Topic: vr

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

SD Times news digest: OpenAI’s Dactyl approach, Git LFS 2.5, and Apache Log4j 2.11.1

OpenAI has trained a human-like robot hand to manipulate physical objects using a system called Dactyl. The system was trained completely in a simulation and adapts to real-world physics. According to OpenAI, Dactyl leared from scratch using the same reinforcement learning algorithm as OpenAI Five. The results of this project demonstrate that it is possible … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Rookout’s debugging solution for Electron, Embarcadero’s free community editions and the VirtualLink specification

Debugging company Rookout has announced it is bringing its remote live debugging solution to Electron. Electron is an open-source framework for building web solutions with JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Rookout’s debugging solution will enable developers to gain insights into the data and code from a live Electron app, rather than having to gain the insights … 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

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 open sources Seurat to improve VR experiences and performance

Google has announced it is open sourcing Seurat, a scene simplification technology designed to take in complex 3D scenes and process it into representations that can be rendered efficiently on mobile hardware. Seurat was first announced at I/O last year as a way to allow developers and creators to bring high-fidelity graphics to VR headsets … continue reading

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