Google Blog: Bringing new life to Swedish endangered animals using AR

Google Blog: Bringing new life to Swedish endangered animals using AR. “Today, in collaboration with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, and in an effort to raise awareness of endangered animals, we are bringing five new Swedish endangered species to Search in augmented reality. Now, by simply searching for the lynx, arctic fox, white-backed woodpecker, harbour porpoise or moss carder bee in the Google App and tapping ‘View in 3D’, people from all over the world will be able to meet the animals up close in a life-size scale with movement and sound.”

International Airport Review: Zurich Airport becomes first airport to use Google Maps Live View

International Airport Review: Zurich Airport becomes first airport to use Google Maps Live View. “Google has activated the Live View feature in Google Maps at Zurich Airport (ZRH), making it the first airport in the world with this function. Using the camera and directions shown on the camera image, passengers and visitors can navigate to their chosen destination at the airport including finding a gate, check-in desk, or restaurants.”

Motherboard: Facebook Spending $50M Researching How to Not Ruin Metaverse Like It Ruined the Real World

Motherboard: Facebook Spending $50M Researching How to Not Ruin Metaverse Like It Ruined the Real World . “Facebook, a company that has spent the last 15 years helping turn the real world into a hellscape, will spend $50 million funding research on how to avoid turning a new virtual world into a hellscape, the company announced Monday.” Gosh, why don’t I feel reassured?

Digital Photography Review: Historik app uses AR to combine the modern world with historical events, landmarks

Digital Photography Review: Historik app uses AR to combine the modern world with historical events, landmarks. “Augmented reality (AR) may be modern technology, but entrepreneur Chris Whalen wants to use the tech and a new app, Historik, to bring back the past. Using a smartphone with AR capabilities, Historik can recreate historic buildings and objects at specific markers and let users learn more about the past, swipe through artifacts and even explore an old area in full 3D. Users will even be able to set up self-guided tours.”

WRAL: Augmented reality: Have you seen the invisible statues appearing around downtown Cary?

WRAL: Augmented reality: Have you seen the invisible statues appearing around downtown Cary?. “If you see people gathering around to look at something, but you don’t see anything there, it might be part of the new augmented reality art project happening around downtown. Once again, the town has hidden secret art pieces around town to surprise and delight – and give you another reason to get outside.”

Marshalls: Marshalls launches virtual sample service using augmented reality

Marshalls: Marshalls launches virtual sample service using augmented reality. “The launch of the new Marshalls virtual sample service is a first for the industry and is the first phase of a major paving visualiser project. The new tool uses the latest in Augmented Reality technology and allows homeowners to see Marshalls paving, walling and edging products in full 3D and ‘place’ them in their own outdoor spaces, experimenting with colours, size and materials. People can download the images to keep for inspiration and comparison, and to share with friends for help with decision making.”

University at Buffalo: UB receives grant to turn pre-K assessment tool into digital game

University at Buffalo: UB receives grant to turn pre-K assessment tool into digital game. “To help teachers determine if their pre-kindergarten students are ready to transition to formal schooling, a UB-led team of researchers will create augmented reality and mobile game versions of the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders (HTKS) assessment, a tool used primarily by researchers to measure skills necessary for success in school.”

Metaverse style: the fashion houses vying to dress your online avatar (N Lifestyle)

N Lifestyle: Metaverse style: the fashion houses vying to dress your online avatar. “This weekend, Dolce & Gabbana’s couture NFT (non-fungible token) collection will be released. The fashion house is to reveal its high jewellery and haute couture collections for men and women (Alta Gioielleria, Alto Sartoria and Alto Moda respectively) in Venice, and it will also unwrap its first-ever NFT collection called Collezione Genesi. Comprising nine pieces, four will be entirely digital, while the remaining five – two dresses, a man’s suit and two crowns – will have both physical and digital iterations.”

TechCrunch: TikTok is building its own AR development platform, TikTok Effect Studio

TechCrunch: TikTok is building its own AR development platform, TikTok Effect Studio. “Both Facebook and Snap offer tools that allow developers to build out augmented reality (AR) experiences and features for their own respective family of apps. Now, TikTok is looking to do the same. The company recently launched a new creative toolset called TikTok Effect Studio, currently in private beta testing, which will allow its own developer community to build AR effects for TikTok’s short-form video app.”

The Verge: SteamVR beta lets you arrange desktop windows inside your virtual world

The Verge: SteamVR beta lets you arrange desktop windows inside your virtual world. “As of its latest beta release, Valve’s SteamVR software can add floating desktop windows inside VR games, letting you keep an eye on other apps without leaving VR. It’s a helpful addition, allowing players to keep an eye on anything from Discord, to a Twitch chat, or Netflix during a lower-intensity game.”

QCity Metro: Take a walking tour of historic Brooklyn with a new mobile app

QCity Metro: Take a walking tour of historic Brooklyn with a new mobile app. This is a former neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, not a place in New York. “Imagine a time machine that could take you back to Brooklyn, the historic Black community that once thrived in the heart today’s uptown Charlotte. You could see streets and buildings as they were back then, learn of places long since gone, and hear the voices of people who lived, worked and played there. It’s not exactly a time machine, but a new app developed by the Levine Museum of the New South and Johnson C. Smith University comes close.”

Reebok: Reebok’s “Courting Greatness” AR Tool, Campaign Empowers Players to Create Basketball Courts Anywhere

Reebok: Reebok’s “Courting Greatness” AR Tool, Campaign Empowers Players to Create Basketball Courts Anywhere. “Central to the campaign is a digital tool that utilizes augmented reality to help players map out court features anywhere – on walls, fences, parking lots and alleyways. Throughout the season, to inspire creativity and build awareness around the tool, Reebok will work with local artists in major cities to construct playable basketball art installations, with the first coming from NYC creative collective New York Sunshine that will honor the upcoming Question Mid ‘Iverson Four’.”