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3D time machine

Have you dreamed at least once of being in the past and seeing, for example, how architectural masterpieces were built? Or how did dinosaurs walk on the earth? Today we will tell you about the project, thanks to which any time traveling will be possible. The project of European scientists “Inception” involves the reconstruction of events or objects using VR and AR technologies. Creating a digital cloud, which consists of numerous points, the developers obtained a set of exact spatial coordinates. Then they colored the objects and had a 3D model as a result. This method helps to divide the constructed object into parts and study individual details. Similar technologies are already used in the development of games and applications in augmented and virtual reality. The demonstration site of the project was the famous architectural building - Istituto degli Innocenti, built during the Renaissance in the 15th century in France. Here the scientists and developers were collecting the necessary elements to create a 3D model of the building. The main goal of the project is to enable current and future generations to get acquainted with the cultural heritage of mankind and to join the history of creating the greatest masterpieces. In the future, users studying objects in virtual or augmented reality will have the opportunity to learn various historical facts about a particular object, listen to authentic songs, legends and fairy tales. 14 companies are involved in the development of the project. According to the developers, a combination of historical facts and modern capabilities of 3D modeling and VR technologies makes it possible to analyze the development of a particular architectural monument. The database with information about historical objects formed in the future will be available to a wide audience. It will be enough only to download and install a special application on your smartphone and use the augmented or virtual reality device.

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Free mockups for your projects

Our designers know how to demonstrate the product to the client in a good way, whether it be an application on a smartphone, website or business card. And we are ready to share this knowledge with you. Mockup - a product layout that is used by designers to demonstrate the created design. Moreover, designers often use mockups by themselves to look at the project through the eyes of the user. Mockups are used not only to create objects (business cards, books, packaging, etc.), but also when developing games, applications and sites. A designer can create such models on his own, but it will take a lot of time and effort, therefore, to facilitate the work of a designer, there are special libraries on the Internet with ready-made mockups. WHERE TO FIND FREE MOCKUPS? 1. Freebiesbug A site with a huge selection of free mockups for your products. Here you will find not only mockups,but also other resources for web development. There are mockups from well-known companies (for example, smartphones, watches and other Apple gadgets), as well as products from other developers. 2. PSDMockups A huge library of free mockups on absolutely any topic. And thanks to the convenient search, you will definitely find what you were looking for. 3. Collection by Prechu This site has collected more than a thousand free mockups in PSD. All layouts are sorted into categories, so finding the right mockup won't also take much time.

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Cat Tower

Who doesn't like cats? So RedRift, Inc. company decided to create a game in which these cute creatures are always right in your smartphone. Today we'll tell you more about the Cat Tower project. Cat Tower - clicker with elements of construction. In this game, you can not only feed or stroke the cats, but also build a multi-storey building with offices and living rooms. Moving around the house and working in offices, cats earn money that you can spend on upgrading cats, improving rooms and further building your own skyscraper. The game also has a daily quest system, completing which, you increase the level and get additional income. Although the game is similar to tamagotchi, but in Cat Tower you don't have to play all day long - even in your absence, cats work and earn money. The work of the application without an Internet connection makes it available for use it anywhere in the world. The game is developed on the Unity engine, which is one of the best game engines at the moment. Game development in Unity is based on a component-oriented approach, in it you can easily arrange objects in real time. And the huge Asset Store, the place where developers post their projects, allows them to simplify the creation of games. RedRift, Inc. developers mainly use the Rider code editor, IDE to generate game code. IDE is an integrated development environment that allows a developer to perform fewer actions to switch between different modes, unlike discrete development programs. The IDE contains many functions for creating, modifying, compiling, deploying, and debugging software. JetBrains Rider is a cross-platform IDE for the .NET platform developed by JetBrains. Programming languages ​​such as C #, VB.NET, and F # are supported in this development environment. Our company uses one of the newest programs that meet modern standards of application development. Particularly, the release of the JetBrains Rider took place in August 2017. We also make sure that the game runs smoothly on all devices. We update the game, adding new features and content. The application is published jointly with the publisher and is available for Android and iOS.

