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Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Move over tele-commuting. Microsoft’s Holoportation will be the remote office of the future. The somewhat distant future. Microsoft has just published an update to its Holoportation idea that is making Star Wars like holographic communication a reality. And while the technology has already been proven to work, it’s far from being something you can really use anytime anywhere. In this latest iteration, however, Microsoft takes one step closer to that ideal, by allowing Holoportation to fit and be used inside a moving car.

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ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

As fantastic as technologies like augmented and mixed reality may be, experiencing them, much less creating them, requires a sizable investment, financially speaking. It is just beyond to reach of consumers as well as your garage-type indie developer. AR and VR startup Zappar, however, wants to smash that perception. With ZapBox, you can grab a kit for less than a triple-A video game to start your journey towards mixed reality fun and fame. It’s Magic Leap meets Google Cardboard. Or as Zappar itself says, making Magic Leap, magic cheap!

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Apple tipped to be eyeing smart glasses market

Apple tipped to be eyeing smart glasses market

Will Apple succeed in a market where Google miserably failed? That will probably be the biggest question that will come to anyone’s mind on hearing about Cupertino’s latest moonshot project. According to the usual insider sources, Apple is already taking baby steps towards potential digital glasses, ala Google Glass pictured above. Though there’s always a chance it would never see the light of day, such a wearable device could be its ticket into the augmented reality market.

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Google standalone AR headset tipped with eye-tracking technology

Google standalone AR headset tipped with eye-tracking technology

We heard rumor awhile ago that Google is working on a standalone virtual reality headset that’ll also serve as a platform for augmented reality applications. Joining that rumor is a new spat of sources claiming this standalone VR/AR headset will include eye-tracking technology. According to these sources, the headset will also boast sensors for mapping the real world around the headset user.

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“HoloLens Daily” shows how to do multi-screens in style

“HoloLens Daily” shows how to do multi-screens in style

Virtual reality is great and is entertaining for a lot of things, but there are just some scenarios where a mix of virtual and actual realities is, perhaps, more productive. Hence, the augmented, or rather mixed, reality offered by platforms like the Microsoft HoloLens. One such use case, flaunted around by AR/MR proponents, is eventually replacing one or two real-world, physical computer screens with nearly a dozen virtual ones. And while we all wait for the day when such devices do become more common, the folks over at The Holo Herald are already teasing what that future might look like.

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Epson Moverio BT-300 AR glasses make piloting a DJI drone an augmented reality experience

Epson Moverio BT-300 AR glasses make piloting a DJI drone an augmented reality experience

Epson Partners and drone maker DJI have teamed up for a plan that will allow pilots of DJI drones the opportunity to fly the drone while wearing Epson Moverio BT-300 video glasses. The new tie up means that pilots can use augmented reality when piloting the drone and the deal marks the first mass-market consumer application of AR glasses.

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Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Partly thanks to the hype around Pokemon GO, augmented reality has become a buzzword again (which is somewhat ironic considering some AR enthusiasts don't consider the game as such). Though definitely not alone nor first, Microsoft is one of the biggest proponents of augmented reality technology which, unfortunately, is extremely limited to a select few, not to mention expensive, number of devices and developers. Come 2017, however, that will somewhat change, as Microsoft releases its Windows Holographic platform, as well as its AR shell, to any and all Windows 10 computers.

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Intel’s Project Alloy cuts cord on all-in-one VR headset

Intel’s Project Alloy cuts cord on all-in-one VR headset

Intel isn't letting the Virtual Reality revolution getting away from it, but since it really wants to sell more chips, its Project Alloy headset packs a full VR rig into a standalone system. Shown off for the first time at IDF 2016, the company's developer conference in San Francisco, CA, today, Project Alloy looks at first glance like a regular - albeit bulky - headset, though that size is because it's actually a complete PC, too.

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Skully AR helmet creators go under, founders sued

Skully AR helmet creators go under, founders sued

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo may have made some dreams, both of the creators as well as backers, come true, but it has also brought nightmares to life as well. There is no shortage of anecdotes about failed campaigns and even lawsuits that flowed from those, but there are some that sound too terrible to be true. One such case is that of Skully, creators of a highly popular augmented reality enhanced motorcycle helmet of the same name. Two years after bagging almost $2.5 million on Indiegogo, not only has the startup failed to deliver, it has also ousted its founders and filed for bankruptcy. And now those two founders are facing a lawsuit for alleged misuse of company funds, most of those raised through Indiegogo.

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Pokemon GO is finally, once and for all, available in Japan

Pokemon GO is finally, once and for all, available in Japan

It was perhaps the ultimate irony. A franchise that originated in Japan and a game that started its beta test in Japan has only know arrived in Japan, after around 30 countries have enjoyed the insanity first. But at least for the Pokefaithful and the Pokemaniacs, the long, painful wait is finally over. Yes, Pokemon GO is now available at long last in Japan, which means we're probably about to get overloaded with all the wacky antics and ads that the country is famous, or notorious, for.

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Pokemon GO HoloLens mashup made almost real by Koder

Pokemon GO HoloLens mashup made almost real by Koder

While some might still contest whether Pokemon GO actually qualifies as a proper augmented reality application, there is no denying that it would be great if it were. Heck, even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thinks so too, and so do its developers, Niantic Labs. But neither party seem to be rushing to make that happen, at least not publicly. So while biding our time, some rather enterprising developers over at Koders took it upon themselves to show the world, and Niantic, how sweet a Pokemon GO HoloLens version would be in real life.

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Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

News of Google's canceled virtual reality ambitions might have been a wee bit premature. While it is probably true that Google cancelled a project that would have yielded a standalone VR headset unlike its current Cardboard, that doesn't exactly close the doors on other similar efforts. In fact, according to anonymous sources, Google does have yet another project in the works and this one might be even more ambitious, blending VR and AR in a single headset that doesn't require to be tethered to a more powerful computer.

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