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What is VR and AR? Best Uses of AR and VR

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Due to the huge potential of growth, virtual reality and augmented reality, media and the whole tech world often keep their eyes on these through a maximum of us aren’t aware of these two technologies and the process of working. Let’s find out the actual features of these that made these things to mark an era in the timeline of technology as the era of AR and VR. Currently, we are experiencing huge growth in communication sector due to repetitive R&Ds with hardware and software both.

From video chatting to gaming VR has changed the way of enjoying online things while AR has changed the importance of physical presence, which either may be in a meeting or video calling!

AR vs. VR
AR vs. VR

Like many of us, we also confused on the differences between these two technologies. Let’s clear that cloud of confusion first.

What is VR? – Briefing about the technology

We often use VR headset to enjoy movies and during gaming. VR is an artificial and fully computer generated simulation that provides real life recreation. The simulations come into vision and hearing at first; gradually the technology is growing at a faster pace as all the tech and smartphone manufacturers are looking for compatible VR sets.

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Points to be noted:

We need to wear a VR headset that creates an enhanced virtual reality that makes you feel like you are a character of the game you are playing. It further enhances motion gaming and enjoying movies especially if you are watching 3D movies. Some training is also equipped with VR nowadays like; flight simulator in training for the pilots.

The language that has made this thing coupled with our imagination is known as VRML, virtual reality modeling language. It actually creates some series of images and literary specifies the way of interaction between them.

Some videos show us how the VR can change the way of shopping as well, have a look on this-

How’s that? Well, you may have to wait a few years to see it being implemented as all of these is now in pre-implementation phase in the many companies though Amazon has managed to start its first store with a mix of reality sensing technology with hyper machine learning algorithms where you don’t need to wait for bill or queue for paying. Probably it’s the first stage of VR shopping, check this out-

What is AR? – A complete scenario of this technology

Another word that has taken the smartphone telephony upside down by its several breakthroughs and someone of those, we really think can be existed in science fictions only. With AR the physical presence of face to face interaction will be removed slowly. With many video chatting options on a smartphone we have already decreased the line of imagination especially when you are talking with a man.

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AR is a version of simulated layers that enhanced an existing reality with the help of computer generated virtual enhancements. The technology is coming into the mainstream because of the hyper craziness of people about 3D display around the world. Imagine how it would be if your email app pops up in the 3D motion in front of your eyes from your smartphone!- pretty cool, isn’t it?

Can you remember the Google glass? Yes. That was the first try to make AR implemented in our real life but for some reasons that project was shelved and no further improvements took place.

The AR applications available in the market can be divided into two prime sections- image recognition and location-based apps. Now you can relate why we mentioned Google glass earlier. Though Google put that on the shelf, it introduces image recognition and moreover written piece recognition in an image in its new Android OS (Oreo). A perfect thing for smart generations! It’s very simple, like- open the camera and point it towards a restaurant on the street, simply connect that with Google assistant, and it would reveal everything like reviews, ratings, menus, working timings and even recent reviews by your friends in Google or Facebook altogether!

Points to be noted:

Motion activated command, and holographic conversations are some examples of the use of this technology! AR is amazing and an important point to share- you don’t have to wear any kind of headset for his. It happens in front of you! Communications always depend on interactions. AR changed the way of that thing and doubtlessly a revolutionary breakthrough. Google’s Tango platform shows how the system works in business!

VR & AR- A correlation

Yes, there is a correlation between these two technologies. Actually, these are an inverse reflection of another in common sense. VR puts us from real life to a world of virtual elements while AR puts virtual elements in our real life. AR is putting artificial things specifically digital things portrayed on actual things while VR helps us to enjoy that one.

Our world is changing through the new technologies, so we are. We are experiencing faster implementations of technologies and upgrades like never. It took years for testing and implementing newly developed technologies earlier, even before 25-30 years while now, a year old smartphone looks like garbage. Yes, we are changing at that pace! May be near future, we won’t see TV; we will enjoy shows and movies using VR instead. We won’t fly to meet someone for business; we will use AR holographic videos realtime to get the meeting done. Stay tuned for more life changing tech things.

