Apple, LG and Valve invest in a firm that will offer OLED microdisplays for VR and AR headsets

According to a filing made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple, LG and Valve are teaming up to invest $10 million in a firm called eMagin. The company produces microdisplays used in the healthcare, military and industrial businesses. However, the SEC filing includes a statement from eMagin that gives us a clue for the interest by the three aforementioned companies.

In the statement, eMagin says that it is in talks with “multiple Tier One consumer product companies” to develop and design microdisplays for headsets that would be used on consumer devices. These could include …


Google will show off the future of AR in mobile games at GDC 2018

On Monday, March 19, Google will be hosting a Google Developer Day at 2018’s Game Developer Conference (GDC). Then from March 21st through the 23rd they will have a booth at the same conference. While you will need a GDC pass to attend in person, Google will be kindly live streaming the event for our viewing pleasure. If you are interested in seeing the event, you can sign up for updates via Google’s event page. Not sure if you want to? Here’s what they will have in store…

Last year, when Google attended GDC they focused on increasing player engagement …

Bloomberg: Several tech firms looking at producing AR glasses met with suppliers at CES 2018

Even though Google Glass struck out as a major consumer product, many analysts and tech company executives believe that AR glasses will be the next hot device to capture the public’s attention. Some even believe that the connected headset will become bigger than the smartphone, a pronouncement that seems hard to imagine right now. But as major tech companies begin to map out their future plans for AR glasses, several met with suppliers at CES in Las Vegas this past week according to Bloomberg.

The report says that Apple, Facebook and Google met with representatives of companies that build …

Alexa enabled AR smartglasses will be unveiled at CES this coming week


Next week, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a company named Vuzix will introduce a new pair of AR smartglasses that will feature Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa. Throughout last year, Alexa was added to non-Amazon devices including the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9 and a Moto Mod for the Motorola Moto Z series. Just the other day, Amazon said that it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will help developers add the personal assistant to fitness trackers, smartwatches and other devices.

Mining the same vein is Vuzik. The company’s smartglasses …

Smart speakers will be the fastest growing new category in 2018, outpacing wearables, AR and VR

Smart speakers will be the fastest-growing new category of technology in 2018, according to research by analytics firm Canalys.
Smart speaker sales will beat sales of wearables, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices, three of the commonly named technologies previously said to grow fast in a maturing smartphone market.
Total smart speaker sales are expected to reach a whopping 56.3 million units in 2018, with Google and Amazon expected to lead the way with their Google Home and Alexa speakers. …

Pokemon GO update adds improved AR features on iOS devices

Pokemon GO is already based on AR (augmented reality) technology, but developer Niantic thought it would be better to update their game with improved AR features. Starting with the latest version of the game, Pokemon encounters will more realistic thanks to AR+.

The new AR+ technology takes advantage of Apple’s ARKit framework. So, players using devices running iOS 11 like the iPhone 6s and newer models will be able to experience the new AR+ in Pokemon GO.

Apparently, thanks to AR+, Pokemon are now fixed to a point in space, which means players will be able …

Google to drop support for AR focused Project Tango on March 1st

Back in February 2014, Google introduced Project Tango, an Augmented Reality system that was designed for mobile use. Today, Google announced that it will no longer support it starting on March 1, 2018. But this doesn’t mean that Google is closing the door on AR. It means that Tango is being replaced by Google’s ARCore, which is based on software unlike the more hardware oriented Tango.

Tango peaked in June 2016 when the Lenovo Phab2 Pro was unveiled as the first Project Tango phone. With a huge 6.4-inch screen, the handset came with three cameras on back. The trio included a 16MP …

Google exec hints at AR shopping, other features coming soon to Google Lens

Google Lens is still in its early stages of development, but the engineering team behind the visual analysis app seems to be on a roll teasing upcoming features. After the recent introduction of direct imports to Google Keep and OCR (optical character recognition), the next big thing coming to Lens is AR shopping.

What this entails, although details are scarce at this point, is pointing your camera at something—say, an article of clothing or whatever else—and automatically getting prices and online store links for it on your phone. The feature is already …

New Tamagotchi game coming to iOS and Android in 2018, could feature AR mode

If the word “Tamagotchi” hits you right in the nostalgia gland, we have great news for you. The biggest toy fad of the 1990s and early 2000s is making a comeback on mobile. Bandai is planning to release a new game called “My Tamagotchi Forever” for iOS and Android.
My Tamagotchi Forever will be free to play (most likely with in-app purchases) and will premiere sometime in 2018. The gaming company also released a video trailer (see below) which reveals several interesting details. 
All the basic …

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 …