Augmented Reality

  • Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio

    Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio

    Snapchat is finally opening up so outside developers can help it offer infinite augmented reality experiences beyond those it designs in-house. Today, Snap launches the Lens Studio AR developer tool for desktops so anyone can create World Lenses that place interactive, imaginary 3D objects in your photos and videos. Read More

  • Facebook opens AR platform and ‘World Effects’ to all developers

    Facebook opens AR platform and ‘World Effects’ to all developers

    Facebook is trying to close the augmented reality gap with Snapchat with the help of an army of third-party developers. Today, eight months after debuting its Augmented Reality Camera Effects platform and AR Studio tool at F8, Facebook is allowing all developers to start building AR experiences for its Facebook Camera. That includes “World Effects” that augment your environment with… Read More

  • Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere

    Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere

    After months of teasing, Google’s finally brought its AR stickers to the Pixel 2. For most users with the company’s latest flagship handset, the feature will be available today as part of an Android 8.1 update. The feature was announced on-stage at the Pixel event back in January, offering a sneak peek of a fun little addition made possible through its ARCore technology, letting… Read More

  • Here is the first official Ready Player One trailer

    Here is the first official Ready Player One trailer

    Ready Player One, the Ernest Cline book sensation that was, in part, the inspiration for Oculus VR, has been turned into a movie ready to hit the big screen in March. And today, we’ve gotten the first official trailer for the movie. There are some very mild spoiler alerts ahead, so if you’re hyper sensitive you can click this link to watch the trailer without reading on. Ready… Read More

  • Here’s everything new Niantic just added to Pokémon GO

    Niantic is rounding out the year with one of Pokémon GO’s biggest updates to date. We knew earlier this week that the update was right around the corner, but we didn’t know exactly when. The answer: now. From new Pokémon to crazy new weather systems and minor text fixes to battle system changes, there’s a good amount happening here. Here’s everything we’ve seen… Read More

  • Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

    Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

    Update: this story has now been confirmed. As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advert in seconds, by listening to an audio clip or (in the case of, say, an ad) a visual… Read More

  • Microsoft introduces Simplygon Cloud 3D object optimization for AR and VR

    Microsoft introduces Simplygon Cloud 3D object optimization for AR and VR

    In January, Microsoft acquired 3D optimization service Simplygon for an undisclosed sum. Today, we’re seeing the fruits of that buy with the launch of Simplygon Cloud, which the company hopes will help game developers integrate the optimization tool into their workflows to make content more friendly to resource-intensive AR and VR platforms. Read More

  • 3D home design startup Modsy raises $23 million in Series B funding

    3D home design startup Modsy raises $23 million in Series B funding

    Technology has made buying stuff for your house a whole lot easier to do on a whim, but there haven’t seemed to be quite as many advancements in terms of ensuring that what you buy actually makes your space look good. Modsy isn’t an augmented reality company as much as they are a 3D imaging startup that’s aiming to help you augment your living space’s style. Users can… Read More

  • Watch Ultrahaptics use ultrasound to let you feel imaginary objects

    Watch Ultrahaptics use ultrasound to let you feel imaginary objects

    Ultrahaptics lets you touch what you see in virtual and augmented reality, or even give a 2D poster 3D feeling. It uses small speaker-like ultrasound wave emitters to give the sensation of pressure and texture when you’re just waving your hands in the open air. Ultrahaptics CTO Tom Carter demoed the technology onstage today at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Berlin conference.  Read More

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