The pandemic has challenged and changed how most people date and hookup. “Monogamy is preferable at this time,” said Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s National Director of Public Health, during the height of the first wave. Government-imposed physical distancing measures, stay-at-home orders and other public health initiatives resulted in a shift toward online dating. This shift has increased the number of dating app users and the amount of time people spend on dating apps. Tinder says its users had 11 per cent more swipes and 42 per cent more matches last year, making 2020 the app’s busiest year. Since dating apps were…This story continues at The Next Web
The prime goal of any business is to increase revenue.This goal can be accomplished with excellent customer service and good marketing.Virtual reality is a technology that can address both at a reasonable cost.A great approach to attracting your potential customers is by offering them excellent services at their doorstep.
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1.Art IndustryOne of the most notable use case of non fungible token (NFT) is the programmable art, which is the combination of creativity and technology.Currently there are only limited editions of artworks in circulation which allows flexibility in modification and programmability.The presence of smart contracts & oracles can enable artist to develop images responding for all pricing of blockchain based assets.With Blockchain & IoT, people can collect the entire history of the artwork including ownerships and previous prices & more.2.Virtual WorldsSome virtual reality places like Decentraland, The Sandbox,and crypto voxels let users own NFT items.Decentraland provides entire control to the user creations and assets.Real-world assets and documentationIt is entirely possible to tokenize the real-time assets like land, license, certificates,etc, 4.SportsSport NFT is getting popular nowadays as there are many tokens for popular athletes running successful in the industry.5.Domain NamesThe use case of NFT is shift towards Domain Names one can get NFT for the desired domain name6.Digi-Physical GoodsCompanies like Metafactory and Headspace sells customizable hoodies along with NFT.Crypto Kaiju provides toys form NFT7.Virtual ScenesMetazone is a kind of project that lets the users of Decentraland to buy games, buildings, etc8.InsuranceIn the Insurance sector, A person can convert their own insurance package as NFT and sell it as the insurance broker.9.Virtual VehiclesVirtual Vehicles like car, planes can be converted as NFTs.some companies like CryptoMotors, F1 Delta Time & Battle Racers are using this place.10.
As the world goes digital, you can't risk being left behind, particularly when running a business.Better, modern technology goes a long way in makings sure you save on time while also increasing productivity.One technology that seems to be attracting the attention of both small and established businesses is virtual reality.However, you need to rely on the best service providers to have a remarkable experience while you interact with the 3D virtual world.To help you through your hiring decision, you should start by examining the services they have in store for clients.Thus, they should offer a wide range of services, including customized VR solutions or applications, VR rental, VR filming, VR streaming, to mention a few.
While Apple, Microsoft and the like were scrambling to bring their respective developer conferences online, Google made the executive design to just scrap I/O outright last year. It was a bit of an odd one, but the show went on through news-related blog posts. While we’re going to have to wait another year to darken […]
Many of us have spent much of the past year working from home, virtually meeting with colleagues and making presentations to clients while trying to kick a pile of dirty washing away from view. Our social lives have also been conducted indoors, from online quiz nights to musical gigs. The most sought-after item for an evening of relaxation or fun this past year? A reliable broadband connection. DJs and musicians have continued performing virtually throughout the pandemic, whether playing impromptu songs from their bedrooms or heading to empty studios and venues to perform. Yet through digital performances, they touched individuals in their own cities and across the world, gaining legions of new fans and providing solace in a time of uncertainty. The pandemic has accelerated our reliance on technology and reliable broadband, to enable us to do what we love and stay connected even when miles apart. Virtual gigs have also showcased a new way for performers to be more inclusive, to reach a broader audience, to experiment creatively and to do so in an eco-friendly manner.We chatted (virtually via super reliable Sky Broadband Superfast, of course) to DJs and musicians about what it’s really been like to play virtual gigs: the lessons learned, the essential kit, the struggles of connecting to an audience that wasn’t in the same room.One thing’s for certain: we’ve never relied on the comfort of music more in our lives.DJ Kue: “You Realise How Important Your Internet Connection Needs To Be When Live Streaming”San Francisco-based DJ, producer and remixer Michael Morales, aka DJ Kue, started live streaming online during the pandemic for his mental health: creating some normalcy through a live streaming schedule helped create a sense of calm and stability in all of the uncertainty of the pandemic.There were many changes for DJ Kue to grapple with, from not sharing the physical space with his audience, to having to respond to messages from fans in a virtual chat box while performing. But having a reliable broadband set up helped with peace of mind that the livestream would go smoothly.