Maxis just showcased Malaysia’s first 5G augmented reality (AR) experience at aquariaKLCC!
Here is a primer on what the new AR experience at aquariaKLCC, and how Maxis 5G drives it!
The aquariaKLCC 5G AR Experience
Over the next few months, visitors to aquariaKLCC can take a virtual journey through the ocean floor for an immersive experience of both marine life and 5G technology.
This is the third 5G use case demo that Maxis has implemented. The first two 5G use case demos were conducted in Putrajaya in April 2019, and IDECS in Kuching in July 2019. The next two Maxis 5G test beds will be launched soon in Langkawi and Gamuda Cove.
The aquariaKLCC 5G augmented reality experience is part of the 5G Malaysia Demonstration Projects programme under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, which serves to facilitate, develop and foster 5G uses cases in a live but controlled environment.
Maxis 5G Partnership With HUAWEI
The Maxis 5G network is being developed in partnership with HUAWEI. In February 2019, Maxis and HUAWEI signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to cooperate on full-fledge 5G trials.
This will followed by a landmark agreement in October 2019 for the provisioning of the Maxis 5G network by HUAWEI.
On the eve of the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia competition in Sydney, we met with the top 12 Asian teams that will compete for a coveted spot in the 2019 Imagine Cup 2019 World Championship!
Let’s take a look at the twelve awesome Asian teams, and see the innovative ideas they will be pitching in the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals!
What Is The Imagine Cup?
Held and sponsored by Microsoft since 2003, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. Teams of students from across the globe work together with mentors and industry leaders to bring their biggest and boldest ideas to life.
The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals
This year, Microsoft organised the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals in Sydney, Australia. Hundreds of teams from 17 Asian countries submitted their projects, but just twelve great teams won a shot to participate in the Asia Regional Finals.
These twelve teams will compete for US$20,000 in prizes on 12 February, but only one team will win the ultimate prize – an all-expenses paid trip to the World Finals in Seattle!
There, the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Champion will participate along the best and brightest teams from across the globe to claim the title of World Champion, US$100,000 cash prize, and the chance to take home the Imagine Cup!
The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finalists
Country : China
Project : Rail Component Inspection Robot
Their Rail Component Inspection Robot (which combines AI and IoT) operates through automatic positioning, and identifies various defects through multi-sensor fusion in order to realise the replacement of workers in a rail inspection project.
Country : India
Project : Spot – AR Based Product Filtering
Spot allows you to recognise packaged foods and check if it contains a certain ingredient or exhibits a certain character.
If a tourist visits India, he is unaware of what he can eat because packets have information written in a foreign language.
Country : India
Project : Caeli – Breathe Freely
Caeli is a smart automated Anti-Pollution and Drug delivery mask specifically designed for Asthmatic and Chronic Respiratory Patients.
Caeli implements breakthrough features to improve the quality of life for respiratory patients living in polluted areas.
Country : India
Project : RVSAFE
Disasters often strike, when we are least prepared to face them. They leave behind a trail of destruction, adversely affecting human life, and property.
The loss caused by disasters can be significantly reduced with better communication and proper management. Keeping this in mind, we designed RVSAFE, a one-stop solution for effectively handling any kind of disasters (natural or man-made).
Country : Indonesia
Project : Selection – Social Media
Sellution is a software as a service (SaaS) to help SMEs to perform social media marketing, not just in an easy way, but is also effective and efficient.
Sellution’s main features are optimizing marketing content, help finding the right audience, and recommendations.
Country : Korea
Project : Fishing Phishing
Fishing Phishing by the Fhisherman team from Korea is a smartphone application that uses Machine Learning to analyse call voices in real-time.
It is designed to detect scam calls and warn the users!
Country : Malaysia
Project : Smart Urban Farming with Automated Environmental Controlled Systems (SUFECS)
SUFECS was developed to transform the farming experiences of urban farmer.
With SUFECS, farmers can monitor and control the artificial environment to achieve the most suitable environment for crops.
Country : New Zealand
Project : LookUP
It is estimated one in five people in the world are dyslexic. However, most QnA platforms are completely text-based.
LookUP is a medium in which the dyslexic and non-dyslexic communities can effectively collaborate and learn from one another.
Country : The Philippines
Project : Aqua Check – Water Contamination Mobile Application
Aqua Check utilises Microsoft Azure’s Custom Vision to empower anyone to analyse for contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope.
Using Azure Web and Azure Maps, we are able to map the contamination locations.
Country : Singapore
Project : Mobile Augmented Reality Navigation Application for Wheelchair Users
This project aims to develop a mobile application, InclusiveAR, to assist wheelchair users in travelling.
