What is happening the world of AR? Instant 3D models, haptic smell and the latest wearable tech for your fingers among others makes for quite the exciting week.
A preview of a new 3D scanning app has been shared. The app will literally turn any object in your vicinity into a highly-detailed 3D model, using only your smartphone. Beta access can be gained already, but the actual app is still a while away for consumers. This just might make generating and sharing 3D content as easy as copying and pasting text so we will wait.
Immersive is taking on a whole new level with the take-over of another of our senses - smell. The latest haptic add-on is a scent generator that you connect to your VR headset. It is a replaceable cartridge with nine individual aroma capsules generating smells like rubber, gunpowder odour and other fragrances to simulate the atmosphere in games and movies. It would also incorporate an ultrasonic ionising system for water mist, micro-heaters for heat sensation, micro-coolers for wind and motors for vibration. The end of last year we wrote about this, and even though already developed, no hint of a release date has been provided. Now a Kickstarter campaign is kicking off, and virtual reality just took another step closer to the real thing.
As technology is evolving, so will the way we interact with it. Motion sensors being the way we will be able to interact with virtual content, interactive wearable tech devices will help us do this. Enter LITHO by interaction designer Nat Martin, a finger-worn controller that connects to your smartphone and headset via Bluetooth with a touch surface on the underside. With you can build, manipulate or navigate digital objects using only your hand or control the thermostat or lights in your home. Although still in beta, we have yet another device blending the lines between the real and the digital.
A new service from TeamViewer is offering a new solution to remote customer assistance by using your smartphone and AR to help solve issues that are hard to handle over the phone. Issues related to heavy machinery, dangerous materials or any tech support. Customers use their smartphones to aim at, e.g. a machine in need of fixing, and will then receive real-time help from an expert who layers instructions in 3D on the screen as well as voice commands.
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