- General, Technology

Grab The Glamor Of Augmented Reality Apps & Plan Your Next Move With latest Technology!

“AR (Augmented Reality)” – buzzword in the existing tech ecosystem. Have you heard about it? It is a term noted by so many of us, yet have very less knowledge about it. This emerging technology will have profound impact on businesses. It will definitely change the way we work as well as completely revolutionize how we collaborate and access data.

What is Augmented Reality?

AR is the mixture of digital information with live video or the client’s surroundings in the real time. It takes a current picture and mixes new information into it.

“Augmented reality is the real-time use of information in the form of text, graphics, audio and other virtual enhancements integrated with real-world objects,” said Tuong Huy Nguyen, principal research analyst at Gartner.

It’s a type of virtual reality that intents to duplicate the environment of real world in a computer. the main objective is to make a system in which a user can’t recognize the difference between the real world and the virtual augmentation of it.

In short, it’s an upgraded adaptation of reality which is made using technology to overlay digital information on a picture of something being seen through a gadget.

Enhance Your Real Life With AR

If you are new in the city get an Augmented Reality application that help to show you what is near by and where you should go. AR applications enable you to filter out by different categories so you will easily able to discover what you are searching for, whether it’s a coffee shop, restaurant or museum.
If you are visiting a museum, AR hot spots offer detailed information. Augmented reality browser basically attaches information to the art so you need not to find any tutors.
It will lets you browse a virtual catalog of clothes from your favorite brand as well.
If you are searching for the traveling options, AR will help you. Just plop the Eiffel Tower in your garden and unlock some monuments. Your kids can pose with every single monument and basically take a trip around the world.
Using AR a history teacher could take students on a class trip to the great wall of china and even take a picture which make education more memorable.
AR software can access the user’s camera. So when you setting up technology at home like TV set up, cable cut off, the support team can access the camera and deliver instructions real-time through the camera instead of verbal communication on the phone.
Emergency, police or firefighters generally arrives at different places and navigate a place they have never been before. Its very helpful for them if they can see a virtual map of the site as well as have X-ray vision.
When you go to buy a new furniture for your home, you can take a real look of it in your home with the help of Augmented Reality technology. If it suits your home and if you like it, you can proceed with buying that furniture for your home.
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Apple predicted to pursue virtual reality and augmented reality technology and work on it in 2016 as hype continues to build around these phrases.
You will able to play game of AR on your Android wear watch with Tilt.
Asus and Gigabyte may enter in to the VR and AR market.
LifePrint- Printer with HyperPhoto Technology that add Augmented Reality to a user’s picture.
Augmented Reality for the mobile phones- interesting development procedure and also has the ability to take the user experience on the upper level. It offers users simple, convenient as well as precise information & services. We at AgileInfoways, deliver AR applications to our esteemed clients in each corner of the world. Our developers understand the significance of AR in today’s arena and deliver the best out of it.

What’s Good About AR?

Improvement in the technology
reduce the line between real world and virtual world
Deliver interactive abilities
Making things memorable and eye-catchy
Sensory-oriented
Digital ads can be inexpensive
Improves mobile usability
Disfavors

Lack of privacy
People missing out on important moments
Production is expensive
Physical danger
Information overload
Augmenting with any permission
Google makes devices that bring AR to a personal level. BMW and Audi, both are performing testing of AR devices that work with car windscreens to help the driver with traffic as well as weather reports. US military is working on a system which enables soldiers to integrate the data from a number of points to help in targeting oppositions. The field of medical has embraced Augmented Reality technology by taking it to the upper level known as “Mixed Reality”. This mixed reality combines virtual and augmented reality that allows real and digital objects interact with another.

The first AR SDK available is the AR browser. This SDK empowers developers to add augmented reality Geo-location view to your Android or iOS application in less than 5 minutes. There are some developers who don’t want to utilize the SDK for the products. They just want to integrate particular features. An application programming interface is important for the standardization. The release of API’s enables easy integration of features into the application. Each and everything from YouTube to Google Maps has an API connected with it.

What does the Future of AR?

