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Apple Supplier Quanta Predicts AR Glasses Arrive In 2019

Tyler Lee November 14, 2017

There have been multiple rumors to suggest that Apple could be working on an augmented reality headset, and last we heard it is expected that this device will only be released in 2020. However according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review (via AppleInsider), that headset in question could be released slightly earlier.

This is according to Apple supplier Quanta (who helps make Apple’s MacBooks) in which the company’s vice chairman C.C. Leung was quoted as telling reporters, “We are working on an AR project and have studied the optical technologies that AR devices have needed since two years ago. Currently, we see such a device available in the market no later than the year 2019.”

Of course we should point out that Quanta has other customers besides Apple, and they could be working on a headset for someone else. However given Apple’s AR headset rumors and Quanta’s close ties with the Cupertino company, this has led to speculation that Leung could be referring to Apple’s AR efforts.

That being said, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had previously hinted that such a device could be a long way off. Cook had stated that Apple does not believe that the technology today can achieve the quality that one would expect from such a headset. Whether or not that will change in the next couple of years remains to be seen.

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Apple’s Reportedly Developing Rear 3D Sensor For 2019 iPhone

Adnan Farooqui November 14, 2017


We’ve already started hearing reports about Apple’s 2019 iPhone even though the company has just released its 2017 flagship. According to a new report, Apple is developing a rear-facing 3D sensor for the 2019 iPhone. The purpose of this 3D sensor is said to be improving Apple’s augmented reality apps and services on the new device. This is just one of the many AR-focused projects that Apple is believed to be working on these days.

The new 3D sensor will create a depth map by shooting out lasers and then measuring the time it takes for the reflection to return. Other manufacturers use dual cameras to obtain similar information. Apple uses an infrared-based system for its front-facing Face ID sensors so that’s an option as well.

Apple is reportedly developing this new system so that the results that it obtains are more precise. The company is said to be in the process of picking suppliers for this new 3D system. The report does caution that it’s not entirely sure if this system will make it into 2019’s iPhone.

What this goes to show is that not only is Apple going to retain the front-facing TrueDepth sensors that it has introduced with the iPhone X, but it’s committed enough to this technology to work on rear-facing implementations as well.

Apple’s other AR projects are said to include a proper augmented reality headset, though the company isn’t expected to release one until 2020.

Apple’s Reportedly Developing Rear 3D Sensor For 2019 iPhone , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Harry Potter AR Game Being Developed By Pokemon Go Creators

Adnan Farooqui November 8, 2017


You may have heard of a little something known as Pokemon Go. The augmented reality game instantly became popular across the globe after it was released. It’s safe to say that Niantic’s efforts with this title were very successful. It was rumored not too long ago that Niantic might be working on a Harry Potter augmented reality title. The creators of Pokemon Go have now confirmed that they’re indeed developing a Harry Potter AR game.

Niantic Labs is going to team up with Warner Brothers to launch Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. This game is also going to be based on augmented reality much like the way Pokemon Go was. Niantic is aiming to release this game in 2018.

There aren’t a lot of details available about this title right now. It’s unclear what the game’s going to be about and what the gameplay mechanics are going to be.

It’s also reported that there’s going to be significant influence from the Niantic game Ingress which allows players to roam the real world as they collect power-ups, explore their environment, and defend locations.

Niantic is yet to provide further details about its Harry Potter AR game. It’s safe to say that fans of this much-loved franchise will be happy to see that there’s a new game coming. They’ll also have high expectations so Niantic knows that it has to deliver something special for them. Let’s hope that it does.

Harry Potter AR Game Being Developed By Pokemon Go Creators , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple’s Augmented Reality Headset Release Expected In 2020

Adnan Farooqui November 8, 2017


There have been countless reports that Apple is working on augmented reality technology. The company is actually believed to be developing a standalone AR headset. According to a new report, Apple is aiming to have its AR headset technology ready by 2019. This could put a potential release the very next year in 2020.

Bloomberg reports that Apple wants to have a breakthrough product to succeed the iPhone and it believes that the AR headset might be that product. It wants to get the technology ready by 2019 and might ship the product as early as 2020.

The report also mentions that Apple’s device is going to have its own display and run on a new chip. It’s even said to have a new operating system. The development timeline is said to be very aggressive but there’s still a potential for change.

