One of the disadvantages of most virtual reality headsets is being encumbered by a large, expensive rig of hardware. While less immersive, augmented reality can be very effective at keeping bulky tech to a minimum by bringing the digital world into the real world. That’s particularly true with the Battle Mages game from Battleverse, Toronto’s first augmented reality arena — the somewhat-goofy-yet-wonderful lovechild of dodgeball and the popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. At last week’s VRTO conference in Toronto, I went hands-on with the Battleverse experience and came out quite entertained. The premise is simple: by using an Android smartphone and wireless AntVR headset, players will be able to engage in magic-based duels through augmented reality. With the phone strapped to your hand, you’ll be able to extend your arm to fire digital spells at your opponent, which will then be seen flying through the … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft meets dodgeball in ‘Battle Mages’ [Reality Bytes]
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A couple weeks ago, I moderated a panel at the inaugural SplitX: VR/AR Summit, where we explored the false narratives that have been souring the milk, so to speak, in the mixed reality industry for several years now and which have served to aggravate an already volatile market and extend its hype cycle by setting startups and companies up to fail. Krasimir Nikilov, cofounder & CEO at Quark VR, harks it back to a Bill Gates quote on the human tendency to “overestimate the two year impact of technology, and underestimate the ten year impact,” which I definitely think seems to be a root factor at play. Regardless, the collateral damage is very real and I’d like to share some of the primary narratives that were scrutinized during the panel. So what are the four false narratives that are damaging mixed reality? East versus West The first relates to a piece I published last month, where I encouraged startups and companies to embrace China’s mixed reality … [Read more...] about 4 false narratives confusing our understanding of mixed reality
Written by Andrey Timoshenko The history of Augmented Reality as a technology began in the mid-20th century, when the military first began developing devices that could display additional information in the operator’s field of vision. Like many discoveries, these developments were limited to use only in the circle of research teams. Over the past 50 years, the technology of augmented reality has made a huge leap in the development and expansion in the fields of application due to its vast practical qualities.Currently, AR is in the beginning stages of development, but thanks to the fast Internet and mobile devices, the use of augmented reality will become an integral part of our everyday life in just a few years. The potential of AR is huge, which is confirmed by the volume of investments into this sphere. Those who are the first to use this technology will get all the benefits from its use. According to Zion Market Research, global demand for digital transformation market … [Read more...] about What Can AR do For Your Business?
Bottom line: Virtual travel will never replace the real thing, but it is a great cost-effective alternative and for many—including the elderly and the less mobile—it may be the only way they can experience new places. As we pass Memorial Day and enter the unofficial start of summer and vacation time, it’s natural to think about the potential summer applications of technology. Unfortunately, the most obvious one is that, thanks to smartphones, we’re never really disconnected from our work. That is, unless you have the guts to actually turn your phone off for an extended period of time (and more power to you if you do!)—or are intentionally visiting a place with limited connectivity. However, there are plenty of very positive applications for summertime relaxation and enjoyment with technology, as well. Relaxing on the beach with your favorite streaming music service, finding the best restaurants to visit in your vacation locale, or planning the perfect … [Read more...] about Opinion: Virtual travel and exploration apps are key to mainstream VR adoption
First, let’s clarify the difference between Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). Virtual Reality (VR) blocks out the real world and immerses the user in a digital experience. Augmented Reality (AR) adds a layer of interactive digital elements on top of the real world. Or in simpler terms, AR can be defined as a technology which overlays a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. The question is: when will we begin to see more Enterprise adoption of AR? Companies are eager to jump on the AR bandwagon but are still unclear how to best use AR to drive sales around their product, improve efficiencies for their operations. Additional unknowns include how much it will cost to enhance the B2C/B2B experience and when companies could expect to see a return on their investment. And while we realize the growth of AR solutions can bring barriers to adoption, AR could (and will) enhance the way we work in a myriad of ways. First, the … [Read more...] about Workplace Augmented Reality: When will we see more enterprise adoption of AR?
