The reality of augmented reality

While the first thing that might come to mind when picturing the near-future applications of augmented reality are snazzier Snapchat filters, for major players in AR development, it has serious potential in business environments, with a definite roadmap, and the use cases have already been illustrated. Hardware manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker, for instance, has … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Qt Creator 4.7.0, Facebook expands AI research, and Microsoft makes new AI partnerships

Qt Creator 4.7.0 and Qt for Python is now available. Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML IDE. The latest release features C++ support with the Clang code model being turned on by default. “It made huge progress during the last releases, and at some point we need to do this switch. The … continue reading

Niantic to open up its AR platform to third-party developers

Niantic made headlines two years ago when it launched Pokémon GO and changed everything. It became one of the most popular mobile apps in history, and set the landscape for augmented reality developers. Today, the company is providing a preview of its Niantic Real World Platform for the first time publicly, and giving developers the … continue reading

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SD Times news digest: Amazon Sumerian, Google Hangouts chatbots, and Looker’s new data science tools

Amazon announced the general availability of the Amazon Sumerian VR, AR and 3D application development tool yesterday. Originally announced in November, the tool aims to lower the barrier of entry for developers who want to get started making VR, AR and 3D experiences. “You can create realistic virtual environments and scenes without having to acquire … continue reading

Google I/O: Android Jetpack, ARCore and WearOS

Google provided more insight into upcoming developer features on day two of its annual developer conference I/O. With the beta release of Android P, the operating system is getting a new “Jetpack” designed to accelerate development. Android Jetpack is “the next generation of Android components” and features benefits of the support library to a bigger … continue reading

Facebook focuses on transparency, control and trust at F8

Facebook kicked off its annual developer conference, F8, in San Jose this week with a number of new features and capabilities designed for software developers. “When we launched the Facebook platform eleven years ago, it was impossible to imagine all the innovative ways developers would use the social graph to build a more connected world,” … continue reading

Google open sources spatial audio SDK for realistic VR and AR experiences

Google is looking to improve virtual reality experiences with new experiments and SDKs. The company announced that it is open sourcing Resonance Audio, its spatial audio SDK released last year. Google is also providing new insights into its experiments with light fields, which are a set of algorithms for advanced capture, stitching, and rendering. “To … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Appdome’s Mobile Security Suite, 8th Wall’s mobile AR funding, and Provenir’s Python support

Appdome has announced a new security protection solution as part of its Mobile Security Suite at DeveloperWeek in Oakland, Cali. ONE-SHIELD is designed to deliver next-generation protection to any mobile app. The solution combines the company’s previous app features with new technologies such as TOTALCode Obfuscation, encrypted strings and preferences. The solution also features include mobile … continue reading

SD Times news digest: TypeScript 2.7, InterSystem’s IRIS data solution, and Hortonworks DataFlow 3.1

Microsoft has announced the release of TypeScript 2.7. The new version includes stricter property checks, definite assignment assertions and easier ECMAScript module interoperability. Visual Studio Code support is expected to come soon. “We always try to bring more joy to the TypeScript experience,” said Daniel Rosenwasser, program manager for TypeScript, in a blog post. “We … continue reading

SD Times news digest: OpenSSH in Windows 10, GitLab 10.4 and Apple’s ARKit 1.5

Microsoft has announced a beta release of the OpenSSH client and server for Windows 10 Insider builds and Windows Server. “SSH is one of the most important tools in the *NIX world, through which users communicate with shells, applications, and services running on remote machines, devices, VM’s and containers. Windows users most often remotely access Windows … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Oculus Start, The Future Computed, and JoyToken’s new API protocol

Oculus has launched a new developer program called Oculus Start. The program is designed to provide access, support and savings to qualifying virtual reality developers. According to Oculus, the program will offload some of the development costs for developers so their main focus can be creating VR applications.  “We know there is no shortage of inspired … continue reading

Google to shut down its augmented reality platform Project Tango

Google has announced plans to kill Project Tango. Project Tango was first announced in February of 2014 as an experimental Android phone designed to bring 3D motion and augmented reality to smartphones. The project used motion tracking, area learning and depth perception to bring computer vision to phones. It will be deprecated on March 1st, … continue reading

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