A world where ubiquitous AR and VR exist? ZDNet's David Gewirtz tells TechRepublic's Karen Roby about what a future of ubiquitous AR and VR could look like, and the potential pros and cons it would present. Read more: https://zd.net/2ChwIGX With Black Friday and Cyber Monday in their full, week-long glory, many gifts will be bought for deserving (and sometimes not-so-deserving, but still beloved) folks the world over. Among the gifts bought will be drones, 3D printers, and -- somewhat less frequently -- AR and VR kits, mostly for the gamers who have everything. Of course, gift-givers aren't the only purchasers. Geeks, makers, and early adopters will take advantage of the sales to procure the gadgets for themselves. Whatever the purchase motivation, the population of drones, 3D printers, and AR/VR rigs in consumers' hands will increase measurably in the next few weeks. For some, these new purchases will be the beginning of something special. But for many, these classes of gadgets … [Read more...] about Drones, 3D printing, and AR/VR: Unrealized potential, competent results, and worrisome futures
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One year has passed since the three major telecommunications companies in Korea switched on their 5G networks on Dec. 1, 2018, and seven months have passed since commercial 5G services were first offered by them. On April 3, they began to make the high-speed network available to the public in Seoul, two days ahead of schedule. This year has been a good one for 5G in Korea, but challenges remain.The network had a total of 4.33 million subscribers as of November, according to the Korea Telecommunications Operators Association. At this rate, one-tenth of all subscribers in Korea will be using 5G by early next year.To get to where we are today, and to build up the user base, the carriers have been luring subscribers with dramatic support and rebates, even giving away 5G cellphones for free.Prices remain high, and this has been the source of some criticism. Plans are costing as much as 130,000 won ($109) a month. Added to this is the lack of base stations and exclusive content for 5G … [Read more...] about 5G regarded as a qualified success one year on
Like all everyday miracles of technology, the longer you watch a robot perform surgery on a human being, the more it begins to look like an inevitable natural wonder. Earlier this month I was in an operating theatre at University College Hospital in central London watching a 59-year-old man from Potters Bar having his cancerous prostate gland removed by the four dexterous metal arms of an American-made machine, in what is likely a glimpse of the future of most surgical procedures. The robot was being controlled by Greg Shaw, a consultant urologist and surgeon sitting in the far corner of the room with his head under the black hood of a 3D monitor, like a Victorian wedding photographer. Shaw was directing the arms of the remote surgical tool with a fluid mixture of joystick control and foot-pedal pressure and amplified instruction to his theatre team standing at the patient’s side. The surgeon, 43, has performed 500 such procedures, which are particularly useful for pelvic … [Read more...] about The robot will see you now: could computers take over medicine entirely?
Google has been quietly working to improve its augmented reality platform, ARCore, since its official launch early last year. Now, the company says its ready to unveil some of the next-generation upgrades to depth detection and physics it’s achieved that promise to make AR experiences seem much more realistic in the future. The upgrades, part of an overhaul to ARCore’s Depth API, will soon allow developers to perform what’s known as occlusion, which is when an artificial object can be blocked from view by other real-world objects in a scene. Place a virtual cat in your living room, for instance, and you can see it disappear from view when you angle your camera in a way that places a bed or table or some other object in between. The result is a more believable scene, because the depth detection going on under the hood means your smartphone better understands every object in a scene and how far apart each object is from one another. Google says it’s able to do … [Read more...] about Google shows off stunning new AR updates coming to web and mobile apps soon
Ready Player One author Ernest Cline realized that geeks essentially took over the entertainment industry after he wrote his 2011 novel. The biggest films in every theater are mostly based on superhero comics or the Star Wars canon, and it seems every TV network is trying to get its hands on geeky, ultra-lucrative franchises. In fact, being a geek is such big business that it feels useless to try to separate the posers from the true fanboys, which Ready Player One, both the novel and 2018's film version, attempts to do.Getting too excited about certain movies and TV shows just isn't as stigmatized as it used to be when Cline was growing up, collecting Star Wars action figures and dressing up as a Jedi. "Well, I don't know that Star Wars kids were ever completely uncool," Cline told Newsweek. "I was a child when A New Hope came out, and among most young men and women, jocks and stoners and brainy academic kids...they all loved Star Wars. It was just that some of us took it a little … [Read more...] about Is ‘Ready Player One’ for Fanboys Only? Screenwriter Ernest Cline Decries Gatekeeping