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Niantic’s Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a sorcerous smorgasbord for the Pokémon GO generation

By | Augmented Reality, Gadgets, Gaming, harry potter, harry potter wizards unite, Mobile, niantic, TC, Warner Bros, warner brothers, wizards unite

Niantic’s follow-up to the absurdly popular Pokémon GO, the long-awaited Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, has one major drawback: unlike its predecessor, you can’t explain it in a single sentence. There’s so much to do in this game that it may repel some casual players — but while its depths of systems and collectibles may be nigh endless, don’t worry: you still basically just walk around doing wizard and witch stuff.

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Say hello to Microsoft’s new $3,500 HoloLens with twice the field of view

By | Augmented Reality, Enterprise, Gadgets, Hardware, HoloLens, hololens 2, Microsoft, mixed reality, mwc 2019

Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ headset at MWC Barcelona today. The new HoloLens 2 features a significantly larger field of view, higher resolution and a device that’s more comfortable to wear. Indeed, Microsoft says the device is three times as comfortable to wear (though it’s unclear how Microsoft measured this). […]

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Daily Crunch: Nvidia breaks with tradition at CES 2019

By | Augmented Reality, Enterprise, Europe, finance, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Startups, TC, Venture capital

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Nvidia launches the $349 GeForce RTX 2060 Nvidia broke with tradition and put a new focus on gaming at CES. Last […]

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Researchers are putting fish into augmented reality tanks

By | Augmented Reality, Gadgets, neuroscience, perception, real-time, TC

Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, while testing the “station keeping” functions of the glass knifefish, have created an augmented reality system that tricks the animal’s electric sensing organs in real time. The fish keeps itself hidden by moving inside of its various holes/homes and the researchers wanted to understand what kind of […]

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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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