I’m pleased to be playing a very small role in making very large things, well, rather small.
Today, Google Arts & Culture has brought together a new collection to help anyone choose their perfect virtual travel with thousands of museums and cultural destinations to explore. And with the help of our partner CyArk, we’ve launched on Google Search 37 cultural heritage sites from across the world in Augmented Reality (AR). Hop from your couch and search on your mobile phone to bring the Moai statues of Ahu Ature Huki, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the Brandenburg Gate in Germany, or the Maya pyramid of Chichén Itzá, Mexico right into your living room.
Here’s a list of landmarks you can search & explore:
El Castillo – Chichen Itza, Mexico
Brandenburg Gate, Germany
Eim ya kyaung Temple – Bagan, Myanmar
Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico
Chacmol statue – Templo Mayor, Mexico
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, US
Lanzón – Chavín de Huántar, Peru
War Canoe – Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand
Ahu Ature Huki, Easter Island
Tomb of Tu Duc (Complex of Hué Monuments), Vietnam
Hovering the camera over the steering wheel will show customers how to use the steering wheel controls or paddle shifters, while pointing at the dashboard will show infotainment functionality.
The app was developed in just three months to roll out on the 2021 Ram TRX. The wild truck will be the first vehicle to use the Know & Go app, and it will be available on other FCA vehicles down the line.
Filmed near here just a few weeks ago, this 10-minute documentary is utterly gripping. I can’t get over the unflappability of the firefighters, or the borderline-suicidal intransigence of some homeowners. Bummer that I can’t embed it, but I think you’ll find it well worth your time.
“Diorama will democratize the creation of special effects in the same way the smartphone democratized photography. It will allow anyone to create beautiful visual effects the likes of which have previously only been accessible to Hollywood studios,” said Nat Martin, Founder at Litho in a statement.
When combined with the Litho controller users can animate objects simply by dragging them, fine tuning the path by grabbing specific points. Mood lighting can be added thanks to a selection of filters plus the app supports body tracking so creators can interact with a scene.
With the newly launched “Rights Manager for Images,” Facebook is offering creators and publishers access to content-matching technology similar to what it introduced in 2016 to combat stolen videos. The new feature, which is available in Facebook’s Creator Studio, will allow rights owners to assert control over their intellectual property across Facebook and Instagram, including when the image is embedded on an external website.
There’s often a lot of work to go from tech demo to robust, shipping feature (especially when targeting Photoshop’s rigorous level of quality & flexibility), and I’m sure the team has been working hard on that. In any event, I’m looking forward to trying it myself.
Among the many delights of parenting young Lego-loving boys is that they hip me to what is honestly truly impressive filmmaking with miniatures.
I don’t know where to begin with this WWI tank battle. From the in-scene muzzle flashes, to the varied custom faces (including a tank driver’s iron mask!), to the shrapnel & “hand-held” camera effects, it’s all so lovingly crafted.