Augmented and Mixed Reality News
As 2020 begins this year’s CES in Las Vegas was particularly interesting to follow. It not only seemed to set the course for the year but also for an entire decade. Below we summarize this year’s AR-news from the show, plus a few other recent AR-headlines. For a more detailed summary on CES 2020 across the fields we recommend you check out Techradar.
Samsung showcases AR-glasses during keynote at CES 2020. During this year’s keynote Samsung casually revealed a new set of AR-glasses as part of a virtual fitness training. While the demonstration showed how consumers can work out anywhere with a virtual fitness trainer the newly showcased AR hardware was not further discussed. Whether this is the first step of a potential AR roadmap or a single prototype, only time will show. If you want to take a closer look at the glasses, check out Techchrunch.
Nreal launches system that converts Android apps into MR experiences. Primarily known for its stylish AR-headsets Nreal showcased their new Nebula system at CES last week. It’s a first attempt to transform Android smartphone apps into 3D using a pair of Nreal Light glasses. For more information around the demo and pre-order details, check out VRScout.
Vuzix M4000 enterprise AR glasses uses waveguide display system. Vuzix introduced its latest enterprise AR glasses M4000 at CES as “the most powerful optically see-through smart glasses built for enterprise customers”. The confident introduction relates to a new waveguide display system that is supposed to enable users to engage with digital content without any occlusions. Sounds promising? You find the full story as well as production and shipping details on Venture Beat.
Hong Kong start-up presents promising AR-glasses at CES show floor. China-based start-up Pacific Future showcased its new Am Glass in Las Vegas last week. While these wearables are by the looks astonishingly close to the Nreal Light, they might have solved its competitors downsides including accuracy in spatial mapping and overall tracking. For technical specifications and more information, go to Next Reality News.
In other news...
New Apple Reality Converter released for macOS. Developers can now convert, view and customize USDZ 3D objects, Apple’s AR file type, with the new Reality Convert application. It can be used alongside Reality Composer, Apple’s tool for producing AR experiences and aims to improve the integration of 3D contents into apps. More on 9 to 5 Mac.
Snapchat takes over AI factory for $166 million. It has now been confirmed by Snapchat that they acquired Ukraine start-up AI-Factory who recently delivered Snapchat’s animated selfie-based video feature Cameos. While little details around the deal have been communicated, we’re curious to see how AI factory’s expertise in image and video recognition will impact Snapchat in the future. For more information around this acquisition, check out Tech Crunch for the latest status.
Magic Leap renames its AR-headset including minor updates. The Magic Leap One Creator edition is now available under a new name: Magic Leap 1. While it includes only minor updates and looks identical compared to the original device, Magic Leap 1 is now aimed at professional users shifting the focus to business customers. More details and information on a Magic Leap 2 release on The Verge.
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