First foldable phones predicted to hit market this year, ahead of Apple’s rumored plans

First foldable phones predicted to hit market this year, ahead of Apple’s rumored plans:

Tech commentators are predicting that the first smartphones with foldable displays will hit the market by the end of the year.

Samsung, Huawei, LG, Oppo, Lenovo and ZTE all have patents relating to foldable phones, in addition to Apple …

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(Via 9to5Mac)

Apple WWDC2018 high resolution wallpapers – Martin Hajek

Apple officially announced WWDC 2018 for June 4th through June 8th this week, with the conference taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

As is the case every year, Apple used some pretty neat graphics to announce the conference. Now, designer Martin Hajek has created a set of 16 wallpapers inspired by the WWDC artwork…

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Apple WWDC2018 high resolution wallpapers – Martin Hajek:

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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)