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MediaMonks Labs is an R&D and innovation group, with the goal to steer and drive global solutions focused on technology and design evolution. Each month, we share a selection of some of our favorite, most talked-about innovations while peeling back the curtain on the work we’re doing to push technologies’ boundaries. Through this experimentation, we deliver fresh, exciting and delightful experiences that redefine what's possible.

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Labs Report 20: Creative Machines

Can AI be creative? Our report explores a few examples of creative machines, then dives deep into the development of our own.

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For Creatives and AI, It Takes Two to Tango

A dancing AI from MediaMonks Labs goes beyond enhancing productivity–it supercharges creative thinking and imagination, too.

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Labs Report 19: Zoom Fatigue

Months into quarantine, we're all feeling a little fatigued from video calls. In this month's report, the MediaMonks Labs team highlights how they've innovated to meet digitally face-to-face.

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MediaMonks Labs Explores the Future of AI-Powered Video Conferencing

Snap filters and webcam backgrounds are so two months ago, so the Labs team challenged themselves to envision other ways AI can impact video calls.

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Sander van der Vegte on Innovation Through COVID

On Adobe's XD Ideas blog, Sander van der Vegte (Head of MediaMonks Labs) offers insight on how the team has innovated in the pandemic's early days.

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In this month’s MediaMonks Labs Report, we explore the purposes of virtual spaces, as well as the mediums available to host them.

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In Digital Venues, Everyone Gets a Front-Row Seat

Our Labs team explores the potential of digital venues to bring people together while social distancing. The show must go on!

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This month's Labs report pays tribute to the innovators around the world dealing with COVID-19 and examines the role digital has played in connecting people.

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When Speed is Key, MediaMonks Labs Enables Swift, Proactive AI Prototyping

Through experimenting with machine learning, the Labs team developed a way to rapidly prototype new solutions from idea to market.

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View the February Issue

This month's update features increased ease and accessibility with AR, and how the Labs team used machine learning to determine the best time to get lunch.

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View the January Issue

With highlights from CES, our FWA streak and experiments in making mixed reality more intuitive, this month's update shows our determination to break convention.

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Getting Our Hands Dirty with VR Hand Tracking

With the release of the Hand Tracking SDK for Oculus Quest, our innovation team went hands-on to experiment with a new form of input for virtual reality.

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View the December Issue

It's a new year, and we're looking forward to new innovations--namely in AR. This month's update dives into how we made a holiday miracle to push web AR to the limit and playing with occlusion.

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What We Learned from Demoing Google’s New Depth API

To portray the functionality of a major ARCore update, MediaMonks built a whimsical AR experience offering both occlusion and real-time physics.

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View the October Issue

This month’s Labs update is all about how brand activations can become a lot more human, from replicating a voice in a couple sentences to gaining sight through image recognition.

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MM Labs Uncovers the Biases of Image Recognition

MediaMonks Labs built a tool that helps discover where image recognition services don’t see eye-to-eye, identifying the biases inherent in the tech.

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View the September Issue

The latest update from MediaMonks Labs puts a satisfyingly futuristic twist on traditional media—namely watercolor paintings and print ads.

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View the August Issue

From empathizing with patients to an out-of-this-world view of planet Earth and more, see how tech innovation helps users directly experience new perspectives.

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Why We Gave a Machine a Human Disease

Innovation doesn't come from supporting the latest tech just for the sake of it. Instead, it comes from supporting strong creative ideas in the best way possible.

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Elevating Education with Edtech

Geert Eichhorn of MM Labs discusses his relationship with edtech and its potential to engage students through meaningful, hands-on experiences with emerging technology.

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What Robots Can Teach Us About Human-Centered Creative | Blog

Advertising as we know it is poised to evolve—is your brand evolving with it? See how tech-focused, creative leadership results in messaging that’s more resonant now than ever before.

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View the April Issue

This update will have you questioning reality (again)—AR. With a handy guide to native vs. WebAR and a deep dive into transforming window displays into digital dioramas, we take a look.

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Just in time for April Fool’s Day, our March update blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction before looking ahead at what to expect from Google’s I/O conference in May.

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‘We Peer into Pandora’s Box’ – How MM Labs Is Bringing Black Mirror to Reality | Blog

Inspired by the frightening tech featured in Black Mirror, we built an AR tool capable of detecting and “blocking” people—just like in season 2’s “White Christmas."

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View the February Issue

Emerging tech can make practical improvements in work and leisure. This month's deck dives into AR and VR solutions that lend practical help to users for work or leisure.

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Our Best Foot Forward: Functional AR | Blog

Recognizing friction for consumers and retailers when it comes to buying and selling shoes online, we designed an AR tool to detect users’ shoe sizes with computer vision.

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View the January Issue

This month, MM Labs celebrates the latest in AI—and a cutting-edge Facebook hack that lets you turn any image into a 3D photo. and a Google Assistant action that might save your marriage.

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Why Voice Should Be Your Employee of The Month | Blog

What if your most productive employee weren’t a person, but a voice? It’s not science fiction: advances in voice technology are making this reality.

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Transitioning Voice Bots from ‘Book Smart’ to ‘Street Smart’ | Blog

We’re developing a marriage counseling Google Assistant action to experiment with just how intimate a conversation with a voice assistant can get.

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View the December Issue

Seeing is believing—or so they said. This month, we experimented with tech's illusory potential, like images that perform edits on themselves and a mind-bending technique with 3D effects.

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View the November Issue

From using AR to diagnose mechanical issues to a wall that visually responds to movement, here's a few takeaways from recent hackathons focused on using tech in fun, intuitive ways.

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Are You Prepared for a Future of Ubiquitous AR? | Blog

Diving head-first into emerging tech like VR and AR can be intimidating. Thankfully, brands can dip their toes into relatively simple experiences with big impact—here’s how.

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Harness the Power of Emerging Tech Like a Techno-Wizard | Blog

If anticipating the next innovative leap feels like gazing into a crystal ball, just the learn the (not-so-dark) art of techno-wizardry—a recap of Sam Snider-Held's talk at 4A’s CreateTech.

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