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The holiday season may be behind us now, but we wanted to keep you all in the holiday spirit just a little longer. As you've likely heard, we hooked-up with our friends at Lenovo for another HOT Holiday Giveaway that ended in December, just before we headed out for CES 2019.  For this giveaway, we had not one but three awesome prizes up for grabs -- two Lenovo Smart Displays with Google Assistant – one 10” model and one 8” – along with a Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR Kit with Kylo Ren Lightsaber; cool tech, great gear, good times. In any... Read more...
The holidays are almost here, and we want to do our part to get you all worked up and in the holiday spirit. We thought there’s no better way to do that than to give away some HOT new tech gear brought you by Lenovo! Up for grabs in our latest HOT Holiday giveaway are two Lenovo Smart Displays with Google Assistant – one 10” model and one 8” – along with the Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR Kit With Kylo Ren Lightsaber! 1st Prize: Lenovo 10” Smart Display 2nd Prize: Lenovo 8” Smart Display 3rd Prize: Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR Kit With... Read more...
Snap Inc. wants its wearable cameras to be a big deal, and it keeps refining the design to make them more appealing to consumers. So far, the existing Snap Spectacles haven't exactly taken off with respect to sales. Two new Spectacles unveiled in September were essentially the same as the brightly colored and strange looking original Spectacles from 2016 in sleeker frames.  Snap Inc.'s Original Spectacles Snap Inc. is reportedly set to launch another Spectacles style by the end of 2018 with new tech crammed inside. Reports claim that the new Spectacles are known internally as Newport, and... Read more...
Palmer Luckey is the founder of the company that created the Oculus Rift VR headset, so he is a bit biased when it comes to VR hardware. On his blog, Luckey penned a new post titled "Magic Leap is a Tragic Heap," and he goes on to say that he carefully chose the title. Luckey writes that the Magic Leap headset is a "tragedy in the classical sense" and then notes that the device is a flashy hype vehicle that no one can use in any meaningful way. Luckey seems to be most angry because the hype surrounding the Magic Leap headset "monopolized" funding in the AR investment community, yet the headset... Read more...
When it comes to predicting new products from the Apple-sphere, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is right at the top of the game. Kuo was rumored to be leaving the Apple prediction realm back in May and then simply landed at a new firm called TF Securities and kept on with his Apple predictions. The analyst's latest research note has been spied and, Kuo talks about a couple of Apple products that have been long rumored. According to Kuo, Apple will roll out its own-branded AR glasses by 2020, and then launch the long-rumored Apple Car by 2023. The Apple car has been an on again, off again project for... Read more...
Back in 2015, Microsoft announced the HoloLens to the world as an augmented reality (AR) headset that has mainly been used in industrial applications for training and design. Although it's doubtful that HoloLens is setting sales records for Microsoft, its impact in some critical industries has Google itching to provide its own competitive offering. According to WinFuture, the AR headset will be fully self-contained without needing to be tethered to a PC. The device will reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm processor, although it wouldn’t be a Snapdragon processor as we've see... Read more...
There has been a lot of cool technology shown off at Google I/O, including Google Duplex and the Google Assistant having the ability to book appointments for us. But that's not all that Google announced at its annual conference. Google Maps will be getting some cool new features that will make the app more useful for everyday users. One of those new features is augmented reality directions that give a Street View mode with directions that you can follow in real time. The AR direction feature is a mash-up of the existing Street View tech and Maps data that feeds live video from your phone's... Read more...
Playing with Hot Wheels cars and tracks use to involve linking simple pieces of orange plastic together and hoping the cars could make it through the various loops and curves you created without flying off into the air. Hot Wheels tracks have come a long way since those old school models hit the scene, however. One of the highest tech toys to ever wear the Hot Wheels badge is the new Hot Wheels Augmoto track. Augmoto takes those classic tracks we all remember from back in the day and amps things up with some fun augmented reality tech. The Augmoto track allows the racers to control the track... Read more...
Word surfaced late last year that the Magic Leap One AR headset would be launching in 2018. At the time, one of the key details missing about the Magic Leap One headset was exactly how much it would cost. CEO Rony Abovitz wouldn’t specifically announce a price during an interview he gave recently, but he did say that the AR headset would have pricing comparable to a "premium computer." That's far from an exact price but presumably, that means over $1,000. Abovitz also stated during the interview that the company would likely have multiple tiers of headsets to reach different buyers.... Read more...
HP has peeled the covers off some more cool gear at CES 2018 and one of the coolest things in the mix is the Omen X 65 Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD). This is a gigantic 65-inch 4K UHD HDR-10 monitor for you to get your game on in the living room, or your man/woman cave.  The display has a 120Hz refresh rate, ultra-low latency, is designed for gaming with NVIDIA G-SYNC and features NVIDIA SHIELD integration. HP is mum on pricing right now, but the launch is set for fall 2018. HP also has a new camera that it says is intended to "help reinvent creative workflows and spark... Read more...
Magic Leap just announced today that its Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset will start shipping in 2018, although it stopped short of disclosing an exact date when customers will be able to purchase. The company wrote a message on its blog that says: I am so excited to share with all of you a first look at Magic Leap One, Creator Edition. We will be shipping in 2018, so stay tuned for more events, info on how to buy, the opening of our creator/developer portal, and just more cool and fun stuff. In early 2018, please also look for "Origins" - a bit of a fun backstory on how we got here and where... Read more...
Snap Inc has debuted a new self-serve platform called Lens Studio that will allow people, marketers, and developers to create their own augmented reality objects. Snap has combined its forces with seven marketing partners including MediaMonks, Fishermen Labs, Haus, Avatar Labs, North Kingdom, Trigger Global, and VidMob who will work to make AR for brands and agencies. However, anyone can use Lens Studio. Lens Studio is a website that designers can login to that is tied to the Snapchat ad platform. With the website, user can create, publish, and share AR characters. Snapchat says that over 3,000... Read more...
Tech loving Star Wars fans have something new to lust after this holiday season courtesy of Lenovo and Disney, the unique Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. This is an augmented reality gaming system featuring the Lenovo Mirage AR headset (which works with a number of smartphones), a fancy "collector quality" Lightsaber, and a lighted, spherical beacon that looks somewhat like Epcot Center. Oh, Lord Vader... That Lightsaber The Lightsaber included in the kit looks fantastic and really is collector quality. It looks and feels like something you might pay big bucks for at a convention... Read more...
Amazon has announced a new service that is meant to enable developers to build VR, AR, and 3D applications for what it calls "popular hardware" platforms. The preview for the new service, called Amazon Sumerian, starts today. Sumerian allows developers to build realistic virtual environments and then populate them with 3D objects and animated characters. Amazon writes, "With Amazon Sumerian’s editor, developers can build realistic virtual environments, populate them with 3D objects and animated characters, and script how they interact with each other and the application’s users. VR... Read more...
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