Mixed Reality is the future

Early this year, I had the opportunity to attend TECH (K) NOW International Women’s Day Conference. During that event, I was surprised to see a group of people clustered around a person wearing a lensed headset and was trying to grab some dark objects flying in the air. Nonetheless, it was not VR; rather, it was a show of mixed reality. However, what was it?

Typically, a mixed reality headset appears like an actual VR, but in essence, the two sphere technologies are incredibly different. First, MR does not provide complete relocation app into a clear digital space; instead, it mixes the digital with the physical. It can be urged to mean augmented reality but in an immersive and thorough way. The sensors and cameras integrated onto the MR headset scan the immediate environment, create a three-dimensional map of the users around so that the devices know when, and where to insert digital items in real space that can then be interacted and manipulated with by the user.

As soon as I tried out the lenses the Mixed Reality I was immersed. In fact, I could not help, and I went ahead to imagine the enormous potentials such technology would have to the entire book industry. I wanted to share my thinking, so I sat with one of the founders of the mixed reality studio, Becky Jones, who was highlighting the recent technology to have her say a word.

It is important to note that MR hasn’t been used for narrative content yet; however, coming to think of what other industries have achieved with the technology gives a clear insight into the potentials for digital publishing. Other industries like construction and architecture have used the technology in design and creation. Products designers can as well use it to create 3-D models, instantly view them, and check the design before passing the product into the production line.

Without a doubt, MR is an excellent tool for collaborative design work. It has powerful lenses that allow several users to work together in the same MR space. Other key areas that make use of MR include training and development where medical educators can use it to create 3-D life-size virtual bodies to teach lessons about anatomy. Another commercial use of MR technology is the use of 3-D catalogues to show product replicas in retail industries.

The next step for MR, which is more technical, is to add a volumetric video technology. If this is implemented, it will allow users to feel navigate and feel virtual objects with voice and gestures to give a complete sensory experience. That notwithstanding, there is also a possibility about narrative. An MR headset could, for instance, know where you’re when narrating a story and animate certain characters and settings. You can imagine reading the book “The Hobbit”, and as you turn the pages, a dragonfly emerges from the room landing straight on your feet and remaining there until when end the reading the chapter. It will be amazing! It is undeniable that this experience will resonate well with kid’s book industry. Currently, Carlton Press is using augmented reality when dinosaurs pop out of your tablet as you read their books available in their Digital Magic runs.

With MR, authors, especially those who are adventurous enough, will have an excellent chance of opening up their stories to readers. It could become an audio-visual and virtual version of Wattpad, a well-known platform that provides readers and other users with the opportunity to add stories and comment. In the end, we shall have something like co-authors of each book!


Mobiles Roaming Charges – The Latest In EU

While the news that mobile roaming charges ending across the EU is a positive development, there are warnings to consumers. The warnings come in the form of unexpected costs and tariffs which could be charged to the customers. The abolishment of charges will happen from Thursday. This would mean that mobile phone users in UK can use their data, texts and calls across the entire EU as per the plan which they have signed up for.

What Is The Objective

Called as the Roam Like Home legislation, the plan has been started to prevent customers from receiving massive bills when they are downloading data of various types while they are moving in various parts of Europe. However, different service providers have different tariffs and plans. This could lead to unexpected costs to the customers. Around nine million mobile phone users in UK were in for a bill shock soon after they came from a holiday in the EU. This was based on research done by uSwitch a comparison website. It talked about the vulnerability of customers especially after the smart phone market exploded and the mobile data consumption went up quite significantly.

How It Will Impact UK Consumers

According to some research done by some Digital Marketing Agency professionals, consumers from UK are likely to benefit from this agreement, as long as the country remains a member of the EU. However, it is not clear whether they will continue to get this benefit when Brexit actually becomes a reality. However, according to the CEO of Vodafone, Vittorio Colao, Britons may not face a steep exit even after they exit Brexit. Vodafone is the largest mobile operator in Europe. According to him Switzerland which is not part of the EU gets this preference. Hence, why UK should also not be treated the same way? However, customers must be aware that even though UK is still a part of EU, these regulations apply only to roaming customers. It is not applicable for calling EU countries from the United Kingdom. This could lead to significant price variations.

It has been found that calling Spain from the United Kingdom could come with a cost of 9p as far as service provider Giffgaff is concerned. It could go up to 1.50 when it is done from the service provider O2. When the agreed call minutes, data and text are exceeded it will continue to be charged in the European Union. It will be the same as that in the UK. Different providers will charge different rates. This includes different countries and their roaming territories. Hence the charges will vary based on the plans customers choose. It include pay as you go plan, monthly plans and so on. When you choose O2 pay as you go plan, you will continue to be charged for roaming when you are in Channel Island, Monaco, Isle of Man, and Switzerland. However, O2 customers who opt for monthly plan will not be required to pay.

What About Turkey

It would also be pertinent to find out if Turkey is included in the ban. Only Vodafone has included this non-EU tourist destination in its roaming bundle, while others charge anything ranging from 69p to 1.65p a minute when it comes to calling home.

This is what Alex Neil, Managing Director of Home Product and Services had to say. “There will be many who will enjoy the benefits of the changes. They no longer will be unhappy making calls abroad. But it is always better to look at the plan you are choosing. Being unaware of this could bring in some unpleasant surprises in the next bill.

European Commissioner Gunter Oettinger believes that this agreement has the capacity to make EU come out with tangible results. This could go a long way in improving the overall life of Europeans. He believes that roaming charges might soon be a thing of the past.


Hindrances Between Mobile and Enterprise

On the World Environment Day, document software companies offer diverse solutions to businesses managers for saving costs and making their IT environments more efficient. Two environments overwhelm the IT guide dialogues nowadays: portable applications and legacy Windows. Windows is not going anyplace. It remains a piece of business culture all through the world; an arrangement of apparatuses that are as essential as the screwdrivers found in the device trunk of any skilled tradesperson. Portable applications, then again, are the sparkly new toys that can free our clients from the tying impact of current Windows. Also, they are developing to suit bigger screen sizes, even console extras.

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