augmented reality

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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PolyEyes 2.0 is an augmented reality helmet like no other

PolyEyes 2.0 is an augmented reality helmet like no other

While it may make the wearer look like a Hammerhead shark, the PolyEyes 2.0 headset, an experimental project from Interactive Architecture Lab, isn't a VR experience simulating what it's like to swim in the sea hunting fish. Rather, it's one part of what's referred to as Polymelia Suit, which is about experiencing the sights, movements, and stimuli of another user. By itself, the PolyEyes headset features a Raspberry Pi camera module on each side, able to rotate close to 180-degrees, thus letting the wearer see all around them without having to turn their head.

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Mitsubishi eX Concept brings augmented reality to the windshield

Mitsubishi eX Concept brings augmented reality to the windshield

Mitsubishi isn't waiting until the Tokyo Motor Show later this month to announce it newest crossover SUV concept, the eX. While it may feature a somewhat edgy, futuristic exterior design that will surely be reeled-in before ever hitting a consumer vehicle, it's actually the technology on the inside that Mitsubishi is showing off. Instead of using a heads-up display that we're seeing more often in cars these days, the eX Concept features a windshield enhanced with augmented reality (AR).

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HoloLens heading back to ISS: why NASA is staying tenacious

HoloLens heading back to ISS: why NASA is staying tenacious

This June a rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded - and with it went a couple of sets of Microsoft HoloLens holographic headsets. This SpaceX rocket's explosion was a rare occasion indeed, and a devastating one for every party involved. Jeff Norris, project manager for Project HoloLens at NASA with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, spoke up this week about how and when a new set of Microsoft's holographic headsets will be able to be launched into space.

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