Apple purchases AR headset firm Vrvana for $30 million?

The next big product expected from Apple could be the company’s AR glasses that the tech titan is reportedly working on. Former Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Muster believes that this product could become bigger than the iPhone. That is a tall order for any device, especially considering what happened with that mess known as Google Glass. While the latter is used in the enterprise, the question still remains whether AR glasses will be widely used by the public.

While no official word has come out of Cupertino regarding an AR headset, there has been praise heaped on augmented reality by no less …


Report: Apple's AR headset rumored to use "reality Operating System", codenamed T2888


The latest rumors about Apple’s AR powered headset have the company ready to offer such a product in 2020. However, comments from Quanta, the company that assembles the Apple Watch and MacBooks, suggest that such a device could be ready for market by 2019. At an earnings conference for its latest three-month results, Quanta vice chairman C.C. Leung said that his company sees the device launching no later than 2019.

This is the product that former analyst Gene Munster says will be bigger than the iPhone. Quanta’s Leung described it as a headset equipped with transparent lens that allows …

Pokemon GO developer Niantic to launch new Harry Potter AR game in 2018

Niantic Labs, the maker of the Pokemon GO smash hit, is expected to launch another AR (augmented reality) game for mobiles next year. The new game will benefit from another tremendously popular franchise: Harry Potter.

According to a new report from TechCrunch, a new mobile game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which is co-developed by Warner Bros. Interactive’s sub-brand Portkey Games, will be launched in 2018.

Not much is known about the upcoming AR game, just that Niantic will heavily draw inspiration from Ingress, its less popular take on …

Download this: Spilly's AR app is like Snapchat filters on steroids

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If you’ve ever watched a YouTube video and wished that you could be part of it, there’s a new augmented reality app that might be able to help.

It’s called Spilly, and it takes popular videos of celebrities, YouTube stars, and other famous clips, then allows users to mash them up with Snapchat-like AR effects and even their own faces.

The app features a seemingly endless feed of video clips sourced from YouTube. For each clip, there’s a carousel of special effects you can add to make the video your own.

You could change what Golden State Warriors Star Kevin Durant is wearing, for example, or shower a Miley Cyrus video with virtual confetti or flowers. Or make it rain, or add a spotlight, or any combination of the above. The clips loop so you can keep adding or subtracting effects until you get something you like. Read more…

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Cook: Current technology for AR based smart glasses "not mature"

Ever since the launch last year of Pokemon Go, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been a strong supporter of Augmented Reality. Because of that support, there have been several reports claiming that Apple’s next innovative product will be smart glasses similar to Google Glass. While the latter product failed in the consumer market, some analysts see such a product succeeding in Apple’s hands. Former Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that Apple Glasses will end up bigger than the iPhone.

But Cook put the kibosh on rumors that the glasses will come soon. The executive said in an interview on Tuesday …

Download this: Holo's AR app puts 'holograms' into the world around you

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Now that iOS 11 is out, augmented reality apps are becoming some of the most entertaining apps in the App Store, thanks to Apple’s ARKit. 

While we’ve seen AR apps meant to help you buy furniture or bring children’s books to life, Holo’s take on the new feature will be more familiar to fans of Snapchat. 

The app allows you to record videos with 3D “holograms” (which is how 3D animations are referred to in the app) of animals, movie characters, and celebrities overlaid onto your surroundings. Similar to Snapchat’s dancing Bitmoji lenses, you can reposition and resize Holo’s animations as you’re recording. Read more…

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Apple AR glasses concept shows us what the future could look like

Face ID comes to replace the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone X, but could it also be a sign of what’s to come from Apple in the future?
We have already heard it from multiple reliable sources that Apple is working on augmented reality glasses, something like Google Glass without the creepy camera and record-people-without-them-knowing part.
And here is an interesting concept that shows how the new Face ID might actually be used to become the centerpiece of the new Apple AR glasses.
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This is what AR was made for – iOS app Pixie helps you locate almost any item in AR

Let’s be honest here… How often do you lose your keys or wallet? If you’re anything like us, miniature black holes are likely an integral part of your humble abode’s interior, slurping anything remotely important in our everyday lives that ventures past their event horizons. Humiliating.
Luckily, thanks to augmented reality, item locating became way cooler than it used to be.
Augmented reality is no longer the go-to topic for sci-fi movies and is already a reality, available to the simplest Jane or Joe. What’s even better is …

Keep calm and solve your Sudoku with this new AR app for the iPhone

Are you a Sudoku timewaster puzzle master? If not, then read on. Apple’s new ARKit has been a boon for developers, and we aren’t talking augmented reality success stories like IKEA’s virtual sofa placement app. There are actually numerous ingenious ways to utilize the AR software Apple supplies, and one of those solves… Sudoku puzzles for you. 

Yep, if you are stuck on a piece in your afternoon paper, you can just point your camera to the puzzle from within the Magic Sudoku app, it will instantly recognize the arrangement, and send it over to the server for some number …

11 cool Augmented Reality (AR) iPhone apps that show off the power of ARKit

Apple’s iPhones and iPads have become the world’s largest augmented reality platform overnight with the roll out of the iOS 11 update.
The update brings ARKit, Apple’s augmented reality solution, to life on the iPhone 6s and later, and we have already dug up 11 impressive new augmented reality apps for you to try out.
All you need to do in order to use AR apps on your iPhone and iPad is to download iOS 11 if you still haven’t, and to ensure that you have a compatible device. From there on, each app will make use of …