Augmented Reality

The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg's crazy vision for what comes next

At this week's Facebook F8 conference in San Jose, Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on his crazy ambitious 10-year plan for the company, first revealed in April 2016.<p>Here's the current version of that roadmap, revealed by Zuckerberg this week:<p>Basically, Zuckerberg's uses this roadmap to demonstrate …

Facebook

An existential threat looms over Mark Zuckerberg's quest to kill the smartphone

To understand why Mark Zuckerberg is obsessed with killing the smartphone, you have to go back to a rare public testimony he gave in a Dallas courtroom earlier this year.<p>Zuckerberg was there to testify in a lawsuit between game maker ZeniMax and Oculus, the virtual reality startup Facebook …

Mixed Reality

Facebook Engineer Asserts That Augmented Reality Will Replace Smartphones in 5 Years

Augmenting Technologies<p>Last week, Facebook’s annual developer conference (FB8) gave us a glimpse of the future. While most of the announcements made …

Mixed Reality

How Virtual Anatomy Will Change Med School

Last week I spent a day at the venerable Cleveland Clinic—the city’s best-known celebrity, perhaps, next to this guy. The hospital (and really, it’s …

Mixed Reality

Apple's AR smart glasses could be in the works

A leaked incident report suggests that Apple could be working on some interesting new eyewear, and that accidents happen.<p>Apple may be working on some top secret hardware, including a pair of AR smartglasses. Rumors surfaced after an incident report was allegedly leaked to Gizmodo suggesting that …

Mixed Reality

Facebook: VR’s future is bright but ‘full AR’ is the holy grail

AR and VR will one day blend, Facebook believes<p>After spending more than a billion dollars on virtual reality, Facebook seems to have adopted an equal interest in augmented reality, and at least one AR company couldn’t be happier.<p>“VR will offer increasingly convincing experiences and will gain the …

Mixed Reality

Facebook says the first technology to replace smartphones will be controlled with our brains

A prevailing theory in the tech industry is that smartphones will one day be replaced by normal-looking glasses that display virtual information onto the real world.<p>Leaders like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believe the nascent technology, known as augmented reality, could eventually replace all …

Technology

The reality of M&A for augmented and virtual reality

Despite Facebook’s blockbuster $3 billion Oculus acquisition in 2014, augmented and virtual reality has been too early stage for large scale mergers and acquisitions (M&A) so far. But that’s set to change in the next year to 18 months, so let’s look at what could drive M&A deals going forward.<p>Where …

Virtual Reality

Everything we think we know about the iPhone 8

Thanks to a bevy of leaks that flooded the internet this week, we know more about the iPhone 8 than ever before. Even if only half the rumors turn out to be true, this year’s iPhone is set to be the most innovative device Apple has made in years.<p>Here’s what we know so far.<p>Latest iPhone 8 rumors and …

iPhone

Funding for VR and AR Drops Precipitously in First Quarter of 2017

Startups offering virtual reality and augmented reality products have raised significantly less funding in the first quarter of 2017, according to a …

Virtual Reality

Survey: Augmented and Virtual Reality Yet to Gain Traction in K–12

AR, VR<p>Despite plenty of media attention and hype, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are technologies still on the outskirts in American …

Education

Facebook Debuts Augmented Reality Camera: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that …

Facebook

Your move, iPhone. The smartphone wars are on: Talking Tech

USA Today's Ed Baig tries out Samsung's new smartphone before it hits store shelves. USA TODAY<p>LOS ANGELES — If it’s April, it’s time for the first battle of the 2017 smartphone wars.<p>Samsung released its latest state-of-the-art phones to take on longtime rival Apple with two re-designed Galaxy’s. …

Mixed Reality

Sixth-graders get a lesson in brain surgery using virtual reality headsets

For the sixth-grade class at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa, the science lesson for the day means keeping textbooks and notebooks on the shelves …

