augmented reality

The Apple Car rumor just won’t die

The Apple Car rumor just won’t die

The Apple Car rumor has reignited, with analyst predictions that the Cupertino company will look to four wheels and complex technology for its next iPhone-scale success. Speculation that Apple is considering wading into transportation has been a regular topic of discussion in recent years, as investors and fans alike try to guess what the $1 trillion company might do next.

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Magic Leap One Creator Edition begins shipping out today

Magic Leap One Creator Edition begins shipping out today

After many years of waiting, Magic Leap is finally ready to launch its flagship product, the Magic Leap One mixed reality headset. This is a launch that's been a long time coming, but even though the headset is shipping out today, there's still plenty of progress to be made. For starters, this is a limited launch that's aimed at developers, with the headset only shipping to folks to certain major cities in the contiguous US.

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New Epson MOVERIO smart glasses revealed for 2018

New Epson MOVERIO smart glasses revealed for 2018

This week the folks at Epson behind their wild but little-known smart glasses line MOVERIO revealed their latest set for sale online. These are the new model MOVERIO BT-35E Smart Glasses. In the MOVERIO Smart Glasses from Epson is one of the most advanced examples of industrial-grade augmented reality glasses technology in the world. This newest version of the glasses includes 720p HD Resolution and the equivalent of an 80" projected screen size measured at 16.4ft. This pair of glasses works with 100,000:1 contrast ratio with Si-OLED binocular display.

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How to play Snake on Facebook thanks to Nokia

How to play Snake on Facebook thanks to Nokia

This week the folks at Nokia decided to bring their classic game "Snake" back to the public via Facebook Camera. Using the new augmented reality features of the Facebook Camera platform, Nokia delivered Snake to all users starting this morning. To attain said Snake, one needed only to open the Facebook app and click a button in the Facebook Camera. Now, if only they'd bring Tony Hawk Pro Skater there too...

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Magic Leap Lumin OS interface is thankfully familiar

Magic Leap Lumin OS interface is thankfully familiar

One of the problems with new computing platforms is the danger to go overboard in trying to present a novel experience. Nowhere is that truer than with virtual and augmented reality where user interfaces are already split into two almost diametrically opposed camps. As one of the most popular proponents of controller-less AR experience, Magic Leap runs the risk of overloading its UI with novel and fancy gizmos and controls. Fortunately, based on images going rounds over the Internet, the startup has exercised some caution and common sense.

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Looking Glass promises a holographic display with no headsets

Looking Glass promises a holographic display with no headsets

Virtual and augmented reality have created the need for a niche type of content creation, one that requires truly immersive 3D experiences. But while there are already tools for that, a bottleneck is created when you have to put on cumbersome VR or AR headsets just to quickly test their work. Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually see those right on your desk immediately? That would require a holographic display and that is exactly what The Looking Glass is trying to offer.

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Amazon Part Finder users AR to identify nuts, bolts, screws

Amazon Part Finder users AR to identify nuts, bolts, screws

Online shopping services, especially Amazon’s, have become so convenient that, for some, it is their go-to for anything they need to buy. It only works, though, if you actually know what you need to buy. When you don’t, like with unidentified bolts, washers, fasteners, etc, you often have to drag yourself to the nearest hardware store. To help buyers, Amazon is rolling out a Part Finder feature on its mobile app that employs augmented reality tricks to keep you from buying from someone else.

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Magic Leap gets cash from AT&T as it continues to ghost

Magic Leap gets cash from AT&T as it continues to ghost

Normally I wouldn't mention that a company got investment cash before it had a product, but Magic Leap's been in this situation for a LONG time. Look all the way back to Google's investment, an investment that took place in October of 2014. They had a TED talk back in January of 2013, too - they've been at this business of preparing some augmented reality hardware and software for a while - and in tech product terms, a length of time that seems incomprehensible.

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As App Store turns 10, Apple drops heavy hints of AR future

As App Store turns 10, Apple drops heavy hints of AR future

It may be hard to imagine a world without smartphone apps, but Apple's App Store only celebrates its tenth birthday later this month. The download store first opened its digital doors on July 10, 2008, with a mere 500 titles on its virtual shelves.

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Apple Maps is getting a huge reboot

Apple Maps is getting a huge reboot

Apple Maps is about to get a huge upgrade, with exponentially more data, crowdsourced updates, and potentially paving the way to future AR smart glasses projects. The mapping app hasn't exactly got the best reputation among navigation right now, though it has significantly improved since Apple first launched it in 2012 as part of iOS 6.

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Niantic AR will traverse the real 3D world

Niantic AR will traverse the real 3D world

Today Niantic demonstrated "Niantic Real World Platform" - an Augmented Reality platform that's mightily impressive. This is a little bit different than what's offered by Apple with ARKit, and it's not exactly like what Google has with ARCore. Instead, it's got Pokemon. Instead, it's more focused on the sorts of situations presented in Pokemon GO - since that's where their work began. What they've got this week is a demonstration that'll make you smile.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 gets Android-like features

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 gets Android-like features

While Google is probably wishing the world forgot about its less than stellar history with Android tablets, it isn’t writing out the device form factor completely. It is, instead, reframing tablets within the context of Chrome OS, particularly with its first tablet, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. But in order to do that, it has to bring some features over from Android to Chrome OS, which is what it’s doing now with its education-themed update.

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