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Occipital Bridge hands-on: The room-mapping AR rival to Google WorldSense

Occipital Bridge hands-on: The room-mapping AR rival to Google WorldSense

Where are you in the bold new world of virtual and augmented reality? I don't mean that metaphorically, either: the question of where a user in a virtual world is physically, and how they're interacting with the real world around them, is arguably the key to making the next generation of headsets. It's something not only big names like Google and Apple are working on, but VR/AR specialists like Occipital.

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Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Of the three major "synthetic" reality platforms, Microsoft's HoloLens comes closest to the dream of overlaying digital objects on top of real world ones and interact with both of them in the same way. However, it shares the same limitations as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in terms of the bulk of the headset required for it to function. That is why Microsoft Research teams have been working on a prototype that brings a "true" holographic display to near-eye devices that almost look no different from your regular pair o eyeglasses.

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This is Google Daydream 2.0 “Euphrates”

This is Google Daydream 2.0 “Euphrates”

This morning Google revealed the second major iteration of their VR platform Google Daydream. This second age in the software and hardware platform includes updates in five major categories: Audio, Graphics, Performance, User Interface, and Tracking + Input. This update will be coming for all Daydream hardware - so it's not limited to only the future of the platform, but it is optimized for a couple of new processors, so watch out for that.

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Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Microsoft has unveiled its take on VR controllers, with the Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers making their debut at BUILD 2017 today. Intended to pair with the Windows Mixed Reality headsets we've already seen announced from a number of companies, the controllers allow for better interaction in virtual 3D space. Meanwhile, there's also news for developers hoping to get their hands on the VR/AR kit.

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Microsoft HoloLens to serve as AR tool for doctors during spinal surgery

Microsoft HoloLens to serve as AR tool for doctors during spinal surgery

While augmented reality is often touted as the future of entertainment and mobile communication, the technology has the potential to be useful in a number of practical and professional situations as well. Case in point: Scopis, a company that specializes in technology for surgical purposes, has announced a new AR platform that uses Microsoft's HoloLens to aid surgeons operating on the spine.

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Houzz app uses augmented reality to let users preview furniture in their home

Houzz app uses augmented reality to let users preview furniture in their home

Shopping online has become increasingly popular, but only for certain things. Buying clothing and furniture online remains difficult for various reasons; when it comes for furniture, knowing how it'll look in your home is half the battle. Houzz has released a new app feature to address that, one that leverages augmented reality to let prospective buyers 'see' a particular item in their home in real time. This feature differs from the previously launched one that put 2D furniture in photos of users' homes.

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Apple AR glasses possibly confirmed by a leaked report

Apple AR glasses possibly confirmed by a leaked report

Did Apple's augmented reality prototype accidentally injure one employee's eyes? That's one potential explanation being juggled for a mysterious incident report at the iPhone company, after a cache of such filings were inadvertently leaked. The handiwork of an Environment Health and Safety contractor, the document was presumably intended for internal eyes only, but was mistakenly distributed first among employees and then snuck out to Gizmodo.

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The big Facebook Augmented Reality play is starting

The big Facebook Augmented Reality play is starting

Facebook is no longer willing to hang around and wait for augmented reality glasses, it's pushing the technology into its smartphone apps today with a new platform. "I used to think that glasses would be the first mainstream AR platform, and we'd get them maybe five or ten years from now," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on stage at the opening keynote for F8 2017, the company's annual developer conference. "But over the last couple of years we've seen primitive versions of these things on our phones."

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AMD acquires Nitero, a wireless VR and AR company

AMD acquires Nitero, a wireless VR and AR company

AMD has announced the acquisition of Nitero, a company that focuses on wireless virtual reality and augmented reality solutions. According to AMD, it has acquired the company's key engineers, as well as its intellectual property, the combination of which will help usher in a future where high-end VR is delivered without the cable tether. The finer details about the deal, such as how much AMD paid, weren't provided.

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What is Lightform? A Projected Augmented Reality device for everyone

What is Lightform? A Projected Augmented Reality device for everyone

The folks at Lightform have a device that scans any environment, creates a high-resolution mesh, and creates AI-generated effects and filters to project back out. Combined with a projector, the Lightform device is able to turn any environment into an augmented reality theater. This device combines the real 3D world with digital projections of light to augment reality without need of any sort of head-mounted hardware.

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Pottery Barn’s AR app tries to make shopping less stressful

Pottery Barn’s AR app tries to make shopping less stressful

Augmented reality has actually been around for quite a long while already, but most of its applications have been limited to one-off games and gimmicks or, at most, trivialities. AR, especially on smartphones, has been hampered by the lack of technology as well as the lack of practical use cases. Google’s Project Tango technology, however, has opened the doors to more possibilities, and Pottery Barn owner Williams-Sonoma is taking advantage of that to make shopping for furniture less of a hassle.

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The next iPhone’s secret feature could augment your world

The next iPhone’s secret feature could augment your world

As smartphones become more powerful and features become more ubiquitous, there seems to be less and less to make an individual smartphone stand out from the crowd. Apple seems to know this, which is why CEO Tim Cook is reportedly preparing to make a splash in the realm of augmented reality.

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