The future is private and immersive: #F82019 takeaways

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Facebook is using F8, its yearly developers conference, to explain how it is rebuilding its platforms and how it will run the company around Privacy. 

In a nutshell, a privacy focused social network means that Facebook is going to be the Living room vs. being the Town Hall, which has always been Twitter’s territory. So, everyone is now finding its place in the world. 

The tech press is doing a good job at covering this aspect and the 6 product principles (encryption, reduced permanence, safety, interoperability, secure data storage), so I am focusing this post on what I have heard specifically about immersive computing.

It is clear that Facebook’s he future is private, it is also clear the future of computing is immersive.

Zuckerberg kicked off the Oculus section of the opening keynote with a simple statement “This is going to be a BIG year for VR“.
So, this year, it is not about the long-term vision and engineering break throughs around immersive computing, it is all about reveling what the VR community was expecting, ship date (May 21st) and pricing ($399) or the Oculus Rift S and Quest.

With Oculus Quest, it feels like the promise of VR is finally going to live up to the user’s expectations: for the 1st time people can move around in experiences, no cable, no external tracking, all made possible by Oculus insights. It is easy to carry, and content can be casted to smart phones or TV- Read detailed product review here

Oculus is the next computing platform and it now has a suite of interoperable products for everyone: Go for immersive media + Rift and Quest for gaming.

At F8 Oculus also announced enterprise packages for Go & Quest with features adapted to large scale organizations such as bulk upload and control, quick replacement, extended warranty and support – all the details at oculus.com/business

Walmart which is training 1 Million associates with STRIVR about customer service scenario is a great case study to demonstrate the power of VR training:
According to a survey shared by Oculus:

  • Training time in VR is reduced by 40% compared to traditional training methods
  • 70% employees trained in VR outperformed employees trained with traditional training methods.

For medical training, piloted by Johnson & Johnson: surgeons trained to perform a specific procedure in VR outperformed surgeon trained with traditional methods by +230% on various scale of criteria. This is simply due to the fact that surgeons trained in VR feel like they have already done the procedure rather than rehearsed for it.

And finally since eye contact and full body language are absolutely critical to sense of presence and making connections in VR, the Oculus team shared their full body codex avatars prototypes.
Unfortunately, it is still years away to being a consumer product. This work is really impressive and goes all the way back to understanding how the human body works : from brain to bones to muscles to skin and layering fabric movement of the clothes on top.
If that was not complex enough, new social norms need to be created so that people can build social fabric in VR. For that element, Facebook’s knowledge of the social graph is a key asset. A t
oolkit available for developers around safety and integrity and there will be more to come at Oculus Connect…

Marie Sornin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is binge watching the future of sports broadcasting?

I grew up in a European household with 3 brothers into motor sports. Needless to say that on Sundays, when the TV was on, Formula 1 was on.
However, I don’t remember ever watching a full grand prix, let alone following a season or cheering for drivers, even though the most epic rivalries of the time between Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher were in full swing.

Yet, last week, something unbelievable happened to me : I BINGE WATCHED F1!

The F1 drive to Survive ten-part documentary series premiered on March 8 2019 a few weeks short of the 2019 season kick off.
The brilliant executive producers James Gay-Rees, Paul Martin and Sophie Todd give the audience an all access look at the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship. Its unparalleled footage to the world’s fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1’s own management team immerse viewers inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula 1.

This show packs everything an avid fan would want in a season of their favorite sport: the action and the thrill, the victories and defeats, the clashes and crashes, duels, gossip, behind the scenes, etc… the difference with a regular season coverage is that it is all available to you on demand and you can (attempt to) fully control your viewing experience.

So, this anecdotal experience made me wonder: Is binge watching catching up with live sports?

Marie Sornin

 

 

 

From mobile 1st to 5G

The annual #NBAAllStar weekend just wrapped up.
Beyond the dunks and three pointers, the NBA All Star is also a celebration of the NBA’s technology innovation. This year one of the key innovation theme on everybody’s mind was 5G.

Interviewed by Peter Kafka, Executive Editor of Recode during the NBA All Star 2019 tech summit, Randall L. Stephenson Chairman, CEO and President of AT&T predicts that 5G will be operational in major US cities in 3 years.

Even if some experts view this timing as slightly too optimistic, with 5G, what is already true for Gen Z will become a fact for everyone: There will not be a difference between our digital world and our real world.

Content will be transformed into new types of experiences; ones that will be seamlessly and contextually integrated into our lives, fully immersive and personalized. Believe it or not, this will all be made possible thanks to zero latency.
No latency seems like an obvious necessity for applications such as self driving cars, but why would it be so important to media applications?

