This is what heaven looks like: Nikon Professional Services at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

This is what heaven looks like: Nikon Professional Services at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics:

 


Dpreview published a sponsored post about Nikon Professional Services at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics:

At the PyeongChang Olympics, there will be 60 NPS staff members from 13 countries on hand, offering support in around 10 languages. Planning for the event started two years ago, and as well as D5 and D850 bodies the NPS inventory will include a range of specialized prime and zoom lenses. The exact figure is confidential, but the total value of all the gear is equivalent to ‘several hundred luxury cars’.

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Pictures credit: Nikon, via Dpreview

(Via Nikon Rumors)

Google is working on bringing AR to Chrome with downloadable 3D objects

Google is working on bringing AR to Chrome with downloadable 3D objects:

Google today unveiled its experimental effort to integrate augmented reality features into the mobile and desktop web using its Chrome browser. That way, web designers, media organizations, and other creative professionals could create virtual 3D objects, embed them into websites for viewing on desktop, and make them downloadable on mobile so users could place those objects into their real world surroundings.

“In the next few months, there will be hundreds of millions of Android and iOS devices that are able to provide augmented reality experiences — meaning you’ll be able to look at the world through your phone, and place digital objects wherever you look,” writes Reza Ali and Josh Carpenter, who work on user experience on Google’s Daydream WebXR team. “To help bring this to as many users as possible, we’ve been exploring how to bring augmented reality to the web platform, so someday anyone with a browser can access this new technology.”

The blog post details how the working prototype version of AR on Chrome would work. It starts with a product tentatively called Article that Ali and Carpenter describe as a 3D model viewer for browsers. If Article is loaded on a desktop browser with a 3D model, it will display it as an interactive image you can drag to rotate. When placed in a webpage, the model could be animated similar to a GIF as a user scrolls to indicate it’s an interactive 3D model.


Image: Google

On mobile, the experience is much more sophisticated thanks to built-in cameras and sensors on modern smartphones. “The unique power of AR is to blend digital content with the real world,” the duo write. “So we can, for example, surf the web, find a model, place it in our room to see just how large it truly is, and physically walk around it.” You can see how this would work in action:


Image: Google

It’s easy to imagine how neat this could be for all manner of activities, from entertainment to education. Just being able to load a Wikipedia page for the Moon landing, as Google suggests here, and drop a 3D model of an astronaut in a classroom would be a fascinating new way to teach children with interactive experiments.

“Article is just one in a series of prototypes, and there’s so much left to explore — from using light estimation to more seamlessly blend 3D objects with the real world, to adding diegetic UI annotations to specific positions on the model,” concludes Ali and Carpenter. “Mobile AR on the web is incredibly fun right now because there’s a lot to be discovered.”

Of course, Google has a reason to want to develop mobile, browser-based AR. The company is currently competing with Apple and the iPhone maker’s ARKit framework to be the toolkit developers use to make apps and other AR-focused services. Google, which owns Android and the Play Store and has its own ARCore framework, nonetheless has a presence on iOS via the mobile web, where Chrome is a popular browser alternative to the iPhone’s built-in Safari. By making AR work on mobile browsers, Google is able to maintain its cross-platform advantage. It’s also in Google’s interest to prevent AR from becoming an entirely app-based technology on mobile, as that would lock out Android users from AR experiences developed solely for iOS.

(Via The Verge – All Posts)

Nintendo Labo is augmented…cardboard?

Nintendo Labo is augmented…cardboard?:

by Dan Moren

Nintendo, always known for its lateral-thinking, has announced its newest venture: Labo. What is Labo? Well, check out this video:

Wild. It’s like the company took a look at Google Cardboard and thought, “How much further could we take it?”1

As someone who just got a Switch a few weeks back, I’ve been hugely impressed with the hardware. But as with the Wii before it, I’ve been impressed at how Nintendo has continued to think outside of the box of traditional consoles. If you don’t want to compete on sheer pixel-pushing power, then compete on innovation. Safe to say you’re not going to see Sony or Microsoft get into the cardboard business.

The Labo sets cost a little more than a standard game ($70 for the Variety Kit, which includes a host of different constructs plus a game cartridge; $80 for the Robot Kit, which turns you into a freaking robot), but the fact that they get you doing something other than staring at a screen is perhaps the most compelling part.


  1. It’s worth remembering that Nintendo started its life as a company that made playing cards, back in 1889. So, to paraphrase Tim Cook, I guess you could say that cardboard’s in their DNA. ↩

(Via Six Colors)

Microsoft advises fixes for Spectre and Meltdown security flaws could cause noticeable performance hits

Microsoft advises fixes for Spectre and Meltdown security flaws could cause noticeable performance hits:

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As tech companies rush to work around the ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ chip flaws, a blog post from Microsoft suggests that the processor generation and age of the operating system will play a factor in terms of how much of an impact the fixes will have on system performance, at least from a Windows user’s perspective.

(Via AppleInsider – Frontpage News)

18 Best New Fonts for 2018

18 Best New Fonts for 2018:

Get the best new fonts of 2018! Create inspiring designs with beautiful typography.

The Best New Fonts for 2018

Each font carries its own magic. Some are sturdy and professional, while others may be dainty or relaxed. Find the right font for your work with this quick selection below!

