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Feadship Pure Superyacht Augmented Reality
Unveiled at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show, Feadship’s Pure superyacht is unlike any other that you’ve probably seen. Aside from all the luxuries you’d expect from this type of vessel, it has a virtually-generated command center / pilothouse using augmented reality (AR) technology. That’s right, there are no windows, but rather an image of the seas that have been projected onto the walls of the room. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Nreal Air Augmented Reality Smartglasses
Weighing in at just 77g, the Nreal AIR augmented reality smartglasses are the first to be compatible with iOS. Featuring a 90Hz micro-OLED display with a pixel density of 49 PPD (Pixels Per Degree), it’s capable of projecting up to a 201-inch virtual display that boasts a 90Hz refresh rate, comparable to one viewed at a distance of 6 meters. This makes the smartglasses perfect for watching videos and playing mobile games. Read more for another picture and additional information.

Research Phobys App Spider Augmented Reality Fear Arachnophobia
University of Basel have come up with a modern way to help combat your fear of arachnophobia through an augmented reality app for smartphones. In clinical trials, subjects experienced a reduced fear of real spiders after completing just a few training units with the app from the comfort of their own home. Called Phobys, this app is based on exposure therapy and uses a realistic 3D spider model that is projected into the real world. Read more for another picture and additional information.

New Snapchat Spectacles Augmented Reality
Unlike its predecessors, the all-new Snapchat Spectacles aren’t focusing on video, but rather augmented reality, which lets creators reimagine the way they communicate, live, as well as explore the world together through experiences built in Lens Studio. Featuring dual 3D waveguide displays and a 26.3° field of view overlay Lenses, all powered by the company’s new Snap Spatial Engine that leverages six degrees of freedom with hand / marker / surface tracking. Read more for two videos, including the full reveal, and additional information.

US Army IVAS Microsoft Hololens
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.

Facebook Neural Wristband AR
Photo credit: The Verge
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.

Pokemon Go Microsoft HoloLens
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 Mixed Reality AR
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 Augmented Reality Snapdragon XR1 AR Smart Viewer
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.

Samsung AR Glasses
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.