Google’s surprising VR is the future of virtual reality

Google is the most important tech companies in the world, depending on who you ask.
Between YouTube, Google search and Gmail, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company created, owns and operates much of what we have come to expect from the use of the Internet. Influence of the company is so great that the name is a verb – “Could you googled a good restaurant for tonight, honey”And that’s why it’s such a huge big deal that Google pushes into virtual reality with one of its most important services: YouTube.

The company said participants in the annual I / O developer conference on Thursday that the public could 360 degree upload videos to YouTube from this summer. In addition, a VR-ready version of YouTube will be in the not too distant future in app form.
Setting clear: the world’s most popular video platform will move into virtual reality.
Here is an example of how it will work (using the arrows in the upper left corner to navigate the video in three dimensions):

This is a much more important reason to move than any of the video game and film applications that we’ve seen so far for VR, and the reasons should be clear: cat videos.
That’s no joke. People are much more interested in watching cat videos – and other stuff on YouTube – as they are still in the most popular video games.
For comparison, extremely popular (and free) game “League of Legends” has some 27 million players. YouTube has “over 1 billion” users.
Joking aside, imagine: you buy an inexpensive 360-degree video camera, warm family memories with him you take those moments to private YouTube account your family share. Watching the videos is like it all over again. And not just in a nostalgic way; with 360 degree video and a VR headset, you’re there.
With Google’s “Jump” system, that’s all possible. “Jump” is the initiative Google has visible today offers a turnkey solution for turning 360 degree video on YouTube material. Think of it this way: there is an easy way for complex video easily be turned and distributed, for playback on VR headsets. There is a standardization for the filming, distribution and display 360 degree video.
Sounds boring, right? It is! It’s the boring details behind a massively important initiative of one of the – if not “the” – the most important tech companies in the world.No VR headsets to buy now. You could build a version of Google’s board headset, or buy one of the many versions of it on Amazon from other manufacturers. But that’s not the point.
In the next 12 months, a variety of VR headsets will launch from different companies. The “killer application” is not a dogfighting space shooter for the mainstream, and it will not be a puzzle game. There will be applications such as YouTube and Netflix.Google has been working on this future, and that’s huge.


Sensors, Machine learning and VR : Future of Smartphones

Imagine walking out of an Italian restaurant, and your phone knows where you are. It knows you love gnocchi and even traveled to Milan recently. It not only gives you a voucher, but an immersive experience in which you explore the restaurant virtually to see what people eat and visit to see the kitchen as food is prepared. Tempting?
In the last decade Smartphones have evolved from basic phones to portable entertainment center. We use them in text, watch movies and to occupy ourselves. Now smartphones are going to evolve. Sensor data combined with machine learning and virtual reality will usher in a new wave of commitment, comfort and utility. Interestingly enough, sit much of this technology in our phones now.

Your smartphone is smarter than you think

Most people do not know how smart their phones are, or how much they know about us already. Unlike laptops, modern smart phones with dozens of tiny sensors that allow them to all kinds of data we collect, what we do, and the world around us are packed.
Accelerometers and gyroscopes are over we hear most sensors. These have the ability to gather data about us, even if we do not actively using the phone. But most smart phones also have an image sensor, touch sensor, proximity sensor, and up to 30 different sensors, including GPS for location.
New sensors are being developed all the time. Each opens the door to new possibilities. Chemist at MIT recently a smartphone sensor when the food recognizes become poorly developed. Imagine yourself with your phone to check whether the roast chicken you brought home three days ago is still safe?
Sensors make our phones more aware. But even sensors collect only the raw data. Use the data to use requires machine learning. By searching for patterns in the data intelligent apps can find out whether big or small, whether big or small, and to guess even with gender. It may sound at first spooky, but not so, when you consider how useful apps.

Apps think of the future on their own

The smartest apps will use sensor-based data to context-sensitive information. We have examples of this already in the first generation fitness applications that follow how fast and how far you walk or run seen. And many applications, such as OpenTable, Uber, and Yelp, use GPS as the main component to serve information based on our location.
You may be familiar with Apple’s ibeacon technique already widely used by retailers, airports and even small radio transmitter the NBL and NFL to provide fine-tuned content to your Smartphone based on your location.

Some applications are today also crowdsourced sensor data for traffic and weather forecasts. Think about how Google collects Smartphone GPS data and sends it back to the user as accurately route time estimates. Another company, PressureNet working to pull to improve Barometer readings from smartphones to weather and climate predictions.
But mobile applications use tomorrow sensor information in a much larger scale. Theses apps pick up on patterns and routines and to learn the user’s preferences over time. “Anyone can collect data. Finding an automated way to create the meaning that the data is of utmost importance,” says Nils Forsblom, founder of Adtile, a company working on new ways to machine learning and virtual reality for use marketing.

