GDC 2018: ‘Safari Central’ Uses Real-World Data to Put Safari Animals in Your World to Track in AR

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Internet of Elephants is a development studio based out of Kenya who focuses on making digital experiences that help people learn about and make connections with animals in hopes of raising awareness about animal conservation. In August of last year they released the app Safari Central [Free] which allows users to interact with a handful of protected safari animals in augmented reality and do things like take photos or learn more about them. It’s definitely an “app” and not a “game” but that’s where GDC 2018 comes in. We met up with Internet of Elephants to see their future plans for Safari Central, which right now is considered just a limited preview. The real goal is to create an almost Pokemon GO-like tracking experience through AR. What’s really cool is that the studio has many partners in Kenya who are able to provide real-life data on all the featured animals, and coupled with the impressively animated 3D models it really has the potential to bring real awareness and knowledge to people who use Safari Central. You can find much more information about Safari Central and Internet of Elephants at their official website, and you can see a brief demo of the new AR mode in the video below. It’s in a VERY early state right now but already looks really cool. And of course if you want to check out the limited preview version of Safari Central, you can do so with the link at the end of this article.


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Apple makes deal for animated musical ‘Central Park’ from ‘Bob’s Burgers’ creator

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Apple has made yet another move for unique video content, this time an animated musical, without an announced service beyond Apple Music to host it.
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What the world’s central banks are saying about cryptocurrencies

 (Bloomberg) — More than eight years since the birth of bitcoin, central banks around the world are increasingly recognizing the potential upsides and downsides of digital currencies. The guardians of the global economy have two sets of issues to address. First is what to do, if anything, about the emergence and growth of the private cryptocurrencies that are grabbing more and more attention — with bitcoin now sitting above $ 16,000 and futures trading this week heralding a new level of mainstream acceptance. The second question is whether to issue official versions. Following is an overview of how the world’s largest central…

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Microsoft launches public preview of SaaS-delivered IoT Central

Microsoft launches public preview of SaaS IoT Central

Microsoft claims that IoT Central will help companies build IoT applications in hours, without the need to learn new skills. 

Enterprise software giant Microsoft has launched its public preview of IoT software-as-a-service (SaaS) product IoT Central, which it claims will allow companies worldwide to build production-grade IoT applications in hours without the need to manage back-end infrastructure or learn new skills.

Microsoft first unveiled the product back in April as an offering for those businesses that want to roll out IoT in their networks but don’t have in-house expertise. The SaaS product would integrate with Microsoft’s existing Azure IoT Suite, company executives said, helping customers to customize a network, as well as allowing complete control over it.

IoT needs grow

In a blog post, Sam George, director of Azure IoT, suggested that the product lets enterprises scale from a few connected devices to millions as their IoT needs grow.

“Moreover, it removes guesswork thanks to simple and comprehensive pricing that makes it easier for you to plan your IoT investments and achieve your IoT goals,” he said.

From a security perspective, Microsoft IoT Central has privacy features such as role-based access and integration with Azure Active Directory permissions, and from an integration point of view, the SaaS offering will soon be able to integrate with customers’ existing business systems such as Microsoft Dynamics 365, SAP and Salesforce.

Several of Microsoft’s customers have already started building their own applications with Microsoft IoT Central.

“Microsoft’s IoT Central solution helped us pilot in weeks, at minimal cost, a public school environmental monitoring solution that would have taken a year to develop from scratch,” said Jeff Reed, PhD, vice president of the Microsoft Global Alliance at electronics distribution company Arrow Electronics. “School and government officials can now monitor and improve the safety of public spaces without the cost and duration of typical IoT projects.”

Meanwhile Nate Hill, principal architect at medical supplies business Patterson Dental, said that Microsoft IoT Central provides “a highly configurable and intuitive solution to define the criteria needed to monitor and diagnose any variety of connected devices”.

“This in turn equips Patterson service technicians with current and past performance data, allowing them to transition from a reactive stance to one that is proactive and results in higher levels of customer satisfaction,” he said.

Read more: Microsoft delves further into IoT with GLAS smart thermostat

Azure IoT Hub

Microsoft has also announced the availability of Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service.

“Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service enables zero-touch device provisioning and configuration of millions of devices to Azure IoT Hub in a secure and scalable manner,” explained George.

“Device Provisioning Service adds important capabilities that, together with Azure IoT Hub device management, help customers easily manage all stages of the IoT device lifecycle,” he added.

Read more: Microsoft unveils Azure IoT Edge at Build 2017 conference

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Innovation Central: BandwidthX Launches BxNotify

This week, MMW learned that BandwidthX is ready to roll out BxNotify, the company’s newest addition to the BX product line.

So what’s the new offering packing?

This messaging service channel utilizes the same SaaS platform as the company’s main service BxMarket. BxNotify allows mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to send notifications to subscribers on their BxMarket enabled devices without using text messages.

In short, we’re told that it works both when the mobile service plan is active and when the cellular service is not active, but the device connects to the internet using Wi-Fi. The service complements existing mobile marketing channels to reach customers in the full subscription lifecycle.

“We are very excited to bring BxNotify to the market to help our customers stay connected with their subscribers even when the subscriber has not renewed their service.” said CEO Dr. Pertti Visuri, “Having a communication channel that does not rely on text messaging and that can be used without any action by the end user adds a valuable tool for building relationships with subscribers, retaining customers and reducing churn.”

For more information about BandwidthX and its solution, click here.

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Faraday Future leases central California factory in attempt to keep its electric car dreams alive

Just last month, Faraday Future scrubbed its ambitious plans for a $ 1 billion megafactory in Nevada. Now, the electric vehicle startup has found a new location for the production of its car of the future: a 55-year-old former Pirelli factory in Hanford, California which has been mostly empty since 2001.

The property, now known as Hanford Business Park, is about 200 miles north of FF’s Los Angeles headquarters. It’s owned by a US-based real estate development and investment firm called Industrial Realty Group. The Verge first learned of the factory after speaking to a source with knowledge of the situation. A representative for FF confirmed that the company will be moving into the park when the terms of the lease begin in early 2018.

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