Flash-based AR Gets High-Quality Markerless Upgrade

first_imgchris cameron 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Augmented Reality#web Flash is much more accessible to both consumers and developers, meaning support from a major vendor like Total Immersion could encourage many more brands to use augmented reality. The company has a large network of partner developers that use the D’Fusion software to create hundreds of AR apps each year, and now the massive population of Flash developers can join in on the fun.The company has a demo of a Web-based AR app built using Flash (see video above), and it runs very smoothly – exceptionally smooth, in fact. The demo invites users to print out a flier of a lunar landscape and hold it infront of their webcam, triggering the appearance of a robotic rover complete with animations and sound. I don’t have a printer, but the application was still able to recognize and track my movements very well even though I used a reflective laptop screen to display the flier. The company also has fascinating aspirations for the future of Web-based augmented reality – including its use from within mobile Web browsers. As the number of smartphones with front-facing cameras and Flash support increases, developers should be able to launch AR products on the Web that can also be viewed on mobile devices. Total Immersion North American product marketing and presales manager Jason Smith agreed during a phone discussion today that this is an area the company is looking into with anticipation. Smith says they need to investigate the hardware capabilities of the the current handsets, because the quality of the experience would hinges significantly on the ability to access the graphics processor on the device. He added that he doesn’t see this happening with Flash Lite, but possibly with full versions of Flash coming to Android devices soon. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts One of the turning points in the evolution of augmented reality (AR) was the porting of the ARToolKit – an open?source software library for building AR experiences – to the widely accessible Adobe Flash platform. The toolkit allowed Flash developers to easily create computer vision AR applications and opened the door to a flood of AR development. These days, brands looking to use AR to market their products have looked to AR vendors for solutions, and now one of the largest – Total Immersion – is now also offering Flash support within its proprietary AR development software. D’Fusion, the company’s suite of AR development software, has previously been available to develop desktop, Web-based, mobile and public kiosk-based AR applications. With the release of D’Fusion for Adobe Flash, users of the software will now be able to build AR applications for the Web that can run without installing extra plugins beyond Flash. While Flash-based AR is nothing new, even to other vendors like seac02 and metaio, added support from Total Immersion is significant because it provides large brands with additional robust and secure Flash offerings in the AR market. Earlier solutions, like the FLARToolkit, required the use of very basic markers, such as quick response (QR) codes, for tracking. D’Fusion for Adobe Flash includes Total Immersion’s markerless tracking technology which allows 3D objects to be superimposed on images, not just blocky black and white triggers.The company’s expansion to the Flash platform is also a big step forward for AR standards – an effort CEO Bruno Uzzan is strongly behind. I spoke with North American GM Greg Davis today about how Flash support fits in with the company’s vision for AR standards. One of the keys to standardizing the AR industry is creating solutions that are at a high level of quality. Davis says Total Immersion has been working with both its European R&D lab and Adobe on its Flash solution for well over a year in order to bring a stable and flexible product to its development partners. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday July 15 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, July 15, 2019:#1) PJ Storytime At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a PJ Storytime at 6:30pm. Wear your snuggly pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more! Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.#2) Zodiac Cross Stitch CraftThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Zodiac Cross Stitch Craft at 2pm. Weave the stars together with this zodiac cross-stitch craft! Create your own zodiac sign in a 3” hoop. Whether you’re new to cross-stitching, or a long time sewing master, you’ll love this easy to do unique craft! Led by avid crafter and needle worker, Nancy Kirwin. All supplies included. Register at the Front Desk. $10 supply fee. For ages 16 and up.#3) Vacation Bible School StartsAbundant Life (173 Church Street, Wilmington) is hosting an ecumenical Vacation Bible School from Monday, July 15, 2019 to Friday, July 19, 2019, from 9am to noon.The camp, which is designed for ages 4 to kids who have completed Grade 5, is a collaborative effort from all Wilmington churches.  This year’s theme is “ROAR!.”The camp costs $35 per child, with a $75 family maximum. Camp t-shirts cost $8 each.  Applications are available online HERE.#4) Girls Soccer & Volleyball Clinics StartDuring the summer, the Wilmington High School Athletic Department will be sponsoring a series of sports clinics for children in Grades 1-8.The clinics will be held at the Wilmington Middle School (25 Carter Lane). Please note this is a change from last year’s high school location.All clinics will be run by WHS Coaches, Alumni and Athletes.The cost of each clinic is $175 per child per clinic with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, which has a cost $150 per child.  Additional clinic enrollment is discounted $25 per clinic.  (I.e. Siblings attending camps are $175 each; the next camp is $150 per child per clinic).Here is the summer sports clinic schedule:June 17 to June 21: Boys Basketball, Field HockeyJune 24 to June 28: Girls Basketball, Flag FootballJuly 1 to July 5 (no clinic on July 4): Boys Soccer, TrackJuly 8 to July 12: All SportsJuly 15 to July 19: Girls Soccer, VolleyballAll clinics, with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, will run 8:30am-2:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am -12:30pm on Friday. Boys Soccer and Track will run 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday- Friday (no session on 7/4).The focus of each clinic is the development of skills through activity based drills and scrimmages. The ultimate goal of the clinics is to develop children who enjoy participating in athletics.For additional clinic information and registration forms, click HERE.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 2, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Bangladeshi immigrant Nina Ahmad to run for Congress