Apple’s interest in augmented reality, which overlays images and data in the real world, is no secret. The company’s CEO Tim Cook has talked up the technology on multiple occasions. “Put simply, we believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever,” Cook recently said.

The company is reportedly creating a new cheap in-house that’s similar in concept to the “system-on-a-package” component in the Apple Watch. This chip will house more components in a smaller area and will also increase power efficiency.

The new OS is said to be called “rOS” or “Reality Operating System.” It’s going to be based on iOS and will power Apple’s AR headset. It may even get its own App Store. Apple is said to be investigating multiple ways of controlling the headset which include voice activation via Siri, touch panels, and head gestures.

The report claims that Apple doesn’t have a fully operational AR headset right now so its engineers have started using HTC Vive headsets for tests. It’s not expected to have a headset out on the market before 2020 at the very least.

Apple’s Augmented Reality Headset Release Expected In 2020 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Supplier To Start Making Components For AR Devices

Tyler Lee November 7, 2017

In the recent years it has been rumored that Apple’s next big product could come in the form of augmented reality (AR) smart glasses. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has long extolled the virtues of AR, so the idea that Apple could be interested in further exploring the technology doesn’t really come as a surprise.

Now it seems that the rumors of Apple-made AR glasses are being fueled in a recent report from the Nikkei Asian Review. The report sees the publication interview the Chairman of Catcher Technology, Allen Horng, who revealed that the company is going to start making metal components for AR devices.

For those unfamiliar, Catcher is one of Apple’s suppliers and has been responsible for creating the metal casings used in a variety of Apple products, which includes the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook laptops. While we’re sure that Catcher has other customers besides Apple, the timing does seem to be rather coincidental, what with Apple launching ARKit and the iPhone X sporting a TrueDepth camera system that leverages AR for certain features like Animoji.

According to Horng, “Based on what we have learned, [new AR products] need to look good and be light enough to wear … that makes the casings for such device very complicated to manufacture and there are still a lot of challenges to overcome currently.” Naturally Horng did not mention the product that Catcher is working on, but like we said, Catcher’s close ties with Apple has fueled speculation that it could be Apple-related.

That being said, Apple’s CEO recently hinted that if and when such a product from Apple were to launch, it would probably be in the distant future as he believes that at the moment, the technology doesn’t exist to do it in a “quality way”.

Apple Supplier To Start Making Components For AR Devices , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Glasses Maker Uses iPhone X’s TrueDepth Camera For Frame Suggestions

Tyler Lee November 7, 2017

While a pair of glasses might look cool on a celebrity or your friend, it might not look as good on you. Obviously this is because we all have different facial structures and features that make some frames look better than others. Now obviously going into the shop and trying it on is the best way to go about it, but why not let technology make your life easier?

Glasses maker Warby Parker has recently updated its iOS app with a new feature that takes advantage of the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera. Initially spotted by The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern (via iMore), this new feature will use the TrueDepth camera and facial recognition system to help suggest frames that might suit you.

This isn’t exactly a new feature per se as glasses makers in the past have released apps that allow users to overlay frames on their faces to get an idea of how it will look. However those probably aren’t as accurate as using the TrueDepth camera. The only shortcoming of this particular feature is that you can’t use the TrueDepth camera to “try” on the frames after it has been suggested to you, which is rather odd since it is a rather obvious thing to have been included.

In any case it is still a pretty nifty feature so if you want to get some frames suggestions without having to leave your house, then head on over to the iTunes App Store to download the Warby Parker app.

Glasses Maker Uses iPhone X’s TrueDepth Camera For Frame Suggestions , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Amazon Brings Augmented Reality Shopping To Its iOS App

Tyler Lee November 1, 2017

If you thought that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s words about how there will be no industry left untouched by augmented reality was hyperbole, you might want to rethink that because Amazon has recently announced a new feature that will be part of its mobile app on iOS called AR view.

