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Remember Virtual Reality? We Were Such Dorks Back Then

Virtual reality has been the promise of the future for generations. And it keeps getting better with each passing year. But I remain sceptical that it’s going to become mainstream any time soon. And it seems like I’m not alone. Apple CEO Tim Cook did an interview this morning on Good Morning America where he said that he’s much more optimistic about augmented reality than VR.


Your Worst Fears About Tech Come True In The POV Horror Film Let's Be Evil

Deep below Los Angeles, there’s a highly secure facility where genius children are educated at an accelerated pace using augmented reality glasses. When three young people hired as glorified babysitters are plopped into their midst at the start of Let’s Be Evil, that sterile underground world turns very dark, very fast.


New York's Governor Wants To Ban Sex Offenders From Playing Pokemon GO

What do Rio Olympians and New York state sex offenders have in common? Soon, neither will be playing Pokemon GO, or at least that’s the hope of Governor Andrew Cuomo.


No, Niantic Isn't Making A Harry Potter Version Of Pokémon Go

Image: Warner Bros. Since Pokémon Go hit the app stores, people have been wondering what other fictional universes they could be fun in augmented reality. Of course, Harry Potter is one that keeps showing up.


The Best Augmented Reality Apps That Aren't Pokemon Go

In a very short time, Pokémon Go has pushed augmented reality (AR) into the mainstream. Its ability to overlay digital animations onto the real world using your phone’s camera and screen is unlike any other popular game before it. But Pokémon Go isn’t the only app that seamlessly blends virtual objects into the real world. Here are the best AR apps not linked with Nintendo.


Pokémon GO Just Made Augmented Reality Mainstream

Augmented reality — the ability to witness an altered version of our world via a smartphone display, goofy glasses or through a camera — is not new. Thanks to Pokémon GO, though, people might actually start to care about it.


Did Pokémon GO Put A Gym In An Actual Graveyard?

Pokémon GO has been available for a couple of days now, and by any measure it’s a runaway success. My only complaint so far is that the game keeps making me walk to weird places, and I’m not the only one.


VR Isn't Just For Games: CSIRO, Augmented Reality And The Future

Gizmodo was recently invited to visit CSIRO’s Data61 team to try one of their fabled Microsoft Hololenses. While we were there, CSIRO’s Matt Adcock gave us a rundown of CSIRO’s history with VR, which goes back long before the Hololens, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive ever existed. Not only VR, however, CSIRO has also been playing with augmented reality and its odd lovechild with traditional VR, something they call ‘augmented virtuality’.


The Role Your Hands Play In Virtual Reality

In cases of both virtual and augmented reality, what your hands are doing need to be seen and interpreted. If you can’t interact with your hands in a virtual world, you can’t do anything. Say you want to pick up items from a virtual desktop, drive a virtual car or produce virtual pottery. The hands are obviously key.

A new system has been developed which uses a “convolutional neural network” that mimics the human brain and is capable of “deep learning” to understand the hand’s nearly endless complexity of joint angles and contortions.


Microsoft Hololens: Australian Hands On

Three months after Microsoft first opened orders for the development edition of its Hololens augmented reality headset, the expensive devices are still thin on the ground. We were invited by CSIRO’s Data61 group to try one of the few Hololens units in Australia at the moment. Here’s what we thought.


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