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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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Ingress the Animation is finally out on Netflix worldwide

Ingress the Animation is finally out on Netflix worldwide

Before it became famous for Pokemon GO, Niantic Labs, which at one point was also a Google property, tried to make a name for itself with Ingress, a mobile augmented reality sci-fi game. It had its share of fans but the high-concept game and almost unexciting mechanics made it a little difficult to get started and get hooked. Since then, the game has been "rebooted" and now has its own Netflix animated series that could help spark some interest in the game. Or at least offer fan service to its remaining players.

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Apple’s stereo AR headset push said to start at WWDC 2019

Apple’s stereo AR headset push said to start at WWDC 2019

Apple's augmented reality push looks set to get some very interesting hardware support, with WWDC 2019 this year tipped to debut stereo AR headset support. Apple has offered ARKit, its framework for augmented reality applications and games, since iOS 11, though until now it has focused primarily on mixed reality experiences through an iPhone or iPad.

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Microsoft’s HoloLens for the US Army brings Call of Duty to life

Microsoft’s HoloLens for the US Army brings Call of Duty to life

Last fall, it was revealed that Microsoft won a contract from the US Army to adapt its HoloLens augmented reality headset into a tool for the military dubbed Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), all to the tune of $479 million. While still in the early prototype phase and years away from rollout, the public was given its first look at the project, revealing what it's capable of so far.

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This North Focals update hints at smart glasses’ secret weapon

This North Focals update hints at smart glasses’ secret weapon

North's Focals smart glasses are getting more proactive, with a new update to the digital eyewear adding real-time transit updates for the places they believe you'll be commuting to. Launched in October 2018, the smart glasses embed a so-called holographic screen into one of the lenses, displaying information from a Bluetooth-connected smartphone.

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Magic Leap One heads to AT&T with Game of Thrones promos in tow

Magic Leap One heads to AT&T with Game of Thrones promos in tow

Early adopters have been able to purchase the Magic Leap One headset for a few months now, but beginning next week, you'll have another option when it comes to acquiring one. AT&T has announced that it will begin carrying the Magic Leap One next week, and it'll have various Game of Thrones tie-ins to go along with it, just in time for the start of the final season. Unfortunately, Magic Leap One isn't going to be available at all AT&T stores right away - not even close to all of them, in fact.

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Earth Day with Pokemon GO: A chat with Niantic about Civic & Social Impact

Earth Day with Pokemon GO: A chat with Niantic about Civic & Social Impact

In 2019, Niantic's got another Earth Day campaign planned. In a manner similar to 2018, Niantic and masses of gamers - Pokemon GO and Ingress included - will head out and clean up the planet. In 68 events and with "countless NGOs" taking part in the celebration, 6.5 tons of garbage were collected - and presumably put into landfills, mostly - but still, progress!* Here in 2019 we had a chat with Niantic's Civic & Social Impact Manager, Yennie Solheim Fuller, to see what the future holds.

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Nreal Light, Mixed Reality Glasses Step Closer to Reality

Nreal Light, Mixed Reality Glasses Step Closer to Reality

China-based Nreal wants to make a permanent place in everyday life for its ready-to-wear, mixed reality glasses (MR). Recent tweaks in the design and development of the AR smartglasses were revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs puts Apple ARKit to work this spring

Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs puts Apple ARKit to work this spring

GDC 2019 kicks off today, and one of the big announcements from the first day involves Angry Birds, which will soon be making the jump to augmented reality. Today, Rovio and Resolution Games announced Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs, which is something of a follow up to the virtual reality game of the same name. While Angry Birds is a franchise that's seen a ton of releases over the years, augmented reality could give us a fresh spin on its age-old gameplay.

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Qualcomm’s making the mobile PC real, at last

Qualcomm’s making the mobile PC real, at last

Don't be turned off by the VR-like imagery in this article - this goes way beyond games, VR, and AR. Qualcomm-made headsets are about to get simple, easy to use, and able to be utilized in a number of different ways. If what Qualcomm's got onboard with "Qualcomm Boundless XR for PC" is plausible, there'll be no need for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, or mobile VR headsets of any sort. Those brands might just be using Qualcomm's tech to replace what they've got today with what's common tomorrow.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay revealed – What we know now

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay revealed – What we know now

Back in November, Niantic and Warner Bros. officially unveiled Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. With Niantic at the helm, we already had a decent idea of what to expect: an AR game set in the Harry Potter universe that plays at least somewhat similarly to Pokemon GO and Ingress. Today, the two companies detailed the gameplay of Wizards Unite further, telling us budding wizards what we'll be doing when the game releases later this year.

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