InclusiveAR will map out wheelchair-accessible routes and provide visual guidance to direct wheelchair users to their destinations using AR.
The Straw Hats
Country : Sri Lanka
Project : Mind Probe
Our project aims to help people with disabilities like ALS, DMD, etc. which impair their ability to communicate.
We tap into their brain waves and use that to predict the number they are thinking and use that information to interface with a smartphone.
Country : Thailand
Project : Maker Playground
Maker Playground is a next-generation IDE for IoT project development from developing device firmware, generating circuit diagram, programming your device, and designing an IoT dashboard all in one software.
See You @ The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia!
Congratulations to the 12 awesome teams!
Later today,, they will present their projects at the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals… and by 5 PM, we will find out who the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Champion will be!
The 2018 Lenovo ThinkPad desktops and laptops were just revealed, together with a ThinkPad tablet, and the new Lenovo Mirage VR devices. They include the newly-refreshed ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga and ThinkPad X1 Tablet. Check them out!
The 2018 Lenovo ThinkPad Desktop + Laptops
Sachin Kinagi, Learning Manager of Lenovo Asia Pacific, started with his presentation on the 2018 Lenovo ThinkPad desktop and laptop models.
They include the ThinkPad X, T and L Series, X280, X380 Yoga, T480, T480s, T580, L380, L380 Yoga and L480; Workstations, P52c, P520, P720; Tab 4 8-inch Plus series; Tab 4 310-inch Plus series (Android) and Yoga Book (Windows).
2018 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga
ThinkPad X1 Carbon remains the world’s lightest 14-inch commercial laptop with durable chassis, while the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the world’s only convertible with integrated pen and Global LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) capability
The world’s first to support Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range (HDR) and brilliant display supporting up to 500 nits peak brightness[adrotate group=”2″]
360o Far-Field Communication microphones that support Wake-on-Voice function and hands-free Amazon Alexa enabling users to give command from afar, even in noisy environments or while playing music at loud volumes
Unparalleled productivity and security with glance-eye-tracking powered by infrared camera
2018 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
Uncompromised PC performance with Intel 8th Gen Intel Core processors and full-function ThinkPad keyboard experience
Enhanced user interaction with new vibrant 13-inch HDR Ready 3K display and Lenovo Pen Pro
Legendary ThinkPad durability and uncompromised security with infrared camera and Fingerprint Reader
The 2018 Lenovo Mirage VR Devices
Adrian Lesmono, Tablet & Smart Device Leader, of Lenovo Central Asia Pacific, reveals the key features of the Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset, and the Lenovo Mirage Camera.
One of the key features of the new Samsung Galaxy S9 is the improved Samsung Bixby capabilities. What’s new in the Samsung Galaxy S9 Bixby? How about AR translation and AR assistance?
Yes, it’s all about augmented reality with the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Bixby virtual assistant! But how useful are they? Check out the two videos and find out!
Samsung Bixby was first introduced with the Galaxy S8 as a replacement for S Voice. Samsung even introduced a dedicated Bixby button for quick access. However, it was panned for its limited utility, and Samsung eventually allowed users to disable the Bixby button (but not repurpose it).
Critics expected Samsung to quietly ditch Bixby in the Galaxy S9, or at least the dedicated Bixby button. But as we shared in our early coverage and leaks on the Galaxy S9, it will come with a dedicated Bixby button.
The New Samsung Galaxy S9 Bixby Features
Instead of just admitting defeat, Samsung doubled down on Bixby. Not everyone gets things right the first time, after all; and virtual assistants like Bixby are the future. The pressure was on the team to make sure the Samsung Galaxy S9 Bixby will actually be useful to its users.
The original Samsung Bixby is capable of live translation, so a more accurate description of this new feature is AR (augmented reality) Translation.
In the original Bixby, the translation appears as a separate card. But in the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Bixby implementation, the translation appears as part of the image. Hence, our opinion that it should be called AR Translation.
In fact, it is smart enough to take note of the font and background of the text being translated, and render the translation as if it was the original text!
This is, without doubt, a truly useful combination of Bixby and augmented reality!
Improved Bixby Vision
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Bixby Vision has been improved. Again, it makes use of augmented reality (instead of separate information cards), to help you locate the information you need.
Point Bixby Vision at an object to get information on it, like the calorie count of a food item. Point it at a landmark, and it identifies the location and tells you about prominent establishments nearby. Point it at the sky and it gives you the current temperature and weather report.
