Un trajet simplifié grace à la réalité augmentée dans Google Maps

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Google ne cesse de créer le buzz avec ses innovations toujours plus poussées. L’objectif reste la simplification du quotidien pour les utilisateurs. Et cette fois, c’est Google Maps qui est visé par une invention incroyable en lien avec la réalité augmentée. La première version bêta de cette nouveauté sera disponible dans quelques jours !

Une nouvelle version de Google Maps

Qui ne se sert pas de Google Maps pour se déplacer en voiture ? Il faut bien avouer que c’est très pratique et que les trajets sont quand même plus simples. D’autant plus que l’application fonctionne en temps réel et vous indique même les embouteillages ! Mais c’est une toute nouvelle version de Google Maps qui va débarquer dans quelques jours.

Cette fois, Google va vous proposer de la réalité augmentée. En effet, on parle de « Live View », une nouvelle option qui permettra de mieux vous repérer dans l’espace. On a tout simplement l’impression d’être dans la réalité. Les plans sont ultra réalistes et les itinéraires largement simplifiés. De quoi ravir ceux qui font beaucoup de route !

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Un trajet simplifié

Cette innovation proposée par Google Maps ne sera pas disponible sur tous les appareils. En effet, le géant américain a publié une liste complète des appareils qui seront compatibles à cette nouvelle version de Google Maps. La version bêta sera disponible simultanément dans toutes les langues et sur tous les marchés.

C’est donc bel et bien l’arrivée de la réalité augmentée dans votre quotidien. Et ça pourrait bien être une véritable révolution dans la manière de vous guider ! Désormais, l’application utilisera l’écran du smartphone pour ajouter une couche d’informations par-dessus le monde réel. Cette nouvelle fonctionnalité est tout simplement fascinante !

Surveillez bien vos smartphones, une mise à jour de Google Maps devrait être disponible très bientôt !

Designing the Future: When Fact Meets Fiction

Technology Evolution vs Movie’s Integration

 – Head of Innovation

From Hoverboards to smartwatches, Jetpacks to autonomous cars, AI, AR and VR. Hollywood sets the bar high, then we try to deliver against this with real design, technology and innovation.

First presented at Smart IoT London, April 2016. This keynote references:

The Terminator
I, Robot
2001: A Space Odyssey
Back To The Future
Minority Report
Lawnmower Man
The Void
Star Wars
Demolition Man
Johnny Mnemonic
Star Trek
Murder She Wrote
Mission Impossible
TRON: Legacy
James Bond
Total Recall
Dick Tracy
Knight Rider
Iron Man
Oculus Rift

How does this help you? Watch the presentation…

8 Google Glass business apps that are changing the world – Computer Business Review

8 Google Glass business apps that are changing the world - Computer Business Review

by Amy-jo Crowley| 15 August 2014

CBR presents eight real-life examples of the specs in action at work.

1. Warehouse management

E-fulfilment firm Active Ants, which ships products for 50 online stores, has developed an order-picking App for Google Glass, which it says has helped its staff pick up online orders faster.

The Netherlands-based company gave Google Glass, along with a custom-built stock app, to its warehouse workers in May. Initial results showed that it reduced error rates by 12% and an increased stock picking speed by 15%.

2. The Military

Soldiers on battlefields could also benefit from Google Glass, which would allow them to shoot without needing to be in a position to see their target.

Firearms company TrackingPoint has developed an app called Shotview for its smart rifle, which streams video in real-time from the Heads Up Display of the rifle to Glass.

This allows soldiers to aim and fire from around corners and behind walls at distances up to 1,200 yards away.

The Air Force is also testing Google Glass for possible battlefield applications.

3. Hospitality

Acme Hotel Company began offering Glass to guests as a complimentary loan during their stay In June, according to the New York Times. The gadget is being offered as an exclusive free amenity at the Chicago-based hotel.

