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HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

I've spent a lot of time writing about VR experiences, however, I haven't gone into the world of AR/MR too much. My experience with AR technologies has been limited, as there aren't many devices out there that provide true AR/MR experiences. Next week Microsoft will begin shipping the first developer kits for their Hololens, which meant it was the perfect time for its inventor, Alex Kipman, to do a TED talk.

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HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

Microsoft's HoloLens holographic headset will soon be working with Lowes to visualize the future of their home repairs and modifications. While the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is the only version of the device available now - or soon, rather, as it's on pre-order - Lowes appears to be ready and willing to jump in on the experience without delay. Now we'll see what that fridge REALLY looks like when it's crammed into a space that you know good and well is too small for it, Janet.

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Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta is a company that's created an augmented reality headset that - at this moment - is available for sale to developers at large. Today is the day that TED Talks releases the first major address made by Meta CEO Meron Gribetz to the public. It is in this TED Talk that Gribetz lays the groundwork for the public to not only see, but experience and understand the world of augmented reality through a headset that does not rely on either extra-tiny or extra-close-to-one's-face displays.

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Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Today the folks at Unity have revealed a shirt film called "Adam" to demonstrate the abilities of their Unity engine. This clip is part of a longer film that'll be released (in full) by the Unity Demo team at Unite Europe 2016 in Amsterdam. Until then, you have this - a masterpiece in its own right. This demonstrates not only the power of Unity for games, but for the future of film, too. Unity announced this week the availability of both Unity 5.4 and Unity 5.3.4 (stable), as well as the availability of beta releases to personal edition users. In Unity 5.4 this means big things not only for flat, 2D rendering, but for virtual reality rendering as well.

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Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

It continues to be harder and harder to pin down exactly what Snapchat "is" — sure, it fits in the category of social apps, but its features have included experiments with marketing and original content creation, news and citizen journalism, and, of course, selfies. What could make defining the service even more difficult? A venture in to hardware. And that's exactly what Snapchat seems to be exploring, as recent hiring details indicate the development of a glasses-based wearable device.

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Augmented reality tool applies virtual makeup in real time

Augmented reality tool applies virtual makeup in real time

Using augmented reality technology to try on clothes and jewelry isn't something new, with users able to see items as a virtual overlay on their body, but they all require specific hardware, such as a smart mirror outfitted with cameras and software. But FaceCake has created an AR platform that work right from the browser, with no downloads required, and users don't need to upload a still photo, as the display works in real time.

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Augmented reality is the future our hands are not yet ready for

Augmented reality is the future our hands are not yet ready for

While virtual reality or VR continues to ramp up the hype, a slightly related technology is also starting to rev up its engines. Augmented reality is that other movement that is trying to bring technology closer to our eyes, quite literally too. But unlike VR, AR has a significantly more ambitious goal. Or rather, it is what proponents like Microsoft and Meta are trying to shape it into. Augmented reality could effectively revolutionize how we do computing in the future, replacing monitors and some forms of input with more "natural" counterparts. But while that might be easy for our eyes to take in, our hands might have a harder time adjusting.

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Pokemon GO is a no-go at GDC 2016

Pokemon GO is a no-go at GDC 2016

Pokemon fans, and gamers in general, waiting to see a glimpse of a Pokemon adventure carried out in the real world will have to wait a bit longer. Niantic, the former Google subsidiary that is taking on the monumental task of bringing Pokemon GO to life has just confirmed that they are, indeed, not showing up at GDC 2016 this month. It is undoubtedly a disappointing development less than two weeks before the world's largest game developer event, but Niantic CEO John Hanke is assuring what could turn into an angry mob that it is all for the best.

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Intel tipped to be working on AR headset prototype

Intel tipped to be working on AR headset prototype

The Unreal Reality week continues. On the heels of Microsoft's start of pre-orders for the HoloLens development kit and Meta's second AR dev headset, Intel is now claimed to be working on an augmented reality headpiece of its own, according to people familiar with the matter. The difference, however, is that Intel isn't exactly making one for end user consumption. Instead, it is more interested in selling companies that do make these devices the components inside, a business that is more relevant to Intel than selling ready to use products.

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Meta 2 Augmented Reality Headset Dev Kit release : the Oculus of AR

Meta 2 Augmented Reality Headset Dev Kit release : the Oculus of AR

This morning the team at Meta have revealed their first Developer Edition Augmented Reality headset, the Meta 2. This headset had been shown at places like a recent TED convention before - now it's time to bring the hardware and the software to the public via a developer unit. This unit will look different from the final consumer-aimed edition, and will work with holograms and digital content viewed through a transparent shield that sits on front of a headset worn by the user.

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Father.IO turns the real world into a non-lethal MMOFPS arena

Father.IO turns the real world into a non-lethal MMOFPS arena

Despite enjoying a loyal following, massively multiplayer augmented reality games like Niantic Labs' Ingress didn't really become a mainstream phenomenon. But with the the likes of Pokemon GO, coincidentally also from Niantic, getting the spotlight, perhaps its time to make that leap of faith again. One group of people is making such a jump but not blindly. Setting up shop on Indiegogo, Father.IO is trying to raise funds not only to make the game but also the accessory needed to turn the whole world into one massive sci-fi first person shooter battleground.

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Leaked HoloLens app video reveals Start Menu for AR

Leaked HoloLens app video reveals Start Menu for AR

It seems there really is now escaping Microsoft's love for tiled-based app launchers, even in augmented reality. While the company did return the Start Menu in Windows 10, it wasn't the same one we've all grown up with since Windows 95 all through Windows 7. That tile-based idiom has even invaded the Xbox interface and soon, even HoloLens. A leaked video for an AR app named Actiongram shows what Microsoft has in mind for an AR app launcher and, suffice it to say, it isn't exactly a shock.

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