Hold onto your hats, the vapor might actually be real! At least we hope it is.
Interesting things from Microsoft’s announcement:
- a self-contained visor that augments reality
- a see-through holographic display mechanism
- adding AR support to Windows and major applications
- a special processor for handling the reality and the augmentation (the “HPU”)
Spending billions on R&D can and does pay off royally — sometimes.
Gizmodo posted a fantastic article about the VR platform and content being developed at Magic Leap. At the core of what may drive their augmented reality tech is a new kind of lens for scanning and projecting.
Scanning laser projectors sweep one or more beams of luminance-
modulated light in a scan pattern to form an image. The approach
offers a number of advantages in the construction of 3D displays,
compared with conventional matrix-based display technologies
such as LCD, DLP, and OLED. Because the image is formed by a
single scanning pixel rather than an array of pixels, scanning laser
displays can enable significant display miniaturization that is
decoupled from display resolution.
Source: 3D Displays using Scanning Laser Projection
Brian T. Schowengerdt, Richard S. Johnston, C. David Melville, Eric J. Seibel Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
There’s an interesting article on Nerdoholic about a flying defibrillator.
The drone tracks emergency mobile calls and uses the GPS to navigate. Once at the scene, an operator, like a paramedic, can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera connected to a control room via a livestream webcam.
Drones can clearly be more than a way to convey the material; they can also project the expertise of an emergency medical professional. There are many imaginable cases where it would be difficult to pre-position materials and expertise that would be required to save a life, from floating devices to blood clotting agents to chemical burn treatments.
Big news, summarized by TechCrunch: Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps
Firebase and Google need each other in order to make real-time happen in a way that is economically viable. The scale Google can provide cannot be understated and will be discussed endlessly.
From my amazing and hellish rapt.fm experience I learned that home-brew real-time apps — even if depending largely on open-source infrastructure — are very, very difficult to architect, to build, and to run reliably in scale. Firebase provides a “lower initial investment” way to run alive apps, and a huge community of developers have come to love their stack.
One obvious risk to using Firebase is lock-in (as with any service-framework amalgamation), and now this lock-in could include developers having to move to the Google cloud at some point. But this is also a reduction of risk; many who have invested development in Firebase can now be assured that for a longer span of time their system will be supported.