Google Video Shows New 3D Ad Cube for Non-Intrusively Engaging VR Users – Google Area 120 workshop seeks to provide creative monetization opportunities for VR developers with an innovative three-dimensional native mobile virtual reality advertising format. The new ad format is structured as a 3D cube and displayed live in VR space. The live cube enables VR users to experience compelling advertising content by intuitively interacting with any of its six surfaces, each of which are capable of displaying live text ads, live photo ads, or live video ads. More importantly, by touching or gazing upon any of the live surfaces, the cube smoothly unfolds into an expansive canvass displaying a live highly-targeted video ad. While the Google team has proposed this new ad format for VR, other researchers have explored the possibilities of collaboratively creating, placing, and locating multidimensional content cubes, called snap mashies, in augmented reality (AR) settings (source: Definitions page of snaps.ai).
Google Launches the Google Visual Positioning Service (VPS) – Google VPS provides augmented reality (AR) equipped smart devices, such as next-generation AR smartphones and Internet smart glasses or inocles, with the ability to triangulate their precise location to within a few centimeters, thereby enabling AI assistants, such as the Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa, M, or Cortana, to help users find their way around indoor locations (shops, malls, museums, office buildings, factories, etc.) via VPS-based navigation services as well as outdoor locations (streets, towns, cities, nations, etc.) via traditional GPS-based navigation services.
Snap Inc. Launches Wirelessly Connected Video Sunglasses Called Spectacles – Soon hundreds of millions of Snapchat users will be able to capture circular videos of their favorite social experiences using Snap Spectacles, store them as Snapchat Memories, and share them as Snapchat Messages or Snapchat Stories with friends and family members on the increasingly popular global social network.
Google Launches an AI-Assisted Smart Messaging App called Allo – Consumers and businesses around the globe are rapidly adopting conversational messaging platforms, such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Tencent WeChat, and Apple iMessage, to share more, play more, and do more faster than ever before using their cloud-connected PC and post-PC smart devices, including smart watches, phones, tablets, and TVs. With Allo, Google plans to leverage its core competencies in artificial intelligence and machine learning to enable users to not only say and do more, but also to instantly know more by embedding its intelligent digital assistant in user conversations to assist with smart replies and questions and provide helpful suggestions based on current conversational context as well as a stored history of past conversations and experiences.
Google AI Assistant Powers Google Home, Google Allo, Android Wearables/Non-Wearables – Google CEO sees a shift to a new assistive era where smart wearable and non-wearable devices powered by an ambient artificial intelligence (AI) become ubiquitous. In this new AI era, cloud-based smart assistants, like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Samsung S Voice, Facebook M, and the Google assistant, will power smart devices that are wearable as well as those which are not wearable using advanced machine learning algorithms. AI-powered, cloud-connected, non-wearable smart devices include: Amazon Echo, Dot, Fire tablets, and Fire TV; Apple iPhone, iPad, TV, and CarPlay autos; Microsoft Surface tablets and Windows PCs and phones; Samsung TVs and home appliances, Galaxy Edge, Note, and Tab; and Google Home, Nest thermostats and security monitors, Nexus smartphones and tablets, Chromebook laptops, Android TVs, and Android autos. Cloud-connected wearable smart devices powered by AI assistants include: Apple Watch smart watches; Microsoft Band smart bands and HoloLens AR/VR headsets; Samsung Gear smart watches and Gear VR headsets; Facebook Oculus Rift VR headsets; and Google Daydream VR headsets and Glass AR smart Internet glasses, a new class of intelligent eyewear empowering friends and fans to create more and share more fun photo and video snaps just like their favorite goofy social supermodel icons who collectively entertain global audiences of millions, and soon maybe billions, of supermodel fans and friends around the world.
Facebook CEO Sees AR/VR Converging to a Very Small Form Factor – Facebook is working toward normal-looking glasses, rather than a smart mobile phone, to empower everyone to create and share epic live photo and video snaps and colorful bubble messages with millions and billions of friends and fans on the Internet and across the galaxy via an artificial intelligence (AI) cloud powered by machine learning.
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