Audi Disney bring VR games and movies into your car at CES

first_img More about 2019 Audi E-Tron 51 Photos News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun Comments CES 2019 Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV Marvel CES Products Virtual Reality Disney Audi Iron Man The Avengers Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multi-day vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. Specifically, Holoride will offer something called “elastic content,” automatically generated to suit each journey. A movie streamed on your iPad might be longer or shorter than your actual drive, for instance, but every one of Holoride’s experiences would automatically match up to the length of a route programmed in the car’s navigation system. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better CES 2019: Sci-fi gaming in Audi and Disney’s in-car VR… Tags In addition, the experience would be tailored to the drive route: In one demo, passengers “see” a cartoon-like, brightly colored town with intersections that match up to the real-world intersections the car is driving past. In another mock-up, users “fly” through a prehistoric landscape and turn left or right, soaring over dinosaurs, as the real-world car steers along the road.In Audi’s own words: “If the car turns a tight corner, the player curves around an opposing spaceship in virtual reality. If the Audi E-Tron accelerates, the ship in the experience does the same.”Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationIn reality, the Audi laps SpeedVegas. In virtual reality, Iron Man and Rocket wage a battle against alien hordes. Audi The idea is to give people something interesting to do when they’re riding as a passenger in a car, says Nils Wollny, Audi’s head of digital business, who will also be CEO of Holoride. That initially applies to human-driven cars, but it’s easy to imagine this type of entertainment working well in autonomous vehicles down the road.”There are a lot of passengers traveling in the back seat who have nothing to do,” Wollny told Roadshow. “In most cases, transit time feels like wasted time.” The VR demo really did bring me out of the world of riding in a car: Sure, I could feel the E-Tron moving around and accelerating and so on, but I found myself so immersed in the game that there was no real sense of what was happening. Now imagine that helping you avoid the monotony of, say, staring out the window on a long trip along the Ohio Turnpike. Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationThough Audi spearheaded Holoride, the ultimate goal is to allow the tech to work with cars from other automakers. Audi “Every street pattern turns into a canvas” for content creators, Wollny says, while “every back seat turns into a thrilling ride.” Because the twists and turns and elevation changes of a preplanned navigation route are known, thanks to the car’s built-in map data, Audi engineer Daniel Profendiner says, Holoride’s software can help create a virtual world that matches the real one. The game engine might be told not to place a digital obstacle near a highway exit, for instance, or might be shown when to make the game whip around to the left to match up with a hairpin bend in the real world.But what about motion sickness? One of the most interesting aspects of this virtual reality setup is that, Wollny says, people who use it are less likely to report feeling car sick than those simply watching a traditional tablet or phone. Because visual cues match up with the car’s real-world movements, you’re less likely to get that sinking feeling you might feel when, say, looking down to read text messages or Facebook updates in the car. Audi tested the tech with people who self-reported a high propensity for motion sickness, taking them on a 30-minute ride and asking how they felt afterward. Participants apparently didn’t feel that sick at all. “That basically solved one of the big problems,” Wollny says. Still, after my brief ride in the Audi, I was feeling rather nauseous. Another journalist seated alongside me also said he felt queasy. Of course, we were trying a demonstration VR experience while riding on a twisting and turning race track. A tamer route might not churn the stomach so much. Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationAn artist’s rendering of what the Holoride experience feels like. Audi It’s not just games Rocket’s Rescue Run is an incredibly fun demo of Holoride’s VR tech because it feels like you’re in an amusement park ride. And for Audi and Disney, the partnership with a Marvel Studios title made sense given the long history between the brands, such as Tony Stark driving Audis in Iron Man movies. But there are many other types of “elastic content” that Holoride could offer in the future. A space battle wouldn’t seem so exciting, after all, when riding on the flat, straight highways of the American Midwest. Profendiner suggests that Holoride’s technology could be used simply to watch a movie in the car with less motion sickness: The VR experience would present a screen ahead of the viewer. He also imagines experiences that let passengers time travel as they ride through a modern-day city while seeing how buildings looked in years past. “I can say perhaps let’s go minus 2,000 years [in Rome],” Profendiner told Roadshow. “Or you go to New York City in the 1920s.” Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationHoloride will initially be based in Munich, but Wollny says it could also open an office in the US. Audi An open platform Audi began working on Holoride technology about four years ago and brought Disney on board about 18 months ago. But the goal long-term is for it to be an open platform: anyone could produce content and it could work in any car. Though he’s cagey with details, Wollny seems to hint at a type of app store-like model where a user might buy experiences — movies, games and so on — for their Holoride device. Then the car would connect to your virtual reality headset with a wireless connection to provide information about your route and the car’s motion.Wollny says Holoride will launch an SDK (software development kit) for others to experiment with by the end of 2019, and plans to launch the system commercially by late 2020 or early 2021. That’s when, Wollny says, “next-generation” virtual-reality headsets will be available to take the technology mainstream.So in a few years’ time you might not bother cueing up a Spotify playlist or downloading a Netflix show to stay entertained on a road trip. Instead you might strap on your virtual reality headset and plunge into a virtual world, courtesy of Holoride. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 1:06 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 3 A few years ago I drove a few laps around SpeedVegas, a 1.5-mile race track just south of the Las Vegas Strip. On Sunday night, I lapped SpeedVegas again, but this time I was fully immersed in a space battle alongside Rocket — you know, the raccoon from Guardians of The Galaxy — and Iron Man. As I sat in the back seat of an Audi E-Tron crossover, wearing an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Rocket encouraged me to “shoot” asteroids and rival drones as I “flew” through an outer-space environment.This was the first time the companies let anyone outside Audi and Disney try the VR game. Audi Let me be clear: It was awesome fun, and I’d happily buckle up for another round of the game. But, uh, what exactly is it? This game, called Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run, is the first demo product from Holoride, a new startup in which Audi will hold a minority stake. It’s the result of Audi and Disney’s promised new media format, which aims to bring virtual reality to passengers in cars. The VR experience is intended to match, visually, what the passengers feel as they ride: If the car turns, accelerates or brakes, the VR environment will do the same thing. And the “experience” — whether it’s a game or a movie or something else — will be automatically tailored to the length and movements of your drive route. More From Roadshow Auto Techlast_img read more

