The Lenovo ThinkReality A3 are essentially lightweight smartglasses designed for the workplace. They are designed to create customized virtual monitors, 3D visualization to Augmented Reality (AR) assisted workflows and immersive training. Users can either tether them to a PC or Motorola smartphones via a USB-C cable, and they fit like sunglasses, complete with industrial frame options for safer and more durable use. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Apple’s long rumored AR glasses could be released sooner than expected, and possibly even late this year. Its currently in the second phase of development with over 1,000 engineers and researchers working on the project. Allegedly, the lenses use a polarized system, similar technology found in 3D movie glasses. This system creates the illusion of depth using stereoscopic images, similar to other AR and VR devices currently on the market from Microsoft, Magic Leap and Oculus. Read more for a video and additional information.
Google is continually adding new functionality to their Search service, including augmented reality objects, whether it be animals or Baby Yoda. The later comes out just in time for The Mandalorian’s Season 2 finale, and lets you place the character just about anywhere in your home. To try it out yourself, simply open the browser on an iOS or Android device, search for “The Child” or “Baby Yoda”, scroll down until you see the character card, and then click “View in 3D”. Read more for a short video demonstration.
Google just added 50 new AR animals for you to interact with on Search. Some of them include a bulldog, cane corso, coyote, dachshund, donkey, milk cow, hamster, giraffe, welsh corgi, red panda, pitbull, zebra, ox, doberman, kitten, and lots more. How does this work? Simply search for these animals on a mobile browser or through the official Google app, and just scroll down until you see “View in 3D” to start the adventure. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Apple’s augmented reality smartglasses are reported to launch either late next year or in early 2022, and just this week, display expert Ross Young claimed that they’ll be using Sony microOLED (1280×960 resolution) displays. Each of these 0.5-inch displays have a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, a response speed of 0.01ms or less, and a wide color gamut. As for other features, we’ll have to wait until new Apple leaks surface. Read more for a video and additional information.
Whether if you have the new LiDAR-equipped iPhone 12 Pro or any other smartphone, ClipDrop is the first app that makes augmented reality practical. How so? It basically enables you to cut-and-paste real objects onto your computer’s desktop. Simply open the app, take a picture of something, and then hover it over a computer screen to use in your applications. Other uses include taking text from a book, as the app automatically removes the background. Read more for a video demonstration.
In the military, working dogs are mainly used to scout areas for explosives devices and hazardous materials when assisting in rescue operations. The one caveat is having to giving these dogs the necessary commands to perform these missions, as this can put a soldier in harm’s way. Command Sight, Inc. wants to change that using augmented goggles that allow a dog’s handler to give it specific directional commands while keeping the soldier remote and out of sight. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Google has teamed up with Universal Brand Development, Amblin Entertainment and Ludia to bring you 10 augmented reality dinosaurs from “Jurassic World”. When using Google Search, you’ll be able to watch T. Rex roam around your living room or watch the Stegosaurus graze in a field. To activate this feature, simply search for a dinosaur on Google using a mobile device and tap “View in 3D” to rotate or zoom in. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
Portugal-based Forge IT wants to take the game of billiards to a whole new level with Pool Live AR. Simply put, the system requires only a single projector and camera, placed above the table, to detect the cue, balls as well as tables boundaries. Once this is mapped, it projects guides in real time. It can also be used to show the score or other bits of information. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Most Apple fans probably already know that the company has been developing augmented reality glasses for the past couple of years, but new information has been leaked, courtesy of Jon Prosser. He states that Apple is working on a Steve Jobs Heritage Edition prototype, similar to how Apple Watch came out with the $10,000 gold version early on. Read more for a video and additional information.