Max Cohen, head of mobile at Oculus VR, the virtual reality startup bought by Facebook this year for $2 billion, is unequivocal: the dominant way most consumers will experience virtual reality will be on mobile devices.

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“PCs and dedicated machines will al ways have more power, but at some point, graphics become ‘good enough’ on a mobile device and none of that matters anymore,” Cohen says. “Will it be in two years’ time? Five years? Ten? I don’t know. But it will happen. You can’t surpass the beauty of being untethered.”

Samsung’s product in the pipeline Gear VR, a combined effort from  Oculus VR and Samsung, is the first attempt at this so called “untethered” vision. It is the product built our of necessity, when Oculus VR approached Samsung to have it create screens for the Oculus Rift, its yet-to-be-released device. Samsung had been working on a virtual reality headset into which you which you could slide a Galaxy Note mobile phone in order to experience portable VR. The two companies are working on the resulting product, with Oculus VR lending their vision and software support.

Mobile seems to be a conducive platform for the virtual reality technology. Often the experience offered by your PC can be  deterred by the cables connected to it. But on a mobile it has a much more comfort level due to the mobility it offers. Also mobiles are cheaper.

“Heat is our primary issue,” says Cohen. “When you run a mobile phone’s CPUs and GPUs at maximum, the device heats up really quickly, and it needs to either cut the speed by throttling or shut down entirely.”

It’s a setback that Carmack and the rest of the Gear VR team are struggling to solve. “This isn’t a problem that’s going to go away in the near future, unfortunately,” says Cohen. “We’ll always have to manage heat; we won’t be able to fully solve it.”

Not only temperature, but also mobile screen refresh rate plays spoilsport on the possibility causing the screen to flicker in the event it tries to refresh, thus ruining the experience. Carmack and the gear team are trying their best to solve these.

Then there’s the problem of positional head tracking, where position of the head is required in the virtual space. The sensors present in a smartphone do not provide very accurate motion tracking (although the Gear VR is now rumored to use a relatively precise electromagnetic motion tracking system, called STEM, to overcome the problem).

There are the currently challenges of battery life that vex all mobile phone developers, even tho   vse who make far lesser demands on their devices than those issued by a virtual reality application. For these reasons, the Gear VR is currently labeled “Innovator Edition,” a marketing twist, perhaps, on a more honest label: “prototype.”

 

Despite the challenges, Cohen is convinced about the product. “It is incredibly cool,” he says. “It just still has some rough edges.”

 

Even when the hardware issues have been solved, the challenge of creating compelling software will remain.
Video games are likely to represent one major area of output. The video game development community has led the way with exploring VR’s current potential.

But film could play a major role in selling the technology to the public. One application that Oculus VR has developed, Oculus Cinema, is a virtual movie theater that lets you watch 2-D and 3-D films on the Gear VR. The company even hopes to make this a more social experience by letting people inhabit the same virtual spaces together, and adding physical representations of each person.

“When I travel for work, I talk to my wife and son over videoconference—but what if I could actually continue that emotional connection through a sense of presence and being with them?” says Cohen. Cohen confirmed to our previous idea of Extending Virtual reality, which we had mentioned before.

The Gear VR is open for early adopters under the name “Innovator Edition”.  Gear VR  tries to over come the technical barrier and wants to create an immersive experience to the user.

If you have been thinking of buying an electric  BMW for sometime it’s a good time now.  BMW has gone all the way to make driving electric cars in the city a lot easier.  They have worked with the government and are coming up with special streetlights that can also charge your electric vehicle. The technology, called ‘Light and Charge’, will go live in Munich next year.

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“Charging infrastructure is essential to the future of electric vehicles in cities,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer,from the BMW’s board of management. BMW unveiled  the technology at the Eurocities conference in Munich last week.

BMW has also mentioned that,  a couple of the next-generation streetlights will be installed in Munich next year. They’ll feature LED lights similar to car headlights, along with BMW’s ChargeNow electrical stations.

Light and charge stations could impact the way we look at electric cars. Usually the common problem is lack of charging stations yet. Some models across all the major car makers like Tesla Model III, Audi, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf take a lot of time charging. It could increase the number of people opting in for Electric cars.

