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The Augmented Reality Sandbox 

The Augmented Reality Sandbox (orginally developed by researchers at UC Davis) lets users sculpt mountains, canyons and rivers, then fill them with water or even create erupting volcanoes. This version of the device at UCLA was built by Gary Glesener using off-the-shelf parts and good ol’ playground sand.

Any shape made in the sandbox is detected by an Xbox Kinect sensor and processed with open source software. It is then projected as a color-coded contour map onto the sand.

Night Terrors

Night Terrors is an augmented reality horror survival game that is being developed for smart phones. The game scans your surroundings and builds an internal map to determine how best to scare you as you wander around in search of a young girl in need of rescue. The game utilizes your flash and camera while you have your headphones plugged in for the audio.

You will walk around your surroundings while coming face to face with various supernatural or creepy things such as ghosts, clowns, spiders, and demons. We don’t know if the game contains jump scares as of yet since it is still seeking funding on indiegogo.

You can help fund it HERE and watch the trailer HERE

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Hyper-Reality

PSA - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Short film by Keiichi Matsuda offers first person perspective in a highly saturated world of augmented reality - this really is worth six minutes of your time:

Our physical and virtual realities are becoming increasingly intertwined. Technologies such as VR, augmented reality, wearables, and the internet of things are pointing to a world where technology will envelop every aspect of our lives. It will be the glue between every interaction and experience,offering amazing possibilities, while also controlling the way we understand the world. Hyper-Reality attempts to explore this exciting but dangerous trajectory. It was crowdfunded, and shot on location in Medellín, Colombia.

You can find out more about the project here

The Best Companion Apps for Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go has taken over the world, rejuvenated a dying company (kinda?), massacred millions of phone batteries, and created lasting adventures. Before the craze is over, check out these apps to develop your skills and have the most fun. 

Poke Radar - (iOS)

Everyone wants to catch an elusive Pokémon - or at least a personal fave (I swear I’ll quit the game once I catch a Pikachu). Poke Radar helps you spot which species have spawned in certain areas. This can help you and you friends find the perfect location to visit and catch whatever your heart desires. As the whole app is crowd-sourced, you should add all your info to make the data even more complete! 

GoChat - (iOS, Android)

There are countless adorable stories of people meeting new friends and reconnecting with others through a passion for Pokémon Go. GoChat provides a much needed messaging platform for players and fans alike. It was created by an avid beta tester who simply wanted to create an even better experience for users. Download it to meet and keep in touch with new friends.

PokeMatch - (iOS, Android)

Single? Perhaps you’ll be interested in PokeMatch, a brand new dating app only for Pokémon Go trainers. You can filter through users by gender and team (I’m Valor in case you were wondering) and swipe through like any other dating app. If you find someone you’re interested in, you simply select a PokéStop to meet at. Let me know if you find the love of your life; I’m desperate for cute stories.

Though I’m not sure how long the mania will last, I am confident that this game has and will continue to shape mobile gaming in the future. Niantic Labs, the company behind Pokémon Go, developed another augmented reality game called Ingress; I would, arguably, call it the best mobile game I’ve ever seen. Accessible augmented reality is here, and I couldn’t be happier.

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Microsoft reveals Project HoloLens, Augmented Reality headset

Microsoft recently showed off an augmented reality technology it’s been working on that comes in the form of a voice controlled headset. The event took place live and recorded, the demonstration being used to show the audience members what the user was seeing as they tested out the technology. Reviews are also in (Wired, ArsTechnica), and they’re on the whole quite positive, with ease of use, visual fidelity and intuitiveness having been noted as strengths.

The reviews also note the various applications the technology was used to display on their test run, from designing hardware (with “HoloStudio”) to a virtual Mars experience as well as a platforming game that took place around the furniture in the room. The promotional videos for the device feature some of the same types of applications, with Minecraft or a Minecraft-like game being played around the home.

If the reviews and showcase are anything to go by this could be a very big thing for interactive media and communications, and there’s also the question of what it could mean for virtual reality technology.

Learn more here

Halfway through your walk to school, a wild Charmander appears. Just a few throws of a Pokéball, and it could be yours. Will you stop to catch it?

Nintendo is betting you will. Not just that, they’re betting that you’ve waited most of your life to see a Pokémon in the real world.

Pokémon Go — the upcoming iOS and Android app from Nintendo, The Pokémon Co., and developer Niantic Labs — promises to let anyone with a smart phone “find” and train the diverse creatures of Pokémon all around them.

For aspiring Trainers, it could be an entirely new way to interact with a now 20-year-old franchise.

