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This Mysterious RED Phone: 10 things we know so far

This Mysterious RED Phone: 10 things we know so far

There's a device called RED Hydrogen One out in the universe that we need to have a talk about. This is a smartphone from the folks at RED, a company best known for their cinema-friendly high-end video cameras. We've seen this smartphone - parts of it anyway - earlier this year, but without a whole lot of deep detail, it's suddenly popped up on Verizon and AT&T. What the heck?

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ARCore now supports shared experiences and walls

ARCore now supports shared experiences and walls

As expected, Google had a thing or two to share about its VR and AR endeavors, mostly the latter. And, as expected, it's not exactly much. Make no mistake, though, the updates Google has announced for its ARCore augmented reality platform for Android are not just much-needed ones, they are also long overdue. Now AR app developers will be able to create experiences that can be seen and experienced by more than one device, including ones that can get pinned on walls.

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Microsoft’s AR thrust is exactly what the market needs

Microsoft’s AR thrust is exactly what the market needs

Holding it precariously so close to Google I/O, Microsoft's own BUILD developer conference may have felt a bit more subdued, somber, and serious. Its most "futuristic" technology lacked the hype and pizzazz the usually surrounds its counterparts from other companies. Microsoft's new AR push, perhaps to the disappointment of consumers, was squarely aimed at industry and enterprise customers and that is actually the perfect recipe to keep augmented reality from being passed up as a fad. Because for AR to grow, thrive, and survive, it has to be taken seriously and you can't get more serious than the enterprise market.

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Oculus Research faces reality, renamed to Facebook Reality Labs

Oculus Research faces reality, renamed to Facebook Reality Labs

What's in a name? If you ask the folks over at Facebook and Oculus, probably nothing much. It is, after all, just a formal name change and it's business as usual for the R&D group. But you don't make a big fuss about name changes like that unless it's really something big. In this case, it isn't just a simple realignment of branding but also a reminder that Facebook owns one of the two biggest VR platforms in the market and it isn't afraid to use it.

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The HoloLens 2 secret sauce just got revealed

The HoloLens 2 secret sauce just got revealed

Microsoft's reboot of Kinect may be giving drones smarter vision and bringing AI to edge computing, but it'll also be at the heart of the next-generation HoloLens 2. Unveiled during Build 2018 this morning, the new Project Kinect for Azure combines an updated version of Microsoft's time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor with new AI talents.

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Microsoft’s pragmatic AR isn’t sexy, but it will be successful

Microsoft’s pragmatic AR isn’t sexy, but it will be successful

Apple may be working on AR smart glasses, and Facebook trying to turn Oculus into a virtual chatroom, but Microsoft keeps playing it serious when it comes to mixed reality. The company has detailed its latest efforts in augmented reality and more at Build 2018, its annual developer event, and if you were hoping for more Minecraft AR you'll be sorely disappointed.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges adds head-to-head lightsaber duels

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges adds head-to-head lightsaber duels

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is getting the mode fans of the movies have been desperate for, with Lightsaber Versus Mode allowing two AR headset wearers to battle each other. The update, released today somewhat fittingly on May 4th, is the first time two lightsaber-wielding participants have been able to battle in augmented reality.

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Facebook Messenger and Instagram are getting AR camera effects

Facebook Messenger and Instagram are getting AR camera effects

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to kick off 2018's F8 conference today, we knew that augmented reality and virtual reality were going to be big topics. After all, we started the day with the news that the new Oculus Go headset had gone up for pre-order, and the Facebook platform in general has been branching out into VR in recent months. Today we learned about the next step in that process: AR for Messenger and Instagram.

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Chrome 67 to make mobile Web-based games, VR, AR better

Chrome 67 to make mobile Web-based games, VR, AR better

Chrome 66 just came out of production, finally blocking annoying autoplaying content, but Google is already whetting developers' and users' appetites on what's coming next. While it might not be a grand launch just yet, Chrome 67 will be laying the foundations that will make Web-based mobile experiences better by taking advantage of the smartphone's sensors as well as the new WebXR framework that combines VR and AR APIs into one.

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Leap Motion AR UI takes us one step closer to Iron Man

Leap Motion AR UI takes us one step closer to Iron Man

It might be low on computer wizardry this time, but those reviewing MCU films in preparation for Avengers: Infinity War may have been reminded of the jaw-dropping but probably unrealistic user interfaces Tony Stark is so fond using. While we might still be years, maybe even decades, away from such holographic UIs, one company might already be laying the foundations of that future today. Leap Motion continues teasing its augmented reality UI for its Project North Star that might let you forget the ridiculous-looking contraption you have on your head.

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Apple’s smart glasses sound more like VIVE than Glass

Apple’s smart glasses sound more like VIVE than Glass

Apple's first AR/VR product is shaping up to be more like HTC VIVE Pro than Google Glass, and that's probably a good thing in the long run. If the latest leaks are true, the Cupertino company's first steps into augmented reality and virtual reality hardware will be a more streamlined version of the tethered experience slowly gaining traction among gamers. That may be less exciting than sci-fi style AR eyeglasses, but it's certainly more sensible.

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Apple’s AR/VR headset reportedly iPhone-free and 8K each eye

Apple’s AR/VR headset reportedly iPhone-free and 8K each eye

Apple's big push into augmented reality and virtual reality may not be the first such product to launch, but according to new leaks it could well be the most dramatic. The iPhone-maker has long been rumored to be working on AR and VR technology, including long-standing chatter of Apple smart glasses. Now, fresh information on just what they might comprise has emerged.

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