Virtual reality (VR) is exploding right now. The PlayStation VR just launched for the PS4, and there are other interesting products out there, including Facebook’s Oculus, and HTC’s Vive. But Apple will have none of it, as it thinks the future is elsewhere: augmented reality (AR). More →
Apple hasn’t exactly been shy about expressing its interest in augmented reality. During an interview earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook plainly stated that he sees a lot more promise in augmented reality than in virtual reality.
“There’s virtual reality and there’s augmented reality,” Cook said while appearing on Good Morning America. “Both of these are incredibly interesting. 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.”
Apple is very interested in augmented reality (AR), Tim Cook recently reiterated without detailing any hardware or software products that would support it. However, a newly discovered patent reveals technology that would use AR for navigation purposes without requiring a GPS or cellular connection to work. Also important is the fact that the patent practically confirms that Apple purchased Flyby Media. More →
Some may say that print is dying, but that’s not exactly the case. It turns out that print magazines can still find new ways to be innovative in ways we never imagined possible. Don’t believe me? Then consider that The New Yorker’s latest cover comes to life when viewed through the lens of a tablet or smartphone. More →
It might sound like a wild theory, especially considering where it’s coming from, but a well-known Apple analyst has just predicted the death of the iPhone. No, this isn’t a story about Apple’s impending doom, which some people continue to warn us of even while Apple is the most valuable company on the planet. Instead, it’s a possibly reasonable but potentially outlandish prediction of when the iPhone will die and what Apple will use to replace it.
There was a huge amount of hype surrounding Windows 10 ahead of its release earlier this year, but another Microsoft product may have been even more worthy of our attention. The company’s HoloLens gave us a glimpse of what computing in the near future may be like, and it was awesome. But Microsoft is hardly the first company to dive into augmented reality. Long before Microsoft ever showed off its HoloLens product, a somewhat low-profile company called Magic Leap was busy behind the scenes cooking up an exciting augmented reality experience that we just got a taste of late last night. More →
Although cars have definitely gotten safer over the years, they all still have blind spots that prevent you from seeing everything that might be in front, behind or to the side of you. The engineers at Land Rover, however, have come up with a brilliant new solution that could make blind spots a thing of the past. Essentially, Land Rover has hooked up cameras to a vehicle’s grill that then project what they see onto your windshield. This gives you an augmented reality view of what’s actually directly in front of your car and makes it look as though the car’s front hood is transparent. More →
One of the more interesting technologies Sony (SNE) revealed at this year’s E3 trade show was an augmented reality book experience called Wonderbook. The idea is to combine the motion sensing capabilities of the PlayStation Move with a specially designed augmented reality book to create an immersive and interactive digital book experience. Targeted mostly at children, Sony announced on its PlayStation Blog that the first Wonderbook will be J.K. Rowling’s Book of Spells. The digital book/game will allow players to bring spells to life on the Wonderbook’s flippable pages. The $79.99 bundle is the latest PlayStation 3 product to extend the console’s reach beyond traditional gaming and on-demand entertainment. Each bundle includes a PlayStation Move controller, PlayStation Eye camera, a copy of Book of Spells, the augmented reality Wonderbook and will hit U.S. stores on November 13th. Check out the tour of Wonderbook: Book of Spells in the video below. More →
Google unveiled “Project Glass” earlier this week, an undertaking that it hopes will bring eyewear equipped with heads-up display technology to the masses. The new glasses currently in development include an integrated transparent display that projects images and data in the wearer’s field of vision. HUD technology such as this could allow users to pair Google’s glasses with a smartphone and view data while the handset remains tucked away, or they could operate as a standalone product with an integrated chipset and embedded flash memory. The project has stirred up a healthy amount of intrigue within the media and among consumers, and Google’s competition has apparently taken note. More →
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 →
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 →
A team of German developers is doing some pretty interesting work with Kinect thanks to the OpenNI open source framework, which allows programmers to build applications utilizing the technology surrounding Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. The team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich has created an augmented reality app dubbed Magic Mirror that allows a user to view a simulated x-ray of his or her skeleton. Using a CT scan from an anonymous patient, the app tracks the user’s motions along the X, Y and Z axes with a Kinect sensor. It then adjusts the view of the scan with each movement, resulting in an impressive interactive x-ray that appears to display the user’s skeleton. Hit the break for a video demonstration and an explanation of how the application works. More →