Seurat, which is Google's scene simplification technology for mobile VR devices is going open source. This would allow developers to build powerful hardware by drastically reducing the level of processing required by high-quality VR assets. It simply pre-calculates and processes required calculations and removes everything that is not in the viewer's line of sight. Thus, VR hardware can easily provide high-quality experiences with 6DoF with a lower price tag due to reduced hardware constraints.
Kopin launches their latest Solos smart glasses focuses on triathletes, cyclists, and joggers. These AR glasses, compatible with both iOS and Android, have interchangeable lenses, and music and voice control. Users have used earlier versions for turn-by-turn route directions, critical assistance, and hands-free access to phone-calls and music while getting real-time performance data in front of their eyes. They will be available in major fitness retail locations at a $500 price point by the end of this year.
Lenovo's Mirage Camera uses Google's VR180 format, announced a year ago, to take stereoscopic images and videos in the VR180 format using two 13-megapixel cameras. As one of the first cameras to support the new VR format, Mirage will open the floodgates for other manufacturers to adopt the format and use it as a standard for VR moving forward.
- Microsoft Build 2018 - Mixed Reality for Teams
At its developer's conference, Build 2018, Microsoft unveiled two new Mixed Reality apps for Hololens - Microsoft Remote Assist and Microsoft Layout.
- Microsoft Remote Assist
- First line worker collaboration
- Heads up, hands free
- Shared perspective collaboration - all parties can see exactly what the worker is seeing
- Microsoft Layout
- Design spaces in context
- 3D models to create life-sized room layouts
- Real-time sharing and collaboration