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Reality Editor AR app connects IoT devices by drawing lines

Reality Editor AR app connects IoT devices by drawing lines

The number of Internet of Things devices, basically appliances and electronics that can connect to networsk like the Internet, are growing month after month. But each IoT trinket is veritably like its own island that may or may not have bridges to other islands. Wouldn't it be nice if you could all get them to tak to each other like good friends? While there are certainly some attempts to do just that, the best and coolest way would be to simply draw virtual lines between them, which is the premise and promise of MIT Fluid Interfaces' Reality Editor.

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Microsoft HoloLens streams Halo 5 from Xbox One

Microsoft HoloLens streams Halo 5 from Xbox One

Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset continues to get more and more interesting; just recently we saw it used in interactive car shopping, now we're seeing it used to stream Halo 5 gameplay from an Xbox One. The company seems to be letting HoloLens developers share short clips of the headset in action on Twitter under the hashtag #MadeWithHoloLens, and program manager Varun Mani may have the most impressive of all, with a 30-second peek at Halo 5 running on a virtual screen on his living room wall.

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Volvo teams with Microsoft HoloLens for virtual car buying

Volvo teams with Microsoft HoloLens for virtual car buying

In the near future, car buyers may find themselves putting on Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset in order to check out a Volvo in a kind of virtual showroom. The car manufacturer has announced a partnership with Microsoft to incorporate the HoloLens into the car buying experience. The concept they debuted today images a customer and car dealer putting on the headset and interacting with a holographic car.

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Asus confirms plans to release HoloLens-like headset in 2016

Asus confirms plans to release HoloLens-like headset in 2016

While it was roughly a month ago when Taiwanese PC maker Asus said it was considering making its own augmented reality (AR) headset, the company has now come right out and confirmed those plans, with an intent to release the product in 2016. Asus was previously engaged in talks with Microsoft to release a cheaper version of the latter's HoloLens, an impressive AR headset scheduled to see release early next year as a developer edition priced at $3,000.

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Hyundai steps into the future with augmented reality manual

Hyundai steps into the future with augmented reality manual

Quick! Name the last time your gadget purchase came with a full blown manual? Chances are, if they had any sort of printed documentation at all, it would be an extremely thin pamphlet. Almost everyone is offloading the chore of providing sometimes critical instructions to the Internet. But cars, especially the more sophisticated ones, are exponentially more complicated than a smartphone. Hyundai seems to have thought of a way to compromise, by putting the manual inside an app that also doubles as an AR tour of the car's features.

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Qualcomm details Snapdragon 820: Phones, drones and VR

Qualcomm details Snapdragon 820: Phones, drones and VR

There's a lot riding on the Snapdragon 820; it's fair to say Qualcomm hasn't had the home-run success with the Snapdragon 810 that it might have hoped for. Questions about the chipset's heat output, not to mention some high-profile defections from flagship device makers like Samsung, cast a shadow over the 810's roll-out.

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NEC puts a keyboard on your arm with augmented reality & smartwatch

NEC puts a keyboard on your arm with augmented reality & smartwatch

Japan's NEC has unveiled an augmented reality (AR) concept that allows users to type on a virtual keyboard from their forearm through the use of a pair of glasses and smartwatch. Dubbed the ARmKeypad, the technology's intended use is to allow users a "hands-free" text entry method, with the AR glasses letting them see the keys on their arm, and the data being entered into the smartwatch.

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Magic Leap shows off AR demo made with no special effects

Magic Leap shows off AR demo made with no special effects

Earlier this year, Magic Leap published a video that demonstrated its vision, no pun intended, for an augmented reality experience with a still unknown device. Back then, it was already a sight to behold, showing off what AR dreams are made off. That said, it was for all intents and purposes a concept video that showed what can be done. Now Magic Leap is showing what has indeed been done, with a new AR reel that it claims was shot without the use of any special effects or compositing.

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ORA-X Smart AR headphones aim to reboot Glass with audio focus

ORA-X Smart AR headphones aim to reboot Glass with audio focus

Google Glass poisoned the well for head-mounted wearables, but could headphones with a side of augmented reality make the tech mass-market palatable? That's what Optinvent is hoping, focusing not so much on the wearable-display part of its new ORA-X headset, but the fact that they're a pair of high-quality Android-powered headphones that just so happen to feature a transparent screen.

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Canon not only has a resin 3D printer but a VR headset too

Canon not only has a resin 3D printer but a VR headset too

If you think of Canon as simply a plain printer and camera company, then you might have been hiding under a rock for the past two years. That or you're not in Europe. The company has been into 3D printers around that time, but mostly as a distributor of 3D Systems' own printers. At the Canon EXPO in Paris, however, it might be trying to say it's ready to break out on its own, unveiling a 3D printer concept that could be the first piece of its "Imaging of Things" plans.

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Microsoft researchers eying multi-person mixed reality

Microsoft researchers eying multi-person mixed reality

You may have seen and may have even been wowed by the most recent demonstration of HoloLens last week. But as awesome and spectacular Microsoft's take on augmented or mixed reality may be, like all of its kind, it is still primarily a solitary activity that only the wearer can experience fully. Everyone else, in the end, is simply a spectator. Microsoft, however, might not content with simply accepting that restriction. Researchers at the lab of Jarod Lanier, a VR and AR pioneer in th 80s, are working on what could be the world's first multi-person mixed reality system.

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Qualcomm is selling its Vuforia AR team to focus on chips

Qualcomm is selling its Vuforia AR team to focus on chips

Augmented reality may be the future but making money from it is proving tricky, and now Qualcomm is the latest to bow out of AR. The company has confirmed it will sell its Vuforia business, the AR toolkit and engine that powers devices like Mattel's re-envisioning of the View Master for the 21st century.

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