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Amazon launches browser-based tool for building VR experiences

Amazon has launched a web-based toolkit to help developers create immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences. Built on Amazon Web Services, Sumerian provides a complete VR creation studio inside a web browser, removing the need for coding skills.

Report: Apple to launch AR headset in 2020

Apple will launch an augmented reality headset in 2020 according to an informed report today. The company is plotting an all-new wearable device that will function independently of a smartphone and run on a new chip and operating system.

DAQRI launches its professional AR smart glasses

DAQRI has commenced worldwide shipping of its augmented reality smart glasses aimed at workplace users. The company's aiming to be one of the first to pioneer AR applications in work environments. It wants to help employees solve complex products.

Amazon now lets you view items in your home using AR

Amazon has announced a new app feature that lets you view what items look like in your home using augmented reality. It uses Apple's ARKit platform to let you visualise online products inside your living area, helping you decide which one to purchase.

Samsung announces plans to 'democratise' the Internet of Things

Samsung launched several new Internet of Things services this week during the company's annual Developer Conference. The company said it wants to enable "connected, seamless experiences" to assist consumers, including voice control and augmented reality.

Tim Cook doesn't 'give a rats' about being first to AR glasses

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said augmented reality glasses won't be around anytime soon. Cook said he doesn't think the concept can be created in a way people would be "satisfied with." The company would rather ship a polished product than be first to launch.

Op-Ed: Apple's iPhone event was really about making AR mainstream

Apple announced the iPhone X yesterday in a live event that ushered in several new features and devices. But if you thought the event was focused on hardware, you'd be mistaken. Apple was really setting the stage for the software platforms of the future.

Apple publishes guidelines to help developers build great AR apps

Apple has published its first guidelines for augmented reality apps. They're meant to make it easier for developers to get started in AR, offering pointers to create compelling experiences. The company advises gradually introducing advanced features.

Next year's high-end smartphones might have AR as standard

Qualcomm has unveiled a next-generation smartphone image processing module that includes support for depth-sensing cameras. The development makes it likely that augmented reality will become a first-class feature in next year's Android phones.

New app Mirage brings augmented reality onto the streets

A new app launched this week aims to bring augmented reality to the streets by annotating real objects with virtual drawings. Mirage combines social media with augmented reality, offering a platform for "real world" communication.

Prototype augmented reality system uses your desk as a display

A prototype augmented reality device in development at Carnegie Mellon University projects apps onto your desk and runs from a standard-size lightbulb socket. It lets you convert any surface into a screen that's as interactive as your smartphone.

Report: AR app Layar's creators want to buy it back from Blippar

Two of the cofounders of Layar, a pioneering augmented reality startup, are said to be interested in buying the company back from owner Blippar. The cofounders sold their app in 2014 for an undisclosed sum. They now want to return to ownership.

Two big augmented reality projects are coming to air travel

Augmented reality is already impacting the way information shapes our world. Travelers could soon benefit from the transformational powers of AR.

What do Google’s I/O 2017 announcements mean for SMBs?

Google showed at this year’s I/O conference that it has a radical vision of the future. Smartphones and search engines were the last thing on CEO Sundar Pichai’s mind as he gave his keynote speech.

Google unveils standalone VR headsets – no smartphone needed

Google has announced a new range of "standalone" virtual reality headsets that operate independently of a smartphone. The company said the devices will help to create a new category of VR experience with a simplified setup procedure.

Facebook to unveil 'mind-reading device' next month

Facebook is reportedly working on a "mind-reading device" as one of a number of experimental hardware projects ongoing in secrecy at the social network. The company could be planning to unveil a prototype next month, creating a new form of social media.

The iPhone 8 could scan your face with a laser sensor

Apple is planning to add facial recognition powered by a laser sensor to the upcoming iPhone 8, according to a report today. It will be the first time the company has used technology of its kind on an iPhone. It isn't clear what it will be used for.

Mega tech fair IFA dives head-first into virtual reality

Berlin - Always wanted to know what it would be like to watch a TV talkshow in the studio? Or zoom in on a particular player in a Bundesliga game rather than see a wideshot of the field?

Microsoft reveals HoloLens' secret 24-core custom processor

Microsoft has publicly revealed details of the custom-built processor that powers the holographic processor inside the HoloLens. A 24-core chip accompanies the main system processor to make the holographic display possible. It's both powerful and pricey.

Apple confirms it's actively working with augmented reality

Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that the company views augmented reality as "extremely interesting," confirming Apple is developing AR products. The company has long been rumoured to be working on AR, but this is the first time Cook has acknowledged it.

Apple has sold its one billionth iPhone

Apple has sold its one billionth iPhone since its introduction in 2007. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the news to staff yesterday, describing the iPhone as a "world-changing" device. It came amid news that sales declined for the second straight quarter.

Google cancels Oculus Rift competitor to work on mixed reality

Google is building a high-end mixed reality headset that will combine elements of virtual and augmented reality systems for an immersive experience that extends into the real world. The device is separate to Google's rumoured Oculus Rift competitor.

Future iPhones may have wraparound glass, augmented reality apps

Apple could be planning to develop an iPhone that features a curved wrap-around display and the ability to run augmented reality apps. The company was awarded a patent for the technology on Tuesday, indicating its interest in the area.

Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro scans space around it to power AR experiences

After three years of development, the first phone to use Google's Project Tango has been launched. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is able to understand physical space and motion in the same way people do, letting your phone sense space around it.

Augmented reality app lets you solve a Rubik's cube in 20 moves

An undergraduate has written a program as part of his degree that helps you solve a Rubik's cube by overlaying hints on its faces using augmented reality. By putting on an AR headset, you can be guided through completing the puzzle in less than 20 moves.

Pin your inbox to your wall with augmented reality Outlook

Microsoft has announced the world's first holographic email and calendar apps, Outlook Mail and Calendar. It has brought its existing Windows 10 apps to its HoloLens holographic headset, enabling you to write emails and add appointments in AR.

Your smartphone's camera could double as a VR gesture tracker

The popularity of VR smartphone apps is on the rise, leading more people to pick up a headset. Current models aren't as advanced as their PC counterparts though, in particular lacking gesture-based motion control. That could change soon with a new system.

Microsoft HoloLens now available to developers, costs $3,000

Microsoft has announced that the first version of its HoloLens holographic headset is now available for pre-order by developers interested in making apps for the device. HoloLens starts at $3,000 and will start shipping next month.

Microsoft HoloLens teams up with Volvo to reinvent selling cars

In another indication of where Microsoft wants to take its HoloLens holographic headset technology, the company has announced it is working with Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to reinvent car buying as an interactive and enjoyable experience.
 

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