Pundits have gone round and round debating the merits of iPad as computer or computer as potential touch tablet, but here's the honest truth: Both can be equally powerful options for very, very different tasks. As much fun as it would be to ring up another round in the heavyweight battle that is iPad versus Mac, I say we call the whole thing off. Instead, let's focus on what actually matters: tailoring the tasks you need to accomplish with the computer that makes sense for those tasks. The iPad and iPad Pro can be an incredible device for artists, those that need a portable cellular connection, or extreme portability. In contrast, the MacBook (and by extension, MacBook Pro) laptops are perfect for those who need a super-charged multitasking machine, a compact Mac, or a permanent keyboard solution. Both can be ideal on planes, in coffeeshops, studying in classrooms, presenting in boardrooms, and relaxing in living rooms. But which one is ideal for you? Check our reviews We'll chiefly be … [Read more...] about iPad and iPad Pro vs. MacBook and MacBook Pro: Which should you buy?
Jasper HamillTuesday 3 Apr 2018 3:03 pm Share this article with Facebook Share this article with Twitter Share this article with Google Plus Share this article through email Share this article with Whatsapp Share this article through You might think encouraging kids to use tablets in the classroom is a bad idea. But that’s exactly what Apple is hoping to do in the coming weeks and months. Of course, it’s not about to start giving psychotropic drugs to teenagers but is aiming to encourage teachers and students to use its famous iPad devices. It has just released a new iPad that starts at a price of just £329, making it a tenner cheaper than last year’s ‘affordable’ slate and significantly less dear than the iPad Pro, which kicks off at a cost of £619. Apple is aiming the new device squarely at the education market, hoping that it will replace everything from textbooks to notepads and usher in a new era of tech-assisted teaching. … [Read more...] about iPad 2018 vs iPad Pro: We review Apple’s new tablet to find out if it’s a bargain winner or a cut-price failure
iOS 11.3 brings new Animoji, Battery Health, better ARKit, Business Chat, and more! iOS 11.3 is Apple's spring update for iPhone and iPad. It features a few higher-profile new or expanded features, including fun new Animoji lions, dragons, and bears, new settings for battery health that should make every #iPhoneSlow follower happy, as well as new additions to ARKit that'll have you up the wall — ha! not sorry! — and Business Chat for iMessage, which... might do the same! ARKit gets crisper and... goes vertical Where ARKit was previously limited to understanding horizontal surfaces, Apple is now providing the ability to map and make use of vertical and irregular surfaces as well. That means you can have virtual posters, paintings, even walls and doors exist alongside the real thing. It allows for experiences like virtual museums and gateways to other words. It'll also all looks better thanks to higher resolution support and auto-focus. After spending some time with it and … [Read more...] about iOS 11 review: Smarter, better, faster, bolder
Samsung doesn’t need to revolutionize the smartphone industry in 2018 — it needs to iterate on all the hard work it did with the Galaxy S8 line last year. But with the added pressure of the tenth-anniversary iPhone out on the market, Samsung isn’t just resting on its laurels. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus bring both iterations on the Galaxy S8 design and some much-requested new features, but is the company’s focus in the right areas? Samsung Galaxy S9 review notes: We’ve been using the Galaxy S9 Plus on Vodafone’s network in Barcelona, Spain for roughly a week and a half. Our review unit is running Android 8.0 Oreo, Samsung Experience version 9.0, and build number R16NW.G965U1UEU1ARB7 on the February 1, 2018 security patch. We’re holding off on adding review scores until we can put both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus through our full suite of tests, the results of which will be coming in a deep dive review in the near future.Show More Design If … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus review: Top-notch notch-less
The Windows 10 Creators Update—codenamed Redstone 2—will begin rolling out on April 11, 2017. Like other updates to Windows 10, it’s free, and includes a host of new features. It will be rolled out slowly like the Anniversary Update, so it will be a few months before Microsoft offers it to everyone. RELATED: How to Get Windows 10’s April 2018 Update Now You can, however, upgrade to the Creators Update right now using an official tool from Microsoft. Not sure if you should rush to update? Here’s all the stuff you’ll find within. This post was originally written after Microsoft’s big October 26, 2016 event, but has since been updated with features from the final release. 3D for Everyone RELATED: Should You Use the Windows 10 Insider Previews? Microsoft is making a big bet on 3D creativity with the Creators update. This is the company that bought Minecraft, after all. A new Paint 3D application included … [Read more...] about What’s New in Windows 10’s Creators Update