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Op-Ed: Making augmented reality commercially viable? Sort of

Sydney - Augmented reality is the subject of a lot of ongoing market babble, which hasn’t helped much. The question is whether AR is useful. Developers are sending very mixed signals about the viability of a potential fourth wave of digital transformation.

New version of Google Glass used by factory workers for two years

You may have thought Google Glass was dead, but the search giant has quietly resurrected its once-controversial smart glasses.

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.

iOS 11 unveiled: New features coming to the iPhone this fall

Apple has unveiled iOS 11, the latest version of its mobile operating system to be released on the iPhone and iPad later in the year. It includes advanced new productivity features for the iPad and support for augmented reality, a major first for Apple.

Two big augmented reality projects are coming to air travel

Augmented reality is already impacting the way information shapes our world. Weary travelers will be glad to hear that they 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.

FaceDisplay VR headset adds a social touch to virtual worlds

A team of researchers at the Ulm University in Germany have created a virtual reality headset that could remove one of the biggest issues with rival VR systems. FaceDisplay includes exterior displays so spectators can get involved with the virtual world.

Instagram launches face filters, the last big Snapchat feature

Instagram is rolling out support for face filters, an augmented reality feature that lets you overlay your selfies with masks and props. Predictably, the implementation strays little from Snapchat's original, completing Instagram's clone of its rival.

Facebook looks to augmented reality as its future focus

Facebook has announced a new focus on augmented reality, unveiling a set of features for developers and users that will enable you to communicate online in VR and AR. It includes an app for hanging out in a virtual environment and new camera effects.

Amazon is looking into virtual and augmented reality store spaces

Amazon is looking to use cutting edge AR and VR technology to revitalize the physical retail environment. With all sorts of physical store space projects on the go, the ecommerce company thinks virtual and augmented reality could help out in a big way.

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.

Microsoft's new camera rig lets you make holographic videos

Microsoft has unveiled a new camera system that can be used to take videos of HoloLens holograms. It solves one of HoloLens' biggest problems by making it possible for spectators to watch people interact with the virtual world.

Developer blends HoloLens and Vive, creates 'shared reality'

A software developer has combined the power of the Microsoft HoloLens and HTC Vive headsets to create a new kind of digital experience dubbed "shared reality." It mixes augmented and virtual reality together, creating a more collaborative joined world.

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.

Asus ZenFone AR is the first phone with Google Tango and Daydream

Asus has announced a new premium smartphone that includes both Google's Tango and Daydream technologies. It makes it the first mobile device to offer built-in virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities.

Hyped mixed reality firm Magic Leap 'years' behind schedule

Magic Leap, a Silicon Valley start-up that's attracted feverish attention for its eye-catching mixed reality tech, is reportedly "years" behind schedule. It has also published a fake demo and failed to miniaturise a critical component of its technology.

New ARM GPU to bring VR to low-end phones by 2018

ARM has launched a new GPU design that's built to bring virtual reality to low-end smartphones. The Mali-G51 uses ARM's Bifrost architecture to create an affordable chip that's optimised for virtual reality and augmented reality content.

HTC launches Vivepaper, the first immersive VR reading experience

HTC has announced a new virtual reality app called Vivepaper. Built for the company's Vive VR headset, the app is the world's first immersive reading experience. It provides a new way to view and browse online news content through a tactile interface.

Tim Cook: AR will be as widespread as 'three meals a day'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made some rare public comments on the future of tech. In an interview, he stressed the importance of augmented reality, claiming it'll become as vital to society as "three meals a day." Virtual reality will have less of an impact.

Op-Ed: Apple CEO Tim Cook praises augmented reality over virtual reality

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke of the superior potential of augmented reality over virtual reality in an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday.

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.

Windows Holographic is coming to your Windows 10 PC next year

Microsoft has announced that all Windows 10 PCs will be capable of supporting Windows Holographic mixed reality experiences next year. In partnership with Intel, the company will allow you to run holographic apps on your mainstream computer.

Intel now has its own 'mixed reality' headset

Intel has surprised many by announcing its own virtual reality headset that offers some compelling features not found in the competition. The headset uses an all-in-one wireless design and operates independently of a PC, allowing you to move freely in VR.

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.

'House of Cards' star discusses the benefits of virtual reality

Giant tech company Cisco always ends its huge annual customer conference by inviting a well-known personality associated with the tech industry but not in it (and often from the entertainment world), on stage for the final keynote speech.

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.
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