Featuring the latest font types to hit Envato Market and Envato Elements, we bring you 18 amazing typefaces for all your creative projects.

Enjoy effortless script types with elegant swoops and futuristic letters. Create awesome designs with these incredible fonts!

Need more help? Get quality advice from our experts at Envato Studio.

Learn More About Fonts

New to fonts and typefaces? Check out these great lessons to learn more:

Kiona Font

Designed for optimal legibility, the Kiona font features crisp lines and clean edges. Take advantage of its four different font weights, developed after very different personalities. Are you feeling strong or edgy? Try out this font!

Kiona Font

Selfish Script

Show off your feisty side with the Selfish script font. Introducing a brand new handwritten font with incredible charm, the Selfish font is clean and fluid. It’s perfect for branding, home ware, and more—you’ll love this stylish font!

Selfish Script

Sustans Typeface

Design a luxury brand with the Sustans Typeface. Featuring stylish, handwritten letters, this typeface is sophisticated and multipurpose. Create compelling designs that are sure to arouse interest in your work! Give it a try!

Sustans Typeface

Ornacle Font

You are unique. So find a font that matches your individual style. Ornacle is a font for innovators and risk takers. Enjoy its futuristic style designed with clever geometric elements to help you stand out. Shine with this creative typeface!

Ornacle Font

Darling Harbour

Hey darlings! Add a little sweetness to your work with this joyful typeface. Handwritten with brilliant brush details, this font also includes darling swashes and ligatures to match! Download it today to get access to unique OpenType stylistic alternates.

Darling Harbour

Fiesta Color Font

Fiesta Color is a gorgeous decorative typeface created with Fontself Maker. It features a trendy, geometric style with wonderful abstract elements exploding with color. Use it on postcards, invitations, or fashionable tote bags.

Fiesta Color Font

Flitte Script

You can achieve the same beautiful swoops of traditional calligraphic handwriting with modern typefaces. And the stunning Flitte script is a perfect example! Use it for wedding invitations, t-shirts, and so much more!

Flitte Script

Tehika Script

Celebrate your favorite memories with the festive Tehika font. A hand-drawn script font with well-spaced letters, this font is simply magical. Attach it to the company’s Christmas card or apply a beautiful signature to any bare stationery. Try it out!

Tehika Script

Contaur Typeface

Create
that authentic handcrafted feel with the lovely Contaur typeface. Designed for stationery, logos, and so much more, this font is a mixture
of tall and short elegant letters. It’s the perfect companion to any beauty-related project!

Contaur Typeface

Auro Font

Quirky and futuristic, the Auro font is a sleek, decorative typeface. Use it for headers and posters as a unique way to highlight your brand. Included in this download are a complete set of letters, numbers, and punctuation for you to enjoy.

Auro Font

Teratur Typeface

Step into the future with the Teratur typeface. A modern font family with clean, minimal details, this typeface is inspired by classic sci-fi font types. Just toggle the caps lock to enjoy alternate letters. You’ll love this font!

Teratur Typeface

Mellifret Script Font

Need something simple and multipurpose? Then try the Mellifret semi-bold script font. A great addition to any book cover or logo, this font is simple yet sporty. Included along with this three font pack deal are amazing swashes to help decorate your designs.

Mellifret Script Font

Heady Rough Typeface

Utilizing the newest OpenType technology, the Heady Rough typeface is wild and energetic. Experiment with this versatile hand brushed style for impeccable designs that are hard to miss. Included are three fonts compatible with Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 or later.

Heady Rough Typeface

Crude Font

A little grunge never hurt anyone! So begin your next adventure with this rustic, hand-painted brush font. By utilizing high-resolution brush stroke images, this font achieves hyper-realistic details with an authentic grunge finish. Download it now!

Crude Font

Sacred Bridge Family

The Sacred Bridge Family is old-fashioned and dignified. Create that instant elegant feel with beautiful decorative letters designed after traditional letterpress styles. So what will you get? An awesome collection of 10 retro fonts with alternate glyphs, and multilingual support. Try it out!

Sacred Bridge Family

Zembood Typeface

Zembood features all the characteristics of an amazing vintage font. Add it to your modern apparel line for an edgy look in only a matter of seconds. With bold letters and fine grunge details, this font features a versatile style you’ll definitely want.

Zembood Typeface

Bambi Fonts

Bring
a smile to someone’s face with this set of pretty Bambi fonts. Great for inspirational quotes, posters, and more, this calm brush font is smooth and tranquil. Enjoy the bouncy baseline and curvy letters today!

Bambi Fonts

Starship Typeface

Need a steampunk font for epic retro designs? Then try out the Starship typeface! Brilliantly charismatic, this font features a strong serif typeface with bold vintage letters. Download eight font files complete with regular, grunge, and inline styles.

Starship Typeface

Conclusion

This list features exciting resources for the avid designer
familiar with type design. For additional help with your font needs, enlist the skills of a talented professional by choosing one of the amazing designers from Envato Studio.

And
with loads of fonts available at your fingertips, chances are we’ve
missed a few to add to your personal collection. Be sure to browse Envato Market and Envato Elements for more resources, and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

(Via Envato Tuts+ Design & Illustration)