Topic: vr

NASA is pushing virtual reality software to aid scientific discovery

A planetarium in your living room might not be as far away as you think. NASA built a VR simulation that animated the speed and direction of 4 million stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, and has many other VR projects underway. The work is being done through NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The virtual … continue reading

SD Times news digest: WebXR Device API, Microsoft Q&A, and SnapLogic to support Delta Lake

Google wants to bring virtual reality to the web with the release of WebXR Device API in Chrome. According to the company, the new API will allow developers to create immersive experiences for mobile devices and head-mounted displays. FIrefox Reality, Oculus Browser, Edge, and Magic Leap’s Helio browser also plans to support the specs in … continue reading

Facebook’s quest to the VR Horizon

Each year, the promised land for VR seems to be just on the horizon — always visible, yet too far to reach. However, Facebook is determined not to give up on VR with the launch of the aptly named Facebook Horizon. The company announced the virtual reality playground at this year’s Oculus Connect event in … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Qt for Python, Facebook’s DeepFocus, and Mozilla Labs

Qt has announced a new version for Python. Qt for Python will enable developers to easily visualize data tied to their Python project and gain access to Qt’s support services and community. Highlights of Qt for Python include PySide 2, Qt GUI creation, environment familiarity, PyPI, and VFX Reference Platform Integration. Facebook open-sources DeepFocus Facebook … continue reading

IEEE: Deep learning will become widely adopted in 2019

The IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) has released its top 10 technology trends for the upcoming year. The trends are based on what the technology experts believe will be the most widely adopted and meant to forecast the future for organizations. “The Computer Society’s predictions, based on an in-depth analysis by a team of leading technology … continue reading

Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2019

Gartner has revealed its annual technology trends for the upcoming year at this week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando. The research firm produces its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends list every year to give organizations insight into what they can expect. According to Gartner, a strategic technology trend refers to a trend that has substantial disruptive … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Nim 0.19.0, Databricks’ partner program, and Oculus Quest

The Nim team has released Nim 0.19.0. Nim is a systems programming language with a focus on performance, portability, and expressiveness, the team explained. This release adds changes to strings and sequences that provide more flexibility in how they are implemented. According to the team, alternative implementations are currently in development. Other features include async … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Oculus reveals hybrid apps, Sauce Labs’ iOS and Android native test automation frameworks, and data.world’s $12 million round of funding

Oculus revealed it is trying to merge traditional PC apps and VR together with a new experimental technology. The company made the announcement at its Oculus Connect 5 (OC5) event in San Jose this week. According to the company, Hybrid Apps will help developers migrate traditional desktop apps to virtual reality and leverage Dash’s virtual … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Daydream’s new experimental features, Spring Framework 5.1 and Kindred’s reinforcement learning toolkit

Google has announced new experimental features for developers to use on the Lenovo Mirage Solo, which is a Daydream virtual reality headset. It added new APIs to support positional controller tracking with six degrees of freedom (6DoF), which enables users to move their hands more naturally in VR. It also added see-through mode, which enables … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Babel 7, Oculus VR education pilot programs, and Adobe XD

JavaScript compiler Babel version 7 is now available. According to the team, this release was two years, 4k commits, and more than 50 pre-releases in the making. “Babel 7 is a huge release: we’ve made it faster, created an upgrade tool, JS configs, config ‘overrides,’ more options for size/minification, JSX Fragments, TypeScript, new proposals, and … continue reading

SD Times news digest: New two-factor authentication approach, The LF Deep Learning Foundation and Linux 4.19-rc1

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have announced a new two-factor authentication method that uses wearables and speech signals. The method “Listening-Watch” uses wearable devices such as smartwatches, activity trackers, and browser-generated speech sounds to perform two-factor authentication. “Listening-Watch offers two key security features,” said Nitesh Saxena, professor in the UAB College of … continue reading

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

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