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How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia's Most Endangered Species

In the early summer of 2017, visitors to Yerevan Botanical Garden in Armenia’s capital were likely to come across an unusual sight: one of the country’s last remaining Caucasian leopards, patiently awaiting guests on his outdoor perch. Often he’d sit, occasionally he’d pace, and once in a while he’d roar. Despite the animal’s sharp teeth and fearsome claws, people stopped to pose with him, pat his back and even challenge him to a game of chess. Yerevan’s ‘urban wildcat’ was actually a part of an environmental campaign called “Take a Photo…

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Enhanced Augmented Reality Coming to Pokémon GO on iOS

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Pokémon GO became a cultural phenomenon in the summer of 2016 when it launched on Android and iOS devices. Fans of the series, both casual and devoted, roamed the world capturing Pokémon with the game’s augmented reality mode. However, that mode was pretty basic and not worth the battery drain long-term. Now, developer Niantic is preparing to roll out a new “AR+” mode that makes Pokémon look like they’re truly part of the world around…

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Magic Leap's hi-tech augmented reality glasses revealed

Magic Leap has unveiled the first version of its augmented reality system to be made public. The Magic Leap One Creator Edition is designed to project light directly into users’ eyes to trick their brains into perceiving virtual objects as part of their surrounding environment. It consists of a large pair of goggles that wrap around the head, a body-worn computer and a wireless controller. The firm has raised close to $ 1.9bn (£1.4bn) from investors. The Florida-based company’s biggest backers include Google, the Chinese tech giant Alibaba and the…

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Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Media playback is unsupported on your device Apple’s chief executive has suggested he is not very enthusiastic about virtual reality. Tim Cook said that he felt that the technology could isolate users and voiced a preference for augmented reality instead. AR involves mixing graphics and real-world views together rather than solely filling a person’s view with computer-generated images. One expert suggested Mr Cook’s view was becoming more popular in tech circles. Mr Cook expressed his opinion at an event hosted by the University of Oxford, in response to a student’s…

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Five Augmented Reality Experiences That Bring Museum Exhibits to Life

Imagine being surrounded by a world of ghosts, things that aren’t there unless you look hard enough, and in the right way. With augmented reality technology, that’s possible—and museums are using it to their advantage. With augmented reality, museums are superimposing ther virtual world right over what’s actually in front of you, bringing exhibits and artifacts to life in new ways. These five spots are great examples of how augmented reality is enhancing the museum experience. National Museum of Singapore, Singapore The “Story of the Forest” art installation. (Choo Yut Shing) If you…

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What Is Mixed Reality, and Can It Take Augmented Reality Mainstream?

The term “mixed reality” has been thrown about a lot as of late, but pinning down a precise definition has proven elusive. After spending the day at Stanford University’s SCIEN-hosted workshop, which was full of augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) luminaries, it appears the one thing everyone can agree on is there isn’t a standard definition for either term. Let’s see if we can do a bit better. AR now covers a broad spectrum, from Instagram Stickers and Pokemon Go, to sophisticated onsite walkthroughs of rooms of virtual…

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