“As a DJ, you also need to be your own technical support when something goes wrong. And believe me, it does tend to go wrong at times,” he says. DJ Kue experimented with a range of different tools and services before deciding that OBS (open broadcaster software) and streaming to Twitch worked best.“For myself, having good internet was the most important thing. There are a ton of ways to livestream though and the internet is definitely your friend if you want to learn how to do it,” he says.Connecting with an audience that wasn’t there was another challenge: some listeners wanted to socialise, engaging with DJ Kue through online chats, while others treated virtual livestreams as pleasant background music to their afternoons or evenings. Many who would struggle to get to clubs in pre-pandemic times (e.g. those with young children), tuned in for a much-needed jam session in their day. “I feel like DJs livestreaming have given them the opportunity to experience something similar (although virtual), and even though it’s not entirely the same, people still have fun,” he says. On a personal level, the last year has also been a period of creative growth and experimentation for DJ Kue, who’s revisited old music and even played around with his virtual livestream setups. “I love the creative aspect of live streaming because you can do it anywhere: the most fun one I’ve had recently is where I had set up in front of my coffee nook at home for a morning coffee DJ stream and ended up making coffee while playing house music and interacting with folks in the chat. It was such a blast.” The beauty of a setup with reliable broadband allows creators like DJ Kue to work their magic from anywhere – to fans everywhere.Emily Burns: “I Love Doing The Live Performances Virtually - It’s Something I will Definitely Continue. I Have Really Enjoyed It”Singer and songwriter Emily Burns is a musician who pivoted to livestreams last year, jumping on her Instagram Live nightly, then weekly, for 10-15 minutes to perform a song or two and engage in conversation with her fan base. As someone who was desperately missing live performances, this was as much for her as it was for her audience, and gave her the joy of playing live - even without anyone else in the room.With a reliable broadband connection she didn’t need to upgrade her setup at home, although she did one charity “show” from her bedroom which featured a new mic and lights that changed in time to the music - an upgrade courtesy of Burns’ roommate, an engineer at Abbey Road Studios.For Burns, reaching a new audience brought unexpected joy during the pandemic.“I noticed people were joining my live streams and commenting, saying, ‘I’m from Korea’, and all these other places. Ordinarily, these people wouldn’t be able to necessarily come to one of my shows, so that was definitely an upside to it, being able to engage with people around the world,” she says.Burns also found she could provide support to fans beyond the music, using her home technology setup to organise chats about mental health with her fans, in a series known as “Terrified Talks,” inspired by her single “Terrified.” A reliable broadband connection made these virtual conversations possible, allowing her to see a more intimate side to her fan base, and candidly discussing issues beyond the music - something that would never happen in a live show. “It always amazed me how candidly and openly people would talk about their own situations. So that’s something that I definitely take away as a huge, huge positive of the last year.” Burns plans to continue her virtual streaming as she prepares for her next adventure: her live UK tour is kicking off in September 2021.Black Country, New Road: “That Was Weirdly One Of The Best Gigs We’ve Ever Played And It Was A Live Stream” How does a band with seven members who are scattered across London stay connected? For Lewis Evans, Tyler Hyde, Isaac Wood, Georgia Ellery, May Kershaw, Charlie Wayne and Luke Mark, the musicians comprising experimental rock group Black Country, New Road, in the beginning, the transition from live to virtual gigs felt like a healthy break from the intensity of performing in real life.Getting together as a band to rehearse and perform together - even virtually - was a slow process (made possible by reliable broadband and certain bandmates living together), but one that gave the band members time to focus on the creative side of things, finishing most of the demo for their second album and discovering older and newer passions: saxophonist Lewis Evans bought a tenor saxophone to get back to his jazz roots while bassist Tyler Hyde has been writing her own music. While most musicians performed their live streams from home, Black Country, New Road partnered with streaming platform DICE to reach new audiences and break into