Future applications will usher in a new level of comfort. Instead of asking for input, they will anticipate your needs. The phone can call to voice mail when you drive or switch to Flight mode when it senses an aircraft moving on the tarmac. An application has people talking in a conference room to hear and ask: “Do you want to want to record the meeting ‘?
Virtual reality adds a new creative commitment
But what happens if one sensor data and machine learning to mix with virtual reality? Mobile devices someday deliver experiences and bring inanimate objects to life and let things like walk around a sculpture to do or explore the newest exhibit in a museum.

“The phones of the future might look like Oculus VR meets iPhone – without the headset,” says Forsblom. Oculus is a headset that provides virtual reality to the smartphone, but Forsblom predicts smartphones to deliver experiences that without the headset.
Advertising can no longer interrupt whatever you’re doing, or reading, but the form of an active commitment. You could use the phone as an extension of themselves, go through a car dealership. If you want something that you see, you can use gestures and movements to explore a car in detail, get more information or sign up for a test drive of a vehicle.

“In the future smartphone hardware and software will work seamlessly in harmony. Future mobile devices will be a mixture of invisible Apps for utility, entertainment, virtual reality and gaming. Mobile Virtual Reality is the ultimate input-output” device “and be creative medium” says Forsblom.
The next few years will likely see dozens of new applications, the sensors used in all kinds of crazy ways. Our smartphones more like a personal assistant, who understand our preferences, habits, our likes and dislikes to be. And virtual reality has the potential that one step further, so that we, to explore places and objects, without leaving your sofa – that’s comfort.


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Summer and Sunshine — Make Outdoor Activities Sun Safe

Jun 1, 2015

The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) launched Sun Awareness Week 2015 this week, with a call to outdoor enthusiasts just as they take to the trails, waterways and golf greens. Sun damage accumulated over a lifetime means half of all senior citizens will experience some form of skin cancer. Dermatologists would like to change this.

The CDA recommends that everyone use a broad spectrum sunscreen to block harmful UVA and UVB rays. Look for sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Even high SPF sport and water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied often and more so around water and when sweating.

Most people do not apply enough sunscreen to ever reach the intended level of a SPF 30. Ideally, applying two to three tablespoons of sunscreen over your body and a teaspoon on your face before going out is a good start. Reapplying often will help better protect you from sunburn, skin cancer and premature skin aging. Up to 90 percent of skin aging is due to UV radiation from the sun and devices like tanning beds.

“This year the Sun Awareness Week outdoor theme inspired us to hold a press conference and skin cancer screening at the Club de Golf la Tempête,” said DrJoël Claveau, dermatologue à la clinique du mélanome de L’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec and national co-chair of CDA’s Sun Awareness Program. “Jacques Tanguay, President of the large Quebec furniture chain Ameublements Tanguay, with the support of his friend NHL legend and current Colorado general manager Patrick Roy, will share his own skin cancer story. We found it appropriate to mark the event at a golf course because this sport leaves players vulnerable to the sun, given the long hours of play.” Throughout Sun Awareness Week, the CDA will issue a series of more detailed tips for outdoor enthusiasts. Here is some quick advice specific to certain activities.

Tips for outdoor enthusiasts:

Golfers: Choose a high SPF sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and reapply after 9 holes. Seek out shade, whenever possible. Wear a broad brimmed hat and make sure to protect your neck.
Kayakers, snorkelers, wake boarders, surfers and water skiers: Apply (and reapply) a high SPF, water-resistant sunscreen – remember your feet, neck, face and ears.
Runners, cyclists, tennis and soccer players: Choose sweat-resistant or water-resistant sunscreen and remember to reapply after heavy perspiration.
Hikers: Take extra care if you’re on high hills and mountains; with every 300-metre increase in altitude, UV radiation levels increase by 4 percent.

Sun Awareness Week
The Canadian Dermatology Association has organized the nation-wide early summer Sun Awareness Week since 1989. The aim is to educate Canadians about the dangers of too much sun and to help stop the rising incidence of skin cancer in Canada.

This year’s Sun Awareness Week is Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 7, and involves a number of events and activities across Canada, including free skin cancer screenings, community events, and school visits by dermatologists.

About the CDA
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents Canadian dermatologists. The association provides easy access to the largest, most reliable source of medical knowledge on dermatology. CDA exists to advance the science and art of medicine and surgery related to the care of the skin, hair and nails; provide continuing professional development for its members; support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. By doing so, CDA informs and empowers both medical professionals and the Canadian public.

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Contact Information

For further information please contact:

Jean-Marc Pageau
Communications & Relations publiques
Bureau : (418) 847-4411
Cellulaire : (418) 261-0826

Jennifer Scott
Director, Communications
Canadian Dermatology Association
Office: 613-738-1748 x 222
Cell: 613-716-2098