While many of these features are already present in the original Bixby, the presentation of the information in augmented reality in the Galaxy S9 Bixby implementation makes it more intuitive to use.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ boast improved cameras with a bunch of new features. In this article, we will explain to you the new Galaxy S9 camera features, and share with you a live demonstration video and samples of the new Super Slow-mo feature!
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Camera Features Explained!
Samsung conducted a special tech briefing session on the Samsung Galaxy S9 camera features. They demonstrated the new Galaxy S9 camera features like Super Slow-mo, f/1.5 low light capability, and the new AR Emoji feature.
Dual Aperture Camera
Both models feature a new, unique dual aperture camera. The camera has a mechanical aperture that automatically switches between an incredibly bright f/1.5 aperture, and the f/2.4 aperture for a deeper depth of field.
The f/1.5 aperture is the widest aperture so far in a smartphone, offering just over ⅓ stop more light than the f/1.7 aperture of the Samsung Galaxy S8‘s camera. This translates into better low-light photography with less noise.
Both smartphones will come with a new Super Slow-mo feature. It allows you to record slow-motion 720p video at 960 fps. Best of all – the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones can automatically detect motion and start recording when you need it to.
There are some caveats though. It is limited to 20 shots per video, with approximately 0.2 seconds of recording and 6 seconds of playback for each slow-mo shot.
The Super Slow-mo videos can be instantly edited, with a random selection from preloaded choices. Or you can use your own music / songs. You can also create a GIF from the recorded video, with three style of looping – reverse, forward or swing.
This is arguably one of the coolest software features in the new Samsung Galaxy S9 camera system. You can use either the front or rear camera to take a picture of anyone, to create augmented reality emojis that look like your subject!
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will automatically create an avatar that looks like you, which you can customise to your satisfaction. They will also automatically create 18 stickers showing a range of different emotions for you to use in your instant messages.
But that’s not all – the avatar will imitate your facial expressions. You can even record videos that can be shared with your friends!
Star Wars Jedi Challenges (Price Check) is now available in Malaysia! Get the full details here!
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges (Price Check) is a smartphone-powered augmented reality experience. The kit consists of a Lenovo Mirage AR headset and tracking beacon, as well as a lightsaber controller. It is designed to work with select Android and iOS devices :
ASUS just launched the ASUS ZenFone AR – a new-generation smartphone optimised for virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. In fact, it is the first ASUS smartphone to be Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready. Find out what the fuss is all about, and how much the ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) will cost, and more!
The ASUS ZenFone AR Presentation
Introducing the new ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) is Li Huai Pin, ASUS Malaysia Consumer Product Lead. He shares with us the key features of the ZenFone AR smartphone, as well as its local price and availability.
Here is a clearer version of the product video that was shown before the ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) presentation began.
What Is Tango & Daydream?
The ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) AR is Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready smartphone. But what does that mean?
Tango is a set of sensors and computer vision software Google developed to enable augmented reality in smartphones. It adds motion tracking, depth perception and area learning capabilities, to enable the creation of augmented reality experiences.
Daydream, on the other hand, is the Google mobile virtual reality platform. The ASUS ZenFone AR can be paired with the Daydream View headset and controller to allow the user to enjoy virtual reality movies, games and apps.
How Useful / Fun Is Augmented Reality?
You may be wondering – how useful or fun is Augmented Reality (AR)? What exactly can you do with the ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) that you cannot do with any other smartphone? This ASUS video demonstrates three augmented reality examples that the ZenFone AR enables.
ASUS is offering the ZenFone AR (Price Check) with a special 1-to-1 Exchange Warranty. Here are the details :
1-to-1 Exchange In-Warranty is only applicable to ZenFone AR (ZS571KL) only.
Exchange is valid only within 12 months from the date of purchase receipt.
1-to-1 Exchange In-Warranty is also applicable to customers of Pick Up & Return service by contacting 1300-88-3495.
1-to-1 Exchange can be done within the same day (only applicable to Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Puchong, Cheras, Ampang, Kajang and Serdang). If the exchange request is made after 3:00pm, the exchange can only be done on the next business day.
ASUS ZenFone AR Price & Availability
The ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) will retail for RM 3,799 (inclusive of 6% GST) / ~US$ 899 from 7th July 2017 onwards, bundled with Google Cardboard, a Screen Protector and a Silicone Case. You can order it from Lazada here!
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The ASUS ZenFone AR Key Features
ASUS TriCam system for Tango experiences
ZenFone AR (Price Check) uses an ASUS TriCam system consisting of three rear cameras — a motion-tracking camera, depth-sensing camera and high-resolution 23MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera — which provide input to Tango, enabling smartphone augmented reality experiences for users.
