The sky is the limit when it comes to augmented reality, but Snapchat's latest innovation is keeping its AR platform grounded.
Market Reality: Apple Prepares AR Hardware for 2020, Sony Delivers AR Ghosts, & 8th Wall Expands Web Capabilities
Smartglasses from Apple have become the holy grail of augmented reality, and 2020 has been the rumored time horizon for the product's arrival for the past two years. The latest analyst report sheds more light on its potential debut next year.
For those of us that were blown away by the spatial mapping and user experience in Fragments and Young Conker, the version of spatial mapping that came stock in the HoloToolkit was lackluster at best. It became apparent really quick that to get an amazing presentation would require some heavy shader knowledge and some badass mesh culling skills, at the very least.
News: Apple to Unveil Stereo AR Headset Support, New ARKit Capabilities, & More at WWDC, Report Says
Over the past two years, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has become a showcase for new ARKit capabilities. This year, it could offer more information related to Apple's long rumored augmented reality wearable.
Snapchat users are used to raising their eyebrows or opening their mouths to activate augmented reality face effects. Now, they get to use their voices as well.
News: Facebook Upgrades Spark AR Platform for Instagram with Segmentation & Marker Tracking Capabilities
Ever since Snapchat rebuffed its acquisition attempts, Facebook has morphed Instagram with features from Snapchat, such as stories, chat, and, of course, augmented reality.
With developers chomping at the bit to play with ARKit 2.0, Unity has updated its ARKit plugin to enable access to the new augmented reality superpowers of the toolkit.
With its recent acquisition of 3D gaming engine PlayCanvas, Snapchat parent Snap, Inc. appears to be preparing a challenge to the existing players in the world of game development, particularly in terms of augmented and virtual reality gaming.
Soon, Pokémon GO allies attacking a raid boss at a gym will be able to do so together in augmented reality.
At IFA in Berlin today, Sony introduced the latest models of the Xperia line, with new features in tow that should appeal to creators of augmented and virtual reality content.
News: Magic Leap Unveils First Look at Magicverse AR Cloud & New Meetings Capabilities in Lumin OS Update
With many office workers in the US being asked to work from home if their job allows, Magic Leap's customary updates for the Lumin OS and Lumin SDK brings some help to keep distributed workforces connected.
The AR walking navigation feature in Google Maps, which is arguably one of the most useful mobile augmented reality to available to consumers, is about to get even more indispensable for travelers.
While Apple has generally been more bullish on augmented reality as opposed to virtual reality, the latest whispers about its purported AR headset suggests that it may be giving VR another look.
While augmented reality headset makers are faced with tackling numerous challenges before the category is truly ready for prime time, a start-up comprised of former Microsoft engineers may have nailed fast and precise tracking of hand gestures and full-body locomotion.
When it published its 2016-2017 catalog last year, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) became the first college to leverage augmented reality technology for a college catalog.
Augmented reality has taken the advertising industry by storm, but the technology has a steep learning curve. Luckily for advertisers, Unity is here to flatten the curve a bit.
Smartglasses maker Vuzix made a big splash at CES 2018 with the inclusion of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant among the AR superpowers of its consumer-centric Blade smartglasses.
News: Magic Leap's Acquisition of Computes Strengthens Mesh Computing Capabilities by Crowdsourcing Processing Power
The latest business move by Magic Leap could result in a significant boost to its spatial computing platform's performance and headset design.
Mimesys, whose core focus has always been about creating holographic representations of humans for virtual and augmented reality, has released a video showing off their holographic communication platform in action. This new communication tool uses a combination of virtual reality, with the HTC Vive and a Kinect, and mixed reality, with the HoloLens, to allow the users to have virtual meetings from anywhere in the world as though they are in the same room.
How To: Add Inductive Charging Capabilities to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Note 2, and Other Android Devices
Inductive charging is already a reality on popular smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and Google Nexus 4, and Apple has recently published a patent that would make inductive chargers a reality for the iPhone. There are also several phones that have the capability for wireless charging, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Market Reality: Facebook Confirms Smartglasses & AR Cloud Platform as Unity Expands Its AR Capabilities
Facebook had a pretty big week in terms of augmented reality, with much of its news coming from the Oculus 6 keynote presentation. But Mark Zuckerberg's social media company found other areas of impact outside of Oculus 6 as well.
