Codec Avatar – your life like Virtual Reality avatar

Facebook Reality Labs have shown their progress with development of avatars for Virtual Reality (VR) last week. Codec Avatar is about measuring and capturing the smallest signals of the human body and replicate them to create virtual interactions that are indistinguishable from real ones.

Next gen personal avatars will improve social presence and help to make human interaction in VR space feel more natural.

Codec Avatars side-by-side comparison

A side-by-side comparison of an individual and her avatar shows the technology's photorealism. The left side of the face is a recorded video of a real person making different facial expressions. The right side of the face is an avatar. Unlike other realistic avatars we see today, Codec Avatars are generated automatically — a requirement for effortless Social VR.

Gepostet von Facebook Engineering am Montag, 11. März 2019

More information: tech.fb.com

Music from the space station ISS & Kraftwerk

Last Friday, the german ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst played a special version of the track “Spacelab” live together with the famous electronic music pioneers “Kraftwerk” during a concert in Stuttgart. “The ISS is a MAN-MACHINE. It is the most complex and valuable machine human kind has ever build”, he explained to the audience.

Watch the video of this moment and his speech. (Note for the skeptical people among us: ESA confirmed, it was really completely life)

More information: blogs.esa.int

 

Facebook 3D Posts

Since a few weeks Facebook has released its newest content format: the 3D Post. After 360° panoramas, this is the next step for 3D content. Now it is possible to bring real 3D models with geometry and textures into Facebook feeds, so you can move around an object and inspect it from every angle. If the model is well prepared, it works very nicely with good performance and quality, even at mobile devices. Currently only static 3D models are supported, but it is expected to see this format evolving in the near future. Animations, more interactivity, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality application within the Facebook context are now in reach. We tried out the production pipeline and together with our social media team are ready to go for your next Facebook 3D Post. If you are interested in this new format, just get in touch with us!

 

More information: developers.facebook.com

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon – Augmented Reality Shopping

Amazon announced that AR (Augmented Reality) view is now available also for Android devices (US only). The service allows people to experience products virtually in their own home. They started last year November with this service on Apple devices and experienced that customers are more likely to purchase the product after using AR view.

Augmented reality devices like the Microsoft Hololens or the Magic Leap or systems like Apple ARKit or Google Tango are extending the reality with an additional synthetic visual layer and are opening complete new possibilities for guidance, info- and entertainment systems.

Artificial Intelligence vs. lawyers – K.O. first round

In a recent study 20 experienced US trained lawyers competed against an AI (Artificial Intelligence) algorithm in spotting risks in business contracts. For the first time, the algorithm beat the lawyers with an accuracy of 94% compared to 85%, archieved by its human colleagues. The AI needed for this only 26 seconds compared to an average time of 92 minutes for the lawyers.

This is showing impressively the progress and application of AI, and is just another mile stone where AI is outperforming humans in a specific task.

More information: lawgeex.com

Google – artificial intelligence generated photography

Google released a paper about using a deep-learning system for artistic content creation. First, the algorithm chooses the best crop out of google street view panoramas. Afterwards, several machine learning based saturation- / HDR-filters and masking were applied by the program.

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

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More examples / gallery: google.github.io/creatism/
More information: research.googleblog.com/
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First look at Apples Augmented Reality Kit for ios

Within iOS 11 a new augmented reality tool kit “ARKit”, which brings native support for Apple mobile systems, will be released. The public beta of iOS 11 has been available since a few days and this feature is tested widely from the developer community with some very nice results. The tracking seems to be extremely stable and precise. Together with advanced real-time rendering engines, the immersion is fascinating. Just have a look at the videos to get a first impression.

Augmented reality devices like the Microsoft Hololens or the Magic Leap or systems like Apple ARKit or Google Tango are extending the reality with an additional synthetic visual layer and are opening complete new possibilities for guidance, info- and entertainment systems.

More information: apple.com

Nadja – a chatbot with emotional intelligence

Nadja was developed from the Australian government to improve their National Disability Insurance Scheme, a service for people with disabilities. The bot helps to find information and is making it accessible in a more human way. The bot is able to read emotions through a webcam and is reacting them in a subtle way. Like AI, EI (emotional intelligence) is getting better and is learning from being used.
The technology behind this is by the company Soul Machines and the voice is Cate Blanchett’s.

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

more information: www.soulmachines.com
via: thenextweb.com

Real time facial projection mapping

This collaborative work of YABAMBI, Ishikawa Watanabe Lab, The University of Tokyo,TOKYO and Nobumichi Asai (WOW) is showing a performance, where a 1,000 fps projection system combined with super speed sensor is used to produce an outstanding immersion.

This demo is a nice example what can be achieved with latest sensor and projection technology. Also it can be very well adapted to many other appliances.