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  • Leap Motion Shares Amazing Demo of Augmented Reality Table Tennis with AI Opponent
    by Tommy Palladino on June 20, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Hand tracking technology company Leap Motion has built a stunningly fluid augmented reality ping-pong game that not only showcases the capabilities of its open source Project North Star augmented reality headset, but also demonstrates how artificial intelligence can elevate immersive experiences. With the Project North Star headset, handheld paddle controller, and an actual table tennis table, players can hit a virtual ping-pong ball and play against an AI opponent. As seen in demo videos shared by Leap Motion, the physics in the game are highly realistic as the virtual ball bounces off the... mor […]

  • Magic Leap One Makes a Surprise Appearance During World Cup TV Show
    by Adario Strange on June 20, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Magic Leap shows up in the weirdest places. Last week, right at the start of World Cup fever, for some reason, the Magic Leap One appeared on a Brazilian television show. Worn by show presenter Tiago Leifert, a popular television host in Brazil, not only do we clearly see the Magic Leap One, but the host also appears to have it attached to the Lightpack hip-mounted module. On one side of the device, you can clearly see a large white label, the kind that's usually attached to a demonstration unit. Alas, the entire show is in Portuguese, and since the video doesn't have subtitles, and we don't... mor […]

  • Unity Builds Developer Bridge Between ARKit & ARCore Apps with AR Foundation Tool
    by Tommy Palladino on June 19, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    A new set of APIs for Unity promise to make it easier for developers to publish apps that support both ARKit and ARCore. AR Foundation allows developers to leverage the common features, such as plane detection and world tracking, found in the mobile AR toolkits. Available in Unity 2018.1 and higher, AR Foundation is a part of Unity's Package Manager. "Unity has always been at the forefront of handheld AR development and we've supported ARCore and ARKit from the start," wrote Bradley Weiers, AR/VR technical product manager, and Michael Durand, lead AR/VR software engineer, in a Unity blog... mor […]

  • Microsoft Opens Access to Sensor Data on the HoloLens with 'Research Mode' Update
    by Tommy Palladino on June 19, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    The addition of a new research mode for Microsoft HoloLens will enable researchers and developers to tap into a wider range of data collected by the device's sensors. Available in the Windows 10 RS4 update for HoloLens, application code in Research Mode can access computer vision algorithms, such as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for spatial mapping and motion, as well as audio and video streams. "Microsoft HoloLens is the world's first self-contained holographic computer," wrote Marc Pollefeys, partner director of science at Microsoft, in a blog post. "Remarkably, in Research... mor […]

  • Unity Gives Developers the Keys to ARKit 2.0 Capabilities via Updated Plugin
    by Tommy Palladino on June 14, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    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. The updated plugin is available now for developers via Bitbucket. "Apple announced exciting news for AR developers last week at WWDC, including ARKit 2. Unity has worked closely with Apple to allow our developers instant access to all of these new features with an update to Unity ARKit Plugin," wrote Jimmy Alamparambil, the software architect and engineering director at Unity, in a blog post reviewing the technical details of... mor […]

  • Magic Leap Books Augmented Reality Experience with Air New Zealand
    by Tommy Palladino on June 14, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    If touring the scenic vistas behind the Lord of the Rings film franchise doesn't persuade tourists to visit New Zealand, perhaps immersive content viewed through Magic Leap One will do the trick. On Thursday, Air New Zealand announced a strategic partnership with Magic Leap, with the airline developing immersive content that showcases the country as a vacation destination. Titled "Fantastical Journey throughout New Zealand," the experience, like the Magic Leap One itself, is slated to launch later this year. "Air New Zealand is excited to bring innovative, emerging technology to our... mor […]

  • Snapchat & Facebook Kick Off the World Cup with Augmented Reality Effects
    by Tommy Palladino on June 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    With the 2018 FIFA World Cup underway in Russia, soccer (aka "football") fans worldwide can show support for their favorite teams and players in augmented reality via Snapchat and Facebook. On Snapchat for iOS and Android, fans can don virtual glasses painted with their team's colors. Also, thanks to Snapchat's background segmentation capabilities, virtual soccer balls float behind the user. In addition, the World Cup's official broadcaster, Fox, has sponsored a Lens that ties into the big match between Spain and Portugal. Don't Miss: Soccer Players Get to Test Their Skills via a Unique... mor […]

