Security has become enough of a concern for phones, tablets, and computers that passwords or biometric scans have become mandatory for most devices, preventing unauthorized users from accessing their contents. But as AR and VR headsets evolve into standalone devices, typing or scanning might not be as simple for users, so a group of researchers is proposing an alternative: Zero-Trust Authentication, also known as ZeTA.
If you haven’t heard of ZeTA, you’re not alone. Unlike passwords, which rely upon users and devices to match a sequence of characters to unlock access, ZeTA privately shares a multi-factor “secret” with the user, later asking yes or no challenge questions to determine whether a user knows the secret. The secret could be “blue NOT green,” accepting yes to the challenge “sky?” and no to “grass?,” while “yellow OR wheel” could accept yes answers to “sunflower?” and “steering?” but no to “heart?” and “coal?” Depending on the number of challenges, ZeTA can scale from rudimentary security to typical PIN- or online guessing thresholds.
Securing AR and VR headsets hasn’t yet emerged as a major issue because today’s wearables largely rely on PCs, smartphones, or game consoles, all of which have their own security and input systems; even Facebook’s almost completely standalone Oculus Quest falls back to a paired smartphone app for some purposes. Some next-generation headsets, however, will move away from needing immediately adjacent hardware, perhaps even omitting input accessories in favor of whatever they can store inside their own frames. Thanks to recent updates, Quest’s inside-out cameras can already track hand gestures instead of requiring controllers and use microphones for voice commands.
While it would be easy for a headset to just ask you to speak or gesture a passcode, that might not be practical as people walk around in public with mixed reality glasses. So ZeTA relies on a human’s ability to understand semantic relationships between concepts, yet reduces input demands to simple binary responses. Signaling yes or no to several questions gives the headset confidence that you know the shared secret, unlocking full access. This contrasts with “zero-trust” security systems that heavily restrict a user’s access because the identity of the user can’t be guaranteed, instead enabling a user to indirectly qualify for full access even if the “password” input channel between the user and device isn’t private or secured.
Backed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Denver, and Indiana University, the researchers are spread across Germany and the United States, and plan to present their work on August 7 at the Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication (WAY) 2020 virtual conference. Their next stage of research is to determine user comfort, effectiveness, and efficiency with the three potential input schemes — voice, up/down or left/right head movements, and taps on a surface — with test groups in both countries. Taking into account that the “online guessing” threshold of protection could require up to 25 yes-no responses, the researchers may determine that simple binary answers are less than ideal for this purpose, making more complex responses more practical.
Gamedust, the indie team behind Neverout and Spuds Unearthed has unveiled its latest madcap idea, a plunger firing, Soviet-styled, puzzle adventure which is slated for a PC VR launch later this year.
A sort of puzzle platformer, you have to navigate over 50 levels using suction cups fired from your arms. In fact, they are your arms as you don’t appear to have any hands either. Why? Because you happen to be a Soviet cosmonaut called Slavic Tarzan who has been sent to a Jupiter base to test some new device which of course goes wrong.
So you’re now left with navigating this space station using grappling hooks and spatial boosters, performing all sorts of crazy stunts to make it through. The grappling mechanic has been chosen by Gamedust to minimise motion sickness, and from the first trailer it doesn’t look quite as fast or hectic as fellow grappler Windlands.
There is a comedic undertone to the whole experience and it certainly has a striking cel-shaded art style in a similar vein to Lies Beneath – although nowhere near as horrifying and scary.
Yupitergrad is currently scheduled to launch via Steam in Q3 2020 for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Versions for Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR are expected in the future. As further details are released regarding the puzzles and gameplay VRFocus will let you know.
Senior Staff Writer at VRFocus who has reported on the VR industry for the last 5 years. A keen gamer since the days of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Peter enjoys covering all aspects of the technology; from the latest consumer hardware to enterprise use cases.
There are many ways which Instagram AR Filters can be used in injecting more fun & interactivity, such as using it for education, promoting a cause, promoting a brand and also celebrating an event!
With Singapore’s 55th national day coming soon on 9th Aug 2020, GOWAAA created a series of NDP Instagram Filters with our partners to help you celebrate the event digitally while practising responsible social distancing.
As part of #SGCultureAnywhere and supported by National Arts Council Singapore, GOWAAA and Studio Two-Three presents a collection of three interactive Augmented Reality (AR) Instagram Filters on the theme of Singapore’s Past, Present & Future for NDP 2020. Harnessing the storytelling power of AR technology, the audience is invited to celebrate Singapore’s 55 years of nation-building by exploring and discovering the Singaporean identity through Southeast Asian traditional-contemporary soundscapes and visuals in the comfort of their homes. These multi-sensorial experiences will take the audience on an immersive discovery journey through Singapore’s past, present and future (to be imagined) where users can create digital memories with interactive visual and auditory elements of Singapore’s ethnic heritage and local culture.
The Past Instagram Filter features 5 sets of Singapore’s local musical instruments, where each vinyl disc hovering above the gramophone represents a musical instrument. The artworks on the vinyl discs depict old photos of Singapore’s various architecture. By tapping on each disc, you will be able to play each instrument and create your own unique soundscapes that will be played out from the gramophone.
The Present Filter features Singapore’s contemporary cultural music that integrates with a series of photos of Singapore’s landscapes that are shown within the silhouette of yourself to reflect the vibrancy of Singapore’s city in present times. You can tap the screen to switch between two modes to immerse yourself in the beautiful Singapore city without stepping out of your home!
The Future Filter re-imagines Singapore’s future by featuring a futuristic mix of Singapore’s local instruments and neon city landscape with our famous merlion. The Filter also transforms you into a hologram, which we hope will be our future mode of communication with each other. The Filter is essentially our vision for Singapore; a vibrant and futuristic city that is built by people of different cultures and races (represented by the instruments).
Supported by Singapore’s National Heritage Board (NHB) Digimuse, we have created a firework and face paint filter: ND(Face)Paint that allows anyone from anywhere to celebrate Singapore NDP with our virtual fireworks!
4 different face paints are available for you to choose to place on the face of yours and your friend! The fireworks are also ignited different each time and hence, you can create your very own unique experience of the Filter each time you use it!
Collaborating with NDPeeps, the official Singapore NDP Instagram account, we have created a face tattoo Filter featuring the logo of NDP2020.
There is a selection of 3 different sets of tattoo which you can choose from to show your love for Singapore!
We would of course never forget to create GOWAAA’s very own NDP Filter to celebrate Singapore’s 55th birthday! Instead of just simply enjoying the yearly firework, our Firework Filter transforms you into a firework that can soar through the sky and shine!
And if you every miss celebrating NDP at the floating platform with other Singaporean, fear not! You can now celebrate it with an army of you that are all equally awesome!
Being based in Singapore, we are really proud and happy to have the opportunities to create such fun and engaging Instagram filters with our partners. We hope these Filters can bring some joy to you in challenging times like this, even if it’s just a little! (However, we would appreciate if you can tag us if you ever share these AR filters on Instagram!).
Last but not least, HAPPY 55TH BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE!
Our CEO, Michael Chong, was invited to speak at the 2020 RemoteWork Fair in Seoul, South Korea as a guest speaker in the field of augmented reality. The 2020 RemoteWork Fair was a conference of the newest groundbreaking technologies and platforms helping make remote work better. Seerslab presented ARGear as an innovative augmented reality platform that can be applied to enhance remote work around the world.
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