marvel
Looks Like There’s a Marvel AR Headset on the Way from Lenovo

All the way back at IFA 2017, Lenovo surprised us with a Star Wars Mirage AR headset that let you play Dejarik holochess and fight your mates with your mighty lightsaber. Now, it sounds like they might be making something similar for the Marvel universe (minus the lightsabers, of course). Read More >>

wearables
I Was Ready to Dunk on the Bose Frames… But I Actually Like Them?

Smartglasses have a bad rep—you can thank the glassholes for that. To this day, most people still can’t help but think of the first iteration of Google Glass when anyone brings up the topic of smart eyewear. That also means people start thinking about being recorded against their will, dorky design, and absurd prices for unconvincing tech. Read More >>

augmented reality
You Are Not Ready For HoloLens 2

Microsoft figured it out. Tuesday I got my first opportunity to try out the HoloLens 2, and after slipping it over my head and taking a quick moment to calibrate the eye tracking, I was instantly able to move around the room and interact with objects crafted from light. It was annoyingly natural to participate in an AR world. I saw a helicopter floating over the very real sofa, and when I reached for it, the invisible box it was contained in glowed revealing edges I could simply drag and stretch to make the helicopter larger or smaller. With a pinch and a swish, it twirled around. There was nothing on my hands. No special glove or controller. The HoloLens 2 tracked my fingers and knew exactly what to do. It was a perfect interaction. And in the same short amount of time, it became clear that the average person isn’t getting HoloLens any time soon. Read More >>

money
Blippar Stops Doing Whatever it Was That it Did

Whatever it was that Blippar did won't be getting done any more, as the company that did something -- almost certainly via an app -- has crashed into administration. As in, everyone decided simultaneously to stop giving it money to spend on whatever it used to spend money on doing in any particular week. Read More >>

augmented reality
Seedling on Magic Leap Is the Most Relaxing Space Gardening Game You’ll Never Play

Testing out a new augmented reality game is typically hard enough. From the beginning, you’re thrust into a world that sort of looks and feels like reality, but inherently operates on a slightly different set of rules. But when you’re forced to play the same game on what is essentially a prototype headset, the line between hardware and software starts to blur in strange ways. Read More >>

augmented reality
Bose Actually Turned Its Funky Sunglasses Headphones Concept Into a Real Gadget

Earlier this year, Bose showed off a product concept that seemed like the Snapchat Spectacles of the audio world, complete with buzzwords such as augmented reality and digital assistants littered throughout this description. But for a company like Bose not normally known for taking a lot of chances, it seemed like the glasses were just a tech demo until Bose went and made them real. Read More >>

gaming
We’ve Got The First Trailer For Niantic’s Harry Potter AR Game

Gather round, muggles. It might not quite be the enrolment letter from Hogwarts you've been waiting for, but your chance to be a wizard is incoming in 2019. Or at least, according to Niantic and Warner Bros. it is. Their AR mobile game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, has just had its first trailer. Look: Read More >>

virtual reality
The Oculus Quest Is Real: Facebook Promises £303 Standalone VR This Spring

VR is in a tricky spot. Devices like the Rift and the Vive have proven that immersive virtual worlds are within our reach, and yet, no one cares. The problem is that current VR headsets still have a lot of rough edges. They aren’t quite precise enough and the good ones are too expensive for most folks. But with the new Oculus Quest, Facebook thinks it has something to solve some of VR’s big issues. Read More >>

star wars
Kylo Ren Comes to Lenovo’s AR Jedi Challenges

Last year, Lenovo released its Mirage headset and with it a piece of software that allowed everyone to live out their greatest fantasy: becoming a Jedi. Jedi Challenges is essentially a smartphone app, but coupled with the augmented reality technology that the Mirage headset facilitates, it can create holographic images that display in the real world. With the lightsaber accessory bundled with the headet, it means you can fight 'real' lightsaber battles, along with a few other gimmicks bundled into the software (Holochess and strategic combat planning). Read More >>

magic leap
Magic Leap’s Mysterious Headset is FINALLY Available for Pre-Order… But Only In the US For Now

Long threatened to be the next in a line of cool shit turned vaporware, Magic Leap’s headset, the device that will supposedly change how we perceive reality itself, is finally available for pre-order in some areas for developers and really big AR and VR nerds. Read More >>

lego
Now Argos Has Added Lego-Themed AR to its iOS App

A little while ago Lego announced a new app that let kids play with sets in augmented reality, regardless of whether they'd actually purchased them. It was simplistic, but still a nice idea - especially for parents who could see the set in action before buying it. Now Argos is getting in on the action, by adding AR Lego sets to its own app. But only on iOS. Read More >>

augmented reality
Two Months After Announcing New Smart Glasses, Intel’s Killing the Project Entirely

Damn, I’ve never seen a tech company give up on a project so quickly since Microsoft bet big on the Kin, but Intel may have taken the cake as it announces the closure of the division responsible for its intriguing Vaunt smart glasses. Just five years after creating the New Devices Group, Intel is shuttering it, and unfortunately, that will also mean the loss of an estimated 200 jobs, according to The Information, who first reported the closure. Read More >>

augmented reality
Magic Leap’s Secrecy Obsession Is Reportedly Making Devs Say Screw It

At some point, Magic Leap is going to have to let people play around with its ultra-secret mixed reality device. Dev kits are now shipping to select partners, so it would seem that time is now. But the chosen few are required to take extra security precautions that make it unlikely you’ll bump into one of the headsets at a party. Read More >>

augmented reality
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 >>

AR
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 >>