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nreal light glasses aim to bring mixed reality to the masses

nreal light glasses aim to bring mixed reality to the masses

Computer makers, platform developers, and even Facebook have all been gushing over XR, that new term that embraces virtual, augmented, and mixed reality but many if not all of them have mostly the high-end market in mind. Considering the prohibitive cost of components, few have made their technologies and hardware easily within reach of consumers. At MWC earlier this year, Chinese startup nreal promised a ready to wear and affordable mixed reality headset and it's now making good on that promise with the nreal light.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Smart Viewer RD runs standalone, PC, phone-based AR and VR

Qualcomm Snapdragon Smart Viewer RD runs standalone, PC, phone-based AR and VR

There's a cool headset capable of both AR and VR, and Qualcomm's at the helm. They've created this "Qualcomm Snapdragon Smart Viewer Reference Design" as a sort of guide for other manufacturers to make their own, to sell to you. As such, you probably won't be using this headset specifically, but the resulting headsets made by brands you've heard of before. Cross your fingers for soon.

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Meta AR headset gets second chance with a big name in charge

Meta AR headset gets second chance with a big name in charge

Augmented reality headset Meta is getting a second chance, with a new company - and some heavyweight mixed-reality management - snapping up the tech after its creator's demise earlier in the year. Meta Company made headlines with its AR wearable and even began selling different versions of the headset; however a funding crunch left the firm insolvent as its lenders sold the assets out from under it.

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Google Glass is back – so is AR uncertainty

Google Glass is back – so is AR uncertainty

Google Glass is back from the dead, with a new $999 headset that delivers upgraded capabilities, longer battery life, and the promise of new confusion around augmented reality. The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is, as the name makes clear, not really intended for consumers. Instead, Google is hoping to convince businesses that their workers should be wearing a computer.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite trailer sets the stage for a wizarding crisis

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite trailer sets the stage for a wizarding crisis

It definitely feels like we're closing in on the release date of Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. At the beginning of the month, Niantic rolled the game into beta in some regions of the world, and now the company has published a new trailer for the game. The trailer doesn't provide any details we didn't know about before, but it certainly sets the stage for the conflict at the center of the game.

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Lenovo ThinkReality A6 headset ushers in new enterprise AR platform

Lenovo ThinkReality A6 headset ushers in new enterprise AR platform

During its Accelerate conference today, Lenovo unveiled a new sub-brand called ThinkReality intended to bring augmented reality to enterprise users. The ThinkReality platform is described as both cloud and device agnostic, meaning it can be used with a number of products, but Lenovo is also ready with its new ThinkReality A6 AR headset.

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ARCore grows while Daydream VR is MIA at Google I/O 2019

ARCore grows while Daydream VR is MIA at Google I/O 2019

Google is known for cooking up many interesting experiments and investing in them as far as making them available to consumers. It is, however, also known for sometimes flip-flopping on those and abandoning them with very little warning. Nowhere is that more evident than Google's augmented and virtual reality thrusts, which has undergone some significant changes over the years. At I/O 2019, Google reaffirms its commitment to its ARCore platform will keeping ominously silent on Daydream VR.

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Epson Moverio BT-30C smart glasses plug into your Android phone

Epson Moverio BT-30C smart glasses plug into your Android phone

You don't need to wait for Apple to launch smart glasses in order to get an AR headset, and now Epson's Moverio line is making augmented reality even more straightforward. Latest addition to the company's smart glasses range, the Moverio BT-30C may look like a movie prop but it's actually the most consumer-friendly version Epson has designed so far.

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Google Lens extends AR you’ll actually use

Google Lens extends AR you’ll actually use

You may not remember Google Lens is there, but according to Google the AR camera is only spreading more broadly. Lens has been used more than a billion times so far, Google's Aparna Chennapragada said during the I/O 2019 opening keynote today, before revealing new talents for the augmented reality camera.

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Minecraft is about to get the Pokemon GO treatment

Minecraft is about to get the Pokemon GO treatment

Minecraft is celebrating a big milestone this year, as it'll mark the 10-year anniversary since the game first launched publicly and started down its path of industry domination. Microsoft, apparently, has a big things lined up for that anniversary. It turns out that Minecraft will soon be making the jump to augmented reality, but at the moment details are painfully slim and we're not going to know more for a little while longer.

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HoloLens 2 Development Edition arrives as Unreal Engine 4 support dated

HoloLens 2 Development Edition arrives as Unreal Engine 4 support dated

Microsoft has revealed a new HoloLens 2 Development Edition, offering coders a swifter way to get into mixed reality app and experience creation. The package is based around HoloLens 2, the second-generation of augmented reality headset which Microsoft announced back at Mobile World Congress earlier in the year.

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Detective Pikachu and friends get the Google AR treatment

Detective Pikachu and friends get the Google AR treatment

After months of trailers and talk, Detective Pikachu is finally on the horizon. The movie releases in theaters next week, but before it does, Google has given the titular character and some of his Pokemon friends an augmented reality makeover. Beginning today, you can find Detective Pikachu in the Pixel's Playground mode and add him to your photos and videos.

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