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  • Twilio & Magic Leap Deliver First Live Demo of Avatar Chat Communications App
    by Adario Strange on October 18, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    On Thursday, yet another piece of the Magic Leap puzzle fell into place at Twilio's Signal developer and customer conference in San Francisco. During one of the stage presentations, Twilio co-founder and CEO, Jeff Lawson, walked on staging wearing the Magic Leap One to introduce the first live demo of the company's new Avatar Chat app. Don't Miss: Hands-On with Magic Leap & Weta Workshop's Dr. Grordbort's Invaders The app, which was previewed last week at Magic Leap's L.E.A.P. conference in Los Angeles, allows multiple Magic Leap One users to communicate with each other using avatars in... mor […]

  • Snapchat Lens Studio Adds New Segmentation Templates to Its Bag of Augmented Reality Tricks
    by Tommy Palladino on October 18, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    On Thursday, Snap released three new templates for its Lens Studio that will give creators access to augmented reality capabilities previously only available to Snap's own design team. With the new Segmentation template, Lens Studio users can design Lenses that change the user's hair into wilder colors, transform the sky into an otherworldly environment (similar to the flying whale Lens), or replace the user's background with a virtual backdrop. You can unlock the "Angel Wings" Lens shown below via this Snapcode. The Marker Tracking template gives Lens Studio creators image recognition... mor […]

  • Wingnut AR's Pest Control Is Unreleased, Mostly Unseen, but Undeniably One of Magic Leap One's Best Titles
    by Adario Strange on October 17, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Despite the relatively small size of Magic Leap's first annual L.E.A.P. conference, there was a lot to see and experience. Apparently missed by many was one of the best experiences I had at the event: Wingnut AR's unreleased Pest Control game. For those of us who hate bugs, the prospect of immersing ourselves in an augmented reality world full of creepy crawlies isn't something one exactly looks forward to. Sure, the bugs are virtual, but bugs are bugs, after all. Don't Miss: Hands-On with Magic Leap & Weta Workshop's Dr. Grordbort's Invaders When I entered the unassuming room set up for... mor […]

  • HoloLens Update Brings Display Mirroring & Quick Actions Menu for Routine Tasks
    by Tommy Palladino on October 17, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Microsoft has informed HoloLens users that the company will begin rolling out a mandatory update for HoloLens as part of its Windows 10 October 2018 release that brings a number of new features and quality-of-life improvements to the headset. The update's new features are headlined by Miracast support, which will enable HoloLens users to share their view to displays supporting the Miracast protocol. The update also brings additional sharing options, such as Windows Nearby Sharing for sending captures to Windows devices in the immediate vicinity, and a Share button in Microsoft Edge... mor […]

  • Hands-On with Magic Leap & Weta Workshop's Dr. Grordbort's Invaders
    by Adario Strange on October 17, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Over the last few years, the only thing teased by Magic Leap more than the Magic Leap One itself has been the company's flagship gaming title Dr. Grordbort's Invaders. The game, developed by New Zealand studio Weta Workshop, finally got its debut last week during the L.E.A.P. conference in Los Angeles. But since so few people have had the ability to even buy a Magic Leap One, it's likely that you've haven't tried it yet. That's why we're here, to give you a real peek at the future of augmented reality, beyond the perfect game trailers and snippets of footage released by the company. Don't... mor […]

  • Magic Leap's Chief Content Officer Rio Caraeff Opens Up on Walled Gardens, Data Privacy, & Blockchain
    by Adario Strange on October 15, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Over the years, Magic Leap's long-cultivated shroud of mystery led some onlookers to buy into the company's dream before even trying the device, while for others, the secrecy seems to have stoked the kind of resentment and overcorrecting critique usually reserved for the mighty Apple. Now, months after the Magic Leap One's release, the company has finally had its first public outing with developers, early adopters, and the media via the L.E.A.P. conference. It's no longer about smoke and mirrors and NDA agreements. Magic Leap has, finally, exposed itself to real scrutiny. But that scrutiny... mor […]

