this sort of thing, but just to give you a peek at the horizon, from Search Engine Land: Virtual environment optimization (VEO) is coming. Ready for it?. “VEO is the task of working within a virtual environment and utilizing the resources available to best position the clients’ products and services within an alternative reality.”