Category Archives: VR/AR

3D: Meet Google Poly

“With Poly,” says Google AR/VR lead Clay Bavor, “our mission is to organize the world’s 3D information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Poly lets you quickly find 3D objects and scenes for use in your apps, and it was built from the ground up with AR and VR development in mind. It’s fully integrated with Tilt Brush and Blocks, and it also allows direct OBJ file upload, so there’s lots to discover and use.

Check it out:  

You’re frequently allowed to modify the models in case they don’t quite fit your needs, and you can share them as GIFs or explore them in VR viewers.



A trio of interesting 360º cameras

Remember Instagram hyperlapses—or if you’re nerdier, stabilization app Luma (acquired by Instagram)? Creator Alex Karpenko is back with Rylo, a $499 360º camera that promises great built-in stabilization & innovative software features. PetaPixel notes,

The second feature is called Follow, and that lets you track action with just a single tap on the app. The software will then adjust the orientation of the camera and keep the action in the frame.

Next up is Points, a feature which controls the camera’s perspective. Tapping on specific points of interest, Rylo will produce a smooth shot that “connects each of your points.”


Meanwhile Motorola has introduced the $299 moto 360 camera, a small pop-on addition to its phones that promises “360° photos and 4K video with 3D sound.” The size, immediacy of the phone connection, & ability to switch to the device’s regular cameras on the fly look pretty appealing.


Not to be left out, GoPro is introducing the Fusion, a $699 (relative) behemoth:

Its six onboard cameras can capture VR and non-VR in 5.2K resolution, with 360-degree audio. It also has an OverCapture feature that “punches out” a regular image from a spherical photo and onboard stabilization features allow for smooth capture. The Fusion works with the GoPro app and the camera is waterproof up to 16 feet.


Game on!

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Explore the World Series in VR through Google Expeditions

Check out five new Google Expeditions created in partnership with

These include virtual tours of Citi Field in New York and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, both of which are narrated by MLB Network’s Heidi Watney. You can also get behind-the-scenes access with career tours that showcase the lives of a baseball beat reporter and television broadcasters. We’re also bringing you a Statcast tour, so you can geek out Moneyball-style with the math and physics behind the game.


Explore Mars in WebVR with Google

Immerse yourself in a 3D model built from Curiosity rover photos:

Today, we’re putting that same 3D model into an experience for everyone to explore. We call it Access Mars, and it lets you see what the scientists see. Get a real look at Curiosity’s landing site and other mission sites like Pahrump Hills and Murray Buttes. Plus, JPL will continuously update the data so you can see where Curiosity has just been in the past few days or weeks. All along the way, JPL scientist Katie Stack Morgan will be your guide, explaining key points about the rover, the mission, and some of the early findings.


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AR insani-tee: “It’s technology with guts!”

Curiscope takes introspection to a whole new level—and the puns’ll get under your skin:

Virtuali-Tee is a magic lens into a world inside the body. View through our free app on your phone or tablet to unlock a portal into your body’s vital organs. Jump into the pumping heart of an awesome anatomical adventure that brings learning to life in fully animated 3D using augmented and virtual reality technologies. Take a deep breath, dive into the bloodstream, and see for yourself.



Microsoft shows off cool “Holoportation” AR tech

Holoportation is “a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time.”

When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face to face communication.

Total Recall can’t be far behind…



Make a 3D model of your face just by uploading a photo

Creeptastic! But quick, cool, and impressive: Visit The University of Nottingham’s demo site, and check out the project site for more details. As The Verge writes,

“3D face reconstruction is a fundamental computer vision problem of extraordinary difficulty.” You usually need multiple pictures of the same face from different angles in order to map every contour. But, by feeding a bunch of photographs and corresponding 3D models into a neural network, the researchers were able to teach an AI system how to quickly extrapolate the shape of a face from a single photo.


[Via Alex Kauffmann]

Google Earth VR adds Street View

Looks awesome:

This update lets you explore Street View imagery from 85 countries right within Earth VR. Just fly down closer to street level, check your controller to see if Street View is available and enter an immersive 360° photo. You’ll find photos from the Street View team and those shared by people all around the world.