Augmented Reality

Apple acquisition points to possibility of easy background removal in photos

According to a Danish newspaper, Apple now owns a company that uses machine learning to remove or replace the background on photos and videos. Spektral's website says it is working to bring the A.I. background removal to smartphones.

Lifeprint’s Harry Potter printer adds motion magic to photos

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! You can now print moving photos and declare your Hogwarts House loyalty with Lifeprint's Harry Potter Magic Photo and Video Printer and App, and add AR elements from the Wizarding World.

Facebook appears set on crafting custom silicon for augmented reality devices

Facebook's latest job postings are seeking engineers and developers for custom augmented reality chipsets, and seem to support speculation that the company is looking to produce AR glasses.

Will your carry-on fit in that overhead bin? Kayak’s new AR tool can tell you

Don't break out the tape measure just yet -- a new augmented reality tool inside the Kayak app can help determine if your bag meets carry-on requirements. After measuring the bag, the app compares it to your airline's requirements.

Apple reportedly hiring augmented reality team to work on Maps app

Apple Maps has been rumored to be getting a complete overhaul, and it looks like the redesign may also include an augmented reality experience. If true, Apple may be looking to extend its AR investment beyond Animoji and Memoji.

Apple acquires yet another startup as the release of its AR glasses draws near

Apple AR glasses may be closer to reality than we thought. Here is everything we know so far about the augmented reality system, including the rumored specifications of Apple's Project Mirrorshades.

Escape reality with the best augmented reality apps for Android and iOS

Augmented reality apps have come a long way in the past few years, and there are more of them available to consumers than ever before. Check out our top picks for the best augmented reality apps for Android and iOS.
Virtual Reality

Magic Leap One no longer asks for a leap of imagination. Here's how it works

The Magic Leap One AR headset is now available for a rather hefty price. Here's everything you need to know about the device including the price, where it can be purchased, the hardware powering Magic Leap's goggles and more.

Facebook Messenger now includes AR games you can play with your friends

If sending messages wasn't already enough with Facebook Messenger, users can now challenge friends to augmented reality games. With the new feature, you can play with up to six people at a time from anywhere in the world.

If A.I. doesn’t replace your job, it may make it much more pleasant

As smart assistants and AI grow in complexity and capability, the question arises of how such technologies will affect the workplace and workforce of the future. Will we adapt, or be left behind by the machines?

Magic Leap’s augmented reality interface floats wherever you want it

New screenshots of a potential user interface for the Magic Leap augmented reality headset give us a firmer grasp of what the AR world inside the goggles might actually look like during day-to-day use.

Adobe’s next big software secret? An augmented reality tool called Project Aero

Itching to create an augmented reality object? Adobe will soon have software to help. Adobe recently teased Project Aero, an upcoming software that helps design AR objects, including support for Apple's ARKit.
Emerging Tech

6 amazing examples of game-changing technology for the blind community

In the United States there are roughly 8.4 million people who are either blind have some other visual impairment. Here is some of the amazing game-changing technology designed to help them.

Eww, gross! See your beating heart for real on this amazing AR T-shirt

Augmented reality is cool tech, but it takes the right app to highlight its ability. Curiscope's clever Virtuali-Tee is a great example, and thanks to a new app update, it has added something very real to its internal view.

Ironically, tech will save us from the horror of Cell Phone Courtesy Month

July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and while we could probably all do with being a little more considerate with our phone use, advancements in tech have the potential to end us staring at a little screen when we shouldn’t.

AT&T to sell the Magic Leap One Creator Edition AR headset in U.S. this summer

AT&T said it signed a deal to be the exclusive wireless distributor of Magic Leap’s products in the United States. First up to bat will be the Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset that will be sold in select stores this summer.
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.

Jarvish adds Alexa and AR to make its motorcycle helmet even smarter

Headgear gets smarter as Jarvish adds augmented reality and Amazon Alexa support to its X-AR motorcycle helmet. Alexa and other voice assistants can manage the helmet's navigation, entertainment, connectivity, and communications features.