Apple Announces ARKit 3 with Body Tracking & Human Occlusion

Road to VR

At the company’s annual WWDC developer conference today, Apple revealed ARKit 3, its latest set of developer tools for creating AR applications on iOS. Apple also introduced Reality Composer and RealityKit to make it easier for developers to build augmented reality apps. Today during the opening keynote of WWDC in San Jose, Apple revealed ARKit 3. From the footage Apple showed of their body tracking tech, it looks pretty coarse at this stage.

Apple 211

Apple Offers Impressive Web-based AR Previews of New Mac Pro

Road to VR

Apple is taking advantage of a recent iOS feature called AR Quick Look to allow potential customers to see the company’s new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR at scale in augmented reality right from Apple.com on an iPhone.

Apple 242

Report: Apple AR Headset Could Rely on iPhone for Rendering & Connectivity

Road to VR

Several reports over the past two years have suggested Apple is getting ready to manufacture an AR headset , and possibly ship it sometime in 2020—something that’s so far unsubstantiated by the company itself. SEE ALSO Report: Apple Nearly Acquired Leap Motion but the Deal Fell Through.

Apple 226

Apple Adding “plug and play support” for Vive Pro in MacOS Mojave

Road to VR

At Apple’s WWDC conference this week, the company announced that the Vive Pro will be fully supported on the newest version of MacOS, ‘Mojave’, soon to launch in public beta and available widely later this year. ski speaks on stage at WWDC 2018 | Image courtesy Apple.

Apple 278

Report: Apple Acquires VR & AR Eye-tracking Company SMI

Road to VR

A report from MacRumors provides compelling evidence that Apple has quietly acquired SMI, also known as SensoMotoric Instruments, a company specializing in eye-tracking technology. MacRumors reports that the company was quietly acquired by Apple sometime between May 2nd and July 26th, 2017.

Apple Acquires AR Optics Startup Akonia Holographics

Road to VR

Apple has acquired Akonia Holographics , a startup focused on holographic display and storage technology. The acquisition of Akonia Holographics was confirmed to Reuters by Apple , though the tight-lipped company had nothing to share regarding the purpose of the acquisition.

Apple 195

Report: Apple to Announce ARKit Updates at WWDC 2019 Including OS Support for AR Headsets

Road to VR

Apple has been continuously iterating on ARKit , its augmented reality development tool that lets creators make smartphone-based AR experiences. Citing sources familiar with the development of Apple’s new operating systems, the report maintains that ARKit will get a new Swift-only framework for AR and a companion app that lets developers create AR experiences visually. SEE ALSO Report: Apple Nearly Acquired Leap Motion but the Deal Fell Through.

Apple 166

Apple Announces First VR-Ready Computers

Road to VR

The company says Metal 2 will also support Unity, Unreal Engine and the Steam VR SDK, making Apple’s new operating system a true VR-native. The post Apple Announces First VR-Ready Computers appeared first on Road to VR.

Apple 279

Apple Reveals Short List of AR Apps Coming to App Store This Month

Road to VR

With ARKit in the wild for a few months now, Apple’s special iPhone 8 event was the place to announce the coming wave of augmented reality apps. image courtesy Apple. Using two Apple 8s, the developers played a quick game to show off the little tabletop game.

Apple 261

Apple Embraces VR: Every Virtual Reality Announcement From Today’s WWDC Keynote

Road to VR

At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference today, the company made a major shift in their embrace of virtual reality with several new VR announcements during the event’s opening keynote. Today marks a major shift in Apple’s public support for virtual reality.

Apple 285

Apple Positions New iMac Pro for VR Development, Available Starting Thursday

Road to VR

Back at WWDC 2017 Apple finally embraced VR, announcing that it had been working with Valve to bring SteamVR and the HTC Vive to MacOS , along with a number of other announcements about how the company would support VR as part of its ecosystem.