No latency is a monumental change for media

No latency means that 5G is taking data access, computing power and storage away from hardware and onto the cloud… which makes devices such as nReal light, the first ready-to-wear mixed reality glasses possible…. this type of hardware, paired with a 5G phone and network will finally make digital, portable, immersive and augmented live experiences real for everyone!

nReal light.

nReal Light at CES 2019

One finishing thought about 5G:
Remember your landline?
According to Randall L. Stephenson this is how you will feel about your wifi 3 to 5 years from now…
This is how monumental the change brought by 5G is!

Marie Sornin

Source:
* Statista 2018: global mobile video traffic in terabytes per month
** Statista 2017: US TV consumption in hours per month

 

MEDIAWATCH #11: UAE

At the end of Jan 2017, I just completed a world tour, with a stop in Dubai.
Traveling to Dubai, is like traveling to the future: everything is new and modern.
So what about the media industry? Here is my 11th Mediawatch for the United Arab Emirates.

Mediawatch #11 UEA

Mediawatch #11 UEA

 

Do you believe in magic?

Do you believe in magic?

I do. Actually, I believe in the magical power of technology.

Something quite extraordinary happened to me today.
As I was getting on the NYC subway, I hear this guy playing the saxophone. His music was really good. I mean real good!
Listen to him here:

Isn’t he great?

Since the launch of the Periscope app, I have been playing with it, looking for interesting stuff to broadcast (like my #travelroulette experiment).
So as I hear this guy’s tunes, I get my Iphone out and start Periscoping him.
I thought that good live music from NYC subway would surely get some some attention.

In a few seconds, over 150 people joined in from UAE, London, Belgium, Italy, Scotland, etc… They were complementing his music, requesting songs, and begging me to tip him (which I did, twice!).

Over150 people joined on Periscope

Over150 people joined on Periscope

I told him that he was playing for an audience an international through my Iphone. He couldn’t believe it. I showed him the app and explained how it worked.

In 4.50 min of footage attracted over 2,000 hearts (equivalent to favorites or likes) and generated apprx 2h30min viewing time!

What was supposed to be a simple subway ride magically turned into a wonderful shared experience.

I carried on with my commute with a smile on my face and an unexpected sense of lightness and gratitude.

If, you feel like creating some magic into your life, download the Periscope IOS app and share your best moments with the world!

Live music from NYC Subway on Periscope

Live music from NYC Subway on Periscope

Marie Sornin

Consumer insights on steroids

Imagine if you could record your life… that is the idea behind a lot of new technologies and wearable devices. Every parent who has used Google Glass love that they can take pictures of their kids every moment, creating price less memories.

With a much more complicated toolkit, that is what Deb Roy and his family have done over several years. This gave birth to an incredible set of data and later to BlueFin, the technology behind the new Twitter TV Ad Targeting solutions.

WELL WORTH watching!

Marie Sornin

This is what you would have seen if you went on holidays to Las Vegas

I am just wrapping up my holiday and unfortunately I haven’t been to Las Vegas…
Every year in January the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show seems to be taking more room on the technology landscape. For those like me who haven’t been able to go, here is a condensed overview of the key trends I have picked up from the 2012 trade show.

Above and beyond being always cheaper, faster and more powerful (eg: D-Link’s Amplifi HD Media Router 3000 DIR-857 router will be the first to supports USB 3.0 and 450Mbps dual-band… compared to my own router which I thought was quite good with its 100 Mbps!!!!), I would say that the words that are mostly influencing technology development are: Anywhere anytime// Android// Green?

– Anywhere anytime:
Cloud computing is now a default feature on most devices and applications which gives a new dimension to mobility.

We have also been talking a lot about multiple screen media consumption, well it looks that a few hardware suppliers believe in the one screen domination.

 Examples:  

Intel’s ‘Nikiski’ Notebook 

 I like it because it combines the activity of a tablet and a PC together and for those (like me) who haven’t found a great benefit in fitting their Ipad experience between a laptop and smartphone, this might be the answer??

 Sharp Aquos Freestyle ConceptTV 

A TV that can be carried around the house… hmmmm, not so sure that this is such a groundbreaking achievement????? However, removing all the wires and redesigning the TV tuner with integrated WIFI, that’s ground breaking. Could it be the start of a merge between TV and tablets?
More gimmicky but useful for those who can’t let go of their mobile phone even in the shower the HzO Waterblocking Technology is the answer!!!

– Greener?: 
On one hand more efficient technology should mean less strain on resources and energy: is the announcement of OLED technology in some LG TVs a good thing? 
But on the other hand some new products such as the LG blast chiller refrigerator (claiming to cool a can of beer in less than 5 min). I know that beer is a very important topic, particularly in Australia but it still makes me wonder how much LG engineers care about the future…

Good to see that some recycling initiatives such as “Uncle Oswald Is Our Hero are also getting traction!

 – Android:
That mobile is the future proof strategy for Google is no surprise to anyone now. What seems to be more surprising is to see Android setting itself up as the cross platform standard… Windows 8 launches, more than 400,000 Android apps will be available through BlueStacks

What’s the most impactful technology progress you have seen this year?

 

Marie Sornin