"Philips is piloting HoloLens in the domain of image-guided minimally invasive procedures, during which physicians rely on live X-ray, ultrasound and other sources of information to 'see' inside the patient and guide their actions."
This is an exciting new frontier that will help surgeons: "Combining our Azurion platform with Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 mixed-reality computing platform, this self-contained holographic computer is described by Microsoft as “the ultimate mixed reality device.”
To picture how it works, think of driving a car. You want to keep both hands on the steering wheel and both eyes on the road. You don’t want the distraction of having to check screens and press buttons. Equally, when I’m working on a patient, I want to keep my hands on my instruments and my eyes on my patient. HoloLens 2 allows me to see the real world superimposed with live data and the 3D medical imagery needed to guide our precision therapy. Crucially, it also lets me control the procedure with voice recognition, eye tracking and advanced gestures. Having worked closely with the team at Microsoft from the start, it is so rewarding to see the results of this partnership come to life."
Read the complete article: Observing the future through an AR lens
What are the legal implications of overlaying AR content onto someone else's store front, or their private home? What rights, if any, do the owners have to either stop or collect revenue from you use of their property?
This article references key cases that may or may not be used in litigation cases as AR content and usage moves to hit the predicted $50 Billion revenue that is predicated by the early 2020's, however this is a green field space with nothing substantial testing the waters to give a clear guide.
While its still the wild wild west, then anything goes rules seemingly still apply. Read the legal views presented in New York Law Journal article: My House: What Rules? IP Implications of Augmented Reality Advertising
"A deep learning model developed by NVIDIA Research can do just the opposite: it turns rough doodles into photorealistic masterpieces with breathtaking ease. The tool leverages generative adversarial networks, or GANs, to convert segmentation maps into lifelike images".
"GauGAN could offer a powerful tool for creating virtual worlds to everyone from architects and urban planners to landscape designers and game developers. With an AI that understands how the real world looks, these professionals could better prototype ideas and make rapid changes to a synthetic scene".
“It’s much easier to brainstorm designs with simple sketches, and this technology is able to convert sketches into highly realistic images,” said Bryan Catanzaro, vice president of applied deep learning research at NVIDIA.
Read the complete article GauGAN Turns Doodles into Stunning, Photorealistic Landscapes
More information on GauGAN
Oculus just announced the Oculus Rift S is coming in Spring 2019
The Rift S will have full 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) so the player will have a full body experience while in VR.
Read the full press release from Oculus
Oculus John Carmack confirmed of the process of sideloading content for the Quest will be the same as the Oculus Go in a tweet today.
Oculus Confirms Side loading for Quest (Same as Go) Read more
In many areas, not much has changed though there are some significant shifts in how we share messages:
Harry Potter as an Augmented Reality (AR) game will have fans (young and old) grabbing their phones and out walking the streets much like they did with the phenomenal success of the Pokemon Go AR game in 2016.
Pokemon Go maker Niantic has released the first video clip of the new Harry Potter game, where you, as the player, will be casting spell and fighting evil in what looks to be an awesome game. Sadly there is no release date yet, but its the perfect excuse for a Harry Potter marathon so you can brush up on your spells.
Let the craze begin!
Test how many Harry Potter spells you can remember...
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