Apple 267

Report: Apple to Unveil ARKit 2.0, Putting Privacy & Multiuser AR at Its Core

Road to VR

According to a recent Reuters report, Apple is set to unveil some new features in its supposed release of ARKit 2.0, Apple is said to unveil ARKit 2.0 The post Report: Apple to Unveil ARKit 2.0, Apple Apple AR News apple apple arkit arcore arkit google arcore

Apple 274

Apple’s Latest VR Patent Describes a Compact VR Headset with Eye Tracking

Road to VR

In a patent filed in 2017 and issued today by the United States Patent Office, Apple describes a VR headset designed to be compact and comfortable. A diagram of Apple’s catadioptric optical system | Image courtesy USPTO.

Apple 281

Report: Apple Acquired VR Headset Startup Vrvana for $30 Million

Road to VR

Citing sources close to the deal, TechCrunch reports that VR headset maker Vrvana has been acquired by Apple for $30 million. Now TechCrunch , citing sources close to the deal, reports that Apple has acquired the company for “around $30 million.”

Apple 283

Apple is Bringing AR to “Hundreds of Millions” of iPhones and iPads Starting September 19th

Road to VR

Apple’s iOS 11 is coming to compatible devices starting September 19th, which means that if you own a recent Apple iPhone or iPad, you may have an augmented reality-capable device in your hands before the new iPhone line even launches. ” image courtesy Apple.

Apple 264

Apple Details Latest VR Optimizations Coming to macOS Mojave (10.14)

Road to VR

Earlier this month at Apple’s annual WWDC conference, the company introduced their latest operating system, macOS Mojave (10.14). SEE ALSO Oculus Mum on Rift Support for MacOS as Apple and Valve Forge Ahead. ski visualizes below: Image courtesy Apple. Image courtesy Apple.

Apple 254

Apple and Valve Have Worked Together for Nearly a Year to Bring VR to MacOS

Road to VR

Apple’s broad embrace of VR this week shows that the company has had virtual reality support on its roadmap for quite some time. During a session at WWDC , Apple and Valve confirmed they’ve been working together for nearly a year to bring SteamVR and OpenVR to MacOS.

Apple 283

Here’s How Apple’s AR Headset Will Likely Be Introduced — And When

UploadVR

Apple has been working on an augmented reality headset for years. Apple’s black box approach to development means that the specifics are still mysterious, so its iGlasses (or Apple Glasses, or whatever they’re ultimately called) could be nearly ready for production — or a year away.

Apple 282

4 Dev Demos Showing Off Apple’s New ARKit Tracking

Road to VR

Showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this week, ARKit is a new core technology for iOS 11, due to launch this Fall, soon to enable augmented reality features on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads.

Apple 274

The Apple Privacy Wall

Robert Scoble

The Apple Privacy Wall/Strategy Analysis of How Apple will Come at Oculus Next Year. Apple is clearly going after Facebook. Since Oculus has such a head start, especially with its $400 Quest, how could Apple crush it? Apple isn’t.

Apple 97

Apple’s Job Listings Seek ‘VR File Format Engineer’, ‘VR Pipeline Engineer’, & More

Road to VR

Now that Apple is being open about their interest in VR the company is publicly listing new job postings for a number of roles seeking candidates with VR expertise. See Also: Apple Adds VR Rendering Essentials to MacOS via Metal 2.

Apple 284

Hololens Co-inventor & AR/VR Pioneer Avi Bar-Zeev Has Left Apple

Road to VR

Avi Bar-Zeev, Hololens co-inventor and longtime AR/VR stalwart, has left Apple, Variety reports. SEE ALSO Report: Apple Developing AR/VR Headset with 8K Resolution Per-eye Slated for 2020. I left my full-time position at Apple in January,” Bar-Zeev told Variety.

Apple 150

Apple Teases New ARKit 2 Experiences At 2018 Keynote

VRScout

Science-based basketball training and oldschool Galaga with a multiplayer twist heads to iOS via Apple’s advanced augmented reality platform. Apple’s 2018 keynote event has officially come to a close and it appears as though iOS fans have much to look forward to over the coming months.

Apple 256

Apple Joins the Impending Avatar Wars With Memoji

Road to VR

At Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple announced a new avatar system, dubbed ‘Memoji’, the company’s next step into the world of iPhone X animated emojis mapped to a user’s facial movements. Image courtesy Apple. SEE ALSO Apple Unveils ARKit 2.0,

Apple 175

Apple Shows VR Could Help Fight Motion Sickness & Boredom in Self-driving Cars

Road to VR

You’ll probably want to catch up on work, or play a game to fight the inevitable boredom—two things Apple thinks will be done in VR in the near future. The post Apple Shows VR Could Help Fight Motion Sickness & Boredom in Self-driving Cars appeared first on Road to VR.

