Tag: AR

Pico and ZeroLight demo Boundless XR, untethered VR streaming from PCs

In the very near future, virtual reality headsets will increasingly ditch their cables in favor of next-generation wireless alternatives that stream low-latency, high-bandwidth visuals to their screens. Today, Pico Interactive and ZeroLight are publicly demonstrating Qualcomm’s wireless enabling technology Boundless XR, which will soon “untether” PCs using either Wi-Fi or 5G. Similar to Intel’s WiGig […]

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At Qualcomm, 5G is headed everywhere and into virtually everything

It was easy to call 5G inevitable. Whatever it was, some next-generation cellular technology was certain to follow 2G, 3G, and 4G into the mainstream of global life. It was harder to predict that 5G will be omnipresent. Up until two years ago, the very idea that cellular technology would soon make its way into […]

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iOS 13 reveals iPhone-tethered Apple AR glasses with a controller

Regardless of whatever other augmented reality hardware solutions Apple might have been working on, the company’s immediate path forward appears to be iPhone-dependent AR glasses with a handheld controller, rather than a standalone platform. That’s the biggest surprise developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo have discovered in newly-released versions of iOS 13 and XCode 11, which […]

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WaveOptics closes $39 million investment to scale AR display technology

WaveOptics, a company that develops core optical components for augmented reality (AR) displays, has closed its “oversubscribed” series C round of funding at $39 million. The Abingdon, U.K.-based startup announced the first $26 million tranche of its series C funding last December, and it has now added $13 million to the pot, courtesy of Chinese […]

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Magic Leap teams with Brainlab, SyncThink, and XRHealth for medical AR

Magic Leap’s $2,300 spatial computing platform Magic Leap One may be too expensive for most consumers, but like other early augmented reality devices, enterprise users with bigger pocketbooks are embracing its potential as a business tool. One particularly promising category is health care, where Magic Leap says it’s now collaborating with at least five different […]

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Main Event brings Beat Saber to its VR arcades

Did you have a good Saber Day Weekend? No, that’s not a typo. That’s the nickname that VR-arcade company Main Event wants to give to Labor Day to celebrate the launch of Beat Saber at its event centers. Beat Saber is one of the top VR games across multiple platforms like Oculus, Steam VR, and […]

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Scape is 3D-mapping 100 cities to precisely anchor AR objects

Earlier this year, UK-based startup Scape Technologies previewed a potentially exciting new augmented reality technology for smartphones, promising to use a device’s camera to automatically determine its location. Now the company’s larger plan is coming into focus, and it’s exciting — using vast, accurate 3D maps to enable city-scale augmented reality applications. Scape’s pitch is […]

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Oculus CTO Carmack downplays consumer AR, calls Magic Leap overhyped

In the world of mixed reality hardware and software, few people have the expert-level credibility of Oculus CTO John Carmack, whose pioneering 3D work at id Software broke new ground on personal computers years before he turned his attention to bringing VR hardware to life. While Oculus’s owner, Facebook, recently suggested that the future of […]

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Quasi-AR baby steps are preparing us for true AR’s digital future

Though I only occasionally write about augmented reality, I sift through plenty of “news” these days that is kinda-sorta AR, but not really. For example, if you believe that a TV show is using “augmented reality” to superimpose weather graphics on the screen next to a live meteorologist, AR has been commercially available for decades. Video […]

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Facebook: Expect Oculus Insight tracking in future wearable AR glasses

Ask any Oculus Quest or Rift S user to name the headset’s most impressive new feature, and there’s a good chance they’ll point to Insight, the tracking system that accurately senses your head and body movements without external cameras. In blog posts today, Facebook is revealing some of Insight’s little-known technical details while making an […]

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Snap debuts dual-camera Spectacles 3 glasses to create 3D AR content

Snap’s prior forays into the hardware world haven’t been as notable as its popular social media app Snapchat, but the company is apparently committed to seeing how far its Spectacles wearables can go with users. To that end, it today revealed Spectacles 3, glasses with dual cameras built in to capture 3D depth, which it […]

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Google Maps AR navigation launches in beta for compatible iOS and Android devices

The AR feature in Google Maps that Google first demoed more than a year ago — a heads-up mode called Live View that provides directions from phones’ cameras in real time — will roll out in beta in the coming weeks for compatible iOS and Android devices, the company today announced. Live View was previously […]

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Facebook wants Portal to be the king of video calls, but there’s still work to do

In its race to catch up with Google Assistant and Alexa, Facebook is attempting to make its in-call experiences a major distinction. Doing things together, Facebook says, can bring you closer to loved ones and help you feel like you’re hanging out in the same room — but it doesn’t always go that way. Strike […]

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Apple lists AR/VR jobs, reportedly taps executive who finalizes products

Apple’s work on augmented reality glasses appears to be shifting into a new phase this week, as a series of recent job postings and a reported leadership change suggest that the company is actively working to bring a new AR/VR platform to market. Many of the new jobs have opened up over the last week, […]

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Apple Stores add augmented reality [AR]T installations and lessons

Having previously focused largely on convincing developers to create augmented reality apps for iOS devices, Apple announced today that it’s bringing art-based AR into Apple Stores across the world. This effort will include city-specific [AR]T Walks, a globally available [AR]T installation, and educational sessions called [AR]T Lab. Developed in conjunction with New York City’s New […]

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The demographic, 5G, AR, and mobile trends shaping the next generation of gaming (VB Live)

Presented by Treasure Data Four trends are about to transform the next generation of gaming. Join this free VB Live event to learn how previous trends have shaped the current state of the industry, and the major new changes that are about to create brand-new revenue opportunities for game developers and marketers alike. Register for […]

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ILM, Smithsonian, and Time release Apollo 11 landing AR experience

There’s no shortage of commemorations marking this year’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, but if you’re looking to really experience the historic moments when the Eagle landed and mankind took its giant leap forward, the best option may be available for your smartphone. Working in collaboration with Industrial Light and Magic and […]

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Microsoft wows Inspire crowd with language-translating HoloLens hologram

Microsoft’s on-stage HoloLens demonstrations haven’t always been impressive, but a new one at the company’s Inspire event (via The Verge) is nothing short of amazing. Using a combination of body and voice capture technologies, Azure AI, and HoloLens, Microsoft created a nearly photorealistic hologram of executive Julia White, then had the hologram deliver part of White’s […]

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