Augmented Reality always had a upper hand over Virtual Reality . The ability to be present across millions of devices without buying any seperate device.
Apple realised the potential of AR first and it revealed the ARkit on iOS 11 during WWDC 2017.
Google realised it and came up with its very own AR platform called ARcore for Android
This isn’t Google’s first attempt at AR , earlier it had introduced Project Tango which requires specialized hardware like cameras and sensors while ARcore doesn’t.
According to Google, ARcore has 3 features:
1: Motion Tracking:Determining position and orientation of device as it moves.
2: Environmental Understanding: Using camera to detect flat surfaces.
3:Light Estimation: Which allows the virtual objects to cast accurate shadows and fit in with the surroundings.
As Google said it is targeting 100 million Android devices starting today with Google’s flagship Pixel and Samsung S8 , running Nougat 7.0 and above.
Along with ARcore , Google has introduced Blocks and Tiltbrush to easily create 3D content for AR apps.
Also it has released prototype browser allowing web developers to create AR enhanced websites.
Let us know what you think about AR. Peace!
It’s Live. Video calling from Whatsapp is now possible.
Here is how you can make video calls from Whatsapp?
- First of all, You will need to upgrade your whatsapp from a relevant app store. Or you can visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download/ to download the latest version on your phone.
- Select a contact that you want to connect with over a video call.
- Make sure your Whatsapp Contact also has an updated version or else you may get an error as given below.
- Press the call button next to the contact name & a pop-up will open from there . it will give you 2 options to select from as given below. Select the video call option & you will be connected over the video call.
Skype has dominated the video calling market for a long time. In fact for a lot of us Skype is a synonym to video calling. It will be interesting to see how video whatsapp calling feature is being used.
One thing is for sure, if this feature works out well, it will definitely eliminate the need of using multiple apps for mobile communications.
Here are a few quick questions that might help you to make sure a great video call experience.
Q. Can you make a Whatsapp video call on a 2G network?
A. Technically yes, but considering the speed limitations – don’t expect the call experience as impressive.
2. What type of Internet is recommended for Video Calls?
A. If you are using WiFi – about 100 KBPS of download & upload speed should be good enough for a video call.
B. If you are on a 3g network or a 4g network (Jio 4g, Vodafone 4g, Airtel 4g or Idea 4g) – you can expect to have a great video calling experience.
3. Is the call realtime? How fast is the call?
Video calls on whatsapp appear a lot more faster than Duo & Skype.
A. We tried making a video call on a relatively slower WiFi network (100 KBPS upload/download speed) – there was a delay of about 2 seconds in the call.
B. On a 4g network the delay was only of about 1 second.
Go give it a try & do share your first whatsapp video call experience.
Remote controls & cell phones are an integral part of our lives. We can live without food for a day but definitely not without a remote control & a cellphone. (OK I know that’s a little too much).
Point is did you know your phone camera & remote control are good friends?
One of my ACs stopped accepting commands from it’s remote & as you can imagine it was a pretty frustrating experience. I tried everything from changing the batteries to 2 tight slaps for the remote (typical Indian Jugaad).
Later when I called my AC repair service, the mechanic gave me this idea. He told me we can check if a remote is working or not just by pressing the remote buttons in front of a cellphone camera.
The thing is remote controls have a light emitting diode that are pretty fast & they emmit signals in a fraction of a second. Making it almost difficult for the human eye to see things in action.
Mobile phones on the other hand process images & are slightly slower, hence they are able to show the light processing with a brief delay.
So next time before start slapping your remote or think the battery is dead, use this trick to make sure if your remote is working fine.