This company’s trying to make cheap AR headsets with hand-tracking tech happen

April 10, 2018

Leap Motion's Project North Star headset will be made open source and can be produced for under $100 at scale.Image: leap motion Leap Motion (not to be confused with Magic Leap) has been working on making virtual reality touchable without special gloves for the last few years and now it’s bringing its high-tech hand-tracking gesture technology to augmented reality. Unlike Microsoft’s HoloLens ($3,000 for developers) and Magic Leap’s likely expensive…

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Bose’s AR sunglasses are the complete opposite of Google Glass and that’s really smart

March 13, 2018

Bose's augmented-reality sunglasses tell you about the world around you through sound.Image: Raymond Wong/Mashable Bose — yes, the speaker and headphone company — is developing augmented reality sunglasses. But unlike the failed Google Glass and other smart glasses designed to overlay digital objects and information on top of the real world, Bose’s AR glasses have no screen and no camera. Instead, they use sound to provide useful context when you’re…

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The 8 best gadgets from Berlin’s IFA 2017 technology show

September 28, 2017

Image: raymond wong/mashable Europe’s largest technology show, IFA, kicked off early this week in Berlin. Running until Sept. 6, the huge show gives everyone a glimpse into the future of consumer tech. While the biggest tech announcements are reserved for CES in January, big brands like Samsung and LG still debut some pretty sweet products at IFA.  SEE ALSO: What it’s like to have a lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren…

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10 tech trends that will dominate CES 2017

August 21, 2017

Image: Christina Ascani/Mashable The first tech event of 2017 is also the year’s biggest: CES arrives the first week of January, and like a tardy Santa Claus, it bestows the world with the gift of new consumer tech of every kind phones, cars, TVs, drones, VR you name it. Looked at another way, CES tends to catapult new devices and technologies at the world like enormous gobs of spaghetti. The…

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Snapchat’s future Spectacles will have augmented reality, patent reveals

July 24, 2017

Image: snap inc. Snapchat isn’t done with Spectacles, its video-camera sunglasses. The first version, released in November, was a disappointment for some, not for its lack of color selection, but for the absence of augmented reality. But a patent published Thursday reveals an augmented future for Spectacles and other wearables and gadgets made by Snap Inc., the camera company. Like this: .@Snapchat @Spectacles My favorite part of the patent is…

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Apple just bought an eye-tracking company now what?

June 27, 2017

Image: SensoMotoric Instruments  Apple’s attempts to hide the development of secret new products by using shell companies usually works, but some clever sleuthing by one site has revealed what may be a key component of Apple’s future with augmented reality. SEE ALSO: Cardboard augmented reality goggles? Please, no. We’ve done this dance before. Documents have been uncovered by MacRumors that indicate Apple has quietly acquired eye-tracking company SensoMotoric Instruments. In…

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Snapchat’s future Spectacles will have augmented reality, patent reveals

May 24, 2017

Image: snap inc. Snapchat isn’t done with Spectacles, its video-camera sunglasses. The first version, released in November, was a disappointment for some, not for its lack of color selection, but for the absence of augmented reality. But a patent published Thursday reveals an augmented future for Spectacles and other wearables and gadgets made by Snap Inc., the camera company. Like this: .@Snapchat @Spectacles My favorite part of the patent is…

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