Showtime at the Apollo.

Here is your VR look into one of the best events at the University of Kentucky, The Black Student Union’s Showtime at the Apollo. Take a journey with me through the special night.

321-Launch App

 

The app I decided to do a review over was the 321-launch app. It is a free app for Apple and Android products that will put you in control of a rocket launch anywhere in the world. The app uses your camera and a flat surface for you to start your building process. The app will give real high-definition 3D models of launch pads and a Space X Falcon 9. The app uses AR, to allow for you to be the director of your own rocket launch. Here is a link to see how the app works.

As a kid who at one-point thought going out of space was just the coolest thing in the world, this app caught my attention. This is just another way we see the advancement of AR in the 21st century. For the millions of us who will never be able to work on a rocket launch or ever be a part, this gives you an up close and personal view of how this entire project works.

A plus on this app was how it talks you through and gives insight on what you are doing, as opposed to you just going and doing the project. Each step in the app process has a voice going along with the video, as you will be able to hear and see in the video below.

As I played with the app for a few days I noticed a glaring problem. As you see below, I would have this message pop up, no matter what type of surface I used the it for. I also have pictured below the different surfaces I used as well. Over the past week I tried and tried and got the same result every time. A flaw I see in the app so far is that it has trouble finding or recognizing flat surfaces. With that being the most important part of the app, I struggled to enjoy and explore the possibilities of the app over the week.

A picture of what would pop up on my phone for a week.
One of the surfaces, a desktop.

 

 

 

 

Another surface, the floor in Grehan.

Overall, I believe that the app is pretty cool. Another cool piece on the app is that it gives you a chance to be apart of live experiences that will only occur on launch days. To have the ability to create your own rocket launch is one of the coolest things I believe are out there, and this will give people of all ages an opportunity to be the newest member of America’s space team, anytime you want.

A Day in the Life of Blazer Hall

Come  experience the day in the life of Blazer Hall. Here you will see different organizations that include, The Martin Luther King Center, The Student Activities Board, The Student Government Association and the Center for Community Outreach and how they operate and interact with students.

Aaron Porter- Photographer                        Savon Gray – Editor

Augmented Reality on Full Display at Winter Olympics

 

 

I got a chance to focus in on Augmented Reality, more specifically how it was used at the Winter Olympics on the different athletes. Augmented Reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

The New York Times made the biggest splash in the AR world with the way they covered  athletes from the Winter Olympics. John Branch has now allowed  AR to be put on a larger scale and brought it more relevance. In the article Branch talks about how you can use AR on your phone or table and how you can break down these athlete’s toughest moves. Using AR, you can literally put the athlete in your room without them actually being there. The technology of the today is now taking a viewer’s experience to a new level. You can now dissect the way these athletes perform at the highest level, which is what is shown with Nathan Chen, a U.S. figure skater. The article breaks down how he does quadruple jump. This move is done so quick, but the AR allows for you to see it broken down. Check it out here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/05/sports/olympics/ar-augmented-reality-olympic-athletes-ul.html

This is how Nathan Chen appears on a desktop. From here as you scroll down it will tell you about how the figure skater performs the move. Here let’s take a better look at what I am trying to say.

 

 

 

As you move and scroll you begin to see how intricate the details are on how he performs the move. Here is also a video on how he performs such incredible moves as well.

 

the article also highlighted U.S. speed skater J.R. Celski. With speed and placement, the most important tools used in this profession. Having tight angles is necessary for this sport. Let’s take an AR view of it.

Again as you see the AR view allows you up close and personal with the athletes. I do believe that The New York Times did a good job with this piece of work. Giving people a different view of how to consume sports is groundbreaking. The story they wanted to tell was that of an olympian, and I think it it worked very well. The characters were put on full display and there is a greater appreciation for what they do. it also, just looks really cool doesn’t it?  I believe going forward this will be more prevelant in sporting events because it gives consumers a different way to apprecaite sports.

Art Gallery: 360 view

The Zeta Psi Chapter of Iota Phi Theta hosted their “What It Means To Be Black” art gallery on Feb. 9, 2018. The gallery gave students a chance to showcase/present art of many different forms, all pertaining/dealing with what it means to be black. The poem you hear is “#BlackGirlMagic” by Daria Smith, who is also the interview you hear. Aaron Porter- Videographer/ Savon Gray- Editor.