San Francisco-based Stanford Court Hotel also started lending Glass to guests who book the ‘Google Glass Explorer Package’ in May. The deal includes two nights stay during which time guests will be given a tutorial on how to use the device. It also includes a guide on how to avoid appearing creepy while wearing it.

4. Airlines

Virgin Atlantic staff will soon be wearing Glass at Heathrow airport in efforts to speed up check-ins for business class passengers and improve customer service following a successful six week trial earlier this year.

Virgin said Glass will be used to update passengers on the latest flight information, weather and local events at their destination and translate foreign languages.

The technology could also be used to tell airline staff their passengers’ dietary and refreshments requirements.

5. Museums

GuidiGO, a startup that provides apps for art and culture, says it is partnering with museums around the world after being one of five companies selected by Google for its Glass at Work programme in June.

The Paris and New York-based firm says it has been testing its Guido for Glass app at two museums in the US for the last few months successfully.

The app, which uses image recognition technology, allows glass wearers to identify paintings and other works of art at museums and galleries. It also includes voice commands, such as “start a tour” or “take a picture”, narrated audio guidance, video, maps and indoor and outdoor navigation to guide users around the sites.

6. Journalism

Film makers in New York used Google Glass for a documentary to show what life is like the Caribbean islanders and Orthodox Hasidic Jews who live there.

Hannah Roodman told Journalism.co.uk the use of Glass provided a more subtle approach to film-making that helped to relax the subjects.

“I think Glass takes you to a place you can’t go by yourself or with a regular camera,” she said in January.

“For instance, as a film maker, I’m not going to get the same quality and personality of a church pastor as he addresses his congregation. I’m not going to be able to get that intimacy that Google Glass captures when he’s up there on the altar.”

It’s also being used in the academic field. Robert Hernandez, a web journalism professor at the University of Southern California, has developed a ‘Glass Journalism’ course, which includes a module on how to create journalism content with wearables.

7. Police Force

Police in New York and Dubai have begun testing Google Glass this year to see if the wearable computer could be useful in law enforcement.

In February, a New York City law enforcement official told VentureBeat: “We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes. We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”

The Dubai Police Smart Services Department are also testing two applications for traffic violations and helping authorities to identify wanted cars.

8. Medicine

Drchrono, a California-based startup, developed an app that it claims is the first “wearable health record” that allows doctors and health professionals to store and access patient data.

Developed in June, doctors can use the free app to record consultations with patients or in surgery, with videos and photos stored in the patient’s electronic medical record or in Box, a cloud-based storage and collaboration service.

The firm, which produced the first mobile electronic health record for the iPad, said: “Our vision of making providers more mobile began with the announcement of the iPad in 2010, which eventually led to us creating the best mobile EHR on the market.

Since then, we’ve been striving to push the envelope with new technologies to optimise your ability to provide the best care available.

“Enter Google Glass. As a companion to the tablet, imagine being able to chart, take photos, and see your patient’s vitals without lifting a finger… And that’s just the beginning.”

Total iBeacon shipments will blow past 60 million units by 2019 | Cult of Mac

Total iBeacon shipments will blow past 60 million units by 2019 | Cult of Mac.


Apple’s iBeacon tech has been a boon for retail stores looking to advertise deals to customers on a per-location basis, but according to the a new report, retail is only smallest market iBeacons have tapped into.

In five years a swarm of 60 million iBeacons and other Bluetooth LE beacons will have invaded the US market, says a report from ABI Research, all thanks to new applications in everything from enterprise, hospital management, smart homes and personal device tracking:

“It may surprise many to see that retail is the smallest market covered in the report,” says ABI senior analyst Patrick Connolly. “In building terms, many stores are relatively small in comparison to a corporate office or hospital, while the items being tracked i.e. consumers, are already BLE-enabled through their smartphones, further limiting the number of beacons required.”

iOS 7 made Apple’s iBeacon API available to the public last fall. Since its introduction, iBeacons have been implemented by  the MLBbarstheme parks, and tons of retailers,

Apple doesn’t stand to make much of the $500 million in revenue the beacons will generate by 2019, as it doesn’t make the hardware, but a number of startups like Quuppa, Sonic Notify and StickNFind have emerged bringing extended capabilities with lower profit margins.

