The hassles of purchasing new specs can leave many visually-impaired users frustrated with the entire process. Often times, glasses wearers outgrow the style or simply don’t feel comfortable with the limited selection many retailers provide.
However, Warby Parker, the online retailer of prescription glasses, has introduced a brand-new app to help negate some of these frustrations when picking up a new pair of lenses.
Warby Parker has recently specialized in bringing easier methods of picking out your favorite pair of glasses. While most brick-and-mortar retailers offer a wide selection of specs to choose from, there’s only so much room to showcase the massive selection of stylish glasses. What Warby Parker accomplishes allows glasses wearers to try up to five pairs of glasses before making the commitment of shelling out your hard-earned cash towards them.
With the success of the online lens retailer striking a chord with consumers everywhere, they’re adding more useful life hacks to their name. So, what if you could see how stylish you look in the comfort of your own home right away, rather than waiting for specific pairs to be shipped to your house and limited to only five pairs for every purchase?
Using AR (augmented reality) technology, the new app aptly titled ‘Virtual Try-On’ found on the Warby Parker app page for the iPhone X models allows users to virtually try on new glasses and see which style best suits their taste. The face scanning technology captures the users facial recognition and plants a variety of virtual lenses on the screen, appropriately placed where you’d normally wear your new spectacles.
Of course, this new app can only ease the pain of deciding which style to choose from. The comfort level can only be determined when physically wearing the glasses, the AR app is meant for visual purposes only. However, this new tech, which is currently available via the Warby Parker iPhone app, does ease a lot of future headaches when selecting a new pair of glasses.
The future of AR technology continues to grow and allows more quality of life scenarios, such as the Warby Parker app. Other mediums in the tech industry have utilized AR with success, including 2016’s wildly popular video game phenomenon Pokemon GO and plenty of face-chatting software, such as Facetime.
As an iPhone X exclusive app, the AR tech takes advantage of the phone’s TrueDepth camera which allows for users to incorporate facial recognition, rather than previous model’s fingerprint sensor. The new tech found in the TrueDepth hardware will only be utilized more in the future, introducing society to a plethora of new ideas to make life easier all around.
The Warby Parker app is available at the Apple iTunes Store, and the new AR feature is available now.The facial recognition app uses the AR technology in order to adhere whichever style of glasses to the face that appears on the TrueDepth front camera equipped on the iPhone X, XR and XS models. The virtual styling option from Warby Parker could just be the beginning of where the augmented reality tech can steer us in the future.
Source: Warby Parker
Now WhatsApp users can log into two accounts simultaneously
WhatsApp launched dual-account support today. You can switch between accounts in WhatsApp.
Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature on Facebook and said it would soon be available.
People used to need two phones for two WhatsApp accounts. The company now allows two accounts on one phone. App cloning lets users use multiple WhatsApp instances on Xiaomi and Oppo phones.
“Helpful for switching between accounts – such as your work and personal – now you no longer need to log out each time, carry two phones or worry about messaging from the wrong place,” the company wrote in a blog post.
Users can add accounts under Settings > Add Account. Your second SIM or multi-SIM phone is needed for setup. Account-specific notifications and privacy settings are available, the company said.
WhatsApp discouraged fake apps to prevent fraud.
WhatsApp added Android passkey support this week, enabling access without SMS-based two-factor authentication.
X experiments with a $1-per-year new user fee
X, formerly Twitter, announced today that it will experiment with charging “new unverified” users $1 per year to interact with posts. The company said this test is live in New Zealand and the Philippines and won’t affect existing users.
Users can post, like, repost, reply, bookmark, and quote for that fee. Free users get a read-only account to view posts and follow accounts.
This “Not A bot” program is not a profit driver, according to the company’s support account, but reason is hard to trust. The Elon Musk-owned company claims this program will reduce spam.
We created this new test to improve our already successful efforts to reduce spam, platform manipulation, and bot activity while balancing platform accessibility with the small fee. It does not generate profits, the company said.
The company said it would share spam-fighting program results on its support page.
Musk announced that X will charge “a small monthly payment” to use its service. The test program pays annually, but ethos is the same.
X (then Twitter) started requiring logins to view posts in June. Days later, the platform allowed logged-out users to view posts.
One year after Musk’s $44 billion acquisition, Simialrweb reports X traffic has dropped. The company has taken drastic measures to cut costs and make money.
In an interview last month, CEO Linda Yaccarino predicted X’s 2024 profitability. The former NBCU executive avoided discussing X’s user fees in the interview.
As of now, X only offers a $8 monthly plan. According to recently discovered code, the company may introduce three premium tiers, one ad-free.
Pixel 8 Pro runs Google’s generative AI models
Rick Osterloh, Google’s SVP of devices and services, says the Pixel 8 Pro will be the first hardware to run Google’s generative AI models.
At an event today, Osterloh said the Pixel 8 Pro’s custom-built Tensor G3 chip, which accelerates AI workloads, can run “distilled” versions of Google’s text- and image-generating models to power image editing and other apps.
Osterloh said, “We’ve worked closely with our research teams across Google to take advantage of their most advanced foundation models and distill them into a version efficient enough to run on our flagship Pixel.”
Google improved Magic Eraser, its photo-editing tool, to remove larger objects and people smudge-free using on-device models. Osterloh claims that this improved Magic Eraser creates new pixels to fill in shot gaps, producing a higher-quality image.
Osterloh says a new on-device model will “intelligently” sharpen and enhance photo details, improving zoom.
On-device processing benefits audio recording. The Pixel 8 Pro’s recording app will soon summarize meeting highlights.
Gboard will use a large language model on the Pixel 8 Pro to power smart replies. Osterloh claims that the upgraded Gboard will provide “higher-quality” reply suggestions and better conversational awareness.
Osterloh said an update in December will add on-device generative AI features except for Magic Eraser, which appears on the Pixel 8 Pro at launch.
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