Google Launched Crowdsource Reviews for Movies and TV Shows in India

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Google has moved one step forward to grab more exact match search result, and as a part of this move it has rolled up a new feature in its search page- crowdsourcing the movie reviews. It’s the major footstep towards making something like IMDB rating right on the search page of the Google. It will replace the necessity to surf any site like IMDB. If any of your friends (attached in Google) reviews about any recent movie, that also will pop up infront of you. No doubt that it’s going to be an intelligent move to cater people right from the search page.

Google Movie Crowdsource

Google has been testing it in India only. If it goes successful, it may be online for the whole world within a few months.

How the system works

Google has confirmed that every message and review goes through a system that detects any inappropriate one by its filtering system and then that will be unpublished immediately. If any message is flagged as inappropriate by any user, then also there is a strict observation on it as Google doesn’t want to pass a wrong perception to the viewers.

Once the users submit their reviews, it will automatically crawl up to in the knowledge graph of the Google search result. You can add the same for TV shows as well.

Google Crowdsource movie and TV review

It’s a good intention by the mighty Google. It indicates that it’s opening up the system for user generated content as well. All the reviews will be calculated out of five, and the average one will be shown up on the top.

(sourceSys Tweak)

Is it Google Vs Amazon?

From the market corner, Google is trying to beat Amazon owned IMDB in search for ratings of the movies and TV shows, but it selected India for its testing place of this feature. Whenever you type any movie name, it will ask you add a review if you have seen the movie.

It’s incredible that Google is coping up with the intense competition in the search result suggestion of the entertainment section of lifestyle.

We have experienced two different approaches from two giant of the movie review engine. In this year, Amazon has stopped the comment section in its IMDB while after a few months Google opens its crowdsourcing review technology! It looks like what Amazon has shed off; Google has picked that point. According to the IMBD officials, user-generated contents don’t provide exact scenario all time, so it’s better to restrict the things in order to serve the viewers better. Here the confusion arises, why Google has started this one while Amazon tested this and ultimately keeps it to the morgue.

Though in IMDB, there was no filtering process of the comment, anyone who was a registered member could comment and review anything, in Google, there are plenty of things to consider before you compare it with Amazon’s IMDB’s system. It has spam filtering and flagging system by the users that may help to keep the knowledge graph clean and to aggregate the graph with relevant and honest reviews. It’s time to see how Google manages it. Either it would be a success, or it will be transferred to the cold room.

Things you can do on android but not on iOS Devices

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A silent war is going on between two smartphone majors, Apple and Google and a most debated topic of this technical warfare is that which one is better- Android or iOS? Both the operating systems have pros and cons.

iOS provides security and the flawless homogenous ecosystem while Android has everything open and it provides flexibilities. So comparing this two system will start a debate where privacy freak people will take the side of iOS and people who want flexible OS will choose Android of course.

There are some things that iOS can do flawlessly where Android stumbles upon, and similarly Android does many things which are really beyond imaginations in iOS!

Let’s check out the things you can do on Android but not iPhone! It may give you a goosebump that we are leaning towards Android. Yes, for better building this topic we need focus on the features that Android provides us, but iOS restricts us.

Increase Memory: A debated feature that most iOS users want

This is the first one to start with. On every Android device, you can have an option to increase memory using an SD card. This simple feature enables users to download more music and videos. You don’t need to clear media files in order to free phone memory!

But if you are using an iOS device, you can feel the pain. There is no option to add SD card! Apple provides free cloud storage, but from the second year, it will charge you for that! That means the honeymoon lasts for the first year only. That’s why people go for the iPhone with highest storage option, but that will make a hole in your pocket.

Personalization: Your phone, your wish, your design

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Apple doesn’t provide users freedom. It seems excessive freedom may breach security! That’s why on the clinical grid view of an iPhone seems unbearable when you have been using it for few years! Over the years, there is no change at all!

