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Quite a delay since the last episode, so for sure there’s been a ton of exciting things happening in the world of AR & VR… let’s dive in!

Apple is hosting augmented reality art walking tours in major cities

Apple is combining two long-standing major efforts in a new push, making AR more consumer-friendly and helping portray Apple Stores as civic centers where communities can come together.

The project, called [AR]T Walk, is a walking tour through various city centers around the globe aiming to help the digital art works of artists come alive in physical spaces. The tours are taking place in Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo through mid-August.

Read more about it here: https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/30/apple-is-hosting-augmented-reality-art-walking-tours-in-major-cities/

Facebook wants its augmented reality glasses to read your mind

It turns out Facebook’s research into brain-reading computers is still very much alive, and the work could have significant implications for another one of the company’s ambitious projects: augmented reality glasses.

On Tuesday, Facebook gave its first significant update on its brain-computer interface research since it first introduced the project onstage at F8 in 2017. The ultimate goal of the work, as Facebook has described it, is to create a system that can “decode silent speech” without the need for implanting electrodes into the brain.

Read more here: https://mashable.com/article/facebook-brain-reading-ar-glasses

Samsung wins Patent for Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a granted patent for Samsung earlier this month for Augmented Reality contact lenses. To get around Google’s awkward Glass product that was receiving constant negative news mainly due to its face camera being seen as an invasion of privacy, Samsung invented specialized contact lenses with a hidden camera built — in. The main selling point of Samsung’s contact lenses is that they’re primarily designed for realizing augmented reality.

Read more here: https://www.patentlymobile.com/2019/07/samsung-wins-patent-for-augmented-reality-contact-lenses-.html

Apple eyes sensor-packed augmented reality headset

Apple has filed a patent for a complex mixed reality headset, potentially including sensors that track users’ facial features, eyes, and hands.

The “Display System Having Sensors” patent covers a head-mounted display, a collection of cameras and other sensors that track the external environment, and a different set of sensors that track the wearer’s eyes. The components all work together to display a virtual 3D image that’s somehow based on the real world. Beyond that, there are a lot of potential variations. The headset could include hand sensors, “head pose sensors,” sensors that capture detailed information about real-world lighting conditions, “eyebrow sensors,” and “lower jaw sensors” that track movement of the mouth and jaw.

Read more here: https://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-eyes-sensor-packed-augmented-reality-headset/

The patent application can be found here: http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=20190221044.PGNR.

Upcoming Event: Introduction to AR Development with Enklu & HoloLens

For those readers in the US, specifically San Francisco or nearby: There’s an exciting event happening on August 1st for those who are interested in AR development! Here’s a teaser of what you can expect at the event:

Workshop Schedule

6:00PM| Dinner, drinks and demo AR experiences on the HoloLens

6:30PM| Intro to Enklu: Building a simple scene

7:00PM | Anchoring and mapping holograms to the real world

7:30PM | Adding dynamic lighting elements

8:00PM | Rapid Prototyping Activity: Build, build, build!

8:30PM | Student Showcase: Test Creations

9:00PM | Workshop Concludes

Read more about the event, and get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-ar-development-with-enklu-hololens-tickets-65267024427

The next episode will be a special showcase from members of the AR/VR Today community, and their previous, current and upcoming projects! If you would like to have your project featured in an upcoming episode of AR/VR Today, send us an email (mail@arvr.today)
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