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The U.S. Army is using virtual reality combat to train soldiers

March 31st, 2019 at 2:07 am » Comments Off

War Games The virtual battlefield can simulate millions of “intelligent entities.” The U.S. military has constructed a massive virtual reality platform to help train infantry soldiers in realistic battlefields filled with millions of artificial intelligence agents. Futurism first reported on the Synthetic Training Environment (STE) back in April, when the U.S. Army published a whitepaper […]



Facebook can make VR Avatars look – and move – exactly like you

March 18th, 2019 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Research assistant Autumn Trimble sits inside “Mugsy,” one of the capture facilities Pittsburgh’s Facebook Reality Lab uses to create “codec avatars.” “There’s this big, ugly sucker at the door,” the young woman says, her eyes twinkling, “and he said, ‘Who do you think you are, Lena Horne?’ I said no but that I knew Miss […]



Magical new AR demo transforms 2D photos into ‘Harry Potter’-style 3D animations

January 5th, 2019 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Imagine if you were able to point your smartphone, tablet or augmented reality (AR) headset at a still image, and watch it come to life before your very eyes. This is something that’s possible using the latest augmented reality technology, such as Apple’s ARKit or Google’s ARCore. However, while we have seen it done before, […]



Bell says latest helicopter was designed 10 times faster with VR

December 12th, 2018 at 2:42 am » Comments Off

Bell Helicopter challenged its Innovation Team to accelerate its aircraft design process. Turning to VR as a key improvement to their design pipeline, the team created the FCX-001, the company’s first “concept aircraft,” in just six months. Typically it takes five to seven years to design a helicopter, according to a case study published by […]



The rise of the computer-generated celebrity

July 31st, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

A new generation of celebrities is selling out concerts, starring in commercials, and amassing huge Instagram followings. But none of them exist—corporeally, anyway. In recent years, and starting in Japan, technology and social media have spawned a digital demimonde of computer-generated stars, ranging from fake musicians and models to company mascots who appear as holograms […]



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