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Augmented Reality Instruction Manuals Would Make Building Ikea Furniture Way Less Painful

Adam Pickard is a big fan of Ikea’s augmented reality app that lets you try out furniture in your home before buying it. But Pickard apparently thought a smartphone could be just as useful during the assembly process, so he mocked up a demo of an app that uses augmented reality to make building Swedish furniture infinitely easier. Read More >>

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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 >>

This AR Street Fighter II Lets You Brawl in the Real World

Augmented reality experiences are oftentimes a dud, and the really mind-melting ones require hardware that costs a shit-ton of money. But Abhishek Singh seems to have figured out a way to make AR both accessible and really fucking cool. His latest project brings the classic arcade game Street Fighter II to life as a multiplayer game people can play in the real world. 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 >>

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Watching That Girl From The Ring Crawl Out of a TV in AR Just Ruined My Day

Augmented reality promises to deliver us a future in which we can simply look through our screens to magically transform the world around us. It also has the potential to really fuck your day up. 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 >>

The BBC is Launching its First AR App, Designed to Turn Your Living Room Into a Museum

To mark the launch of Civlisations, a new series dedicated to arts and culture, the BBC is launching its first augmented reality app to put museum pieces and exhibitions into your phone to project onto the world around you. 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: 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 >>

New Technology We’re Actually Excited About for 2018

Yes, 2017's biggest tech story was probably about the ways in which social media forced us to rehash old culture wars and question who was guiding our political discourse. Rather than seeing technology facilitate greater communication, economic opportunity, and leisure, it seemed that it was exacerbating our differences, concentrating wealth, and threatening all livelihoods. But there was some good stuff too! 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 >>