Tag: ar

ARCore update allows developers to create Snapchat-like face filters with ease

While there aren’t many practical uses (yet) for Google’s ARCore library, it’s still an incredible technical achievement — especially considering most of the depth-sensing is done entirely with software. ARCore 1.7 is now rolling out on the Play Store, with a new Augmented Faces API and other improvements. The most important addition is the Augmented […]

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Charm your Valentine with the Love AR Playmoji pack for Google Pixel

Google Playground’s stickers and Playmojis are pretty fun, and the timely Childish Gambino drop likely brought more attention to the Pixel’s AR features. It makes sense, then, that Valentine’s Day arrives with another new pack, predictably all pink and heart-shaped. The Love Playmoji pack is now available for all three generations of the Google Pixel, including adorable […]

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The Pixel’s new Love Playmoji will keep you company this Valentine’s Day

Google released a Playmoji pack last week that brought Childish Gambino dancing into the Pixel’s AR app, Playground. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Silicon Valley company has introduced a Love Playmoji pack that will help you enjoy this love-filled day. The new Love Playmoji pack includes interactive hearts, champagne glasses, lovebirds, love notes, and more. […]

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Pokémon Go will soon let you take AR pictures with your Poké pals

Today, Niantic Labs announced a new feature for Pokémon Go that will make augmented reality (AR) and Pokémon fans very happy — Go Snapshot. Previously, you could only take AR photos of Pokémon that you encounter in the wild with AR+. With Go Snapshot, you can take AR photos of any Pokémon in your storage. When you select […]

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Why did Apple wait 20 months after ARKit shipped to name a lead AR marketer?

Early last year, pundits tried to declare virtual reality “dead” while hyping augmented reality as the next big thing, but in the real world, AR has gotten off to a weak start. Sales of both consumer and enterprise AR headsets have been weak, software development has been modest, and hyped demos have seen questionable results. AR has […]

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Google rolls out augmented reality navigation for select Google Maps users

Save for an optional feature of Pokemon Go, augmented reality has yet to have the kind of impact that many analysts and developers seem to have expected. Conceptually, AR is fascinating — capable of turning your surroundings into an interactive computer screen. But in practice, we’ve yet to see a killer app that truly delivers on […]

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Childish Gambino AR Playmoji dances onto your Pixel five months after Google reveal

Some of you may remember when Google showed off an AR Childish Gambino for the newly rebranded Playground app during Made by Google 2018. If you do, congrats! For some reason, Google seems to have edited out that section of the announcement (and perhaps others). Whatever the motivation behind its apparently revisionist take on history, […]

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AR/VR Pioneer, HoloLens Co-Creator Avi Bar-Zeev Left Apple in January, Was Reportedly Working on AR Glasses

Apple sees augmented reality (AR) as the next major tentpole for the company, but what that looks like beyond ARKit on iOS devices remains to be seen. And whatever it does evolve into will apparently not include the continuing work of an augmented reality/virtual reality pioneer. According to a report […]

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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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Skeptics be damned, these early 5G devices are worth watching in 2019

Back in January, a CES panel of cellular insiders correctly predicted that 2018 would be remembered as the “road to 5G” — a year of laying the foundation for ultra-fast fifth-generation cellular devices to launch in early 2019. Hundreds of 5G announcements have followed since then, some more significant than others, […]

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Phones compatible with ARCore: What are your options?

Released in March 2018, ARCore is Google’s software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to build augmented reality applications. According to Google, over 250 million devices support ARCore. Even iOS devices and devices without the Play Store officially support Google’s augmented reality SDK. That’s a lot of devices to keep track of. Lucky for you, […]

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