microsoft
Microsoft Has Trademarked Reality

Microsoft is something of a VR-gaming holdout. While Windows remains the big OS for VR games the company hasn't thrown itself behind the tech, preferring to focus on headsets that can be used as productivity tools. However the company has, days ahead of the E3 gaming show, trademarked the name "Direct Reality" which might a hint of things to come. Read More >>

apple
Apple is Getting Serious About AR Way Sooner Than We Were Expecting

Apple is getting serious about augmented reality, and, at least in the carefully controlled on-stage demo, with really really good software-based AR that will, according to Apple, make its AR Kit the largest AR platform in the world. Read More >>

facebook
Five Things to Know About Facebook’s Huge Augmented Reality Fantasy

Facebook kicked off its annual F8 Developer Conference yesterday in dramatic fashion when CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced an ambitious new augmented reality (AR) platform that will let people overlay digital images onto photos and videos in Facebook. Read More >>

snapchat
Snapchat’s Dumb New ‘World Lenses’ Feel Like Magic

Snapchat is about to get way more fucking adorable. The company just launched a major update today introducing its highly anticipated “World Lenses” feature, giving people the ability to drop digital 3D objects into real world scenes. Although the feature is undoubtedly augmented reality (AR), Snapchat curiously does not mention the phrase in its official announcement. Read More >>

music
Making Music, Minority Report-Style

The future of AR and VR is Minority Report. Right? I mean, that's the only reason why anyone would want to buy an £800 HTC Vive headset, surely, so we can open up a bunch of windows in front of us and toss them around like cool space-hacker types. Read More >>

apps
Oh Help! Oh No! It’s an Augmented Reality Gruffalo!

Forestry Commission England has had an idea about how to make traipsing around wet woods behind dad slightly more fun for kids -- an augmented reality app featuring the Gruffalo. Which will be nice as long as dad hasn't already got so angry about the endless whinging to use the phone that it was left at home or frisbeed into a trout lake. Read More >>

asus
Asus’ Crazy New Phone Takes 92 Megapixel Photos

Whether it’s the Google Pixel or the Samsung Galaxy S7, companies are betting that the future of virtual reality will be ushered in by your mobile device. Now, you can add Asus to that list. The company just announced a new smartphone at CES that takes an adventurous and somewhat experimental leap into the world of mixed and virtual reality — and it actually looks pretty useful. Read More >>

augmented reality
Can’t Afford Hololens? ZapBox is a Super-Cheap Alternative

With the Development Edition available for a whopping £2,719 and Microsoft still a long way from a commercial rollout, Hololens is but a distant dream for most of us. The $30 (£24) ZapBox, on the other hand, doesn’t need to be. Read More >>

apple
Tim Cook on Virtual Reality: I Long to Be Touched

While tech giants like Sony and Facebook are currently betting big on the future of virtual reality, Apple has so far stayed out of the “giant headset of questionable utility” game. Today, we finally know why: CEO Tim Cook, like all of us, just wants a hug. Read More >>

war
Israeli Army to Use Microsoft HoloLens for AR Wars

The Israeli army's Systems Department has somehow swung the purchase of two Microsoft HoloLens units, by pretending that the AR system might be useful for training its people in how to do war better. Read More >>

VR
Google’s Standalone Headset May Combine VR and AR

Rumours suggest that Google is indeed still working on a standalone VR headset to shield us from the horrors of everyday life in 2016, with its potential wearable said to be looking at combining both AR and VR technologies in one device. Read More >>

augmented reality
Pokémon Go Just Made Augmented Reality Mainstream

Augmented reality—the ability to witness an altered version of our world via a smartphone display, goofy glasses, or through a camera—is not new. Thanks to Pokémon Go, though, people might actually start to care about it. Read More >>

VR
Sick of Waiting for Nintendo VR? Blame the Kids

Nintendo IS doing stuff with VR in its development labs, in case you were wondering, although it doesn't appear to be entirely sure that it'll catch on or not, so don't go getting excited about Virtual Boy II just yet. Read More >>

gadgets
Magic Leap Patent May Reveal Its Upcoming AR Headset

Magic Leap—valued at more than $4.5/£3.1 billion—is one of the most secretive (and exciting) technology companies in the world. Despite its fruitful fundraising campaigns, the company has never released a commercial product and very few people have ever tried its state-of-the-art augmented reality headset. Read More >>

wearables
All The Crazy Things Future Contact Lenses Could Do

Though virtual reality is very much the flavour of the year, it’s just a matter of time before something more advanced and less in your face -- so to speak -- arrives on the scene. Yes, we’re talking about smart contact lenses. Read More >>