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Snapchat's big bet on augmented reality seems to be paying off

Snapchat's bet on augmented reality seems to be paying off. The rollout of Lens Studio, which allows anybody to create their own AR experience with a set of desktop creative tools, has been a bright spot for the company.

The New York Times launches augmented reality news app

The New York Times has announced an augmented reality experience to "bring the news into your home." The publication said it wants readers to experience a more immersive form of reporting that uses 3D images to "bridge" the digital and physical worlds.

Apple previews new ARKit version with improved object recognition

Apple's preparing to launch a new version of its ARKit augmented reality platform with improved object recognition and support for vertical planes. Developers can now map objects against walls and doors, instead of relying on flat table tops and floors.

Google demonstrates how augmented reality could enhance the web

Google's published an experimental web app that uses augmented reality to enhance the user experience. Images can be loaded in an AR headset to see them "come alive" at their true size and scale. Google said its an early exploration of web-based AR.

Why organization shy away from agile methodologies: Interview Special

The augmented reality market is expected to reach $61.39 billion by 2023. The problem is very few organizations are equipped to succeed in this new frontier. To find out why, Digital Journal spoke with Patric Palm, co-founder of Favro.

Magic Leap unveils its augmented reality goggles

Magic Leap has unveiled its AR goggles and said it will start shipments of the device next year. The company has spent years developing AR tech but has struggled to scale it down to fit inside a headset. Its current design includes an external computer.

Op-Ed: Accenture VR goes mainstream, sorta, kinda, in a way

Dublin - Virtual reality has been around for two decades. In that time, it has done effectively nothing much, commercially. Now it’s trying again, thanks to Accenture’s fashion app.

Google to replace Project Tango augmented reality with ARCore

Google's announced the second preview of ARCore, its new Android SDK for mobile AR apps. The company's also revealed it's to shutter its earlier Project Tango initiative. Tango was one of the first mobile AR systems but only two devices are compatible.

Google shares best practices for developing mobile AR apps

Google's published a set of best practices to help developers create compelling mobile AR experiences. The company said it has made several observations during the creation of its own AR apps. It's sharing its insights to inspire industry development.

Apple set to acquire Shazam in $400m deal

Apple is close to acquiring music recognition service Shazam in a $400m deal. According to media reports, the purchase will be confirmed this week and will see Apple acquire a notable platform. Shazam is capable of identifying songs using a phone.

Journalists using virtual reality should show moderation

Virtual reality can pull readers over to news sites to view immersive content; however, the extent of this needs to be moderated otherwise news credibility will suffer. Journalists should take note in this era of fake and misleading news.

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.

Shaping consumer eating habits with VR technology

Consumption of ‘unhealthy foods’ is a major societal problem, especially with spiraling obesity rates in so-called ‘developed countries’. Can consumer behavior be modified to eat more healthy foods through the use of virtual reality?

Medical Augmented Reality is changing surgery

Surgeons are making use of Medical Augmented Reality to increase the field of vision when undertaking medical procedures. This process offers improvements to conventional surgical methods.

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.

How augmented reality is helping medics

Medical professionals are making greater use of augmented reality, including Google glass. Imaging systems are assisting with everything from surgery to training the next generation of physicians.

Google launches Poly, a marketplace for 3D objects

Google's announced a new service to help VR and AR developers find 3D objects for their apps. One of the biggest challenges facing VR is a lack of content. Poly will let 3D model creators share their work, giving app creators more assets to use.

Microsoft explains how mixed reality will transform the workplace

Microsoft's announced a new strategy to bring mixed reality to every modern workplace. The company said it believes the tech could lead to significant productivity and efficiency improvements by allowing employees to blend the real and digital worlds.

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.

Op-Ed: MIT — Rethinking the realities of Augmented Reality

Sydney - Between the teeming hordes of hype merchants and the very meagre actual products, augmented reality is taking some baby thinking steps into practical things. MIT is looking at making AR safe for users.

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.

Mixed reality now helps the police solve crimes

Mixed reality is helping to solve crimes by making it easier for police to capture content found at the scenes of incidents. A prototype system has been described as an "innovative proof of concept" by a police force that's already using it.

Apple iOS11 presents opportunities for app developers

Apple iOS11 has opened up new possibilities for app developers, especially in creating personalized augmented reality experiences. An example of a new platform for developers is Thyng 4.0.

New Microsoft patent hints at a future without the keyboard

Microsoft has been granted a patent for an input device that could offer a future alternative to the keyboard. The company has envisioned a future where gestures and tracking could be used to create a keyboard in any environment.

Ford uses Microsoft HoloLens to accelerate its car design

Ford has started using Microsoft's HoloLens headset to streamline its car development process. The company is using the mixed reality device to more rapidly iterate over design prototypes, allowing it to test the look of different parts in near real-time.

Augmented reality used by publishers to aid reader understanding

Media publishers are using augmented reality technology to create more immersive material and help people understand their content. 36 percent of publishers are thought to be exploring the tech with some big organisations, like Quartz, getting on board.

Apple launches iOS 11, bringing augmented reality to the masses

Apple has commenced the rollout of iOS 11, bringing its annual slew of new features to iPhones and iPads. The update includes the launch of ARKit, Apple's new augmented reality platform that will bring virtual world experiences to millions of people.

Dell enters mixed reality market with $350 Windows headset

Dell has opened preorders for its Visor mixed reality headset. It's one of several Windows-powered MR devices arriving this fall that integrate directly with Windows 10. The headset is designed around comfort and is priced competitively for the holidays.

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.
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