first_imgBangladeshi immigrant Nina Ahmad has resigned as deputy mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to run for US Congress Cap: Nina Ahmad.Nina Ahmad is one of the strongest candidates among the Bangladeshi immigrants aspiring to join mainstream politics in the United States so far. Recently she resigned as deputy mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to run for Congress.Nina talked about her preparations for the Congress election during a conversation with Prothom Alo on Thursday. She resigned her post as deputy mayor on 30 September to contest in the election against Congressman Robert Brady, a current member of Democratic Party. She had to leave the post to be nominated in the Congress election. Nina Ahmad will contest as a Democrat member from congressional district-1, consisting Philadelphia City of Chester, a part of Central Philadelphia, and another part of south Philadelphia. If she wins in the primary stage, her chance of victory in the main election will be quite strong.Nina previously served on president’s ‘Advisory Commission of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders’ being appointed by former president Barack Obama. She resigned after Donald Trump has sworn as US president on 20 January this year.  Congressman Robert Brady is the member of Democratic Party who has been under federal scrutiny in a case that snared his two top cohorts. So Brady’s candidacy in November election remains uncertain.On the other hand, Nina has been working in support of immigrants’ rights and respect for more than two decades. She is very popular among the black American, Asian, and Hispanic population. As 78 per cent of the residents of Philadelphia are Democrat supporters, Nina will certainly be at an advantage.Nina told Prothom Alo, “As an immigrant, a woman and a social activist, I am expecting support from people of all spheres.” She said she would start campaigning before Christmas. Earlier, Hashem Clark was the first Bangladeshi congressman in US from 2011 to 2013. Many other Bangladeshi immigrants have participated in the Congress election but never won. Nina Ahmad comparatively has the best chance to win so far.*This item, originally published in Prothom Alo online, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Special Counsel Files New Charge In Russia Probe

first_img Share AP Photo/Charles DharapakFormer FBI Director Robert Mueller is seated before President Barack Obama and FBI Director James Comey arrive at an installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election has charged an attorney with lying to federal investigators about his interactions with a former Trump campaign official, according to court papers made public Tuesday.Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom until he was fired last year, appeared at court later Tuesday at a plea hearing.The charge does not involve election meddling or relate to the Trump campaign’s operations. It stems from a part of the special counsel’s investigation into Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, and Rick Gates, a former campaign aide and longtime business associate of Manafort.Manafort and Gates are accused of directing a covert Washington lobbying campaign on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests. The lobbying effort was part of political consulting work that Manafort and Gates carried out before they joined the Trump campaign.Gates and Manafort were indicted last year and accused of conspiring to launder millions of dollars they earned from political consulting work in Ukraine. Both have pleaded not guilty.Van der Zwaan is accused of lying to investigators about his interactions with Gates during an interview with the FBI late last year, according to the charging document filed in federal court in Washington. David Mills and Laura Grossfield Birger, attorneys for van der Zwaan, did not immediately return email and phone messages Tuesday afternoon.Van der Zwaan’s plea hearing Tuesday comes on the heels of an extraordinary indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller last week that charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a hidden social media effort to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and boosting the chances of Trump.According to the court filing, prosecutors say van der Zwaan lied about his role in the production of a report on the trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. She is a political foe of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whose political party was a client of Gates and Manafort.Van der Zwaan is accused of lying during an interview with prosecutors and FBI agents on Nov. 3, 2017, about the timing of his last communication with Gates and an unidentified person described as “Person A.”Van der Zwaan told investigators that he last texted with Gates in mid-August 2016 and his last contact with Person A was in 2014 when he discussed the person’s family. But prosecutors say that wasn’t true.In fact, they say he had discussed the Tymoshenko report with Gates and Person A in September 2016 during a phone call that he surreptitiously recorded. They also say Van der Zwaan deleted emails sought by the special counsel’s office including one between him and Person A from September 2016.Matt Rourke, File, APIn this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law.The Tymoshenko report was cited in the 12-count indictment against Manafort and Gates. It accuses the two men of acting as unregistered lobbyists in connection with the rollout of the report, which was commissioned by the Ukrainian government. According to the indictment, Manafort and Gates “used one of their offshore accounts to funnel $4 million to pay secretly for the report.”The report was authored by the law firm, Skadden, Arps. Van der Zwaan’s now-defunct LinkedIn page lists him as an associate in the London office of the law firm.On Tuesday, Skadden Arps released a statement saying it had fired van der Zwaan last year. The firm said it “has been cooperating with authorities in connection with this matter.”It did not say what led to the firing. The charging document notes that the emails van der Zwaan is accused of deleting and withholding from the special counsel’s office were also sought by the law firm, which is referred to as “Law Firm A.”Last year, van der Zwaan married the daughter of Ukrainian-Russian billionaire German Khan, according to the Russian editions of Forbes and Tatler magazines.The lavish wedding to Khan’s daughter, Eva, was held at Luton Hoo, a historic mansion-turned golf hotel outside London. The three-day event included a Russian party complete with a Cossack choir and guests dressed in Russian folk costumes, according to the magazines.Khan, who was born in Kiev, shares control of Russia’s biggest financial and industrial investment conglomerate, Alfa Group, with fellow billionaires Mikhail Fridman and Alexei Kuzmichev.Forbes estimates Khan is worth $10 billion.last_img read more

