augmented reality

MekaMon AR battle bot arrives at Apple Store

MekaMon AR battle bot arrives at Apple Store

Given that augmented reality is still very much a wild west technology, we don't have a ton of different AR applications that really bring that "Wow" factor. A new robot named MekaMon is looking to change all of that today with its promise of AR combat. The MekaMon is a battle bot that can fight against other bots or participate in AI battles that provide "real-time tactical warfare."

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2019 iPhone 3D sensor tipped as Apple amps up AR

2019 iPhone 3D sensor tipped as Apple amps up AR

Apple's plans for augmented reality are fairly well known at this point. What started with the launch of ARKit will eventually morph into a fully-fledged AR headset, but according to recent rumors, that headset is still a few years off. Since we may not see Apple's headset launch until sometime in 2020, what is Apple planning in the meantime?

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite: Pokemon GO’s mistakes rectified

Harry Potter Wizards Unite: Pokemon GO’s mistakes rectified

This week we're having a deeper look at what Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will bring to the world of AR GPS-based gaming. This means working on what Ingress and Pokemon GO have done, bringing HP: Wizards Unite up to speed to do as well or better than its predecessors. Where will Harry Potter: Wizards Unite do well where Ingress and/or Pokemon GO have failed?

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Pokemon GO Raid event begins now!

Pokemon GO Raid event begins now!

The next wave of Pokemon GO Raid events has begun, and the EX Raid is at the head of the pack. This new wave of Raids for users of all sorts begins just in time for a number of Gamestop locations turning on the lights for sponsored Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms. This does NOT mean that Gamestop is the only location where an EX Raid can happen, but it does mean that your local Gamestop might be a good place to look for an EX Raid first.

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How TrueDepth could make Apple’s AR headset actually work

How TrueDepth could make Apple’s AR headset actually work

Apple is working on an augmented reality headset, and I would be very surprised if the TrueDepth camera wasn't inside. Teams inside the Cupertino company are reportedly busy building a new rOS "reality operating system," the custom system-on-a-package chipset to run it, and the hardware to build around that under the codename "T288." Just as tricky as actually making an AR wearable that isn't utterly dorky, though, is figuring out how wearers will actually interact with it.

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Harry Potter Pokemon GO game official: Niantic confirms Wizards Unite!

Harry Potter Pokemon GO game official: Niantic confirms Wizards Unite!

This afternoon Niantic confirmed the existence of their next augmented reality GPS map-based game: Harry Potter : Wizards Unite. This will be the first global-level game for the Harry Potter phenomenon / entertainment mega-force, and it'll likely pop up in as big a way as Pokemon GO. This game will rely on the Ingress ecosystem, just as Pokemon GO did and does.

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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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These AR glasses are what Google Glass wanted to be

These AR glasses are what Google Glass wanted to be

A pair of AR glasses from Everysight were announced today with Qualcomm technology inside. The Everysight Raptor AR Smartglasses work with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E SoC (embedded platform) enabling the device to roll with wireless connectivity technology like Wi-Fi and ANT+ Bluetooth. These glasses make information appear to be up in front of the user without blocking the user's vision while in motion - important when you're biking, of course.

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