Posts tagged with: augmented reality
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    The virtual workspace of the future is being packed up inside of boxes and is getting sent out right the heck now! Or later. Maybe someone was too trigger happy, here. But maybe the Microsoft HoloLens is something to be happy about. We've seen the specs and demos and the pre-orders were made by developers. Now, we're seeing signs of movement. Received hololens shipment confirmation. Could have it as early as tonight, depending on actual status. — Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) March 23, 2016 Rafael, by the way, lives in Bellevue, Washington, not terribly far from Redmond. If he has ...

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    While we’re most likely still a fairly long way from enjoying the excitement of football stadium attendance in our living rooms with the HoloLens headset, Microsoft’s Windows Holographic mixed reality computing platform is starting to make some similarly cool things happen. Case in point, the Actiongram “experience” that will become available to deep-pocketed developers and beta testers sometime in the summer, following the HoloLens Dev Edition launch on March 30. Thanks to a small team of only 5 people, which worked on the app for roughly 6 months, you’ll soon be able to produce ...

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    As is often the case in the weeks leading up to an event as glamorous as the Mobile World Congress, we’ve recently been flooded with rumors, teasers and outright confirmations of devices headed for Barcelona announcements. But today, we want to talk to you about a company that’s looking to skip MWC 2016, and instead unleash its big guns at Computex Taipei between May 31 and June 4. Taiwan-based Asus will apparently take its sweet time before updating the wildly successful ZenFone 2, limiting the number of ZenFone 3 configurations to just two or three main ones. We only know the ...

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    Technically, the vast majority of today’s smartwatches and especially so-called fitness bands are focused among others on improving the health of their wearers. But aside from counting steps, tracking workouts, estimating calories burned and monitoring sleep habits (oftentimes rather clumsily), very few can actually help make a difference in an owner’s life. Microsoft is looking to change the way you interact with intelligent wearables, according to a patent application filed last October and published recently by the USPTO. This is in fact a continuation of a concept first envisioned ...

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    Google Cardboard has opened the door on virtual reality for millions of smartphone users, but based on the recent hirings and shifting of resources Google's been up to, it's becoming clear that Cardboard's only the start, and Google's got some much larger VR ambitions; where will they take us? While Google hasn't made any public proclamations of its future VR plans, evidence from at least one employee suggests we might be looking at some kind of crossover with Project Tango, marrying Cardboard's 3D display with Tango's reality-scanning hardware. Googler Isaac Taylor recently posted on ...

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    Last week, we took a look at the future of mobile tech. Specifically, we talked about Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and how they compared to each other. Now, it’s time to talk about two specific devices that are pioneering those frontiers – Microsoft’s HoloLens and the HTC’s Vive Pre. You may remember our HTC Vive Pre hands-on video from CES. Though I only made a brief appearance in that video, I was wearing a great hat, and I did also have a chance to demo the Vive Pre. I also was fortunate enough to test out the Microsoft HoloLens a few months back. So we decided to pit ...

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    After nearly a year's worth of buildup, we are still nowhere near close to the coming of the HoloLens, Microsoft's (pricy) all-in-one productivity computing solution with integrated augmented reality. But the roadshow goes on and so do the tidbit drops as we trudge through time. Bruce Harris, one of Microsoft's Technical Evangelists (isn't that an awesome job title, by the way?), was on a recent jaunt to Tel Aviv to show off a non-functioning headset to games developers there. The lounge get-together was more intimate than the usual convention space affair and Harris was fairly liberal ...

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    Are we getting a little too comfortable with pornography these days? After all, we do have access to it with a few taps on glass. Furthermore, the instant socialization and crowdfunding of user-generated pornography has made nude selfie trading normal. But in terms of putting a number to all this triple-X, how much is there? One porn industry analyst estimates that there could be between one and five million porn sites on the web. A Juniper Research report from a few months ago says that by year's end, more than 136 billion videos will have crossed eyeballs in 2015. It forecasts 193 ...

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    Right now, it feels like we're on the cusp of a big new push into wearable devices, and this time we're not talking about smartwatches, either; augmented reality headsets may have hit a bit of a false start with Google Glass, but next-gen hardware like Microsoft's HoloLens promises to show us how things are meant to be done. Understandably, plenty of companies are interested in getting in on that action, and last month we heard about how ASUS was possibly interested in developing its own Windows Holographic hardware. At the time, the company wasn't quite ready to commit to the project, but ...

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    It seems that every time we hear about "augmented reality" (AR) it's from someone who has a new product they're trying to peddle, which usually takes the form of some hideous looking piece of headwear. Recently, however, consumers are turning to smartwatches rather than eyewear. This is evidenced by the number of available apps for Android Wear compared to Google Glass, especially considering the latter has been available for so much longer. That's what one company is banking on: an augmented reality smartwatch. According to most definitions, "augmented reality" is a technology that ...

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    "The world around you is not what it seems." At least that's what the website for Google's latest pet project would have you believe. Two new apps from a group inside Google have recently surfaced, both published by a somewhat cryptic group called NianticLabs@Google. The first app, originally called Scout and now called Field Trip promises to help you find "cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you". It does this by running in the background on your smartphone and alerting you when you get close to something interesting and displays a card with details about the location. ...

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