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  • Hands-On: Magic Leap's Create App Is a Powerful Way to Invent Your Own Reality Nearly Anywhere
    by Adario Strange on August 17, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Since getting our hands on the Magic Leap One last week, we've been methodically delving into each feature and reporting our findings step-by-step. Earlier this week, we took a look at the Screens app (a video viewer) and the Helio app (an AR web browser). This time around, we'll be digging into the Create app, the experience that allows you to fill the real world with objects that transform the nature of your local reality. Part of the reason we started with the Screens and Helio app is because those are easily the most accessible apps offered on this device in terms of tools the average... mor […]

  • Kickstarter Game System Uses iOS & Android Devices to Merge Tabletop Gaming with Augmented Reality
    by Adario Strange on August 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    The fortunes of ARKit and ARCore are still in the hands of developers, who have been increasing the number of mobile augmented reality apps on the market, but perhaps not as fast as companies like Apple might have expected. But one new product is looking to literally kickstart mobile AR gaming by introducing a few key components that harness the traditional board game model. Los Angeles-based Spatial has developed a multiplayer tabletop AR game that uses iOS and Android devices, combined with cradles and physical game pieces, to create a fairly robust virtual gaming experience. The cradle... mor […]

  • World of Warcraft Lens on Snapchat Lets You Transform into Orc or Elf & Do Battle in Augmented Reality
    by Tommy Palladino on August 15, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    To promote Battle of Azeroth, the latest expansion for the World of Warcraft franchise, Blizzard Entertainment has conjured a Shoppable AR Lens that is now available in Snapchat's app carousel. The experience, initially launched via Snapcode on Aug. 8, begins in the front-facing camera, where users can morph their appearance into an orc of Horde faction or void elf for the Alliance. The fantasy continues on the rear-facing camera, where users can fight sworn enemies of the faction they pick on the front-facing experience by placing them in their physical environment and tapping the screen to... mor […]

  • Hands-On: Magic Leap's Helio App Is the Best Window into the Web Available in Augmented Reality
    by Adario Strange on August 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Yesterday, I talked about what I think is the most immediately mainstream-friendly app on the Magic Leap One is (Screens), and now we'll touch upon the runner-up: Helio. In short, Helio is how Magic Leap One users can browse the web in augmented reality, something we've seen before, but never with this much ease and usability. For those not up on their Greek mythology, the app's name appears to be derived from the god Helios, the sun god, who was also known as the "god of sight." In this case, the name is fitting, as the Helio app is a uniquely powerful window into the internet that allows... mor […]

  • Hands-On: Magic Leap's Screens App Is the Closest Thing to a Killer App for the Magic Leap One, For Now
    by Adario Strange on August 13, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    By now, you already know that the Magic Leap One ships with an array of apps to immediately get you accustomed to operating in your new spatial computing reality. The first one we're going to focus on is Screens, an app we told you about previously, but only now have managed to try for ourselves. The Screens app is just one of six apps listed in the initial app carousel when you first launch the Magic Leap One (seven if you count the unreleased Dr. Grordbort's Invaders). Currently, there's not much content in Screens, but that will likely change in the near future. At present, you have a... mor […]

  • UK's Largest Children's Hospital Is Adopting HoloLens to Assist Surgeons
    by Tommy Palladino on August 13, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    In recent years, medical professionals have demonstrated how the HoloLens can assist in surgeries, ranging from collarbone repairs to spinal surgeries to cosmetic procedures. Now, the largest children's hospital in the United Kingdom is also ready to deploy the technology. Alder Hey Children's Hospital, a Liverpool-based facility treating more than 270,000 children per year, is using the Microsoft HoloLens to help surgeons visualize 3D anatomical images and patient information, such as ultrasounds, CT scans, and angiograms, during surgery while keeping their hands free to focus on delicate... mor […]

  • Magic Leap's Good News — the Haters Are Wrong, Bad News — Now Everyone Will Focus on Apple Glasses
    by Adario Strange on August 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I've had a few days to live with the Magic Leap One, and it's time to finally weigh in with some thoughts as someone who has been tracking this company from the beginning, for almost five years now. Let's get right to the meat of the matter: Magic Leap One is not a flop. Not regarding sales (the target, for now, is developers), and not in terms of performance and overall experience. This is the best augmented reality I've seen, full stop. Does it live up to the hype that the company's CEO Rony Abovitz stoked for years? No. But I never bought that hype. A few years ago, when I met with the... mor […]

