Real-time translation with Google glasses, Cannes XR Awards and other news in AR/VR

Google AR glasses break the language barrier

There are over 7000 spoken languages in the world today. And more than 70 million deaf people worldwide.

How can technology help them connect to one another?

There have been notable developments like Google Translate or smart earbuds.

Starting this year, we have a new device developed by Google which leverages the power of AR: the Google AR glasses.

The glasses are a prototype but given their high level of usability, my guess is it won’t be long before they go into production.

Imagen, unprecedented photorealism

The Brain Team at Google Research has developed Imagen, a text-to-image diffusion model with an unprecedented degree of photorealism and a deep level of language understanding.

Imagen builds on the power of large transformer language models in understanding text and hinges on the strength of diffusion models in high-fidelity image generation.


Imagen, screenshot from imagen.research.google

Look at the image above, specifically the image descriptions. This is Imagen: the program received each text and transformed it into an image.

They look so real, that you can easily imagine they were created by a living breathing graphic designer!

Cannes XR Awards announced the 2022 winners

This year, Cannes XR received nearly 200 VR projects worldwide, with a wide range of genres, including 360 live-action, animation, interactive art, documentary, and narrative games.

Among them, 18 finalists stood out and competed for the two awards: Best VR Story and Best VR Interactive Experience.

Glimpse VR took the award for Best VR Interactive Experience

Glimpse VR is a breakup story with a high degree of emotional expression, exceptional design, and superb technical achievements.

The Best VR Story Award went to The Soloist VR

This is the story of Alex Honnold from the Oscar-winning documentary feature film Free Solo. In this work, the audience will follow the footsteps of Alex Honnold and witness the extreme climbing journey in human history.

The project uses the latest VR panoramic shooting technology to restore the uncanny quality of nature.

Firefighters train in AR to combat wildfires

According to experts, wildfires are getting bigger and more destructive costing people their health, their homes and their lives. Climate change is one of the reasons driving this dangerous trend.

Having an overview of the wildfire and training firefighters to respond to the situation quickly is paramount.

And now firefighters have a new state-of-the-art tool to help them train and manage urgent situations:


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