CNET: Check out these iOS AR apps. “If your iPhone or iPad is on iOS 11 or 12, you’ve gotta try an augmented reality app on it. AR apps enhance the real world with 3D graphics, measuring tools, games, learning and more. But which apps should you try? We’ve spent hours combing through the App Store for our favorite AR titles and here are the ones that we think will wow you.” I like the list of AR apps CNET came up with, which is why I’m linking to this article even though it’s a slideshow.
Gizmodo: YouTube & National Geographic Team Up For VR Series. “One of the benefits of using virtual reality (VR) is that due to the immersive nature of the technology, it helps the user feel like they are actually there, which is handy when it comes to games. We’ve all seen those videos of people freaking out while experiencing VR due to how real it feels. Now it seems like YouTube and National Geographic want to leverage the technology and its immersive nature as both companies have announced that they’ll be teaming up for a series of VR projects.”
Tech Xplore: StorySign app converts text in children’s books to sign language. “A team of researchers and engineers at Huawei AI has come up with a unique way to help deaf children learn to read sign language—by using AI and augmented reality to interpret printed books. They have also hit on a way to help deaf children develop enjoyment in reading.”
Google Blog: An art gallery in your pocket: See Vermeer’s paintings in augmented reality. “…now, you can experience all of Vermeer’s known artworks in one place for the first time. Thanks to the Mauritshuis museum in the Netherlands and other cultural institutions guarding Vermeer’s legacy, they’re available in Pocket Gallery, a brand new feature on the Google Arts & Culture app. Pocket Gallery uses augmented reality, so you can pull out your phone and step into a virtual exhibition space to see all of his works, curated by experts from the Mauritshuis. All 36 of his paintings—including the missing masterpiece and the famous ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’—hang lifesize and perfectly lit. As you step closer, you’ll see each painting in stunning detail and can learn more about each piece.”
Neowin: Microsoft quietly launches mixed reality app called Outings for exploring landmarks . “In June, Microsoft confirmed that it had decided to abandon its plans for virtual and mixed reality on Xbox One despite confirming previously the arrival of MR experience support on the console this year. While that may seem a huge blow to the company’s MR efforts, it now seems that the software giant is still working on tools for MR in the form of a new app that’s now available to download from the Microsoft Store.”
VentureBeat: While AR plays catch-up in other sectors, it’s taking over the enterprise. “When I ran my last piece earlier this month on the not-so-surprising progressive state of the VR industry, it was intended to shake up the naysayers nest, which for its part pervades with the mistaken notion that the immersive market is somehow suffering or failing. The facts, I argued, point exactly in the opposite direction, but in order to agree they have to be willing to revisit and revise any vestige of false narratives that might be influencing their view of the landscape. Naturally, there are parallels to be drawn in what is happening on the other end of the immersive spectrum; in the land of AR.” This reminds me of Google Glasses.
Mobile AR News: Google Puts Faces of Historic Women on US Currency via Augmented Reality. “Using image recognition, the new Notable Women app replaces the usual faces shown on various denominations of US currency with faces from the Notable Women database. Once enabled, the app also lets users tap the screen to read more about the person’s achievements.”