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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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Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Everything seems to be about Pokemon GO these days and almost everyone has something to say about it. It turns out, that's true even for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Actually, that's not exactly surprising considering Pokemon GO and Microsoft do have something in common: the use of augmented reality. So it's also not surprising to hear Nadella confidently claim that Pokemon GO feels built for HoloLens, even better than any smartphone can ever hope to achieve.

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Pokemon Go to get trading, might come to HoloLens

Pokemon Go to get trading, might come to HoloLens

Pokemon Go is, of course, the biggest news for the past few days, leading to some amusing and not so amusing tales. And the narrative is far from over. Dipping into the less serious side of the AR game, developers Niantic Labs shared some insight into the future of the still newborn title. Trading Pokemon, one of the favorite aspects of the game for hard core players, will indeed be coming, though the timetable for that hasn't been hinted yet. What Niantic is teasing, however, is the possibility of Pokemon Go coming to standalone AR headsets, like, for example, the Microsoft HoloLens.

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Pokemon GO is a go, but only in Australia, New Zealand

Pokemon GO is a go, but only in Australia, New Zealand

That didn't take too long. While we were still busy musing the date for the launch of Pokemon GO, Niantic Labs was apparently busy actually launching it. The much awaited, but still doubted, "sort of" augmented reality game is finally rolling out to everyone. And by "everyone", we mean "everyone who happens to be located in Australia and New Zealand". That isn't completely surprising, as these two countries did get the trial run first before anyone else. It does mean that it will only be a matter of time before it becomes available to everyone in the world, legitimately or otherwise.

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Pokemon GO, Pokemon GO Plus accessory launch date revealed

Pokemon GO, Pokemon GO Plus accessory launch date revealed

After a long wait at E3 2016, Nintendo finally gave the information that Pokemon fans have probably been waiting for. The Pokemon Go Plus accessory for the game is scheduled to launch late July. Although not explicitly stated, that can only mean that the monster-catching AR game itself will be launching at the same time. Of course, we can hope that it will be earlier, but we'll still take late July as a good sign. That is, if Niantic Labs and The Pokemon Company don't run into showstopping bugs and issues before then.

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Microsoft updates HoloLens as second wave ships to devs

Microsoft updates HoloLens as second wave ships to devs

Virtual reality has recently taken the center stage, especially with the rollout of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Not to mention the ditch that Oculus may have dug for itself. But VR isn't the only hot thing in tech today as far as synthetic realities go. There is also augmented, or rather "mixed", reality, as envisioned (no pun intended) by the likes of Microsoft HoloLens, Magic Leap and Meta. Of those, the HoloLens was the first to reach the public's hands, and now Microsoft is rolling out its first update as well.

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