Apple’s Rumoured AR Glasses Could Arrive in Early 2020, Analyst Report Claims

Following hints about a potential Apple AR headset found in iOS 13 earlier this autumn, a new report from a well respected Apple analyst suggests that Apple’s AR glasses could arrive as early as the first half of 2020. Read More >>

Facebook Just Coughed up Close to $1 Billion For a Company That Makes Brain-Reading Wristbands

Stirring the speculation pot about the company’s long-rumoured smart glasses, yesterday Facebook agreed to acquire the CTRL-Labs startup which has been developing a wristband capable of reading a wearer’s thoughts and using them to control computers and other devices. Read More >>

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Ikea Expands Augmented Reality App, Lets You Fill an Entire Room With Virtual Swedish Furniture

Augmented reality might one day be a crucial piece of technology, but for now, the best use we’ve found for putting virtual objects in real scenes is previewing how new furniture might look in your living room. Of course, Ikea is just fine with that, and the company just updated its Place app so users can try multiple pieces of Swedish decor in a room, instead of just one at a time. Read More >>

Vodafone Is Giving Away a Ton of Apple Products via Its New AR Game

Find Unlimited is the terrible name of Vodafone's new AR game that goes live for the duration of next week. And then that's it, because there are only so many freebies a company will give away. Read More >>

Facebook Partners With Ray-Ban to Help Make its Smart Glasses Happen: Report

Hoping to avoid the failure that was the consumer version of Google Glass, Facebook has teamed up with Luxottica, the parent company of brands like Ray-Ban, to help with the development of its own augmented reality glasses, sources told CNBC. But it could still be at least three years before Facebook’s smart specs actually hit the market. Read More >>

What Is Going on With AR at Apple?

The biggest AR Apple news came well after the lights darkened on the Steve Jobs Theater stage yesterday. Apple made virtually no mention of AR during the iPhone event. It was only afterwards when Apple released a new beta for iOS 13 and, as anticipated, it included significant references to a new stereo AR framework and some sort of headset. Read More >>

Someone is Working on an iOS Powered Stereo AR Headset

Apple’s iPhone event on Tuesday came and went without any mention of the tech giant’s plans for augmented reality, but iOS 13 code dug up by developer Steve Troughton-Smith appears to reference a “Starboard” framework for stereo AR, per 9to5Mac, and stereo AR means AR glasses. Read More >>

IFA 2019: Lenovo’s Mirage AR Headset Has A New Marvel Game, and Some New Universal Controllers

Two years ago IFA saw the launch of the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, alongside the Jedi Challenges app. Powered by a smartphone, and coming bundled with an official lightsaber controller, you could use it to fight holograms of many Star Wars baddies. Despite my assertions that it could be a good way to introduce people to AR via their smartphones, nothing really happened with it. Now, two years later, Lenovo has another app to add to the collection: A Marvel game where you take on the role off various Marvel characters. Read More >>

Your Google Maps is About to Get an AR-Directions Upgrade – Here’s What to Expect

GPS has done wonders for the directionally challenged, but there’s still a few quirks. Every time I emerge from the stinky depths of the New York City subway, for instance, my phone’s compass takes forever to figure out which direction I’m pointed in. Half the time I end up walking a few blocks in the wrong direction, especially if it’s in a neighbourhood or city I’m not familiar with. But today, Google announced its finally rolling out its Live View augmented reality walking directions in Google Maps. Read More >>

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Canadian Police Apologise After Streaming Press Conference on Double Slaying With Cat Filter Activated

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia, Canada have apologised after livestreaming a press conference on the murder of an American woman and an Australian man on Facebook Live with an augmented reality “cat filter” turned on, per the Daily Beast. Read More >>

Apple Rumoured to Have Paused Development of its AR Glasses

Apple's AR glasses are rumoured to be on hold or cancelled according a translated report from DigiTimes but the jury is out on whether the story is legitimate. Read More >>

Google Lens Can Now Tell You Who Created That Cool Artwork You Walked Past

Anyone who’s ever gone exploring in a new city has probably walked past some cool street art, Instagrammed it, and then went “Oh well, whoever made it was really cool.” Instead of shrugging your shoulders, Google Lens could soon be used to find out which local artist crafted the artwork. Read More >>

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Magic Leap Claims Ex-Engineer Stole AR Secrets For Chinese Company

For years, Magic Leap operated in complete secrecy – not even revealing to the public what products or services it planned on producing. The clandestine approach created a strange mythos around the startup that finally started to clear at the end of 2017 when the company announced its flagship product, an augmented reality headset. Read More >>

This Harry Potter Mobile Game Trailer Is a Better Wizarding World Movie Than Fantastic Beasts

Not gonna lie: I can’t say I’m all that excited for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the new game from the people behind Pokémon Go that is basically Pokémon Go but with wizards. But this launch trailer for the game really, really has me hankering for a modern Potter movie with this sort of premise. Read More >>

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Accidental Kitty Cat Filter Undermines Pakistani Minister’s Serious Livestream

No, Shaukat Yousafzai is not a furry. The regional Pakistani minister just happened to be on the wrong (perhaps right?) end of a social media snafu. During a press briefing that was streamed on Facebook Live, an AR cat filter was left on, leaving Yousafzai with dainty pink ears, whiskers, and a bit of a blush. Read More >>