Google crowdsources pictures of landmarks for its AR and VR 3D modeling

3D Modeling - NeRF in the Wild - Neural Radiance Fields for Unconstrained Photo Collections - NeRF-W YouTube

This strategy is meant to help create a more convincing and accurate viewer experience. Google researchers have developed a strategy to automate the 3D modeling process while enhancing the results it generates through photo crowdsourcing. The tech giant is collecting the images of landmark locations to create convincing replications. The idea of the 3D modeling technique is to use pictures of the real places including both the landmarks and their lighting. The technology employed is called neural radiance fields (NeRF). It extracts three-dimensional depth data from 2D images by measuring…

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Indian Railways soon to use contactless QR code tickets

Contactless QR code tickets - Train in India

Train passengers will also be experiencing check-ins more comparable to those at airports. Indian Railways has announced its plans to start a contactless QR code tickets system across all its stations. Officials have also stated that passengers will also start to see check-in counters more comparable to those at airports. Passengers will use an online ticketing system and will receive an SMS with a URL and quick response barcode. Travelers will make their bookings online. They will automatically receive a confirmation SMS with a URL and a barcode. Once they…

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Indonesian QR code tracking will help keep tabs on visitors to the country

QR code tracking - Tourists

The Immigration Directorate General required the nod from President Joko Widodo’s to proceed. The Immigration Directorate General of Indonesia has presented a QR code tracking system to the country’s president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to gain approval to proceed. The idea behind the quick response barcodes is to track foreigners to the country. The QR code tracking and surveillance system is meant only for visitors to the country and not for Indonesians. According to Immigration Director General Jhoni Ginting of the Law and Human Rights Ministry, when addressing a House of…

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Android-based Google Maps to begin displaying traffic lights

Google Maps app on phone

The feature is meant to help drivers to better anticipate what will be on the road ahead. The Google Maps app already provides substantial information to road users regarding the route they intend to take to reach their destination. Soon, this info will also include traffic lights along the way. Traffic lights represent one of the largest unknown variables when using the navigation app. This new Google Maps feature is seen as potentially beneficial for a number of reasons. To start, it will help road users to be able to…

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German town creates VR tourist experience to keep visitors wanting more

VR tourist - person wearing virtual reality headset

Herrenberg is working with technology to prop up its struggling tourism industry during the pandemic. The German town of Herreberg has designed a unique VR tourist experience to allow people from around the world to explore its beautiful sites and attractions. It created a virtual reality experience with the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). A VR tourist will soon be able to travel throughout the town’s scenic and signature cross-timbered houses as well as its historic churches, among other sites. This is because a virtual digital twin of Herrenberg has…

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