Augmented Reality

Pokémon GO Developer Niantic Releases New AR Development Kit for iOS and Android

[caption id="attachment_363201" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image: Niantic[/caption] Niantic, Inc., the developer behind renowned Augmented Reality (AR) mobile games Pokémon GO and Ingress, has announced the Lightship Augmented Reality Developer Kit — a set of tools based on the same technology as Niantic's hit AR titles, for iOS and Android developers. Niantic says the Lightship platform is meant...

Facebook Parent Meta Planning Retail Stores for Virtual Reality Products

Meta, the corporate entity formerly known as Facebook, could build brick-and-mortar retail stores around the globe to market its Virtual Reality and, eventually, Augmented Reality products — reports The New York Times, citing sources close to the matter and official documents viewed by the publication. It looks like Meta's first step in its pursuit of...

Apple May Launch AR ‘Contact Lenses’ in 10 Years, Says Kuo

Google Smart Contact Lenses Concept, 2014 You know what we really need from Apple? Some augmented reality (AR) contact lenses, am I right? Well, according to Apple crystal ball holder and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, his latest research note says the latter might be coming in the distant future. The research note obtained by MacRumors says...

Apple Exec Dan Riccio’s ‘Unnamed’ Project Revealed as AR, VR Headsets: Report

In late January, Apple announced its hardware chief Dan Riccio was moving to a new ‘unnamed’ project. Some suspected this shift was related to Apple’s autonomous electric vehicle plans, but according to Bloomberg, it’s related to upcoming augmented reality and virtual reality devices. Mark Gurman reports Riccio is now "focusing on the company’s upcoming virtual...

Apple Executives Discuss AR Capabilities of iPhones and iPads

In a recent interview with CNET, Apple's AR executives Mike Rockwell and Allessandra McGinnis talked about why iPhones and iPads are transforming into world-mapping, object-scanning tools, and why that matters more right now than glasses. Instead of focussing on any new headgear, the executives said that Apple’s mission right now is to make everything work...

Apple Working with Foxconn to Produce Augmented Reality Lenses

According to a report by The Information, Apple is working closely with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co better known as Foxconn to produce semitransparent lenses for augmented reality (AR) devices (via Seeking Alpha). "The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted key parts of Apple’s business, but it hasn’t derailed the company’s plans to build what could be...

Apple May Launch Augmented Reality Glasses in 2021: Report

Apple Glasses concept by Martin Hajek via iDropNews Apple’s rumoured augmented reality (AR) glasses could debut in 2021, if the latest report from Digitimes proves accurate. According to the Asian publication, a paywalled report out today (via MacRumors) says Apple’s AR glasses are said to launch next year, according to unnamed sources: Apple is expected...

Additional Evidence of Apple’s AR Headset Found in iOS 13 GM

New evidence shows that Apple still may be working on its rumoured AR glasses. [caption id="attachment_244875" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Martin Hajek/iDrop[/caption] Despite rumours to the contrary, it seems that Apple is still working on its augmented reality glasses, reads a new report from 9to5Mac. In fact, StarBoard — the programming framework that supports the device —...

Apple Announces New Public Augmented Reality ‘[AR]T’ Project in Cities Around the World

Apple has announced a series of art-based augmented reality experiences. Having previously focused largely on convincing developers to create augmented reality apps for iOS devices, Apple announced today that it's bringing art-based AR into Apple Stores across the world. This effort will include city-specific [AR]T Walks, a globally available [AR]T installation, and educational sessions called [AR]T Lab....

Apple Acquires Akonia Holographics, Maker of Holographic Lenses

Reuters reports Apple has made an acquisition which aims to support its ambitions to release an augmented reality product: Apple confirmed it acquired Longmont, Colorado-based Akonia Holographics. “Apple buys smaller companies from time to time, and we generally don’t discuss our purpose or plans,” the iPhone maker said in a statement. Akonia could not immediately...