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15 Examples of Clever Packaging

15 Examples of Clever Packaging | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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Make sure that your google translate is turned on, the page needs to translate from Russian into English - but what a great set of examples with packaging being done differently - very creative

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Why My Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset Is Gathering Dust

Why My Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset Is Gathering Dust | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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VR is a very important type of techology. It has failed for decades and only now does it have a chance of taking off. If consumers experience mediocre virtual reality experiences like they do with the Google Cardboard or frustrating experiences with the Gear VR, they may not give the technology a chance when it is perfected. Hopefully, the upcoming Oculus Rift can correct at least some of the ills of the Gear VR and bring virtual reality to the mainstream.  More development work needed for VR to become something we want or even need.

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Nokia OZO VR Camera Drone Test Flight

Read the full article: http://wp.me/p3aqRt-9Zh At 9.3 pounds, Nokia's Ozo VR camera is impressively compact. Not only can the device be handheld if need be, ...

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Samsung Launches Web Browser For Gear VR

Samsung Launches Web Browser For Gear VR | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
You're strapped into a virtual reality delight and you want to Google something. What do you do? Now you can use a web browser built and optimized..
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The Gear VR web browser beta is now available on the Oculus Store and includes support for voice commands and has an on-screen keyboard. It also supports both 360-degree and 3D video streaming, and any HTML5 video.  The browser has a “Gaze Mode” that will let you choose menus by simply looking at them. No tapping on the touchpad or controller necessary. You can also import and manage your bookmarks, the company says.  It’s a really important step for the consumerization of virtual reality, as most people head to a web browser for entertainment and information before they ever think about hitting up Netflix or any app store. Or even the TV. The questions that I get the most about VR is “can I do this?” or “can I do that?” The most mentioned this or that? Internet browsing.  The voice search, provided by Google, is pretty handy for searching for things. There are a few sites to get started with in your default bookmarks, Yahoo, Google, Facebook and YouTube with a tab for more recommended sites once you start browsing a bunch. The “Gaze Mode” is actually quite handy, and if you look at a specific item for a second or so, it’ll “click” the link for you automatically. This however can get annoying if you’re trying to read something with a bunch of hyperlinks…you might kick off a page you didn’t want to.  The browsing window is a little small and I’m not sure if you’re able to resize it. Sure, there’s a “zoom” feature, but I’d rather the window take up more real estate in my field of vision. The YouTube support is an outstanding addition to the Gear VR experience, especially for 360 degree videos. So there you have it, even though this probably should have launched with the Gear VR. Either way, Samsung isn’t having any problems selling them.

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Exploring Apple’s growing interest in VR content

Exploring Apple’s growing interest in VR content | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
While it’s no surprise that the presence of virtual reality is weaving its way into many sectors of tech, we’re still left waiting to find out how it’ll unfold when it comes to Apple. Google, Samsung, Sony, and Facebook have all shared their VR plans, but Apple is remaining silent. Well, mostly silent anyway. Yesterday, Apple confirmed…
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Google, Samsung, Sony, and Facebook have all shared their VR plans, but Apple is remaining silent. Well, mostly silent anyway. Yesterday, Apple confirmed to TechCrunch that it had purchased Swiss startup Faceshift, which develops motion-capture technology. Prior to Apple's acquisition, Faceshift focused on producing motion-capture solutions primarily for gaming and film applications. Most notably, the startup has done work for little film called Star Wars.  Faceshift’s tech integrated with cameras capable of capturing and deciphering depth in a space, then used the visual information picked up by the camera to influence the appearances, actions and facial expressions of digital objects like avatars and animated characters.  So, what does Apple want with Faceshift? In typical Apple fashion, it gave a stock non-answer when asked about how it plans to use Faceshift.  For now, it’s anyone’s guess how Faceshift might factor into Apple’s plans for the future. But it almost certainly didn’t acquire Faceshift without some seriously sophisticated plans for motion capture and facial mapping technology. And, like always, we’ll be waiting for Apple to read us in.

