Google Announces New Tools to Develop High-performance Daydream Apps

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During the opening presentation at today’s Unity Vision Summit, Nathan Martz, Developer Platforms Product Manager at Google, took to the stage to talk about new tools that the company is releasing to help developers create high-performance apps for Daydream, Google’s high-end Android VR platform. Scaling means getting developers to build VR experience that are not only fun, but highlight optimized, and Google wants to make that as easy as possible.

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Google Tries to Buy Journalists Off With Some Honestly Sweet New Tools

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This morning Google announced it’s rolled out an entire suite of tools designed to make journalists’ jobs easier. google journalist studio google journalism journalist tools fact checking data visualization

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VR Tool Built With Google Poly Turns Words Into Matching 3D Objects

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A VR developer posted footage of a proof-of-concept mechanic that allows users to spell out any word and see it visualized as a Google Poly asset in real time. Using Google Poly to source assets at runtime. VR #gamedev #indiedev #Oculus #Google #madewithunity pic.twitter.com/umtOiJGxMg. As you can see the video embedded above, the tool allows the user to move letters around to form a word, which can then be squished together and turned into a Google Poly asset.

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Unity Reveals New VR Tools and Google Daydream Support

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Aside from new tools and features to provide enhanced graphics and performance, Unity stepped in to preview a completely new video player that will make it easier to import and play 4k video and seamlessly-rendered 360 VR videos. Unity also revealed the new version of its EditorVR authoring tool and confirmed it will be available sometime in December. Featuring free portfolio tools and community network, Unity Connect helps developers showcase work and individual skills.

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Google ‘Blocks’ Update Matures Tools for Even Easier 3D Modeling in VR

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Google Blocks, the 3D object creation tool for VR/AR app developers, just got a big update that includes new environments, improved object snapping, and a number of experimental features that the company says makes Blocks “more powerful and even easier to use.” Now, Google has added a few more features to make creation a little more hassle free. ” SEE ALSO Google is Developing a VR Display With 10x More Pixels Than Today's Headsets.

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New Google Shopping tools announced ahead of Black Friday

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Online shopping is an ever-changing beast, thanks in no small part to Google. 22, our search engine overlords have introduced a slew of new features as part of Google Shopping to help make shopping experts out of all of us. Google Online Shopping Black Friday Mashable Shopping Tech

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Tilt Brush Introduces New Brushes and Tools

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The VR painting tool just got even better. Part of what keeps us coming back to Tilt Brush all the time is seeing what others are able to do with the 3D painting tool. For many of us who paint more elaborate landscapes and art pieces, Tilt Brush also added a couple tools that will make life that much easier. The Pin Tool lets you quickly lock your objects in place. Select All and Invert Selection Tools. News Art Google Painting Tilt Brush

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Google Search features new tool for pandemic shopping

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A new Google feature gives you an overview of items you can buy near your physical location so you won't be trombone-less for long. The feature, announced by Google on Wednesday, works as follows. More about Google , Google Search , Tech , and Big Tech Companies.

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Google to Announce New Dev Tools at GDC 2018, Keynote to Feature AR/VR

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This year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) is nearly upon us, and now that talks for the week-long event are published on the GDC website , it appears Google will be taking the stage to introduce a number of new products and tools for game devs. Presented at Google Developer Day keynote on March 19th, Martz will be joining Instant Apps PM Lead Jonathan Karmel and Mark Vela, Head of Games Merchandising at Google Play Americas.

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8th Wall Launches Cloud-based WebAR Development Tools & Hosting Platform

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8th Wall, a Palo Alto-based company creating augmented reality development tools, today announced the release of its cloud-based authoring and hosting platform which aims to make it easier for AR developers by providing what it calls a “unified in-browser solution” to create and host WebAR experiences. Founded in 2016 by ex-Google and Facebook engineers, 8th Wall puts a heavy emphasis on computer vision, machine learning and product development.

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Google Open Sources Seurat, a ‘Surface Light-field’ Rendering Tool for 6DOF Mobile VR

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Google announced Seurat at last year’s I/O developer conference, showing a brief glimpse into the new rendering technology designed to reduce the complexity of ultra high-quality CGI assets so they can run in real-time on mobile processors. Now, the company is open sourcing Seurat so developers can customize the tool and use it for their own mobile VR projects. Google has now released Seurat on GitHub , including documentation and source code for prospective developers.

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Google Teases New AR Features Coming To Google Maps & Lens

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Google VR becomes Google AR & VR as the company uses its annual I/O event to tease a new wave of augmented technology. Google wasted no time at this years Google I/O Developer Conference , diving head first into some truly jaw dropping projects that are making their way to our devices. So much so that that the company has officially changed its title of Google VR to Google AR & VR. Image Credit: VRScout / Google AR & VR.

