Apple is bringing augmented reality to the masses this fall with its ARKit developer platform, but that might just be the starting point. A new patent surfaced by Patently Apple shows evidence of a separate augmented reality gadget in the works that could supplement the platform. SEE ALSO: This is how Apple's ARKit is about to change how everyone uses the iPhone The filing describes how a device would be used to overlay digital information onto the real world. Developers could potentially use this technology to highlight nearby "points of interest" on a mobile device screen when it's held up in front of you. But what's perhaps most striking about this new patent is that Apple has outlined a scenario that would require people to wear a headset in order to view the augmented reality images.
Anyone who was at Apple's 2016 World Wide Developers Conference keynote will tell you it was jam-packed with software platform information. But it was also notable for what it didn't contain. There were no hardware teases. No Apple Car mentions (aside from the Siri-CarPlay updates). And perhaps most tellingly, no Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality promises, even as just about every other major tech company invests heavily in VR and AR.
SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc. will in the coming week debut tools to let two iPhone users share augmented reality while limiting the personal data sent to its servers, two people familiar with the matter said. Augmented reality (AR) allows viewers to see virtual structures superimposed on their surroundings via their smartphones or other devices. It is the technology used in mobile game Pokemon Go, and by industry, such as factories seeking to map new assembly lines. Apple and rival Google are racing to release AR tools to attract software developers to their platforms. Both are seeking to allow two people to share data so they can see the same virtual object in the same space via their individual devices.
Not to be outdone by Apple, Google on Tuesday announced its own augmented reality ambitions for Android. Starting Tuesday, developers can access a preview of ARCore to build augmented reality apps and games for Android devices. As with Apple's AR implementation in iOS 11, Android's AR feature will not require extra hardware. Users will only need to launch an app, hold his or her phone up, and view the AR functionality. To start the preview, ARCore will work on Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and above.
Developers gathered at the Microsoft BUILD developers conference in San Francisco to hear about the latest and greatest from Microsoft. Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, speaks at the keynote ceremony of the Microsoft Build Developers conference. SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off the company's Build developers conference with a vision of the future filled with chatbots, machine learning and artificial intelligence. "Bots are the new apps," said Nadella during a nearly three-hour keynote here that sketched a vision for the way humans will interact with machines. That's the world you're going to get to see in the years to come."