The Light and Charge system could solve all those problems. The stations can integrate withalready existing infrastructure, so there’s no need to build a separate charging system across the city.

Reuters reports that all kinds of electric cars will be able to charge at the stations. Drivers will be able to pay for their electricity via an app provided by BMW.

The added advantage is that it impacts less on the environment, LEDs are more energy efficient than regular streetlights. BMW also mentioned that they reduce light pollution because they illuminate areas more precisely than traditional lights. So they focus on the required area and not scatter it.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

We are looking at Artificial Intelligence controlled Home Automation system this week. Nick from Pumping station one made an AI system that controls his home. He took inputs from a few people helped him and put together an impressive system that responds to every beck and call of his.

HAL740 as the project is titled is powered by an Arduino kit, apple script, a few relays and Mac Mini.

Take a look for yourself, you just might get inspired and build one for yourself too.

 

 

Though I’ve highlighted the importance of Social Media for your business over and over again, i have to let Social Media guru  Josh “Shua” Peters convince you and to he shares a few tips on the ways you could implement Social Media/Marketing strategy into your startup.  So, here’s Joshua Peters on Starting up a Start up series

 

 

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It is essential for us to hop on the latest trend. You might have missed out on a lot of opportunities in the past, or caught up with the bandwagon late only to realize its getting outdated soon. Bummer!

Today, the digital era has opened many possibilities, where newer and emerging technologies are out doing the presently available technologies.

But here’s your chance again, the five technologies that are ready to sweep you off your feet.

Oculus VR – onquering the Virtual Realm

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“But this is just the start. After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences.

– Mark Zuckerberg”

Oculus VR is the latest virtual reality platform that let’s you play stereoscopic games for now. This may be surprising for many people who think, why would facebook buy a Virtual Reality gaming device company, Facebook being a company that focuses only on communication. Well, with Oculus the possibilities are endless. Picture this, You’re away from your family or loved one. But Skype-ing or Whatsapp-ing everyday just isn’t enough.

How about we take it up a notch higher? . Add a really amazing virtual world and meet your loved ones there. Secondlife has been doing this. But Oculus VR can enhance this experience. Leap motion can make it even better. Which is why Facebook saw this as an opportunity and bought it out.  Take a lead and You could create this app for Oculus where people can meet from afar. Or do something out of the box. Your call.

Swift language

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Apple’s new programming language for developers of Cocoa and Cocoa touch. It makes the whole experience of writing the code a lot easier and fun. Swift as the name suggests lets you create apps that are swift and helps eliminate bloated code lines. And it works alongside Objective C. Swift Playground let’s you see your code perform in real time, the function of every line of code can be shown then and there simultaneously without delay. If you are having your iOS apps developed, it better be in Swift code. It’ll save you a lot of effort and time.

Apps for Wearable tech

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We can stop envying Tony Stark for all the gadgets he’s got. Wearable technology is an avenue that’s opening up in the recent years into the shelves of consumer electronics. Google Glass, iWatch, Moto 360, and the list goes on. These devices can make our life easier to an extent, they are simpler, intuitive and will garner a large user base over the years to come.

Php7

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Php 7 is also dubbed as PHP Next Gen. It addresses a lot of security and performance issues the current version of Php version exhibits. Php 7 with Zend engine has been tested and shown to increase the performance of Php based applications to over a 100%.

In the coming years, If you are planing on  building mission critical applications for Php 7,  it would actually boost it’s performance. Php 7 is touted to be released in 2016. It’s a good idea to catch up with some online Php7 tutorials early on.

Internet of Everything and Wit.AI.

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Internet of Everything is a term used to describe that all the devices that are at your home or office, right from your lights to the generator can be synced and controlled by you sitting anywhere in the world. Simply put, Internet of things concept converges all the major technologies to a single point of control.

Wit.AI is an API which let’s you build a voice interface for your app, that can perform actions like setting the temperature in your thermostat to switching off the lights. You can even use text command to control everything through your app.

