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Flashlights and toy lightsaber might do a decent job of making you feel like a Jedi when you're twelve, and fancy prop reproductions might do the job when you're adult. But it is all still make believe. You're not taking on Darth Vader in your living room, you're waving a toy and making "vrm vrrm" noises. A new augmented reality game from Disney hopes to change that. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is Disney's first standalone augmented reality machine. Created in conjunction with Lenovo, it's a $US200 set that includes a headset, tracking beacon and lightsaber remote. Pop your Android or iOS phone into the headset, put the beacon on the floor, ignite the lightsaber and your path to becoming a Jedi Master begins.

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The pitch was Pokemon GO meets Call of Duty. I couldn't quite fathom how that would turn into a cool as hell game, but it involved augmented reality, a key feature of Pokemon GO, and laser tag, and those are both very fun things. Then I sat down with the team from Skyrocket and got to actually hold one of the guns from its new Recoil laser tag system. "It's AR adjacent," the PR rep said. My interest plummeted, but I gamely let them set up the demo and tried to play for an hour. While it quickly became clear this was only Pokemon GO meets Call of Duty in the most high brow theoretical sense, it was also clear that Recoil could be the best backyard laser tag system built yet.

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There are a few reasons to be bullish about augmented reality. It's just neat is the most important reason. Its practicality is another great factor. But above all, the fact that Apple is about to unleash its app developers to go crazy with AR in iOS 11 means that a ton of content should be coming. This humble measuring tape app is just the tip of the iceberg.

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New technology using augmented reality and mixed-reality is helping surgeons plan and position (in real time) patients undergoing ear, nose and throat surgery.

Known as Target Guided Surgery (TGS), it's helping top make even the most complex surgery safer - especially for even operations close to the optic nerve and the brain.

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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.

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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.