Education

Why Apple Would Be Interested in Satellite Operations

Apple Inc. is testing self-driving cars and exploring augmented reality. Recent hires suggest the company is now also looking to the skies. …

Mixed Reality

AR Game Maker Sues Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Legal Response to Pokémon Go

U.S. game company Candy Lab sued the county of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday over an ordinance that requires virtual and location-based augmented …

Pokémon

Get ready for augmented reality *everything*

The hottest thing in Silicon Valley is coming soon to ... well, pretty much everything.<p>Augmented reality is shaping up to be the next big digital gold rush, and consumers should ready themselves for the onslaught. Apple's doing it. So are Google and Snapchat. Oh, and as we saw recently, Facebook is …

Mixed Reality

Mark Zuckerberg Just Signed a Death Warrant for Smartphones

It’s no secret Mark Zuckerberg is pinning Facebook’s prospects on augmented reality — technology that overlays digital imagery onto the real world, …

Mixed Reality

Virtual Reality Companies Navigate ‘The Trough of Disillusionment’ - Bloomberg

Twelve months ago the Virtual Reality World Congress in Bristol, England, was a sell-out show, with over 750 attendees gawping over the latest VR …

Virtual Reality

This App Shows You What Life Will Be Like When The World’s Ice Melts

Spoiler: For a lot of you, After Ice will show you completely underwater.<p>When our persistent carbon output melts all the ice on Earth, the seas will rise over 230 feet and cover the whole Atlantic seaboard, and make islands out of the hills around San Francisco. The Caribbean will …

Global Warming

The augmented reality gold rush is afoot

Who will be the Pixar of AR? Someone oughta be rounding up Hollywood special effects engineers and animated character designers to build an augmented reality content startup.<p>This week’s launch of Facebook’s Camera Effects platform means there are suddenly 1.8 billion people waiting to be …

Technology

Oculus’s Michael Abrash: AR glasses will change everything in ‘the next 50 years’

Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash believes that we may soon see the proliferation of augmented reality glasses, describing them as possibly “one of the great transformational technologies of the next 50 years.” But he doesn’t think that a copy of Google Glass is going to cut it, and he believes …

Technology

Apple’s Newest Product Might Be Revealed By A Workplace Injury Report

What is Apple planning next? That’s a question on everyone’s mind, as the company has a huge pile of cash but seemingly no direction beyond the upcoming iPhone 8. But a workplace incident report accidentally mailed to the whole company might be hinting at where Apple is heading.<p>Gizmodo was leaked …

Mixed Reality

The Navy tests new augmented reality helmet, automation

C4ISR<p>Preparations are underway for the 2017 Trident Warrior exercise, where sailors are exposed to the newest innovations in naval systems warfare …

Mixed Reality

Apple creates new hardware team led by former Google satellite execs

It’s well known that Apple is working hard to bring innovation to augmented reality and self-driving cars (in some capacity). However, new hires recently made by the company are making a satellite project seem likely.<p>A new <i>Bloomberg</i> report details that Apple has hired two former Google satellite …

Google

Facebook: Augmented reality glasses, not smartphones, are the future

<b>X marks the competitive spot</b><p>It looks like Intel is feeling the heat from a resurgent AMD, which has taken on the top chipmaker with its new series of …

Mixed Reality

Apple has a mystery prototype that injures employees’ eyes

According to a workplace Health and Safety report obtained by <i>Gizmodo</i>, Apple is working on some kind of eye-mounted system that involves using lasers. …

Mixed Reality

Augmented reality taking center stage in tech

Last year, virtual reality generated lots of buzz. This year, the buzz is around a different kind of “reality” technology that could end up being …

Mixed Reality

Hands on with Facebook’s AR Studio to create Snapchat-like camera effects

Facebook has made a Mac app to let developers create Snapchat-style camera effects. Here’s how it works.

Facebook

The Realities Of Virtual Reality At Retail

At retail, many of the recent whispers about aisle reinvention lately have revolved around virtual reality. Whether the buzz translates into reality …

Virtual Reality