Tag: augmented reality

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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Pokémon GO gains AR-based snapshot mode that lets you pose with Pikachu

It’s been 20 years since Pokémon Snap, the N64 game in which players roamed the Pokémon Island taking pictures of its inhabitants. Two decades later, humans now roam the Earth taking pictures for the Gram. With the similarly-named GO Snapshot feature, a much-requested photo mode for Pokémon GO, Niantic seems to hark back to the past. An […]

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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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21 new and notable augmented reality games and apps from the last seven months (7/30/18 – 2/12/19)

Article Contents Last year we saw how Google’s push for developers to dive into augmented reality support paid off with a slew of AR releases on the Play Store. It would appear that this excitement has died down in the last few months, though there are still more than a few quality AR apps and […]

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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 Maps will use your camera to determine your location more accurately

Have you ever come out of the subway running late for a meeting with no clue which way you’re supposed to go? Sure, Maps will tell you how to get to your appointment, but only if it’s aware of where you are and what direction you’re facing. Sometimes it “thinks” it knows these, even though the data it’s […]

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Google Maps is finally getting that crazy AR walking navigation, testing with Local Guides

Back in May, Google showcased an innovative navigation system that leveraged the phone’s camera to provide augmented reality GPS guidance. Although the demo was very promising, the feature wasn’t expected to be immediately available, even for testing. However, the company is now letting select people, mostly Local Guides with access to a preview version of […]

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Sony shows off 3D ToF camera tech, but we’ve seen most of this before

[embedded content] A new Sony video has shown off potential features enabled by 3D ToF camera technology. Mooted scenarios include attaching virtual messages to real-world objects, and selfie photo effects. Most of the mooted use-cases are already possible to some extent thanks to ARCore. We’ve seen punch-hole cameras in 2019, but it seems like another […]

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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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Google confirms autofocus not working in ARCore for several LG phones

Thanks to its ARCore SDK, Google made developing augmented reality applications more accessible and streamlined. To guarantee a consistent experience across devices, the Californian giant has put a certification process in place, through which it ensures the camera, motion sensors, and CPU perform as expected. Among the list of officially supported handsets are the LG […]

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How AI will change storytelling and become the next great art form

It seems self-defeating for the former head of Oculus Stories Studios and current founder and executive producer of VR startup Fable to declare AI, not virtual reality, the next big art form. Especially considering that, aside from him, nobody knows what that means. TNW talked to Fable founderEdward Saatchi about […]

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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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DigiLens shows its Crystal design for lightweight augmented reality glasses

DigiLens recently raised a bunch of money, and now, it’s starting to reveal some of the holographic waveguide display technology for augmented reality applications. The Sunnyvale, California-based startup is showing its new Crystal AR glasses prototype and its heads-up display for smart cars at CES 2019, the big tech trade show […]

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The DeanBeat: My favorite games of 2018

Games got bigger than ever in 2018, with revenues expected to grow 10.7 percent to become a $134.9 billion market, according to research firm Newzoo. People are getting paid to play games as esports, and watching gaming has reached new heights. It was, of course, a good year for the business models […]

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The rise and fall of augmented reality ‘unicorn’ Blippar

The story of once-hyped augmented reality (AR) startup Blippar has come to an end. The London-based company announced yesterday that it had started insolvency procedures, a process that means all employees will be let go and, likely, services terminated. Back in September, Blippar raised $37 million as it sought more runway […]

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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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