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Get in loser, we’re going (AR) Ghostbusting… in Japan

The event is to mark the 35th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise and takes place at the Ginza Sony Park in Tokyo from 12 October this year. The event will see trainers leading participants sporting "...Ghostbuster uniforms, proton packs, and other props used in the filming of the Ghostbusters movie released in 2016"

Lego’s going augmented reality with the launch of several ghostly Hidden Side sets

So that's why Lego came out with that Stranger Things-themed set that kept the Stuff team busy for two full days. There's a new range coming from the Danish makers of addictive bricks, called Hidden Side, which has an emphasis on ghosts. And other things that aren't actually there, commonly known at Stuff Towers as augmented reality (AR).

Drop everything and download: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (yes, it’s available in SA now)

The new instalment from mobile developer Niantic, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is finally available in South Africa. So without further ado: You're a wizard, esteemed Stuff reader. No, really. We’re not merely pulling your strangely long legs (you should really let Madam Pomfrey take a look at those). 

New Augmented Reality Visualizer App lets you preview a Porsche in your own driveway

Auto-maker Porsche has launched its own augmented reality app which lets your preview one of their cars just about anywhere. Like in your driveway.

A kick in the Glass – Google’s updated its AR eyewear with a R14,400 price tag

Talk about an unexpected comeback. Google's Glass, those augmented reality specs that we were convinced had fallen off the map in 2015, have returned. And, like all good sequels, they're better than ever in addition to being back. Meet the redesigned (and ponderously named) Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. Catchy, yeah? 

Virtual reality adds to tourism through touch, smell and real people’s experiences

Lonely Planet, and others, have become excited by tourism powered by virtual reality(VR) – both on this planet and, thanks to NASA, on others. VR films are also being developed by travel companies, such as Thomas Cook. And Tourism Australia has partnered with Google to understand the marketing potential of VR (well, 360 degree panoramic videos).

Experience the Big Bang in augmented reality with Google and CERN

Yes, augmented reality (AR) is now pretty much as widespread as it could be, but we’ve always wondered what real-world applications are actually worth using it for? A few things, it turns out. We might’ve just found the coolest application of AR yet, and it involves the Big Bang.

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]

Facebook has its sights on a camera-equipped TV and in-home augmented reality tech

Facebook might have more than just serving ads to WhatsApp users and launching video-calling systems on their minds. The social network is reportedly working on a couple of unannounced projects — one of which may be a camera setup designed to be connected to a TV screen. The point? To turn it into a gigantic Portal, obviously, but we reckon there are a few other applications for it as well. ...[Read More]

Counter-terrorism police are now training with virtual terrorists

What if you could save an airport from terrorists, escape insurgents in South Sudan, and rescue civilians in an underground station all in one morning? With modern technology, the ability to recreate these scenarios within virtual and augmented reality is here, and we’re using it to help train counter-terrorism officers and aid workers. Historically, such training would be provided through classro...[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]

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