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FAA task force aims to register drone hobbyists

FAA task force aims to register drone hobbyists | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Remote-controlled aircraft larger than 9 ounces would have to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration under recommendations described Monday by the leaders of a drone task force.
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Remote-controlled aircraft larger than 9 ounces — the kind owned by hundreds of thousands of hobbyists — would have to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration under recommendations described Monday by the leaders of a drone task force.  If the FAA adopts the recommendations, drone owners would have to register their names and physical addresses, but would not have to pay a fee. Each aircraft would be marked with a unique number, though not necessarily the serial number, to identify the owner.  The registry marks the latest balancing act for federal regulators who are trying to keep the skies safe as drones increasingly share the airspace with passenger planes. Commercial drones, for purposes like aerial photography or utility inspections, are already registered when operators get special permission to fly from FAA.  The proposed registry would help authorities track down hobbyists if a drone collides with another aircraft, flies too high or encroaches on an airport.   But Roger Duffell, of Loganville, Ga., said as a licensed pilot who also registered a commercial drone, he supported registration. He also urged that drones be programmed to return home automatically if they fly out of range of their remote pilot.  “The trick is going to be getting Pandora back in the box, by stopping the future sale or importation of non-compliant” drones, he said. “As a pilot, I have a vested interest in keeping the (national airspace) safe!”   Dave Vos, co-chairman of the task force as leader of Project Wing at Google X, which is developing delivery drones, said the task force didn't make any recommendations  about "geofencing," or software that would restrict where drones fly.

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HiSilicon Announces New Kirin 950 SoC

HiSilicon Announces New Kirin 950 SoC | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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HiSilicon held an extensive media briefing on their brand new flagship SoC - the Kirin 950. The new chipset is a very large leap for the Huawei subsidiary as it represents the first true flagship successor to the Kirin 920 that we've seen a little over a year ago in the Honor 6 review.  In the past analysis of the Kirin chipset's overall performance in phones such as the Mate 7 or the newP8 was not overly positive. The reason to this was mostly due to lacklustre showing of the GPU and general low efficiency of the SoC.  For the very vast majority of use-cases and users the GPU isn't a bottleneck and the full potential of more powerful GPUs are never utilized, so the vendors prefer to save die space and thus cost by using less GPU cores. As such, while the upgrade represents a significant improvement over previous Kirin chipsets, one shouldn't expect it to compete with more powerful alternatives such as from Qualcomm or Samsung.  Due to the new SoC having both A72 CPU cores and the new T880 Mali GPU I was expecting it to also ship with ARM's new CCI-500 - after all, 3 IPs were launched simultaneously  back in February. Unfortunately HiSilicon explained that the new interconnect wasn't ready during the Kirin 950's design phase and thus the designers had to rely on the older CCI-400 that has been used in all big.LITTLE SoCs released to date.

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YouTube’s Grand Plan to Make VR Accessible to Everybody

YouTube’s Grand Plan to Make VR Accessible to Everybody | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
With Cardboard and the launch of some clever new features, YouTube says it wants to democratize VR for mainstream audiences—for real this time.
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At launch, YouTube is featuring ten or so lifelike, 360-degree VR videos that the company shot itself. These include a tour of an Icelandic glacier, a performance by a violinist, and a computer-generated recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing. But Bengali says he expects that library of content to grow “very rapidly,” especially as the company works with YouTube creators to get more VR content up on the platform. Any video, meanwhile, that had been filmed to showcase YouTube’s 360-degree video technology, which it unveiled in March, is viewable using a smartphone and Cardboard, too.  In an even more ambitious move, YouTube is also making every clip in its massive database viewable in a “virtual movie theater.” Tap the Cardboard button that now appears within the YouTube app while watching video on your phone, and the video view changes. You can pop your phone into Cardboard and watch the clip in a kind of floating theater view. When you move your head, you’re prompted to “click to recenter” the clip, and view readjusts right with you. It would be great, one can imagine, for watching YouTube clips in bed with the VR headset balanced on your face.

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VR Astronaut Sim 'Earthlight' Gets New 360 Trailer and Screenshots - Road to VR

VR Astronaut Sim 'Earthlight' Gets New 360 Trailer and Screenshots - Road to VR | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
There are many out there who dream of going to space, but far fewer willing to take the risks involved to experience

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There are many out there who dream of going to space, but far fewer willing to take the risks involved to experience it for real. Earthlight is a multi-platform VR experience which aims to simulate the experience of an astronaut, heading to a headset near you in Q1 2016 from Australian developers Opaque Media Group. Check out this new 360 trailer and this collection of new screenshots.

