SOLVED: What is Augmented Reality? What is Mixed Reality? What is Virtual Reality?

The number of reality terms floating around the tech world these days are unreal (get it?).  Ok that was weak, but the new realities we have coming from companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, HTC and others are anything but.  However the terms are confusing so below is a primer on what each of the different virtual reality means today: Augmented Reality: Augmented Reality is the most interesting for most people.  The idea is that a…

VIDEO: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Shows Off LA Clippers Court Vision Amazing Augmented Reality

Today former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed and explained the LA Clippers Court Vision Augmented Reality.  Courtvision allows the viewer to see estimated probabilities, predict player moves, change cameras, add computer generated highlights, overlay play by play audio and explain plays all in real time as the game is being played. If you want more detail on how Second Spectrum applies machine learning to create context (difficulty, probabilities, …) in live sports, watch this 9 minute…

Mixed Reality to Change the Online Casino Landscape

“MIC – Imagin@rium VIRTUAL REALITY” (CC BY 2.0) by pallina60 Loon Following an initial surge of interest in late 2016 and early 2017, the virtual reality market has reduced to a gentle simmer of late. As developers and manufacturers start to evolve and perfect their products, consumers are starting to accept that the future of gaming is here. Indeed, what was once seen as a niche, potentially novel sector of the industry, is now becoming “the industry”. Therefore,…

NEWS: Microsoft Dives Into Mixed Reality October 17th

Today Microsoft announced that it is partnered with major PC hardware manufacturers to produce 5 new Mixed Reality headsets.  Mixed Reality?  Mixed Reality is the term used to describe the merging of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) . Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Samsung and HP showed off their new products to be released on October 17 but you can pre-order them right now.  Prices will range from USD $399 to $499 and all include…

VIDEO: Oculus Go Unboxing, Competitors, Setup & Review

After unboxing the Oculus Go, we explain the competitors of the Go as the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and more.  We then: set it up show how to create the Oculus account mirror the Go onto a PC using TeamViewer and Oculus app on a Android Samsung S9 explore the app settings explore the Go interface install Netflix and Discovery Channel VR discuss the pro’s and cons If you want…

Where Does Live Streaming Go from Here – Can it get Even Bigger?

Live streaming has taken the world by storm in recent years and is being used for a variety of purposes, from social media to gaming. While live news is not really a phenomenon, the ability to access it from anywhere is. And this is something that has only come about thanks to increased internet speeds and advanced mobile technology. As developers work out ways to integrate live streaming into more things, this way of viewing looks…

How Smartphones Are Changing The Way We Live in 2018

Smartphones have been changing the way we live for years. And as technology continues to develop at pace, the way smartphones are incorporated into our daily lives is becoming more pronounced, immersive and direct. Here we look at how the device most of us have on our person every day is enhancing the way we go about our daily lives as well as introducing us to new experiences. Intuitive Living via Augmented Reality Made possible…

Don’t Take A Shot in the Dark: Using Excel to Calculate Probabilities

  “Screenshot-Microsoft Excel – Book1” (CC BY 2.0) by Collin Anderson In today’s world, everyone is focused on the latest technological innovation and how it will change our lives. However, when it comes to the value of technology, not everything has to be as complex or immersive as blockchain or virtual reality. For Windows users, a simple Excel spreadsheet can be a powerful tool if used correctly. Even though it won’t change the world or make the headlines,…

SOLVED: What Happened To Microsoft IllumiRoom and RoomAlive?

In 2013 Microsoft Research demonstrated a very exciting technology named IllumiRoom which used a single projector to expand video from a single screen onto the walls and furniture in the room.  It is mind blowing and uses only a cheap commodity projector to project the images calculated by a commodity Kinect camera system.   It was very exciting and I, like many others, expected it to be released with the Xbox One as an addon at some point…

Why Is The Next Windows 10 Build Named ‘Creators Update’ and What is ‘Project NEON’?

The next major release version of Windows 10 is code named “Redstone 2” for Microsoft’s developers but for the public Microsoft is now promoting it as the “Creators Update”.  As the name suggests many of the new features in Windows 10 Creators Update are targeted at creative types that develop new content. In case you were not aware, “Redstone” is a fictional mineral in the wildly popular game Minecraft.  Microsoft has announced three versions of Windows 10 using…

How Is Windows Built / Developed

“…It is tempting for some to think of Windows as one entity or group, or for some to think of Windows as just a set of specific people. Sometimes someone speaks at a conference or has a blog, and that comes to represent the product for you. In reality, Windows is always a product of the whole team and much of Microsoft.  Nearly every development group contributes to building Windows 8 in some form or…