With a number of features like Geo-location, image identification as well as object tracking, AR when get connected with an Android Device like Google Glass will make the world an improved place to live. It is making its way into the market place by working with top brands and corporations. There are a variety of technology and applications emerging from AR that will change the future. It will change the way individuals see and learn from their surroundings. People will not have to worry about being bored as everyone will have endless entertainment anytime, anywhere. The work we are performing in our ordinary life will be brought to the life and transform the experiences and boom the engagements.

By delivering world-class services, Augmented Reality is assisting the world for a better integrated and interactive lifestyle.

- General, Technology

Summer doldrums? Not for online retail

Online retail stocks are climbing, helped by Amazon’s massive profit growth.
Old-school retailers like Wal-Mart aren’t ready to concede the e-commerce race.
Motifs mentioned: Couch Commerce
Stocks mentioned: Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Macy’s (NYSE:M), TJX (NYSE:TJX).
The dog days of summer are often a time of tumbleweeds for investors, with Wall Street lawyers and investment bankers off vacationing and not driving excitement with mergers and acquisitions, either real or rumored.

However, the online retail sector has recently given traders more than enough to renew their bullishness.

The Couch Commerce motif has risen 7.9 percent in the last month. During that same time frame, the S&P 500 has increased 0.5 percent.

In the past 12 months, the motif has gained 14.1 percent; the S&P 500 is up 4.4 percent.

As is often the case, online retail talk begins with sector giant Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), whose shares comprise more than 18 percent of the Couch Commerce motif and are up 12 percent in 2016.

The company’s earnings report late last month was another winner, with Amazon posting a quarterly profit of $857 million – the third quarter in a row in which it posted a record profit.

To be fair, much of the Amazon investment story is tied to its cloud computing business, which actually generated more operating income than the company’s North American retail business. But it’s also a mistake to ignore the huge impact from the company’s retail operations, which produced nearly $18 billion in North American revenue in the last quarter.

Other retail-based tidbits from Amazon’s recent earnings are similarly impressive. For example, it’s now estimated that the company has 63 million US subscribers to its Prime service – consumers who pay $99 a year for unlimited streaming media and free two-day shipping on most purchases.1 As a recent Money.com article pointed out, Prime has turned into a gold mine even beyond the annual fee, as consumers who join it are shown to dramatically increase their spending on the site.

The impact of a Prime membership was best seen during the company’s Prime Day sale for members on July 12 (a date not even included in the company’s recent quarter). One estimate says the company drew 74 percent of all e-commerce sales in the US on that day.2

When you’re a Jet

Of course, not every company is prepared to forever concede Amazon’s massive market share in online retail. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) recently struck a deal to purchase online startup Jet.com for about $3.3 billion in a move to shore up its own e-commerce strategy.

Wal-Mart has spent zealously to expand its online operations, including the building of massive distribution centers and starting a subscription service similar to Amazon Prime, at half the price. Now it adds Jet.com, which achieved a $1 billion gross merchandise run rate in a little more than a year and is adding 400,000 shoppers monthly.3

A key Jet.com strategy has involved “gain sharing,” luring buyers to add items to their orders to reduce shipping costs, and to pay with debit instead of credit cards to reduce transaction fees.

Wal-Mart’s aggressiveness also makes sense when one considers the alternative – big brick-and-mortar retailers that are even further behind in converting their shoppers to online sites. Case in point: Macy’s (NYSE:M), which announced earlier this month that it would close 100 of its department stores, due to the grueling competition with online retailers and discount outlets like TJX’s (NYSE:TJX) T.J. Maxx.

Shares of Macy’s have fallen by more than one-third in the past 12 months, which has prompted its investors to call for sales of its real estate holdings – the company had already closed 41 stores in its last fiscal year. The company said that selling 100 more stores would generate about $1 billion in annual sales, but that some of the stores’ real estate was more valuable than their retail sales.4

That’s the sort of misfortune that is likely music to the ears of investors in online retail stocks.

