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Topic: VR

Apple buys AR headset lens maker Akonia Holographics, fuels 'Apple Glasses' rumors

08/29/2018, 08:08 pm

Apple on Wednesday confirmed the purchase of Colorado-based Akonia Holographics, a startup focused on the development and production of specialized lenses used in augmented reality headsets.

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Apple considers ways to improve 360-degree, multi-camera video for use with VR headsets

08/16/2018, 01:08 pm

Apple is contemplating ways 360-degree video content for VR headsets could be improved, by coming up with a method for stitching together multi-directional image data from videos to make the appear with less distortion than current stitching apps and encoders can produce.

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Magic Leap One mixed reality glasses launch in six U.S. cities

08/08/2018, 08:08 am

Virtual and augmented reality company Magic Leap is starting to ship its mixed reality headset, with the Creator Edition of the Magic Leap One initially being made available in a number of cities across the United States for $2,295.

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Apple hires developer of virtual reality painting app amid push into AR/VR

07/30/2018, 06:07 pm

Adding to a growing stable of virtual reality experts, Apple recently hired developer Sterling Crispin, whose app "Cyber Paint" was among the first to take advantage of burgeoning mobile VR headset technology.

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VirtualLink USB-C standard reduces cables count for VR headsets, is a boon for Mac users

07/17/2018, 11:07 am

The VirtualLink Consortium has launched a new "Alternate Mode" for USB Type-C designed to reduce the number of cables required for virtual reality headsets to function, one that could make it even easier for Mac owners to get started with VR, and get accelerated video for USB-C monitors.

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macOS Mojave will include 'Plug & Play' support for HTC Vive Pro headset

06/12/2018, 01:06 pm

Apple will make it easy for owners of the HTC Vive Pro to use their virtual reality headset with their Mac, with the company advising it has worked directly with HTC and Valve to add support for the peripheral to macOS Mojave.

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Inside iOS 12: Apple's ARKit 2 and USDZ usher in a new era of collaborative augmented reality

06/04/2018, 05:06 pm

With iOS 12, comes Apple's collaboration with Pixar on the USDZ format for a common augmented reality data file format. AppleInsider explains what it is, and how it helps expansion of AR.

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What makes a good AR or VR headset and why Apple is positioned to dominate the space

05/31/2018, 02:05 pm

If Apple is working on a VR or AR headset, it is certainly aware of the different technologies and concepts already used in the market, including the benefits and pitfalls that can be encountered. AppleInsider provides an overview of the current state of the two technologies, and what Apple needs to consider for creating its own headset design.

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Apple employees in force at Display Week, vastly outnumbering rivals

05/25/2018, 03:05 pm

Engineers and executives reportedly attended this week's Display Week conference in Los Angeles en masse, signaling a strong interest from the company in upcoming display technologies.

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First look: Oculus Go, Facebook's standalone, iPhone-compatible VR headset

05/01/2018, 07:05 pm

Facebook on Tuesday issued a surprise by announcing the immediate launch of its new Oculus Go standalone VR headset, which also boasts iPhone connectivity. AppleInsider got its hands on one of the first units, and offers a closer look.

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Oculus Go virtual reality headset starts shipping for $199 in 23 countries

05/01/2018, 02:05 pm

The FaceBook-owned Oculus has started shipping the Go, a low-cost virtual reality headset that works without needing to be connected to a smartphone, Mac, or Windows PC, with the entry-level head-mounted display available to purchase in North America today.

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Apple's rumored AR & VR 'T288' headset may use 8K eyepieces, implement WiGig

04/27/2018, 02:04 pm

Apple's rumored AR headset will be capable of both augmented and virtual reality, and will likely depend on a separate box acting as a "brain" for the device, a report claimed on Friday.

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Apple exploring use of eye-tracking technology in VR and AR headsets

04/26/2018, 08:04 am

Apple has considered ways to detect the eye movements of the wearer of a head-mounted display, such as the company's long-rumored augmented reality headset, one that uses a system of cameras and mirrors to work out the direction of the user's gaze while looking at virtual environments.

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VR and AR patent applications demonstrate Apple's work on ARKit headsets

03/22/2018, 05:03 pm

A new batch of Apple patent applications published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows Apple is still working on technology relating to virtual and augmented reality, with filings showing a multi-resolution system for creating VR content, headset concepts, and a 3D document editing system.

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Pair of Apple patent applications describe partial display updates for VR and AR headsets

03/15/2018, 09:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a pair of patent applications from Apple describing system of switching between selectively updating part of an LED display and the entire screen, one that is described in each application's abstract as being useful for virtual reality or augmented reality headsets.

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Apple engineers to lead talks on AR, VR, Micro LED & other topics at May's Display Week

03/12/2018, 05:03 pm

Several Apple engineers will be hosting talks at this year's Display Week, running from May 20 to May 25 in Los Angeles.

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Apple, LG & Valve pump $10M into OLED 'microdisplay' maker eMagin [u]

02/12/2018, 09:02 am

Further signaling Apple's augmented reality plans, the company has joined LG and Valve in a $10 million investment into eMagin, a maker of "microdisplays" for both AR and VR technology. [Updated with denial by eMagin]

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Occipital's Structure depth sensor can scan objects in 3D on the iPad, provide VR on the iPhone

01/12/2018, 03:01 pm

Occipital took to CES to show off its 3D scanning technology and how it can be used with iOS devices, including the Canvas app and Structure accessory that can quickly scan a room using an iPad, and the Bridge headset that turns an iPhone into a mixed reality device.

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Apple 2017 year in review: The realities of AR and VR plus Apple's ARKit

12/30/2017, 02:12 pm

At the start of 2017, it was thought that Apple was falling behind other companies in developing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) related technologies in its products. By the end of the year, Apple has taken small steps towards establishing itself in the VR industry, but it has made great strides in the field of AR, with ARKit being the main driver for its progress.

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After $1.9 billion and seven years, secretive Magic Leap teases Lightwear AR headset

12/20/2017, 10:12 am

Virtual and augmented reality company Magic Leap has taken the lid off the project that is has been working on for the last seven years, and has debuted the Magic Leap One Lightwear goggles and required wearable computer, with the set to ship at some point in 2018.

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