augmented reality

AR Expeditions show it’s not all about fun and games

AR Expeditions show it’s not all about fun and games

Virtual reality and, to a lesser extent, augmented reality have the connotation of mostly being about entertainment. The current selection of VR and AR experiences, plus the media and buzz surrounding them, do reinforce that misconception. That is why proponents like Google are trying to push new experiences that give these technologies a more serious tone. Like AR Expeditions, a "spinoff" of its VR-centric Google Expeditions, that utilize augmented reality for educational purposes. It might not be a game, but it can still be just as fun.

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Just a Line AR doodle app arrives for iOS with cross-platform support

Just a Line AR doodle app arrives for iOS with cross-platform support

Earlier this year, Google launched an augmented reality app for Android called "Just a Line." The app enables users to draw virtual doodles in the air using just their smartphone, a fun AR experiment free for anyone to download. The company expanded upon that experiment today, launching Just a Line for iOS that brings the same ability to iPhone. That makes Google's experimental app the first cross-platform AR doodling app of its kind.

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Snapdragon XR1: Qualcomm’s play for affordable standalone AR and VR

Snapdragon XR1: Qualcomm’s play for affordable standalone AR and VR

Qualcomm has revealed its latest chipset, the Snapdragon XR1, but rather than phones it's intended for Extended Reality headsets like AR smartglasses and untethered VR. Slotting in beneath the Snapdragon 845 as a more affordable "XR" option for device-makers, it's part of Qualcomm's attempt to capture entry-level standalone systems.

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Porsche AR smartglasses get green light to cut service times

Porsche AR smartglasses get green light to cut service times

Porsche is bringing augmented reality to its dealerships, putting AR smart glasses into the service centers of its 189 US locations to shorten repair times. Dubbed Porsche Tech Live Look, the system began as a pilot last year, but is now being expanded more broadly after the automaker found it dramatically improves service efficiency.

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iPhone might make three lenses a thing next year

iPhone might make three lenses a thing next year

Some say Apple is a trend setter while others will point out how there are times when it was the one chasing after others. This new rumor might put it again in the latter position but Apple always has a knack for coming out at the top. According to supply chain reports, next year's iPhone might sport three camera lenses instead of the usual too, just like how the Huawei P20 Pro already does today. It is still unclear, however, what that third camera will bring to the table, if it ever does come to the party.

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Forget phones: the next Snapdragon is reportedly all about VR and AR

Forget phones: the next Snapdragon is reportedly all about VR and AR

Qualcomm will be revealing its new Snapdragon XR1 chipset for standalone virtual and augmented reality headsets next week, at least according to sources leaking the plans. The sources claim the announcement could come as soon as next week, though it may be bumped to a later date. We might see the chipset unveiled during Augmented World Expo in California.

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Google and LG just built the key to lifelike VR

Google and LG just built the key to lifelike VR

Mobile VR is about to get a big kick in the rear end from Google and LG. They've created a 4.3-inch display that packs in 1,443 pixels per inch with OLED technology. This display also rolls with 120 Hz refresh rate, so you know it's going to deliver super-smooth, super-realistic graphics for the foreseeable future. Until our eyes get better at discerning reality, that is.

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Pokemon GO Alolan Forms: Here are all 10, ranked

Pokemon GO Alolan Forms: Here are all 10, ranked

Today we're having a peek at all the new Pokemon coming to Pokemon GO this Spring and early Summer - ALOLA! Each Alolan version of a Pokemon has the same Pokemon root as its Kanto "Normal" form. Of course all Pokemon evolved from a single Pokemon at the origin of the Pocket Monster universe, but still - it's important to know that an Alolan Raichu is still an evolved Pikachu at heart.

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Pokemon GO Alolan Forms update (Time to come back!)

Pokemon GO Alolan Forms update (Time to come back!)

Summer is coming to Pokemon GO, and that means big updates are about to hit. For this season of the GPS/AI mobile game, Niantic's bringing on the Alolan forms of Pokemon of all sorts - and that means some WACKY forms. Case in point, the Alolan version of Exeggutor. It has a very, very long neck. It's very tall, and it looks insane.

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Google AR headset “A65” tipped to rival HoloLens

Google AR headset “A65” tipped to rival HoloLens

Google is reportedly developing a standalone Augmented Reality headset to take on Microsoft HoloLens, a cable-free system that does not require a tethered PC to drive it. The rumors come after the launch of the first standalone Daydream headset, the Lenovo Mirage Solo, which packages a full virtual reality system into a single wearable.

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ARCore now supports shared experiences and walls

ARCore now supports shared experiences and walls

As expected, Google had a thing or two to share about its VR and AR endeavors, mostly the latter. And, as expected, it's not exactly much. Make no mistake, though, the updates Google has announced for its ARCore augmented reality platform for Android are not just much-needed ones, they are also long overdue. Now AR app developers will be able to create experiences that can be seen and experienced by more than one device, including ones that can get pinned on walls.

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Microsoft’s AR thrust is exactly what the market needs

Microsoft’s AR thrust is exactly what the market needs

Holding it precariously so close to Google I/O, Microsoft's own BUILD developer conference may have felt a bit more subdued, somber, and serious. Its most "futuristic" technology lacked the hype and pizzazz the usually surrounds its counterparts from other companies. Microsoft's new AR push, perhaps to the disappointment of consumers, was squarely aimed at industry and enterprise customers and that is actually the perfect recipe to keep augmented reality from being passed up as a fad. Because for AR to grow, thrive, and survive, it has to be taken seriously and you can't get more serious than the enterprise market.

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