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7 investors discuss augmented reality and VR startup opportunities in 2020

7 investors discuss augmented reality and VR startup opportunities in 2020 For all of the investors preaching that augmented reality technology will likely be the successor to the modern smartphone, today, most venture capitalists are still quite wary to back AR plays. The reasons are plentiful, but all tend to circle around the idea that […]

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Snapchat among first to leverage iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR Scanner for AR

Snapchat among first to leverage iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR Scanner for AR Apple introduced its latest flagship iPhone models, the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, at its iPhone event on Tuesday. Among other things, the devices sport a new LiDAR Scanner designed to allow for more immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences. Snapchat today […]

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Amazon launches an AR app that works with new QR codes on its boxes

Amazon launches an AR app that works with new QR codes on its boxes Amazon has quietly launched a new augmented reality application that works with QR codes on the company’s shipping boxes to create “interactive, shareable” AR experiences. Called simply “Amazon Augmented Reality,” the retailer describes the app as a “fun way to reuse […]

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Here’s the curtain raise on the Sight Tech Global agenda

Here’s the curtain raise on the Sight Tech Global agenda The goal of Sight Tech Global, a virtual, global event on December 2-3, 2020, is to gather the world’s top experts who are applying advanced technologies, notably AI, to the future of accessibility and assistive tech for people who are blind or visually impaired. Today […]

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Accessibility’s nextgen breakthroughs will be literally in your head

Accessibility’s nextgen breakthroughs will be literally in your head Predicting the future of technology for people with visual impairments is easier than you might think. In 2003, I wrote an article entitled “In the Palm of Your Hand” for the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness from the American Foundation for the Blind. The arrival […]

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Google wakes up from its VR daydream

Google wakes up from its VR daydream Daydream, Google’s mobile-focused virtual reality platform is losing official support from Google, Android Police reports. The company confirmed that it will no longer be updating the Daydream software, with the publication noting that “Daydream may not even work on Android 11” as a result of this. This isn’t […]

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Google Maps gets improved Live View AR directions

Google Maps gets improved Live View AR directions Google today announced a few updates to Live View, the augmented reality walking directions in its Google Maps app that officially launched last year. Live View uses your phone’s camera and GPS to tell you exactly where to go, making it a nice addition to the standard […]

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JAWS architect Glen Gordon is joining Sight Tech Global, a virtual event Dec. 2-3

JAWS architect Glen Gordon is joining Sight Tech Global, a virtual event Dec. 2-3 For people who are blind or visually impaired, JAWS is synonymous with freedom to operate Windows PCs with a remarkable degree of control and precision with output in speech and Braille. The keyboard-driven application makes it possible to navigate GUI-based interfaces of […]

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The pandemic has probably killed VR arcades for good

The pandemic has probably killed VR arcades for good A lagging trend of the past few months has been witnessing startups that COVID seemed poised to kill end up scaling back some of those deep cuts and taking off again. Not all spaces have been quite so lucky, in particular, lately we’ve seen a host […]

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Facebook changes name of its annual VR event and its overall AR/VR organization

Facebook changes name of its annual VR event and its overall AR/VR organization Facebook is moving further away from the Oculus brand. The company says it is changing the name of their augmented reality and virtual reality division to “Facebook Reality Labs,” a division which will encompass the company’s AR/VR products under the Oculus, Spark […]

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