Tag: Ar. VR

Rosetta Stone for iPhone adds AI to identify objects for live translations

Historically, language translation apps were confined to whatever developers could store in their on-board databases, limitations that were surpassed with internet connections and AI-assisted text recognition tools. Today, language teaching developer Rosetta Stone is taking the next step forward by adding augmented reality and machine learning to its iPhone app, […]

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Improbable promises long-term support for Unity

Unity has backed down in its battle with Improbable over the cloud platfrom SpatialOS. And now Improbable is promising to move forward with Unity Technologies and developers that use the Unity game-dev tools. On Wednesday, Unity changed its terms of service. It now explicitly permits developers to use its game […]

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Microsoft sets MWC 2019 event for February 24, likely revealing HoloLens 2

Rumors of an early 2019 reveal of HoloLens 2 circulated throughout 2018, and now Microsoft appears to be ready to show off its next-generation augmented reality headset. The company today issued invitations to a media event at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, which will feature one particularly noteworthy speaker: Alex […]

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SuperData: Digital games grew 12% to $113.4 billion in 2018; Fortnite earned $2.4 billion

Digital games grew 12 percent to $113.4 billion worldwide in 2018, driven by Epic Games’ huge free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite, which itself generated $2.4 billion in the year, according to market researcher SuperData, a division of Nielsen. Worldwide digital games are expected to hit $118.2 billion in 2019. The […]

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At CES 2019, bendy and tiny screens evolved from concepts to exciting tech

Having attended Consumer Electronics Shows since well before the name was officially shortened to CES, I’ve come to expect major TV set announcements every year — and had almost zero interest in them until last week’s show. For years, the theme at CES was “bigger,” a competition between brands to […]

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HTC Vive Pro Eye: Why the company added eye-tracking to VR

At CES 2019 this week, HTC continued to push the high end of virtual reality forward. HTC added eye-tracking to its new Vive Pro Eye high-end virtual reality headset. This adds new features like foveated rendering, advanced analytics for developers, and eye-tracking input for game and application developers. HTC showed a […]

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ProBeat: This Google Assistant Ride video is what CES should be all about

Tuning into CES remotely is just not the same, or so I’m told. Nothing can compete with being one of the 180,000 attendees jostling to see what tech will bring this year and beyond. So I cannot offer you an overview of what CES 2019 was all about (see Dean’s […]

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Unity and Improbable’s beef gets spicy and strange in dueling blog posts

Earlier today, Unity Technologies blocked Improbable’s SpatialOS online-gaming tools from accessing the Unity game-dev engine. This has left developers reeling because many of them rely on both tools to run their games connected multiplayer modes. In the first of its two blog posts today, Improbable claimed that Unity is hurting […]

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Naughty America uses volumetric video capture to put AR strippers in your bedroom

Naughty America has created a new version of its augmented reality technology, allowing you to see virtual strippers in your bedroom with your smartphone or AR glasses app. Naughty America once again enjoys its status as the only porn company in the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2019, the big tech trade show. The […]

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ThreeKit raises $10 million to turn static images into ‘3D experiences’

A picture’s worth a thousand words, but what about a three-dimensional rendering? Ask ThreeKit — it’s in the business of creating 3D renderings for clients such as Crate and Barrel, Steelcase, and CIROC. The Chicago startup’s product configuration and visualization platform enable brands to create interactive three-dimensional “experiences,” such as product tours […]

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Consumer electronics spending projected to remain sluggish in 2019 despite annual gadget frenzy at CES

While it might not be obvious based on the annual orgy of gadget announcements currently underway at CES 2019, the consumer electronics industry continues to limp along. And it seems no amount of Alexa-enabled-smart-toilet-bowl-cleaning-dongle-supported-high-definition-wireless-machine-learning-distributed-ledger devices are able to jumpstart sales. In its annual report, the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts CES, […]

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