Bose AR is an augmented reality platform based on audio

Most of the companies working on augmented reality today are focused on the same thing: video. The idea is to use your phone’s display, smart glasses, or other devices to superimpose virtual items on your real-world environment visually. Bose has an idea that sounds different, because it focuses on… sound. The company is introducing its […]

Google steps up its augmented reality game with ARCore 1.0 and Google Lens update

Google is bringing its latest augmented reality platform out of beta. First announced last year, ARCore is a set of tools software developers can use to create apps that superimpose virtual objects on real-world scenes using a smartphone’s camera and other sensors. It’s not as sophisticated as Google’s Project Tango, which also relied on specialized […]

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 845 VR headset reference design

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chips will probably power many of 2018’s top-tier smartphones. But Qualcomm is also positioning the processor as a solution for other products including Windows PCs and virtual reality/augmented reality headsets. And Qualcomm is introducing a new VR reference platform for device makers that want to build headsets that make use of the […]

Intel Vaunt smart glasses coming this year (as a developer preview)

Intel is throwing its hat in the smart glasses ring, with a new platform called Vaunt. They glasses come in several different styles and work with prescriptions, and generally look and feel like an ordinary set of glasses… but when you’re wearing them you’ll be able to see what looks like a screen in front […]

Google is pulling the plug on Project Tango in March, 2018

Before Apple start shipping a $1000 smartphone with a 3D, depth-sensing camera system on the front, there was Google’s Project Tango technology… which put 3D, depth-sensing camera technology on the back of a phone or tablet. Only two commercial smartphones ever shipped with Project Tango, the Asus Zenfone AR and Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. And […]

Google’s AR Stickers let you add 3D characters to photos (on Pixel phones running Android 8.1)

When Google unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones in October, the company showed off a new augmented reality feature called AR Stickers. Now it’s rolling out to users, allowing them to place 3D characters in real-world environments using the camera app. Right now you need a Pixel phone running Android 8.1 in […]

Bloomberg: Apple hopes to launch a self-contained augmented reality headset… in 2020

Apple’s iPhones still generate a lot of buzz… and a lot of revenue. But it’s been a decade since Apple launched the original iPhone, and the company is reportedly trying to figure out what the next big thing is. While Apple continues to be a major player in the tablet space, there are signs that the […]

Lenovo’s Star Wars AR system coming in November for $200

There’s no shortage of virtual reality headsets on the market. But Lenovo and Disney are making a pretty strong case for one more with the introduction of the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges system. First teased in July, it’s up for pre-order from Best Buy for $200 and should be available from Lenovo.com soon and the […]

Google ARCore brings augmented reality to Android phones (no Tango hardware required)

Augmented Reality has been around for almost as long as smartphone cameras have existed. An app called Layar allowed you to point your phone at real-world objects and see virtual signs overlayed on them in real-time way back in 2009. But things have really started to get good in the past few years. Google’s Tango […]