augmented reality

Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Following Microsoft's reveal of Samsung's HMD Odyssey headset, the company has announced the start of pre-orders for a variety of Windows mixed reality headsets. We've know about many of these headsets for quite some time now, as Microsoft's push into mixed reality was signaled for the first time way back in October 2016. We're closing in on the roll out of all of these headsets as well, and if you know you want one, you might want to put in a pre-order today.

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iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

I don't think I've ever been in the midst of a conversation and thought "what this discussion needs is my opinion stated by a perfectly-animated poop emoji," though I concede I'm a sample of one. There's also been doubt among some I've spoken to post-Apple iPhone X event that you couldn't do Animojis with a regular front-facing camera and facial tracking. After all, Snapchat has cemented its relevance, in part, by doing just that across pretty much any smartphone.

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Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Today Google made a point to feature 6 new use-cases for ARCore. ARCore is Google's augmented reality toolkit for developers, and their examples this week are quite impressive. The most powerful show of AR power comes with virtual positioning of a smartphone within Google Maps Street View, updating a system that's already awesome.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges hands-on: Lightsaber meets AR

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges hands-on: Lightsaber meets AR

Admit it: you've pretended to be a Jedi, swinging a lightsaber and making "vroo-vroo" sounds. Now, you can put those hard-earned fighting skills to good use, with Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. Combining games and adventures from the Disney movies with a brand new Lenovo Mirage AR headset that brings augmented reality to a hitherto-unseen price point, it's finally a chance to test out your own Jedi talents.

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ARCore just killed Tango to battle ARKit

ARCore just killed Tango to battle ARKit

Google's ARCore literally loads to an Android device with the name "Tango Core". In other words, Tango is dead. Tango Core is available separately, and requires a Tango-compatible device to work. This is only one part of a grand scheme that is Google's future in augmented reality. Whether Google planned this before Apple's ARKit was revealed is irrelevant - because begun, this AR war has.

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ARCore brings augmented reality to 100 million Android devices

ARCore brings augmented reality to 100 million Android devices

Apple’s launch of ARKit, even just as a developer preview, opened the floodgates of augmented reality experiences on iOS. It seems rather ironic that Google, who was actually first in that space via its Project Tango effort, was seemingly left behind in ARKit’s dust. Fortunately for the Android faithful, Google is picking up the slack and is making a similar big push to bring augmented reality to the millions of Android devices in the market today. And Google is calling it, quite amusingly, ARCore.

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Star Wars Find the Force event is an augmented reality treasure hunt

Star Wars Find the Force event is an augmented reality treasure hunt

Lucasfilm and Disney have announced their second 'Force Friday' event, which they're simply calling 'Force Friday II.' The first Force Friday was held in 2015, and this upcoming one will be held on September 1, the companies say. Ushering it in will be an event Disney is calling 'Find the Force,' which is described as being an augmented reality-based treasure hunt that spans the globe. It's not quite what you're imaging, though.

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Samsung plans just revealed new Holographic AR Glasses

Samsung plans just revealed new Holographic AR Glasses

Augmented Reality through 3D-projected images (holograms) are just one part of Samsung's newly revealed headset plans. Glasses, that is to say, or as Samsung called it, a "holographic see-through optical device." That's about as simple as they make it in the plans we're looking at - a new way to look at the world through augmented reality. This is not the first glasses or "glass" that we've seen from Samsung, but it is the first that makes augmented reality and holograms a part of its main objective.

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Qualcomm just opened the AR floodgates for Android

Qualcomm just opened the AR floodgates for Android

Right this minute the biggest names in smartphones are speeding toward the next "big thing" in mobile devices: Augmented Reality. Qualcomm is the latest company to make a public showing of their efforts with what they call "Qualcomm Spectra ISP, 2nd Generation." That' ISB as in Image Signal Processor, this paving the way for high-powered smartphone cameras that can do things we've never seen before.

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iPhone 8 3D sensor order tips big Apple bet on AR

iPhone 8 3D sensor order tips big Apple bet on AR

Apple is going all-in on 3D sensing, reportedly stocking up on huge quantities of components for its iPhone 8 augmented reality push. The Cupertino firm is believed to be using parts from laser sensing specialist Lumentum, which today confirmed a significant increase in demand. However, it also underscores earlier rumors that the most advanced of the features will only be in the flagship new iPhone this year.

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Apple AR glasses: Even the iPhone-maker isn’t sure about them

Apple AR glasses: Even the iPhone-maker isn’t sure about them

Apple's augmented reality glasses may be on the roadmap, but internally the iPhone-maker still hasn't decided exactly what they should do. Chatter of a pair of AR glasses, potentially packaging displays and cameras and capable of overlaying digital graphics atop the wearer's view of the real world, has circulated for some time. However, just as it's unclear from outside Apple what the specific purpose of the wearable might be, so it's reportedly not been settled upon within the firm.

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ASUS Zenfone AR: 5 reasons you want this phone

ASUS Zenfone AR: 5 reasons you want this phone

The ASUS Zenfone AR is officially available to buy from Verizon, and you may be considering picking one up yourself. If you're still on the fence, take note: there's a lot to like about this phone, which was first launched back during CES 2017 (hands-on here). As its name suggests, this phone brings with it augmented reality capabilities, but what, exactly, does the phone offer to make it so appealing? Here are five key things.

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