Other companies like Gimbal are looking to cash in on iBeacons by playing the long game of beacon network management, but Apple and Google have the best opportunity to make fat stacks by using your personal location data to serve ads and services not just at the mall, but museums, sports stadiums, parks, restaurants, and pretty much anywhere else you can find an electric outlet.

Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/286670/ibeacons-shipments-will-pass-60-million-2019/#DXga6zWC3OVkYZrY.99

iBeacon connecte le retail, … et beaucoup plus.

Publié le 10/07/2014 par Marie J. Guillet

Acheter, voyager, s’informer, se divertir… Pas un secteur de nos vies ne semble échapper à ces nouvelles petites balises qui se déploient à toute vitesse. Exemples.

iBeacon : la déferlante qui connecte le retail, entre autre !

Impossible de faire le tour de toutes les implantations d’iBeacon tant les initiatives se multiplient : magasins, centres commerciaux, aéroports, galeries d’art, musées… pas un domaine ne semble échapper à cette nouvelle technologie venue des États-Unis et dont la France s’empare avec fébrilité. 

Le principe est tout simple : une petite balise émet en permanence un signal qui, capté par une application mobile, transmet des informations.

Le retail en première ligne

Il y a quelques semaines, ici même, nous vous informions de l’ouverture du centre commercial LesTerrasses du Port, à Marseille (lire ici l’article). Depuis, 250 balises ont été implantées à travers le centre pour permettre aux magasins d’envoyer, via l’appli mobile des Terrasses du Port, des messages ciblés (mot de bienvenue, offres promotionnelles…) à leur clientèle. Seule condition pour que celle-ci les reçoivent : avoir téléchargé et ouvert l’application mobile des Terrasses, et avoir activé l’option “Bluetooth” de son smartphone. (Installation par la société allemande Match2blue).

Autre lieu, autre usage, même bénéfice : faciliter le parcourt client. La grande distribution n’est pas en reste. Après le projet d’Auchan dans le nord, c’est l’hypermarché Carrefour du centre commercial de Villeneuve-la-Garenne qui vient de déployer une installation d’iBeacon.

Toujours via une application, celle de l’enseigne, plus de 200 balises envoient aux clients qui l’ont téléchargée sur leur smartphone des parcours dans le magasin, établis selon la liste des courses. Des offres commerciales devraient suivre rapidement. (Installation par Insiteo).

Et maintenant, le paiement !

Troisième et dernier exemple qui montre la versatilité de l’outil iBeacon, le paiement sur mobile. La société française SmartBeacon a mis au point une technologie de paiement qui s’intègre à n’importe quelle application mobile et permet d’associer une balise à un produit. Lorsque le client s’approche dudit produit, il est détecté par la balise qui envoie la fiche de l’article sur le mobile du client, avec l’option : “voulez-vous l’acheter?”. Si oui, le client pose simplement son doigt sur le bouton de reconnaissance d’empreinte digitale et le paiement est fait, associé à un compte Paypal.

Aujourd’hui, notre solution fonctionne sous iOS 8, disponible dans deux mois, parce qu’il intègre la reconnaissance des empreintes digitales pour une sécurité maximum. Mais on est en train de développer notre solution pour tous les téléphones dépourvus de lecteur d’empreintes, sous iOs ou Android. La protection se fera avec un code secret supplémentaire“, explique Hermann Angoula, co-fondateur et CTO de SmartBeacon.

Oublier sa carte de crédit ou son portefeuille ne sera plus une excuse pour ne pas faire d’achats!


