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Is the future VR ... or AR?

Google VR boss Clay Bavor explains why the two technologies aren’t so different on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>Google isn’t trying to hide what it’s doing with virtual reality. The long-term goal, said Google VR boss Clay Bavor on the latest episode of <b>Too Embarrassed to Ask</b>, is rethinking …

Virtual Reality

Stop Using the Excuse “Organizational Change Is Hard”

During nearly every discussion about organizational change, someone makes the obvious assertion that “change is hard.” On the surface, this is true: change requires effort. But the problem with this attitude, which permeates all levels of our organizations, is that it equates “hard” with “failure,” …

Harvard Business Review

A Study Shows How to Find New Ideas Inside and Outside the Company

Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, was famous for saying, “Not all smart people work for you.”<p>Companies know this. That’s why many seek to tap the potential of “open innovation” by encouraging their employees to scout for new ideas among external partners, such as universities, research …

Innovation

Meet the Google Cardboard of iPhone AR headsets

Augmented Reality

Unlocking the power of VR storytelling — whatever business you’re in (VB Live)

<b>VR creates infinite possibilities, but it’s still a brave new world where best practices are only just being discovered. Join our latest interactive VB Live event to learn how to use VR to give customers a whole new way to see, touch, interact and engage.</b><p>“SeaWorld is different from other theme …

Virtual Reality

IBM Partner Mark Fisk Explains How Blockchain Enables Public Sector Digital Transformations

IBM was awarded best “blockchain paper” by the US Department of Health and Human Services, landed a blockchain pilot with Smart Dubai, and published an interesting point-of-view on how blockchain can enable an open government (see below). So I asked Mark Fisk – an IBM Digital GBS Partner in the …

Bitcoin

Artificial Intelligence Is Set To Change The Face Of IT Operations

Artificial Intelligence will have a profound impact on the IT industry. The Machine Learning algorithms and models that bring AI to the forefront get only better with data. If these algorithms can learn from existing medical reports, and help doctors with diagnosis, the same can be used to improve …

Machine Learning

Here’s A Peek At The iPhone’s Next Big Trick

This fall, the iPhone will get a major software update–and with it, a slew of new augmented reality apps that are already appearing online.<p>We’ve all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows …

Augmented Reality

Could a blockchain-based electricity network change the energy market?

Blockchain-enabled energy trading could help lower carbon emissions but efficiency and privacy issues must first be overcome<p>The blockchain. It is the much-hyped, virtually foolproof digital ledger that allows cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to flourish without the need for banks and governments, …

Bitcoin

IBM’s new Services Platform uses AI to help businesses manage their IT operations

IBM is launching a new machine learning-centric product for enterprises today: the IBM Services Platform. This new service aims to help businesses manage their IT infrastructure and make better data-driven decisions to keep that infrastructure running smoothly.<p>Because there can’t be a machine …

Machine Learning

How Walmart uses AI to serve 140 million customers a week

Old dogs can always learn new tricks, provided they are smart enough and have the right tools. Founded in 1962 — a generation or so before ecommerce giants like Amazon — Walmart has 11,700 stores and 140 million weekly shoppers in 28 countries around the world. Here in the 21st century, Walmart has …

eCommerce

IBM augmented reality system lets engineers look through walls

They are hidden behind a thick, opaque wall with a mounted telephone, but I can see their vertical path up from the floor, joining others before …

What Every CEO Must Understand About Blockchain Technology

The enemy of speed and business growth is friction. Most business leaders understand this concept and recognize that a major source of friction is …

Volkswagen Using VR For Team Member Collaboration

<b>The German automobile manufacturer dives deeper into VR with a new collaborative app.</b><p>Multinational auto giant <i>Volkswagen Group</i> is no stranger to …

Volkswagen

How AI Will Affect Your Life

Originally published on<b>pionic</b> <b>⋅</b> Follow us on <b>Flipboard</b><p>If Apple’s latest Worldwide Developers’ Conference reminds me of one thing, then to watch the …

