Augmented reality and it’s uses in the world

Augmented reality is a set of components that guarantees to construct a separate immersive partnership among smartphone buyers and their environs. It’s quick to manage AR seems like the newest tech to browse for an implementation, but a metaphor with fighter aircraft crews could perhaps assist.

Aircraft are looking via passenger cabin glass, or a drift face shield. From inside such substrates are treated to showcase consistent photos of pilot’s seat power as well as traffic information, a phenomenon named “head-up display.” Information, photographs and message demonstrate an interpretation of the actual life.

Gadgets nowadays can implement this fundamental notion often using advanced techniques and bring it to a new angle: gain understanding on the mechanical structure of the device to link the relevant information to the physical entities users could indeed perceive on the webcam: structures, sidewalks and memorials.

You can “enhance” the actuality you get through information from a multitude of distinct internet sites, along with Google scholar, Dailymotion, Linkedin, or advertising cable companies. Generally, a management software database works as an interface and drops down the extract showed that has been digitally scanned. The customer app requires the measurements to locate the information with the “location of contention” on the computer monitor.

Scanning statistics to a system is performed by utilizing the device’s geolocation information to track the coordinates, paired with the on-board sensor and gyroscope to determine the preferences of the mobile and the path where it is referring. Within the coming years, modeling can be decided to make extra straightforward and intimate by taking into account the location of the individual.

Network Environment columnist Mark Gibbs has currently studied the various methods obtained to assess the actual life example to figured out where to put improvements. He must have been enthralled perhaps by the U.S. mobile web Augmented reality app.

Post Office: The Virtual Box Simulator that allows you to confirm for certain if anything you need to transport fits through one of the Delivery company flat-rate packaging materials.

The rising curiosity in augmented reality is sparked by its opportunity for cell phone obtainers. Japan’s two largest wireless operators, NTT DoCoMo and KDDI, showed at the July tech conference an AR device populating websites on Android devices with symbols and details regarding hotels or several other spots near the participant’s place.

Over the last several days, an assortment of AR frameworks, apps and Software Development Kit have been rising in the retail sector; giving an increasing variety of programmers an opportunity to pursue how much can be achieved whenever an entity, location or individual is combined with relevant data.

This and the related methods are used in a number of commute and mapping programs, including in sports. Some of the “software packages” are nothing more than gimmicks, but the U.S. The Military used AR technologies in revolutionary military learning schemes as long ago as 2003. There’s a surge of product reviews bordering on blunt tackiness: both Popular Mechanics and Esquire generated problems where consumers may keep across from a Computer camera though an installed AR server, display external 2D or 3D pictures, animation and script which appear to jump out from the site.

Numerous different instances involve digital AR vending machines in department shops. Shoppers may keep a booklet or a merchandise container or bundle in front of a booth monitor to display a range of overlays and relevant content and outlets.

A variety of manufacturing AR systems, mostly with unique headsets or glasses, are built in order to offer experts, including technicians, with information photos and job details, such as speech, script and illustrations demonstrating what to do to mount a newer model on the vehicle. BMW now has YouTube “template” article demonstrating just that.

During an incident aired in 2009, Klopfer stated that amplified technology brings a tonne that simple simulated “technology” can’t be included in such sorts of severe sports.

In comparison, the AR dynamics were almost double as efficient in locating and beginning a maintenance project relative to the sample population using a helmet which only displayed script directions and then another group using a static desktop, as per the report.

What could we do with Mixed Reality?

Many years ago, we though a new world, the virtual world, and we enjoyed a lot of adventures in it. But today we are living in a world with experiences that previously would have been unimaginable and technological breakthroughs that have been impossible. A very interesting concept that took my attention was Mixed Reality, it is the result of introducing virtual objects into the real world.

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Nowadays this is possible thanks to software and a lot of devices that allow us to merge these two worlds, for example your mobile phone or something more sophisticated and powerful like HoloLens. In the near future, this technology is going to grow faster and every year we have more features to implement. These will impact drastically in the market, changing the way that we see the world.

