Google has been hyping up augmented reality on the web, and it's easy to understand why -- it promises an immersive experience without requiring a special app. But what does that look like in practice? The company now has an easy way to find out. It recently released Chacmool, a previously seen tech demo for Chrome Canary that uses the WebXR format to bring an educational AR experience to your browser. You'll need an ARCore-compatible Android phone running Oreo in addition to Canary, but you're good to go after that.
If it looks silly and appears within 24 hours of April Fools' Day, it's a fair target. Therefore, our latest object of scorn is the hipster-ready augmented reality concept device called the MonoLens. SEE ALSO: Okay, fine fine, Google's April Fool's Day pranks are pretty great this year, here are all of them The device is exactly what it sounds like: A single lens that hangs off your face and delivers all the wonders of augmented reality, without the cumbersome load of real augmented reality devices like the HoloLens. Envisioned by London-based creative agency Rewind, the concept device comes with its own elaborate promotion video in the run-up to a supposed Kickstarter campaign promised next Monday (don't hold your breath). "MonoLens is the first of its kind: a stripped-back, single optic augmented reality device that brings your digital world to life in real time," the company writes on the page promoting the device.
A company known for its noise-cancelling headphones wants to create a pair of augmented reality glasses that's focused around sound. Bose is unveiling a pair of concept AR glasses at the South by Southwest conference in Austin this year that add an'audible layer of information and experiences' to the world in front of you. The unnamed device differs from other augmented reality wearables in that the wearer can control it with gestures and their voice. The glasses are also equipped with a tiny, 'wafer thin' speaker that can relay information directly into the wearer's ear without anyone around them listening in. Pictured are a pair of Bose's concept augmented reality glasses.
The Spicebox Books 4D science kit comes with 10 interactive science projects and hands-free goggles with a slot for your smartphone. The kit teaches users science with the help of augmented reality. After you download the app and place the phone into your goggles, a tiny animated scientist appears on the screen to teach you concepts from each experiment. Once the explanation is finished, you perform the experiments. The kit comes with a 30-page illustrated instruction booklet.
According to Apple insiders, Cupertino's next foray into the quickly expanding wearables market will be digital, augmented reality glasses. As Bloomberg reports, Apple has discussed a potential competitor to Snapchat's Spectacles and Google's Project Aura with its hardware suppliers and even ordered "small quantities of near-eye displays" for testing purposes. If the Apple shades do become a reality, Bloomberg's sources say they will connect wirelessly to an iPhone and will display information, images and other data directly in the user's field of view. At the earliest, a product like this could be announced sometime in 2018 at the earliest, but Apple is notoriously secretive with its product development, which could change course at any moment. What we do know, however, is that Tim Cook has been infatuated with augmented reality, and even more so after Pokémon Go became a widespread hit.