Kayak’s new AR feature will tell you if your carry-on bag fits the overhead bin

Kayak’s new AR feature will tell you if your carry-on bag fits the overhead bin

Popular travel app Kayak has put augmented reality to clever use with a new feature that lets you measure the size of your carry-on bag using just your smartphone. Its updated iOS app now takes…

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Fast-growing game engine startup Unity loses its CFO

Fast-growing game engine startup Unity loses its CFO

Unity Technologies, the highly valued startup behind one of the most popular game development tools, lost its CFO Mike Foley last week, Business Insider (paywalled) reported. A company spokesperson confirmed the CFO’s departure, saying it…

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VNTANA CEO Ashley Crowder will talk holograms at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR

VNTANA CEO Ashley Crowder will talk holograms at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR

VNTANA CEO Ashley Crowder calls the company’s technology, “the world’s first scalable, affordable and interactive hologram.” The startup’s tech has certainly wowed crowds in recent years. In 2016, it collaborated with Microsoft on HOLLAGRAM, beaming…

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Apple buys Denver startup building waveguide lenses for AR glasses

Apple buys Denver startup building waveguide lenses for AR glasses

Apple has acquired Akonia Holographics, a Denver-based startup that manufactures augmented reality waveguide lenses. The acquisition was confirmed by Apple to Reuters who first reported the news. An Apple spokesperson gave TechCrunch the company’s standard statement, “Apple buys…

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FirstMark Capital’s Catherine Ulrich is joining us at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR

FirstMark Capital’s Catherine Ulrich is joining us at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR

One of the underlying trends of VR/AR investment in 2018 is that money has become harder to come by for startups which may have had no trouble pulling together a round in 2016. Who better…

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Oculus co-founder trashes Magic Leap headset in review, calling it a ‘tragic heap’

Oculus co-founder trashes Magic Leap headset in review, calling it a ‘tragic heap’

It isn’t the most usual situation for a founder to write a review trashing a competitor’s new product, but Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has never been the most conventional entrepreneur. Yesterday, Luckey published a review of…

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Teardown of Magic Leap One reveals highly advanced placeholder tech

Teardown of Magic Leap One reveals highly advanced placeholder tech

The screwdriver-happy dismantlers at iFixit have torn the Magic Leap One augmented reality headset all to pieces, and the takeaway seems to be that the device is very much a work in progress — but…

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Survios President and cofounder Nathan Burba is joining us at TechCrunch Sessions AR/VR

Survios President and cofounder Nathan Burba is joining us at TechCrunch Sessions AR/VR

There’s nothing inherently social about VR. In fact, putting on a headset and entering your own world can be a fairly isolating experience. But Survios’ latest offering is looking to turn that truism on its…

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Survios president and co-founder Nathan Burba is joining us at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR

Survios president and co-founder Nathan Burba is joining us at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR

There’s nothing inherently social about VR. In fact, putting on a headset and entering your own world can be a fairly isolating experience. But Survios’ latest offering is looking to turn that truism on its…

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Hands-on with the bizarrely fascinating Looking Glass volumetric display

Hands-on with the bizarrely fascinating Looking Glass volumetric display

What good is 3D? Does depth give you anything worthwhile in an interface that’s most likely flat anyway? Is “immersion” as a metric really worth that much? Even as a ton of startups and big…

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Ubiquity6 CEO Anjney Midha is coming to Disrupt SF 2018

Ubiquity6 CEO Anjney Midha is coming to Disrupt SF 2018

2018 has been the year that AR promises came face-to-face with reality. While Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore sparked a ravenous response from developers that had grown worried about VR’s near-term market and the fate…

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The Reality Ecosystem: What AR/VR/XR needs to go big

The Reality Ecosystem: What AR/VR/XR needs to go big

Tim Merel Contributor More posts by this contributor China could beat America in AR/VR long-term Ubiquitous AR to dominate focused VR by 2022 AR/VR/XR are going to be big, but not everyone will win. Today’s…

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Openbook is the latest dream of a digital life beyond Facebook

Openbook is the latest dream of a digital life beyond Facebook

As tech’s social giants wrestle with antisocial demons that appear to be both an emergent property of their platform power, and a consequence of specific leadership and values failures (evident as they publicly fail to enforce even…

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Magic Leap One AR headset for devs costs more than 2x the iPhone X

Magic Leap One AR headset for devs costs more than 2x the iPhone X

It’s been a long and trip-filled wait but mixed reality headgear maker Magic Leap will finally, finally be shipping its first piece of hardware this summer. We were still waiting on the price-tag — but…

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Magic Leap details what its mixed reality OS will look like

Magic Leap details what its mixed reality OS will look like

Magic Leap just updated its developer documentation and a host of new details and imagery are being spread around on Reddit and Twitter, sharing more specifics on how the company’s Lumin OS will look like…

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Enterprise barcode scanner startup Scandit raises a $30 million Series B

Enterprise barcode scanner startup Scandit raises a $30 million Series B

“Augmented reality for enterprise” is the sort of phrase that surely hits all of the right neurological pleasure centers for VCs. No surprise, then, that Scandit just raised a $30 million Series B, in a…

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Comics Writer Grant Morrison signs a content deal with Magic Leap

Comics Writer Grant Morrison signs a content deal with Magic Leap

Grant Morrison’s Square Slice Studios just signed a content deal with Magic Leap. If you’re read a comic book at some point in the past two decades, odds are you’re very excited at this news….

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Jido Maps is building a ‘save button’ for persistent AR worlds

Jido Maps is building a ‘save button’ for persistent AR worlds

Augmented reality tech is in this incredibly weird position where it has the world’s biggest tech companies cheerleading consumer-facing products highlighting it but there are some very base issues that haven’t been solved yet. Jido…

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