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

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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.

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

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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.

Everything Wrong with Traditional Data Visualization and How VR is Poised to Fix It

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Data visualization is one of a handful of topics that VR evangelists like to count off on their fingers as spaces that virtual reality could radically change. And what’s wrong with data visualization today? High-Dimensional Data Visualization.

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

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According to a recent Reuters report, Apple is set to unveil some new features in its supposed release of ARKit 2.0, Reported changes coming to the platform include multiuser AR that runs on a local peer-to-peer network, ensuring the resultant data, such as room scans, remain private.

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

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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.

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

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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. Also includes scheduled medicine reminders and glucose pump data.

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Report: Apple Using VR to Test Self-Driving System

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Virtual reality is being used to test Apple’s self-driving vehicle. According to a Bloomberg report on Tuesday, Apple will be able to continue to keeping their secretive plans to develop self-driving software behind closed doors thanks to virtual reality. News Apple Automotive

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Magic Leap's Chief Content Officer Rio Caraeff Opens Up on Walled Gardens, Data Privacy, & Blockchain

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Over the years, Magic Leap's long cultivated shroud of mystery led some onlookers to buy into the company's dream before even trying the device, while for others, the secrecy seems to have stoked the kind of resentment and overcorrecting critique usually reserved for the mighty Apple.

Shopify Merchants Now Have The Power Of Apple’s AR Quick Look

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Apple is on a roll with augmented reality. Recent hiring data also indicates that Apple has big plans to merge AR with Apple Maps. Shopify AR powered by Apple’s AR Quick Look is available now to all Shopify merchants.

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Apple ARKit Apps Surpass 13 Million Downloads In Six Months

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Here’s a list of the most popular free and paid Apple ARKit apps. During Apple’s WWDC event, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering introduced ARKit , boldly declaring that “Apple will have the largest AR platform in the world.”

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Google Releases ARCore for Android, The Company’s Answer to Apple ARKit

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In an answer to Apple’s recently released ARKit , a developer tool used for making augmented reality apps and games that run on newer iPad and iPhones, Google today released a preview of a new Android-compatible software development kit (SDK) called ARCore.

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Apple Hires NASA Expert To Help Build Augmented Reality Glasses

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According to a Bloomberg story published this week, Apple hired Jeff Norris of NASA to work on augmented reality initiatives. Norris has reportedly been an employee of Apple since earlier in the year, according to Bloomberg’s unnamed sources. Apple VR Industry News nasa

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How Apple’s Acquisition Of Akonia Holographics Will Redefine AR

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It’s no surprise at this point that Apple is actively working on augmented reality glasses. A secretive project has been underway for years under the management of former Dolby executive Mike Rockwell, and Apple has broadly hinted that its AR ambitions extend beyond the iPhone’s and iPad’s ARKit software. With two-thirds of 2018 now in the rearview mirror, it’s clear that AR needs an Apple-caliber shot in the arm. Apple AR Development Akona Holographics apple

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Apple Reportedly Plans 3-lens And Laser 3D Cameras For 2019-2020 iPhones

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While it’s hardly surprising that Apple is planning sequels to the iPhone XR , iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max , the specifics of their new features are still the stuff of rumors and speculation. According to the report, Apple will introduce a 2019 iPhone with a triple-lens camera, adding an ultra-wide-angle lens that will expand the device’s zoom range. It remains to be seen whether Apple will move 2019’s iPhones from Lightning to USB-C. Apple AR ARKit camera iphone

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Easeus Data Recovery Wizard to the Rescue

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Today, more than ever – we’re generating immense number of different data sets, and consuming data at ever higher rate. In that case, you would need a good data recovery software to get all those pictures or documents.

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AR+VR Weekly: New HBR enterprise MR data, Apple rebuilding Maps and big news from Niantic

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In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are there three stories you need to know: Enterprise interest in MR, Apple Vans hit the streets and Pikachu gets more real. This was followed by visualizing and analyzing data at 49%. Meanwhile, Apple is rebuilding its Apple Maps from the ground up including the use of Apple Vans equipped with LiDAR to scan the world.

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IDC’s Data Shows VR is Not Dying, Not Even Close

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Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote made that abundantly clear with their announcement of support for external Metal graphics, HTC Vive, SteamVR and Metal VR. The VR market is only starting and now that all the biggest players in the tech space are engaged including Apple we can consider it a complete market. IDC started to collect market share data for VR and AR shipments since Q1 2016 and just reported their Q1 numbers for 2017. VR is not dead. VR is not dying.

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Apple Patent Reveals Gesture Recognition System Using Depth Sensing

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Apple’s new ARKit platform basically looks like HoloLens inside of an iPhone. Patently Apple has revealed a new filing from the company for a new 3D camera system with depth sensing capabilities used for gesture recongition. The system takes data from the reflected points of a light beam to “compute a depth map” of the area around it. We’d be eager to see just how expressive you can be with Apple’s solution. Apple VR Industry News

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Mimesys Leverages ARKit as a Mobile Viewer into Collaborative Virtual Environments

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SEE ALSO Everything Wrong with Traditional Data Visualization and How VR is Poised to Fix It. If you’re not at your computer desk, in your home, or at the office, you might feel uncomfortable sticking a VR headset on your head to visualize spatial data while working on the go.

Echoing Apple’s iPhone Launch, Magic Leap Taps AT&T for Exclusive US Distribution

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The partnership also gives us reason to believe that future Magic Leap headsets (if not the ML1) will include cellular radios for wireless data. “We’ve The move is similar to Apple’s play when it launched its first iPhone.