  • Owlchemy Labs ARCore Experiment Lets Android Users View a Friend's VR Experience from Their Smartphone
    by Tommy Palladino on October 15, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Google subsidiary Owlchemy Labs has cooked up an experimental ARCore mobile app that enables smartphone users to follow along with their VR friends as they play games in a head-mounted display. Called Mobile Spectator, the app uses ARCore to track the smartphone's position in physical space. After connecting to the same Wi-Fi network as the PC running the VR headset and synchronizing the positions of the smartphone and VR headset, a camera representing the app is placed in the VR scene. The PC renders and encodes the viewpoint of the camera and sends it to the smartphone app, where it is... mor […]

  • Snapchat Becomes SnapCAT with AR Lenses for Your Feline Friends
    by Tommy Palladino on October 12, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Have you ever browsed through Lenses on Snapchat and got bummed out when the app recommends that you "try this with a friend" and you're all alone? Well, now you can take AR snaps with your cat! The new Lenses for cats and their humans reside in the carousel alongside all of the AR experiences designed for just for humans. Users can identify the cat AR experiences by a blue paw print icon on the Lenses icon (if the image of a cat in the icon wasn't enough). Three Lenses are available at the moment, though your mileage may vary (my carousel only has two). Snapchat not only announced the new... mor […]

  • Niantic Levels the Pokémon GO Playing Field Between iPhone & Android with ARCore Support
    by Tommy Palladino on October 12, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Players of Pokémon GO on Android now have a reason to turn on AR mode with the release of AR+ support via ARCore. Pokémon GO enthusiasts on iOS have had access to AR+ mode on ARKit-compatible iPhones and iPads (yes, I can attest to playing the game on a tablet, don't @ me) since Dec. 2017. Thanks to the horizontal surface detection in the respective AR toolkits, Pokémon appear anchored to the ground or other flat surfaces and locked into their appropriate scale based on their distance from the player, making the character encounters a more realistic experience. The Pokémon GO AR+ experience... mor […]

  • Apple Continues Assembling AR Arsenal with Acquisition of Spektral's Background Removal Tech, Report Says
    by Tommy Palladino on October 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Adding another arrow to its quiver of augmented reality acquisitions, Apple has reportedly acquired Spektral, a computer vision company with technology for real-time compositing (otherwise know as the "green screen" technique in broadcast TV and film). According to Danish newspaper Børsen (subscription required), Apple actually bought the company, founded as CloudCutout by Toke Jansen and Henrik Paltoft, late last year for $30 million. Jansen's LinkedIn profile shows that he has served as manager of computational imaging for the company since Dec. 2017. Spektral's technology applies machine... mor […]

  • I Met Magic Leap's AI Assistant Mica & Saw the Future of Augmented Reality
    by Adario Strange on October 11, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Unlike VR, when you're talking about augmented reality, describing what an experience is like can be incredibly difficult — primarily because the experiences are even more contextual than relatively static virtual worlds that don't involve real-world settings. In AR, everything is about how "you" see things interacting with your real environment. Such is the case with what I'm calling the most important demonstration of Magic Leap technology to date in the form of an AI assistant called Mica. The experience was previewed on stage during Wednesday's keynote event at the L.E.A.P. conference in... mor […]

  • Niantic Plugs Its Real World Platform into Deutsche Telekom's 5G Network & MobiledgeX Servers
    by Tommy Palladino on October 11, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    When Pokémon GO developer Niantic launches its Real World Platform for augmented reality gaming, it will run over 5G speeds courtesy of T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom and the edge servers of its MobiledgeX subsidiary, the companies announced today. As we've previously reported, Niantic Real World Platform uses computer vision to enable multiplayer AR experiences in a shared environment with persistent 3D content. The platform also gives mobile AR games and other computer-vision based applications support for visual occlusion — content that can move in front of and behind real world... mor […]

  • Snapchat Originals Blend Augmented Reality Scenes into Scripted Shows & Documentary Series
    by Tommy Palladino on October 11, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Snapchat is joining the ranks of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, and Apple in the trend toward streaming original programming, but with a twist that rings true to its roots. Three of the company's new shows debuted Wednesday in the Stories section of the Snapchat app for iOS and Android. Called Snap Originals, the slate of programs consist of scripted shows and documentaries displayed via vertical orientation, with augmented reality experiences integrated into several shows. For example, when prompted during a show, viewers can swipe up to unlock an AR portal to a scene from the show. Other... mor […]