To Be The Very Best: Pokémon Enters Into Augmented Reality

Image: Courtesy of Niantic Labs

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Scientists To Plan Missions And Explore Mars Through Holograms 

For planetary scientists, a hologram of a distant planet might be the next best thing to being there. While NASA’s goal to send astronauts to Mars sometime in the 2030s is still a long time off, researchers will start setting their feet down on a data-based three-dimensional representation of the red planet later this year.

In other words, the first iteration of a NASA science holodeck is here.

It was just yesterday that Microsoft announced its HoloLens, what the company bills as a powerful holographic computing headset. “For the first time ever, Microsoft HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life in your world, where they integrate with your physical places, spaces, and things,” the company says.

While many applications for virtual and augmented reality systems have already been identified thanks to projects like Google Glass and Oculus Rift, the U.S. space agency is sounding vocal support for the science applications of HoloLens from the get-go.

Keep reading

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Brand Killer

Student project by Reed Rosenbluth, Jonathan Dubin, Tom Catullo, and Alex Crits-Christoph is a proof-of-concept Augmented Reality version of Ad-Block, censoring brand logos that appear in the real world - video embedded below:

Corporate branding and advertisements are ubiquitous in society today and impossible to avoid. What if we lived in a world where consumers were blind to the excesses of corporte branding? Brand Killer is a technology demonstration of a future world in which consumers can empower themselves using augmented reality to literally ignore corporate influence. We built head mounted display which uses openCV image processing to recognize and block brands and logos from the user’s point of view in real time. It’s AdBlock for Real Life.

More Here

So now we know Pokemon Go is coming but this is something else we saw at the Pokemon Conference today in Japan. Notice none of the remakes are shown. These are each generation of Pokemon games with the years. 2016 is there. This is our first hint that gen 7 is coming next year. Each generation is shown. Also while digging through Pokemon Amiibo data it was found that there are 850 separate spots for Pokemon Amiibo. So Pokemon Amiibo cards are likely. That would be way too many figures to produce.

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Metaverse Nails : MM Nails

A girl run tech company, Metaverse Makeovers has created the worlds first Augmented Reality Wearable Tech fashion nails. Wearable fashion and beauty tech for cyber femmes.
Interact and customize holograms thats pop and sparkle on your fingertips in real time. Re-usable and non toxic, the nails work in conjunction with a free app MM Nails available on Android and iOS

Read the interview with CEO and Inventor Thea Baumann on MTV here 
Buy MM Nails here 

credits to our models and photographers: femmeasfuck kalindyannewilliams willowmaiadarling Sam Orchard and Shian the Face of the Metaverse 

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Project Tango

Google unveils next-generation smartphone device featuring motion and depth sensors. This is really exciting as it offers computational photography to the masses and far more sophisticated Augmented Reality experiences. The prototype device is available now for developers to create something special - video embedded below:

As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.

The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

You can find out more at the Project Tango website here

Straight Creepin’, or: Deciding To Go With Pokemon GO

Wednesday, 9:05 p.m. ET: My Twitter timeline is filled with horrible news, and with people (it seems to me) understandably desperate to escape that news by sharing screenshots and avatars from Pokemon GO, which has just been released in the U.S.. I piously ignore them, and read more about the news.

9:10 p.m.: I visit the app store. Not for any reason. Just to see. I note that Pokemon GO is free, in the sense that it features “in-app purchases” which of course means, if one is even the tiniest bit obsessive, that it is anything but free. Un-free. Anti-free. There is free, and there is its polar, anti-matter, negatively charged opposite, and that is this game. No thank you.

9:12 p.m.: I download Pokemon GO.

9:13-9:18 p.m.: I name and build my avatar. The options, in terms of designing my look, strike me as appallingly limited. I can choose only the color of my skin, hair, lumpy unflattering jacket, I-Love-the-90s cargo shorts, sneakers, backpack and jaunty ball cap. I am particularly miffed that I cannot even alter the tilt of said ball cap from “jaunty” to, for example, “rakish.” If the developers are on their game, they will make this option an in-app purchase.

9:19 p.m.: The game’s tutorial begins by informing me that “There is a Wild Pidgey nearby!” I hold up the phone and see that “nearby” is an alarming understatement: A cartoon bird-like thing is here, two feet before me, fluttering above my living room rug. It is PIDGEYING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All, Or At Least A Few: A Pokemon Neophyte Tries 'Pokemon GO’

Image: Pokemon Company/Niantic

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New virtual reality tech lets you chuck virtual objects with your bare hands

It’s possible to juggle virtual objects with your bare hands using new virtual reality technology. Computer hardware company Leap Motion’s new hardware/software VR technology, dubbed Orion, tracks hand movement so acutely “that people can forget there is any separation between them and technology,” Leap Motion co-founder Michael Buckwald told VentureBeat. This could transform VR.

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