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LAPD trying to crack down on illegal drones

LAPD trying to crack down on illegal drones | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
After a drone flying in restricted airspace had a close call with a helicopter this summer, the LAPD is looking to stop other illegal drone use. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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LAPD now aggressively targeting drone operators who are breaking the rules of use, one 57 year old man has been arrested for interfering with police as a result.  Reasonably expect to see more regulations and technology that will limit the abilities of consumer purchased drones.

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Hulu's Virtual Reality app is set for its close-up next month

Hulu's Virtual Reality app is set for its close-up next month | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Tim Connolly, the streaming-video service's head of distribution, said Hulu's VR experience is "ready to go" in November when Samsung's $99 Gear VR headset starts to reach consumers.
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The streaming-video company's VR app will be available next month when the $99 Gear VR headset from Samsung goes on sale, according to the Hulu's head of distribution, Tim Connolly.

"We're ready to go," Connolly said.   When the Los Angeles-based company announced the VR effort in September, it said the app would be available in the US during the fall season, with no specific time frame.  Hulu is one of several major digital video providers, including Netflix and YouTube, that is supporting virtual reality with content. The format has long been a mainstream curiosity seen as a niche part of technology. But VR could be hitting the mainstream, as social network behemoth Facebook throws its weight behind the format with Oculus and low-price devices like the Gear VR headset become available.  Hulu is also considering commissioning original series that are purely virtual reality without a "2D" element, Connolly said in an interview Friday on the sidelines of the New York Media Festival. Hulu is owned by traditional TV giants Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast.   The company is already dabbling in VR. It's producing a VR short film called "The Big One," created by YouTube creator Freddie Wong made alongside his upcoming Hulu original series. Another project is an immersive environment created to watch Hulu's catalog of 2D video -- like watching a traditional episode of "Seinfeld" as though sitting in protagonist Jerry's apartment.  "We think this is a smart bet that helps position us as an innovator and helps us learn earlier on what could be a substantive storytelling environment," he said.  However, most of Hulu viewing, Connolly noted, is happening where TV has always thrived: in the living room. About 70% of Hulu viewing is on a television, he said, either through a console, streaming device or a smart TV that directly connects to the Internet. Of that TV viewing, Hulu customers use Roku's products the most.

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How Should the FAA Regulate Drones?

Oct 2 -- Bloomberg's Cory Johnson reports on the Federal Aviation Administration missing regulation deadline for drone rules. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets...
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Congress asked >3 Years that the FAA had to deploy at least a 1st draft of how commercial / consumer use and application of drones from a regulatory standpoint.  Now the FAA is the hold up on getting drones deployed in workable situations where they can be of value.  

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UNSW students launch intelligent ski helmets on Kickstarter

UNSW students launch intelligent ski helmets on Kickstarter | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A trio of University of NSW graduates, who have attracted the attention of blue-chip companies, is launching intelligent ski helmets on Kickstarter.
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Foster + Partners Unveils Design for Droneport in Rwanda

Foster + Partners Unveils Design for Droneport in Rwanda | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a droneport in Rwanda, proposed in an attempt to bring more efficient medical care and commercial delivery services to communities in Africa where there is a lack of infrastructure required to meet the population's needs.

The droneport includes a health clinic, a digital fabrication shop, a post and courier room, and an e-commerce trading hub, making it a key civic building in its own local area and its design allows the drones to land safely in a densely packed area.

Scheduled for completion in 2020, the complex of three buildings will allow Redline's network to extend to 44% of Rwanda. Foster + Partners also suggests that subsequent phases of the project could see up to 40 buildings across Rwanda, serving not only the whole country but also neighboring countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


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Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a droneport in Rwanda, proposed in an attempt to bring more efficient medical care and commercial delivery services to communities in Africa where there is a lack of infrastructure required to meet the population's needs.   

"Just a 3rd of Africans live within two km's of an all-season road," explains the press release. "It would require unprecedented levels of investment in roads and railways to catch up with the exponential growth in Africa’s population, which is set to double to 2.2 billion by 2050." Foster + Partners instead proposes to leap that development hurdle by making use of 21st century technology - namely drones.