  • The Ultimate Magic Leap One Unboxing, Every Part, Every Logo, & One Very Special Surprise Treat
    by Adario Strange on August 11, 2018 at 12:58 am

    We've seen all the Magic Leap One glamour shots, and we've even shown you a bit of what it looks like to view augmented reality on the device. But there's something else us super geeks appreciate more than anyone else: the grand unboxing! I met Magic Leap's Enjoy representative in Manhattan, where he mostly just helped me set up the sizing parameters using the Magic Leap app and then walked me through a few areas that some who are new to the device might not be aware of (simple stuff that will mostly be familiar to VR veterans). Don't Miss: Through the Magic Leap Looking Glass, First Look at... mor […]

  • Snapchat Strikes Familiar Chord with Shoppable AR Lens for Nicki Minaj's New Album
    by Tommy Palladino on August 10, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    On Friday, the release date for her new album, Queen, Nicki Minaj is already grabbing headlines for the track "Barbie Dreams," where she disses Drake and a host of other rappers. It's a bit ironic that she's got beef with Champagne Papi, because both performers have now dropped Shoppable AR Lenses to promote their new albums. With the track "Chun Li" playing in the background, users can now step through a triangular portal into a 360-degree recreation of the album's cover art, complete with a track listing etched into a pyramid. With the track "Chun Li" playing in the background, users can... mor […]

  • New Video Shows How Precise HoloLens 2.0 Depth Sensing Will Be
    by Tommy Palladino on August 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    While the next-generation HoloLens does not have a launch date yet, we now have a better idea of how big a leap the device will take in terms of depth sensor performance. At the recent Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, held in Salt Lake City, Utah in June, Microsoft researchers gave a tutorial showing off the new HoloLens Research Mode, which gives developers access to the device's sensor data. During the tutorial, the researchers showed the audience a preview of the depth sensor feed from the Project Kinect for Azure, which Microsoft unveiled earlier this year as the... mor […]

  • L'Oréal Brings Its Modiface AR Makeup Platform to Facebook Camera
    by Tommy Palladino on August 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Already one of the leaders in augmented reality for cosmetics, L'Oréal is extending the reach of its ModiFace virtual try-on platform through a partnership with Facebook. The cosmetics company will be integrating the augmented reality experiences built with Modiface into Facebook's AR camera, enabling customers to try on virtual shades of makeup. The first such experience, launching later this month, will feature NYX Professional Makeup, with other brands, such as Maybelline, L'Oréal Paris, Lancôme, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Urban Decay, and Shu Uemura, to follow. "Facebook and... mor […]

  • Through the Magic Leap Looking Glass, First Look at What AR Looks Like on the Magic Leap One
    by Adario Strange on August 9, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    We've spent years waiting to see what all the secretive fuss was about, and now that the device is in our hands, we can finally begin showing you images of what the Magic Leap One experience looks like. This is especially important given the fact that the vast majority of the planet still can't buy one. And even in the US, only residents in a few select cities have access to sales of the device (and the limit is three devices per person). So if you're not in one of the current "Magicverse" cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle) and were... mor […]

  • Gallery: A Close-Up Look at the Magic Leap One's Optics
    by Bryan Crow on August 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    For the curious, here are a number of close-up shots of the Magic Leap One's optics and the magnetic attachment that can be swapped out for a version with lenses matching your glasses prescription in the near future. From the Inside If you look closely, you'll notice the horizontal banding layers of the waveguide. I believe the little things at the ends of the wires you see are IR emitting LEDs used for the eye tracking sensor. They're not visible when you're actually wearing the headset. Neither is the banding. Don't Miss: Magic Leap Care Center Reveals New Details About Magic Leap One... mor […]

