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Pokemon GO field test goes live in Japan, screens and video leak

Pokemon GO field test goes live in Japan, screens and video leak

For Pokemon fans, Pokemon GO might yet be the most exciting incarnation of the title yet. Although it will hardly match up to imagination or even the anime series, it will be the closest you'll be able to get to the real thing until the day technology catches up with fantasy. The field test in Japan has gone live, meaning invites and APKs have rolled out to the selected few. And, braving the threat of the banhammer, some of those have leaked out screenshots of the app's interface as well as a video of the game's first few moments.

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HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced the release of the first edition of HoloLens. This version of the headset will be sent to developers only - it'll be a HoloLens Developer Edition as such. The shipping on this developer edition will begin today, and Microsoft suggests that developers will begin to be able to develop apps immediately. They've also given a single example of development time for a standard HoloLens app - six weeks. They first app they've developed will have its code posted to GitHub soon.

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Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft has shown off a lot of concept projects in the last year related to HoloLens, its $3,000 augmented reality headset, but this one just might be the crown jewel of them all. Dubbed "Holoportation," Microsoft Research's latest demonstration is the ability to view a live hologram of a person in another location. There's an impressive video of the tech in action below, but trust us when we say it's like something straight out of Star Wars.

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HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

I've spent a lot of time writing about VR experiences, however, I haven't gone into the world of AR/MR too much. My experience with AR technologies has been limited, as there aren't many devices out there that provide true AR/MR experiences. Next week Microsoft will begin shipping the first developer kits for their Hololens, which meant it was the perfect time for its inventor, Alex Kipman, to do a TED talk.

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Pokemon GO details released as beta begins in Japan

Pokemon GO details released as beta begins in Japan

This week the folks at the Pokemon company and Niantic Inc. via Google have revealed a whole lot of details about the next-gen game Pokemon GO! This game will be an augmented reality game in which the player will use their smartphone as a window, showing Pokemon running around their real world with GPS information. Radical! This week the crew responsible for developing the game have revealed a whole lot that we did not know before.

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Pokemon GO first impressions will “Snap” into AR (and maybe VR, too)

Pokemon GO first impressions will “Snap” into AR (and maybe VR, too)

This week we're pouring over the Pokemon GO details revealed by its creators at SXSW, including a video clip showing gameplay. This game was revealed last year in part, having spawned from Google's world of interactive map-friendly gameplay - Ingress. Created by the same people that made Ingress, Pokemon GO will be released to smartphones and tablets, coming around the world to iPhones, iPads, and Android devices of all sorts very soon.

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HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

Microsoft's HoloLens holographic headset will soon be working with Lowes to visualize the future of their home repairs and modifications. While the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is the only version of the device available now - or soon, rather, as it's on pre-order - Lowes appears to be ready and willing to jump in on the experience without delay. Now we'll see what that fridge REALLY looks like when it's crammed into a space that you know good and well is too small for it, Janet.

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Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta is a company that's created an augmented reality headset that - at this moment - is available for sale to developers at large. Today is the day that TED Talks releases the first major address made by Meta CEO Meron Gribetz to the public. It is in this TED Talk that Gribetz lays the groundwork for the public to not only see, but experience and understand the world of augmented reality through a headset that does not rely on either extra-tiny or extra-close-to-one's-face displays.

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Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Today the folks at Unity have revealed a shirt film called "Adam" to demonstrate the abilities of their Unity engine. This clip is part of a longer film that'll be released (in full) by the Unity Demo team at Unite Europe 2016 in Amsterdam. Until then, you have this - a masterpiece in its own right. This demonstrates not only the power of Unity for games, but for the future of film, too. Unity announced this week the availability of both Unity 5.4 and Unity 5.3.4 (stable), as well as the availability of beta releases to personal edition users. In Unity 5.4 this means big things not only for flat, 2D rendering, but for virtual reality rendering as well.

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HoloLens Actiongram puts AR creatures in your living room

HoloLens Actiongram puts AR creatures in your living room

Microsoft's newest app for HoloLens looks really similar to Sony's PS4 PlayRoom, placing augmented reality creatures and objects in your living room in real time. Actiongram gives you menus of creatures - a T-Rex or a Zombie, for example - that you can then pinch and drop in to your real world. Once they're in your world, you can use them to tell a story. Or you can just slap them around a bit if you prefer. What you're going to see is Microsoft's vision for first-person Augmented Reality storytelling.

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Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

It continues to be harder and harder to pin down exactly what Snapchat "is" — sure, it fits in the category of social apps, but its features have included experiments with marketing and original content creation, news and citizen journalism, and, of course, selfies. What could make defining the service even more difficult? A venture in to hardware. And that's exactly what Snapchat seems to be exploring, as recent hiring details indicate the development of a glasses-based wearable device.

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Meta on why AR vs VR will be a non-issue

Meta on why AR vs VR will be a non-issue

The near future will decide whether the newest generation of developers decide to create apps and games for VR or AR. What's the next big platform? What will most early adopters grab hold of first? According to the Augmented Reality headset group Meta, it's not a matter of which platform will take off first, but which platform will be easiest for the everyday user to use.

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