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

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Avi Bar-Zeev, Hololens co-inventor and longtime AR/VR stalwart, has left Apple, Variety reports. Bar-Zeev helped found and invent the core technologies behind HoloLens at Microsoft, assembling the company’s very first AR prototypes, demos and UX concepts.

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Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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The Apple Privacy Wall

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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.

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

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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.

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Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? Oculus/Apple . HTC/Microsoft .

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Apple Granted Patent for High Field of View AR Display

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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.

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Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

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Khronos Group , the consortium behind the OpenXR project which aims to standardize the way applications communicate with AR and VR headsets, just added Microsoft to its ranks. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed.

Apple’s AR Glasses Will Probably Be Powered And Controlled By Your iPhone

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An extensive patent application filed by Apple could provide insight into their plans for AR glasses. Notorious Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also reported today that the glasses would be an iPhone accessory. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 has the computing hardware and battery built into the rear padding. Apple’s biggest advantage in AR could be the ubiquity of its iPhone. A major focus from Magic Leap and Microsoft has been building an SDK and enticing developers.

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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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Apple Developers Join WebVR Community Group Shaping the Future of VR on the Web

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With Apple’s newly public interest in VR , developers from the company have join the W3C WebVR Community Group to have a say in the development of the WebVR standard. SEE ALSO Apple Adds VR Rendering Essentials to MacOS via Metal 2.

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Microsoft’s Minecraft Earth AR Experience Is Straight-Up Black Magic

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Last month, Microsoft celebrated the 10th anniversary of Minecraft with the reveal of Minecraft Earth , an upcoming Pokemon Go-like AR mobile game that brings all the crafting, exploration, and adventure of the original PC game to the real world. Image Credit: Apple.

Apple Reportedly Could Have Over 1,000 Engineers Working on AR in Israel

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According to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich , Apple could have over 1,000 engineers working on Augmented Reality technology in Israel, mostly at its major R&D centre in Herzliya. Milunovich maintains Apple might introduce AR features similar to Google’s Tango in the next iPhone.

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Is Apple Working On A VR headset?

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Apple has been in the news recently and I do not mean because their iPhone sales are slowing. Some members are even "borrowed" from the Microsoft's HoloLens group. Apple Granted VR Headset Patent Prototypes VR Headsets Being Tested?

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Microsoft Pulls an Apple with the New Surface Products

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At the annual Surface event, this time dubbed as the Windows 10 event, Microsoft showed us its new, really good looking and innovative devices, as well as software tidbits that we are really happy to see. Microsoft Pulls an Apple: Surface 4 Pro and Surface Book.

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Microsoft Research Demonstrates VR Controller Prototypes With Unique Haptic Technology

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Microsoft Research has devised two novel methods for more realistic haptic feedback on virtual reality controllers. Microsoft Research’s new experimental controllers bring kinesthetics into the VR space, offering two types of force-feedback applied to fully-tracked motion controllers.

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

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In terms of the enterprise market, that pie will be smaller, but will lean even more heavily toward AR and MR. Currently, at the forefront of the MR revolution is the Microsoft HoloLens. Microsoft has uncharacteristically been early to market in this sector, with the HoloLens dominating almost all coverage of actual deployments of the technology. Tagged with: microsoft Facebook Twitter Reddit More. AR microsoft

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 Mum on AR/VR for iPhone 7, but Here’s How We Know They’re Still Working on It

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Yesterday Apple held a keynote presentation to update the world on their latest products. It’s too early for Apple to jump into the AR/VR game. That much was made clear on stage at the company’s latest keynote where they revealed the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2.

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Apple Developers Join The WebVR Community Group

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You could be on Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, on a PC, Mac, smartphone, or even a Nintendo Wii and you’re still gonna see the same website. Today, Brandon Jones from Google (who is one of the chairs in the official WebVR Community Group ,) noticed that developers from Apple have officially joined the group. With their inclusion this now means that every major web browser vendor (Apple = Safari for example) has input into WebVR’s development.

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Apple Files Augmented Reality Patent for a ‘Wearable Information System’

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Apple is a tough nut to crack when it comes to future projects. However, while rivals like Google , Microsoft and Sony are already well on their immersive way, Apple remains silent on what its immersive projects may be. Tagged with: apple , ar , industry news , patent.