  • Did NASA Leak the HoloLens 2 in This Video?
    by Tommy Palladino on October 11, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Rumors are swirling today that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) may have shown us the first public glimpse of the next-generation HoloLens. Are they real? Or just a prototype? We've been digging in all day to find the answers. The "Leaked" HoloLens In a video published on Oct. 10 showcasing a collaboration between NASA JPL and Microsoft called OnSight, several scenes include a HoloLens that looks quite different than the current generation model. Developer Jasper Brekelmans noticed the slimmer, sleeker version and shared this observation on Twitter. Compared with the dark grey current... mor […]

  • Everything Magic Leap Revealed During Its First Annual L.E.A.P. Conference Keynote Event
    by Adario Strange on October 10, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Like many things associated with Magic Leap, the start of the company's first annual L.E.A.P. conference got off to a unique start. Taking the stage on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, the company's CEO, Rony Abovitz, gave a brief introductory speech welcoming the crowd and outlining the mission of Magic Leap. But he was soon replaced by, Brenda Freeman, Magic Leap's chief marketing officer, who delivered an extended presentation related to the topic of inclusion in the augmented reality space. Following Freeman was Robin Hunicke, the co-founder of Funomena, the company behind the Luna:... mor […]

  • AT&T to Launch DirectTV App for Magic Leap One in 2019, Sets Up 5G Test Area at Magic Leap Headquarters
    by Adario Strange on October 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Magic Leap and AT&T have lifted the lid on multiple parts of their mysterious relationship today. According to AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan, the company is planning to launch a beta version of DirectTV Now for the Magic Leap One in 2019. The announcement came onstage on Wednesday at the L.E.A.P. conference in Los Angeles alongside Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz and Magic Leap chief product officer Omar Khan. Don't Miss: Air New Zealand Takes Wraps Off Magic Leap One Adventure Tourism Game Not only did the team announce the app, but Donovan gave the audience a preview of what it will... mor […]

  • Insomniac Games Unveils Seedling Experience for Magic Leap One
    by Adario Strange on October 10, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    The game wizards at Insomniac take pride in diving deep when it comes to world-building, and the same is true for the studio's latest title for Magic Leap One called Seedling. Revealed on Wednesday at the L.E.A.P. conference in Los Angeles, the Magic Leap One-based title is less of a traditional game and more an ongoing augmented reality experience. In the science fictional world of Seedling, due to a series of galactic events beyond your control, you are charged with growing a series of new worlds by cultivating alien plant life and the strange biomes surrounding that plant life. The Magic... mor […]

  • Air New Zealand Takes Wraps Off Magic Leap One Adventure Tourism Game
    by Adario Strange on October 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    The thrill and excitement of great tourism generally requires visitors to take part in the country's local fare in person. But Air New Zealand's new augmented reality experience for the Magic Leap One gives visitors an immersive taste of what the country has to offer without ever setting foot in the country. Revealed on Wednesday at the L.E.A.P. conference, the airline crafted a massive tabletop three-dimensional topographical map of New Zealand upon which the company's new Air New Zealand Fact or Fantasy Game is mapped and playable via the Magic Leap One. Don't Miss: Magic Leap & Weta... mor […]

  • Onshape Partners with Magic Leap to Bring Its Collaborative Industrial 3D Design Tool to AR
    by Adario Strange on October 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Departing from the long string of entertainment-focused partnerships released in recent weeks and months, a new, enterprise-focused Magic Leap app has finally emerged in the form of Onshape. On Wednesday, the Massachusetts-based company officially unveiled its partnership with Magic Leap, delivering an app that allows multiple Magic Leap One users to collaborate on 3D product designs. "This is far more powerful and impactful than being able to merely view static, already-completed designs. And using our modern CAD system's real-time collaboration tools, even team members based in different... mor […]

  • Magic Leap & Weta Workshop Release Dr. Grordbort's Invaders for Magic Leap One
    by Adario Strange on October 9, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    As promised last week, Magic Leap has finally released the long-awaited augmented reality game Dr. Grordbort's Invaders. The game, developed by Weta Workshop, is easily the most well known and hyped title among all of the Magic Leap apps (and there aren't many) currently on the Magic Leap app store. As trailers have previewed, the game essentially turns the Magic Leap One into a shooter game with a distinctly steampunk aesthetic. Don't Miss: Magic Leap One Now Available to Most US Consumers, Affirm Partner Offers Buyer Financing "With the GPU and CPU engine generating hyper-real visuals... mor […]