Samsung is making a VR headset for its phones and tablets

Samsung is making a VR headset for its phones and tablets.

Samsung is known for its ubiquitous Galaxy smartphones and tablets, popular smart televisions and, most recently, smartwatches. The Korean consumer electronics giant is about to enter another major new category: virtual reality headsets. We’re told by sources close to Samsung that a virtual reality headset is not only in the works at the company’s mobile division, but it’s set to be announced this year. The urgency is said to be a measure of beating Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus to market. Some developers already have early versions of the headset, which — at least in the development stages — is powered by flagship Galaxy devices (think: Note 3, Galaxy S5). The consumer model, however, is said to require the power of next-gen, unannounced Galaxy phones and tablets.

First things first, what are we talking about here specifically? A peripheral. We’re talking about a virtual reality headset — along the lines of Oculus Rift, but more akin to the Android-powered GameFace Labs prototype (seen below) — created by Samsung, powered by Samsung products. This is not the rumored “Galaxy Glass” project.

We’re told it has an OLED screen, as good or better than in the second Rift dev kit; it’s not clear how the headset connects to your phone/tablet, but we’re guessing it’s a wired connection rather than wireless. Given VR’s reliance on immediacy, a wired setup is a requirement (any lag introduced breaks the immersion, and often makes people sick). It’s also not clear how, or if, Samsung’s VR headset tracks head movement depth-wise. In the case of both Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift, separate cameras face the player and track depth by reading sensors on the respective headsets.

Beyond beating the competition to market, Samsung’s said to be targeting a lower price tier with its headset. Don’t expect anything too low — we’re still talking about a VR headset — but the idea again is to undercut Oculus and Sony. Unlike Galaxy Gear smartwatches, we’re told that Samsung’s in-house OS, Tizen, doesn’t play a part in the VR headset.

This is a device meant for use with games. What type of games? Android games! Sure, but which ones? That’s certainly the question. Great games make the platform, and VR games are especially tough to crack given the newness of the medium. One thing’s for sure: most major games won’t work on VR as direct ports. Something like Minecraft VR makes sense on paper, but does it actually play well?

That question, and many more surrounding Samsung’s VR headset, remain a mystery. For now! Perhaps you know more? We’d love for you to get in touch! We’ll have more on Samsung’s virtual reality plans as we hear more; for now, the official line from Korea is, “Samsung doesn’t comment on rumor and speculation.”

Trends 2014 – onboard technology ex: Audi’s New Dashboard Gives Us Beautiful Information Overload (Wired.com)

Audi’s New Dashboard Gives Us Beautiful Information Overload | Autopia | Wired.com.


The new dash of the Audi TT will be fully configurable, with a choice of a map view or traditional gauges. Photo: Audi

The new dash of the Audi TT will be fully configurable, with a choice of a map view or traditional gauges. Photo: Audi

Dashboard gauges are so 20th century. The dash of the future is a flat, high-resolution, and fully customizable. And that’s what the next Audi TT will have when it lands in showrooms later this year.

At CES Audi showed off a full-sized mockup of the TT’s new interior, and the crown jewel is a 12.3-inch LCD screen behind the steering wheel that can toggle between a traditional tachometer and speedometer and a massive map with infotainment and navigation displays flanked by small virtual gauges.

Inputs are handled through Audi’s next-generation Multi-Media Interface control knob mounted behind the stick. It has fewer buttons but gets the latest iteration of Audi’s touchpad that allows you to write characters with your finger rather than endlessly scrolling through the alphabet.

The other notable bit is the removal of the traditional climate controls in the center console. Instead, the driver and passenger can change the interior temperature by twisting a knurled metal knob in the center of the vents, complete with a TFT display showing the fan speed and air temp.

Climate controls and temperature read-outs are exactly where they should be: in the vents. Photo: Audi

Climate controls and temperature read-outs are exactly where they should be: in the vents. Photo: Audi