First look at Apple's big jump into augmented reality

One of the first games to use Apple ARKit is a version of Star Wars chess.Image: karissa bell/mashable Apple just jumped head-first into augmented reality. Following months of speculation about what exactly the nature of its ambitions for augmented reality are, the company announced it's building an AR platform directly into iOS. With ARKit, Apple is for the first time offering developers a suite of tools to make dedicated augmented reality apps for iPhones and iPads. SEE ALSO: Apple announces iOS 11 and... we hope you like Siri Like other new iOS 11 features, it will be some time before we see ARKit's full potential, but Apple demoed a couple AR experiences created with the tech to show a bit of what's possible. The flashier of the two demos was the Star Wars HoloChess demo, a callback to the iconic game (which, as any true Star Wars fan knows, is […] Read more »

Snapchat's future Spectacles will have augmented reality

Image: snap inc. Snapchat isn't done with Spectacles, its video-camera sunglasses. The first version, released in November, was a disappointment for some, not for its lack of color selection, but for the absence of augmented reality. But a patent published Thursday reveals an augmented future for Spectacles and other wearables and gadgets made by Snap Inc., the camera company. Like this: .@Snapchat Patent also teases Snapchat's future version of @Spectacles that will include augmented reality (look at the display) pic.twitter.com/iBkvRIt19F Kerry Flynn (@kerrymflynn) May 4, 2017 Those two displays at the top of the glasses could sense what is around you and then also display augmented reality. What fake reality would you want to be inserted into your surroundings? Perhaps, a Tyrannosaurus rex: .@Snapchat @Spectacles My favorite part of the patent is this T-REX. I hope future @Spectacles let me put a T-REX in random places pic.twitter.com/IpNS7RQVpz Kerry Flynn (@kerrymflynn) […] Read more »