Imagine interacting with dinosaurs and other pre-historic animals or traveling to places you have not been to – all using the power of your smartphone and a cost-effective, easy-to-build virtual reality player.
This is what Raven Duran, Geoff Diaz, and Edmund Salcedo Jr., graduating IT students of Mindanao University of Science and Technology and Co-Founders of Webnified.com web development startup came up with to win the grand prize of P50,000 in the first Google Cardboard Hackathon organized by Globe Labs, the developer community of Globe Telecom.
The app called 3DU is a Modularized Augmented and Virtual Reality System Education Technology where users can talk to each other in real time as well as learn, explore and challenge themselves in a virtual ever growing university. It is designed for students and teachers who would like an immersive real-world experience without leaving the comforts of the classroom.
Second place went to monstAR, a 3D Virtual Pet/Monster on an Augmented Reality experience of Erwin de Torres, Jeffrey Santiago, Karl Patrick Camota, and John Carlo Rolluqui who took home P30,000 while third spot went to Dayo-rama which gives users a chance to watch history as it unfolds. Dayo-rama creators Rai Icasiano, Karina Zambrana, Rex Cruz received P20,000.
To work, the virtual reality apps have to be downloaded on a smartphone fitted in a Google Cardboard viewer kit. The kit may be created using simple tools such as a fold-out cardboard, lenses, magnets, Velcro, and a rubber band or bought ready-made.
“We want to help increase the learning engagement of students and teachers without making them spend a lot. This desire gave us the drive to fly to Manila and join the Google Cardboard hackathon which we luckily won. Through the support of Globe Labs, we hope to create more virtual reality scenarios to help them with the lessons – from history, to science, to practically anything,” said Duran, the team leader.
Anne Michelle Santos, Developer Relations Manager of Globe Labs said: “We are thrilled with the creative and interesting apps which the developer community has produced for Google Cardboard and which we may eventually adopt to give our millions of customers a different kind or virtual reality experience.”
Once the 3DU app is fully developed, Globe Labs will provide an additional P80,000 to the team, help them publish the app in Google Play, and assist in its promotion. Those interested to support 3DU or get updates can visit http://3du.webnified.com/.
Meanwhile, 3D mood board and sound space, CONFETTI won P35,000 under the Ayala Museum special category. CONFETTI allows users to paint images and generate sound through movement. It also generates a collage made of clippings from current Ayala Museum shows.
“We wanted to explore the space that Virtual Reality provides, by creating something that doesn’t replicate existing/actual reality. There’s merit in recreating the world or the reality we’re familiar with, but we were intrigued by the possibilities that can be made with VR, as we treat the space it generates as a blank canvas of sorts. Basically, anything is possible within VR. We were also motivated by the partnership with the Ayala Museum, hence our decision to build something that was heavily inspired by art, sound, and the process of creation,” said young developers Carl Rosario Flor, Claudine Rodriguez and Mike Co Lu.
They added: “One thing we realized during the competition is that innovation doesn’t have to be grand or complicated. It always begins with the intent to challenge existing standards, and thinking that there’s always room for improvement. In filling our hearts with this desire, we believe that we can solve problems in our society, even with just an idea and the ability to build things.”
The 3DU and CONFETTI apps will be displayed at the new Globe Gen3 Stores in Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City and SM North EDSA in Quezon City. CONFETTI will also be used at the Ayala Museum.
Google Pixel 4a with punch-hole display rumors and leaks images online
Renders of the Google Pixel 4a surfaced last year. Now alleged live images of the phone have surfaced on a private Facebook group showing off the punch-hole display, square camera module, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a small bezel below the screen.
Another image shows 64GB storage, and a rear case made of fabric with Google logo. Based on earlier rumors the Pixel 4a is said to sport a 5.7-inch or 5.8-inch flat LCD screen with thick bezels around the display and is expected to be smaller in comparison to Pixel 3a. It is said to feature a 3.5mm audio jack, bottom-ported speaker grill and a USB Type-C port.
It is said to be powered by Snapdragon 7 series Mobile Platform. Since Google I/O has been cancelled, the company might introduce the Pixel 4a via online post sometime in Q2 or hold a separate event later.
Google Gboards customised emoji Emoji Kitchen
In case you thought there just is no emoji to express what you are feeling at a moment, maybe Google’s new Emoji Kitchen on the Gboard can help. The new feature, currently in Gboard’s beta app, takes your favorite emoji and mixes them into customised stickers, giving rise to many more emoji that can be express your emotion perfectly.
Google is calling this feature “Emoji Kitchen” as it believes it is a place where users can create “recipes” of expression with the ingredients being their favourite emoji. To use the feature, users can tap on emoji and Google’ Emoji Kitchen will reveal a number of customised emoji that will be combined with other emoji.
For example, if the emoji with the combo hat is selected, Google will suggest monkey cowboy, ghost cowboy, laughing cowboy, kissy cowboy, in love cowboy, pleading cowboy and even pensive cowboy.
It was just last month when Unicode released its Emoji 13.0 with 117 new emoji. Apparently Google feels that is just not enough emoji in the world for users. Users will be able to use the feature in most communication apps such as Gmail, Messages by Google, Messenger, Snapchat, Telegram, WhatsApp and more.
Google Search How to Recharge Your Phone Number
Further expanding its capabilities, Google has now launched a new service in India through which you can compare prepaid plans and recharge your mobile number, directly from the Google Search. In this article, let’s have a look at how to recharge your prepaid mobile number easily via Google.
Recharge Mobile Number Using Google Search
Besides the ability to do calculations, test internet speed, check match scores, and more, Google now lets you discover, compare, and recharge prepaid mobile plans using a simple search on the platform. It not only allows users to recharge their own number but also facilitates recharging other person’s prepaid plans without any hassles. You’ll need the payment apps on your phone, though.
As of now, the service is available only for signed-in Android users in India. That said, it supports all major telecom operators and third-party payment services in the country.
Steps to Recharge Mobile Number via Google Search on Android
1] Open Google Search or Chrome on Android. Make sure to sign in with your Google account if not already.
2] Now, there’s no particular toggle to activate the feature. Instead, you need to search for terms like “mobile recharge,” “prepaid mobile recharge,” “SIM recharge,” and other related keywords.
3] Once you initiate the search, you’ll see a dialog box named Mobile Recharge, embedded right above the search results.
4] Enter your details in the box, such as the phone number, telecom operator, and operator circle. Google will automatically retrieve the mobile number and other info for those who have linked it with the signed-in account.
5] Click on the ‘Browse Plans‘ button. On the next screen, you’ll see a list of prepaid plans for your mobile number, alongside the maximum possible discount or cashback. Select the one you want, and it’ll show you all eligible offers from payment platforms, including Google Pay, FreeCharge, Paytm, and MobiKwik.
6] Click on the payment app of your choice and complete the transaction. Once the recharge gets processed, you’ll see customer support information about the same. You can tap on Back to Google to return to Google Search.
So this was a quick guide on how you can recharge your mobile number with a simple Google search on Android. Currently, the service is limited to Airtel, Vodafone-Idea, Jio, and BSNL operators and works only on Android. In the coming time, we expect Google to expand the service to iOS and add more operators and payment services.
Anyway, what are your thoughts on Google adding more and more services to its search engine? Let us know in the comments below. Moreover, feel free to reach us in case of any doubts or queries.
Source: Gadget House
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