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Google Is Shutting Down Its Jump VR Program

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Sorry Google Jump users, but Google has made the decision to shut down their cloud-based video stitching service on June 28 th citing a decline in Jump Assembler users. This past Friday the tech giant sent an email out to all Jump users sating, “As these new cameras, formats, and editing tools became available, we saw usage of Jump Assembler decline.”. Anything left on Google’s Cloud Storage will be deleted immediately after Google suspends their service on June 28 th.

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Google’s New 3D Compression Tool Could Be Big For VR On The Web

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Samsung updated the WebVR support for its browser on Gear VR, Google introduced the promised experimental Daydream support for the mobile version of Chrome, and Oculus launched the preview version of its Carmel web browser that will one day have us exploring the Internet through the Rift and Gear VR. Today, however, we’re returning to Google. Draco is a 3D graphics compression tool developed by the Chrome Media team. You can grab the tool from GitHub.

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Report: Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to PSVR Soon

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Google has taken its sweet time bringing its VR creation app Tilt Brush (2016) to PSVR, although having recently slimmed down the app to fit on the modest mobile chipset of Oculus Quest may have given the company needed incentive to finally launch on PSVR. Although Google has yet to officially announce Tilt Brush for PSVR, the reported data seems to strongly indicate a nearby release on the platform. Google Google VR News PSVR Game VR Game gamstat google tilt brush tilt brush psv

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Google Teases New AR Features For Its Search & Lens Apps

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Google focuses on practical AR functionality at its annual developer conference. Google’s annual I/O Developer Conference kicked off earlier this morning at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA with a two-hour keynote highlighting a wide range of updates to their lineup of proprietary mobile software. Google Search AR functionality in action // Image Credit: Google. Automatically calculating tips via Google Lens // Image Credit: Google.

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Google may add Apple-like Continuity tools to Chrome OS and Android

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Computing News Android Chrome OS GoogleChrome OS may also soon be able to mirror your phone notifications.

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Adobe Launches AR Creation Tool ‘Project Aero’ For Creative Cloud

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Adobe released a preview of a powerful new AR editing & creation tool, currently named ‘Project Aero’ The key feature of Aero that sets it apart from similar projects is its direct 1st party integration with Adobe’s popular Creative Cloud suite, which millions of creators already use and love — you can request early access here.

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Developer Brings Google Lens’ AR Features To VR

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This past May during the 2019 I/O Developer Conference, Google unveiled several new features heading to their Google Search and Lens applications. These additions included 3D animated models accessible directly through Google Search, the ability to scan restaurant menus for additional information on recommended dishes, as well as automatic tip calculations. So I got google lens working in VR pic.twitter.com/rFCS7nUgbx — Phasedragon (@Phasedragoon) August 22, 2019.

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Use these Google tools to optimize VR content for search engines

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Search marketers can now use Google’s VR View, Street View and Cardboard Camera apps to capture, upload and optimize 360 degree videos, virtual reality videos and images for better and easier visibility on search engines... Columns VR & AR Google Google Cardboard Ricoh Theta Street View VR View

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Design Your Own VR Tour With Google’s ‘Tour Creator’

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Google harnesses the power of photos and street view to deliver simplified, web-based VR development to students and teachers. It’s officially day two of Google’s annual I/O Developer Conference here in beautiful Mountain View, California and Google AR & VR has once again started off the day with some big news. You can then search across Google Street View for your desired locations, or upload your own 360-degree photos for a one-of-a-kind tour.

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Google Unveils ARCore Depth API to Make AR More Natural & Interactive

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ARCore, Google’s developer platform for building augmented reality experiences for mobile devices, is unveiling today a new tool called Depth API, which not only lets mobile devices create depth maps using a single RGB camera, but also aims to make the AR experience more natural, as virtual imagery is more realistically placed in the world. To demonstrate, Google created a number of demos to shows off the full set of capabilities the new Depth API brings to ARCore.

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Google Releases ‘Resonance Audio’, a New Multi-Platform Spatial Audio SDK

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Google today released a new spatial audio software development kit called ‘Resonance Audio’, a cross-platform tool based on technology from their existing VR Audio SDK. Google’s spatial audio support for VR is well-established, having introduced the technology to the Cardboard SDK in January 2016, and bringing their audio rendering engine to the main Google VR SDK in May 2016, which saw several improvements in the Daydream 2.0 Image courtesy Google.

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Google Expeditions AR Tours Now Available To Public

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Google announces the full release of Expeditions AR as well as updates to its Expeditions app. In a continued show of confidence towards VR & AR technology as influential tools in the classroom, Google has today made its limited Google Expeditions AR tours program available to the public free of charge. Image Credit: Google AR and VR. The post Google Expeditions AR Tours Now Available To Public appeared first on VRScout.