Long tailback on DhakaTangail highway

first_imgVehicles are moving slowly on Dhaka-Tangail highway. There is a huge tailback. Kamonashis Shekhor takes this photo from Elenga bus stand area of Kalihati in Tangail.Thousands of home-bound people have been stuck on both ends of Bangabandhu Bridge on Dhaka-Tangail highway due to a 10-kilometre tailback in the district.The tailback began forming on the highway on Monday night for excessive pressure of northern-region-bound vehicles.The toll collection was disrupted sometimes as the traffic congestion reached close to the toll plaza office of the bridge, officials said.Tangail traffic inspector Eshraj Hossain said the tailback from Hatikumrul intersection in Sirajganj in the west of the bridge reached to the east of the bridge on Tuesday. And so, the bridge authorities suspended collection of toll at times, he added. Rangpur-bound bus passenger Abul Hossain said that he reached Bangabandhu bridge from Dhaka in 10 hours, and is stuck in the congestion near the bridge.last_img read more

Youths want more jobs environment of tolerance

first_imgDiscussants at the roundtable titled ‘Election 2018: Youth Manifesto’ on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloThe young generation of the country wants better employment opportunities and implementation of National Youth Policy for ensuring a sustainable development of both the rural and urban youth, a roundtable was told on Tuesday.Prothom Alo in association with Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) and ActionAid organised the roundtable titled ‘Election 2018: Youth Manifesto’.The new generation also wants a peaceful environment and tolerance towards dissent, observed the participants.Several participants also expressed their hope that the political parties would fully implement the pledges they made in their respective election manifestos announced ahead of the 11th general election.ActionAid country director Farah Kabir lamented the absence of a platform where the young generation can interact with the policy-makers.“The urban upper and upper middle class youth are getting more facilities then the youth in the rural areas. We have to think of the youth in the villages, too,” said Farah.IID chief executive Sayeed Ahmed said the young generation should oversee if the political parties are implementing their manifesto after the election.Northern University’s senior teacher Mahbuba Sultana said young women face different problems when they come to the capital for the first time.The next government should work to eliminate those problems, she added.ActionAid training coordinator Md Nazmul Ahsan urged the political parties to reform the country’s education system to eradicate unemployment.Referring to the laws made following the students’ safe road movement, actress Sabila Noor said the youth want to see implementation of those laws.Student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Kamruzzaman Kamrul said the universities of the country should increase their allocation on research.He also said the environment to express dissent should exist in the country.Moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum, the roundtable was also addressed by Dhaka University student Jubeli Khanam, North South University student Sharif Ashikuzzaman, Eastern University student Ashrafunnesa Mouri, IID volunteers Aliva Rani Shil, Wahidul Islam, Jarin Tasnim Swarani and Arup Kumar Das, and ActionAid volunteers Md Nasir Uddin and Tasnia Bahar Chowdhury, among others.last_img read more