Leveraging Apple’s ARKit, AR view is basically an augmented reality shopping experience, where customers will be able to browse various products on Amazon and use the feature to get an idea of how their purchase might look like in their home. “They can then select from thousands of items – from living room, bedroom, kitchen and home office products to electronics, toys and games, home décor and more. Whether customers are buying a sofa or a kitchen appliance, they can overlay it onto their existing living space, move it and rotate it to get a full 360-degree peek in a live camera view to make sure it fits their style and aesthetic.”

We’re definitely seeing an uptick in such apps and features offered by retailers. For example Target has also introduced a similar feature to its mobile website, and of course we can’t forget IKEA who was one of the first companies to adopt Apple’s ARKit with its IKEA Places app. We’ve also seen some other interesting uses for AR, like how over in Australia a developer created an app that uses AR to help homeowners decide where is the best place to put an indoor plant for the best air quality.

Amazon Brings Augmented Reality Shopping To Its iOS App , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google’s Poly Makes It Easy To Build AR And VR Apps

Adnan Farooqui November 1, 2017

Developers who want to build augmented or virtual reality apps need 3D objects. It’s difficult for independent and small developers as creating a lot of 3D objects requires a significant amount of time and resources. So while bigger studios and app developers can do this, it becomes difficult for everyone. Google aims to rectify this problem with a new service called Poly.

Google describes its Poly service as a one-stop shop for browsing, discovering, and download 3D objects that can be used in augmented and virtual reality apps.

Poly is an online library of 3D objects that can be used by developers in their apps. Google enables anyone to upload their 3D objects and make them available to others through a Creative Commons license. Any and all developers can use Poly to search for the 3D objects they need and then use them in their apps and games.

There are already thousands of 3D models available on Poly, covering everything from a rocket ship to an ice cream cone. Users will be able to remix many of the models that they find on Poly by importing it into Tilt Brush or Blocks. Poly will then automatically credit and link to the original version when the remix is published.

This is a great service for developers who are building VR and AR applications. The best part is that Poly is available for free.

Google’s Poly Makes It Easy To Build AR And VR Apps , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Augmented Reality App Shows How Indoor Plants Can Improve Air Quality

Tyler Lee October 30, 2017

Augmented reality is set to be the next big thing in technology and one that we probably won’t be able to escape from in the future, or at least that’s what Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is suggesting. Now we’ve seen various uses of the technology, such as placing furniture around the home to get an idea of how it will match the rest of your home, but what about for plants?

Keeping indoor plants is more than just about decorating your home or adding a pop of color. Indoor plants have various health benefits, such as being able to lift your mood or even improve on the air quality, and a new app called Plant Life Balance has been launched that will take advantage of augmented reality technology to help users plan what kind of plants to place in their room, and where to put it.

The app was developed together with scientists at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne in Australia. The study involved at determining how different plants can absorb volatile organic compounds and other particles, such as dust, pollen, soot, and smoke. It also takes into consideration the size of the plant, how big its leaves are, how tall they are, and how a combination of big and small plants will help maximize the health benefits in the room.

It is a rather novel idea, but at the same time it is also an interesting way of applying augmented reality technology to help improve on our health. The app is available for download via the iTunes App Store or Google Play depending on your mobile platform.

Augmented Reality App Shows How Indoor Plants Can Improve Air Quality , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Target’s Website Now Uses AR To Place Furniture In Your Home

Tyler Lee October 25, 2017

The problem with online shopping is that everything you see is a photo, which for the most part has usually been photoshopped to make it look better and more appealing to customers. However we all have probably encountered instances where an item we thought looked nice online ended up looking out of place or ugly in real-life.

Such is the perils when it comes to online furniture shopping, which is why Target has added augmented reality (AR) to its mobile website where shoppers will be able to use the technology to place furnitures in their home virtually to get an idea of what it might look like. “Guests shopping the new Project 62 line can use the feature to place three-dimensional versions of real Target home products within photos of actual rooms at home, and move them around at proper scale to see how they’d look—all before buying the product.”

If this sounds familiar, it is because furniture maker IKEA also has a similar feature in their recently-launched Places app that leverages Apple’s ARKit. No doubt that this will prove to be a rather handy tool for shoppers who probably don’t want to deal with a bad decision or trouble themselves by making a return. We expect that in the future we will start seeing more AR used in shopping, something that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had predicted not too long ago.

Target’s Website Now Uses AR To Place Furniture In Your Home , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.