Gizmodo: Google Maps AR Is Being Tested By Some Users — But The Rest Of Us Will Have To Wait. “It looks like the Wall Street Journal was able to demo what it said is ‘an early version’ of Maps with AR. The feature doesn’t look too different from the one Google previewed for developers last May, with Maps appearing on the lower half of the phone’s screen as the top half navigates the user’s real-world surroundings. With some minor tweaks, even the blinking arrow system used to steer users to turn looks similar to those from Google’s presentation.”
Wired: Fortnite’s Marshmello Concert Is The Future Of The Metaverse. “BY THE STANDARDS of outdoor EDM performances, Marshmello’s DJ set on Saturday came up a little short. Ten minutes isn’t usually enough time for festival-goers to congregate in front of a stage, let alone build up to a good crescendo—but the Pleasant Park crowd had been waiting for the gig for days, and so everyone nobly held up their end of the party transaction.”
Google Blog: Explore art and culture through a new lens. “We believe the intersection of art and technology can give everyone the opportunity to interact with culture in new ways. Over the past seven years, we’ve worked with cultural institutions to create experiments and features that help you find your art doppelganger and uncover color connections between images. Together, we created augmented reality features so everybody can dive into a virtual gallery or display life-size artworks, wherever you are. Today, you can find all of these features in one single place: a new Camera tab in the Google Arts & Culture app. “
EurekAlert: People think and behave differently in virtual reality than they do in real life . “Immersive virtual reality (VR) can be remarkably lifelike, but new UBC research has found a yawning gap between how people respond psychologically in VR and how they respond in real life.”
AdWeek: The New David Bowie AR App Lets You Explore His Life in the Most Mind-Bending Way Yet. “David Bowie might make augmented reality a hero–at least for one day. To celebrate Bowie’s birthday, a new AR mobile app for Apple and Android devices lets fans explore hundreds of items from the late singer’s life. The app, a collaboration between the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment, is called ‘David Bowie Is,’ a title bearing the same name as the touring exhibition that’s already attracted more than 2 million fans across 12 cities.”
USC News: Innovators of USC: Doctors have an eye on GIBLIB, the ‘Netflix of medical education’. “Imagine a surgeon being able to watch multiple surgical procedures in 360 virtual reality in order to determine the best way to operate on their current patient. In the past, surgical videos were difficult to locate and often of poor quality, with many being filmed on a cellphone or through a surgical instrument’s video feed. Believing that medical professionals would be interested in studio-quality educational videos, USC alums Brian Conyer and co-founder Jihye Shin created GIBLIB, an online library of curated, on-demand educational videos in 4K or 360 virtual reality. It ain’t cheap, but considering the cost of other educational resources it’s not ridiculous.
Dartmouth Digital Commons: Tarsier Goggles: a virtual reality tool for experiencing the optics of a dark-adapted primate visual system . “Tarsier Goggles is a virtual reality (VR) project that allows everyone to experience how a tarsier might see. It serves as a tool to engage in hands-on scientific concepts in optics, perceptual science, and evolutionary biology, and also challenges our own thinking about our environment. The experience is self-guided and allows users to toggle between human and tarsier in order to explore different realistic environments with both sets of eyes. Built in Unity3D with SteamVR for the HTC Vive Pro. For various functionalities like teleportation, splash screens, and tooltips for our tutorial, we use Virtual Reality Toolkit (VRTK), an open source library.” Tarsiers are those primates with enormous eyes. MNN has a good overview.