On the other side Android opens the floodgate of customizations. From apps to icons, fonts to colors everything is customizable! Once you receive an original Android OS, you can add something, and that becomes a mod version like MiUi and Cyanogens, etc. You can make your phone exactly how you want to see it. Personalization in iOS devices is still a dream!

#Widgets: Another important thing to add here is “widget.” It plays an important functional role to make the screen personalized. On iOS, there is no such option to get the things done easily right from the home screen!

Multitasking on Multi windows: It will take few years to arrive on iOS

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It’s another pretty feature to catch up. Android has gone far beyond a normal multitasking system. You can easily split the screens of the running apps and can easily hop here and there on the apps by switching through sliding motion! Many Samsung users are enjoying quad screen feature, and on an iOS device, this feature is completely a thing of future!

Let’s not make the debate serious; the iPhone fans may get angry! But the facts and information have to be accepted.

Notification Handling

Let’s find out some crucial differences in handling both the OS. As a geeky programmer, I have found something irritating on iOS devices especially in the notification center. With locking and unlocking the screen, all screen notifications go dismissed. By this, you may miss some important notification.

While on Android it’s seamless! The notifications stay there until they are dismissed manually! So Android has the edge over iOS here.

Don’t you think it takes the effort to get into every app in order to check whether there I any update or not? Well, iPhone fans may find a hundred reasons to hate Android, but reality checks unveil this hardcore truth.

Cache Clearance: May arrive on iOS 12 or may be later or never!

All Android users are familiar with this feature. You can clear cache simply at a single click and if you want to go for a specific app, then also you can slops down to that easily from the “Settings”, this action helps to delete cache data that sometimes eats up a significant amount of space in the device.

Alas! iOS doesn’t have any option to do the same. You have to go through “uninstall-reinstall” process to remove the cache! That’s ridiculous! But we have no other way to do that. It’s a great regret of course

# there is only one exception. If you are using Google map app, then there is an option to restrict the app, so it eats fewer data and stores fewer data.

Many Brands, many devices for Android

If you want to purchase an Android phone, then there are numerous options available for you starting from the entry-level segment to top-notch premium level segment! Users can easily pick the best phone that suits their budget and make them impressed.

But there is no similar buyout option for iOS! You need to be a rich person to afford that. Until and unless you afford $1K, iPhone is out of your dream. It doesn’t cater mass. So you need to save your every penny to purchase an iPhone that doesn’t have any option to expand the storage and ample of versions to choose from!

Android does you every task effortlessly so you can get on an Android device to roam freely in the world of the internet while iPhone becomes a style statement rather than a smartphone to work on. That’s a fact nowadays, and you can’t ignore this one.

Greenpeace

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Brief: design a poster for Greenpeace that encourages people to be part of the action.

To be part of the action requires knowledge of an environmental problem and a solution. I designed a poster to present a workable solution to indiscriminate fishing. Shoppers are encouraged to buy fish caught by ‘pole and line’ and so place financial pressure on the fishing industry to adopt greener fishing methods. The intent was to show how easy it is to be part of the action with small changes. I feel that environmental problems should be presented with solutions, to channel the anger and frustration that people feel into something positive.

Stamp

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Brief: design a stamp for the British Antarctica Territory commemorating 5o years of the Antarctic Treaty.

The design template carried the text included in the design. I took the line ‘Peace and Science’ and determined that the two depended on co-operation between nations. This is the central idea behind my design. It is through co-operation and the sharing of scientific research that the environment of Antarctica continues to be preserved and maintained for peaceful purposes.

I chose to focus on the flora and fauna of Antarctica, which are preserved by the Environmental Protection Protocol. Penguins are closely associated with Antarctica and are probably the continent’s trademark creature. They survive the harsh environment through co-operation, staying close together to preserve body heat. Therefore, they are not territorial creatures. They live together, they work together when fishing to increase their catches, and they defend each other when necessary. I have aimed to show that the spirit of the Antarctic treaty can be found in Antarctica with the nature of the penguin. I believe that people readily identify with penguins for the way they look after their young, their communal nature, and their bipedal physiology. It is easy to anthropomorphise penguins and associate their qualities with humans.

