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What is augmented reality, anyway?

Augmented reality systems show virtual objects in the real world – like cat ears and whiskers on a Snapchat selfie, or how well a particular chair might fit in a room. The first big break for AR was the “Pokémon GO” game, released in 2016 with a feature that let players see virtual Pokémon standing in front of them, ready to be captured and played with. Now, technology companies like Microsoft and...[Read More]

Huawei is looking to launch augmented reality glasses in the next couple of years

Huawei has done something that Stuff wasn’t expecting to happen in 2018 — they’ve made perhaps the best phone of the year but that’s apparently not good enough for the Chinese company. After storming the lines manned by Samsung and Apple, Huawei has set its sights a little further afield. What would you say to augmented reality glasses made by Huawei? Hopefully you’re...[Read More]

Tapping into the future: a Magical application of augmented reality

Augmented reality might’ve been all the rage a few years ago, but since McDonalds and KFC started distributing AR card games with their kiddies meals, the magic has kind of died. But speaking of magic… Stuff found the below video posted on the LinkedIn profile of the COO of a VR development company. The original link doesn’t seem to be live any more but, when it was, the tagline for the vide...[Read More]

The Nokia 3.1 budget smartphone is available in South Africa now

The Nokia 3.1 is, for lack of better words, a ‘real’ Nokia. It looks and feels like the Nokias of old… although we’d need to test if it could survive a tumble down a flight of stairs to be sure, otherwise is it really worthy of the Nokia name? Now owned by a company called HMD Global, Nokia’s back on its smartphone game with the likes of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 6.1, and the br...[Read More]

The coolest things to come out of Google IO this year

That’s a wrap! The Google IO keynote has concluded, and if you haven’t been following it, we’re here to give you a breakdown of the most intriguing announcements. They really could’ve called it the Google AI keynote this year, as most of the ingenious new developments Google is coming up with includes everyone’s fave new buzzwords — Artificial Intelligence. Android P and your wellbeing...[Read More]

It’s time to get ready for augmented reality

The world’s largest annual consumer technology show — CES 2018 in Las Vegas — ends today and some of the most exciting gadgets this year were on display in the augmented reality (AR) marketplace. This follows the news, announced in December, that 2018 will be the year the previously secretive company Magic Leap joins the likes of Microsoft, Meta, ODG, Mira and DAQRI to launch an AR headset. https:...[Read More]

Every cyclist is going to want a pair of Everysight Raptor AR glasses

Let’s face it, if you’re a cyclist in South Africa then you have to contend with a lot of hazards. Cars trying to squish you, roads trying to dump you, bugs trying to sting you, the occasional member of the Big Five. It can be rough but Everysight is trying to make it a little less so with their Raptor AR glasses, which are set to go up for pre-order soon. The Everysight Raptor glasses...[Read More]

8 of the best augmented reality apps and games for iPhone and Android

Apple is making a big augmented reality push with iOS 11 and its new phones – especially the iPhone X – but you don’t need a new handset to give AR a try. Augmented reality apps, which pop digital images and content atop real footage or images, or combine real and virtual elements with ease, are already found on both iPhone and Android. Most of these apps are pretty simplistic, sure, but the...[Read More]

With iPhone X, Apple is hoping to augment reality for the everyman

The iPhone X is here, which means Apple’s push into augmented reality (AR) begins in earnest. AR offers a future where any graphic you see on a computer screen could be extracted and superimposed onto a real-world environment. Want to see how a new piece of furniture would look in your living room? Just point to a digital model on your smartphone screen. Want to examine an anatomical model from al...[Read More]

AR has the potential to be much more practical and useful than VR

This is the year when augmented reality (AR) is going to reach the mainstream public imagination, although it may take a few years to be fully ready. Several signs point to this nascent trend going mainstream, including Facebook’s F8 conference last week where AR took centre stage with giant glasses projected above Mark Zuckerberg’s head. Calling it a way to “mix the physical and...[Read More]

Star Trek’s Holodeck: from science fiction to a new reality

Many of the technological advances predicted in Star Trek’s fictional universe have become reality, such as the mobile communicator and hand-held tablet computers. Others, such as tractor beams and warp drives, are still a work in progress. But what of the Holodeck? The Holodeck first appeared in The Practical Joker, a 1974 episode of the Star Trek animated series. It was depicted as a recreation ...[Read More]

Augmented reality Portal is officially the best Portal

If you weren’t excited by the prospect of augmented reality gaming before then this rendition of Valve’s excellent puzzle game Portal, running in the real world, will cure you of that. Failing that, perhaps you’ve got a faulty excitement module installed. We’ll get GlaDOS to troubleshoot you later. The game, the creation of AR developer Kenny W, isn’t an officially sa...[Read More]

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