Augmented Reality
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Chop down mountains with the edge of your hand in this augmented-reality sandbox

Researchers from UC Davis and UCLA just unveiled an augmented reality sandbox that lets people modify and alter a topographical map with only their hands.

To lure millennials, Residence Inn uses booze, food trucks, and augmented reality

Hotel company Residence Inn is experimenting with augmented reality at some of its properties. Using a mobile-based app developed by Blippar, guests can unlock fun interactive experiences. It's all part of a goal to appeal to tech-savvy…

Microsoft offering free holoLens kits and grant money to spur university research

Dubbed the Academic Research Request for Proposals, Microsoft plans to present five educational institutions with $100,000 and two HoloLens kits each. Those who are interested must submit an application by September 5, 2015

HoloLens: Microsoft offers researchers $500K to take its AR gear to the next level

Microsoft is doling out the dough in a bid to grab the attention of researchers interested in developing applications for the HoloLens. The company hopes that grants worth $100K each will help HoloLens unlock "new ways to create…

Grief is no game, but one developer used virtual reality to defeat it

Virtual reality has long been linked with video games, but what else might the tech be able to achieve? One man turned his own grief into a virtual mourning experience for the greater good.

Google-funded Magic Leap takes step toward awesome AR apps, announces SDK

AR outfit Magic Leap said Tuesday it hopes content creators involved in games, movies, and other sectors will step up to help take its holographic technology to the next stage. Google last year led a $542 million investment round…

Project Tango coming to smartphones thanks to Qualcomm

The innovative 3D mapping technology could power the augmented- and virtual-reality experiences of the future, and it's coming to a reference smartphone device before the end of the year.

Apple now owns a company that makes cool augmented reality software

Apple has reportedly acquired Metaio, a company that specialises in augmented reality and computer vision software. The news comes amid heightened interest in AR and VR, particularly following Google's announcements at Google I/O.
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InAiR TV brings augmented reality-like experience to TV, and you’re the remote control

SeeSpace's new InAiR TV plug-in device is like Minority Report in your living room, grabbing content from the Internet to augment what you're watching on the big screen, which you can control through gestures.
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Will Microsoft’s holographic headset allow you to read emotions?

Happy or sad? Confused or bored? Angry or surprised? Microsoft may give you the edge on reading people's emotions using the HoloLens headset according to details within a related patent.

Your photos come to life thanks to new emotionsAR service

This new augmented reality service enables you to bring your still photos to life. Using the emotionsAR app you can trigger video, audio, and interactive buttons by scanning an image.
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Thermal imaging doesn’t just illuminate the dark, it now lets you turn dumb objects smart

Metaio has been showing off a series of demos designed to showcase the potential of augmented reality technology. Thermal touch has real potential as a an alternative control scheme for wearables that doesn't rely on direct interactions…