augmented reality

Virtually dive into AR with Google’s ARCore Coursera class

Virtually dive into AR with Google’s ARCore Coursera class

Virtual reality has had its time in the spotlight. Now it’s augmented reality’s time to shine. That is, if both developers and users are alike are actually able to get their hands on the technologies, both hardware and software, for AR. That is what Google’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit are attempting to do on the device side. Now Google is trying to wean app developers into the AR world through a free Coursera class centered around, of course, ARCore.

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Leap Motion Project North Star can make you a table tennis pro

Leap Motion Project North Star can make you a table tennis pro

OK, maybe not, especially without the experience of an actual ball hitting the paddle or knowing the right amount of force to apply to a swing. But Leap Motion’s hand tracking technology, combined with its Project North Star augmented reality headset, could give users an idea of what a table tennis game could feel like. And this is precisely the kind of artificial skills training that Leap Motion is trying to sell. Along with its upcoming headset, of course.

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ARCore smartphone compatibility list: who’s in and who’s out

ARCore smartphone compatibility list: who’s in and who’s out

When Google replaced Project Tango with ARCore, it removed one of the biggest hurdles to adopting augmented reality on Android: dedicated (and expensive) sensors. In theory, any Android phone with a decent processor, camera, and gyro/motion sensors can do AR. In practice, however, ARCore has been so far limited to a few high-end smartphones. Good thing then, that the latest version of ARCore will be bringing even more models, including mid-range ones, to the AR party.

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Galaxy S9 AR Emojis welcome two classic Disney characters

Galaxy S9 AR Emojis welcome two classic Disney characters

Given the box office success of the Incredibles 2, you’d think Samsung and new partner Disney would promote it to no end. You might, however, be a bit late to the news because that already happened late last month when The Incredibles, including the beloved Jack-Jack, were transported to Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones and transformed into AR Emojis. This time, Samsung and Disney are going old school and are adding classic characters instead.

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AR app-makers just got a huge treat ahead of HoloLens 2

AR app-makers just got a huge treat ahead of HoloLens 2

Microsoft is throwing open HoloLens' more advanced sensors, giving apps for the augmented reality headset access to its 3D mapping abilities and more. The wearable computer has been available to well-heeled developers since early 2016, but it's only with a recent update to Windows 10 that it has unlocked its whole sensor suite.

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Chrome WebXR Chacmool demo shows how AR can be made for everyone

Chrome WebXR Chacmool demo shows how AR can be made for everyone

Truth be told, Google’s VR and AR direction is all over the place. From Google Cardboard to Daydream and Project Tango to ARCore and, now WebXR. That last bit, however, may stand to have the biggest chance of making it big, depending on how much backing it gets from competing companies. WebXR is an up and coming web standard, like, say, HTML and CSS and ECMAScript, that would, in theory, enable AR and VR to work on any platform with a web browser and Google’s first WebXR demo shows how.

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HoloLens 2 tipped to use Qualcomm XR1 VR chip

HoloLens 2 tipped to use Qualcomm XR1 VR chip

Inside the Microsoft HoloLens 2 augmented/mixed-reality headset is tipped the most major appearance of Qualcomm's own XR1 VR chip. This processor isn't technically as powerful as the Qualcomm Snadpragon 845, but according to all the information we have on the XR1 so far, it's made for and capable of running a device just such as this. The hardware itself is tipped to be coming to the market starting in early 2019.

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HoloLens 2 tipped for Q1 2019: Cheaper, Lighter, and broader AR

HoloLens 2 tipped for Q1 2019: Cheaper, Lighter, and broader AR

The new HoloLens is on track for a Q1 2019 release, new leaks have suggested, as Microsoft prepares to skip a generation with its augmented reality headset. The company has been dropping hints about what we can expect from "HoloLens 2" for some months now, as it tries to avoid the mistakes it made in smartphones in the coming age of AR and VR.

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DreamWorld DreamGlass headset makes AR more accessible

DreamWorld DreamGlass headset makes AR more accessible

Considering the product and company names, it might be cringe-worthy to say that DreamWorld’s DreamGlass is a dream come true. At least that’s the promise of what could be the most affordable AR headset in the market. But more than just a cheaper headset, DreamGlass is promising things that few other augmented reality platforms make, including compatibility with both PCs and smartphones and, even better, hand gesture recognition. No more unnatural sticks or wands!

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Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Apple is using machine learning to make augmented reality objects more realistic in iOS 12, using smart environment texturing that can predict reflections, lighting, and more. The new feature, being added in ARKit 2.0, uses on-device processing to better integrate virtual objects with their real-world counterparts, blurring the lines between what's computer-generated and what's authentic.

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iOS 12 multi-user ARKit 2.0: Here’s what’s special

iOS 12 multi-user ARKit 2.0: Here’s what’s special

Apple's multi-player support for augmented reality experiences will support more than just the two-player games the company showed off during the WWDC 2018 keynote, with ARKit 2.0 in iOS 12 bringing unexpectedly comprehensive - and private - ways to use AR. Debuting on the iPhone and iPad later this year, iOS 12's updated augmented reality system will depend on new, persistent scans of the real world that Apple will allow devices to securely share.

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POGs return as an augmented reality mobile game

POGs return as an augmented reality mobile game

POGs, the 90s game that enjoyed massive popularity, will return in the form of a mobile augmented reality game. The game comes from Compton Technology, which is seeking funding for its product on Indiegogo. The game will be free to play and is officially licensed by the World POG Federation.

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