- General, Technology

Wide world of sporting goods retail profits depends upon the play

Americans are more interested in watching team sports but participating individually
Competition continues to winnow down all-purpose sporting goods chain retailers
“Athleisure” wear-related stocks are likely to boom over the next several years
More than 105 million Americans gathered in front of their televisions on February 28, 1983, to watch the series finale of “M*A*S*H,” the popular television drama about the Korean War. [1] While it might have been unusual for that many people to devote themselves to a single episode, the event was more unusual in that it represents the only entry on the 20 most-watched U.S. television broadcasts of all time that’s not a Super Bowl. [2]

About 90 percent of all Americans watch sporting events, either live or on television. [3] The people most likely to be sports fans earn more than $75,000 annually. [4] The three most popular sports in America – pro football, baseball and college football – are all team sports. [5]

And yet, these are not the best of times for the sporting goods industry. City Sports, a privately held Boston retailer with 26 stores on the East Coast, went bankrupt in October 2015. [7] A decade ago, the Sports Authority was the biggest sporting goods retailer in the U.S. [8] The company abruptly declared bankruptcy in March, then announced it would close all its stores. [9] Vestis Retail Group, the owner of the privately held Eastern Mountain Sports chain, filed for bankruptcy in April and closed all of its Sports Chalet stores. [10]

It’s a paradox: The sports industry continues to grow, becoming an economic behemoth worth more than $60.5 billion. [11] Yet sporting goods stores aren’t shaping up as a champion in any investor’s portfolio.

Last Retailers Standing

When Sports Authority shuttered its stores over the summer, it was assumed that Dick’s Sporting Goods, the Pennsylvania-based owner of more 600 U.S. stores, had won the war. [12] Dick’s, founded in Binghamton, New York, in 1948 (with the help of $300 from Dick Stack’s grandmother’s savings account), reported $7.3 billion in net sales during 2015. [13]

Yet several competitors remain in the general sporting goods sector. They include the privately held Modell’s, which has more than 140 retail stores and annual revenues estimated at $765 million. [14] Dick’s is currently suing Modell’s, claiming the company’s chief executive impersonated a top Dick’s official to get confidential company information. [15]

Other players in the space include Champs Sports, a subsidiary of Foot Locker Retail (FL) that has 547 stores; Academy, a Katy, Texas-based retailer owned by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; and Big 5 Sporting Goods, a chain that operates 432 stores in 11 western states and reported $1 billion in sales in 2015 sales. [16] [17] [18]

Individual Sports

One of the chief advantages of retail sporting goods stores was their ability to sell supplies for equipment-intensive team sports, such as baseball, football or hockey. Yet while Americans love to watch team sports, participation has become a separate issue. The number of children playing in an organized football league fell 5.4 percent between 2008 and 2012; the percentage playing league basketball dropped 8.3 percent over the same period. [19]

Meanwhile, “fitness” sports, such as running and swimming, have climbed to a six-year high, according to the Physical Activity Council. [20] About 17 million runners finished a race in 2015. [21] Millennials also are fueling the growth of studios for cycling, CrossFit, ballet barre and boot camps; services such as ClassPass allow members to attend different fitness classes in 39 cities for a monthly fee. [22] [23]

The emphasis on individual sports may be a major reason why Americans spend more on sporting-related shoes and clothing, rather than equipment. Slightly more than one-third of people surveyed by the Physical Activity Council spent money on sports equipment in 2015, but more than 40 percent spent money on clothing or shoes for sports. [24]

This is good long-term news for clothing manufacturers like Nike (NKE), V.F. Corp. (VFC), Under Armour (UAA) and Lululemon Athletica (LULU). While Nike stock, for example, has taken a beating lately from analysts for weak wholesale orders, its direct-to-consumer sales are growing and are now responsible for about a quarter of the Beaverton, Oregon-based company’s sales. [25]

VF Corp. also is taking advantage of the trends. The company, whose brands include North Face, Timberland, Wrangler, Vans, Lee and Nautica, has increased its quarterly dividend rate every year for the last 43 years. [26] Under Armour, the No. 2 sports apparel company in the U.S., also has been moving into the casual athletic wear market, as well as high-end clothing. [27]

While many of the people who buy so-called “athleisure wear” may not ever enter a race or even step into a gym, investing in the sporting look may pay dividends for investors. Americans spent about $44 billion on “active wear” in 2015; Morgan Stanley predicts that number could almost double to $83 billion by 2020. [28] [29]