Tag: AR/VR

Microsoft is closing down asset platform Remix 3D

Microsoft is getting rid of its answer to Sketchfab and Google Poly early next year. Remix 3D, the company’s online hub for storing 3D assets, will be ‘retiring’ on January 10, 2020. A message at the top of the site’s page confirms as much. In an FAQ, the company instead suggests users turn to its […]

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Social VR platform Bigscreen TV adds 50 free live channels

Social VR platform Bigscreen is first and foremost a destination where users can share their desktop screens with friends. Bigscreen TV, however, takes the service in a new direction. Released today, Bigscreen TV allows up to eight VR users to watch over 50 live channels together. The service will provide free access to channels like […]

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Minecraft Earth beta is coming soon

Minecraft Earth, an all-new mobile AR version of the global sensation sandbox building and survival game, is coming to iOS later this month and Android “soon thereafter” according to the official blog. We first heard about Minecraft Earth about two months ago in mid-May when developers Mojang released an announcement trailer and then last month debuted actual gameplay for the […]

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Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell VR could be coming to Oculus

A new report states that Facebook’s Oculus has signed a deal with Ubisoft for exclusive Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed VR games. The article from The Information cites “two people familiar with the matter” in saying Oculus is looking to outright buy game studios and sign exclusive deals. One of these sources reportedly revealed that the company […]

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GamesBeat Decides 119: 🎵Oh, Fire Emblem!🎵

The entire video gaming world still feels hungover from the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in June. On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, however, we still have plenty to talk about. Co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti have played some games. Mike is reviewing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and he can talk about his […]

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Samsung seeks patent on folding AR glasses with frame-activated screen

Like many other technology companies, Samsung focused its early mixed reality development largely on virtual reality rather than augmented reality, but a newly-published patent application (via Patently Apple) suggests that it’s actively working on AR glasses with at least one interesting feature: a display that is automatically powered on and off by the frames. While some […]

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If iGlasses are truly on ice, Apple’s 2020 will be dull but lucrative

One of the most difficult things for persistent Apple critics to grasp is that the company’s success — at least, as measured by Wall Street — isn’t as dependent on innovation as might be assumed from the company’s most common (and stinging) criticism. Besides the Apple Watch, Apple hasn’t launched a category-defining product in years, but […]

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Unconfirmed reports suggest Apple has killed AR glasses project

Apple’s project to develop augmented reality glasses qualifies as an open secret, as the company has hired AR engineers, filed related patents, and reportedly iterated on the hardware for two or more years. But a new report from the hit-and-miss Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes (via MacRumors) claims that Apple has “terminated AR glasses development,” […]

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Netflix taps Google Lens to bring Stranger Things newspaper ad to life

Google Lens can be used to translate menus and highlight the top meals, it can tell you all about local art installations, and now it’s being used by Netflix to promote the new season of Stranger Things. First debuted in 2017, Google Lens is the internet giant’s computer vision-powered, augmented reality-infused search tool that can […]

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Form unveils $200 AR swim goggles you can wear underwater

Sports technology company Form announced the Form Swim Goggles, which enable athletes to view performance metrics on an augmented reality display on swim goggles that you can wear underwater. The lightweight goggles will sell for $200 and come from a startup created by Dan Eisenhardt, who previously sold Recon Instruments to Intel in 2015. The […]

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Iron Man VR will be at San Diego Comic-Con 2019

It’s July. You know what that means; Marvel Studios is probably going to announce its Phase 4 slate! That’s why you’re here, right? Oh, just me? Well, there will be some Marvel VR news at this month’s San Diego Comic-Con, too. Specifically, the recently announced Iron Man VR will star in the Marvel Games Panel. The panel, […]

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New Gran Turismo is in development — and PSVR support might happen

Gran Turismo creator and Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi wasn’t too hot on the original PSVR. But it sounds like he’s still excited for how the tech will progress with the next PlayStation. Speaking to GTPlanet, Yamauchi recently confirmed that the next entry in the racing simulation series is in the works. Few details about the […]

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June Steam hardware survey: The Rift-Vive cap shrinks … sort of

We took a month off in May (forgive us! E3!) but June’s Steam Hardware Survey results are in. Put simply, they don’t show much change in the overall landscape. The Oculus Rift still leads the charge with 44.12% of the overall VR headset use on Steam. Pairing the 40.76% share that HTC Vive has with the 1.66% […]

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Gamescom gets its own VR showcase

Despite rising popularity, VR has always struggled to standout at major gaming events. That’s why we put on the first-ever E3 VR Showcase last month. Next month, though, a number of independent VR developers will band together to showcase their latest projects at one of the industry’s biggest events — Gamescom. The industry trade show […]

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GamesBeat Decides 118: On behalf of the brand

We all mess up sometimes, and that’s why the GamesBeat Decides podcast is spending this week apologizing on behalf of the brand.  On this episode, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti dive into some more Super Mario Maker 2 and Outer Wilds. The crew also discovers that Bloodstained isn’t that great on Switch, and Mike […]

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iOS 13 FaceTime ‘correction’ uses ARKit 3 to make eyes look straight ahead

Each new round of Apple’s operating system betas brings small new features that will most likely appear in the final release, and the third developer betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 include something highly unusual for Apple — a subtle face-changing feature called FaceTime Attention Correction. Flipping the switch on makes you appear to […]

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Xiaomi threatens writers over Mimoji app’s overlap with Apple’s Memoji

Apple’s Memoji may have become the more popular 3D avatar feature for smartphones, but Xiaomi wants people to know that its similarly named version — Mimoji — came first, despite increasingly confusing overlap between the apps’ names and features. Moreover, it’s apparently threatening legal action against writers who call it a copycat without providing proof. […]

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Google Lens can now tell you about works from local artists

Ever ponder the meaning of a piece of artwork hanging on the wall of your favorite coffee shop? Thanks to Google Lens, Google’s AI-powered search and computer vision tool, you’re now only a few taps away from learning everything there is to know about it. Wescover, a San Francisco-based startup building a catalog of artists […]

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RealWear raises $80 million for AR headset for connected workers

RealWear has raised $80 million for its augmented reality headset and platform for connected workers. The company will use the funds, which are a combination of equity and debt, tocontinue market expansion and accelerate its platform development. RealWear’s funding and loans were led by industrial automation firm Teradyne, with additional money from Bose Ventures, Qualcomm […]

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Linden Lab’s Sansar partners with Monstercat to bring live music into VR

Sansar, the social virtual reality platform built by Second Life creator Linden Lab, has partnered with electronic music label Monstercat, to bring live music and entertainment into VR. The Monstercat: Call of the Wild Experience is a collaboration that the companies hope will change live concerts and gaming. The virtual world offers fans a larger-than-life […]

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