Google's Sodar Uses AR To Visualize Social Distancing
Google has launched an experimental project called Sodar that uses AR on your phone to show you what 2 meters of distance looks like where you are. The project uses WebXR, a relatively new API for implementing AR and VR in web browsers. Sodar is therefore a web site, not an app. It currently works only in the Chrome browser on Android devices. Once launched, it launches the camera and simply overlays a white circle showing 2 meters of distance from where you are standing. 2 meters is a little over six feet, the CDC-recommended distance for practicing social distancing, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus during the current pandemic.
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Apple has revealed iOS 14, which brings a number of new features to the OS for Apple's iPhones: Widgets : Apple has promoted Widgets to the main home screen. Just as Android has always allowed, you can now mix re-sizable widgets in with your app icons.
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Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
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The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) has updated its TrainTime app with real-time visualizations of how crowded each car is on each train, as well as real-time train locations updated every three seconds. Commuters in New York City can use the app to position themselves on the platform so they'll board a less-crowded car when their train arrives, helping riders practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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