  • Netflix Casts a Facebook AR Spell on Its Debut Comic Book 'The Magic Order'
    by Tommy Palladino on June 13, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Netflix is branching out into the comic book business, and it's summoning augmented reality via Facebook to make the first issue more magical. The debut issue of The Magic Order hit comic book store shelves today with four variant covers. Inside each issue is a QR code specific to that variant. The code opens a Facebook Camera AR effect for each cover. Using Facebook's new image recognition capabilities, an ornate animation unfolds from the cover's image. While each experience starts based on the cover, the animations are essentially the same. The experience ends with a message to visit the... mor […]

  • Golfshot Mobile App Chips in AR Mode for Measuring Shots on the Course
    by Tommy Palladino on June 13, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Although some look to golf for some quick off-the-grid time, the scenic hills and blue skies of your local putting green are not immune from the ever-expanding reach of augmented reality. A new update to the Golfshot mobile app brings new AR features to iPhones and iPads designed to help golfers determine shot distances during course play. Called Golfscape AR, the feature overlays distances to the front, middle, and back of the green via the app's camera view. The app uses GPS to determine course distances, with more than 40,000 golf courses supported. The new Golfscape AR feature is... mor […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens 2.0 Has a Secret Codename, Release Date, & Major Price Change, Report Says
    by Adario Strange on June 12, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    With all the talk about the impending release of the Magic Leap One, some have forgotten a very important, competing release on the near horizon: the HoloLens 2.0. Well, now we have new information that tells us when (roughly) the device will be released, as well as a few other exciting tidbits. Code-named Sydney within Microsoft, the device will be cheaper than the original (which costs $3,000), be lighter in weight, and more comfortable to wear, according to a new report from Thurrott. Citing documents that disclose some of the vital details around the next generation HoloLens, the report... mor […]

  • Mobile App Like Gives Music Video Auteurs Body-Morphing AR Effects
    by Tommy Palladino on June 11, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Usually, the camera adds 10 pounds, but with a new augmented reality effect in Like's mobile app, the camera can actually make you look slimmer. Called "Shaping Magic," the body recognition effect uses artificial intelligence to modify the width of the user's body or selectively augment the shape of their head, shoulders, waist, hips, or legs. The new feature is reminiscent of the Lens feature on Snapchat that comically contorts a user's faces in a pre-configured manner. With Shaping Magic, Like gives would-be vloggers the ability to fully customize their appearance. The result is more... mor […]

  • Apple's ARKit 2.0 Could Make These 10 Mobile AR Apps Even Better
    by Tommy Palladino on June 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    With the announcement of ARKit 2.0 at WWDC 2018, Apple is bringing some powerful new capabilities to mobile augmented reality apps this fall. Shared experiences, persistent content, and 3D object recognition will enable more social, transcendent, and immersive experiences for apps, and developers are already hard at work on harnessing the features of the update. We here at Next Reality can't wait for developers to update their apps with the latest ARKit superpowers, so we're going give them a hand on a few ideas they can start working on right now. (And, for what it's worth, developers that... mor […]

  • Escape Room Experience Comes to Mobile via Futuristic 'The Lockdown' Augmented Reality Game
    by Tommy Palladino on June 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Escape rooms, those real world puzzle games that challenge teams to solve a mystery and gain their freedom from a locked room, are all the rage right now. But augmented reality games such as The Lockdown could make them obsolete. Available now via the App Store and Google Play, The Lockdown transports players 10 years into the future, where cryptocurrency has become the standard monetary asset, which a hacker has caused to become devalued. From the point of view of a cyber forensics analyst, players must examine clues, such as videos and scraps of information, to track down the location of... mor […]

  • ARKit 101: How to Launch Your Own Augmented Reality Rocket into the Real World Skies
    by Ambuj Punn on June 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Have you been noticing SpaceX and its launches lately? Ever imagined how it would feel to launch your own rocket into the sky? Well, imagine no longer! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make a simple augmented reality app for iPads and iPhones by using ARKit. Specifically, we'll go over how we can launch a rocket into the sky and ensure that it keeps flying based on "world tracking." What Will You Learn? We'll be learning how to animate 3D objects in the AR world based on real world physical constraints. We'll also get some help by using the hitTest and plane detection details we... mor […]