Artificial Intelligence

U.S. Army’s Tactical Augmented Reality turns grunts into AR-toting soldiers

Many of the great minds in the tech industry believe augmented reality could have an incredible impact on our lives, including Apple CEO Tim Cook who believes AR could develop an audience as large as mobile phones.<p>You can add the minds behind the U.S. military to that list now, as Next Reality News …

Augmented Reality

Forget Video Games, Virtual Reality Can Be Its Own Entertainment

Ever since the advent of virtual reality, we’ve been obsessed with creating high-octane, adrenaline-filled experiences that are taken to the next level with full-fledged immersion. What we’ve been forgetting all this while, however, is that virtual reality has another perhaps much more important …

Virtual Reality

IoT sensors empower the senses that bring AI to life

<i>“Everything we call real is made up of things that cannot be regarded as real” – Niels Bohr</i><p>For many, the “virtual world” of AI and the “real world” in which we live seem to perpetually be at odds. With AI largely being academic or theoretical in nature for most of the past 60 years, it’s easy to …

Virtual World

Finding the best UX designers: how the world’s top companies do it

Over the last decade, the structure of traditional businesses has been challenged by an increasingly digitized professional landscape. An accelerating mobile workforce has resulted in attracting and retaining top talent to becoming a perpetual procedure for the majority of businesses. Even the most …

UX Design

How universities are defining the future of VR

Higher education has always been fertile ground for the creation of new, boundary-pushing technology. While VR software and hardware innovation have been, to date, largely the domain of startups and large tech companies, it’s colleges and universities that are using the technology in some of the …

Virtual Reality

3 ways cognitive computing can transform banking

What if you had a personal banking bot that warns you when your funds are getting low? Or that you usually buy flowers at a certain time of the year for your mother’s birthday and that you haven’t this year? With cognitive computing, this scenario might soon become a reality. Cognitive computing …

FinTech

Soon Your Desk Will Be a Computer Too

In the early 1990s, Xerox Parc researchers showed off a futuristic concept they called the Digital Desk. It looked like any other metal workstation, …

Augmented Reality

IBM landed a big win in the race to sell blockchain to Wall Street

IBM has been selected to build a new blockchain-based international trading system for a consortium of global banks, a major win for the tech giant …

FinTech

Broomx is building a system that will project VR onto your walls

Those virtual bedrooms in the second episode of Season 1 of <i>Black Mirror</i> — the rooms with different projections on the walls that the occupants could …

Google Street View

How The CMO Can Leverage AI Internally And Externally

There’s no doubt that technology is changing faster than ever before. At the heart of that in the business setting is marketing, which is becoming a driving force behind putting that new technology into action to reach out to customers and make sure a company is communicating in the right way. One …

Marketing

IBM’s Watson will analyze Wimbledon to suggest the best matches

IBM's Watson can apparently do everything. From manufacturing and medical treatment planning to portrait drawing and filing your taxes, there seems to be no limit to what the Jeopardy-winning AI can do. And next week, Watson will be offering its services to the Wimbledon tennis tournament.<p>Those …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple iOS 11 Brings VR Feature to Maps

<b>A new hidden feature uses positional tracking to let you actually walk through cities.</b><p>Despite just being made available to the public only two days …

iOS

This Augmented Reality Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke to Save Lives

Sam Cossman was hit by a big idea next to a lava lake. With his sight obscured by fumes and vapors, he couldn’t be confident of his next step. …

Augmented Reality

Europe's Second-Largest Port Launches Blockchain Logistics Pilot

The second-largest port in Europe by container capacity is now running a pilot blockchain project focused on logistics automation.<p>Belgium-based Port …

Logistics

Turning advances in VR and AR into business innovation (VB Live)

<b>VR and AR aren’t just for games. It offers consumers a new way to engage with your brand. Why should you care and how can you start? Register now for this VB Live event, where we’ll unveil the</b> <b>results of our massive VB Insight consumer study on the future of VR and AR.</b><p>A recent Worldpay survey of …

Innovation