A Few of the articles we are reading.
- Apple’s indoor maps format is now a standard; here’s why that mattersby Jonny Evans on February 26, 2021 at 5:07 pm
Apple Maps is essential to future innovation, from autonomous vehicles to AR experiences, so it’s noteworthy that Apple’s own Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF) has been adopted as a community standard for indoor positioning services.What is IMDF? IMDF has been accepted as a community standard by the Open Geospatial Consortium in response to proposals from a cross-industry group that includes Apple, Google, Autodesk, and Ordnance Survey.To read this article in full, please click here
- How mixed reality (and Hololens) boosted productivity at Lockheed Martinby Rob Enderle on January 21, 2021 at 2:20 pm
Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.Mixed reality (MR) in the consumer market has been less than exciting, but it’s been a big hit in business — particularly in manufacturing and training. Lockheed Martin was one of the first companies to embrace this technology (along with other aerospace firms like Boeing). In a presentation this week, Lockheed Martin execs explained where the technology — which relies on Hololens — worked and where it could work in the future as it evolves. They also contrasted HoloLens I and II, saying the latter was far more useful over a more extended time. To read this article in full, please click here
- Cisco’s Webex vs. Arthur Digital and the future of collaboration and communicationby Rob Enderle on December 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Editor’s note: Cisco and Microsoft are clients of the author.Cisco Webex and Arthur this week had events focused on each company’s collaboration approach. Cisco made a significant move to finally eliminate phones that can’t do video, attempting to do what AT&T promised to do back in the 1960s: move to video phones. While Cisco is using its dominance in traditional office telephony to drive change, Arthur focuses on mixed reality. Its goal: blend the way we used to meet with how we need to meet in a post-pandemic world. To read this article in full, please click here
- iPhone 12 Pro, Apple and LiDAR in the enterpriseby Jonny Evans on November 26, 2020 at 4:16 pm
Both the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max possess Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanners. Why should it matter to your enterprise?What is LiDAR? LiDAR systems are capable of measuring how long it takes light to reflect back from a surface in order to measure the distance traveled and create 3D depth maps of what they see. The technology helps support realistic AR experiences and provides a huge boost to photography in low-light.LiDAR is not a new technology. It relies on tiny lasers that bounce light pulses against objects around them to figure out spatial information based on the journey it takes to send and return that light. Most people first became aware of it when it was used to help Apollo 15 map the moon’s surface. (NASA is now developing the technology for Mars missions.)To read this article in full, please click here
- Dell World: Exploring the school and, by proxy, office of the futureby Rob Enderle on October 23, 2020 at 10:00 am
Editor’s note: Dell is a client of the author.Like most tech events this year, Dell Technologies World is virtual. And like most companies, Dell is adjusting to the New Normal where most employees are still — and may remain — working from home. During the opening keynote of this year’s event, Dell CTO, John Roese presented a blended view of the future for several of the vertical markets Dell serves. For instance, he implied that medical care in the future would likely, at least in some cases, arrive in some autonomous vehicle/office as a more efficient and safe way to provide services in the post-pandemic world. To read this article in full, please click here
- China Charges Ahead With a National Digital Currencyby Nathaniel Popper and Cao Li on March 1, 2021 at 10:00 am
The electronic Chinese yuan is now being tested in cities such as Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing. No other major power is as far along with a homegrown digital currency.
- Amazon Moves From Film Industry’s Margins to the Mainstreamby Nicole Sperling on March 1, 2021 at 12:08 am
With several films competing for Golden Globes on Sunday and a number of high-priced movies coming this year, the streaming service has altered its reputation in Hollywood.
- Seniors Seeking Vaccines Have a Problem: They Can’t Use the Internetby Kellen Browning on February 28, 2021 at 7:13 pm
Older adults living alone often lack access or an understanding of technology, and many are unsure how to sign up for an appointment.
- Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concernsby Maria Cramer and Christine Hauser on February 27, 2021 at 11:57 pm
The New York Police Department has been testing Digidog, which it says can be deployed in dangerous situations and keep officers safer, but some fear it could become an aggressive surveillance tool.
- Facebook, Amazon and Others Restrict Online Sales of Masksby Andrew Jacobs on February 27, 2021 at 9:26 pm
Scientists are urging Americans to upgrade their face coverings. But Amazon, Google and Facebook restrict the sale of medical-grade masks. Critics say the rules are outdated.