10 Most significant tech innovations of 2016

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Every end of the year, Yahoo India releases “The Year in Review lists”.  This review list reveals the people, events, and stories that captured the attention of Indians in the last 12 months. Here are the list of most significant technology products in the year 2016.

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Augmented Reality joins rock climbing

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Is Pokemon Go the only Augmented Reality game you know? Well, if so, do not blame yourself, as the game made some huge records in the smartphone gaming history, all thanks to the Augmented Reality (AR) system that Niantic incorporated inside it. This sole thing made people go crazy about catching Pokemons they watched and loved during the 90s.

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VW’s electric car will have Augmented Reality navigation system

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Volkswagen’s upcoming, all-electric I.D., previewed in concept form a few months ago at the Paris Motor Show, is as important to the company as the original Beetle and Golf. The concept car showed off all kinds of futuristic tech that seemed like fantasy, but one of the I.D.’s coolest feature will make it to production–its heads-up display.

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Citi expecting trillion-dollar virtual reality market by 2035

Citi expecting trillion-dollar virtual realtiy market by 2035

There are numerous researches indicating virtual and augmented reality market to grow in exponential rates. A recent report by Citigroup is taking this even further.

The analysis unit of the investment group, Citi GPS claims virtual and augmented reality technology can be a trillion-dollar industry by the year 2035.

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Out-of-Body Experiences Triggered by Synchronized Virtual Reality Heartbeat

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New research demonstrates that triggering an out-of-body experience (OBE) could be as simple as getting a person to watch a video of themselves with their heartbeat projected onto it. According to the study, it’s easy to trick the mind into thinking it belongs to an external body and manipulate a person’s self-consciousness by externalizing the body’s internal rhythms. The findings could lead to new treatments for people with perceptual disorders such as anorexia and could also help dieters too.

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Have We Uploaded Enough Data To Digitally Clone Ourselves?

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In an episode of the British dystopian sci-fi show Black Mirror, titled “Be Right Back,” a man who dies in a car crash leaves behind enough social media and other data traces to be digitally recreated, first online and then as a creepily life-like robot. Turns out, that scenario is not so far-fetched.

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MIT creates a video you can reach out and touch

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Strictly speaking, video isn’t an interactive medium, but a new research project from MIT aims to change that: The school’s CSAIL lab has come up with a technique through which viewers can reach out and “touch” objects in videos, manipulating them directly to achieve effects similar to what you’d expect if you were actually touching the object live in the real world.

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Facebook’s Plan For Virtual Reality Is A Killer App for Social VR

What does the the largest social networking company want with a device focused on single user experience? Many eyebrows were raised when Facebook bought Oculus VR in 2014. Today at F8, Facebook revealed how it thinks VR will be a rich social tool. During his keynote address, CTO Mike Schroepfer talked about what he calls “social VR.”

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Zuckerberg shows off Augmented Reality glasses during F8

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his 10-year plan for Facebook, onstage at the F8 developer conference. During which he detailed the company’s thoughts on AR and VR and demonstrated a pair of AR glasses that are not yet ready for sale. He also discussed their dedication to live streaming, including a new API  so developers can add live streaming to their hardware.

Onstage at its annual F8 developer conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the social network’s 10-year road map. In addition to the company’s dedication to live streaming (including a new API so developers can add live streaming to their hardware), he detailed the company’s thoughts on how AR and VR will affect our lives. He also showed off a pie-in-the-sky pair of AR glasses that you probably won’t be able to pick up from your optometrist anytime soon.

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Patent Unveils Samung’s Idea For Smart Contact Lenses With A Camera And Display

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Science fiction from movies is becoming reality. In this case a scene from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, where IMF agent Milliam Brandt(played by Jeremy Renner), may have you wondering if this technology exists yet. According to a patent that recently surfaced, Samsung may be working on making this a reality soon, with their patent of a smart contact lens.

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