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Tim Cook: the future of AR is creepy holographic Skype calls

By on September 14, 2016 at 3:35 PM.

Tim Cook: the future of AR is creepy holographic Skype calls

Ahead of the iPhone 7 launch on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook has started doing the rounds on TV. The first stop was ABC’s Good Morning America, where Cook discussed everything from iPhone 7 design, to his morning runs and the future of augmented reality versus virtual reality.

Speaking about AR and VR, Cook said “my own view is that augmented reality is the larger of the two, probably by far, because this gives the capability for both of us to sit and be very present talking to each other, but also have other things visually for both of us to see. Maybe it’s something we’re talking about, maybe it’s someone else here that is not here, present, but could be made to appear to be present with us. So there’s a lot of really cool things there.”

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Augmented reality is a ‘core’ technology for Tim Cook’s Apple

By on August 15, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Augmented reality is a ‘core’ technology for Tim Cook’s Apple

Apple sees augmented reality (AR) as a “core” technology, and the company is already doing “a lot of things” with AR. The news comes from Apple CEO Tim Cook who spoke at great length in an interview about his job and its challenges. More →

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Pokemon Go Game Addiction

Science explains why you’re so addicted to Pokemon Go

By on July 13, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Science explains why you’re so addicted to Pokemon Go

You might think you’re so addicted to playing Pokemon Go because you loved Pokemon growing up, but that’s not the only reason. It appears there’s a scientific explanation for why the app has become such a monster hit in a just a few days following its official launch. More →

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Ink Hunter Tattoo AR App

This app lets you test out tattoos before you commit to permanent ink

By on April 27, 2016 at 7:12 PM.

This app lets you test out tattoos before you commit to permanent ink

Virtual reality has (justifiably) been the biggest story in the tech world over the past few weeks. Oculus launched the Rift, HTC launched the Vive and gamers are finally getting the chance to see how much potential VR has. But you don’t have to spend $600 on a headset to digitally alter the world around you.

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Magic Leak VR AR MR Demo

Magic Leap’s mind-blowing mixed reality tech demoed on video for the first time

By on April 19, 2016 at 9:55 AM.

Magic Leap’s mind-blowing mixed reality tech demoed on video for the first time

We’ve seen a few Magic Leap demos, some of them showing exciting augmented reality games created for the unreleased VR/AR device. But this exciting startup may be working on something a lot bigger than that, and it could redefine the future of computing. In addition to gaming, Magic Leap’s mixed reality (MR) experience could reshape the way we’ll use computers for productivity and regular day-to-day tasks. It’s the kind of technology that might replace the iPhone in a more distant future.

A new video recorded through the eyes of a Magic Leap user shows this technology in action for the first time, and it completely blew us away. More →

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The man who was wrong about the ‘iTV’ for years has a new prediction about a future Apple product

By on August 31, 2015 at 10:55 AM.

The man who was wrong about the ‘iTV’ for years has a new prediction about a future Apple product

Having just sent out invites for its upcoming September event late last week, it’s clear that Apple’s focus is currently on the next generation of iPhones, but we know that the company’s long-term goals include plenty of other fascinating products.

Countless leaks and reports have painted a relatively clear picture of the unannounced Apple TV subscription service,  photos from civilians have uncovered the Apple car, and now, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, recent acquisitions and hirings point to Apple entering the increasingly crowded field of augmented reality as well. More →

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Microsoft Research KinectFusion project capable of 3D modeling, more [video]

By on August 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM.

Microsoft Research KinectFusion project capable of 3D modeling, more [video]

During the SIGGRAPH 2011 conference in Vancouver this week, a team comprised of researchers from various universities showed off a demo during a Microsoft Research presentation of how the Kinect Xbox 360 accessory can be used in the real world to create real-time dynamic 3D models. The project, dubbed “KinectFusion,” shows off the Kinect’s ability to render 3D models of an entire room nearly instantly as one researcher pans the accessory around. After the device has scanned the entire area, KinectFusion is capable of creating a 3D texture-mapped model of the entire room using a Kinect RGB image. The technology could be used to create highly immersive augmented reality games or, as TechNet points out, for architectural purposes on a budget. Hit the read link to see a video of KinectFusion in action. More →

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Layar 5.0 for iPhone, Android launches with Facebook and Twitter sharing

By on April 11, 2011 at 11:59 PM.

Layar 5.0 for iPhone, Android launches with Facebook and Twitter sharing

Layar, the company behind the popular augmented reality app for the iPhone and Android smartphones, announced on Monday that Layar 5.0 is available. The latest iteration allows users to share screen shots — of anything they view through the application — through Facebook or Twitter. Layar 5.0 also provides new animation capabilities, which means some layer content can come to life in 3D form. Coincidentally, we were using Layar this weekend while walking around a new town, and while we find it much easier to simply use a search engine to find local points of interest — because the Layar browser didn’t always return accurate results — we applaud Layar’s efforts to turn local search into an interactive tool that can provide a fun and unique experience. The app is free and is available in both the Android Market and iTunes App Store now, and Layar says that a new Symbian version with the updated features is in the works. More →

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Augmented Reality capability found in Mobile Safari browser

By on December 21, 2010 at 10:56 PM.

Augmented Reality capability found in Mobile Safari browser

It seems that an AR-like capability within Mobile Safari has gone pretty much unnoticed (or at least unimplemented by a third party) until now. Occipital, a company that has developed a panoramic photo iPhone app, has come across the new feature in Safari for iOS 4.2 devices, and it’s related to the gyroscope. If you have an iOS device with a gyropscope (iPhone 4, latest iPod touch) you can try a live demo for yourself. It’s ridiculously impressive, and by using the gryoscope and a panorama image, you can deliver an augmented reality type of experience right in the Web browser itself. Hit up http://occip.it/pt3dmqna from your iOS browser directly to check out the demo.

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