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AR glasses teased by CEO of Pokemon Go-maker Niantic

AR glasses teased by CEO of Pokemon Go-maker Niantic

Niantic's CEO has teased the Pokemon Go-maker's first augmented reality glasses, with a cryptic preview of the digital eyewear on Twitter. It's the first public sign of the company's smart glasses, though Niantic - which is also partnering with Nintendo again on a Pikmin game - has been talking about AR gaming for some time now.

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Apple has an astonishing goal for its new mixed-reality headset

Apple has an astonishing goal for its new mixed-reality headset

Apple's mixed reality headset could buck the VR trend and offer a much lighter, slimmer form-factor, according to a new analyst report, as the Cupertino firm addresses one of the biggest criticisms of AR and VR tech. Well-rumored over the past few years, Apple's augmented reality headset and smart glasses roadmap is believed to already consist of several generations of model, as the company chases the cutting-edge in affordable wearable displays.

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Facebook reveals its Smart Glasses’ nerve-tracking wristband tech

Facebook reveals its Smart Glasses’ nerve-tracking wristband tech

Facebook has revealed another step in its path to augmented reality Smart Glasses, a wrist-based controller that blends AI and nerve-tracking EMG to leapfrog traditional input systems. While the eventual goal is a super-smart artificial intelligence that instinctively intuits what you might want from your high-tech glasses, Facebook says, this wrist-based input controller is much more practical in the shorter term.

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Facebook’s smart glasses vision is seductive and terrifying

Facebook’s smart glasses vision is seductive and terrifying

Facebook has pulled back the curtain a little on its smart glasses project, with the augmented reality eyewear biting off a huge challenge - and facing potential users with a tricky decision about just how much they trust the social networking behemoth in their lives. As Facebook describes it, the AR glasses it has in mind would be intuitive and proactive, a constant daily companion rather than a device you periodically pull out of your pocket.

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Apple VR helmet, AR glasses and contact lens launch dates predicted

Apple VR helmet, AR glasses and contact lens launch dates predicted

Of all the big tech companies, Apple is perhaps the only one left without its own kind of virtual, augmented, or mixed reality headgear. Of course, it has also been rumored to be working on such devices for years now with almost no end in sight. The end might actually now be in sight if Ming-chi Kuo's predictions are on the mark. If so, Apple will not just have one but actually three such products launching in the next 9 years, including its own AR contact lenses.

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Ray-Ban smart glasses expectations doused by Facebook CFO

Ray-Ban smart glasses expectations doused by Facebook CFO

Facebook CFO David Wehner spoke this week about new smart glasses that are expected to launch later this year in collaboration with Ray-Ban and Luxottica. This isn't the first time we've heard of said glasses - but it is the first time anyone from Facebook has suggested the glasses will be anything less than extraordinary. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference today, Wehner pointed to Facebook's future in augmented reality technology.

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Epson’s new smart glasses get a big field-of-view and blunt expectations

Epson’s new smart glasses get a big field-of-view and blunt expectations

Epson is launching a new set of augmented reality glasses, with the Moverio BT-40 and BT-40S promising a bigger field of view and much higher resolution. Targeting enterprise applications - though not averse to tech-hungry consumers - the new AR eyewear can either be connected directly to a smartphone, or plug into Epson's new Android mini-computer.

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Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses offer virtual monitors & workplace AR

Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses offer virtual monitors & workplace AR

Lenovo is diving further into wearables, with the ThinkReality A3 smart glasses promising virtual displays, 3D visualization, remote collaboration, and more, by tethering either to your laptop or smartphone. Announced at CES 2021, the headset runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR1 for AR glasses and attempt to squeeze wearable computing into a sunglasses-style form factor.

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Amazon Echo Frames available to all – Alexa smart glasses upgraded

Amazon Echo Frames available to all – Alexa smart glasses upgraded

Amazon's Alexa glasses, the Echo Frames, are graduating from the retailer's tech preview and going up for general sale, with a bunch of new updates for those eager to wear the assistant on their face. At the same time, fellow Amazon Day 1 Editions product Echo Loop - effectively a ring for interacting with Alexa - is being discontinued, the retailer says.

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These new Vuzix Smart Glasses actually look like regular glasses

These new Vuzix Smart Glasses actually look like regular glasses

Smart glasses need to blend in like regular eyewear if they're ever going to break into the mainstream, and Vuzix thinks its next-gen digital spectacles could have that edge. Previewed for the first time today - and coming sooner than you might think, Vuzix is promising - the new smart glasses could easily be mistaken for regular prescription glasses at first and even second glance, with none of the obvious giveaways that there's tech onboard.

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Niantic won’t make its own Pokemon GO smart glasses

Niantic won’t make its own Pokemon GO smart glasses

Pokemon GO developer Niantic may be creating a set of augmented reality smart glasses, but it has no intention of building them itself, the company has confirmed. Niantic had announced last December that it would be working on a set of AR glasses using Qualcomm's chipset technology, and with which games like Pokemon GO and Ingress could better integrate into the real world.

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Apple Glass’ AR lenses reportedly just took a huge step forward

Apple Glass’ AR lenses reportedly just took a huge step forward

Apple's smart glasses lenses have reportedly gone into trial production, as one of the key components for its upcoming AR products apparently makes it past the prototype stage. Based on technology expected to be used first in an augmented reality headset, and then a pair of sunglasses-style Apple Glasses, the lenses will presumably allow apps to project digital graphics into the wearer's line of sight.

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