Last week in augmented reality brought us multi-user AR, 2D images spilling out of their frames and smart glasses integrating real-time language translation.
Making two-dimensional pictures come alive is set to be a new way of interacting with photos, having comic-book characters, paintings or photographs step out of their frame. With Photos-Wake up, a software application developed by computer scientists, we may be seeing this integrated into AR headsets in the near future. It constructs 3D representations of photo subjects by combining multiple 2D viewpoints. The body components or outlines are identified and are matched to virtual 3D templates, creating a full body model of the person or figure, draped with the same colours and textures as in its original version. Computer algorithms fill in the data gaps of visual elements lost between 2D and 3D. Although still early days, this paves the way for a new way of interacting with photos, with the possibility of making any and all pictures interactive.
Smart glasses Vuzix Blade are to be the first AR headset to incorporate real-time language translation. Zoi meet, a multilingual communication platform, has partnered with Verizon and is set to launch an app for the smart glasses during this summer. The app provides hands-free language translation, translated in real-time and projected on the display of the Blade. It uses a combination of proprietary voice to text and language translation algorithms and current repertoire of 12 languages.
The arrival of multi-user AR will open up a new world of AR experiences. Two or more players being able to interact with the same digital content remotely, may it be a game, a prototype or even grocery shopping. Currently setting up the experience in two different environments means experiences will not be completely seamless, but along with Apple’s ARkit and Android’s ARcore updates, these will be improved and we will see at least AR gaming get the boost it needs to interest the masses.
Augmented cockroach infestation
An augmented reality demo has been released by Lablaan, in which virtual cockroaches crawl all over a real-life kitchen. The experience was made with 6D.ai, an AR platform for developers that catches depth information from the real world to build a dense 3D mesh, mapping the world around.
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