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FAA announces new drone registration program

FAA announces new drone registration program | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
With so many drones filling the sky, the federal government will now require every drone to be registered. Drone owners will have to give their name, email address and mailing address, and pay a $5 fee. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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This is clear enough on why, see video from CBS news

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HP to tackle wearables for business

HP to tackle wearables for business | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The company is embracing the concept of "blended reality," where 3D features and virtual reality are mixed into product offerings.
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New moves by HP to get in on the action of Virtual Reality and wearable tech

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LG Display to Spend About $9 Billion on Factory for OLEDs

LG Display to Spend About $9 Billion on Factory for OLEDs | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Apple Inc. supplier LG Display Co. will spend more than 10 trillion won ($8.7 billion) on building a new plant and expanding production of a newer type of display that can be used to cut power use, make thinner devices and show brighter colors. Shares rose.
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More on the move by Apple to go to OLED technology, and how LG Display is gearing up to support, making quite the serious investment.  Given this commitment by LG we can likely expect to see more of these types of advanced displays in the future.  The real benefit thereof on the other hand of OLED tech on the small screen seems like a bit of a stretch though (at least to me), but if people can be convinced that it is a better technology that they just must have, then it is likely to take off.

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iPhones Expected to Have OLED Displays Starting in 2018

iPhones Expected to Have OLED Displays Starting in 2018 | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Apple plans to switch to OLED displays for iPhones starting in 2018, according to Japanese website Nikkei. The report claims Apple has notified its...
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As previously pointed out in our analysis of Samsung's technology development roadmap for display technology (based on TRIZ methods).  Apple plans to switch to OLED displays for iPhones starting in 2018, according to Japanese website Nikkei. The report claims Apple has notified its suppliers about its future plans, with LG Display already planning capacity upgrades for high-volume OLED display production.  LG Display and Samsung Electronics will likely share a large portion of the OLED panel production for future iPhones, according to the report. Apple's shift to OLED displays could have "major implications" for Apple's current LCD display suppliers Sharp and Japan Display, the latter of which relies on Apple for 30% of its business.  Samsung's popular Galaxy-branded smartphones are equipped with AMOLED displays, as is the Apple Watch, but iPhones have always had LCD displays since the original model launched over eight years ago.  OLED displays can provide sharper images and brighter colors compared to LCD displays, but generally have a shorter lifespan and higher manufacturing costs. Apple has reportedly been "consulting with display makers" about OLED technology to eliminate potential drawbacks.  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple is unlikely to adopt AMOLED displays for iPhones for at least three years, claiming that its main supplier Foxconn is preparing to invest in advanced TFT-LCD production lines in China for mass production in 2018.

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Soon you will be able to punch someone in Virtual Reality and they will feel it

Soon you will be able to punch someone in Virtual Reality and they will feel it | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

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The folks at German's Hasso Plattner Institute Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) labs have created working models of a device known as Impacto that allows you and your opponent to feel the impact of punches in your faces and other things, just the way it is in real life, when gaming in virtual reality. Impacto is embedded in a band and uses HCI's special software with a virtual reality headset  to produce the feeling. The Impactor device can be worn on the different parts of the body such as on your leg or arm so you could carryout maneuvers like kicking. According to the team, Impacto is a device designed to render the haptic sensation of hitting or being hit in virtual reality. The key idea that allows the small and light impacto device to simulate a strong hit is that it decomposes the stimulus: it renders the tactile aspect of being hit by tapping the skin using a solenoid; it adds impact to the hit by thrusting the user's arm backwards using electrical muscle stimulation.

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Hivemapper raises $3M to be Waze for drones

Hivemapper raises $3M to be Waze for drones | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
While major companies struggle with Federal Aviation Administration drone restrictions, a new startup is busy mapping the sky in preparation for the day that drones can fly free.
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While major companies struggle with Federal Aviation Administration drone restrictions, a new startup is busy mapping the sky in preparation for the day that drones can fly free.

“Think of it as Waze or Google Maps for drones,”  said  Hivemapper  founder Ariel Seidman. He said the goal is to help drone pilots fly more safely (and legally).  Today Hivemapper is launching a public beta of its mapping app on Google Play. The app integrates with DJI drones to give pilots access to data-rich, localized maps so they can better control their drones. The 3D maps show viewers their drone in relation to buildings, trees, and even boats. It also includes information about no-fly zones and accident data, so pilots know what areas to avoid.

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Honda just unveiled its new hydrogen-powered car

Honda just unveiled its new hydrogen-powered car | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Just when everyone’s getting all excited about electric cars usurping their fossil fuel-guzzling counterparts, Honda has announced that its hydrogen-powered cars will go on sale in Japan as early as March 2016, with launches in Europe and the US to...

