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Snapchat is about to get way more adorable. The company just launched a major update today introducing its highly anticipated "World Lenses" feature, giving people the ability to drop digital 3D objects into real world scenes. Although the feature is undoubtedly augmented reality (AR), Snapchat curiously does not mention the phrase in its official announcement.
You might have seen the very cool simulation of Portal in Hololens recently. White it demonstrated the ways in which Microsoft's augmented reality device could replicate the video game's mechanic of launching objects through portals, it didn't allow the user to walk through the portals themselves. "HoleLenz Gate" does exactly that, and it's bad for people who are afraid of heights.
Back in December, former employees of the super-secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap were circulating rumours that the company was way behind on its goals. Unless the plan is for users to wear a Ghostbusters-style proton pack, it certainly looks like that is true.
Whether it's the Google Pixel or the Samsung Galaxy S7 — companies are betting that the future of virtual reality will be ushered in by your mobile device. Now, you can add Asus to that list. The company just announced a new smartphone at CES that takes an adventurous and somewhat experimental leap into the world of mixed and virtual reality — and it actually looks pretty useful.
Mixed reality startup Magic Leap is one of the most-hyped businesses in tech, but after five years and $US1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in funding from behemoths like Google and Alibaba, the notoriously secretive company still hasn't released a product. A new report from The Information now peeks behind the curtain and reveals that Magic Leap is in much worse shape than its bluster suggests.
Unlike the incoming administration, the Obama White House has been fairly consistent in its friendliness toward technology and Silicon Valley. Its latest attempt is no different, except this time it's going after the future leaders of America. That's right, teens: The White House wants you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.