ReviewGeek: David Attenborough and Dinosaurs Come to Your Living Room in this AR iPhone App

ReviewGeek: David Attenborough and Dinosaurs Come to Your Living Room in this AR iPhone App. “The app, Museum Alive, is a fun extension of David Attenborough’s documentary Natural History Museum Alive, which was created in 2014. In the film, he encountered CGI skeletons as he walked through the London museum and talked about them. The engaging app has a similar feel but uses animated 3D models of habitats that you or your child can view through a smartphone camera.”

EurekAlert: Exercise caution after working out in virtual reality

EurekAlert: Exercise caution after working out in virtual reality. “Virtual ‘exergaming’ has become a popular way to exercise – especially among younger people – since the release of virtual reality (VR) fitness games on consoles such as Nintendo and Playstation. But while VR is undoubtedly raising fitness games to a whole new level, researchers at the University of South Australia are cautioning players about the potential side effects of VR, particularly in the first hour after playing.”

Augmented reality art: Where your home becomes the gallery (BBC)

BBC: Augmented reality art: Where your home becomes the gallery. “Ever dreamed of hanging artworks by leading artists around your home? Well now you can for free, thanks to augmented reality or AR as it is known. Images such as Olafur Eliasson’s Solar Friend and Tomas Saraceno’s Peacock Spider are among some of the works that can be displayed in your home – the only catch is they will not physically be there but can be seen virtually via an app on your smartphone.”

Color of Change presents The Pedestal Project: an AR experience envisioning racial justice leaders atop plinths left empty (Art Critique)

Art Critique: Color of Change presents The Pedestal Project: an AR experience envisioning racial justice leaders atop plinths left empty. “In cities across the US, empty pedestals are what remain after statues memorialising the Confederate side of the American Civil War were toppled or removed in recent months. Thus, the question has come of what to do with those empty plinths, but Color of Change has created The Pedestal Project, a temporary AR fix to what they hope will become a long-term solution.”

TechCrunch: Google open sources Tilt Brush VR software as it shuts down internal development

TechCrunch: Google open sources Tilt Brush VR software as it shuts down internal development . “…the folks at Google announced they had ended active development of Tilt Brush, a VR painting app that was one of virtual reality’s early hit pieces of software. The app allowed users to use virtual reality controllers as brushes to construct digital sculptures and environments. While the company will not be pushing any new updates to the app, they did announce that they will be open sourcing the code on github for developers to build their own experiences and customizations.”

The Hill: How VR is bringing Black history to life for middle schoolers across America

The Hill: How VR is bringing Black history to life for middle schoolers across America. “It’s a lot easier to bring down a statue than it is to put one up. But the Movers and Shakers of NYC found a way to cut through some of the red tape using a piece of technology most Americans have in their pockets. Using augmented reality, a new app allows students, teachers and the general public to learn Black history and pay tribute to the people who are often left out of textbooks. In addition to a catalog of monuments to women, people of color and the LGBT community, the Kinfolk app contains a digital archive of Black, Indigenous and Latin history.”

Engadget: The Sundance Film Festival makes a giant leap into VR

Engadget: The Sundance Film Festival makes a giant leap into VR. “Like most major events over the last year, the esteemed Sundance Film Festival is going virtual. But it’s going beyond just letting you watch films at home. Sundance is building an extensive virtual reality platform for all attendees, which can be accessed with or without a VR headset. You can think of it as an evolution of the festival’s experience highlighting groundbreaking VR and new media projects with its New Frontier exhibition. Now, Sundance is transforming itself into a virtual reality destination.”

Ubergizmo: Virtual Reality Helped A Husband Meet His Deceased Wife One More Time

Ubergizmo: Virtual Reality Helped A Husband Meet His Deceased Wife One More Time. “In a new documentary on MBC, one of South Korea’s major broadcasting networks, it showed how the use of VR helped a husband meet his deceased wife one more time, where he also got to interact with her through VR and speak to her. According to the man, 51-year old Kim Jung Soo, he had expressed his hopes at seeing his wife again, and this experience allowed him to do just that.” I recommend you do not look at the video accompanying this article unless you’ve got a supply of tissues.

CNET: Apple glasses, AR/VR headsets: These are the latest leaks and rumors

CNET: Apple glasses, AR/VR headsets: These are the latest leaks and rumors. “First came VR. Then came a wave of AR headsets that were high-priced and full of promises of wild mixed reality worlds. Apple could be blending AR and VR with two different headsets in the next couple of years, but leading the way with a VR headset more like the Oculus Quest, according to a report Thursday by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.”

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.”

Android Central: Google Search puts you next to your favorite car with interactive 3D models

Android Central: Google Search puts you next to your favorite car with interactive 3D models. “According to Google’s VP of Engineering, the feature supports more than 250 car models and they’re working to add more. Users can set different backgrounds, and even use AR to place the vehicle in their own space, in case they want to show off a sweet ride without actually having one. The new experience also gives users the ability to change the color and take a detailed look at the interior of the vehicles.”

CNET: Baby Yoda is the latest Google AR object you can add to your home

CNET: Baby Yoda is the latest Google AR object you can add to your home. “If topping a Christmas tree with Baby Yoda isn’t your jam, Google has just served up a new way to bring the galaxy’s most-wanted baby into your home this holiday season. The search giant has added The Mandalorian’s breakout star to its growing repertoire of 3D search results ahead of the show’s season two finale on Friday.”

PopSugar: Google Wants to Make It Easier For You to Test Beauty Products Virtually Before You Buy

PopSugar: Google Wants to Make It Easier For You to Test Beauty Products Virtually Before You Buy. “Google just announced its partnership with ModiFace and Perfect Corp to launch a tool that helps you virtually test out makeup before you buy it. Starting Dec. 17, customers shopping from brands like L’Oréal, MAC, Black Opal, and Charlotte Tilbury will be able to compare specific shades of lipstick, eyeshadow, and more against their skin tone to ensure they can find a perfect match before they purchase. To use it, all you have to do is open or download the Google Shopping app and search from a range of products you’d like to try on.”