augmented reality

Father.IO turns the real world into a non-lethal MMOFPS arena

Father.IO turns the real world into a non-lethal MMOFPS arena

Despite enjoying a loyal following, massively multiplayer augmented reality games like Niantic Labs' Ingress didn't really become a mainstream phenomenon. But with the the likes of Pokemon GO, coincidentally also from Niantic, getting the spotlight, perhaps its time to make that leap of faith again. One group of people is making such a jump but not blindly. Setting up shop on Indiegogo, Father.IO is trying to raise funds not only to make the game but also the accessory needed to turn the whole world into one massive sci-fi first person shooter battleground.

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Leaked HoloLens app video reveals Start Menu for AR

Leaked HoloLens app video reveals Start Menu for AR

It seems there really is now escaping Microsoft's love for tiled-based app launchers, even in augmented reality. While the company did return the Start Menu in Windows 10, it wasn't the same one we've all grown up with since Windows 95 all through Windows 7. That tile-based idiom has even invaded the Xbox interface and soon, even HoloLens. A leaked video for an AR app named Actiongram shows what Microsoft has in mind for an AR app launcher and, suffice it to say, it isn't exactly a shock.

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How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

Lenovo and Google couldn't have picked a more impressive venue to demonstrate the latest iteration of Project Tango at MWC 2016 nor, indeed, one more suited to its indoor mapping capability. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya isn't short on fine art, and like most museums you could easily imagine getting lost in its various rooms and corridors.

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Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

If augmented reality is yet to make the market splash its VR cousin has, that's probably down to the relative shortcomings of transparent displays, but Epson's latest Moverio BT-300 suggests a tipping point is close. Freshly announced at Mobile World Congress today, the BT-300 headset not only slims down Epson's wearable display, but massively improves the image quality and usability.

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Microsoft HoloLens team teases more Galaxy Explorer pieces

Microsoft HoloLens team teases more Galaxy Explorer pieces

Augmented reality may have had a very short period of hype on mobile devices, but may get a new lease on life with Microsoft's HoloLens. AR might be fun for games but Microsoft , one of AR's current biggest advocates, is trying to show how the technology can be harnessed for more than just entertainment. Like education and research, for example. That might be the key motivation behind Galaxy Explorer, one of the AR projects being developed by Microsoft's HoloLens team. And now that team is giving a few peeks at the prototype.

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Mattel readies to launch Google Cardboard View-Master

Mattel readies to launch Google Cardboard View-Master

It seems that Mattel has gotten into the habit of resurrecting defunct products and giving it a 21st century twist. Just recently it has made the creative yet formerly dangerous "Creepy Crawlers" ThingMaker and turned into a still creative but safer 3D printing ecosystem. Now it is the venerable View-Master's turn. Partnering with Google, Mattel has transformed the toy into a more sophisticated and tech savvy toy by remolding the View-Master into a customized Google Cardboard that promises to deliver educational virtual and augmented reality experiences for kids and students.

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Google’s VR headset: AR, eye-tracking, wireless (or wired)

Google’s VR headset: AR, eye-tracking, wireless (or wired)

Google's play in the virtual reality environment is about to get a lot more focused. Inside a virtual reality headset the likes of which the world has never seen before, Google will deliver an entirely unique experience. Sources close to the company have described multiple areas of innovation Google has been exploring, leading to a headset that's a combination of the best parts of Google Glass, Google Cardboard, and Android in general. This headset will take on Samsung, Oculus, and any and all other combatants.

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Apple’s VR team is real, here’s who they are

Apple’s VR team is real, here’s who they are

Apple's latest acquisition once again tips their involvement in the virtual reality industry. Apple has been tipped - and essentially confirmed - to have acquired FlyBy Media, a group that has their hand in Indoor Mapping, Automotive (autonomous navigation), Drones (autonomous flight), and both virtual reality and augmented reality. They've worked with Google on Project Tango, a futuristic smartphone-based 3D-mapping system that'll tie in with virtual reality in the near future.

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How Apple’s VR hire leads to a gesture-controlled car

How Apple’s VR hire leads to a gesture-controlled car

Apple reported to hire Doug A Bowman, a virtual reality specialist, 3D interface specialist, and computer science professor at Virginia Tech. Bowman is also Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech, and primary investigator for the 3D Interaction Group at Virginia Tech. This group participates in a "worldwide community of scholars and researchers in VR, AR, and 3D UIs". It may be that Apple is dipping their big toe into the virtual reality universe - or it could just be that Apple is thinking about how to make their Apple Car a unique proposition indeed.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

ILMxLAB will be bringing a new "Holo Cinema" Star Wars experience to Sundance that'll transport users to a galaxy far, far away with projections. We've seen just glimpses of this technology before, ILMxLAB here working with their own software tool Zeno to create such magnificent feats of graphics greatness as the squid-face of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean. With Zeno and ILMxLAB's own virtual production renderer, common citizens will be able to virtually step into Star Wars - without the need of a full virtual reality headset.

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HP Sprout Pro hands-on: 3D-scanning PC action on another level

HP Sprout Pro hands-on: 3D-scanning PC action on another level

This week the folks at HP have revealed the HP Sprout Pro, a new version of the first HP Sprout revealed last year. This new version rolls with a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor inside (the newest and most top-class), and you'll have top-end graphics as well. This version of the device is aimed a bit more at the education market, coming with Skype for Business and software that lends itself to scanning documents on the fly.

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Microsoft HoloLens will be totally wireless, last 5.5 hours

Microsoft HoloLens will be totally wireless, last 5.5 hours

While many companies are investing in virtual reality, Microsoft has taken a more augmented reality approach with the HoloLens. As exciting as the spiel and demos may look, few details are known about the headset. That is, until Microsoft Technical Evangelist Bruce Harris went on stage at an event in Tel Aviv to reveal some juicy tidbits about HoloLens, like how there might not be a wired version of the headset at all. Plus, the possibility that there will be a version 2.0 when all the manufacturing pieces fall in place.

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