  • Magic Leap Care Center Reveals New Details About Magic Leap One Usage, Sales Practices, & Who Gets to Use It
    by Adario Strange on August 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Now that the Magic Leap One is officially out in the wild, users are already beginning to find out exactly how it works and what it might be useful for in the augmented reality space. But there are still other, more unique questions that remain unanswered. That is, until now. Magic Leap has posted a new Care Center resource page that delivers a number of answers to questions you may not have even realized you had. The Care Center is broken down into three different sections called: Magic Leap One, Shop (for purchase issues), and Magic Leap ID (your key to accessing the world of Magic Leap... mor […]

  • Magic Leap Makes Shutterstock Images & Video Available for Gallery & Screens Apps
    by Tommy Palladino on August 9, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    The narrative that Magic Leap has weaved for the Magic Leap One has focused on the freedom of spatial computing versus dated modes of 2D screens. So a partnership with Shutterstock, a company that licenses stock photos and videos to creators, is a bit unexpected. But a closer look at the details makes the partnership clearer. Magic Leap is integrating Shutterstock's photo and video library into the Gallery and Screens apps in the Lumin OS. In other words, these are the two apps that bring 2D content into the mixed reality environment. Users can also stock their photo libraries in the Gallery... mor […]

  • Magic Leap One First Hands-On Impressions for HoloLens Developers
    by Bryan Crow on August 9, 2018 at 4:33 am

    In a surprising twist of expectation management, Magic Leap managed to not only ship but deliver the Magic Leap One I ordered on Wednesday by 4 p.m. PT on the same day. After spending about an hour with the headset running through set up and poking around its UI and a couple of the launch day apps, I thought it would be helpful to share a quick list of some of my first impressions as someone who's spent a lot of time with a HoloLens over the past couple years and try to start answering many of the burning questions I've had about the device. Meshing The Magic Leap One takes a different... mor […]

  • Facebook Notches Win Over Snapchat with AR Gaming for Messenger Video
    by Tommy Palladino on August 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Less than four months after Snapchat introduced its Snappables platform, Facebook has met the challenge with its own AR gaming feature that surpasses the originator. Rolling out to users on the Messenger app for iOS and Android starting Wednesday, multiplayer video chat AR games now enable up to six users to play in real time. By comparison, Snappables requires users to record their experience and send it to others to take their turn, though Snapchat does include AR experiences in group video chats. "For the moments when we can't be together IRL, Messenger video chat helps you connect in... mor […]

  • This Is What Tech Reviewers Think of the Magic Leap One After Spending Time with the Finished Product
    by Adario Strange on August 8, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    The hype train that left the station years ago has reached its first stop, and now we finally have access to the Magic Leap One, the device many have claimed would revolutionize the augmented reality space at launch. But is that really true? On Wednesday morning, as Next Reality predicted late Tuesday night, the company took the wraps off its device and opened up orders to the public. Along with the commercial launch (they say it's aimed at developers, but anyone can buy a unit), we were also treated to a group of hands-on reviews of the device by independent users representing seven major... mor […]

  • New Magic Leap Videos Show Off Launch Apps 'Create' & 'Tónandi' in Action
    by Tommy Palladino on August 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Now that the cat's out of the bag, Magic Leap has published videos of a pair of apps that will be available to Magic Leap One early adopters. Alongside the core apps, Magic Leap will make Create and Tónandi, developed in-house with early-access partners, available at launch. One of the videos show off Create, an app that turns users' homes into augmented reality canvases. Magic Leap One's spatial mapping enables users to place 3D content on surfaces throughout their space. Don't Miss: Magic Leap One Finally Makes the Jump from Fantasy to Reality, Pre-Orders Open for $2,295 The app also... mor […]

  • Magic Leap Lifts Curtain on Augmented Reality Experiences for Magic Leap One
    by Tommy Palladino on August 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    In the wake of the smoke from the meticulously orchestrated launch of Magic Leap One, the company has revealed what "leapers" can expect to experience via Lumin OS when their devices arrive between now and the end of the year. Among the core applications of the Lumin OS are the Helio web browser and the Social application. With Helio, users can pull 3D objects from websites for viewing in their physical environment. Among the initial partners presenting Helio experiences are mobile AR veterans Wayfair and The New York Times. Running on the Lumin Runtime, Social applies a set of avatars... mor […]