venues they always dreamed of, like the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre. “It was a real step up for us. We went there the day before and there was this huge team of people setting up this incredible space with five giant projectors across this beautiful venue. We had about 10 of our friends that were the choir for us but it wasn’t unveiled that they were the choir until later in the set, so it just looked like we had a small audience in there, and then they sang with us and it was just beautiful to share that with friends,” says Hyde. Not only has embracing technology presented new opportunities for the band, but virtual gigs have allowed them to be more inclusive and kinder to the planet. “Anyone who’s anywhere can tune into one of these things, you don’t feel like you’re missing out. I certainly felt like I’ve been missing out on bands that I’ve liked, and they’ve been on tour and I couldn’t make it to a gig or their best gig that they played was somewhere in a different country and I couldn’t get there. And also, the environmental impact, and our carbon footprint as a band - that’s something we’re really trying to work on,” says Evans.With the ability to reach an audience in any country - one of the band’s gigs over lockdown was a livestream from The Moth Club in London’s Hackney to an American university in New England - Evans and Hyde are hopeful for a future where live performances can be combined with livestreams. “A band plays differently depending on the audience; a crowd in South America is going to be totally different to a crowd in London. We don’t have the money to go and see our favourite bands play all around the world. People that have even less money than us, can’t even go to any gigs at all - they’ll never get to see their favorite bands. So if they can pay a fiver to watch the livestream, that’s amazing,” says Hyde. Now, wouldn’t we all love that: a world where all we need is reliable broadband – and a fiver – to see any band of our dreams. While wearing our PJs, no less. These are just some of the amazing stories where reliable broadband has helped fuel people’s creativity over the last year. Find out how super reliable Sky Broadband Superfast could help fuel your passion.
Ever fancied exploring the depths of an erupting volcano? Or perhaps you’d prefer to float around in space in the shape of a mythical creature – well, if your imagination can take you there, so can a virtual reality artist.New technologies have developed quickly over the past decade but VR, as it’s commonly known, is still in its infancy.The possibilities for the future are endless and it’s not just for gamers – anyone can now visit museums and live festivals, and hang out with friends in avatar shape – all with the help of super reliable broadband such as Sky Broadband Superfast.We ask three experts in the field what they love about VR, how they use tech to fuel their passion for storytelling and what it’s really like to put on a headset and transport your mind.  Don’t worry, your body stays put.‘VR lets you visit worlds that only exist in your mind’Having studied and worked as a 3D animator, Rosie Summers from Leeds first fell in love with VR five years ago. The 25-year-old’s passion for storytelling actually began in fine art but thanks to technology and reliable broadband, she has been able to branch out into a new artform.“I used to specialise in painting emotional oil portraits but yearned for more movement in my work and that’s when I started working in animation,” she says.“Through that, I naturally found VR. It’s a mindblowing tool for any storyteller because you can defy gravity and visit new worlds that otherwise only exist in your mind.“But it’s crucial that I have fast broadband; it’s a lifeline for me because it allows people to join in regardless of where they are and it helps me expand my audience. Rosie hosts live shows that combine dance and VR – where she performs for viewers while wearing a headset against a green screen that will display the virtual world that she’s in.“It’s almost like a webinar or Zoom chat,” she says. “Through the power of the internet, people online can immerse themselves in other dimensions.“I use a lot of technical equipment too, like high-powered PC headsets and programmes to create the lighting and colours for my VR environment.”Rosie’s inspiration comes from her surroundings, especially nature. She also loves space and often incorporates that in her work. The VR artist has designed everything from fantastical universes to forest scenes and galactic art, as well as unique characters.Her latest project ‘Blood Speaks’, is a powerful story created by Indian transmedia artist and activist Poulomi Basu, which explores normalised violence that women face around the world surrounding periods. It is centered around a girl called Maya, who forms a bond with a local British Indian teenager and together they reveal hidden modes of patriarchy.“Maya rises up like an almighty phoenix, full of strength and the powers of the universe – she’s a superhero,” Rosie says. “This is the fundamental beauty of VR, it lets you immerse yourself in a different culture in a way that other art can’t.“And it’s not as difficult as many people think. I don’t code or anything like that – I’m strictly an artist who is utilising digital mediums to showcase my work.