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This Beautifully-Detailed Replica Is the Best Way to Learn About the Moon Without Actually Visiting It This Beautifully-Detailed Replica Is the Best Way to Learn About the Moon Without Actually Visiting It

To date, the best use of augmented reality has been running around parks trying to capture virtual Pokémon. But as that fad has (mercifully) faded away, a company called AstroReality has come up with a more compelling use of AR technology that works with an astonishingly detailed replica of the moon that’s as much a…

New Technology We're Actually Excited About for 2018 New Technology We're Actually Excited About for 2018

Yes, 2017's biggest tech story was probably about the ways in which social media forced us to rehash old culture wars and question who was guiding our political discourse. Rather than seeing technology facilitate greater communication, economic opportunity, and leisure, it seemed that it was exacerbating our…

Google Tango is Dead, Long Live ARCore Google Tango is Dead, Long Live ARCore

After months spent in limbo and not a single new compatible device, Google is finally shutting its Tango augmented reality platform down for good, effective March 1st, 2018.

This Double-Handed Glove Lets You Hold Four Beers Instead of Just Two This Double-Handed Glove Lets You Hold Four Beers Instead of Just Two

Federico Ciccarese and his company, Youbionic, imagine a not-too-distant future where everything we see is enhanced through augmented reality, and our body’s ability to interact with the world is upgraded through augmented physicality. What does that look like? For starters, a $2,000+ 3D-printed glove that puts two…

Apple Reportedly Wants a 3D Sensor on the Back of iPhones by 2019 Apple Reportedly Wants a 3D Sensor on the Back of iPhones by 2019

After the relative success of Apple’s front-mounted 3D sensor on the iPhone X, which is the component that enables Face ID and the company’s playful Animojis, Apple is reportedly aiming to complement 2019 iPhones with similar tech on their backsides, too.

The Best Use For Microsoft's HoloLens Is Playing a Star Trek: TNG Game That Nearly Killed the Crew The Best Use For Microsoft's HoloLens Is Playing a Star Trek: TNG Game That Nearly Killed the Crew

When you think about the early days of virtual reality, you either think of the movie The Lawnmower Man, or that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where the crew gets addicted to an augmented reality game that almost kills everyone. Which, by the way, you can now play on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset.

Apple's Reportedly Shooting to Have its AR Headset Ready For Manufacture By 2019 Apple's Reportedly Shooting to Have its AR Headset Ready For Manufacture By 2019

The iPhone X is selling well, and Apple profits are just fine, but Tim Cook has been explicit in saying that augmented reality is the next big thing. And now we have a load of new details about the AR device that Apple is reportedly building.

Ingress Players Use Unofficial Tools To Stalk One Another Ingress Players Use Unofficial Tools To Stalk One Another

In May, Nicci Kay and her wife moved 25 miles south to the port city of Tacoma, Washington where, in time, they planned to overtake the Resistance’s hold on the area. Kay is an Ingress player, an agent in a great and invisible cyberwar over territory that spans the globe, involving two factions: the Resistance and the…

What's Really Up With Apple Giving Face Data to Developers? What's Really Up With Apple Giving Face Data to Developers?

App developers can access more robust data about your face and the expressions you make with iPhone X, raising concerns from privacy advocates who worry that this sensitive facial data will end up in the hands of advertisers.

Artist Protests Augmented Reality Sculpture By Digitally 'Vandalizing' Snapchat Balloon Dog Artist Protests Augmented Reality Sculpture By Digitally 'Vandalizing' Snapchat Balloon Dog

Augmented reality promised us a world of whimsy not confined by the rules of science. This week, we instead got a tech behemoth promoting their struggling app by plopping virtual sculptures into already magnificent places. And the art world is already firing back.

