Apple Acquires AR Optics Startup Akonia Holographics

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Apple has acquired Akonia Holographics , a startup focused on holographic display and storage technology. The move is the latest development in a years-long string of acquisitions, patents, and hirings by the company focused on augmented and virtual reality technology.

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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. SEE ALSO Apple AR/VR Product to Debut in 2017, Predicts Sony's Head of Worldwide Studios.

Apple Job Listing Seeks Game Technologies Engineer That is “comfortable with AR and VR concepts”

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Posted earlier this summer, yet another Apple job listing seeks candidates with AR and VR proficiency. ” Game Technologies Engineers create the tools and capabilities which allow developers to make great games on Apple platforms.

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Report: Apple Developing AR/VR Headset with 8K Resolution Per-eye Slated for 2020

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According to a report by CNET , citing an anonymous “person familiar with Apple’s plans,” the company is working on an AR/VR headset targeting 8K resolution per-eye, scheduled for launch in 2020. Apple Apple AR Apple VR News apple apple ar apple vr

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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. Apple’s biggest advantage in AR could be the ubiquity of its iPhone. The phone, which Apple fully controls the hardware and software for, has roughly 45% market share in the US. Apple Engineering.

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Apple Developing MicroLED Technology in California

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Apple, according to Bloomberg , is rumored to be developing MicroLED displays in a dedicated facility in California. Apple’s obvious goal could be to supplement and eventually replace Samsung as the supplier of their screens. The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Then the technology can give VR/AR a much-needed technology boost.

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

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Citing sources close to the deal, TechCrunch reports that VR headset maker Vrvana has been acquired by Apple for $30 million. The company was also said to be working on inside-out tracking technology but we never had the chance to see it demonstrated.

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

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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.

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Apple Teases New ARKit 2 Experiences At 2018 Keynote

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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.

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4 Dev Demos Showing Off Apple’s New ARKit Tracking

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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.

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Apple Reportedly in Development on Combination AR/VR Headset

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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ManoMotion Brings Hand Gesture Input to Apple’s ARKit

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With Google and Apple gearing up for the augmented reality revolution with their respective software developer kits, ARCore and ARKit , developers are fervently looking to see just how far smartphone-based AR can really go.

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Apple, Valve, and LG Invest in OLED Microdisplay Maker eMagin

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According to documents filed last month with SEC, a new stock issuance of some $10 million by OLED microdisplay maker eMagin will be bought up by Apple, Valve, and LG, among others. SEE ALSO Apple's Latest VR Patent Describes a Compact VR Headset with Eye Tracking.

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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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Report: Apple Nearly Acquired Leap Motion but the Deal Fell Through

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According to a report from Business Insider , earlier this year Apple was on the verge of acquiring Leap Motion, but the deal fell through days before it was expected to close. SEE ALSO Apple Acquires AR Optics Startup Akonia Holographics.

WWDC: Apple Previews Shared AR App Experiences

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Apple continues to jump firmly into the world of augmented reality (AR). AR is transformational technology.”. On top of introducing a new file format that will make sharing AR more universal, Apple also showed off their own app called Measure.

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AR Technology Brings Street Fighter II to the Actual Streets

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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. Akonia’s technology specifically promises “dramatically higher performance” than prior solutions across five key metrics: full color (RGB).

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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. Founded in 1994, W3C is a standards organization focused on web technologies.

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Apple CEO: VR Has “Lower Commercial Interest” than AR, New Hires from Magic Leap & Oculus

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated that in his view, augmented reality and not virtual reality holds the ticket for commercial success in immersive technologies in the future. This is what Apple has always done for the most part, and they’ve done very nicely as a result.

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ManoMotion Introduces Apple ARKit Hand Gesture Support

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So you think the technology would be slowing down as we start to wrap up this year, right? The 3D recognition technology allows users to interact with virtual and augmented elements using their actual hands. News Android Apple AR ARCore ARKit Augmented Reality Hand Tracking ManoMotion

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Developer Teases AR Functionality For The Apple Watch

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Apple’s popular smartwatch is even cooler with high-quality augmented widgets powered by ARKit. Using #ARKit image detection to recognize images displayed on an Apple Watch, showing more information in AR. Do you work with AR technology often?

