Weekly Social Pulse, Week of 3/5

YouTube Testing New Virtual Background Options: Google is using its neural network to improve the ability to recognize hair, faces, glasses and shoulders, which is helping a beta group of YouTube Stories users swap out their background images with nothing more than a phone. It’s called the “video segmentation tool” and gives us a glimpse of […]

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Augmented Reality coming to art galleries – whether they like it or not

There is a digital layer on the entire physical world that can be unlocked with our phones. It’s called Augmented Reality, which is a techie name but pretty self-explanatory. We’re just starting to explore the value, good and ugly from this technology. This fall we saw Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” targeted with AR graffiti in […]

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Augmented Reality will radically change how we experience (and create) art

I believe experiencing augmented reality in the real world fundamentally rewires your brain. If you haven’t yet played Pokemon Go!, you need to. If you haven’t experimented with Snapchat’s World Lenses, you need to. If you haven’t tested the Microsoft Hololens and solved a mystery in your living room, you need to. Focusing too hard […]

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People should be freaking out about Apple’s new Augmented Reality glasses

I’ve been hearing rumors about this for nearly a year, including multiple off-the-record discussions with people in the know. Apple will be launching an augmented-reality phone this fall, and AR-glasses (if not this fall, in 2018). Imagine Google Glass + Microsoft Hololens + Snap Spectacles, at an affordable price point and with functionality within the […]

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Patent Watch: Microsoft patent details using augmented reality to find lost keys 

Art, patents and culture — the three best ways to see where things are headed. And the room-tracking lasers on Microsoft Hololens are amazing at mapping a room. To the point that someone could move your keys or wallet, and while your human brain may not notice, Hololens would… Microsoft envisions uses for augmented reality […]

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