Posted on 27/02/2017

Photorealistic GPU rendering technologies, VR, 3D printing, photogrammetry and mobile scanning; shall we look upon these advancements as well-sounding marketing terms or do they really hold the answer for our future way of living? Here’s a list of some of the most innovative tech novelties of early 2017.


We hear a lot about how immersive 3D technologies and improvements in the hardware scene can enhance your marketing and sales, streamline your design workflow as well as spark creative thinking and enable artists of all kinds to express their creative vision with the help of surprisingly intuitive tools and inventive approaches for technology integration and better client reviews.

Needless to say, without the necessary hardware development and graphical innovations, such benefits and opportunities could never be realised by professionals worldwide. From exciting new gears and rigs through wires and circuits to high-end design workstations and portable devices; Lightworks present the most electrifying novelties in the tech scene.


A New Breed of Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is just one of those unpredictable yet eerily fascinating fields, where we’re going to see major improvements in the near future. Last year, we had the chance to take a glimpse at how machine learning – with the help of 3D printing –  can be used to ‘resurrect’ a Dutch painting master for the sake of an advertising project.

This year NVIDIA’s deep learning surprised us with customisable, smart embedded robotics, a life-saving technology to aid the visually impaired and help them “read a product label or a book, recognize a friend on the street and get help navigating street crossings and obstacles”

Who knows what comes next; perhaps autonomous car renting where vehicles could return to their dealerships after a busy day of carrying happy customers? One thing is clear, a ‘stress-test’ is imminent.


New Perspectives

A new field of breath-taking tech, which seems to be on everyone’s lips today is none other than virtual reality. This new, exciting dimension of social, technical and artistic immersion not only provides the opportunity to see things from a brand new perspective but holds major potential for business engaged in architecture, engineering or automotive.

For companies and professionals interested in trying this thrilling new medium, it’s essential to be able to capture moments and scenes; whether they are one-off snapshots, 360-degree videos or 3D live demonstrations. Microsoft’s ‘Spectator View’ HoloLens technology will help you record in VR using your DSLR camera and bring full immersion to your target audience, similarly to Lytro’s light field camera.

Clearly, virtual and mixed reality are emerging technologies worth mentioning and as tech enthusiasts we’re excited to learn more about companies, such as the secretive mixed reality start-up, Magic Leap and it’s future expansion as well as how such equipment can be used in the most diverse of fields and for the customisation of user experience.


Extend Your Horizon

Similarly, augmented reality (AR) is destined to introduce eye-opening changes to industries searching for new visual toolkits, gripping techniques of modern storytelling and a way to drive the ever-changing attention and interest of wide-ranging customers.

Smart glasses might be capable of breaking the ambiguity of technological adoption when it comes to this segment. By introducing and familiarising people with cutting-edge computer-generated imagery - through the use of fashion – people might soon be able to increase their daily productivity, take and share screenshots within a blink of an eye, enjoy a variety of virtual content on-the-go privately and add a little more adventure to their real-life events by transforming the way they interact and discover information around them.

Blending reality with virtual is not a new-fangled idea; we’ve revisited the HP Sprout since last year’s Develop3D Live and still find it an interesting way for CAD users – with an appetite for an interactive, all-in-one desktop workstation – to 3D scan and interact with digital objects in a peculiar and intuitive way. If you’re more of an automotive enthusiast, you’ll love the Navdy’s augmented heads up display that will certainly make your car ‘smarter’.


Introducing Dimension ‘You’

Ever since we set up our first virtual avatars online, first played multiplayer games with friends online and took that first photo with our smartphones to remind us of a long-forgotten snapshot of our life, we’ve been craving for a way to recreate our digital self.

Fortunately, after this year’s Consumer Technology Association (CES) conference, you can already create shockingly accurate 3D scans of yourself or your surroundings with a few clicks on your smartphone.

It’s only a matter of time until we can see digital, interactive holograms of our loved ones appear in our living rooms, in online multiplayer lobbies or on our favourite social media platforms. Likewise, this technology is being made available for designers, manufacturers and 3D artists to create stunning 3D experiences and interactive turntables for products or visual ideas.


Tweak Your Leisure Time

Immersive digital technologies are slowly but permanently interlacing our everydays; helping us to reinvent and diversify the most basic of our activities. Whether it’s a HoloLens application that teaches us how to play the piano and how to read music sheets in virtual reality, an augmented reality experience that helps us customise our favourite shoe designs in-store or a futuristic kitchen table that recommends meals by recognising the ingredients placed upon it, out future seems nothing short of exciting.

Hardware enhancements help us improve our digital skills and what 3D technologies are capable of. Very soon, we’ll have an application or a physical device to control every inch of our home; enabling us to turn on the lights with voice control, connect devices wirelessly with a few hand gestures or even program a system that recognises our facial impressions and plays the music that fits our mood. And it’s only the beginning.

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