augmented reality

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR system gets new The Last Jedi content pack

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR system gets new The Last Jedi content pack

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, the augmented reality experience from Disney and Lenovo, is on the receiving end of new content. That content, which arrives in the Jedi Challenges app this month, is based on the newly released Star Wars movie The Last Jedi, giving players a new planet, lightsaber duel, and even Porgs.

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Optical Trap Display makes R2-D2’s holographic Leia a reality

Optical Trap Display makes R2-D2’s holographic Leia a reality

Researchers have invented a way to print objects with light into thin air at the Dan Smalley Lab at Brigham Young University. These objects are better than those that've come before them. They do not require that the holographic images they create be stuck to one dimension. Instead, they use nearly invisible particles in the air to create objects that can be viewed from any angle. This is Star Wars made real.

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Huge iOS 11.3 ARKit update previewed by Apple today

Huge iOS 11.3 ARKit update previewed by Apple today

Apple is gunning hard to make iOS the platform of choice for augmented reality, revealing the latest update of its technology in iOS 11.3 today. The new ARKit 1.5 is a core part of iOS 11.3, which is being released for developers to get to grips with now, but which will arrive for all iPhone and iPad users in the spring of 2018.

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Apple said to have met with AR suppliers at CES 2018

Apple said to have met with AR suppliers at CES 2018

CES 2018 has come and gone now, and while Apple doesn't have an official presence at the event it appears Cupertino was in attendance to meet with suppliers. It's been rumored for some time now that Apple is working on an augmented reality device, most likely glasses or a headset, and a new report indicates the company met with several AR component suppliers.

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Lumus’ AR glasses are a vision even Apple could approve of

Lumus’ AR glasses are a vision even Apple could approve of

If the mass market is going to be successfully sold on the idea of wearing augmented reality glasses, it could do worse than look to Lumus for design inspiration. The transparent display firm is showing off its latest hardware at CES 2018 this week, flush from a recent deal with Taiwanese manufacturing heavyweight - and, conspicuously, Apple partner - Quanta. If you've been waiting (semi) patiently for consumer AR to arrive in a less geeky form-factor, there's some good news.

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Bell Helicopter air taxi shown at CES 2018 with AR sim

Bell Helicopter air taxi shown at CES 2018 with AR sim

Bell Helicopter brought their new air taxi cabin design to CES 2018, bringing with it a hefty claim. They suggested that they are the first major helicopter manufacturer to exhibit at CES, ever. I genuinely hope this spurs interest in bringing other hereto unseen exhibitioners to CES 2019 - Think
sword-smiths, jet ski manufacturers, chocolatiers - everything we've never seen before!

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Rokid Glass hands-on: AR glasses with teething pains

Rokid Glass hands-on: AR glasses with teething pains

Is the world ready for augmented reality glasses? More importantly, perhaps, are augmented reality glasses manufacturers ready? Having tried the latest attempt at the segment, Rokid's Glass, at CES 2018 this week I'm pretty confident in saying the answer is "kinda, maybe."

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Rokid Glass: AR glasses you might not be ashamed to wear

Rokid Glass: AR glasses you might not be ashamed to wear

From Google Glass to Snap Spectacles to HoloLens to HTC Vive, there is no shortage of headsets that advertise the future of computing. They are all, however, inaccessible because of two factors: price and form. Nevermind being bulky and heavy, some people wouldn’t be caught dead wearing such atrocious-looking “wearables”. China-based robotics and AI company Rokid, however, has come to CES 2018 bearing a solution. It is simply called Rokid Glass, a simple name that belies its big ambition: to offer a consumer-friendly AR eyewear at long last.

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Meet NVIDIA Xavier: A new brain for self-driving, AI, and AR cars

Meet NVIDIA Xavier: A new brain for self-driving, AI, and AR cars

NVIDIA isn't letting up on its goal of being at the heart of as many driverless cars as possible and it's NVIDIA Xavier, its newest autonomous machine processor, it plans to do that with. Unveiled at CES 2018 today, Xavier is the world's most powerful System-on-Chip (SoC), so NVIDIA claims, and comes at the tail-end of $2bn in R&D by the company.

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Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon has patented a smart mirror that uses virtual clothing and mirrors to help consumers decide what to buy. This isn't the first time we've seen the idea of a smart mirror for modern shopping; it is, however, a bit unique from the others. The mirror doesn't just show virtual clothing overlaid onto the potential buyer's body -- it also puts virtual scenes in the background, helping the customer visualize what they would look like on, for example, the beach.

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This groundbreaking metalens could make AR and VR bulk-free

This groundbreaking metalens could make AR and VR bulk-free

A groundbreaking new lens could make future augmented reality glasses lighter and less obtrusive, replacing complex displays with a revolutionary alternative. Rather than stacking multiple traditional lenses to focus different colors of light, metalenses rely on nanostructures to do so on a single, flat surface. However, until now their potential has been more theoretical than practical.

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Magic Leap: 5 things to know about the AR goggles

Magic Leap: 5 things to know about the AR goggles

Magic Leap is a company that's made a head-mounted virtual retinal display, or an augmented reality headset. A pair of goggles that allow users to see images transposed on top of the rest of the world. This company has been in business since its founding in 2010 by Roy Abovitz and has not yet released any products for sale. It might seem that it's not that kind of company - but it really is.

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