The motion-tracking camera lets ZenFone AR (Price Check) keep track of its location as it moves through three-dimensional space. The depth-sensing camera lets ZenFone AR determine its distance from objects by projecting an infrared (IR) laser and measuring the amount of time it takes for IR light to bounce off objects and return to the phone. The 23MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera features a Sony IMX318 image sensor to vividly capture the environment as a backdrop for AR experiences.
AR is a rapidly growing area of mobile technology, and one that consumers are extremely excited about. ASUS and Google have partnered with well-known brands, such as iStaging, to bring the smartphone AR experience to customers. Tango also provides developers with the ability to deliver consistent AR experiences across devices and helps users easily discover a wide range of new apps, such as exciting games, home decor utilities, and apps that provide new ways to explore. To date, the ecosystem has grown quickly and there are plenty of apps on Google Play that are Tango enabled.
Daydream by Google
The expansive 5.7-inch display of ZenFone AR (Price Check) makes it ideal for VR apps and games when used with Daydream View, immersing users in incredible VR worlds that appear detailed and lifelike in WQHD (1440 x 2560) resolution. Super AMOLED technology enables deep blacks and high contrast, further enhancing image quality and 3D effects.
With ZenFone AR and Daydream View, users can explore new and fictional worlds with apps like Street View and Fantastic Beasts, kick back in a personal VR cinema with YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and HBO, and get in the game with Gunjack 2, LEGO BrickHeadz, Need for Speed, and more.
Impressive audio, inside and out
In addition to video, high-quality audio is an important component of immersive AR and VR experiences. To fulfill this demand, ZenFone AR comes with ASUS SonicMaster 3.0 technology. A five-magnet speaker driven by a powerful NXP smart amplifier delivers clear, expansive sound that can be played at high volumes without distortion. ZenFone AR (Price Check) can also output certified High-Resolution Audio (HRA) to compatible devices at 24-bit/192kHz — or 4X CD-quality. DTS Headphone:X provides virtual 7.1-channel surround sound for immersive entertainment experiences.
Cutting-edge hardware for unrivaled AR and VR performance
ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) is designed with the latest, top-of-the-line components to provide high-quality AR and VR experiences. This cutting-edge hardware also makes ZenFone AR one of the most powerful smartphones available. ZenFone AR features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that has been specially optimized for AR operations.
ASUS worked closely with Qualcomm Technologies and Google engineers to help develop methods for efficiently distributing computer-vision workloads, as well as rapidly processing movement and positioning instructions with Tango to deliver smooth, immersive, and compelling AR experiences.
It also features the desktop-class Qualcomm Adreno 530 graphics-processing unit (GPU) to deliver supercharged graphics performance and handle the graphical demands of Tango and Daydream applications with ease. ZenFone AR has a sophisticated vapor-cooling system that allows the CPU and GPU to work more efficiently and delivers enhanced performance to prevent overheating.
World’s first smartphone with 8GB of RAM
ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) is the world’s first smartphone with 8GB of RAM, enabling it to handle the demands of AR and VR with ease. It also helps with heavy multitasking, allowing users to keep dozens of apps open simultaneous and instantly switch among them. ZenFone AR also includes 128 GB of fast UFS 2.0 storage, enabling users to store a large library of apps, games, videos, photos, and music, and open them quickly
Thin and light metallic design
ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) packages its advanced technology in a beautifully minimalist, light, and compact design. A precision-milled metal frame and slim, 4.8mm edge provides a luxurious look that is further enhanced by stainless-steel accents around the camera. These accents also help protect the camera lens from scratches. ZenFone AR has an ergonomic curved shape with a 4.8mm edge and a tactile, leather-patterned rear surface that feels great in the hand.
ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 — Capture reality, fast and steady
ASUS ZenFone AR (Price Check) also features an advanced camera that takes beautiful, high-resolution photos and videos in almost any lighting condition. It has an ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 camera that uses the world’s highest resolution camera sensor (Sony IMX318) and the ASUS TriTech autofocus system. Other key camera features include:
Four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) photo and three-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS) video stabilization — Enables sharp photos and shake-free videos.
03-second ASUS TriTech System — Exclusive TriTech autofocus technology is the ultimate integration of phase-detection autofocus, laser autofocus and subject-tracking autofocus, the result is a perfectly focused and sharp image every time – day or night, indoor or out.
Super Resolution mode — Creates ultra-high resolution, 92MP photos by capturing and combining four native 23MP photos to create a single image with exceptional clarity, greater detail, and less noise.
