gaming
Playing Super Mario Bros. in Real Life is How Video Games Will Finally Get You Off Your Ass

If Microsoft wants a guaranteed way to sell a million Hololens augmented reality headsets, it should listen to Abhishek Singh and pitch the hardware as the ultimate way to get in shape by playing the first level of Super Mario Bros. in real life. Unlike the Wii’s balance board accessory, this might actually help you shed a few pounds. Read More >>

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Walking Around This Interactive Room Is a Nightmarish Drug Trip Without the Drugs

When you strap on a virtual reality headset, your body has a constant (heavy) reminder that what you’re seeing isn’t real. But what happens when virtual reality spills out into the real world? This tech-filled room is able to warp and bend reality making you feel like you’re tripping on drugs you don’t remember taking. Read More >>

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Augmented Reality Surgery Just Happened, For Real

New technology using augmented reality and mixed reality are helping surgeons plan and position (in real time) patients undergoing ear, nose and throat surgery. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Make Your Own Bootleg HoloLens With the Cardboard Holokit

While the world catches up with VR, imperfect but affordable options for entry like Google Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR will get the job done. But augmented/mixed reality is also proving itself to be a ripe new field, and for anyone looking to dip their toes in the water of this brave new world, the Holokit has come to save the day. Read More >>

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London City Air Traffic Control Is Getting An AR Makeover

One of the more reassuring things about air traffic control, from the perspective of a layman, is that if all else fails they can just look out of the window in their gigantic tower to guide a plane in safely. But now London City Airport is going to replace the tower with some HD video cameras and put air traffic controllers in a room 80 miles away. Read More >>

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This Simple Smartphone App May Just Trick People Into Thinking You Don’t Suck at Drawing

Have you ever dreamed about impressing the people around your neighbourhood with preachy Banksy-inspired graffiti? SketchAR is an augmented reality drawing app that uses a smartphone and its camera to let you trace images. And when used with a device that supports Google’s Project Tango technology, suddenly anyone can become a tagger who doesn’t suck. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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This Hololens Gate App Will Make You Experience Vertigo

You might have seen the very cool simulation of Portal in Hololens recently. White it demonstrated the ways in which Microsoft’s augmented reality device could replicate the video game’s mechanic of launching objects through portals, it didn’t allow the user to walk through the portals themselves. “HoleLenz Gate” does exactly that and it’s bad for people who are afraid of heights. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Let’s Check in on the Super-Hyped $4.5 Billion Startup That Still Hasn’t Released a Product

Augmented reality startup Magic Leap is one of the most-hyped businesses in tech, but after five years and $1.4 billion in funding from behemoths like Google and Alibaba, the notoriously secretive company still hasn’t released a product. A new report from The Information now peeks behind the curtain and reveals that Magic Leap is in much worse shape than its bluster suggests. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Royal Shakespeare Company to Sex up The Tempest With Virtual Ariel Avatar

The Royal Shakespeare Company is planning a new version of famed play The Tempest. Which isn't anything unusual. It's probably done two or three at least. What's new about this one is that it'll be using display tech backed by Intel, creating a tech-powered live stage special effects blockbuster. Read More >>