Two Companies Working on Products that are Eerily Similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens

HoloLens, a newly announced augmented reality device from Microsoft, is definitely turning some heads to the possibility of interacting with floating apps and games. We can't help but notice though that there seems to be an eerie convergence of technology, leaving us with a serious case of déjà vu. Here we take a closer look at two crowdfunded devices that are working on the same problems as HoloLens: Atheer Labs's AiR Smart Glasses and the Meta 1 developer kit. See Also: ‘Microsoft HoloLens’ … Read the full article …

News Bits: Students Create Real World AdBlock, Keeps Your Augmented Reality Ad-Free

The University of Pennsylvania's winter hackathon, PennApps, is now over, and we're not surprised to see a few VR experiences in the winners circle. Brand Killer, an application running on a custom-built VR headset, was unfortunately not among them, but there's no denying that the idea behind the Adblock-inspired app is equally brilliant as it is subversive. … Read the full article …

Microsoft: “All Windows Universal Apps Work as Holograms”

Wondering how Microsoft HoloLens development will work? Microsoft says that HoloLens APIs are built into the core of Windows 10 and that all Universal apps—those built for cross-device capability–will be automatically compatible with the HoloLens AR headset. … Read the full article …

‘Through the Lens’ Photos: Microsoft HoloLens in Action

We've seen ever-incredible but never-quite-reality AR concept videos for years now. Microsoft, which just revealed their HoloLens AR headset, was brave enough to take the unit out on stage at their Windows 10 press event for a live demonstration. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Microsoft HoloLens Reveal Concept Video

Prior to actually showing the device on stage at a Windows 10 press event today, Microsoft rolled a concept video giving examples of how the company envisions the device being used. … Read the full article …

WIRED Calls Microsoft’s HoloLens ‘Amazing’ After Hands-On

We just covered Microsoft's surprise reveal of it's new Augmented Reality headset dubbed 'Hololens'. It seems tech magazine Wired has already seen the device and is seemingly amazed by what they saw. … Read the full article …

‘Microsoft HoloLens’ Revealed, an Untethered See-through AR Headset

Today at Microsoft's Windows 10 press event, the company revealed an untethered augmented reality headset called the Microsoft HoloLens to accompany 'Windows Holographic', a component of Windows 10. … Read the full article …

CastAR: Hands-On with the Early Dev Kit and Through-Glasses Gameplay (Video)

Technical Illusions recently began shipping their first early, pre-production sets of castAR augmented reality glasses to backers. We met up with the team at CES 2015 and got the chance to try out the new hardware. Here's what we saw. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Google Glass “Graduates” from Google[x], New Dedicated Team Teases ‘Glass 2′

Google has recently announced the discontinuation (or as they put it, "graduation") of its beta phase augmented reality wearable, Google Glass. As Glass 2 is teased by its (now dedicated) team, Google's investment in secretive 'cinematic reality' company, Magic Leap, has us scratching our heads at what may come next. … Read the full article …

CES 2015: We Talk CastAR with Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson (Plus: ‘Toby the Cat’ Health Update)

Paul James sits down with Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, the masterminds behind the unique augmented reality system CastAR, to review what's happened in the 12 months since CES 2014. … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast: CES 2015 Recap – Day 3

It's time for the day three recap as our pals Ben Lang and Paul James report on even more VR stuff from CES 2015. The meetings continue to stack up, and they are running on empty today. Luckily, they were able to call into the podcast from the actual show floor to report on today's findings. Let's listen to what fun things they got to experience today. … Read the full article …

CastAR Ship First Sets of ‘Early’ Glasses to Backers (Video)

castAR, the augmented reality gaming system, have provided an update for Kickstarter backers eagerly awaiting news. The first 'early' design glasses have shipped! What's more they filmed the journey of the very first set from packing to Post Office. … Read the full article …

Magic Leap to Surface Next Year as Part of Potentially Groundbreaking Public Event

Magic Leap is fast becoming legendary in the field of augmented reality for technology very few people have seen or know anything about. That may all change soon however as it's been announced that the technology will be used in a unique collaboration with SFX house Framestore as part of a UK festival. … Read the full article …

Magic Leap Closes $542m Series B Investment, Now Soliciting Developers for Its “Digital Lightfield” Wearable

According to a press release revealed today, Magic Leap has closed a $524 million Series B funding round led by Google; the deal had been rumored as of last week. Magic Leap, which has been in stealth since its inception, is being a bit more wordy now that the deal has closed (but hardly less vague). The company is now soliciting developers on its website and says that "under the appropriate non-disclosures, we’d love to talk possibilities." … Read the full article …

Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence in Immersive Augmented Reality

In a paper published by the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, it is demonstrated that stylized rendering can help blur the boundary between real and virtual when it comes to immersive augmented reality applications.  … Read the full article …