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On August 22-27, the city of Kazan hosted the 45th competition for young professionals, which brought together 1,300 participants from 63 countries. In addition to musical performances and lighting effects, the grandiose opening ceremony involved unique AR effects developed by specialists from ITMO University. Read on to learn who – and how – created these augmented-reality features for the show.
Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are among today’s most promising technologies. Despite the growing popularity, one can get a free introduction to this field at one of the world’s best universities, Oxford Brookes. Yulia Trushina and Alena Jigalova, ITMO Master’s students from the Multimedia Technologies, Design and Usability program, who recently participated in this educational course, share their experience.
At the end of the year, tech companies look back on 2018 and make predictions for 2019. The past year was marked by advances in AI, major data privacy scandals and countless ups-and-downs of bitcoin. But what about the near future? Let’s take a look at the key predictions for the digital world of 2019.
HAKORA is an AR platform with a ready mobile solution that allows to visualize any products in real-time mode. Roman Shiplyakov, ITMO Master’s student from the Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations, and Oleg Borovskiy, Master's student from St. Petersburg State University of Economics founded the startup two years ago, and now work in different segments of the market (medicine, retail, development, education, and industry) by helping companies solve their main task: tell their clients about their services in a most demonstrative and entertaining manner. Among HAKORA's clients are renowned brands, construction companies, and the St. Petersburg city administration. Read our interview to learn about the cases that HAKORA is currently working on and how it plans to compete with European and American players in the AR market.
In late October, the St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design hosted the Fourth International Animation Assembly. One of this year’s main topics of roundtable discussions, lectures and workshops was the use of digital technologies. ITMO University showcased virtual reality tech in a special demo area at the event. ITMO.NEWS learned how students create thesis projects at the intersection of art and science, and put down the highlights from a lecture by digital artist Rinat Khabirov.
Last weekend, yet another Science Fest took place in St. Petersburg. As this time the event was hosted at the recently-opened planetarium, guests were able to watch full-dome popular science films about space and space exploration. Adherents of “hard” science could also attend lectures on modern technology, the capabilities of hybrid intelligence and Big Data, while those who thrive for new experiences could try out VR apps and see a hologram of R2-D2 at ITMO University’s interactive zone.
Yesterday, ITMO University and the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) signed an agreement on the creation of a joint Competence Center in the field of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR). The meeting took place at TBoilSPb platform, as part of an informal educational conference "National Technological Revolution 20.35".
St. Petersburg is host to the annual VK Fest. Bloggers, artists, athletes, craftsmen and musicians made popular by the Internet perform onstage and hold workshops. ITMO University participates in VK Fest as well, setting up its own interactive zone. This year, the theme dominating ITMO University’s space is virtual sports. Visitors can try boxing and hang gliding, riding a bike and diving into the water - all in the same spot - just by putting on VR-goggles. Within its interactive zone, the University has also organized workshops on beginner robotics, 3D-printing, drones, gigantic spinners and hacking practices inspired by the “Mr. Robot” TV series.
Last week, ITMO University hosted the annual EVA SAINT PETERSBURG Electronic Imaging & the Visual Arts international conference organized by ITMO's Design and Multimedia Center and the Department of Engineering and Computer Graphics. The event itself was a discussion platform for both technical and non-technical scientists where they discussed different cases of combining culture and technology. One of the major topics was the use of VR and AR technologies for promotion of culture and arts.
On April 20th, it was the opening of Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF), which is one of the four major Russian economic forums alongside St. Petersburg Economic Forum, Eastern Economic Forum and the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi. As part of the event, Crimea's top officials checked the construction process of the projects that are now built on the shore of the Black Sea. The data on these projects was presented not as documents, but 360-degree videos filmed by Video360Production's team. The videos depicted the construction of the Simferopol airport, two big residential complexes and one of the two conventional thermal power stations that will provide energy for the whole peninsula. ITMO.NEWS learned about how the filming process, and what were the main difficulties Video360Production's team had to solve.