It’s been a mere seven months since Google announced Cardboard — their playful, smartphone-based VR platform that takes an inexpensive cardboard constructed viewer and transforms your everyday phone into a brand new immersive experience. The reaction was magical and immediate. And as a result, Google has expanded their platform and hired even more virtual reality makers to join their team.
As the last post might have indicated, we like to think about the future of interaction design and user interfaces. What the near future holds is an incremental change, such as the use of multiple screens, mobile screens, touch screens and hyper-personal screens. Add tiny sensors and data capture to the mix and you realise it will be interesting times ahead. Continue reading
Microsoft and Volvo have joined forces, thankfully not for the sake of creating a gaudy car-themed phone, but to equip the automaker's showrooms with HoloLens headsets. Starting next year, Volvo will be able to showcase things not usually possible to demo instantly and indoors -- say, its cars' safety features, such as collision avoidance, and various possible customization options -- through holograms. The two companies have recently exhibited a prototype version of the system at Microsoft's HQ in Redmond using the upcoming S90 luxury sedan as their subject. Thanks to augmented reality, they were able to display not only holographic models of the unreleased car, but also cross sections of its parts.