Monthly Archives: September 2020

Bring cultural treasures into your home in AR through Google Search

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
  • Ayutthaya, Thailand
  • 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
  • Nine Dome Mosque – Bagerhat, Bangladesh
  • Shait Gumbad Mosque – Bagerhat, Bangladesh
  • Chunakhola Masjid – Bagerhat, Bangladesh
  • Church of Sveta Sofia, North Macedonia
  • Jaulian, Pakistan
  • Flanders Field American Cemetery, Belgium
  • NASA Apollo 1 Mission Memorial, US
  • Rano Rarako, Easter Island
  • Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico
  • Normandy American Cemetery, France
  • Ananias Chapel, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Ancient Corinth, Greece
  • Ahu Nau Nau, Easter Island
  • Lukang Longshan Temple, Taiwan
  • Temple of Apollo (Portara), Greece
  • Audiencia in Palacio Tschudi – Chan Chan, Peru
  • Palacio Tschudi – Chan Chan, Peru
  • Edinburgh Castle, UK
  • Mesa Verde, USA
  • Temple of Echmoun, Lebanon
  • Fort York National Historic Site, Canada
  • Great Mosque – Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania
  • Gateway of India
  • Martin Luther King Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial

AR soups up the humble car manual

The new Ram comes with an augmented reality feature for exploring one’s 700hp whip:

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.

Employee-Developed Know & Go Mobile App Debuts on 2021 Ram 1500 TRX

Give FX the finger in AR

The free new app Diorama pairs with the $99 finger-worn Litho device to let you create AR movies directly inside your phone, using a selection of props & tapping into the Google Poly library:

VR Focus writes,

“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.

Facebook improves rights management for photographers

Seems like a win:

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.

Sky-swapping tech is coming to Photoshop at last

I feel vaguely ungrateful marking the arrival of a welcome Photoshop feature by noting that Adobe first demoed it nearly four years ago—but hey, you come here, you know you’re gonna get a little salt. 😌

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.

Check out PetaPixel’s coverage for other details & screenshots.

Chrome gets tab groups

“Can I get that icon in cornflower blue…?”

Being a middle-aged man getting excited about tab management in a Web browser makes me a little queasy—but hey, I live in this stuff all day, so 🎉.

You can now group tabs in Chrome:

You can collapse the tab groups, and you can make the titles small:

 My pro tip is that you can use an emoji as a group name such as ❤️ for inspiration or 📖 for articles to read.

Hey, find joy where you can, amirite? 😌