Apple takes a step towards its own version of Google Glass

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There's long been murmurs about Apple making its own augmented reality glasses, like Google Glass, and its latest acquisition is another step towards that. Apple has acquired Denver-based AR lens startup Akonia Holographics , according to a report by Reuters.

ARKit Project Shows Turn-by-Turn Directions in AR, Giving a Glimpse into Future of AR-enabled Maps

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Apple ARKit was first revealed at the company’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), and works on newer iPhone and iPads that have the ability to opt into the iOS 11 beta. What’s that building in the distance? Where’s the nearest Starbucks?

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Apple Previews iOS 11.3 With New Animoji

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In a rare step likely forced by the iPhone-slowing battery debacle , Apple today offered a public “preview” of the spring release of iOS 11.3 , including a new battery health monitor and other features. According to Apple, iPhone 6 and later models will gain “new features to show battery health and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced.” Last but not least, Apple will debut “HomeKit software authentication” in iOS 11.3,

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ARCore Is Google’s Answer To Apple’s ARKit, Now Available For Pixel And Galaxy S8

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It’s aiming to leverage three core principles, according to a prepared statement from the company: Motion tracking: Using the phone’s camera to observe feature points in the room and IMU sensor data, ARCore determines both the position and orientation (pose) of the phone as it moves. In a world where Apple already has ARKit it was only a matter of time before Google unveiled something similar. Apple AR Google ARCore ARKit

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AR+VR Weekly: AR Big Ben, 2018 Apple acquisitions & Google Lens sees billions

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In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are there three stories you need to know: AR Big Ben, 2018 Apple acquisitions and Google Lens sees billions.

Apple’s iPhone X Facial Recognition Will Revolutionize VR/AR Development

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Apple’s iPhone facial recognition system is based on its 2015 acquisition of startup Faceshift. The tech also made use of PrimeSense, another Apple acquisition that originally built the motion capture system in Microsoft’s Kinect.

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Amazon willing to team up with Apple and Google

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is willing to team up with competitors Apple Inc. Just a few weeks ago, Apple was hiring brand new software engineers in Cambridge to help improve its Siri service. Over on the Amazon careers website, you can now apply for the position of data specialist, to join the dedicated Amazon Echo team right here in Cambridge. The post Amazon willing to team up with Apple and Google appeared first on VR World. Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s

For Once, Microsoft Got The Jump On Google and Apple with HoloLens — Will It Last?

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By contrast, the HoloLens is capable of both rendering full 3D objects and data as holograms, and of understanding the world around it in order to place those holograms in physical space. Meanwhile, AR systems, such as Apple’s recent ARKit, allow mobile users to view the world through a window, with digital objects superimposed. Mixed reality (MR) is a new computing platform that‘s emerging from the current fields of augmented and virtual reality.

AR+VR Weekly: 3 million PSVRs, $5 billion in XR investments & Apple smartglasses 2020?

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In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are there three stories you need to know: 3 million PSVRs, $5 billion in XR investments and Apple smartglasses 2020?

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Palmer Luckey Responds To Apple Founder Steve Wozniak Criticism: “You Can’t Please Everyone”

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has responded to a comment from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressing disappointment in the Oculus Rift inventor. “It is a significant factor in the ongoing erosion of our digital liberties, and is used to justify things like mass data collection and encryption backdoors,” he said. Luckey left Oculus owner Facebook in late March after months of silence following the revelation that he had funded a controversial political campaign.

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‘HotStepper’ Gives You Directions in AR with the Help of an Infectious Half-naked Man

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Nexus says their Interactive Arts team built a system that uses a combination of GPS coordinates, your phone’s IMU and mapping data in order to calculate your location and render HotStepper. HotStepper is now available for Apple devices supporting iOS 11.

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Eye-tracking is a Game Changer for VR That Goes Far Beyond Foveated Rendering

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And even Apple is in the game, having reportedly acquired SMI , one of the former leaders in the eye-tracking space, and has drawn up patents implementing the technology. When a friend puts on the headset, the system can load their preferences and saved data.

What You Wear Matters In ‘Reign Of Cthulhu,’ A Lovecraftian AR Adventure

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Each shirt will display key information regarding its wearer such as their win-loss record, special artifacts, and other informative game data. News Android Apple AR AR T-Shirt ARCore ARKit Augmented Reality Reign of Cthulhu

Google’s New Pixel Phones Are “factory calibrated and optimized for AR”, Now With 60 FPS Tracking

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Apple made a similar claim when they unveiled the iPhone 8 last month, saying that each camera is “individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking.” An active display or data usage will decrease battery life.

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Roughly 380 Million iPhones are ARKit-Compatible

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We’ve all heard the story: Apple’s ARKit will accelerate augmented reality’s market penetration by creating the world’s biggest developer platform overnight. Tagged with: data Facebook Twitter Reddit More. AR dataThe premise is based on the platform’s software-centric approach that makes it compatible with a whole lot of existing iPhones. But how many is it?

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The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Apple finally talks about VR while taking a (very solid) swing at AR, Walmart will use virtual reality to train employees, you can grow better weed with AR + AI, and Q1 VR headset sales…. APPLE ACTUALLY TALKS ABOUT VR. APPLE TAKES A (VERY SOLID) SWING AT AUGMENTED REALITY.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Manus VR is a company developing virtual reality gloves – so instead of using controllers as data input, we use what comes naturally: our hands. Another key to Apple’s larger plans might have just been revealed: the dual camera in the iPhone 7.