These are the coolest virtual and augmented reality gadgets from CES 2019

CES 2019 had plenty of VR and AR gadgets on display, including headsets that completely change how you experience virtual reality, and some that don't even require a PC or a phone to run.
Emerging Tech

Magical new AR demo transforms 2D photos into ‘Harry Potter’-style 3D animations

Researchers have created an AR tool which can animate stationary characters in 2D images, resulting in them walking off their flat backdrop. Because who has time for still images in 2018?
Emerging Tech

Capture app saves money by 3D scanning objects using iPhone’s TrueDepth camera

Capture is a new iPhone app created by the Y Combinator-backed startup Standard Cyborg. It allows anyone to perform 3D scans of objects and share them with buddies. Here's how it works.

Intel’s augmented reality brings Red Bull Rampage into your living room

The extreme mountain biking action of Red Bull Rampage is coming to your living room thanks to the power of augmented reality and 360-degree video that lets fans load a scale replica of the course right in their phones.
Emerging Tech

With VR dinosaurs and ‘Minecraft,’ one hospital is making medicine less scary

From augmented reality rabbits on the wards to a Minecraft recreation of the hospital for kids to explore, one of the world's most renowned children's hospitals just got a major tech overhaul.

‘Pokémon Go’ could be a game for everyone — but it isn’t there yet

Recent content and feature updates for Pokémon Go have brought it closer to being a game for everyone, but will Niantic be able to tackle the game's most glaring issues before the launch of Pokémon: Let's Go?
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Never remember a face? A new AR facial-recognition app could jog your memory

Prosopagnosia is a neurological condition in which sufferers struggle to recognize people they have met. Could AR technology help? An app created by a Harvard neuroscientist aims to do so.

Pricing and lack of content are still barriers against the adoption of VR

A recent survey questioned 595 VR and AR professionals about business growth in the consumer and enterprise markets. Only 24 percent report strong sales in the enterprise while 18 percent show strong sales in the consumer market.

AR/VR headset creator Magic Leap partners with AT&T on upcoming release

Magic Leap may not be a household name yet, but that may be set to change. The secretive company is partnering with AT&T in a deal that will bring its innovative AR/VR headset to as many people as possible.
Social Media

Augmented reality is coming to Facebook — in the form of advertisements

Augmented reality is coming to Facebook, but perhaps not in the way that you would have wanted. Facebook announced on Tuesday, July 10 that it has begun testing AR advertisements within its Newsfeed.
Emerging Tech

This algorithm turns World Cup games into 3D augmented reality

Researchers have developed a way to get you closer to your favorite sports action: An algorithm which can turn 2D live-action televised soccer into a 3D augmented reality re-creation.
Smart Home

Streem and Porch put AR to work on your next home improvement project

Streem's AR-enhanced mobile video platform has partnered with the Porch network of more than 250,000 contractors nationwide. The Streem app connects homeowners with Porch assistants who capture information for contractors to make quotes.

Microsoft patent could make playing ‘NBA 2K18’ in VR feel more realistic

Microsoft's accessories for virtual reality will make it feel more real when you're playing a game of virtual hoops. You will be able to feel drag as you're trying to make a shot, and virtual checks will feel like real ones.
Emerging Tech

An asteroid of new interfaces will wipe out the prehistoric mouse and keyboard

Put down your mouse! Here are seven of the ways we’ll interact with computers in the decades to come. From voice control to brain interfaces, get ready to meet the future of interfaces.

Apple’s wireless, mixed-reality glasses could launch in 2020

Apple is working on its own mixed reality headset. With an 8K display for each eye, the glasses, which combines augmented and virtual reality technologies, may arrive in 2020 with custom Apple components to deliver a wireless experience.
Emerging Tech

Low-cost Ghost AR headset promises MacOS multitasking on steroids

Ghost is a more affordable augmented reality (AR) headset allows you to create infinite MacOS windows that hover around you in virtual space. Get ready to take multitasking to the next level!

Snapchat now uses the iPhone X’s TrueDepth Camera to make better filters

Snapchat now uses the same tech as Face ID to make sure that your Lenses look amazing every time. Thanks to integration with Apple's TrueDepth data, Lenses can now add shadows, highlights, and track movement better than before.
Smart Home

Carpenters, plumbers, and other pros can ‘beam’ into your home with Streem

Streem uses augmented reality to “beam” a home professional to your house via an app. The professional can then take measurements, identify appliances, and give you estimates on how much a job will cost.