  • The Ancients AR Puts Mystical Sea Battles in Your Living Room in Augmented Reality
    by Tommy Palladino on June 7, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    While mobile gaming, in the 10 years since the App Store launched, has matured to console-level quality, premium augmented reality games built with ARKit (or ARCore) have been scarce. Immersive VR is looking to do its part reduce that deficit with the launch of The Ancients AR, available now for $6.99 on the App Store. The Ancients AR is a real-time strategy game that unfurls a virtual ocean onto your tabletop where you command a fleet of ships to engage in naval warfare. The game draws inspiration from the work of Jakub Rózalski, maker of the Scythe board game. The artist's work is realized... mor […]

  • Magic Leap Finally Delivered a Live, Public Demonstration of the Magic Leap One, Here's What Happened
    by Adario Strange on June 6, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    On Wednesday, June 6, the people at Magic Leap finally (FINALLY) decided to give the public a dedicated, slow, feature-by-feature walkthrough of the Magic Leap One: Creator Edition. How was it? About as good as it gets without actually getting to see what images look like through the device when wearing it. Host Alan Noon, Magic Leap's senior learning resources technical artist, was joined by Shanna De Iuliis from the company's technical marketing team, for the second installment of the company's Twitch series. Apparently, when you talk to people who smirk knowingly and talk about how they've... mor […]

  • Former Meta Exec Launches DreamGlass AR Headset, Shipping at End of June for $399
    by Tommy Palladino on June 6, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Just a year after facing trade secret theft allegations from his former employer, ex-Meta Company employee Kevin Zhong and his new company are ready to ship the product that triggered the lawsuit. Starting Wednesday, interested parties can order the DreamGlass AR headset from Dreamworld's website for $399, with the first batch of devices expected to ship to developers by the end of June. DreamGlass boasts a 90-degree field of view with a 2.5K resolution AR display. The headset is equipped with an IR sensor for hand tracking, a 1080p RGB camera, as well as a microphone for audio input. The... mor […]

  • Magic Leap Reveals Partnership with Oscar-Winning Effects Studio Behind Marvel's Biggest Hits
    by Adario Strange on June 6, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    For years, Magic Leap has promised to deliver stunning augmented reality experiences that will outperform any other competitor, and a newly revealed partnership hints that the company may be able to deliver on those promises. Framestore, the Oscar-winning studio behind many of the stunning visuals in Avengers: Infinity War, has emerged from stealth mode to announce that it has been working with Magic Leap for the last few years on content designed to be experienced on the Magic Leap One: Creator Edition. "We are storytellers at Framestore, first and foremost; innovation courses in our veins... mor […]

  • HoloLens Can Now Wirelessly Tap Rendering Power of Any Desktop PC via UWP Apps Built in Unity
    by Tommy Palladino on June 5, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Looking to inject a little more processing juice into your HoloLens? Unity can fix you up with the Standalone Universal Windows Platform Holographic Emulation. While its name appears to have skipped the marketing department in the decision-making process, the tool enables developers to package Universal Windows Platform apps on a Windows PC and wirelessly connect to their HoloLens to view 3D content. "Standalone Universal Windows Platform Holographic Emulation is the next step in holographic emulation, extending its functionality outside of the Unity Editor," wrote Unity's Lukasz Pasek in a... mor […]

  • NBA AR App Launches on Android & Adds Portals to Playoffs
    by Tommy Palladino on June 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    The NBA Finals is underway, and now basketball fans with iPhones and Android devices can get closer to the action for free than they ever could with expensive courtside tickets. Now available on the Google Play Store after debuting on the iOS App Store last year, the latest version of NBA AR brings augmented reality portals that transport fans to various 360-degree scenes. Using ARCore and ARKit, the NBA AR app anchors the portal to the floor in the user's environment. Fans can walk through the door and view pre-game introductions of the NBA Finals opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers and... mor […]