This stunning high-tech mural uses AR to celebrate badass women in science

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Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya‘s art is immersive and visionary even before you get to its augmented-reality element. Murals are usually decidedly low-tech art. But one going up on a wall in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is part of what will eventually be a series of 10 augmented reality-enabled murals around the country that aims to highlight research by “badass ladies” in STEM. Read Full Story

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High-tech face shields don’t have to be expensive. This design proves it

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UC Berkeley students designed an augmented reality face shield that’s powered by smartphones. This spring, six incoming students were told that their Master of Design program at UC Berkeley would be delayed due to the coronavirus. At that time, the need for PPE was at its most acute. And though their program hadn’t officially started, “none of us wanted to just stand by and wait,” says student Roland Saekow. The group had never met in person and was spread across the globe. But it “was our project zero,” says fellow student Abhi Ghavalkar. Read Full Story

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Here’s how the Army will use 120,000 Microsoft HoloLens headsets in battle

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More than just fancy gear, HoloLens is an example of a more agile Pentagon approach to funding and deploying cutting-edge tech. At the end of March, Microsoft announced that it had won a huge contract to supply 120,000 of its HoloLens augmented reality headsets to the U.S. Army. But details about how the devices will actually be used have been somewhat scarce. That changed last week, when two of the top three Army leaders took part in a panel discussion on strategic priorities. Read Full Story

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