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Apple augmented reality headset is finally getting serious

Apple augmented reality headset is finally getting serious

A lot of companies think that AR and VR are the technologies of the future, and now Apple has been prompted to ramp up the development on an AR headset of its own. Though we may not see the headset for another couple of years, Apple is said to be pouring resources into its development. This is part of a larger AR initiative which was kicked off by the development and the release of Apple's ARKit.

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iPhone supplier tips metal Apple AR devices

iPhone supplier tips metal Apple AR devices

Augmented Reality was at the head of an earnings conference this week with Catcher Technology, supplier of metal frames and casings for Apple products. His commentary did not necessarily tie future AR components to Apple directly, but gave a strong indication of such therein. Catcher chairman Allen Horng spoke up on casings for wear-friendly devices in the near future.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Review: The AR Force is strong

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Review: The AR Force is strong

Is there a science-fiction franchise more ripe for an augmented reality game than Star Wars? Disney and Lenovo don't think so, hence Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a new gaming system that promises lightsaber battles, Holochess, and more in your own home, powered by your smartphone. Affordable VR has had its tipping point; now, it's time for AR to do the same.

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AR View for Amazon isn’t like Apple’s ARKit or Google’s ARCore

AR View for Amazon isn’t like Apple’s ARKit or Google’s ARCore

The big difference between Amazon's AR experience and that of either Google or Apple is in their approach. While Apple and Google take a developers-first sort of run at augmented reality, Amazon is, as always, concerned first with the end consumer. Not the end user, mind you - the end consumer. AR View isn't a toolkit for developers to make Amazon-friendly AR apps - it's a feature in their own app with which Amazon can sell products.

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Pokemon GO Halloween event: Shiny new developments!

Pokemon GO Halloween event: Shiny new developments!

This afternoon it became evident that we'd not seen the end of the surprises during this Pokemon GO event! During the week of Halloween (and the week before that, starting in the morning of the 21st,) we've been in the midst of this magical happening. Just this afternoon we caught wind of a new Pokemon!

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Samsung adopts Google ARCore instead of rolling out its own

Samsung adopts Google ARCore instead of rolling out its own

While perhaps the world’s largest Android vendor, Samsung is not exactly known for playing by Google’s rules. For a time, its TouchWiz skin made its phones almost like their own distinct breed. It has also chosen not to jump on Android TV or Android Wear, preferring Tizen OS, which it is able to more directly control. And until recently, it snubbed Google’s Daydream VR platform in favor of its own Gear VR co-developed with Oculus. So it’s no small news that Samsung is fully embracing Google’s ARCore to be the augmented reality platform for its Galaxy smartphones.

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Pokemon GO Event taps hopeful trainers: Top Snaps

Pokemon GO Event taps hopeful trainers: Top Snaps

Today we're having a peek at some of the most excellent entries in the newest update to Pokemon GO. This update is an event of sorts, but more of a short-term event leading up to Halloween. It goes by the name Pokemon GO Contest, and it includes some real AR photography action on the part of hopeful Pokemon trainers around the world.

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Tim Cook douses our Apple AR glasses dreams

Tim Cook douses our Apple AR glasses dreams

Tim Cook has poured cold water on rumors of Apple's augmented reality glasses, insisting that we're unlikely to see such technology from the Cupertino firm any time soon. That's despite a series of patent applications, leaks, and hints by Apple execs over the past few years that have led to a widespread expectation that the company will wade into the AR wearable space sooner rather than later.

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This AR headset bakes eye-tracking right into its OLED displays

This AR headset bakes eye-tracking right into its OLED displays

Augmented reality and virtual reality headsets are proliferating, but now there's a system where the same tiny displays can be used as cameras to track eye-movement. Fraunhofer FEP has cooked up a new headset building on its latest bidirectional OLED microdisplays which, in addition to OLED pixels, have photodiodes sandwiched in-between. With those, the tiny screens can not only show data to the wearer, but watch where that person is looking too.

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AR Stickers coming to Pixel 2 exclusively (for now)

AR Stickers coming to Pixel 2 exclusively (for now)

Google just revealed the most interesting built-in Augmented Reality feature for the Pixel 2 - called AR Stickers. This device was revealed earlier today in two sizes, both with the ability to roll with Google Lens as well as augmented reality. With AR Stickers, you're basically getting the flipped-camera features of Snapchat, but built in to the Google Pixel's camera and camera app.

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Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Your teddy bear doesn't need to be a (sometimes freaky) robot to be cool and hi-tech. It just needs an iPad or an iPhone. And maybe some imagination. Well, actually, you and your kid will need those if you want to fully experience what Parker has a to offer. A traditional teddy bear toy in all but one sense, Seedling wants kids to enjoy a timeless classic toy while sprinkling some digital wizardry using the magic of augmented reality.

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iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

I don't think I've ever been in the midst of a conversation and thought "what this discussion needs is my opinion stated by a perfectly-animated poop emoji," though I concede I'm a sample of one. There's also been doubt among some I've spoken to post-Apple iPhone X event that you couldn't do Animojis with a regular front-facing camera and facial tracking. After all, Snapchat has cemented its relevance, in part, by doing just that across pretty much any smartphone.

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