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Augmented reality is the future our hands are not yet ready for

Augmented reality is the future our hands are not yet ready for

While virtual reality or VR continues to ramp up the hype, a slightly related technology is also starting to rev up its engines. Augmented reality is that other movement that is trying to bring technology closer to our eyes, quite literally too. But unlike VR, AR has a significantly more ambitious goal. Or rather, it is what proponents like Microsoft and Meta are trying to shape it into. Augmented reality could effectively revolutionize how we do computing in the future, replacing monitors and some forms of input with more "natural" counterparts. But while that might be easy for our eyes to take in, our hands might have a harder time adjusting.

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Pokemon GO is a no-go at GDC 2016

Pokemon GO is a no-go at GDC 2016

Pokemon fans, and gamers in general, waiting to see a glimpse of a Pokemon adventure carried out in the real world will have to wait a bit longer. Niantic, the former Google subsidiary that is taking on the monumental task of bringing Pokemon GO to life has just confirmed that they are, indeed, not showing up at GDC 2016 this month. It is undoubtedly a disappointing development less than two weeks before the world's largest game developer event, but Niantic CEO John Hanke is assuring what could turn into an angry mob that it is all for the best.

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Intel tipped to be working on AR headset prototype

Intel tipped to be working on AR headset prototype

The Unreal Reality week continues. On the heels of Microsoft's start of pre-orders for the HoloLens development kit and Meta's second AR dev headset, Intel is now claimed to be working on an augmented reality headpiece of its own, according to people familiar with the matter. The difference, however, is that Intel isn't exactly making one for end user consumption. Instead, it is more interested in selling companies that do make these devices the components inside, a business that is more relevant to Intel than selling ready to use products.

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Meta 2 Augmented Reality Headset Dev Kit release : the Oculus of AR

Meta 2 Augmented Reality Headset Dev Kit release : the Oculus of AR

This morning the team at Meta have revealed their first Developer Edition Augmented Reality headset, the Meta 2. This headset had been shown at places like a recent TED convention before - now it's time to bring the hardware and the software to the public via a developer unit. This unit will look different from the final consumer-aimed edition, and will work with holograms and digital content viewed through a transparent shield that sits on front of a headset worn by the user.

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Microsoft’s HoloLens is not for you (yet)

Microsoft’s HoloLens is not for you (yet)

Today Microsoft HoloLens was released for purchase - sort of - for developers, in a kit that's made strictly for those that plan on making software for the device. This version of Microsoft HoloLens is not meant to compete with the other virtual reality headsets being revealed and/or released in the next several weeks. The Oculus Rift, for example, has had several developer kits released in the past. The HTC Vive, too, has had its own developer release before now. This is just the beginning.

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Father.IO turns the real world into a non-lethal MMOFPS arena

Father.IO turns the real world into a non-lethal MMOFPS arena

Despite enjoying a loyal following, massively multiplayer augmented reality games like Niantic Labs' Ingress didn't really become a mainstream phenomenon. But with the the likes of Pokemon GO, coincidentally also from Niantic, getting the spotlight, perhaps its time to make that leap of faith again. One group of people is making such a jump but not blindly. Setting up shop on Indiegogo, Father.IO is trying to raise funds not only to make the game but also the accessory needed to turn the whole world into one massive sci-fi first person shooter battleground.

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Leaked HoloLens app video reveals Start Menu for AR

Leaked HoloLens app video reveals Start Menu for AR

It seems there really is now escaping Microsoft's love for tiled-based app launchers, even in augmented reality. While the company did return the Start Menu in Windows 10, it wasn't the same one we've all grown up with since Windows 95 all through Windows 7. That tile-based idiom has even invaded the Xbox interface and soon, even HoloLens. A leaked video for an AR app named Actiongram shows what Microsoft has in mind for an AR app launcher and, suffice it to say, it isn't exactly a shock.

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How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

Lenovo and Google couldn't have picked a more impressive venue to demonstrate the latest iteration of Project Tango at MWC 2016 nor, indeed, one more suited to its indoor mapping capability. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya isn't short on fine art, and like most museums you could easily imagine getting lost in its various rooms and corridors.

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Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

If augmented reality is yet to make the market splash its VR cousin has, that's probably down to the relative shortcomings of transparent displays, but Epson's latest Moverio BT-300 suggests a tipping point is close. Freshly announced at Mobile World Congress today, the BT-300 headset not only slims down Epson's wearable display, but massively improves the image quality and usability.

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Microsoft HoloLens team teases more Galaxy Explorer pieces

Microsoft HoloLens team teases more Galaxy Explorer pieces

Augmented reality may have had a very short period of hype on mobile devices, but may get a new lease on life with Microsoft's HoloLens. AR might be fun for games but Microsoft , one of AR's current biggest advocates, is trying to show how the technology can be harnessed for more than just entertainment. Like education and research, for example. That might be the key motivation behind Galaxy Explorer, one of the AR projects being developed by Microsoft's HoloLens team. And now that team is giving a few peeks at the prototype.

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Mattel readies to launch Google Cardboard View-Master

Mattel readies to launch Google Cardboard View-Master

It seems that Mattel has gotten into the habit of resurrecting defunct products and giving it a 21st century twist. Just recently it has made the creative yet formerly dangerous "Creepy Crawlers" ThingMaker and turned into a still creative but safer 3D printing ecosystem. Now it is the venerable View-Master's turn. Partnering with Google, Mattel has transformed the toy into a more sophisticated and tech savvy toy by remolding the View-Master into a customized Google Cardboard that promises to deliver educational virtual and augmented reality experiences for kids and students.

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Google’s VR headset: AR, eye-tracking, wireless (or wired)

Google’s VR headset: AR, eye-tracking, wireless (or wired)

Google's play in the virtual reality environment is about to get a lot more focused. Inside a virtual reality headset the likes of which the world has never seen before, Google will deliver an entirely unique experience. Sources close to the company have described multiple areas of innovation Google has been exploring, leading to a headset that's a combination of the best parts of Google Glass, Google Cardboard, and Android in general. This headset will take on Samsung, Oculus, and any and all other combatants.

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