Pope to Meet with US Church Leaders over Clergy Sex Abuse

first_img Share Vatican NewsPope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.After weeks of relative silence, Pope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.A Vatican spokesman says the meeting at the Apostolic Palace on Thursday will include Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who leads the U.S. Conference of Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who advises the pope on sex abuse issues. Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the bishops’ conference, and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, the conference secretary, will also attend, according to the Vatican.Separately, Pope Francis is also expected to meet with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled Washington, D.C., archbishop accused of helping to cover up for abusive priests.In a letter to his priests released on Tuesday, Wuerl said he recognized that “a new beginning” may be needed in his church, and he said he will travel to Rome “in the very near future” to discuss his possible resignation with Pope Francis.John L. Mone/APCardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will meet in Rome with Pope Francis and other church leaders to discuss further investigations into abuse.The church’s handling of clergy sex abuse is also due to be discussed at the meeting Thursday between the pope and U.S. bishops. Cardinal DiNardo asked for the meeting last month, saying he wanted the pope to support an investigation into the scandal around former Washington, D.C., Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who resigned from the College of Cardinals in response to allegations that he once abused a teenage boy.One question is how early Pope Francis was advised of McCarrick’s alleged misconduct and what, if anything, he did in response. The Vatican’s former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, released an explosive letter on August 26, accusing top Vatican and U.S. church leaders of covering up for McCarrick for many years.In that letter, Vigano implicated Pope Francis in the McCarrick cover-up and called on him to resign the papacy. Francis has yet to respond to Vigano’s accusations, but the pope’s Council of Cardinals reported this week that the Vatican will soon provide some “clarifications” regarding recent events.The pope accepted McCarrick’s resignation in July and ordered him to remain in “prayer and penance” until the accusations against him could be examined in a canonical trial. The U.S. bishops who will meet with Francis on Thursday are expected to press the pope on how that trial would proceed.A top Vatican official earlier this week acknowledged that some allegations against McCarrick were brought to the Vatican’s attention as early as 2000.Cardinal Wuerl has been under intense pressure to step down since last month, when a Pennsylvania grand jury reported several instances when he, as bishop of Pittsburgh, was told of credible abuse allegations against priests under his supervision but still gave the men new parish assignments.In the letter sent Tuesday to priests in his archdiocese, Wuerl said it became clear “that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward.”As is customary for bishops who turn 75, Wuerl had already submitted a formal letter of resignation, but it is up to Pope Francis whether to accept it.The release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the uproar over McCarrick’s past conduct amount to the most serious crisis facing the Vatican in years. A top aide to Pope Benedict and Pope Francis on Tuesday said the scandal amounted to the church’s “own 9/11” catastrophe.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Ideal platform for talented artists

first_imgFor the artists who cannot afford to exhibit their masterpiece at private art galleries, Lalit Kala Akademi is going to organise an International Kala Mela (Art Festival). Artists and groups from any part of the world can showcase their art at this unique festival from February 4 to 18, 2018 at IGNCA, New Delhi. Administrator of the Akademi, CS Krishna Setty said, “This is for the first time that the Akademi has planned a Kala Mela on such a large scale.” He says that earlier it was organized only at the national level. “It is going to prove a boon to especially those artists who cannot afford to exhibit their works of art in the art galleries’. Setty, himself, is an artist of international repute who was recently honoured by the Russian Academy of Arts with its honorary membership. He further said that the Kala Mela shall not only showcase various art forms and precious work of art by the Indian artists but also endeavour to bring the best from around the world including some of the most prominent international galleries from Europe, Asia and the United States. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The International Kala Mela is coming at a time when there is a perceptible requirement in the art market for a wide-ranging, global platform for Indian art. Besides being one of the leading official platforms of Indian art, the Kala Mela is an attempt to be the first major event of international art in the country so far as the range and scale are concerned. The central objective of Kala Mela is to focus on the direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also education and raising awareness about art, which has been the mandate of Lalit Kala Akademi. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Kala Mela shall ensure that the contemporary art scene in India, in the sub-continent and the South Asian region gains visibility. It shall also offer an insight into the richness and diversity of these markets to the visitors from across continents. It will simultaneously allow the collectors and investors from this region to access global art in their backyard.The International Kala Mela shall exhibit the most assorted range of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography; mix media, prints, drawings and video art by celebrated and upcoming artists.last_img read more