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This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

Qualcomm has revealed its newest 5G mixed reality headset reference design based on the Snapdragon XR2, a wirelessly-connected VR and AR shortcut for manufacturers to bring new models to market. While it may look a whole lot like the XR1 reference design, this new version adds in 5G connectivity and higher-resolution displays, among other improvements.

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HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

The future is slightly cooler than the present, according to a pair of prototype devices revealed today by HTC. This is HTC Project Proton, a prototype (a pair of prototypes) for "XR glasses-style" devices "from HTC Vive." Specs are forthcoming, but we've got some imagery of both different sorts of device. These prototypes were made specifically to gather public opinion well in advance of production.

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Apple Quick Look could let you buy furniture in the AR app directly

Apple Quick Look could let you buy furniture in the AR app directly

Although it has repeatedly and publicly professed its preference over virtual reality, Apple has yet to capitalize on augmented reality in a big and long-lasting way. Sure, its ARKit framework has useful applications, perhaps outnumbering Google's equivalent ARCore, but most have been just that, demonstrations. Quick Look is one such example but it might soon be getting the attention of retailers by enabling a very tempting feature: AR-based e-commerce.

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AR Quick Look update tips next moves for iPhone Pro

AR Quick Look update tips next moves for iPhone Pro

The near-future for the iPhone has a definite AR component to it - much as expected starting several years ago. The update for what Apple calls "Quick Look" in Augmented Reality has finally reached a point at which the placing of objects in the mixed-reality world can be pushed into a purchase. Before now, people were a bit more disconnected from the experience. Now you can see an object on your phone, place it in your world, and immediately tap a BUY button from there.

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 now available for direct purchase

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 now available for direct purchase

Google's first attempt at a "pseudo AR" eyewear may have been too far ahead of its time. Google Glass as a consumer and even an educational product flopped because of limited practical value, price, and privacy concerns. Thanks to a resurgence of interest in AR, Google Glass found a new purpose and a new lease on life in an Enterprise Edition. Now that gear can be purchased from select retailers but you'd really need to have a use for it bite into that offer.

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This Mojo Vision smart contact lens is straight out of sci-fi

This Mojo Vision smart contact lens is straight out of sci-fi

Smart contact lenses that grant the wearer night vision as well as act as a private, super-discreet interface for your digital life could be coming to your eyeball, if startup Mojo Vision has its way. The company has clawed its way from stealth to reveal its early prototypes and the diminutive display technology that it promises will overlay everything from your calendar to urgent messages on top of the view around you.

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Pokemon GO 5G aims to bring Pokemon to “the real world”

Pokemon GO 5G aims to bring Pokemon to “the real world”

Niantic is working to leverage the oncoming new world of 5G connectivity to allow Pokemon GO to become the primary Pokemon game. The Pokemon Company and Niantic have a sort of interesting relationship at the moment, what with Niantic creating the Pokemon GO game separate from the standard development of each new generation of Pokemon. But as 5G begins to cover the world with high-speed streams of connectivity, and Niantic's future vision for gameplay with Pokemon GO begins to bloom, The Pokemon Company may have to - sorta - re-negotiate their position.

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Shiny Heatran Pokemon GO counters, best CP, and seeking tips

Shiny Heatran Pokemon GO counters, best CP, and seeking tips

Shiny Heatran is live in Pokemon GO and we've got the into you need to find the best ways to counter this fire stomper. The 100% IV Catch CP for this monster is between 2573 and 2681 (with weather boosts) and between 2058 and 2145 (without boosts), and it's got weaknesses to Fighting, Water, and Ground (X2!) If you're rolling against Heatran, you're going to be seeing one of the most awesome-looking Fire and Steel Types in the game - The Lava Dome Pokemon!

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Tech trends in the next decade

Tech trends in the next decade

Brace yourselves. We have entered a new decade and with it comes all sorts of cool tech upgrades that are sure to change our lives – and get us spending, no doubt. Tech will be building on the electric vehicles, mobile internet, smartphones, tablets and other foundations laid in the 2010s. From consumer tech to new industrial forces, this is what the 2020s will bring to us.

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NEON leaked: Samsung’s artificial human revealed in part

NEON leaked: Samsung’s artificial human revealed in part

Samsung Core R3 and the system called NEON Artificial Human from STAR Labs were revealed today in brief thanks to some newly-public USPTO documents. This comes days before the otherwise-official reveal from the folks that've been teasing the system - Samsung's experimental technology group STAR Labs. Now we see what mysteries they've successfully concealed over the last several months at least.

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The key tech for Smart Glasses you’d actually want to wear may finally be here

The key tech for Smart Glasses you’d actually want to wear may finally be here

Smart glasses may be on the horizon, but if they're not going to be chunky, oversized frames you'd never want to wear every day then micro-display technology needs to catch up. That's what Bosch is promising with its new Light Drive, a significantly smaller projection system capable of putting a transparent display onto the lens of a pair of glasses.

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Magic Leap 1 AR headset revealed with $2300-$3k packages

Magic Leap 1 AR headset revealed with $2300-$3k packages

Magic Leap was recently the subject of a report which put the company in some not-so-positive light, from the average consumer perspective. It's likely Magic Leap already had their announcements today planned well in advance, but the timing is notable. Today's Magic Leap announcements center on the Magic Leap Enterprise Suite, a package that'll cost $2995, and will include "everything a business needs to efficiently roll out spatial computing to employees."

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