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Honda and other automakers should be paying attention to this space, Nissan is way ahead of other firms in applying this particular technology. 

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How To Catch a Drones

How To Catch a Drones | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
We’ve managed to create armies of flying robots. Can we control them?
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Having invented flying robots that can go places we’d rather not, how will we prevent them from going too far?

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Google Virtual-Reality System Aims to Enliven Education

Google Virtual-Reality System Aims to Enliven Education | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Expeditions, a field-trip simulation program, will be offered free to schools as Google works to further develop virtual-reality technology.

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A valuable experiment to attempt on Google's part

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Google Cardboard for VR education experiences - or Expeditions. So many opportunities here - exciting times ahead!

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New Kodak surveillance camera rivals Nest Cam with a lower price

New Kodak surveillance camera rivals Nest Cam with a lower price | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
While Google's Next Cam is arguably the most popular connected home surveillance camera around, that doesn't stop other camera makers from trying to compete
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The Kodak CFH-V20 pairs with the iSecurity+ app for iOS and Android, not only enabling the previously mentioned features, but also for sending notifications based on detected motion when no one is home. The camera is also WiFi compatible, in addition to serving as a WiFi signal extender.   Like more and more home automation and Internet of Things (IoT)-connected devices, Kodak's camera also supports IFTTT integration, letting work in combination with a number of apps and services.  Those who purchase the CFH-V20 also get a lifetime subscription to Kodak's 1-day cloud storage, or a service that stores the last 24 hours of recorded footage for review at a later time. Customers can increase that time duration with 14- and 30-day plans, priced at $9.99 per month and $19.99 per month, respectively.  The camera itself is priced at $150, making it an attractive alternative to the $200 Nest Cam.

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Disney is using Augmented Reality to bring coloring books to life

Disney is using Augmented Reality to bring coloring books to life | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A Disney Research team has developed technology that projects coloring book characters in 3D while you're still working on coloring them. The process was detailed in a new paper called "Live...
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A Disney Research team has developed technology that projects coloring book characters in 3D while you're still working on coloring them. The process was detailed in a new paper called "Live Texturing of Augmented Reality Characters from Colored Drawings," and it was presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality on September 29th. That title's a mouthful, but it's descriptive: the live texturing technology allows users to watch as their characters stand and wobble on the page and take on color as they're being colored in.  Augmented reality has been used to bridge the gap between static pages and animated characters before, most notably through Crayola's collaboration with AR developer DAQRI on the company's Color Alive series. But those products don't allow for simultaneous coloring and AR usage: you have to finish your drawing before generating your 3D character using the companion app. If Disney's technology can make its way to the consumer market, it'll mark another step forward for coloring book technology. Of course, it's a little too early to start hyping this up with your children — this kind of live texturing is still in its infancy, and it could be a while before you're shopping for coloring books that have this capability.

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Oculus, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung To Introduce VR Headsets going for $99-$200

Oculus, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung To Introduce VR Headsets going for $99-$200 | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality Headsets: Oculus, Facebook, Microsoft and Samsung On Board to Bring the New Technology
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Now Facebook is ready to launch the new improved headsets that are smart, light and smaller in size. Samsung and Microsoft are also working on similar technologies to bring new virtual reality headsets and wearable gadgets to the market, revealed Komando.  Although the motion sickness has been resolved, cost still remains the biggest factor for all companies as each headset costs more than $200. The upcoming Oculus Rift headset offers new features, is more comfortable to wear and is lighter by 22%. It has struck a partnership with Microsoft as well for the launch of its products. It is planning to launch its Gear VR headset for just $99.   Oculus and Samsung launched a new headset at its LA developer conference and intend to bring the new $99 headset in November this year. Facebook also launched support for 360-degree video, and online video services like Netflix and Hulu jumping into the format.  Also showed off a promo for the upcoming 'Star Wars' movie showing a speeding vehicle zooming over the desert landscape of fictional planet Jakku, reported Daily Mail UK. Users will be able to look around in any direction using their mouse while the video is playing on the Virtual Reality Headsets.  The new VR product from Samsung is expected to VR into the mainstream, said Gizmodo. Much of the focus for this Gear VR version was on improving comfort, says Jim Willson, director of immersive products and virtual reality for Samsung.

There are several material changes as well including a second layer of soft padding where the goggles meet the facial skin. A small texture improvement enhanced the tactile improvement and reduced the chances of goggles sliding down the face.  

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