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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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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 CEO Continues to Set the Stage for Rumored AR Play: ‘AR is for everyone, like the smartphone’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again affirmed his belief in the significance of augmented reality technology. Having hired top VR/AR researcher Doug Bowman a year ago, many suspect it’s only a matter of time before Apple shows their AR/VR hand.

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Here’s the Star Wars VR Demo Apple Showed During Their Keynote

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At yesterday’s keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017, Apple revealed the new iMac Pro and updated 27” Retina iMac , both of which are VR-ready, along with a slew of other VR related product updates. Apple News Bits apple vr wwdc vive star wars demo wwdc vr wwdc

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Editorial: Why Apple’s Immersive Evolution Starts With Poop

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People who watch technology closely — especially those optimistic about VR and AR — are scratching their heads this week trying to understand how Apple “ undersold ” those features so significantly. Apple demonstrated it by animating poop and other emoji.

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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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Apple Developers Join The WebVR Community Group

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The technology functions much like the code that powers websites on the internet. 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. Tagged with: apple , webvr Facebook Twitter Reddit More. WebVR apple webvr

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Apple Manufacturer Quanta Signs Deal to Mass Produce Lumus AR Display Modules

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Quanta, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest original design manufacturers, has signed an agreement to mass produce AR display modules from Lumus , a company specializing in AR displays based on ‘waveguide’ optical technology.

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5 Awesome iPhone AR Demos Made Using Apple’s ARKit

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A lot of people believe that when things are all said and done that augmented reality (AR) will be the dominant technology over the likes of virtual reality (VR.) Tagged with: apple , ARKit , iphone Facebook Twitter Reddit More. Apple AR Experiences apple ARKit iphone

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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.

Report: Apple Targeting 2020 Release For Wireless VR/AR Headset

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Just yesterday we highlighted a new patent from Apple for eye-tracking in a VR/AR headset — the latest in a long string of breadcrumbs from the company indicating spatial computing continues to be an area of extreme interest. Today, a report from CNET writer Shara Tibken , citing an unnamed source, suggests Apple is targeting a 2020 release for what sounds like a combination AR/VR headset “that would be untethered from a computer or smartphone.” AR apple

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

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One name is notably absent from that list: Apple. Despite the occasional patent or acquisition , Apple has yet to make any concrete statement concerning its commitment to VR. In an interview with Buzzfeed , Apple CEO Tim Cook made some interesting comments related to AR and VR.

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Apple iOS 11 Brings VR Feature to Maps

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Despite just being made available to the public only two days ago, Apple’s iOS 11 beta has already been stripped down, analyzed and pushed to its limits by rapid iPhone & iPad enthusiasts. The post Apple iOS 11 Brings VR Feature to Maps appeared first on VRScout.

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Apple HMD Research Continues With New Eye-Tracking Patent

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An Apple patent for eye-tracking published today highlights the company’s continued research and investment into VR and AR. Last year Apple reportedly acquired leading eye-tracking company SMI, which forced other manufacturers using the tech in their hardware designs to find other options. LinkedIn profiles associated with the names of Apple employees listed on the patent application don’t show any previous employment at SMI, suggesting this idea is the product of a separate team.

The 5 Coolest Apple ARKit Projects So Far

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From an interdimensional portal to dancing ballerina robots, the ARkit from Apple is changing AR one killer project at a time. The quality of the animation as well as the rendering itself is absolutely beautiful and an excellent example of Apple’s natural lamp illumination technology.

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Apple’s ARKit Evolves Pokemon GO

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Today at WWDC Apple announced a slew of updates across its many product lines. In addition to showing an HTC Vive finally being powered by an Apple computer, the company also showed off a new slate of developer tools that can help programmers integrate one of Silicon Valley’s hottest buzzwords more fully into the iPhone: augmented reality. AR has been the talk of the town at recent major keynotes from Apple’s big-tech competitors like Google and Facebook.

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