Samsung and Disney team up to launch "Incredible" AR emojis for Galaxy S9/S9+

Many consider Samsung’s new AR emojis that launched with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ a rather gimmicky feature, but the following announcement could be considered proof that AR emojis are here to stay.

The South Korean company confirmed recently that it has teamed up with Disney to provide Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners with even more AR emojis. All five members of the super family, the Incredibles and their friend, Frozone, have just joined the already available characters of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck.

Starting today, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners can personalize their messages …


Apple is developing a standalone AR & VR headset complete with 8K displays: report

Apple is working on a new headset that will utilize both VR and AR technologies. The introduction of the iPhone X saw a very limited entry into the AR world by Apple, while in terms of VR, the Silicon Valley-based giant is yet to release any products. According to a new report, however, both technologies be the basis of the brand’s next big product.

More specifically, Apple is reportedly working on a brand new standalone headset that would integrate both VR and AR support, although it is still in the early stages of development. The tech product will reportedly sport two displays, one for …

Apple files patent application for an eye tracking system designed for its AR glasses

Apple is rumored to be developing a device that one ex-Wall Street analyst thinks will be bigger than the iPhone. We are talking about Apple’s AR glasses that are expected to be named Apple Glasses. The vice chairman of contract manufacturer Quanta, the company that manufacturers the Apple Watch and other Apple devices, says that the wearable could launch by the end of next year. Reportedly, the device has a codename of T2888 and will use the reality Operating System (rOS).

While Apple has not confirmed the existence of such a device, or even that it is working on AR glasses, CEO Tim Cook …

Snap introduces Snappables AR games for Snapchat

Earlier today, we told you that some Snapchat users are testing a revised UI that once again has stories from a member’s friends and family in the same location as content from celebrities, brands, publishers and media. Now, we have some information about a new series of AR games available to Snapchat members. The games are called Snappables and allow members to compete with friends in a series of different games.

Depending on the game, users will employ touch, motion and facial expressions to control Snappables. The games are found in the same spot where Lenses are located on the …

Samsung patent reveals AR emoji video calls?

A recently uncovered patent filed by Samsung reveals that the company has at least considered utilizing its new AR-emoji tech for a FaceTime-esque video call program. The patent shows a user being able to use the technology recently released on the Galaxy S9 to create an emoji with the caller’s likeness and facial expressions, then transmitting that live with audio to another user. It seems to operate under the premise that this would be beneficial for lower-bandwidth situations. The designs revealed in the patent show that work on this technology goes back as far as 2013, with the patent …

Apple updates the iWork suite, reveals new AR apps to aid learning

Apple has been working on bringing its tablets out of the consumer-only category and into the productivity grounds. Admittedly, it has been doing so slowly, but today’s iPad Pros, with keyboards, styluses, and iOS 11, are much more useful for work than the iPads from 2-3 years ago.

At today’s education-focused event, the Cupertinians announced not only a new cheap iPad that will support Apple Pencil, but also important software updates to make it useful in the classroom.

The iWork suite has received an update — new versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote allow the user to write and …

eBay app uses AR to help sellers select the correct shipping box size

The latest update to the Android version of the eBay app adds something very interesting. A new feature helps sellers find the right size box to ship the item that they have sold on the online auction site. After an item is purchased, the seller can overlay different size boxes over an image of the sold product to help him/her decide which one to use. A partial screen shot used by eBay to promote the feature reveals that USPS (that’s the U.S. Postal Service) rates are provided to the seller as well.

The auction site says that the feature will work on compatible devices only, but has not …

Official new Tamagotchi game brings back 90's nostalgia in AR

One of the defining toy fads of the late 90s is making a comeback on Android and iOS. Bandai Namco today unleashed My Tamagotchi Forever on both Android and iOS.

Gone are the three-buttoned plastic shells that once housed pixelized critters destined to annoy you and inevitably die. Now the virtual pets live inside your smartphone and are represented by fully fledged 3D models that look like something right out of an Animal Crossing game. The game’s charming visual style is sure to appeal to the younger demographic and lends itself well to the premise …

How to use Samsung's AR Emoji

With the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Sammy chose to strike back at Apple’s Animoji with its own animated avatars feature — AR Emoji. It goes about things differently — instead of creating 3D versions of popular emoji, like Apple did, Samsung’s version asks you to take a selfie and then creates a virtual, cartoon version of you. Kind of like Bitmoji, though Sammy does it a bit better — we’ll get into that.

There’s also a pick of new AR stickers, some of which are now in full 3D as well. Hey, you can be the Zootopia bunny!

Once your AR Animoji is created, you …

Disney AR Emoji have launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Today marks the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, and with them comes AR Emoji – Samsung’s take on 3D avatars. The feature works by scanning your face using the front-facing camera and then creating a 3D avatar based on your appearance. We have an article on how to use the AR Emoji feature so feel free to check it out for some tips.
But in case you want to try out something different, you can turn yourself into Mickey or Minnie Mouse! Thanks to a long-term deal between Samsung and Disney, you’ll be able to make AR Emoji using some of the most iconic …