Tag: HoloLens

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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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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Microsoft will release HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset in September

Microsoft has finally set a release date for its second-generation augmented reality headset, HoloLens 2: executive vice president Harry Shum told attendees at Shanghai’s World Artificial Intelligence Conference that the device will go on sale in September 2019, Reuters reports. Thanks to its $3,500 asking price, HoloLens 2 is being targeted primarily at enterprises and developers rather than the […]

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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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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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Apple’s in Top 3 in smartglasses … with no product

Despite having no smartglasses product, Apple ranked as the third most important smartglasses platform after Microsoft HoloLens and Magic Leap in a recent survey of AR/VR industry insiders by Digi-Capital and AWE. While this highlights Apple’s natural advantages and industry support, how does a company which hasn’t even hinted at a product rank higher than […]

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