I have read many articles, watched a lot of videos, experimented with different libraries and I want to share with you what we could do with Mixed Reality. In order to answer this question, I made this list:

  • Interaction: we will be able to show a real size 3d models and manipulate them in different ways: zoom them in/out, move and rotate them and have a 360° view. Also we could decompose complex elements and see every piece.
  • Animations: all objects can be animated to explain concepts, actions or just guide a user in a process.
  • Artificial Intelligence: we could use artificial intelligence services to improve with new capabilities your app, such as speech recognition, or computer vision, or real-time translations. Also you could use the figure of a virtual assistant to enforce your interaction.
  • Anchors: we could fix an object in a specific place in the real world, so later you can find the object in the same place.
  • Sharing: we will be able to share a hologram in real time through different devices. This will impact the way that we learn and interact with others. Think in a teacher explaining to his students using holograms, this will be a revolution for education,
  • Gamification: we will be able to introduce the concept of gamification. Basically, this is a set of activities and processes to solve problems by using or applying the characteristics of games. For example, you could use this technique to encourage and motivate employees to level up in an internal training.

How to create a hologram in Android (MRTK + Unity)

Today I want to present how to create a mixed reality app for Android using MRTK and Unity. After several days of reading a lot of articles and documentation about MRTK, I summarized in these steps a simple way to get a hologram running in your Android device. I hope this is useful for you!

Before going deep into this tutorial, let’s check the prerequisites to build this app:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • IDEs
    • Visual Studio 2019 with the “Game development with Unity” module
    • Unity (v2019.2.17f1) with the following modules:
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  • Mixed Reality Toolkit 2.2.0 unity packages (you can download them here):
    • Microsoft.MixedReality.Toolkit.Unity.Foundation.2.2.0.unitypackage
    • Microsoft.MixedReality.Toolkit.Unity.Providers.UnityAR.2.2.0.unitypackage

Once these are installed, we can start working!

First of all, we are going to create a new Unity project. In order to do that, open unity hub and select new:

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On the next screen select a 3D project, a name and folder to save it:

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Now, go to File → Build Settings and switch the platform to Android:

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On Player Settings, go to Settings for Android → Other Settings and remove Vulkan from Graphic APIs list.

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For the next step, we have to import the MRTK packages:

  • Microsoft.MixedReality.Toolkit.Unity.Foundation.2.2.0.unitypackage
  • Microsoft.MixedReality.Toolkit.Unity.Providers.UnityAR.2.2.0.unitypackage
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And apply all default settings on this project:

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Also we must add these packages from Windows → Package Manager

  • AR Foundation 2.0.2
  • ARCore XR Plugin 2.0.2
  • XR Legacy Input Helpers 1.0.0
  • Multiplayer HLAPI 1.0.4

Restart Unity to load all this new packages.

Once it has restarted, we need to configure MRTK in our scene. In order to do that, go to Mixed Reality Toolkit → Add to Scene and Configure. Doing this will add two components in our scene

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Let’s select the new component MixedRealityToolkit and configure it on the Inspector.

Click in Copy & Customize button and clone the configurations. Now go to Camera and clone again a profile to customize its properties below. This will allow you to add a New Camera Setting Provider.

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Into New Camera Settings 1, select the Type “Microsoft.MixedReality.Toolkit.Experimental.UnityAR → UnityARCameraSettings”

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Once a camera is configured, we are going to add a 3D object in our scene (a cube for example) resize it to 0.5 and move our camera in front of it:

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Finally, we are ready to build this solution and generate our APK!

Overview Of Azure Kinect

Pre-requisite Knowledge

 Before we start with the understanding of what is Azure Kinect, we should know,

Background I would like to explain the short information about ‘Artificial Intelligence and Kinect’ before jumping in to ‘Azure Kinect’. 

What is Artificial Intelligence

 In simple words ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI)’ is the artificial creation of the system like a human who can observe, react, learn, plan and process the instructions, virtual reality and provide intelligence on it. It is rapidly emerging technology and internet enable technology. Sometimes AI is also called as Machine Learning. 

What is Kinect and its background

 Kinect is the motion sensor device using in Xbox 360 gaming console. This device provides natural user interface to interact with it without any intermediate device. This device has capability of face detection as well as the voice recognition. This device has 3D camera which creates the virtual images and with the help of motion sensor it detects the movements of the images. The first-generation Kinect for Xbox 360 was introduced in November 2010. This device was originally created for gaming purpose, but now a days this technology is applying to real worlds applications in the virtual shopping, education, healthcare industries, digital signage etc. This product is developed by Microsoft. 