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Dream Launches Online VR Collaboration And Productivity Tool

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For three years, it has been working on an online collaboration tool that enables people to view web sites on the Chrome browser in virtual reality. With it, you can do things like present to your team via an Adobe PDF document or Google Doc. You can fire up Chrome as a browser, and you can use it to view PowerPoint presentations on web pages or view items in Dropbox or Google Drive. There are no Dream development tools yet, but that is a future task. “It

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Introducing Google’s Next-Generation VR Camera

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Google has officially unveiled their next generation Jump camera — the Yi Halo. Announced at the NAB conference in Las Vegas Monday, the Xiaomi-backed Yi has partnered with Google to bring a new professional camera to the market with some much needed improvements. The Jump Assembler is Google’s high-end VR creation platform launched back in 2015 that lets you send footage to Google servers and wait as all the high-resolution imagery gets stitched together.

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Translate ancient hieroglyphs with Google's new AI-powered tool

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It's been 221 years since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone —a key tool for deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs. To celebrate the anniversary, Google this week launched Fabricius, a new Arts & Culture tool that lets anyone play classical linguist. Try your hand at tracing, drawing, and identifying different symbols, each of which is instantly compared to more than 800 unique glyphs using Google's machine learning platform Cloud Auto ML.

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Start Creating AR Experiences With Google’s Free Class

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Google rolls out a 15-hour introduction into the ARCore platform. And that’s why Google has released an in-depth introduction into the creation of ARCore applications, completely free of charge. Available now via Coursera, Introduction to Augmented Reality and ARCore is a 15-hour class diving deep into the specifics of AR development on Google’s increasingly powerful ARCore platform. Image Credit: Google.

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Watch Google’s ‘Visual Positioning Service’ AR Tracking in Action

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At today’s annual Google I/O developer conference, Clay Bavor, VP of Virtual Reality at Google, announced a new augmented reality service called Visual Positioning Service, the latest development for the Tango platform that promises to not only precisely map the world around you in concert with Google Maps, but also give you a ‘GPS-like’ turn-by-turn navigational experience when you’re indoors. image courtesy Google. image courtesy Google.

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How to get Google Earth Pro for free

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Google Earth Pro is free. Here's how to get the most capable, publicly available mapping tool in the world. Computing How-To Google google earth Google Earth Pro Guide to Free Resources Tier 4

Veer VR Launches Experience Tool For VR Content Creation

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Veer VR has launched a free web-based virtual reality content creation tool as part of an effort to get users to create more content within the Veer global VR content community. Veer Experience is a coding-free interactive creation tool that people can use to create VR photos and videos, including those that can be viewed in 2D as 360-degree experiences.

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Google’s Tilt Brush Heads To The Oculus Quest This Spring

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The popular VR art tool will arrive on Quest with cross-buy support. Facebook confirmed earlier today that Google’s immensely popular room-scale VR painting experience, Tilt Brush, is coming to the Oculus Quest headset this Spring. Image Credit: Google Inc. Image Credit: Google Inc. Image Credit: Google Inc. For those looking to get into Quest development themselves, Morant recommends downloading Google’s Poly API for Unity.

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Google Tilt Brush Brings Blocks Integration

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Two months ago Google launched their Blocks VR creation tool that enabled anyone to 3D model low polygon objects with little modeling experience required. Objects you create in Blocks may seem simple, but as you spend more time in the app, it becomes obvious how important this tool can be for 3D modeling. Accessible in the “Tools” panel, only remixable Blocks objects will appear in the Blocks Library, but just think of how many new ways you can create in Tilt Brush now.

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Google Maps now shows COVID-19 hotspots

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Google is adding another tool to help us stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the company announced a new feature in Google Maps: An info layer that shows information on COVID-19 cases in a particular area. Google Google Maps Covid 19 Tech Health

Animating VR Characters in Google Blocks

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Last month, Google launched their Blocks VR creation tool , enabling anyone to 3D model low polygon objects with no prior modeling experience required. Although it seemed like a simple app on the surface, after diving in, it became immediately apparent the massive potential Blocks can have as a professional VR creation tool. Now Google’s Daydream Labs is giving us a glimpse into just that. Image Credit: Google VR.

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YouTube Unleashes First AR Makeup Try-On Tool with Mac Cosmetics

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While Modiface, YouCam, and others have been playing in the virtual make-up marketing pool for a while, here comes Google ready to splash down with a cannonball. Google unveiled the virtual makeup capability in June at Cannes Lions, but Mac Cosmetics is the first to be able to take advantage of it, with 24 shades of virtual lipstick available for viewers to try on.

The Coming Wave of Virtual Reality Creation Tools

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That was true until a few weeks ago, when I got my hands on a new class of virtual reality 3D creation tools including Google Blocks , Google Tilt Brush , Oculus Medium , Oculus Quill , et al. Even in their infancy, these tools have already inspired me to think and work and create in entirely new ways. I’m STILL flabbergasted that @Google invited me to be a VR Artist in Residence. To the Google Machine we go! I’ve always prized creativity.

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