augmented reality

This is how Super Mario Bros. would have play in the real world

This is how Super Mario Bros. would have play in the real world

Super Mario Bros has been used, abused, and repurposed for so many things, it's not really a surprise to hear about it being used in an augmented reality setting. In fact, we're more surprised it took this long for someone to do it. At least 28 year old developer Abhishek Singh can enjoy that fame for a while as news of his adventures spread far and wide. Yes, this is a somewhat modified version of the first level of Super Mario Bros if it had been something that happened in our real, 3D world.

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iPhone Augmented Reality revealed with ARKit

iPhone Augmented Reality revealed with ARKit

Apple's next hand in the future is Augmented Reality, as evidenced this morning by Craig Federighi speaking onstage at WWDC 2017. With Augmented Reality developer kit - ARKit, they call it - developers will be influencing the way the future is seen through the iPhone and iPad. With this kit, simple computations are able to be made, for starters, including allowing the iPhone to detect a flat table surface.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential might be plotting smart glasses of its own

Andy Rubin’s Essential might be plotting smart glasses of its own

It's only been a few days since Essential revealed its new phone to the world, but the company's plan for the future may extend beyond handsets and AI assistants. As it turns out, Essential is also holding a patent for a pair of augmented reality smart glasses. This may not come as a shock to many people, considering Essential CEO Andy Rubin's background at Google, but these AR glasses look quite a bit different than what we saw with Google Glass.

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Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and it turns out PC makers are rising to the challenge with a variety of designs shown off this week at Computex 2017. The software giant's decision not to make its own headset, following the Surface strategy, but throw the responsibility over to OEMs had led to some concern that we'd see plenty of me-too mixed reality visors clogging shelves come the holiday season. Happily, it looks like that's not going to be the case.

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This is when the ASUS ZenFone AR will be available in the US

This is when the ASUS ZenFone AR will be available in the US

It's not unusual for smartphones to launch a few months after they've been announced, but a six-month waiting time is next to ridiculous. But that is exactly what ASUS is doing with the ZenFone AR, which has yet to see the light of day in the market. Announced at CES back in January, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has revealed that it's going to take about a month more before this AR/VR smartphone lands in Verizon's shops in the US.

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Occipital Bridge hands-on: The room-mapping AR rival to Google WorldSense

Occipital Bridge hands-on: The room-mapping AR rival to Google WorldSense

Where are you in the bold new world of virtual and augmented reality? I don't mean that metaphorically, either: the question of where a user in a virtual world is physically, and how they're interacting with the real world around them, is arguably the key to making the next generation of headsets. It's something not only big names like Google and Apple are working on, but VR/AR specialists like Occipital.

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Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Of the three major "synthetic" reality platforms, Microsoft's HoloLens comes closest to the dream of overlaying digital objects on top of real world ones and interact with both of them in the same way. However, it shares the same limitations as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in terms of the bulk of the headset required for it to function. That is why Microsoft Research teams have been working on a prototype that brings a "true" holographic display to near-eye devices that almost look no different from your regular pair o eyeglasses.

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Chrome is coming to Daydream later this year

Chrome is coming to Daydream later this year

It's kind of hard to imagine that Google would have much more to announce after yesterday's I/O keynote, but today the company was back for a second presentation. Today was all about VR, which stands in stark comparison to yesterday, which only seemed to make mention of VR at the end. Though there were some interesting reveals made, one of the cooler ones revolves around Chrome and its future on VR headsets.

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Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Microsoft has unveiled its take on VR controllers, with the Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers making their debut at BUILD 2017 today. Intended to pair with the Windows Mixed Reality headsets we've already seen announced from a number of companies, the controllers allow for better interaction in virtual 3D space. Meanwhile, there's also news for developers hoping to get their hands on the VR/AR kit.

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Microsoft HoloLens to serve as AR tool for doctors during spinal surgery

Microsoft HoloLens to serve as AR tool for doctors during spinal surgery

While augmented reality is often touted as the future of entertainment and mobile communication, the technology has the potential to be useful in a number of practical and professional situations as well. Case in point: Scopis, a company that specializes in technology for surgical purposes, has announced a new AR platform that uses Microsoft's HoloLens to aid surgeons operating on the spine.

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Houzz app uses augmented reality to let users preview furniture in their home

Houzz app uses augmented reality to let users preview furniture in their home

Shopping online has become increasingly popular, but only for certain things. Buying clothing and furniture online remains difficult for various reasons; when it comes for furniture, knowing how it'll look in your home is half the battle. Houzz has released a new app feature to address that, one that leverages augmented reality to let prospective buyers 'see' a particular item in their home in real time. This feature differs from the previously launched one that put 2D furniture in photos of users' homes.

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Apple AR glasses possibly confirmed by a leaked report

Apple AR glasses possibly confirmed by a leaked report

Did Apple's augmented reality prototype accidentally injure one employee's eyes? That's one potential explanation being juggled for a mysterious incident report at the iPhone company, after a cache of such filings were inadvertently leaked. The handiwork of an Environment Health and Safety contractor, the document was presumably intended for internal eyes only, but was mistakenly distributed first among employees and then snuck out to Gizmodo.

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