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Google buys AR glasses company North

Published on 06/30/2020 @ 5 PM EST

As announced in their official blog post, "North’s technical expertise will help as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts and ambient computing future. They'll join the Google team based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada—North’s hometown and an area with impressive tech talent. We're excited to welcome our new colleagues, and committed to the growing global tech community of Kitchener-Waterloo."

Apple’s Quick Look Will Allow Shopping in AR

Published on 02/17/2020 @ 9 AM EST
Apple has begun rolling out a new update to its Quick Look augmented reality tool, which will allow iPhone and iPad users to check out products in AR and then buy them directly. Retailers will be able to add a new button into the AR preview of the Quick Look tool, which could let a customer immediately buy that product using Apple Pay.

Mojo Vision Demos a Futuristic AR Contact Lens

Published on 01/17/2020 @ 6 AM EST

The startup Mojo Vision has recently come up with a futuristic AR contact lens concept. The lens mounted to a handheld stick can help you peer through to see a demo loop comprised of green text overlaid on real-world objects.

Facebook adds initiative for military veterans

Published on 11/09/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Called the Military and Veterans Hub, the initiative will include a 12-month AR/VR career development pilot program. The hub will “provide online safety tips, resources for finding jobs and digital skills” for veterans. The partnership with SCORE includes mentor matching, a business launching toolkit, and workshops.

Facebook planning AR glasses

Published on 09/26/2019 @ 8 AM EST

Along with a project called “Live Maps,” the social media giant is building a pair of AR glasses and 3D maps of the world. Confirmed at Oculus Connect, Facebook shared it has a few prototypes already, though details are scarce.

Facebook acquires CTRL-labs for Reality Labs

Published on 09/24/2019 @ 10 AM EST

The New York startup is known for its research and technology to allow humans to use their brains to control computers. The acquisition, according to Facebook’s vice president of AR/VR, Andrew Bosworth, will bring “new creative possibilities.”