Now you can shoot enemies out of the sky like Iron Man using augmented reality


Every New York Toy Fair is a constant reminder that kids are so friggin’ lucky these days.

Take the Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience role-playing mask (yes, that’s what it’s called) Hasbro just announced. It’s no ordinary mask. Slap a phone inside and put on the gauntlet and you can actually blow up enemies in augmented reality.

The toy is the latest attempt by a company to fuse traditional toys with the latest technology. Years ago it was simply creating an app for a toy and now it’s augmented reality. Read more…

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Why this artist taught herself how to build augmented reality creations


Cyrene Quiamco loves Snapchat. It’s easy to tell by the Ghostface Chillah plush in her bedroom, the pair of Spectacles in her bag, and the fact that her current Twitter profile picture is a Snapcode. 

There’s good reason for her to love it. The app, which was once popularized for sexting and passing notes in class, helped her quit a full-time job at Verizon a few years back to focus on her other passions. As of this week, Quiamco’s the first winner of a Snapchat Lens Studio Challenge, where anyone can compete for glory and some tech prizes from Snap Inc. 

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Out Here Archery: an Augmented Reality game with a bow and arrow

Augmented Reality games and apps are still a fairly new thing. They will use your phone’s camera and place virtual objects in the “real world”, observed through your display. Then, the player gets to interact with the virtual items.

Out Here Archery is one such game — it lets you shoot a virtual bow and arrow in your living room or outside in the field. Your goal is to hit an amount of balloons for a limited time and you’ve got booster items to help you out — some slow down time, others freeze the balloons around the booster object.

The game has two modes — one that requires you to …

Facebook Messenger introduces World Effects – augmented reality 3D objects – to rival Snapchat

Facebook just one-upped Snapchat by introducing World Effects – augmented reality 3D world objects on its own. The social giant’s popular messaging app, Facebook Messenger, has just scored a trove of new effects that let you add various objects to your pics and videos and send them to your pals or post them on your Facebook wall. Unlike the already-present camera filters that let you put on different masks and effects on your selfies, the new additions to the app allow you to throw in a dynamic object that sticks to an augmented plane and gives the impression of intelligently following a predefined …

PinDrive: find where you parked in Augmented Reality

With Apple’s ARKit only recently becoming public, we are just now seeing what kinds of apps developers can make when given the powerful Augmented Reality API. Augmented Reality is, of course, the feature, which lets you use the phone’s camera and screen to put virtual items in the “real world”, observed through the viewfinder.

Among all the new software, we have games, virtual rulers, constellation viewers, furniture purchasing assistants, and lots more. This new app here — it’s a parking assistant that will help you find your parked car!

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Augmented reality will be on hundreds of millions of Android devices in 2018, says Google

Hundreds of millions of Android smartphones will be capable of augmented reality (AR) come next year, says Google’s VP of business and operations for virtual reality Amit Singh. Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Singh said that thanks to Google ARCore development framework,  AR will be a daily thing for millions of people around the world in 2018.

“There will be hundreds of millions of phones that will be AR ready. And the current stage is … we are helping developers … build the experiences … so that it becomes a daily habit,” Singh said …

You can now get Ikea's augmented reality furniture app ‘Place’ for iOS 11 devices

You can now get IKEA’s augmented reality furniture app that supports the new ARKit on iOS 11. With this new app called IKEA Place you can pick a piece of furniture and see exactly how it fits inside your living room thanks to the AR superpowers of iOS 11.
The app is free to download and features desks, sofas, beds and chairs from IKEA’s catalog.
And it works very well: we’ve just tried it and we came away impressed. You don’t need any complicated scanning of your room, you simply point your iPhone to the floor and …

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 …

Here's what iPhones and iPads are compatible with Apple's augmented reality ARKit framework

iOS 11-bundled ARKit is out and neat augmented reality apps are already available for users to download and freely use on their iOS 11-powered devices.

A virtual ruler? Check! An interactive furniture designer? Sure thing! An augmented car showroom? You bet!

An AR-powered human atlas that allows you to explore livers, digestive organs, and lungs from the inside? Ugh… yeah, sure….
The potential benefits and uses of AR are huge and quite possibly the next big mobile software trend that’s …

WSJ: Apple to unveil augmented reality hardware 'in the coming weeks'

When Apple takes the stage tomorrow at its new “space ship” headquarters, it won’t be only iPhones and smart watches announced, it seems. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will be making a grander push into augmented reality, as per CEO Tim Cook’s promise, complete with new hardware and software that will be unveiled “in the coming weeks.” The company already unveiled the a software development kit dubbed simply ARKit, for creating augmented reality apps or games, but it is the claim that there will be new AR hardware by Apple that piques our interest.

Tim …