It’s official, the United States Army awarded Microsoft Corporation a fixed price production agreement to manufacture the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS). This system combines multiple technologies into an architecture that allows soldiers to fight, rehearse, and train using a single platform. It leverages existing high-resolution night, thermal, and soldier-borne sensors integrated into a unified heads-up display to provide the improved situational awareness, target engagement, and decision-making necessary to match up against adversaries. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) Research is one part of the company you don’t nearly hear about, but today, they showcased their new wrist-controlled AR interface. Why the wrist? Well, it’s the traditional place to to wear a watch, meaning it could seamlessly fit into everyday life and social contexts, thus enabling intuitive, powerful, as well as satisfying interaction. Electromyography (EMG) uses sensors to translate electrical motor nerve signals that travel through the wrist to the hand into digital commands that you can use to control the functions of a device. Read more for two videos and additional information.
In the near future, Microsoft Mesh will allow you to play Pokemon Go with a holographic friend, and to show how this experience might be, Niantic CEO John Hanke joined Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman at a San Francisco park. Hanke then went on to demonstrate a version of Pokemon Go that works with the Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset. Unfortunately, it’s not intended for consumer use and more a proof-of-concept to show what is possible. Read more for the video and additional information.
Microsoft Mesh, a software platform that will enable users to work and play together virtually by interacting with the same set of holograms on devices at various price points and from different manufacturers, takes augmented reality to the next level. Whether it be HoloLens goggles, Facebook’s Oculus headset, smartphones or computers, users can use Mesh to get a two-dimensional view. Plus, multiple users will be able see the same holograms from different locations, allowing for events such as concerts or company meetings where one user attends in person and others in “holoports” from home. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Qualcomm has just unveiled its first augmented reality (AR) reference design based on the Snapdragon XR1 platform, which is equipped to deliver high-performance, immersive experiences, and lower power consumption. Put simply, it’s an AR smart viewer with versatility to tether to a compatible smartphone, Windows PC, or processing puck, all the while being optimized for devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Platforms. Read more for a video and additional information.
With Apple developing their own augmented reality glasses, it’s no surprise that Samsung also has something in the works. Two videos were released by technology leaker “WakingCat” on Twitter earlier today, the same person who tipped the public off on the Galaxy Chromebook 2, on Glasses Lite. This device appears slightly more bulky than normal sunglasses, but the reason for that is because there is a transparent screen embedded directly into the lenses. Read more to watch a compilation of both videos and additional information.
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.