Apple 230

Oculus Mum on Rift Support for MacOS in the Wake of Apple’s VR Announcements

Road to VR

Apple this week showed it’s getting serious about the VR medium with platform-spanning VR announcements this week crossing both hardware and software. It wasn’t uncommon to see developers building and running VR applications on Apple computers. Photo courtesy Apple.

Apple 261

Apple AR/VR Product to Debut in 2017, Predicts Sony’s Head of Worldwide Studios

Road to VR

To many, the question of an Apple AR or VR headset has become a “when” rather than an “if” The President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios thinks 2017 is the year that Apple introduces its first immersive device.

Apple 276

Apple’s Latest Patents Mark More Territory in AR Headset Hardware and Software

Road to VR

This week however, the company was granted two patents that establish basic hardware and software solutions not only pointing towards a prospective Apple AR device, but marking out some fundamental territory in the process. Apple v. Samsung, Apple v. Microsoft, Apple v.

Apple 243

Watch Apple’s Live iPhone 8 Event @10am PT, Suspected Augmented Reality Announcements

Road to VR

Today at 10am PDT, Apple is releasing news about upcoming products like the new iPhone 8 and Watch, taking place at the company’s newly debuted Steve Jobs Theater. Apple Apple AR Apple VR Live Stream News apple ar apple iphone event apple live stream apple livestream apple vr

Apple 191

Apple Reportedly in Development on Combination AR/VR Headset

VRScout

Apple could soon be dominating the immersive market as rumors swirl around their unannounced AR/VR headset. A recent Cnet report has the the immersive industry in a tizzy as rumors regarding Apple’s still yet-to-be-announced combination AR & VR headset have begun circulating once more.

Apple 168

Apple ARKit To Get People Occlusion, Body Tracking, High Level ‘RealityKit’ Framework

UploadVR

At its annual WWDC conference today Apple announced big new updates to ARKit, including people occlusion and body tracking. RealityKit is a new high level framework from Apple made specifically for AR. The framework’s rendering engine takes full advantage of hardware acceleration in Apple chips and performant Apple APIs. Apple is also launching a new macOS tool called Reality Composer. Apple apple ARKit

Apple 210

Report: Apple Could Release an AR Headset as Early as 2020

Road to VR

With the release of iOS 11, hundreds of millions of Apple devices gained the ability to perform basic augmented reality functions, albeit viewed through the screens of iPhones and iPads. Apple doesn’t plan to sell the headset though, and will likely only use it for testing purposes.

Apple 215

Apple CEO on AR Headsets: ‘We don’t want to be first, we want to be the best’

Road to VR

Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks augmented reality is going to be something big, a fairly simple claim to make thanks to the company’s recent inclusion of its AR tech into every Apple device capable of updating to iOS 11. ” image courtesy Apple.

Apple 270

Apple Files Patent For AR Tech That Conceals Virtual Objects Behind Real Ones

UploadVR

Apple VR Industry News apple

Apple 218

Apple Adds VR Rendering Essentials to MacOS via Metal 2

Road to VR

With Apple’s increasing interest in VR on Mac , the company is adding essential features to its new Metal 2 graphics API to support high performance VR on MacOS. ” SEE ALSO Apple and Valve Have Worked Together for Nearly a Year to Bring VR to MacOS.

Apple 269

Apple iOS 11 Rolls Out Today, Augmented Reality Apps Now Showing Up on App Store

Road to VR

Apple is rolling out iOS 11 today, its mobile operating system that’s compatible with “hundreds of millions of devices” including iPhones going back to the iPhone 5s, and a variety of recent iPads. image courtesy Apple.

Apple 272

Apple Granted Patent for High Field of View AR Display

Road to VR

Apple has just been granted another AR/VR related technology patent, to add to their growing list. Apple’s absence from the flourishing virtual and augmented reality stage is felt more strongly with every passing day.

Apple 189