O Showmetech TRIO is a compilation of the most interesting news of the week. Today we are going to talk about BMW Mixed Reality, the brand's new technology that combines virtual reality with augmented reality to bring an unprecedented automotive experience; We also brought a little about the next solar eclipse, which will take place on October 14, 2023, two years after the last one; and we will show you the new Cyberpunk 2077 DLC, Phantom Liberty, which according to its developer, is how the base game should be. This is Showmetech TRIO, your weekly news trio.
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AR + VR + Motorsport
BMW, one of the most famous car brands in the world, is bringing a technological innovation to the market: the BMW Mixed Reality. The technology mixes virtual reality and augmented reality – known respectively by the acronyms in English VR and AR – to provide a driving experience that is very different from what we know.
This technology uses a VR headset manufactured by Varjo to superimpose the virtual track on the real environment, allowing drivers to experience the thrill of traveling different routes without leaving the vehicle. Combining the VR headset with the device Smart Track of AR tracking, guarantees a high refresh rate and low latency, important elements to offer an even more immersive and fluid experience.
BMW claims that the mixed reality, where the virtual combines with the real, can be applied with advantages in the field of vehicle development and professional training, especially for driving simulations in different situations. An example mentioned by the team is the integration of technology into the existing driving simulator. This would open up possibilities in the real world to improve aspects such as choosing the ideal trajectory and braking points, among other applications.
Mixed Reality is becoming a tool that will not only cover brand-specific models, but will also be incorporated into future electric vehicles from BMW. Customers will have the opportunity to experience this technology for the first time during the BMW M Driving Experience, an event that will take place in 2023.
New solar eclipse in October
Approximately every six months, ideal physical circumstances occur that lead to Sun, Terra and Moon to align themselves precisely in space, enabling the occurrence of solar or lunar eclipses. Less than a month ago, in October 14th, 2023, we will have the opportunity to witness another annular solar eclipse, as the New Moon will be positioned to partially cover the solar disk, making it visible from the Earth's surface.
The last time Earth observers were able to appreciate this phenomenon was two years ago, on June 10, 2021. A annular eclipse is one of three types of solar eclipses that can occur due to the precise configuration of the positions of the Earth, Moon and Sun. In contrast to the total solar eclipse, which happens when the Moon aligns perfectly between the Earth and the Sun, completely blocking the sunlight and plunging the landscape into darkness, an annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers the center of the solar disk, leaving only a ring of sunlight visible around the Moon's edge.
The skies of several countries in America, including Brazil, will have the opportunity to contemplate a solar eclipse, which can be annular or partial, depending on the location. For Brazilian spectators who are in the regions of the states of Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará e Paraíba, the phenomenon will be of the type cancel.
For those located in other areas of the country, it will be of the type partial, with the best viewing expected in the regions North e Northeast. The eclipse is expected to occur in October 14, 2023 at around 15 pm Brasília time. However, it is crucial to remember that during the event, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection!
New Cyberpunk 2077 DLC
A documentary recently released by Ard Media brought additional information about the development process of Cyberpunk 2077. In approximately 70 minutes of content, the CD Projekt RED, the studio responsible for developing the game, spoke about the game's arrival on PlayStation 4 and clarified some of the controversial issues that arose during its launch.
The debut of the DLC phantom liberty brought some relief to the action RPG genre and is already considered one of the best-rated games of 2023 on the Metacritic. However, despite this success and the revitalization of the base game through the update, the question remains whether this expansion managed to erase 2020's disastrous launch.
As seen in the documentary, the DLC represents everything the original game was supposed to be. If Cyberpunk 2077 had been released with the same technical quality found in the expansion, it is likely that it would not have been removed from PS Store, would not have generated refund requests by the players and would not have received such harsh criticism.
Some people directly involved in the game's development confirmed that there were tight situations. Cyberpunk 2077's mission director, Pawel Sasko, points out that the RPG was launched hastily. During the interview, he mentioned a development process carried out in a very short period of time and argued that people did not have a comprehensive view of production.
Yes, Miles Tost, designer at CD Projekt RED, shared that he almost left the company due to the difficulties faced during the development of Cyberpunk 2077. Given the magnitude of the project and the continuous need to implement improvements and changes, the development team felt that they were constantly facing really challenging challenges. impactful. Remembering that the Phantom Liberty DLC is now available for PS5, Xbox series e PC.
Check out our latest edition of Showmetech TRIO! As usual we talk about various subjects related to games, technology and pop culture. Just take a look at what we brought:
- High temperatures in Brazil;
- Modder creates portable gaming PC;
- Apple releases update for iPhone 12.
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