Introduction of Azure Kinect

 As I explained above Kinect is the motion sensor device. Azure Kinect device has,

  1. DK camera system
  2. 1MP depth camera
  3. 360-degree microphone
  4. 12MP RGB camera
  5. Orientation senor
  6. Size and weight – 103 x 39 x 126 mm and weighs only 440g
Overview Of Azure Kinect

Image Source – Microsoft Docs Azure Kinect has ability to create platform for developers with Artificial tools and plug this in to the Azure cloud for cloud-based service, computer vision and speech models. Azure Kinect has its own developer kit (DK) by Microsoft which is available in the portal site here. Microsoft Azure Kinect SDK has new sensor SDK, body tracking SDK, vision APIs, speech service SDK for Azure Kinect DK. This is the latest released feature by Microsoft for Azure cloud. Please note that Azure Kinect DK is not designed for use with Xbox. By using Azure Kinect, now we can build the applications like cashier less stores, manage inventory of the products, track the patient movements integrate these motions with the AI in hospital, enhance physical therapy, improve and monitor athletic performance, computer vision and speech models etc. We can enhance feature of Azure Kinect application with Azure cognitive services. Transcribe and translate speech in real time using Speech Services. Add object, scene, and activity detection or optical character recognition using Computer Vision or use Azure IoT Edge to manage PCs connected to your Azure Kinect DK device. 

Overview Of Azure Kinect

Image Source – Microsoft Docs Azure Kinect device price is $399.00 and can be purchased from Microsoft’s store here. As of now (12th August 2019) this product is only available in the US and China. 

Inside of Azure Kinect DK

Overview Of Azure Kinect

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  1. 1MP depth sensor with FOV option
  2. 7-microphone array for speech and sound capture
  3. 12-MP RGB video camera for an additional color stream
  4. Accelerometer and gyroscope (IMU) for sensor orientation and spatial tracking
  5. External sync pins to easily synchronize sensor streams from multiple Kinect devices
  6. Azure Kinect Developer Kit
  7. Purchase Azure Kinect from Microsoft Store

How to Create an Emotional Connection with Your Fans

There is a huge issue that many brands, sports teams, and anyone offering a service face today when it comes to building their fanbase. They do not put in the time or effort to make an emotional connection. Too many people want to skip the “real work” and go right to the part where they have engagement and a loyal fanbase. Without creating this emotional connection, this is virtually impossible. 

While it may seem like an impossible task, creating an emotional connection is not as hard as it may seem. 

Consider Your Fan’s Journey

The fan’s journey means how they find out about you and how they become a fan initially. What is the journey they have gone on to discover you and fall in love with your team? 

Usually, this is going to happen via television, online, or from personal experience. Once a potential fan gets a “whiff” of what you offer, what you stand for, and what you can do, they will want to learn more. Where will this journey go? This is what you have to consider. Take time to connect the dots to provide the best fan journey possible. 

Remember, a crucial part of any fan’s journey is likely going to be social media. They want to see what their friends say and what random people have to say. Be sure to monitor what is going on and being said to put your best foot forward. 

Build an Email List Then Use It

If you are a fan of something, you want to learn more about it, right? Your fans are going to want to hear from you. It is up to you to keep this line of communication open. While it may seem daunting at first, there are an array of methods you can use to make email marketing easier and more efficient, including automation. Take time to build an email list and then use it to your advantage. By connecting with your fans in this manner, you will be building that ever-important emotional connection. 

Take Your Fans Behind the Scenes 

One of the fastest and most effective ways to build an emotional connection with your fans is by taking them behind the scenes. Use features like Facebook Live and Instagram Live to give your fans a glimpse of something unique. When you provide an exclusive look behind the scenes, your fans will appreciate it and want to see more. Also, this helps them go on the journey with you, which is going to deepen their loyalty. 

If the process of building an emotional connection with your fan base seems daunting, do not worry. The professionals can help ensure you create the connections that mean the most and that you are able to build something that will last. By using the tips here, you will create loyal fans that stick with you for life.