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Daydream VR hands-on: Google’s “dumb” VR headset is actually very clever

Daydream VR hands-on: Google’s “dumb” VR headset is actually very clever | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Awesome on a budget: Google’s virtual reality headset is full of tricks.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Sorry for the lack of updates recently! Rare for me to be quite. Just been head down helping build great products people love. Lots of 3D, Mobile, AR, VR, and Hololens.

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Google's BIM-busting App for Design and Construction

Google's BIM-busting App for Design and Construction | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Remember the “Google[x] to revolutionize the construction industry” headlines from this time last year?

Google technology could halve construction costs

Google’s secret development unit has developed a technology that could earn the company $120 billion a year, and,

Is Google planning a BIM-busting app for construction?

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Google’s secret is secret no more...

Jed Fisher's insight:

I'm glad to finally see what this was all about. I have to say while I'm pleased people are seeing the need and the opportunity in this space I'm disappointed with what i see so far with Flux. Their CEO has awesome energy but i can't help but feel they are going into a space they know little about. 

The comment by Mike Bordenaro is spot on - companies like Onuma and Kimon Onuma have been talking about this for years, not only this - they've been doing something about it and have a great BIM/Facility-Planning&Management platform which is available now and increasingly used by many. Worth taking a look at or watching Kimon on TED.

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Google Makes 3 Big Bets on NVIDIA

Google Makes 3 Big Bets on NVIDIA | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Google has placed bets on Nvidia to fight its main rivals—Apple, Microsoft and Facebook by theStreet.com

Conclusion No. 1: I draw the conclusion that Google is working very closely with Nvidia for a new set of mobile computers—smartphones and tablets—with dramatically higher computer power, to be announced starting in late 2014. These smartphones and tablets would be more powerful than almost all of today's PCs.

Conclusion No. 2: It was clear that the Nvidia Shield is now Google's big play for the gaming market—at least for this year. It is a big part of Google's plan to make Microsoft's Xbox ... simply irrelevant.

Conclusion No. 3: Google's innovative use of GPUs in cloud photo processing could lead to higher demand for Nvidia's GPU cloud servers.

 

Jed Fisher's insight:

Bold article, well thought out strategical analysis by Anton Wahlman. I love reading such a fresh viewpoint. 

I would even add further to the authors big conclusions. 

I would add that Google Glass and it's vision (hehe - pun) of AR and visual search for the masses requires:

4) Great computer vision - everything should be searchable, and everything happens to be in 3D.  - Cloud computing with Nvidia GPUs is not an option it's a must. E.g. See a car you like, look at it, see everything about it.  Also applicable for Google Goggles.

5) Great visualization/rendering - the Augmented part of AR requires state of the art 3D visualization. This means overlaying 3D information on the "reality". Tegra's are going to again be musts but again, we are going to rely on the heavy lifting being done in the cloud with GPUs.

 

Disclosure - NVIDIA is a customer of 4D Pipeline's. 

 

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Existing Phones Unlikely to Qualify as 'Daydream Ready', Says Google, VR Fans Should Wait to Upgrade

Existing Phones Unlikely to Qualify as 'Daydream Ready', Says Google, VR Fans Should Wait to Upgrade | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Google’s VR chief Clay Bavor introduced the ‘Daydream‘ Android VR platform. The branding is an umbrella which encompasses specially designed phones, headsets, and applications which work together to create a high quality mobile VR experience on Android, one that we suspect will rival Samsung’s bar-setting Gear VR.
Jed Fisher's insight:

 

Another significant step towards VR.

Vive still is the clear leader in this very competitive space but Google wants a piece of the pie which it will try to get with it's happy sounding "daydream" announcement. 

Increasingly for consumers mixed devices seem to be winning the VR space race (aka phones that can be used for VR). As much as Occulus and others (Magic Leap?) would like consumers to fork out $3K+ for a top end computer that supports VR (or Mixed Reality), it's a big ask. Phones we already have. 

Let's see what happens next week in the VR space race!

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Look inside Google's 3-D mapping Tango phone and tablet

Look inside Google's 3-D mapping Tango phone and tablet | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

A look inside Google's 3-D mapping Tango phone and tablet
Christian Science Monitor
Google's Project Tango initiative is pushing the bounds of virtual experiences and realistic mapping on mobile devices.


Via David W. Deeds
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Trimble’s Omar-Pierre Soubra poses for one of Google's new Tango phones. 3D Selfes

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 8, 2014 12:57 PM

News on the Tango Project.

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First Look: How The Google Glass UI Really Works

First Look: How The Google Glass UI Really Works | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Google Glass has arrived like a piece of sci-fi memorabilia sent from the future.
Jed Fisher's insight:

I've been saying for a while that their is no actual Augmented Reality in the Google Glass, there is potential to be but not yet. Other Glass options like Vuzix do have AR abilities. 

 

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