Judah Vs. The Machines: The race for prowess against a toy car

 In the latest installment of Judah vs The Machines, Judah ventures down to Anki, a company combining augmented reality and artificial intelligence to entertain fans of racing games. Anki utilizes smartphone cameras and a dedicated app to recreate the imagery of racing battles happening on a real physical track in front of you. Judah challenges three autonomous Anki cars to a death match… Read More

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With new realities to build, Unity positioned to become tech giant

 There are few verticals filled with more utopian dreams than the studios and startups building VR and AR experiences. While some are looking to craft 3D experiences that integrate into the real world, others are aiming to create massive worlds we can escape to. The one thing many of them have in common, however, is that they are built on a game engine from a company called Unity. Read More

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Blippar’s machine learning tech can identify cars better than you can

 Do you think you know cars?
Well, Blippar’s new machine learning technology is ready to take you on, as the augmented reality/visual search company is today announcing automotive recognition tech.
In other words, Blippar’s AI can identify the make, model and year of any U.S. car made in 2000 or after, as long as the car is moving under 15mph.
Blippar originally launched as an AR… Read More

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Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation

 Complex indoor environments such as airports and shopping malls can be a nightmare to find your way around. And while Google is eyeing smartphones with 3D sensors as one potential fix for places GPS won’t accurately reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with lots of Bluetooth beacons — giving smartphone users located-locked pings to fix onto to know where they are. Read More

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Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake

 Unity Technologies, a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake. A “big chunk” of the round went toward purchasing the shares of longtime employees and earlier investors, CEO John Riccitiello told Bloomberg earlier today, explaining that he thinks… Read More

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Prynt’s new mobile printer uses AR to create Harry Potter-style moving pictures

 Printing static photos from your phone was so last year. Now, it’s all about AR. Prynt, a startup that makes a small mobile printer that connects to your phone, has just released their newest device, called Prynt Pocket. And the device puts a renewed focus on the company’s AR play, which essentially makes each printed photo a Harry Potter-style moving image. When you select a photo… Read More

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