Tag: AR

At CES 2019, VR and AR took small but meaningful steps forward

Ahead of 2019’s Consumer Electronics Show, I hoped to see several key developments with next-generation VR and AR headsets — dramatically higher-resolution PC VR headsets, compelling standalone VR headsets, and and less conspicuous AR headsets with wider fields of view. I won’t tell you that these predictions turned out to be fully correct, but they weren’t completely […]

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ThreeKit raises $10 million to turn static images into ‘3D experiences’

A picture’s worth a thousand words, but what about a three-dimensional rendering? Ask ThreeKit — it’s in the business of creating 3D renderings for clients such as Crate and Barrel, Steelcase, and CIROC. The Chicago startup’s product configuration and visualization platform enable brands to create interactive three-dimensional “experiences,” such as product tours and comparison tools. And in […]

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Realmax Qian is a light, fully wireless AR/VR headset with a 100-degree FOV

Realmax has officially taken its AR/VR ambitions from dream to reality, having evolved its Qian headset from an intriguing prototype at the 2018 CES to actual production hardware at the 2019 CES. And unlike so many of the devices shown each year at CES, Qian actually contains some compelling differentiators: It’s lightweight, tetherless, and offers a […]

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Vuzix will ship $1,000 consumer Blade AR smart glasses in February

Following last year’s release of an enterprise version of Blade, a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that resemble traditional sunglasses, Vuzix today confirmed dates and pricing for its consumer model. Previously referred to as “Blade General,” the retail version of Blade is available for preorder today at $1,000, and shipping in 4-6 weeks. Unlike […]

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Skeptics be damned, these early 5G devices are worth watching in 2019

Back in January, a CES panel of cellular insiders correctly predicted that 2018 would be remembered as the “road to 5G” — a year of laying the foundation for ultra-fast fifth-generation cellular devices to launch in early 2019. Hundreds of 5G announcements have followed since then, some more significant than others, and a few companies have […]

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Facebook: VR will be a daily shopping and socializing tool

When Facebook acquired virtual reality headset developer Oculus back in 2014, there was no shortage of speculation that the social network’s goal was to generate advertising revenue inside VR headsets. Backed by a survey of 11,300 people across 11 countries, a newly posted Facebook report for marketers suggests how those dollars will be made: by enabling […]

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Huawei promises AR glasses in 1-2 years, but sets expectations low

Huawei plans to commercialize its own augmented reality glasses over the next one to two years, but doesn’t expect their value to be instantly apparent to consumers. “In the beginning you may feel AR … is nothing,” Huawei consumer CEO Richard Yu told CNBC, “but in the future you will see more and more the value of that.” […]

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We’re Getting a Harry Potter Version of ‘Pokémon GO’

Remember Pokémon GO, the augmented reality game that was supposed to change how people play forever, but instead led kids to a dead body, distracted a father from his kid falling off a balcony, spied on your Google activity, and might have caused billions of dollars worth of property damage? Well the company behind it, […]

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Niantic’s ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Offers Its First Teaser Trailer for the Upcoming AR Game

We have known for quite some time that Niantic, the developer behind the mega-popular Pokémon GO augmented reality game, is hard at work on a new AR game based on the Harry Potter universe. That game is entitled Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and while Niantic has been relatively quiet about the title ever since its […]

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Osmo Detective Agency taps AR to put kids in the role of globe-trotting gumshoe

Tangible Play, the Palo Alto startup behind the augmented reality Osmo game system, has sold its 11 educational games in over 42 countries and more than 30,000 schools. Today, just months after it made its millionth sale on iPad, the company unveiled the newest entrant in the Osmo franchise: Detective Agency Detective Agency’s technological underpinnings […]

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Coord’s Surveyor app uses AR to map curbs and sidewalks

Tolls, parking, and curb space data are harder to come by than you might think. There are more than 4.12 million miles of road in the U.S. alone; over 300,000 signalized intersections, with 2,550 new ones popping up every year; and approximately 2 billion parking spaces. It’s a lot for anyone to keep tabs on. That’s […]

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Vuzix will sell Blade AR glasses in November, retail bundle in 2019

Having originally planned to sell its lightweight Blade AR smart glasses in 2017, VR/AR headset maker Vuzix has announced separate 2018 and 2019 ship dates for two versions of the product. The initial commercial version — called Blade Edge — will begin shipping in the first week of November, followed by a January 2019 release […]

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Jaunt drops VR projects, will focus solely on AR and XR

Jaunt’s last two months have been pretty eventful: Originally known for virtual reality experiences, the company recently shifted into providing augmented and extended reality technologies to other companies, and even installed a new CEO. Today, it unexpectedly announced that it’s winding down its VR products and services to focus its efforts on AR and XR creation […]

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Intel: 90% of 5G data will be video, but AR gaming and VR will grow

A new report from Intel and Ovum lays out the companies’ expectations for the growth of 5G cellular networks over the next decade, and the conclusions are eye-opening: Video will account for 90 percent of 5G data use, but 5G-powered VR and AR will reach a tipping point, and by 2028, gaming — not industrial […]

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Upskill brings hands-on worker AR platform Skylight to HoloLens

Already available across everything from Google Glass to mobile devices and various enterprise-specific augmented reality headsets, Upskill’s business AR platform Skylight is coming to Microsoft’s HoloLens. Skylight gives hands-on workers access to “large canvas” mixed reality visualization capabilities, including a platform that supports their daily work and training. A streamlined UI lets users get task […]

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Jaunt acquires Teleporter, Personify’s real-time 3D AR asset streamer

If you’ve been waiting for live, hologram-like human beings to pop up in AR or VR experiences, that wait’s almost over. Mixed reality company Jaunt announced today that it has acquired Teleporter, a solution for turning people and objects into real-time 3D video streams that can be displayed within AR and VR apps. Developed by […]

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Oculus founder roasts Magic Leap One as ‘HoloLens 1.1’, bemoaning hype

After giving his personal Magic Leap One development kit to iFixit for a physical teardown last week, controversial Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has posted a blunt and detailed conceptual teardown of the Creator Edition on his personal blog. Calling the augmented reality headset a “tragedy in the classical sense,” Luckey bemoans not only the $2,295 product […]

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