Snap Screws Up Basic Website, Blows Lid Off Its Own Surprise AR Announcement Snap Screws Up Basic Website, Blows Lid Off Its Own Surprise AR Announcement

Snap, Inc., the social media giant behind Snapchat and Bitmoji, launched a countdown clock for a mystery announcement on Monday afternoon at https://art.snapchat.com.

War Machine Gets a Crazy Samurai Makeover, And More of the Best Toys of the Week War Machine Gets a Crazy Samurai Makeover, And More of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all the wonderful toys we’ve been pining after lately. This week: Sphero’s latest little robot toy, Thor: Ragnarok’s new look for Thor gets an awesome figure, and we have thoughts about the butt of DC Comics’ Dick Grayson. Let’s get to it!

All of the Best Augmented Reality Tricks Your iPhone Can Do Right Now [Updated] All of the Best Augmented Reality Tricks Your iPhone Can Do Right Now [Updated]

iOS 11 is finally available today for your iPhone and iPad, and among the many new features included in the update is Apple’s ARKit framework allowing developers to more easily create augmented reality apps and experiences. Here are some of the best ones you’ll want to try out after updating.

Everything You Need to Know About Augmented Reality Now That It’s Invading Your Phone Everything You Need to Know About Augmented Reality Now That It’s Invading Your Phone

Forget virtual reality, for now at least, because augmented reality, or AR as it is commonly known, is powering the next batch of magic tricks heading to your phone. Apple and Google are pushing the tech hard, but what’s actually new about the next wave of AR? What’s changed since Pontiac stuff it in the ugly Aztek or…

I Slayed Star Wars Villains With This New AR Lightsaber Setup

Flashlights and toy lightsaber might do a decent job of making you feel like a Jedi when you’re twelve, and fancy prop reproductions might do the job when you’re adult. But it is all still make believe. You’re not taking on Darth Vader in your living room, you’re waving a toy and making “vrm vrrm” noises. A new…

Google's Got a Plan to Put Its Splashy AR Powers on Millions of Android Phones  Google's Got a Plan to Put Its Splashy AR Powers on Millions of Android Phones 

This isn’t hyperbole. Between Apple’s ARKit and the new ARCore tool announced by Google, a viable form of augmented reality, the ability to witness an computer-augmented version of our world, is about to come to a whole lot of phones, and will be available on every Android and iOS phones going forward. That sci-fi…

Brilliant Augmented Reality App Lets You Star in Your Own '80s Music Video Brilliant Augmented Reality App Lets You Star in Your Own '80s Music Video

One of the most memorable music videos of the 1980s is A-ha’s “Take On Me” featuring a young woman who’s pulled into a world that looks like it only exists as crude pencil sketches. The video took 16 weeks to animate by hand, but Trixi Studios created an augmented reality app that can recreate the effect in real-time.

AR iPhone App Rapidly Takes Photos and Leaves Them Hanging in the Air AR iPhone App Rapidly Takes Photos and Leaves Them Hanging in the Air

You might be tempted to think this is just a cool experiment, but don’t be surprised when Mark Zuckerberg rips it off and it’s suddenly packaged with Instagram.

This AR-Equipped Laser Tag Game Is Light on the AR, But Heavy on the Fun This AR-Equipped Laser Tag Game Is Light on the AR, But Heavy on the Fun

The pitch was Pokemon Go meets Call of Duty. I couldn’t quite fathom how that would turn into a cool as hell game, but it involved augmented reality, a key feature of Pokemon Go, and laser tag, and those are both very fun things. Then I sat down with the team from Skyrocket and got to actually hold one of the guns…

iOS 11 Has a Secret Feature That Lets You Stomp Around Cities Like Godzilla iOS 11 Has a Secret Feature That Lets You Stomp Around Cities Like Godzilla

With the introduction of iOS 11 and a development tool called ARKit, Apple is betting that augmented reality could be the next revolutionary feature for smartphones. At the very least, it’s facilitated a secret feature that lets iPhone users pretend they’re giant monsters stomping through a tiny city.

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