Apple’s Tim Cook Sees Opportunity In AR, But It ‘Will Take Some Time To Get Right’

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Google , Intel, Facebook and Microsoft have all either already begun or announced significant VR initiatives in the past 12-24 months. One name is notably absent from that list: Apple. A recently filed Apple patent for a potential VR headset. “VR

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See Times Square Underwater in Microsoft’s AR Art Exhibit

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The Big Apple takes a dip in this location-based augmented experience from Microsoft. Accessible via your smartphone or a Microsoft Hololens headset, Unmoored is a new mixed reality experience that transports you to a surreal, post-apocalyptic viewpoint of a sunken New York City.

Apple Preview: New iPhone Expected To Improve ARKit, OLED Screen Good For VR

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Reports indicate the new iPhones on tap to be revealed next week by Apple could function as a best-in-class augmented reality device. Apple earlier this year revealed its ARKit platform for developing augmented reality apps on hundreds of millions of its existing handheld devices.

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Will Mixed Reality as a Service be a Game Changer for Microsoft?

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Since the HoloLens was first released almost three years ago, Microsoft has steadily been building partnerships and demonstrating an array of industry use cases across manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, education and many others. Microsoft introduces mixed reality as a service [link].

Microsoft is Bringing WebVR Support to Edge, Windows 10’s Default Browser

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Microsoft has announced plans to bring support for WebVR to Edge, which succeeds Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10. See Also: Microsoft ‘Holographic Shell’ Aims to Immerse You in Windows by 2017.

The smartphone will eventually die, & Apple, Google, Microsoft, & Facebook are racing to.

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The smartphone will eventually die, & Apple, Google, Microsoft, & Facebook are racing to kill it @businessinsider [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) July 22, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

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What Apple’s Dual Camera iPhone Means For Augmented Reality

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Is this a hint of Apple’s future plans for VR and AR? The rumored iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera system finally made its debut at Apple’s September product presentation Wednesday. iPhone 7 Plus depth sensing demo during Wednesday’s Apple keynote presentation.

Report: Apple AR Headset Coming In 2020 With Brand New OS

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Apple’s ARKit marks the start of a long journey for the company’s work with augmented reality technology, but the long-rumored AR headset the company may be working on may still be years away from release. A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is aiming to have its AR headset ready in 2019 and possibly start shipping it in 2020. If true, Apple’s timeline seems to fall in line with the current state of other AR headsets. Apple VR Industry News

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Samsung Reportedly Developing Their Own Wireless AR/VR Headset

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Not so fast, Apple. It appears as though the hybrid headset market is shaping up to be the latest trend in immersive entertainment as it’s now being reported that Samsung may be in the process of developing their own AR/VR headset similar to that of Apple’s recently announced device.

How Magic Leap compares to Microsoft HoloLens

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SEE ALSO: Apple takes a step towards its own version of Google Glass. More about Microsoft , Virtual Reality , Vr , Hololens , and Augmented Reality. Microsoft Virtual Reality Vr Hololens Augmented Reality

Report: Apple Buys AR Headset Company Vrvana For $30 Million

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A new report this week adds fuel to the rumors that Apple is building its own augmented reality headset. Neither Apple nor Vrvana itself would confirm the news, but the site cited sources close to the deal and notes Vrvana ceased public communications in August of this year. It’s not clear if Apple has any interest in Totem itself, should its acquisition prove true. A recent report also suggested a full Apple AR headset could be shipping in 2020.

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Will “Windows as a Service” Model be successful for Microsoft?

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Ever since Microsoft came out with the Windows 10, Redmond has been positioning this Operating System (OS) as the final direct release, with all the future versions being built off this foundation. Microsoft is trying to capture back market share which PCs have lost to mobile computing.

Five Days Later: A Hard Look at New Apple Macs

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Apple’s event took place on Thursday, October 27th, 2016. We were on the live stream to see the first new hardware presented and were left wondering is the spirit of Apple, company which sparked a lot of emotions from the second return of Steve Jobs to his untimely departure.

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Did Microsoft Fix its Biggest Mistake?

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Microsoft is ending its ‘free Windows 10’ upgrade program. Apple never lost track of the need to update the software in-line with the hardware, and Apple users generally refresh their hardware more quickly and have historically been happier with the result.”