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Artificial intelligence: the future

Artificial intelligence has quietly penetrated our lives: we use voice assistants, online maps, social networks and so on, every day, without even noticing that smartphones are sometimes smarter than us. Last year at the international conference on artificial intelligence, which was held in Dubai in May, the world's first Minister of Artificial Intelligence, Omar Bin Sultan Al Alama, spoke about the pros and cons of modern technology. The development of artificial intelligence opens up prospects for the development of healthcare. At this moment itis able to assist doctors in diagnosing and prescribing treatment. For example, in one hospital where tuberculosis cases became more frequent, it was decided to conduct a mass check of people using fluorography. The x-ray results were checked using artificial intelligence, which significantly reduced the processing time: each patient was able to find out about his health status just a few seconds after the procedure. Then all the results were checked againby doctors who confirmed that the results were fully correct. Artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Recently, scientists managed to develop a system based on artificial intelligence, which is able to solve multivariate tests for students at the level of an excellent student. According to Tesla CEO Ilon Musk, people underestimate the power of artificial intelligence. Already now itis smarter than a person. “We used to think, for example, that playing chess well is an example of an intelligent person. And then Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue in 97. That was a very long time ago, 22 years ago. I mean, now your mobile phone can literally crush the world chess champion. ” Most of all, Musk fears that one day artificial intelligence will surpass man in intellectual abilities. And now people should think about how to match the machines, otherwise humanity could lose the war with AI. Many people think that to oppose machines to people is wrong. Each person has a set of certain qualities, imagination, sense of humor, various talents, experiences a huge range of emotions. While machines still don't have such features. And even despite the fact that there is an opinion that artificial intelligence will replace a person sooner or later, taking from 25 to 70 percent of jobs, artificial intelligence can'tcope with some tasks. Nowit rather helps people do the work, expanding and complementing human capabilities. Today there is no threat to humanity, but now it’s worth thinking about the future of our descendants. Yes, people, for example, are able to process a huge amount of information that they perceive both visually and by ear, but we still do not know how to instantly share our thoughts with friends. So, it is quite possible that someday robots will become smarter than humans, and we must be prepared for this.

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Intel RealSense

A new high-tech camera that allows you to shoot 3D objects and determine spatial parameters with high accuracy was created by Intel at the beginning of 2018. There are two models: Intel RealSense D415 and D435. Both can be connected via USB to a computer. They contain several 3D sensors, as well as an RGB sensor and an infrared projector. A powerful processor allows you to create three-dimensional images in real time. Both models are great for manufacturers and developers to add 3D models to their products. For example, the camera is able to scan any object and create a 3D model with the possibility of editing. Also: - Using a 3D camera, you can control your computer by gestures: the device tracks 22 points on the wrist, monitors each of 10 fingers. - The camera allows you to scan a 3D image of the user's face to create safe passwords, 3D avatars or use the 3D model in programs or games. - The background editing function makes it possible to change the background of the scenery or delete it. That's very convenient when conducting video conferences. - The device can read the emotions of the user. Despite the fact that the technology is new, you can feel all its power by playing the surrealistic thriller Nevermind. When playing with a connected Intel RealSense camera, the device records the heartbeat of the player, and the more he or she is afraid of something, the more the tension of the events in the game grows. At this moment, Intel RealSense cameras are available to all users, as well as built into some new laptops. And despite the fact that the technology has recently appeared on the market, it has already received many positive reviews, and has shown itself as a high-quality and promising product, the possibilities of which will expand in the future.

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Eye tracking technology

One of the easiest ways of interacting with the world is by our eyes. When we meet people, first of all, we exchange a look and only then say “hello”. Similarly, in games: first we look at the menu, and only after that press the play button. But we can't exchange glances with the character of the game without special devices. What devices exist to control the game through gaze? What are the prospects of the technology for tracking the gaze of a player? Let's find the answers to these questions. All modern eye tracking devices work on the same principle. The infrared light integrated in the device is reflected on the cornea of ​​the user's eye, while the cameras of the device record a video. The final image is processed by a special algorithm that takes into account the location of the lens flare relative to the pupil. There are several eye tracking devices, but the most suitable for video games are Sentry and Tobii 4C. The first one is a thin black and red bar that is mounted on a computer monitor and scans the user's eyes 50 times per second. This device is convenient not only for the players, but also for the audience. For example, if a gamer broadcasts on Twitch using Sentry, then the audience sees where the gamer's gaze is directed, and this helps better understand his actions. Tobii 4C is a game eye tracker that is manually configured by the company's engineers directly for each game. At the moment, more than 135 games support eye control, while using Tobii 4C. Also a great advantage of Tobii 4C is the support of control by gaze of the Windows 10 operating system. Recently, Nvidia, in collaboration with SMI, has shown how to fully immerse yourself in the virtual world by integrating the eye tracking module on HTC Vive. When VR technologies with built-in sensors for tracking the player’s gaze become available to everyone, a new era of video games will begin. Just imagine users will not only look at images of game characters, but also communicate with them in the virtual world, looking directly into their eyes. On the one hand, a slightly frightening perspective, reminiscent of the plot of a science fiction movie, but on the other hand, there are thousands of new opportunities, impressions and sensations.

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