Further signaling Apple’s augmented reality plans, the company has joined LG and Valve in a $10 million investment into eMagin, a maker of “microdisplays” for both AR and VR technology.
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.
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:
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)
by Dan Moren
Nintendo, always known for its lateral-thinking, has announced its newest venture: Labo. What is Labo? Well, check out this video:
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.
- 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)
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.
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The previously rumored Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC 1.4 FL ED VR full frame DSLR lens is now officially announced with Nikon’s first built-in teleconverter. The US price is $12,399.95, UK price is £10,999. Pre-orders are now open at B&H, Amazon and Adorama.
- Super-telephoto zoom lens with coverage of a broad range of focal lengths beginning at 180 mm and extending to 560 mm when the built-in 1.4x teleconverter is used
- Built-in 1.4x teleconverter which can easily be activated/deactivated while looking through the viewfinder:
- Tripod collar ring that enables smooth switching between horizontal and vertical orientation
- Zoom ring that is easily operated while holding onto the tripod collar
- Adoption of a fluorite lens element and magnesium alloy has achieved a light weight of approximately 3,500 g/7 lb 11.4 oz
- Dust- and drip-resistant structure that prevents dust and drops of water from entering the lens
- Nikon’s exclusive highly durable fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt
- The latest optical design that includes the use of one fluorite lens element and eight ED glass elements for extremely sharp and detailed rendering that is compatible with high-pixel-count digital cameras
- The latest optical design and the use of Nano Crystal Coat enable clear images in which ghost and flare are effectively suppressed
- High maximum reproduction ratios with close-up shooting at telephoto positions (0.25x when the built-in teleconverter is not used, 0.36x when activated)
- The exclusive design of this lens with a built-in teleconverter ensures optimal optical and AF performance
- Electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that enables stable exposure control
- The VR mechanism offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop increase in shutter speed in NORMAL mode; users can choose from NORMAL and SPORT modes:
Lens design (without and with TC), weather sealing, MTF charts (click for larger view), technical specifications and full press release:
Mount Type: Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU and F mount (1.4x TC built-in)
Focal Length Range: 180 – 400 mm With built-in TC 252-560 mm
Zoom Ratio: 2.2 x
Maximum Aperture: f/ 4 With built-in TC f/5.6
Minimum Aperture: f/ 32 With built-in TC f/45
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 9°
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format): 4°
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 6°20′
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 2°50′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 13°40′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format): 6°10′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 9°50′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 4°30′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.25x (at 400 mm) 0.36x (at 560 mm)
Lens Elements: 27
Built-in Teleconverter Lens Elements: 8
Lens Groups: 19
Built-in Teleconverter Lens Groups: 5
Compatible Format(s): FX DX
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Yes
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Distance Information: Yes
Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
ED Glass Elements: 8
Fluorite Elements: 1
Fluorine Coat: Yes
Super Integrated Coating: Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes
Internal Focusing: Yes
Minimum Focus Distance: 6.6 ft. (2.0 m) from focal plane
Focus Mode: Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual
Filter Size: 40.5 mm
Accepts Filter Type: Drop-in filter
Compatible with Nikon AF-S Teleconverters: Yes
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 5.0 in. (128.0 mm) x 14.2 in. (362.5 mm)
Approx. Weight: 123.4 oz. (3,500 g)
Nikon Announces New AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Super Telephoto Zoom Lens at CES 2018
LAS VEGAS – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens, which is ideally suited for photographing sports and wildlife with astounding speed and clarity. This professional level FX-format lens is more versatile than ever, and has been updated with the newest NIKKOR lens technologies including Nikon’s first ever built-in teleconverter and an advanced optical formula to enhance performance and minimize weight.“This lens is a great example of how Nikon continues to push the boundaries of innovation and what’s possible with pro-level optics and high-end imaging equipment,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
Popular Pro-Level Lens Gets Even More Versatile
This new NIKKOR lens is a professional super-telephoto zoom lens, which is even more versatile with an extended wide range of 180-400mm, and a constant f/4 aperture to easily isolate a subject from the sidelines, even in challenging light. This is also the first NIKKOR lens to include a built-in 1.4X teleconverter, allowing photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252-560mm1 (FX-format) focal range. The teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and is easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder. When used on the Nikon D500 and other DX-format DSLRs, the focal length is the equivalent of 270-600mm (378-840mm with teleconverter engaged).
Whether capturing fast-moving winter sports on the slopes or elusive wildlife at a distance, photographers can shoot with confidence from this high performance NIKKOR lens. The new 180-400mm f/4 is optimized for high-speed capture, and features an electromagnetic diaphragm, helping to create smooth and consistent exposures while shooting high-speed bursts of images. What’s more, the AF tracking algorithm controlling the motor drive has been enhanced to increase tracking performance of fast moving subjects. When using cameras equipped with Nikon’s advanced 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to significantly enhance the AF coverage throughout the frame.2
Enhanced Performance with the Addition of New Technology
The lens now uses a fluorite element, which contributes to improved balance while minimizing weight. To further enhance handling and agility, the lens has adopted a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to create a seamless transition from shooting horizontal to vertical composition. The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops3 of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.
The lens construction includes the use of durable magnesium alloy for weight reduction, while the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating is also used to help repel water droplets and dirt.
The optical formula of the lens uses eight Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, doubling the amount of ED elements used by its predecessor, the NIKKOR 200-400mm. These help to provide extremely sharp and detailed images and 4K UHD / 1080p video, and is ideally mated to high resolution Nikon DSLR cameras. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is used to effectively suppress instances of ghosting and flare.
Price and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens will be available in March 2018 for a suggested retail price of $12,399.954. For more information on this NIKKOR lens and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.Related posts:
(Via Nikon Rumors)
Imaging Resource selected the Nikon D850 DSLR camera as their camera of the year:
"We felt that the Nikon D850 deserved the crown of Best Overall. It’s blazingly fast, has great image quality, excellent ergonomics, shoots full-frame 4K video (with clean 4:2:2 output via its HDMI port) and can stand up to adverse shooting conditions better than we ourselves can. In our book, all those added up to it being our ultimate choice for our 2017 Camera of the Year."
Imaging Resource also did some "water torture" tests of the Nikon D850 and three other cameras:
Here is their conclusion:
"Truthfully, we were sad to see the A7R III have such a hard time in this test. It’s a fantastic camera, absolutely at the cutting edge of what’s possible with photographic technology today. Even after this test, those of us at IR who were fans previously would still happily buy one, because we almost never photograph in conditions approaching those in the test. But as we said in our 2017 Camera of the Year announcement article, Sony needs to up their environmental-sealing game if they want to compete in this high-end/professional market segment. We’d feel differently if all the cameras failed the test; we would have concluded that the test was just too harsh for the current state of the market, even though it was a reasonable representation of conditions a camera might be exposed to. That wasn’t the case, though; the D850 had a very minor problem with leakage into its viewfinder, that seems to be entirely solved by using the BS-3 hot shoe cover – and the 5DIV and E-M1II had no problems whatsoever."
The Nikon D850 camera also won the 2017 Dpreview Reader’s Choice Award:
"The D850 is truly a DSLR tour-de-force, blending speed, resolution and image quality with superb ergonomics and a vast lens ecosystem for nearly limitless creative possibilities. We’ve called it the best DSLR on the market, and now, you’ve crowned it as your favorite product of 2017."
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The Wi-Fi Alliance has today announced the latest Wi-Fi security protocol, WPA3. Arriving this year, the new security standard will bring new capabilities for both personal and enterprise networks.