mixed reality

HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

The future is slightly cooler than the present, according to a pair of prototype devices revealed today by HTC. This is HTC Project Proton, a prototype (a pair of prototypes) for "XR glasses-style" devices "from HTC Vive." Specs are forthcoming, but we've got some imagery of both different sorts of device. These prototypes were made specifically to gather public opinion well in advance of production.

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Samsung Odyssey VR headset patent sounds more powerful, looks alien

Samsung Odyssey VR headset patent sounds more powerful, looks alien

Some people get bug-eyed after experiencing virtual reality for the first time. If Samsung's next head-mounted display is anything like this patent, it will make them literally bug-eyed. A patent for what seems to be a successor to the company's HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset includes colored renders that leave little to the imagination and it will have you looking like The Fly once you don the eerie-looking headset.

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Pokemon GO 5G aims to bring Pokemon to “the real world”

Pokemon GO 5G aims to bring Pokemon to “the real world”

Niantic is working to leverage the oncoming new world of 5G connectivity to allow Pokemon GO to become the primary Pokemon game. The Pokemon Company and Niantic have a sort of interesting relationship at the moment, what with Niantic creating the Pokemon GO game separate from the standard development of each new generation of Pokemon. But as 5G begins to cover the world with high-speed streams of connectivity, and Niantic's future vision for gameplay with Pokemon GO begins to bloom, The Pokemon Company may have to - sorta - re-negotiate their position.

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Panasonic VR glasses are a steampunk dream for 5G

Panasonic VR glasses are a steampunk dream for 5G

Panasonic HDR-capable UHD VR glasses shown this week at CES 2020 showed the world that such devices needn't look like a boxy nightmare. Where the first several generations of VR headset from companies like Oculus and HTC brought about a new sort of design language with the hunk-on-face look, the Panasonic design looks like they dropped in from an alternate dimension to bring us some VR glasses that'd be right at home in The Matrix.

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NEON leaked: Samsung’s artificial human revealed in part

NEON leaked: Samsung’s artificial human revealed in part

Samsung Core R3 and the system called NEON Artificial Human from STAR Labs were revealed today in brief thanks to some newly-public USPTO documents. This comes days before the otherwise-official reveal from the folks that've been teasing the system - Samsung's experimental technology group STAR Labs. Now we see what mysteries they've successfully concealed over the last several months at least.

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What is NEON? Samsung STAR labs tease mystery for 2020

What is NEON? Samsung STAR labs tease mystery for 2020

The group called STAR Labs (Samsung Technology & Advanced Research Labs) teased a product called NEON this week. They've suggested that they'll be revealing the details on this mysterious product at CES 2020 - that's just a few short weeks away. We've gleaned just a little bit of information on what NEON could be based on the connections in the company that are already public.

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Magic Leap 1 AR headset revealed with $2300-$3k packages

Magic Leap 1 AR headset revealed with $2300-$3k packages

Magic Leap was recently the subject of a report which put the company in some not-so-positive light, from the average consumer perspective. It's likely Magic Leap already had their announcements today planned well in advance, but the timing is notable. Today's Magic Leap announcements center on the Magic Leap Enterprise Suite, a package that'll cost $2995, and will include "everything a business needs to efficiently roll out spatial computing to employees."

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Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon 2020: The 5G, the chips, the wildcard

Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon 2020: The 5G, the chips, the wildcard

It's been a big week for mobility, and if you've been wondering what will be powering your Galaxy S11, Pixel 5, or any number of other Android flagships in 2020, Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit 2019 probably held the answer. The week-long event kicked off with new chipsets for smartphones before hitting AR/VR and finally computing, with 5G and AI ever-present themes along the way. Read on for the big news you need to know.

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Today’s Magic Leap failure should teach us this one lesson

Today’s Magic Leap failure should teach us this one lesson

Information released in a report today showed the company Magic Leap in deep trouble. This is a company that built its reputation on the future of augmented reality, aka AR, creating AR technology (like AR headsets) to capitalize on and participate in the modern world of AR/VR computing. But as losses mounted, they began to reach the wrong milestones - points at which they needed to fire "dozens of employees" and at which important early supporters began leaving the company.

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Pokemon GO’s Niantic is making real AR glasses with Qualcomm

Pokemon GO’s Niantic is making real AR glasses with Qualcomm

Pokémon Go maker Niantic plans to make an augmented reality headset using Qualcomm's new Snapdragon XR2 Platform, paving the way to new games that integrate digital graphics with the real world. The collaboration will see the Niantic Real World Platform brought to not only Niantic's hardware but opened to other developers who want to make vast, shared AR experiences.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform puts 5G in mixed-reality glasses

Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform puts 5G in mixed-reality glasses

Qualcomm has revealed its first mixed reality platform with 5G, the Snapdragon XR2 Platform, aiming to bring ubiquitous connectivity to augmented reality and virtual reality headsets and smart glasses. Debuting in reference design form today, Qualcomm's headset still isn't going to be mistaken for a sleek set of sunglasses, but the features might well make it worth it.

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Microsoft HoloLens 2 preorder ‘now shipping’ contradictions

Microsoft HoloLens 2 preorder ‘now shipping’ contradictions

On November 7, 2019, Microsoft announced that HoloLens 2 was "now shipping to customers." The confusing bit here was the less-than-perfect clarity in the message and the differences between the various different sorts of "customers" about which Microsoft was speaking. The first sentence in the Microsoft news post was a bit broad, saying "Now shipping to customers, HoloLens 2 uses AI to facilitate one of the most basic human impulses: exchanging knowledge."

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