MWC2018 – Experts think VR/AR will really benefit from 5G

The theme of this year’s MWC in Barcelona may have been sustainability, but it was definitely unofficially 5G. All over the mammoth conference space, there was excited talk of how the emergence of 5G networks would affect everything from IoT to smart glasses.

In a panel on the future of immersive experiences on Monday, HTC Vive’s president of Viveport Rikard Steiber said that 5G will really enable the integration of AI into a range of services. With the spread of intelligent computers, Steiber...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Developers.

MWC2018 - Deutsche Telecom and ZEISS show how close smart glasses are to the mainstream

At this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Deutsche Telekom and ZEISS unveiled the design of their smart glasses to attendees. The pair also brought in some friends to help show the wide range of applications that this technology is likely to have in the next few years.

Here are the key details from the presentation.

Partnership details

The two companies announced a joint venture, tooz technologies Inc., in order to expand their smart glasses partnership in early 2018. The underlying...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR.

Samsung to use AR at Mobile World Congress product launch

Samsung is planning to use AR to wow attendees at next week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona when it unveils its new smartphones. However, details both of the phones and the promotional tactics planned have been leaked ahead of the event.

The company recently released its Unpacked 2018 app on the Google Play Store. The app is intended to for registered and invited users at events, and also for people that want to view the live stream of the MWC event.

It seems that Samsung didn’t...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Samsung.

MIT and Cornell combine AR with 3D printing

A joint project from MIT and Cornell is looking to change the prototyping game by combining AR with robotic modelling and 3D printing.

The Robotic Modelling Assistant (RoMA) allows users wearing an AR headset and using two handheld controllers to build 3D models with a computer programme. A robotic arm gets to work building a skeletal model using a 3D printer mounted on its hand.

Project leader Huaishu Peng described the benefits of the project as allowing users to “integrate real-world constraints into...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR.

Magic Leap reveals elements of its business plans for the next few years

After seemingly hoovering in investment without giving much away about what it was actually up to for years, the last few months have seen a flood of Magic Leap-related news activity.

Just before Christmas, the company finally unveiled its highly-anticipated AR headset.

Now, CEO Rony Abovitz has revealed a few key aspects of the company’s strategy going forward. The comments were made at the Code Media conference.

So, with Magic...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR.

Apple patent filing gives clues about AR glasses

Anticipation continues to bubble about Apple’s rumoured entry into the AR hardware market. The tech giant’s experiments with the technology are common knowledge, but a new patent filing has shed more light on what direction might take.

Last week, Apple

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Hardware.

4 changes the AR industry needs to make to go mainstream

Since the mass adoption of smartphones, technology has been veering in the direction of merging the physical world with the digital one.

From Google Glass to Pokemon Go, consumers are now being exposed to devices, technologies, and apps that take reality and augment it with digital information and experiences.

Today’s AR technologies focus mainly on wearable devices - such as glasses or headsets - that perform anything from pointing out directions to a location, or displaying the price of an item...

By Clifford Gross, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR.

The New York Times moves in to AR

The New York Times (NYT) is set to release an AR app that will allow future issues of the newspaper to include AR enhanced articles.

The publication said in a statement that it wants to use the technology to extend “stories beyond the inches of a screen, by digitally adding objects into your space at real scale.”

The company said that AR can give those digital objects “provocative explanatory value, because you can get close to them.”

The NYT announcement comes less than a month after TIME released an

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR.

Google set to bring AR functionality to Chrome

Google looks set to take the next step in its effort to gain cross-platform AR superiority with a new product, currently title Article, with integrates AR into the Chrome browser.

In a blog post on its website by members of the Daydream WebXR team, the company says the move would help bring AR to “as many users as possible”:

“We've been exploring how to bring augmented reality to the web platform, so someday anyone with a browser can access this new technology.” 

Article is...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR.

Using MR to ‘see through’ patient tissue in operations

A team at Imperial College London have demonstrated how mixed reality can be used in complex reconstructive lower limb surgery.

The team used a Microoft Hololens to overlay images of CT scans showing the position of bones and key blood vessels onto an actual patient’s leg. This essentially allows the surgeon to ‘see through’ the limb while performing the procedure.

The key benefit of leveraging the technology in this way is to allow surgeons to better locate and reconnect important blood...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Microsoft.