What is new in the ever-evolving and progressing world of AR? This week in AR features advances in the medical field, a new exciting smartphone concept and augmented disaster relief!
A new solution for overlaying accurate 2D and 3D images on patients with Microsoft Hololens has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, in the US. This basically means it has been cleared for usage in surgical environments. VR has been used for pre-operative planning before, but this system doesn’t disconnect image and surface and lets surgeons see the 3D patient images and the patient at the same time.
New smartphone concept Magic UX challenges the way we currently multitask on our mobile phones by a practical subtle use of augmented reality. It is a new smartphone interface inspired by the physical world, where you pin your apps to a physical space, like your table and then hover over the space when using the app. This way of seamlessly moving between apps makes dragging and dropping items between apps much easier.
Disney Research Hub has debuted a first of its kind approach with a new method to overlay costumes onto standard RGB images. The method wraps the costumes around the subject, matching whatever pose they strike. For the time being it only works with images, but the hope is for the method to eventually work in real-time.
Geon is an exciting blockchain project that plans to use augmented reality to help people hit by a natural disaster or caught between either side of a war-zone. It lets its user operate on geolocation, pinpointing their location visible for all. Mining does not require anything more than an internet connection and a smartphone. This way in disaster or war torn areas, donation and transactions can be made and then exchanged for local currencies, helping those in areas of need to receive basic life necessities.
Below an introduction of geomining.
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