augmented reality

Microsoft’s pragmatic AR isn’t sexy, but it will be successful

Microsoft’s pragmatic AR isn’t sexy, but it will be successful

Apple may be working on AR smart glasses, and Facebook trying to turn Oculus into a virtual chatroom, but Microsoft keeps playing it serious when it comes to mixed reality. The company has detailed its latest efforts in augmented reality and more at Build 2018, its annual developer event, and if you were hoping for more Minecraft AR you'll be sorely disappointed.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges adds head-to-head lightsaber duels

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges adds head-to-head lightsaber duels

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is getting the mode fans of the movies have been desperate for, with Lightsaber Versus Mode allowing two AR headset wearers to battle each other. The update, released today somewhat fittingly on May 4th, is the first time two lightsaber-wielding participants have been able to battle in augmented reality.

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Facebook Messenger and Instagram are getting AR camera effects

Facebook Messenger and Instagram are getting AR camera effects

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to kick off 2018's F8 conference today, we knew that augmented reality and virtual reality were going to be big topics. After all, we started the day with the news that the new Oculus Go headset had gone up for pre-order, and the Facebook platform in general has been branching out into VR in recent months. Today we learned about the next step in that process: AR for Messenger and Instagram.

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Chrome 67 to make mobile Web-based games, VR, AR better

Chrome 67 to make mobile Web-based games, VR, AR better

Chrome 66 just came out of production, finally blocking annoying autoplaying content, but Google is already whetting developers' and users' appetites on what's coming next. While it might not be a grand launch just yet, Chrome 67 will be laying the foundations that will make Web-based mobile experiences better by taking advantage of the smartphone's sensors as well as the new WebXR framework that combines VR and AR APIs into one.

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Leap Motion AR UI takes us one step closer to Iron Man

Leap Motion AR UI takes us one step closer to Iron Man

It might be low on computer wizardry this time, but those reviewing MCU films in preparation for Avengers: Infinity War may have been reminded of the jaw-dropping but probably unrealistic user interfaces Tony Stark is so fond using. While we might still be years, maybe even decades, away from such holographic UIs, one company might already be laying the foundations of that future today. Leap Motion continues teasing its augmented reality UI for its Project North Star that might let you forget the ridiculous-looking contraption you have on your head.

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Apple’s smart glasses sound more like VIVE than Glass

Apple’s smart glasses sound more like VIVE than Glass

Apple's first AR/VR product is shaping up to be more like HTC VIVE Pro than Google Glass, and that's probably a good thing in the long run. If the latest leaks are true, the Cupertino company's first steps into augmented reality and virtual reality hardware will be a more streamlined version of the tethered experience slowly gaining traction among gamers. That may be less exciting than sci-fi style AR eyeglasses, but it's certainly more sensible.

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Apple’s AR/VR headset reportedly iPhone-free and 8K each eye

Apple’s AR/VR headset reportedly iPhone-free and 8K each eye

Apple's big push into augmented reality and virtual reality may not be the first such product to launch, but according to new leaks it could well be the most dramatic. The iPhone-maker has long been rumored to be working on AR and VR technology, including long-standing chatter of Apple smart glasses. Now, fresh information on just what they might comprise has emerged.

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Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Oculus users were sent an update sheet today for the near-future of the VR platform owned by Facebook. In preparation for the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules in-effect date, Oculus is taking action. This May, new tools will be launched for Oculus users, including a new Privacy Center, Updated Terms of Service, Updated Privacy Policy, and a new Code of Conduct added to the Oculus official Terms of Service. Also you'll be able to download all your data - so that's neat.

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Leap Motion’s AR headset looks insane, but could be miraculous

Leap Motion’s AR headset looks insane, but could be miraculous

This week we're having a peek at what Leap Motion is bringing to the table for augmented reality. We've seen them create some unbelievable pieces of technology before - especially when it comes to motion tracking and control. Now it would appear as thought they're jumping into the augmented reality universe face-first.

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Snapchat’s iPhone X AR Lenses are finally here

Snapchat’s iPhone X AR Lenses are finally here

Snapchat has launched its special iPhone X Lenses, with the more accurately-placed augmented reality masks taking advantage of Apple's TrueDepth front camera. The new iPhone X Lenses were part of Apple's big reveal for the smartphone in September last year, and indeed one of the few things the company demonstrated that tapped into the complex camera array.

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Microsoft HoloLens 2 will have these big changes

Microsoft HoloLens 2 will have these big changes

Microsoft got a huge lead in the augmented reality, or mixed reality rather, market, showing off how its HoloLens and Windows Holographic, now Windows Mixed Reality, system could prove to be more practical and useful than virtual reality. It may have, however, rested far too long on its laurels and now a big competitor is just around the corner. That is, perhaps, why the tech giant is suddenly picking up the pace for version 2 of its HoloLens hardware, which might make a big departure from its predecessor.

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Pokemon GO Earth Day events aim to clean up litter worldwide

Pokemon GO Earth Day events aim to clean up litter worldwide

This week the folks at Niantic revealed their first ever Earth Day event for Pokemon GO. This event aims to bring all the Pokemon trainers to the yard where they'll pick up all the trash on the planet. Or at least all the trash at a select number of "cleanup events" in several countries around the world.

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