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Augmented Reality

Facebook confirms it’s building augmented reality glasses

By | Augmented Reality, augmented reality glasses, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, Oculus, Social, TC, Virtual reality

“Yeah! Well of course we’re working on it,” Facebook’s head of augmented reality Ficus Kirkpatrick told me when I asked him at TechCrunch’s AR/VR event in LA if Facebook was building AR glasses. “We are building hardware products. We’re going forward on this . . . We want to see those glasses come into reality, […]

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TC Sessions: AR/VR surveys an industry in transition

By | Augmented Reality, Developer, entertainment, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Media, Startups, TC, tc sessions, TC Sessions: AR/VR 2018, Venture capital, Virtual reality, Wearables

Industry vets and students alike crammed into UCLA’s historic Royce Hall last week for TC Sessions AR/VR, our one day event on the fast-moving (and hype-plagued) industry and the people in it. Disney, Snap, Oculus and more stopped by to chat and show off their latest; if you didn’t happen to be in LA that day, read on and find out what we learned — and follow the links to watch the interviews and panels yourself.

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Ebay’s HeadGaze lets motor-impaired users navigate the site with head movements

By | accessibility, Apps, Augmented Reality, eBay, Gadgets, Hardware, TC

The sophisticated head-tracking system like the one built into the iPhone X may have been intended for AR and security purposes, but it may also turn out to be very useful for people with disabilities. A proof of concept app from an eBay intern shows how someone with very little motor function can navigate the site with nothing but head movements.

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Teardown of Magic Leap One reveals highly advanced placeholder tech

By | Augmented Reality, Gadgets, Hardware, ifixit, Magic Leap, Magic Leap One, TC, teardown, Wearables

The screwdriver-happy dismantlers at iFixit have torn the Magic Leap One augmented reality headset all to pieces, and the takeaway seems to be that the device is very much a work in progress — but a highly advanced one. Its interesting optical assembly, described as “surprisingly ugly,” is laid bare for all to see.

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Magic Leap One AR headset for devs costs more than 2x the iPhone X

By | alibaba group, Andreessen Horowitz, AR, Augmented Reality, Gadgets, Google, Magic Leap, Magic Leap One, mixed reality, United States, Virtual reality, wearable devices, Wearables

It’s been a long and trip-filled wait but mixed reality headgear maker Magic Leap will finally, finally be shipping its first piece of hardware this summer. We were still waiting on the price-tag — but it’s just been officially revealed: The developer-focused Magic Leap One ‘creator edition’ headset will set you back at least $2,295. […]

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HoloLens acts as eyes for blind users and guides them with audio prompts

By | accessibility, Augmented Reality, Gadgets, Hardware, Health, HoloLens, Microsoft, Science, Wearables

Microsoft’s HoloLens has an impressive ability to quickly sense its surroundings, but limiting it to displaying emails or game characters on them would show a lack of creativity. New research shows that it works quite well as a visual prosthesis for the vision impaired, not relaying actual visual data but guiding them in real time with audio cues and instructions.

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Meet the speakers at The Europas, and get your ticket free (July 3, London)

By | Accelerator, Advertising Tech, Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, Augmented Reality, Automotive, Banking, Biotech, Blockchain, Book Review, Brazil, Built In, Cannabis, Cloud, Collaborative Consumption, Community, Crowdfunding, cryptocurrency, Developer, Distributed Ledger, Diversity, Earnings, eCommerce, Education, Enterprise, entertainment, Europe, Events, finance, Food, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Gaming, Government, GreenTech, Hack, Hardware, Health, Hiring, Mobile, Social, Startups, TC

Excited to announce that this year’s The Europas Unconference & Awards is shaping up! Our half day Unconference kicks off on 3 July, 2018 at The Brewery in the heart of London’s “Tech City” area, followed by our startup awards dinner and fantastic party and celebration of European startups! The event is run in partnership […]

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James Murray from the Impractical Jokers talks about the future of VR

By | Augmented Reality, fiction, film, Gadgets, impractical jokers, IT, series, Startups, TC, technotopia, Virtual reality

James Murray is a funny man. A producer, actor, and writer, Murray is best known as Murr on the show Impractical Jokers. I spoke to him for a Technotopia interview about the future of TV, VR, and media and he has a lot to say. His dream? To offer immersive experiences to his audiences using […]

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Aira’s new smart glasses give blind users a guide through the visual world

By | AR, Augmented Reality, Gadgets, horizon, smart glass, Wearables

When it comes to augmented reality technologies, visuals always seems to be a pretty essential part of most people’s definitions, but one startup is offering an interesting take on audio-based AR that also calls on computer vision. Even without integrated displays, glasses are still an important part of the company’s products, which are designed with […]

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