Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them (ScreenRant)

ScreenRant: Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them. “Snapchat has partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to create five augmented reality monuments around LA. The LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives artworks were built using Snapchat’s technology and can be viewed through the Snapchat Camera. They are intended for exploring the histories of LA communities and to highlight their perspectives.”

Mashable: SXSW got canceled by the pandemic. So it built Austin in VR for 2021.

Mashable: SXSW got canceled by the pandemic. So it built Austin in VR for 2021.. “I was in a freefall high above Congress Avenue, or some acid-dream version of it, in Austin, (definitely not) Texas, with the ‘street’ below me rapidly coming into view….This was SXSW 2021. Or, to be exact, SXSW Online XR — a partial, virtual reality recreation of the familiar streets and venues that typically play host to the annual celebration of interactive, film, and art worlds. And it was alive inside of VRChat, the popular and scrappy social platform.”

Mashable: Adventure Lab is building the VR gig economy of the future for performers

Mashable: Adventure Lab is building the VR gig economy of the future for performers. “The brainchild of co-founders Maxwell Planck and Kimberly Adams, who share a common professional past at both Pixar and the now-defunct Oculus Story Studio, Adventure Lab is picking up where their previous experiments in VR had left off and applying lessons learned. Whereas their initial efforts in the space attempted to ‘steal’ from filmmaking and storytelling, as Planck puts it, the duo’s new company is pulling its inspiration from something a bit more intangible: the creation of shared memories.”

TechCrunch: The New York Times launches an AR-enabled crossword on Instagram

TechCrunch: The New York Times launches an AR-enabled crossword on Instagram. “The New York Times is bringing its signature crosswords game into augmented reality. The media company announced this morning it’s launching a new AR-enabled game, ‘Shattered Crosswords,’ on Instagram, where players will be able to solve clues by finding spinning broken crossword pieces in AR. When the right vantage point is achieved, players will find the words hidden among the shards above the puzzle.”

ScienceBlog: Creating A Realistic VR Experience With Normal 360-Degree Camera

ScienceBlog: Creating A Realistic VR Experience With Normal 360-Degree Camera. “Scientists at the University of Bath have developed a quick and easy approach for capturing 360° VR photography without using expensive specialist cameras. The system uses a commercially available 360° camera on a rotating selfie stick to capture video footage and create an immersive VR experience.Virtual reality headsets are becoming increasingly popular for gaming, and with the global pandemic restricting our ability to travel, this system could also be a cheap and easy way to create virtual tours for tourist destinations.”

Essex County Standard: University of Essex researchers launch innovative VR theatre study

Essex County Standard: University of Essex researchers launch innovative VR theatre study. “RESEARCHERS from Essex University are leading on an innovative study to explore the social impact of virtual reality theatre. A team from the uni, led by Dr Abigail Webb and Dr Rebecca Warren, are working with LIVR, an online library for immersive theatre content on the research. They hope to find out how immersive theatre, or shows viewed from home on VR a headset, impacts on viewers.”

Museums Association: Online game enables users to curate Birmingham Museums collections

Museums Association: Online game enables users to curate Birmingham Museums collections. “The trust has formed a partnership with the recently launched online game and art platform, Occupy White Walls, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to enable players to collect and curate their own exhibitions in a virtual world. The collaboration means that users can access an initial 200 pieces from Birmingham Museum and Gallery’s art collection to curate, design and build digital art exhibitions. The available collection includes some of the city’s most famous artworks, such as The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown and Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.”

Mashable: Google’s Australian addition to its mobile AR puts koalas in your house

Mashable: Google’s Australian addition to its mobile AR puts koalas in your house . “Google has added eight Australian animals to its collection of mobile AR creatures, allowing users to size up animated 3D renditions of the country’s native fauna. It’s an entertaining little update, and a good tool to help you determine which ones you could take in a fight.” Well, um, that escalated quickly.

University of Bristol: Interactive virtual reality emerges as a new tool for drug design against COVID-19

University of Bristol: Interactive virtual reality emerges as a new tool for drug design against COVID-19. “Bristol scientists have demonstrated a new virtual reality [VR] technique which should help in developing drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 virus – and enable researchers to share models and collaborate in new ways. The innovative tool, created by University of Bristol researchers, and published in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, will help scientists around the world identify anti-viral drug leads more rapidly.”

Google Blog: India’s mini-masterpieces brought to life with AI and AR

Google Blog: India’s mini-masterpieces brought to life with AI and AR. “Miniature paintings are among the most beautiful, most technically-advanced and most sophisticated art forms in Indian culture. Though compact (about the same size as a small book), they typically tackle profound themes such as love, power and faith. Using technologies like machine learning, augmented reality and high-definition robotic cameras, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with the National Museum in New Delhi to showcase these special works of art in a magical new way.”

VentureBeat: Will Facebook Horizon be the first step toward the metaverse?

VentureBeat: Will Facebook Horizon be the first step toward the metaverse?. “The excitement around a metaverse is growing, as it’s not just an idea from science fiction anymore. Facebook Horizon, a user-generated virtual reality world that is still in closed beta testing, might be one of the first steps toward creating one. The metaverse is the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, like in novels such as Snow Crash and Ready Player One. Facebook is building its Horizon world in virtual reality, where people can immerse themselves in a virtual space with other friends and create their own social spaces akin to game worlds.”