South China Morning Post: Hangzhou park security uses AI-powered smart glasses to detect people with fever. “Roving security staff at Hongyuan Park, part of the Xixi Wetland preserve in Hangzhou in eastern China, now have the power to quickly detect the body temperature of all park visitors from a distance of up to 1 metre, thanks to ‘non-contact thermal augmented reality’ smart glasses supplied by AI start-up Rokid Corp.”
British Library: British Library makes rarely seen historical globes available for up-close, augmented reality viewing. “This month marks the launch of an ambitious British Library project to make 30 historical globes available to all via interactive, digital experiences. Working alongside the digitisation company Cyreal over the course of two years, imaging specialists at the Library have developed bespoke equipment to photograph and digitise the globes, which form one of the most beautiful but fragile subsets in the British Library’s vast maps collection.” The first seven globes have been released for viewing, with the rest being released throughout the year.
The Verge: Facebook is shutting down MSQRD, the AR selfie app it acquired in 2016. “On April 13th, Facebook will remove the MSQRD app from both the Android and iOS app stores. Facebook purchased MSQRD in 2016, and the AR app played a key role in boosting Facebook’s internal portfolio of AR image and video tools.”
Neowin: Instagram is clamping down on coronavirus AR effects. “Instagram announced today new measures meant to help curb the spread of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). One of these steps is cracking down on AR effects related to the virus.”
Google Blog: Go beyond the page with Google Lens and NYT Magazine. “Throughout the first half of this year, we’re working with The New York Times so that readers of the print edition of The New York Times Magazine can use Google Lens to unlock more information by simply pointing their smartphone camera at the pages. On Sunday, when The Times Magazine’s annual Music Issue hits newsstands, readers can use Lens to access videos, animations and in-depth digital content that help you go beyond what’s included in print. Readers will also be able to access a playlist of all the music on the magazine’s list of ’25 Songs That Matter Now’ using Lens.”
Hypergrid Business: Best Places To Learn AR and VR Development Online in 2020. “There are quite a handful of platforms that allow you to develop virtual reality and augmented reality apps and content, but it is not easy to find an offline virtual reality school or academy with which to train for those interested in developing AR and VR apps. Udemy may be the popular place to learn VR and AR, but there are other free or cheaper subscription options.” I liked this one a lot. Extensive, lots of annotation.
Bustle: How To Make Spark AR Effects On Instagram, Even With No Experience. “If you’ve ever used a filter in your Instagram Story to predict what your 2020 will look like or what Starbucks drink you are, then you’re familiar with the app’s popular AR effects. What you might not have realized, however, is that you have the ability to create your very own quirky effects to share with the world. Bustle chatted with two creators about how to make Spark AR effects on Instagram and no, you don’t need years of experience.”