“You are actually living in that lens and that’s what I love about it,” explains the passionate storyteller.‘You’re no longer looking at a painting – you’re exploring its entire universe’Quentin Darras is new to the world of VR. The passionate 3D animator co-created his first design last year, after winning a £20,000 grant through an initiative called Creative XR, run by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England. And it’s all about art, quite literally; but moved into a digital space with the help of reliable broadband and high-powered software.Dubbed (Hi)Story of a Painting, each episode of the five-part series revolves around a famous painting, such as George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.“I fell into VR and it has changed the way I view art,” says Quentin, 33, who is originally from Paris but moved to London in 2009. “You still have to tell a story so the job is pretty much the same as 3D animation, but I had to take a crash course in how to design in a 360-degree space.“You’re no longer looking at a painting – you’re exploring its entire universe, which is fantastic.”Quentin, who has worked with brands such as Nintendo and Lego, was originally set to be a doctor.“I was in medical school and I hated it,” he says. “After failing my degree, I joined a VFX start-up and my passion grew from there.“The great thing about VR is that it’s accessible to everyone; you can just go on the internet, get the programmes you need for free and get creative.”But having the right tools is essential to the artist’s process. Alongside the latest VR kit, having reliable broadband, such as Sky Broadband Superfast, is essential.“Everything I do takes place on a computer; not just the designing, but the research and writing. I need constant access to information,” Quentin adds.Despite some challenges, he has no regrets about leaving his medical career behind.“I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it is I love most about VR,” he says. “All I know is that it brings me so much happiness.“To do my job, I just need good broadband, tea, at least one sketch book and a good computer.“It may not be very romantic but it’s very important – and with it, I’m able to create incredible art.”‘You could be an animal, have six legs or explore the inside of a volcano’Anrick Bregman is an old hand at storytelling, having worked as a creative director since 2007, before moving into VR in 2014.He specialises in artistic interpretation of factual stories, such as turning documentaries and news into virtual experiences that users can immerse themselves in – and he is a big champion for the internet.“The web used to have a huge amount of creativity applied to it; we use a browser every day for email, maps and Facebook but we must not forget that it’s also an experimental storytelling tool,” he says.“Decades ago, we were limited on what we could do – like when downloading photos would take hours – but thanks to reliable broadband, we no longer have those limitations.“Now, your browser is a place where anything can happen and VR feels like the next frontier.“One of my favourite projects was a story about a refugee crossing the Mediterranean, based on a short story by Khaleid Hosseini, author of A Thousand Splendid Suns.“This intersection of the written word translated into a virtual reality appeals to me – it’s very powerful.”A more recent project involves the recreation of a mysterious place built in Greenland during the 1960s, which no longer exists. Even if it did, the area is freezing and virtually inaccessible to human beings.But in a virtual world, anything is possible. “You could be an animal, have six legs, travel in time, explore the inside of a volcano or go into space,” says Anrick.If you’ve never tried VR and are curious about what it feels like, Anrick, who is Dutch but moved to London 20 years ago, offers some insight.“It’s definitely awkward in the beginning and some people get nauseous,” he says.“Others become very aware of the furniture around them and worry about falling over, but you get used to the sensation very quickly.”While VR requires you to wear a headset that disconnects you from the world you’re physically in, it’s still a very sociable experience – and it’s only possible thanks to reliable broadband. “A present day misconception is that VR is a single player version of a games console, but that’s not the case,” Anrick says. “Shared spaces like DJ sets and festivals, or even conferences, offer a different side to this medium.“Just last week, I was inside the Greenland exhibition as my avatar, talking to a ‘room’ of other people – some of whom were in Copenhagen and Aarhus.”“I have two VR headsets, one low-end and one high-end, because the experiences are very different. The Oculus Quest 2, is wireless, so the internet is again crucial.“Additionally, you could expand with all kinds of interesting add-ons and specialist software, like body-tracking or lip reading, which makes your avatar match your real body inside VR more accurately.”Once all the elements are in place, the rest is up to you… and reliable broadband connection.When tech and passionate creativity combine the results can be out of this world. Find out how super reliable Sky Broadband Superfast could help fuel your passion. 
