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Changing Faces in Videos in Real Time: Literally Putting Words in Someone Else’s Mouth

Changing Faces in Videos in Real Time: Literally Putting Words in Someone Else’s Mouth
Last October, we checked out a tracking and animation system that creates a realistic computer animated face based on one person’s face and another person’s facial movements. Most of the researchers continued to work on that system, taking it to its logical conclusion.

BigScreen Virtual Reality App Lets You Hang out and Share Your PC with Other People

BigScreen Virtual Reality App Lets You Hang out and Share Your PC with Other People
We’ve seen examples of virtual reality being used to project two-dimensional displays for a single user’s work or pleasure. A new company called BigScreen has come up with an application that enhances the social elements of virtual 2D displays by letting participants see each other’s computer screen.
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Virtual Partner for Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: Still Alive

Virtual Partner for Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: Still Alive
Steel Crate Games’ bomb defusal party game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (KTANE) was one of the first popular killer apps for virtual reality headsets. Now available via Steam and the Humble Store, the game no longer requires a VR headset to play, but it still requires at least two players.

NES Emulator Renders Games in 3D: DDDiorama

NES Emulator Renders Games in 3D: DDDiorama
Classic video games are sometimes remade with more modern graphics, but that often requires redoing the assets. Programmer Trần Vũ Trúc is working on 3DNES, a NES emulator that dynamically generates 3D graphics from NES ROMs.

Run Obscure Apple II Software from Your Browser: The 4am Collection

Run Obscure Apple II Software from Your Browser: The 4am Collection
The Apple II dominated the PC scene for over a decade, which meant a ton of applications were made for the series and its clones. For instance, its roster of top tier games could go toe-to-toe with that of dedicated gaming systems.

Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition: Worlds Collide

Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition: Worlds Collide
Microsoft is now taking applications from software developers for the HoloLens Developer Edition, the beta version of its augmented reality computer. Yes, computer. The HoloLens doesn’t need to be connected to a PC to work because it is itself a Windows 10 computer.

Journalist Asks Computer Security Experts to Hack Him, Gets What He Asked for

Journalist Asks Computer Security Experts to Hack Him, Gets What He Asked for
After reporting on companies getting hacked, Fusion reporter Kevin Roose wanted to find out exactly how devastating it would be to have one’s online identity and information stolen. So he asked two computer security experts – Chris Hadnagy of Social Engineer and Dan Tentler of Phobos Group – to hack him.

Game Pipe Shuffles Steam Games Between Drives or Computers: Condenser

Game Pipe Shuffles Steam Games Between Drives or Computers: Condenser
One of the most tedious parts of setting up a new computer is transferring your files and applications from your old computer. If you’re a gamer, that process becomes even more tedious depending on how many games you want to move or re-download.

Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1

Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1
Last October we checked out a fascinating animation technique that transfers facial movements from one person to another in real-time. Disney Research’s FaceDirector on the other hand blends two different takes of an actor’s face into one customizable performance.

Ubersnap App Can Print Animated GIFs: Harry Potter and the Device of Selfies

Ubersnap App Can Print Animated GIFs: Harry Potter and the Device of Selfies
There are many mobile apps that make it easy to create animated GIFs. But the new Ubersnap app for iOS not only does that, it also has an optional service that can turn your creations into physical animated prints.

Jolly Roger Telephone Co. Anti-telemarketer Robot: Fight Spam with Spam

Jolly Roger Telephone Co. Anti-telemarketer Robot: Fight Spam with Spam
We’re all fed up with telemarketers and robocallers. For Roger Anderson, the last straw was when his young son was harassed by a telemarketer. This motivated him to create the Jolly Roger Telephone Company, software that wastes the caller’s time by responding to them with recorded dialogue.

Showing Virtual Reality Games in 2D Video: Mixed Reality

Showing Virtual Reality Games in 2D Video: Mixed Reality
It’s hard to demonstrate or promote virtual reality experiences with our current devices and interfaces. The people who upload VR videos often resort to point-of-view footage, but as Northway Games’ Sarah Northway said, that perspective gives us a cropped and distorted view of the virtual world.

Gesture Control App for Wearable Devices: Watch This!

Gesture Control App for Wearable Devices: Watch This!
A few years ago, we saw that Microsoft’s Kinect sensor could be used to control a quadcopter with hand gestures. In the future, we might be able to do that and more using wearable devices, thanks to Taiwanese company PVD+.

Unreal Engine 4 Augmented Reality Plugin: Unreal4AR

Unreal Engine 4 Augmented Reality Plugin: Unreal4AR
Epic’s Unreal Engine is mainly used to create video games, but now it can also be used to create augmented reality apps, thanks to Adam Horvath and his plugin for Unreal Engine 4. Adam’s Unreal4AR is based on the open source augmented reality SDK ARToolKit.

Deal: WALTR Audio/Video Uploader

Deal: WALTR Audio/Video Uploader
Out of the box, iOS devices can only play a handful of audio file formats. But if you’ve got files in other formats, you have to convert them, then bring them into iTunes, then sync them to your devices.

Xbox One App Uses Kinect to Turn Your Living Room into a Dressing Room

Xbox One App Uses Kinect to Turn Your Living Room into a Dressing Room
E-commerce company Von Bismark might be giving Xbox One owners a good reason to dust off their Kinects. The company launched a new Xbox One shopping app called The Mall that features an augmented reality dressing room.
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