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O2 AND PROJECTION ARTWORKS UNVEIL COLOSSAL MAPPING

O2, proud partner of England Rugby, team up with Projection Artworks to unveil the world’s largest projection in terms of light output. The light output is 1.42 million lumens using 68 projectors.

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More information: http://www.avinteractive.com/news/projection/o2-and-projection-artworks-unveil-collossal-mapping-15-09-2015/

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Country Music Festivals Saddle Up With RFID

This year hundreds of thousands of country music fans donned their cowboy hats and high tech festival wristbands, as seven of the summer’s biggest country hoedowns adopted the latest event technology developed by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) specialist, Intellitix.

2015 marked the year of the RFID country music festival with organizers enhancing their guest experiences with smooth and secure entry processes, fast and convenient cashless payments for on-site purchases, and social media brand engagements – all with a simple tap of an RFID-enabled wristband.

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More information: http://eventindustrynews.co.uk/festivals-outdoor-event-news/country-music-festivals-saddle-up-with-rfid/

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Beaconic’s iBeacon kits let you add Bluetooth promos

I’ve been interested in iBeacons — proximity-based wireless transmitters — ever since they were first announced by Apple alongside iOS 7 at WWDC in 2013. The idea of walking into a store, restaurant, or other public space and receiving (opt-in) wireless notifications based on proximity to a Bluetooth sensor struck me as a potentially compelling next step forward for both retailers and smartphone users. Even more exciting was the opportunity to receive incentives, such as coupons or free apps, just for being in proximity to the store. iBeacons have been added to Apple Stores, Macy’s, MLB baseball parks, and even bars, offering giveaways of free apps and magazines, as well as everything from locations of products to seating directions.

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More information: http://9to5mac.com/2015/09/15/review-beaconics-ibeacon-kits/

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New DJI Drone Cameras Feature Huge Sensors

Significantly more performance than a GoPro, but significantly less expensive than other pro-quality setups

Drone lovers across the globe started salivating Thursday when DJI announced the release of two new Micro Four Thirds cameras designed to fly on the company’s Inspire 1 rig.

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More information: http://www.outsideonline.com/2016041/new-dji-drone-cameras-feature-huge-sensors-improve-video-quality

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Projection Mapping Helps Spark City’s Economic Revival

Business in downtown Redwood City, California, has taken an upward turn on Tuesday nights thanks to the Redwood City Improvement Association, Christie®, Tekamaki and BARTKRESA Design. Previously the quietest night of the week, more than 1,000 people now flock downtown to see the San Mateo County History Museum lit up in a stunning visual display.

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More information: http://www.hometoys.com/article/2015/09/projection-mapping-helps-spark-citys-economic-revival/32090

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Circa 1948: a 3D story-world like no other

“It’s an incredible experience.”

That’s the response from those who have previewed Circa 1948, one of three exciting new exhibits at the world premiere of Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures: A Festival of Immersive Arts at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. The free event is one of several celebrating SFU’s 50th Anniversary.

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More information: http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2015/circa-1948-a-3d-story-world-like-no-other.html

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Marines test augmented reality with real-world explosions

The U.S. Marine Corps’ augmented reality training system was tested in a live-fire exercise for the first time last month.  And while that blend of actual ordnance and digitized overlays went well, USMC officials said the system’s real value is the realistic training that can come without real-world explosions and air support.

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More information: http://gcn.com/articles/2015/09/17/marines-augmented-reality.aspx

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HOW VIRTUAL REALITY WILL TAKE OVER YOUR VIRTUAL LIFE

Even though no one actually has one of the shiny new VR headsets in their hands (or on their heads), the roadmap to the platform’s success is becoming clearer. For gamers, it’s a no-brainer. They’re already on board. For HTC Vive and Oculus Rift to become integral to our daily lives, VR needs to become a social experience. Luckily, how exactly developers are making that happen is also finally becoming clearer, too.

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More information: http://www.fastcompany.com/3051155/tech-forecast/how-virtual-reality-will-take-over-your-virtual-life

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Whitney Houston’s hologram is going on a world tour

This latest development sounds like it’s been lifted from a crass 1980s sci-fi film

Technology in music has proven to be a good – often great – thing, but the latest development sounds like it’s been lifted from a crass 1980s sci-fi film.

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More information: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/whitney-houston-s-hologram-is-going-on-a-world-tour-is-nothing-sacred-1.2355097