Amazon launched Echo, a speaker that listens to what you say and does some basic tasks for you like searching the internet for answers, playing music, weather report, etc.

Maybe you can build a device or an app that does more than that, as it’s possible to do so with the tools available; You can smile all the way to the bank. 🙂

Share it with your friends today, so they don’t miss out on the trend early.

 

If you are reading this post, for sure you must be working with Technology or at least someone who loves to follow the latest trends in technology.

It doesn’t matter which category you fall into above, if you take action, this very post can really make you very popular maybe in the next 9 months!!

Basically, it is about 3 upcoming technologies, that will be more popular than the iPhone you have in your hand right now.

Disclaimer : We are in no way associated with these technologies, nor is it a paid promotion. It is up to you to consider these or not ( Imagine if you would have learnt mobile app development in 2007 🙂  You would have either got at least 1 million worth of projects by now or would have been a top product manager in some shining company drawing some insane amount for a salary )

Gone are those days when you would need to wait for years to get promoted or get a hike. We live in an age where if you follow trend & are well equipped and ready for the right Trend ***whooosh*** the wave will take you to the top in one big swoop! ( age doesn’t matter, applies to a 15 year old – or a 50 year old )

Having said that, here are 3 of those upcoming technologies ( which if you ignore now, will be some how forced to learn in a years time – but by then it will become a crowded space ) :

Virtual reality :

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If you haven’t noticed yet, there is a growing heat in this area as if there is some voice whispering in your head while reading this.

 ” Thissss…. this is something that is gonna be in everything you touch …verrrrry soon… “

Did you know:
– Facebook’s entire plan in the near future is to connect all of its service into Virtual realty under a platform that is powered by its flagship product Oculus Rift ( which it earlier acquired for $2 Billion )
– Google have invested near $500 million into the Virtual realty start up Magic Leap.
– SamSung, Microsoft etc. are gearing up with their own platforms and gadgets coming up.
– Last year alone Virtual reality related startups have raised a little over $4 Billion in investments.

Hearing the word VIRTUAL REALTY many think it is about wearing a pair of VR Goggles and things you see in it. Well, that is just one dot in the universe of Virtual Realty. There are many more areas covered under it, to name a few: 3D printing, Remote operations, Robotics, Stimulation etc.

Tip: One advantage of choosing to learn Virtual reality is, there is no new programming language you need to learn 🙂  Anything you wanna do in VR can be done in the same language you know ( Java, Unity, C, C++ etc. )

Neural Networks :

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Well, you can call it Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy logic, Natural language processing etc. Yes, I know that it’s been spoken about for a long time & there is nothing in action in this area yet. know why it has not come main stream yet? Because for the last 10 years there wasn’t enough ingredients present to start fueling the ideas. Time has arrived that all the essential ingredients have been carved out all and it’s all slowly surfacing. In 2 years time, don’t be amazed to see every single decision you take been taken by a Software or you getting suggestions from devices powered by AI algorithms ( Already we see the drizzle, like SIRI, Amazon echo etc. )

This will only grow to evolve. Soon it will go into Robotics, Self Driving cars, Home devices, Travel, Health etc. (all of which are available in their rudimentary forms already.

So go on and start putting head to study more of this trend or if you are in a project, starting taking up the parts that involve NLP etc. & in no time you will be riding on the major mammoth of a technology.  🙂

Big Data :

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We spoke about Virtual realty, Neural Networks etc. One thing we can’t skip through is that for these areas to work, it requires massive piles of data to play with. By massive amount I mean, Terabytes of Data processing in fractions of a second ( Just imagine I give you all the tweets, Facebook conversations etc. happening this minute & ask for a sentiment analysis of… what is the mood of people in America this moment? )

To go through such heaps & heaps of dynamic data and mine nuggets of gold through rivers of conversations, you need to pre-process and structure data in a very disciplined manner. And to do that you need the help of BIG DATA analysis & related tools. Well, if you are into technology there is no need to specify where BIG DATA is heading and right now if you are an expert in BIG DATA tools like Hadoop, Saars etc. you have multiple 6 figure jobs lining at your door step.

 

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