RAW file support — ZenFone AR offers photographers the freedom to shoot and store compositions in RAW format. RAW files save the full data of the photo captured by the camera’s sensor and are ideal for enhancement with editing software, where users are able to uncover fine details in areas of shadow, or recover overexposed areas in the highlights, with much lower loss of image quality when compared to editing JPEG image files.
High-resolution 4K UHD video recording — Captures ultra-detailed and sharp videos.
Professional manual creative controls — Gives keen photographers control over advanced camera settings, like white balance, exposure value (EV), ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and focus. This makes ZenFone AR a powerful tool for learning the fundamental skills of photography and allows users to shoot scenes with many different creative interpretations.
Samsung Malaysia recently embarked on a citizenship initiative called Culture.Connect that aims to connect generations and communities through a celebration of heritage and culture. Part of the roll-out of Culture.Connect is a new location-based augmented reality app called “Culture Explorer“.
What Is Samsung Culture Explorer?
The Samsung Culture Explorer app works like a personal virtual tour guide, using augmented reality that guides the users in exploring interesting landmarks around the country. This allows its users to learn about Malaysia’s heritage with unique features tailored to the local communities in Malaysia.
Culture Explorer is not only aimed at foreign tourists eager to experience the diverse Malaysian culture, it is also designed to encourage Malaysians to rediscover their own culture and heritage. To ensure accuracy of the information presented, Samsung collaborated with the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Perbadanan Muzium Melaka, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja’afar on the app.
Culture Explorer is compatible with all Android smartphones and tablets, and can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. No registration is required for users to enjoy full access to the app.
Samsung Culture Explorer Launched
Samsung recently launched their Culture Explorer app at the majestic Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, with the Malaysian Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin and Dato’ Roh Jae Yeol, Director of Corporate Affairs, Samsung Malaysia, officiating the launch.
Currently, the Culture Explorer app features historical information on the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and The Stadthuys – two legendary landmarks featuring the rich history and humble beginnings of a country that was then known as ‘Malaya’. Samsung together with its partners will include more historical sites and places of interests in the app in due course.
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Everyone is crazy about Pokémon GO, including Malaysians who have been waiting impatiently for it to be released in Malaysia. They have been disappointed time and time again by rumours that Pokémon GO is going to be launched. Will they be disappointed again?
Grab ‘Em All Faster with Hotlink
This morning, we received a special invitation from Maxis. Oddly enough, it’s for tomorrow morning! Such a short notice is often a sign that something special is coming up. A short notice is often used to prevent leaks – the fewer people know about it, the less likely the information will be leaked.
The invitation was enticingly titled “Grab ‘Em All Faster with Hotlink“, with this accompanying graphic :
There is no doubt that this Maxis event is about Pokémon GO. This has led many to speculate that this is a sign that Pokémon GO is launching in Malaysia tomorrow. Why else would Maxis resort to emailing the media about this event on a Sunday morning?
Speculation of an impending launch was also based on the major Pokémon GO update that was released just yesterday. That update came with the following changes / improvements :
players can now re-customise their character
Pokémon move sets have been rebalanced
some spawn points have been changed
your favourite Pokémon can be locked to prevent accidental transfers
the footstep tracking feature has been removed, eliminating the 3-step bug
the scan radius has been reduced
The theory is that Niantic will want to fix the major bugs before launching in new regions. The removal of the footstep tracking feature, in particular, is useful in reducing server load. That would be something Niantic would be eager to fix before launching the game in new countries.
Is Pokémon GO Launching In Malaysia Tomorrow?
Unfortunately, we do NOT think Pokémon GO will be launching in Malaysia tomorrow. After carefully reading the Maxis invitation, we highlight two important key points :
The event title – “Grab ‘Em All Faster with Hotlink“
The event is described as “a special preview“
In our humble opinion, Maxis is probably just announcing a future promotion to capitalise on the Pokémon GO craze. Most likely, they will be partnering with Grab to offer free rides for Pokémon GO gamers to Pokestops.
The urgency of this announcement though is odd. It could mean that a Pokémon GO launch is imminent.
MMO Server Status actually lists Malaysia’s Pokémon GO servers as going live in 25 hours, together with Pokémon GO servers in Israel, China, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and South Korea.
Thanks for the heads-up, Joshua Wong from The Ideal Mobile!
A cached page also revealed that Grab will offer Hotlink users FREE rides to the nearest Pokestops between 10 AM and 7 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday (August 2 and 3). This is definitely a sign that Pokémon GO is probably launching on Tuesday!
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