augmented reality

HoloLens Spectator View gives others a look at your virtual world

HoloLens Spectator View gives others a look at your virtual world

Virtual and mixed reality are pretty great, but they offer somewhat solitary experiences most of the time. Microsoft is trying to change that with its HoloLens platform, improvising a way to create a mode it's calling Spectator View. With Spectator View, you can give others a third-person window into what you're seeing through HoloLens, and all you really need is a second HoloLens headset and a camera.

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Apple’s Tim Cook predicts AR will be as big as iPhone

Apple’s Tim Cook predicts AR will be as big as iPhone

Tim Cook has again voiced his enthusiasm for augmented reality, suggesting that the technology - which blends the real world with digital elements - could be as big as the iPhone. The Apple CEO has previously expressed his interest in AR, though Apple is yet to release a product based on the technology. However, with Microsoft, Google, and other big names all at different stages of augmented reality and virtual reality systems, it's widely considered a foregone conclusion that Apple will dive in too.

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Magic Leap CEO: That bulky prototype leak isn’t our AR wearable

Magic Leap CEO: That bulky prototype leak isn’t our AR wearable

Magic Leap's CEO has denied the accuracy of the supposedly leaked hardware from the clandestine augmented reality firm, claiming it's not a prototype of the upcoming AR glasses. Photos of the "PEQ0" prototype emerged late last week, showing what looked to be a bulky backpack-style computer system tethered to a headset. Unsurprisingly for a startup which has provoked as much skepticism as it has anticipation, the reaction was swift and fairly merciless.

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“Into the Wild” hands-on: AR serving a higher purpose

“Into the Wild” hands-on: AR serving a higher purpose

Tech companies are pushing virtual reality as the next wave of computing, but, as cool as it is, VR as we currenly know it has innate limitations that doesn’t make it suitable for many cases. Like being able to move around the real world with less fear of bumping into things, or being able to interact with said real world as well as a virtual one at the same time. That’s why when there was a need for an immersive and hi-tech experience, a group of organizations and companies turned to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Google’s Tango augmented reality platform to create “Into the Wild”, an experience that aims to not only delight the eyes but also touch the heart.

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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro powers “Into the Wild” AR adventure

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro powers “Into the Wild” AR adventure

One of the great things about new technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality is how they enable us to experience things that would have otherwise been impossible to obtain. Either because of the cost or the danger both to ourselves as well as to those around us. There are, however, some experiences that really have to be seen with your very own eyes in order to appreciate the gravity of the situation. That is why Lenovo, Qualcomm, Google, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) got together to create "Into the Wild", which is both a showcase of AR technology as well as a call to social action.

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Apple, Carl Zeiss tipped to be working on AR glasses

Apple, Carl Zeiss tipped to be working on AR glasses

Cars, AI assistants, and mixed reality. Those seem to be the major thrusts of tech companies of late, and Apple is no exception. But, as typical of the Cupertino-based company, it keeps its major projects under wraps, dropping hints here and there for fans to chew on. Thanks to renowned blogger Robert Scoble, we have confirmation about Apple’s next major endeavor. Well, third-party confirmation, of course. After grilling an unsuspecting Carl Zeiss AG employee, Scoble says that the two companies are indeed working on a pair of smartglasses that will become Apple’s first and formal entry into the augmented reality market.

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Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses hands-on: Spectacles’ less-dorky cousin

Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses hands-on: Spectacles’ less-dorky cousin

Snapchat's Spectacles may have given wearable cameras the consumer-acceptance Google Glass never had, but a far more capable set of specs could steal their thunder. Vuzix - which has been pushing head-mounted displays for several years now, though primarily to enterprise users and developers - brought its latest glasses to CES this week, the Blade 3000. While at first glance they might look like regular glasses, they're actually outfitted with a transparent display.

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ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

The first Snapdragon 835 device isn't a phone, and it isn't a tablet: it's a set of augmented reality glasses. Two sets of glasses, to be precise, the handiwork of ODG - or Osterhout Design Group - flush with a recent $58m cash injection from 21st Century Fox who have been pushing augmented reality and smart glasses for a decade now. While you might associate Snapdragon with phones, there are plenty of good reasons you might want the new 835 in a computer for your face.

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Microsoft patent details using augmented reality to find lost keys

Microsoft patent details using augmented reality to find lost keys

Microsoft envisions uses for augmented reality beyond digital pets and reading messages overlaid onto your environment — namely, finding your lost keys, among other things. Such was detailed in a patent recently filed by Microsoft, which goes on to describe the tracking of items that are moveable like wallets, your phone, and other similar things. Augmented reality could also be used to track the state of something, such as the level of milk in a milk carton.

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Snapchat could make Augmented Reality mass-market

Snapchat could make Augmented Reality mass-market

Snapchat's reported $30m buy of an Augmented Reality specialist could be the key to taking mixed-reality mainstream, as its real-world users embrace virtual products. The news earlier this week that Snapchat owner Snap paid as much as $40m for Cimagine, an AR startup focusing on making online shopping more immersive, prompted questions as to just what the ephemeral messaging app might have in mind. Certainly, with its vast cohort of Millennial users, it could be the first truly successful push of Augmented Reality into the mass market.

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Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

The Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets have begun shipping, the company behind them has announced. Though they're shipping out to buyers a bit later than we'd originally heard, those who quickly pre-ordered should have their AR dev kit unit by the turn of the year. According to a recent statement by the company, more shipments will be heading out early in 2017, and customers will get a shipping notification in their inbox when their own order goes out.

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VR trends to look out for in 2017

VR trends to look out for in 2017

Virtual reality, or VR for short, is already being hailed as the next wave in computing, but it’s still a few iterations away from becoming as commonplace as mobile devices, which is the current wave of computing. That said, proponents and advocates of VR continue to push the envelop in order to drive this fledgling market. Though delayed by a few months, VR was off to a great start this year. In 2017, we expect it to get over its teething pains and present a more mature image to consumers. Just how that’s going to happen has been laid out by our crystal ball, and here’s how it goes.

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