Already a powerhouse for its graphic design tools, Adobe is making a run at the 3D content creation realm dominated by Unity and Epic Games by acquiring software maker Allegorithmic.
Computer vision company Blippar has already dabbled with outdoor AR navigation, but now it wants to make it easier for people to make their way through indoor spaces with augmented reality.
Special Case has this handy video tutorial on Motion… the motion graphics editor in Final Cut Studio. See how to use Motion's match-moving capabilities. The match-moving features are a great device to take advantage of, and is helpful for improving your Motion skills.
In this video you’ll learn two facets of Illustrator CS2’s 3D capabilities. You’ll learn how to create a simple 2D shape and revolve it into a bottle, and then you’ll see how to put your own custom label on it. Next you’ll see how to take a simple 2D shape and extrude it to mock up the popular MP3 player.
Organize both your business and personal files on the HP MediaSmart Server to share and stream music, photos or video to any connected computer on your network.
If you want to watch all the different movies and TV episodes available to you through a Netflix subscription on the go, try installing the Netflix app for Nintendo's 3DS handheld. Even cooler, Netflix is releasing 3D movies and the device's built in capabilities will allow you to watch these 3D movies on your Nintendo 3DS! You'll need to have upgraded your 3DS software so that you can access the eShop before you can install the Netflix app.
In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to add WiFi Internet connectivity to a normal Sprint Palm Pixi smartphone with a quick and easy radio board (radioboard) swap. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to add WiFi capabilities to your own Palm Pixi phone, watch this hacker's how to.
This is an espresso tutorial shot on the Canon 5D Mark II.
Need a new iPhone app? Check out Comets and Craters, a new iPhone tower defense strategy game. These ten video tutorials cover all of the gameplay troubles you may have. Steve explains the features and gameplay to help you get the most out of playing Comets and Craters on your Apple iPhone. For those more seasoned Tower Defense players, the video's also provide some insight regarding scoring, upgrades, plus Tower and Enemy capabilities.
Now that most computers have internal webcams in them, what are you going to do with that external webcam eating up precious desktop space? Kipkay shows you the perfect hack— the "Super SpyScope".
The iPad is one of the most popular devices that Apple has ever released, and they've released some doozies. Unfortunately for those who have bought them, their capabilities out of the box are very limited. But they need not be. This video wills how you how to use a free program called Spirit to load Cydia on your iPad, which will allow you to add custom themes, use unofficial software, and do all sorts of other fun things with your iPad. Enjoy!
Jailbreaking any one of the i-family Apple products, be it the iPhone, iPod, or iPad, is a great way to expand their lamentably limited capabilities. If you were wondering if you could still do it on a unit with iOS4, the answer is you can! And this video will show you how to do it if you have an iPhone 3G or iPod Touch 2G by using a software program called redsn0w 0.9.5. If all goes well this should be quick, easy, and have you well on your way to enjoying all that your iDevice can offer.
It's funny how unevenly the real world keeps pace with science fiction. Smartphones have capabilities that Gene Roddenberry never imagine a portable device could have, but guns still use tiny powder cartridges to launch hunks of metal at things. The phasers, ray guns, and blasters of Star Wars, Star Trek, and other sci-fi works have yet to appear. Don't let that hold you back! This video will show you how to make a cool retro ray gun prop that you can use with a Halloween costume or in a film...
The new Canon EOS 7D digital SLR camera uses a powerful lithium-ion battery called the Canon LP-E6. You can manage your battery's capabilities with the battery display in your camera. See how in this video.
Urgot is a unique champion who can deal out high amounts of damage early in his game, and eventually evolves into a tank/assassin hybrid who can be sent after important enemy targets. Here's a guide for building and leveling Urgot to take advantage of his capabilities to help your whole team.
New to Ubuntu Linux? This computer operating system could be a bit tricky for beginners, but fret not, help is here. Check out this video tutorial on how to convert video formats with Avidemux on Ubuntu Linux.
New to Ubuntu Linux? This computer operating system could be a bit tricky for beginners, but fret not, help is here. Check out this video tutorial on how to install the Ubuntu Software Store on Ubuntu Linux.
The iPhone supports conference calling capabilities with up to six people. You can even transition from a single-person call to a conference call, or transition from call to call. This tutorial shows you how to make the most of your multi-line call functions in your iPhone.