Virtual school after a snowstorm is yer another kind of techno-solutionist slush that should be plowed away.
Augmented reality delivers digital components, whereas virtual reality enables immersive imitation of real-life settings.MR has widespread applications in different fields of healthcare, varying from treatment to training and education.It is estimated that the global Mixed Reality in Healthcare Market Growth is expected to register a CAGR 26.3% during the forecast period of 2019 to 2024, with an estimated market value of USD 2,475 million in 2024.Numerous factors such as rapid improvements in the adoption of sensor technology, increase in the user acceptance, increased applications of MR in disease care and treatment, and increasing workload of healthcare professionals are anticipated to fuel the growth of the market.Additionally, the benefits of MR systems such as operational efficiency, increased service quality, and reduced human effort is also projected to drive market growth.On the other hand, the lack of adequate skill among medical practitioners, high investment costs, occurrences of technical glitches and the concern related to loss of data is likely to curb the growth of the market during the assessment period.The global mixed reality in healthcare market is currently dominated by several market players.For instance, in March 2018, Samsung announced a partnership with Travelers Insurance, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Bayer, and AppliedVR to study a virtual reality for pain management.Request For Free Sample Copy : global mixed reality in healthcare market has been segmented into component, device type, application, and end user.
Disclosure: Most of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.IBM Think, the firm’s iconic (and now-digital) annual customer event, took place this week and I was again reminded how firms like IBM with internal video competence and studios do these things better than those without. Everyone was rehearsed, even the top execs; the staging was TV-show quality, camera angles and sound conveyed a sense of competence.  The impression of competence from an event does seem to transfer to a company’s brand, positively affecting sales prospects and valuation. To read this article in full, please click here
WIRED will be playing Subnautica: Below Zero and talking about ocean—and space—exploration with scientists from NOAA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Last month, the organization behind Burning Man announced that the festival/experience would not be returning to the desert of Nevada this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and would instead be attempting a virtual event, once again aiming to bring attendees access to a handful of web-based experiences. Today, the Burning Man org released tickets […]
Mobile app development is a process of developing software for Cell phones for most platforms like Android, iOS, and Windows.Mobile Apps are also known as smartphone apps, Nowadays Mobile applications spread their wings in all industries like Health, sports, fashion, Clothing, electronics, beauty, and corporate businesses, and more.So Here we identified few trends in Mobile applications take a look.Trends in Mobile App solutions and technologyBuilding Apps for Foldable devices: Nowadays, many mobile organizations have begun building foldable mobile devices and become more well known in 2021, so you need to build your applications that run consistently on foldable devices.Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning enabled apps: In recent years, Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies are top trends in mobile apps, and more app development companies are begun to building creative mobile apps on these innovative technologies for example FaceApp which comes with an AI feature, ads age filter to user’s photo and shows how they look based on their life cycle when they are younger how they look when they are older how they will look and all.Chatbots enabled apps: Numerous businesses are incorporating Chatbots into their versatile applications to make a superior client relationship.IoT Enabled mobile apps: The interconnection of smart devices known as the internet of things.Well-known brands like Google, Amazon have adopted this innovative technology under their voice-controlled products.Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) enabled apps: These advanced technologies are one of the top trends in mobile application development, this technology is utilized more on gaming applications, and recently google developing this feature under google maps to tell the directions in real-time.
The ESA shared details on how this year's E3 will work. The show will center around an online app.
Retail giant Walmart announced this morning it’s acquiring the Tel Aviv-based startup Zeekit, which allows consumers to virtually “try on” clothing when shopping online. The company leverages a combination of real-time image processing, computer vision, deep learning and other AI technology to show shoppers how they would look in an item by way of a […]
The new PlayStation controller goes beyond white next month.
Video game developers are always looking for more realism in their games. The more realistic images look, the more engaging and immersive video games can be, particularly in virtual reality. Researchers from Intel Labs have presented a new approach to enhancing the realism of synthetic images. The images are enhanced by a convolutional network designed to leverage intermediate representations produced … Continue reading
Google's annual developer conference could be jam-packed with hardware and software updates.