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AR app-makers just got a huge treat ahead of HoloLens 2

AR app-makers just got a huge treat ahead of HoloLens 2

Microsoft is throwing open HoloLens' more advanced sensors, giving apps for the augmented reality headset access to its 3D mapping abilities and more. The wearable computer has been available to well-heeled developers since early 2016, but it's only with a recent update to Windows 10 that it has unlocked its whole sensor suite.

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Chrome WebXR Chacmool demo shows how AR can be made for everyone

Chrome WebXR Chacmool demo shows how AR can be made for everyone

Truth be told, Google’s VR and AR direction is all over the place. From Google Cardboard to Daydream and Project Tango to ARCore and, now WebXR. That last bit, however, may stand to have the biggest chance of making it big, depending on how much backing it gets from competing companies. WebXR is an up and coming web standard, like, say, HTML and CSS and ECMAScript, that would, in theory, enable AR and VR to work on any platform with a web browser and Google’s first WebXR demo shows how.

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HoloLens 2 tipped to use Qualcomm XR1 VR chip

HoloLens 2 tipped to use Qualcomm XR1 VR chip

Inside the Microsoft HoloLens 2 augmented/mixed-reality headset is tipped the most major appearance of Qualcomm's own XR1 VR chip. This processor isn't technically as powerful as the Qualcomm Snadpragon 845, but according to all the information we have on the XR1 so far, it's made for and capable of running a device just such as this. The hardware itself is tipped to be coming to the market starting in early 2019.

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HoloLens 2 tipped for Q1 2019: Cheaper, Lighter, and broader AR

HoloLens 2 tipped for Q1 2019: Cheaper, Lighter, and broader AR

The new HoloLens is on track for a Q1 2019 release, new leaks have suggested, as Microsoft prepares to skip a generation with its augmented reality headset. The company has been dropping hints about what we can expect from "HoloLens 2" for some months now, as it tries to avoid the mistakes it made in smartphones in the coming age of AR and VR.

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DreamWorld DreamGlass headset makes AR more accessible

DreamWorld DreamGlass headset makes AR more accessible

Considering the product and company names, it might be cringe-worthy to say that DreamWorld’s DreamGlass is a dream come true. At least that’s the promise of what could be the most affordable AR headset in the market. But more than just a cheaper headset, DreamGlass is promising things that few other augmented reality platforms make, including compatibility with both PCs and smartphones and, even better, hand gesture recognition. No more unnatural sticks or wands!

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5 things Magic Leap just revealed about its AR headset

5 things Magic Leap just revealed about its AR headset

Magic Leap held a livestream for developers today during which time it showcased its Magic Leap One mixed-reality AR headset. The talk lasted about an hour and provided a substantial number of details on the system. Don't have an hour to watch it yourself? Here are five key things Magic Leap revealed about its augmented reality headset.

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Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Apple is using machine learning to make augmented reality objects more realistic in iOS 12, using smart environment texturing that can predict reflections, lighting, and more. The new feature, being added in ARKit 2.0, uses on-device processing to better integrate virtual objects with their real-world counterparts, blurring the lines between what's computer-generated and what's authentic.

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iOS 12 multi-user ARKit 2.0: Here’s what’s special

iOS 12 multi-user ARKit 2.0: Here’s what’s special

Apple's multi-player support for augmented reality experiences will support more than just the two-player games the company showed off during the WWDC 2018 keynote, with ARKit 2.0 in iOS 12 bringing unexpectedly comprehensive - and private - ways to use AR. Debuting on the iPhone and iPad later this year, iOS 12's updated augmented reality system will depend on new, persistent scans of the real world that Apple will allow devices to securely share.

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POGs return as an augmented reality mobile game

POGs return as an augmented reality mobile game

POGs, the 90s game that enjoyed massive popularity, will return in the form of a mobile augmented reality game. The game comes from Compton Technology, which is seeking funding for its product on Indiegogo. The game will be free to play and is officially licensed by the World POG Federation.

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ARKit 2: All the iOS AR Apple showed at WWDC 2018

ARKit 2: All the iOS AR Apple showed at WWDC 2018

Today we're having a peek at all the new features revealed by Apple for iPhone X (and a few other devices) for augmented reality. Apple suggested they'd worked with Pixar, of all the places, to develop a new file format for all things AR. That new file format is USDZ, and it's made to work with multiple apps. "It's something like AR Quick Look." said Craig Federighi.

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Multiplayer iPhone AR with P2P privacy tipped for WWDC

Multiplayer iPhone AR with P2P privacy tipped for WWDC

Apple, wary of augmented reality's potential for privacy headaches, is developing an update to its AR system that would allow multiplayer experiences without requiring the cloud, it's reported. The company is believed to be investing significantly into ARKit, its platform that allows developers to integrate digital graphics into the real world and have them co-exist and even interact, with long-standing rumors of an Apple smartglasses system in the pipeline.

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AR Expeditions show it’s not all about fun and games

AR Expeditions show it’s not all about fun and games

Virtual reality and, to a lesser extent, augmented reality have the connotation of mostly being about entertainment. The current selection of VR and AR experiences, plus the media and buzz surrounding them, do reinforce that misconception. That is why proponents like Google are trying to push new experiences that give these technologies a more serious tone. Like AR Expeditions, a "spinoff" of its VR-centric Google Expeditions, that utilize augmented reality for educational purposes. It might not be a game, but it can still be just as fun.

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