Engineers started experimenting with the first wearable computers back in the 1970s. While the first prototypes, which already had some AR capabilities, were large and bulky, over time the introduction of new memory chips and processors allowed designers to make these devices smaller, lighter and more powerful.
It's already happening: a new layer of reality can be seen everywhere around us – from Pokemon Go, the smartphone game, with its mysterious creatures roaming the streets of our cities, to medical software, where surgeons can actually peer inside the human body. Learn how augmented reality apps can be used by police officers, artists, writers and college students. Discover new AR gadgets - from special LED displays to powerful and lightweight holographic headsets. Listen to our special series "Parallel Universe: How Augmented Reality Is Changing People's Lives."
In 2015 Google introduced Google Glass, adding an extra visual layer to people's reality. The project was terminated shortly after, following heated debates over privacy issues. However, it didn't stop other companies from developing their own augmented reality gadgets.
While augmented reality is becoming a very popular tool for video game developers, its capabilities go well beyond digital entertainment. Doctors use AR to study the human body and police are testing AR-enabled body cameras for crime scene investigation.
In 2016 the augmented reality game Pokemon Go became a global phenomenon and an extremely profitable mobile app. However, the game's developer Niantic wasn't first in creating an alternate digital layer of reality, which captured the imagination of gaming fans worldwide.
Augmented reality is now being used in dozens of applications – in space exploration, medicine, video games and archaeology. But even though it relies heavily on today's technology, AR, which adds extra visual layers to reality, was first mentioned way before the invention of TVs, computers and smartphones.
Imagine the future 900 years from now, where our planet is part of the United Empire Of Earth, and it’s really hard to become citizen of that empire. This is the plot of the videogame “Star Citizen”, which is currently being developed as a crowdfunded project.
Open world video games have been around for decades, but now they are becoming more popular than ever. Gaming consoles that can connect to the internet cost less than 200 US dollars, and home PCs are more powerful than ever, meaning players can enjoy more and more immersive experiences - from driving around the streets of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto to exploring millions of unique planets in No Man’s Sky. See what the gaming industry has to offer when it comes to virtual worlds and learn about upcoming game releases. Listen to our special series “Open World Computer Games: From “Sandboxes” To Endless Galaxies”.
Chased by heavily armed soldiers, John Marston wants to protect his family and is eventually killed in a stand-off against a firing squad. But the death of the protagonist in the video game Red Dead Redemption did not stop the developers from continuing to work on this spectacular Western series.
It’s hard to imagine how long it might take to create a universe. But when it comes to virtual galaxies in computer games, you may actually get a straight answer. It took US indie developer Hello Games a little over 3 years to make an imaginary galaxy with 18 quintillion unique planets in “No Man’s Sky."
If you look at the world map, you will never find Liberty City, San Andreas, Los Santos or Vice City. But for millions of gamers worldwide who love the Grand Theft Auto series, each of these locales is more than a name – it’s a separate open world “sandbox” full of fun and adventure.
Have you ever wondered how life in the universe could look like in the year 3000? Elemental Games – a group of software developers from Vladivostok - tried to answer that question almost a thousand years in advance by releasing “Space Rangers” – a game that gained a mass following in Russia and abroad.
With the introduction of artificial neural networks, humanity discovered that computers can learn, act and even create on their own. Even though AI is in its early stages of development, pretty soon machines will be able to surpass humans in terms of skills and intelligence.
Imagine going to a dentist and being treated by a robot. No matter how strange it sounds, according to recent study, there is a 90% probability that the job of a dental technician, as well as other positions, including cooks, butchers and masons will eventually be performed by machines.
While many traditional image editing computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop rely mostly on working with filters and layers, they don’t allow the PC itself to analyze the visuals. Recently software engineers learned how to give computers more creative power.
In September of 2016, Google announced the launch of the Neural Machine Translation system. The technology was meant to improve the accuracy of automated translations. But things went far beyond the tech giant’s plan, as self-learning computers invented their own modus operandi.
With the advent of movies like The Terminator and War Games the idea of machines turning against their creators embedded itself in society. However, at that time there was no technology that could enable computers to learn quickly and effectively. Nowadays, artificial neural networks present humanity with new possibilities... and new dangers.
In 2014 most European leaders unanimously agreed to impose sanctions on Russia over the situation in Ukraine. But by the end of 2016, the opposition against punitive measures in the EU member states has been growing.
You won’t find any Dutch Gouda cheese or Douwe Egberts coffee in Moscow's supermarkets. Since 2014 they've been banned in response to EU's anti-Russian sanctions. For Dutch exporters and Russian consumers it’s a no-win situation.
The Netherlands was among the EU states that supported anti-Russian economic sanctions in 2014. But it wasn’t the country’s politicians, who paid the price of restrictions. The real economic loss was shared by the country’s dairy farmers, fruit and vegetable growers, who were banned from the Russian market as Moscow imposed a retaliatory embargo.