Science depends on international co-operation for the exchange and flow of information. This has been key to Antarctic Peace for the last 50 years. I have aimed to show this idea not through the people and the scientists who keep the idea alive, but the environment and creatures the treaty serves to protect, which may be regarded as inspiration for its continuation.

Olympic coin

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Brief: design the reverse of a fifty pence coin for the Royal Mint denoting a Summer 2012 Olympic or Paralympic event.

My design shows the Paralympic event ‘Goalball’. This remarkable game is played to a silent crowd of spectators because the players cannot see the ball, only hear it. All players are blind or partially-sighted and wear eye masks. They rely upon the sound of bells within the ball to determine its movement. Players often use their whole body to block a ball by stretching across the court. Two teams of three aim to roll the ball into their opponent’s goal, which stretches the full width of the court.

The game was originally devised to help the recovery of Second World War veterans with little or no sight. It became a full part of the Paralympics in 1980.

Layout

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Brief: produce a printable document cataloguing the year group’s creative heroes (group project).

Everyone researched images and copy based on their creative hero, or produced their own content. This would form the basis of a double-page spread within a large catalogue. The group was then split into four subgroups who would work to create four chapters of the finished document, each with its own look. Within each subgroup, members passed on their images and text to another member who would then design a spread based on the content they had received. Groups decided on common elements for each spread to create a sense of unity and consistency.

My group took the idea of hero worship, and pushed it to its extreme, until it became stalkers and obsessives. Our chapter conveys the idea of people obsessed with creative practitioners in a variety of ways, such as following their movements or adopting and replicating their creative practises. In my spread, I focused on the idea of looking sideways as promoted by Alan Fletcher. Fletcher had a fondness for visual puns, so I included my own, which becomes apparent when you look sideways (or to be precise up-side down). I later designed a cover for the chapter and printed and bound it as an individual catalogue.

Typography

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Brief: using typographic and calligraphic tools, enhance the meaning of a piece of text for a general audience.

When I was researching this project, the issue of Russia’s global conduct was at the forefront of the news. There was concern about Russia playing power-politics by restricting and cutting off gas supplies to the Ukraine. There was also concern about the process of Stalin’s rehabilitation within Russia, through schools and the state-controlled media, as a means of preparing the ground for curbing civil liberties and the use of repression. Russia is in the process of re-writing its own history.

The idea I wanted to convey was ‘whitewash’. I chose a quote from Kruschev’s ‘Secret Speech’ which acknowledged the brutality of Stalin’s regime, and literally covered it up with white acrylic. The quote is supposed to be difficult to read because of the materials and lighting I have used, but it reads: Stalin originated the concept “enemy of the people”. It made possible the use of the cruellest repression.

Air

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Brief: A self-directed project to produce an animation to J. S. Bach’s Air on the G String.

The animation evolved from a comic strip I used to draw about a crass character named ‘Brian Blessed’. With his rotund frame he symbolised the idea of heaviness and brute force. Whilst listening to Bach I came up with the idea of the music inexplicably causing Brian to float like air, juxtaposing the two ideas in a surreal and hopefully entertaining way.

This was an exercise in trying to make my Flash animations appear less Flash-like, with organic textures and more natural movements. I also experimented with foreground mattes to blend live action and animation together.

Shot by shot

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Brief: tell a story in a storyboard format (group project).

This project took place in Venice and follows the theme of past/present. We told the story of the tension that exists between the past and the present in Venice. For a city that depends on its heritage to attract tourists, the sight of the scaffolding and the cranes jars with the Renaissance architecture. However they are needed to preserve Venice in its current state.

Instead of producing a conventional storyboard we decided to stack the frames vertically from bottom to top to produce a composite building from the waterline to the skyline. The amount of modern elements: scaffolding, cables, advertising etc. increases higher up the building. In this way the past and the present are shown to exist side by side, contradicting the tourist image of a timeless, Turner-esque Venice.