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The First Great iPhone App Grows Up

The very first iPhone apps were universally dull. And then Bloom came out. Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers built the app and released it just a few months after Apple opened the App Store in July 2008. It was immediately obvious that something special was happening. The app was interesting on an artistic level, one that made you reconsider the relationship between technology and music. And my God, these two have done it again with augmented reality. Read More >>

Bose Wants to Fundamentally Change How You Interact With Your World

There are no practical applications yet for AR—your mum isn’t using it to navigate Tescos, for example—but AR has become wildly popular in the tech community. Slap AR on a pitch and get some VC funding. Or, slap AR on the side of a product and bask in the AR buzz from tech publications. Bose, a company known for nice headphones and not nice user interfaces or computers, is the latest to embrace AR,  recently announcing a plan to fund AR startups through the new Bose Ventures, but more importantly, it announced a platform that includes AR glasses and, Bose hopes, a new way to interact with AR content—and thus your world. Read More >>

Holy Crap, That’s a Lot of Money for Some Ugly Goggles

On Wednesday, Magic Leap announced that it’s raised another $461 million (£332 million), bringing the VR company’s total funding to more than $2.3 billion (£1.7 billion)—without having released a single product. Read More >>

Artists Protest Elite Art World With Unauthorised AR Gallery at the Museum of Modern Art

At this point, augmented reality has mostly been too gimmicky or too good to be true. But a group of internet artists just gave the technology what might be its coolest use case yet: a tool to stick it to the man. Read More >>

MWC 2018: Holy Crap, Actual Working AR Glasses That Aren’t Completely Shit

It's a good thing there are people out there too sensible to listen to everything Tim Cook says. Last year Mr We-Can't-Make-Quality-AR-Glasses-Yet claimed we don't have the actual tech to make AR glasses that are any good. I was lucky enough to get a go with the Vuzix Blade AR glasses at Mobile World Congress, and I can tell you that Tim Cook was either lying to cover Apple's tracks as it develops its own AR glasses, or completely wrong. Read More >>

Samsung Galaxy S9’s AR Emojis Are a Step Forward for Diversity in Tech

You'd be forgiven for missing it in the maelstrom of information about the Galaxy S9 yesterday — not to mention the general influx of phone news from MWC — but Samsung has launched its own rival to Apple's Animoji, and it's a positive development for diversity and inclusion in tech. Read More >>

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Holy Crap an AR App I Actually Like

Kids today want more from social technology than seeing something new—they want a new way of seeing themselves. Snap and Instagram’s augmented reality lenses transform users into puppies, fairies, monsters, Wonder Woman, storied Jamaican singer-songwriters, and the like. It’s as if there’s a vibrant but invisible world all around you that you need a smartphone to see. Unfortunately, I’m not too keen on selfies and many of the early uses of Apple’s ARKit, meant to democratise the tech, are plainly boring. Using AR solely to overlay new furniture or artwork for your flat imagines AR users as dull-minded consumers. Read More >>

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Magic Leap’s Cheapest Model Will be a Similar Price to High-End Smartphones

December saw Magic Leap finally unveil its first consumer product, after years of not actually producing anything we the public can get our hands on. If you're excited to get your hands on the augmented reality setup when it launches you might want to start saving your pennies now. From the sounds of things it won't be cheap. Read More >>

Will Lasers Save Intel’s Google Glass Clones From Sucking?

Intel thinks it’s figured it out. The company that makes the CPUs in most of our computers has produced a set of glasses that could do what Google Glass could not—and what Magic Leap desperately wants to. It’s produced a pair of “smart glasses” that look like something you might actually wear. Read More >>

CES 2018: The Vuzix Blade Is What Google Glass Always Wanted to Be

When Google Glass was announced back in 2013, it was easy to forgive one of the the first AR headsets for looking awkward and being hard to use. There’s no doubt Google’s first crack at making an optical head-mounted display was ahead of its time. Read More >>

CES 2018: This Beautifully-Detailed Replica Is the Best Way to Learn About the Moon Without Actually Visiting It

To date, the best use of augmented reality has been running around parks trying to capture virtual Pokémon. But as that fad has (mercifully) faded away, a company called AstroReality has come up with a more compelling use of AR technology that works with an astonishingly detailed replica of the moon that’s as much a work of art as it is a learning tool. Read More >>

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We Need to Talk About Magic Leap’s Freaking Goggles

Magic Leap finally did it. After $2 billion in funding and a few years of leaks, teases, and hints, Magic Leap finally has an actual product that someone has actually touched with their actual hands. Magic Leap announced the Magic Leap One Creator Edition yesterday, and Rolling Stone quickly followed with a description of using the device. It’s a big wordy read, but it finally reveals exactly why the startup was able to get so much funding. This is augmented reality that actually interacts with your environment—it’s selling a whole new way of perceiving 3D virtual objects, and it requires some ugly ass goggles to do it. Read More >>

Pokemon Go’s New AR+ Mode Finally Puts Apple’s ARKit to Good Use

More than a year after its initial launch, Pokemon Go is often remembered for its rabid players that overwhelmed parks and swarmed streets looking for cute little pocket monsters. But people tend to forget that Pokemon Go was also many people’s first experience with augmented reality. And while today’s trainer count is down from peak numbers last summer, Pokemon Go creator Niantic says the game’s augmented reality features were noticeably improved thanks to an integration with Apple’s ARKit on iOS. Read More >>

Google Tango is Dead, Long Live ARCore

After months spent in limbo and not a single new compatible device, Google is finally shutting its Tango augmented reality platform down for good, effective March 1st, 2018. Read More >>

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Lenovo’s Mirage Headset is Basically the Gear VR of Augmented Reality

AR is still in its infancy, and while progress has been made putting it into the hands of regular people (thanks to the likes of Apple's AR Kit), it still feels pretty far out of reach. Especially since one of Microsoft's HoloLens development kits is £2,719. But then we got a surprise at IFA, when Lenovo announced a new Star Wars gizmo - the Mirage AR headset. Read More >>