Judge Denies Request For Change Of Venue In Trial For The Murder

first_imgPhotos provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO)Terry and Chauna Thompson mugshotsJudge Kelli Johnson denied Friday, April 13, a change of venue requested by former Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband Terry Thompson regarding their upcoming trials for the murder of John Hernandez at a local Denny’s restaurant last year. Judge Johnson leads the 178th Criminal Court and, according to a clerk from her court, she said she doesn’t think there is prejudice that could negatively affect the trials.The Thompsons had argued that, because of the publicity surrounding the case, they couldn’t get a fair trial in Harris County.Several Houston-based civic and community organizations protested in the weeks after Hernandez’s killing, which occurred in May 2017 at a Denny’s restaurant located in Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston.Terry Thompson killed Hernandez during a physical confrontation in which he placed him on a choke hold as his wife was by his side.Thompson reportedly confronted Hernandez because he was urinating outside of the restaurant.Terry Thompson’s trial is scheduled to start on May 18th and Chauna Thompson’s trial is scheduled to start on June 1st.UPDATE: Chauna and Terry Thompson, leaving courtroom after judge denies change of venue motion request by the couple. The two have been charged with the murder, in chokehold death of John Hernandez, that happened near a Crosby Denny’s. Full story @noon on #khou11 pic.twitter.com/CUIKXyr54M— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) April 13, 2018 Share #BREAKING::: #HarrisCounty judge denies motion for a change of venue for Chauna and Terry Thompson. Both accused of murdering #JohnHernandez May 2017. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/J7NNYdnwYw— Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) April 13, 2018last_img read more

Never seen torture as inflicted by BJP workers Central Forces Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee expressed her unhappiness over the way the elections have been conducted in the state. After casting her vote at Bhowanipore Mitra Institution, Banerjee alleged that the BJP used the Central Forces to inflict atrocities on the people. She also accused the Central Forces of being “extra-active”. Banerjee was accompanied by Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Gardens) at the KMC Debasish Kumar.”I have never seen this type of election in the past. The torture that was inflicted on TMC workers and the people in general is simply unprecedented. BJP used the Central Force jawans to create trouble in the state and inflict atrocities on people,” Banerjee told the reporters while leaving the polling booth. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAn official statement issued by the Trinamool Congress on Sunday afternoon alleged that the Central Forces took orders from the BJP and mercilessly beat up citizens and Trinamool workers. Even bombs were hurled. The statement says: “After being briefed from the BJP headquarters, the Central Forces are performing an unprecedented role in Bengal. They have now resorted to intimidation and torture. They are mercilessly beating up Trinamool workers. We are against violence and want the polling process to be peaceful…” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHigh handedness of the Central Forces and incidents of intimidating voters by a section of the jawans were reported from various places under Barasat Parliamentary constituency on Sunday. Trinamool Congress candidate from Barasat Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar alleged that the Central Force jawans asked the voters standing in the queue outside Deganga Gobindapur Primary School to cast their votes in favour of the BJP. Ghosh Dastidar went to the school on Sunday morning and an altercation broke out between her and the Central Force jawans at the polling booth. She alleged that the jawans deployed at the polling booth urged the voters to cast their votes in favour of BJP. Later in the day, Ghosh Dastidar staged a sit-in demonstration in front of New Town police station to protest against the activities of the Central Forces. She added that the Central Force jawans were chanting ‘Jay Shri Ram’ slogan and tore apart the flexes of Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee. “The Central Force jawans acted as BJP’s goons. Can a jawan damage the flexes in this manner with a slogan of ‘Jay Shri Ram’. Service rule does not permit them to do so. Steps would be taken against them. We have the video in our possession,” Ghosh Dastidar said. It may also be mentioned that some local villagers from Pakda area of Sashan under Barasat constituency staged demonstration in front of the Central Force jawans alleging that they tried to convince people to cast their votes in favour of BJP. A mob also ransacked a police vehicle. The Central Force jawans had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the mob. In another development, some local residents from Haroa’s Bakjuri village caught a BJP activist who impersonated as a police officer and tried to indulge in false voting. In the face of police interrogation, the accused broke down. He was later arrested.last_img read more