augmented reality

These Lumus displays could fix HoloLens’ big problem

These Lumus displays could fix HoloLens’ big problem

Field of view might be the Achilles' heal for augmented reality devices like Microsoft's HoloLens, but better optics might be incoming to address that. Lumus brought its latest stereo-vision AR headset prototype, the DK-50, to CES this year, complete with two transparent eyepieces that give a digital upgrade to a significantly larger portion of your vision.

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HTC Vive Pre steps into AR land with front-facing camera

HTC Vive Pre steps into AR land with front-facing camera

No, Vive Pre isn't the retail name of HTC's and Valve's virtual reality headset. The "Pre" there actually means "pre-release". What HTC is, in fact, announcing is the second generation of the developer edition of the Vive gear, both the headset as well as the controllers, featuring not just new designs but new abilities as well. In particular, the headset gets a new integrated outward front (outward) facing camera that lets it blend virtual and actual reality, taking the Vive into the realm of augmented reality and slightly closer to Microsoft's HoloLens.

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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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