If a Star Wars film a year isn’t enough to satisfy your appetite for a galaxy far, far away, perhaps taking the mantle of a Jedi will. Disney and Lenovo have teamed up for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, an augmented reality game where players wield a lightsaber to fight enemies like Kylo Ren, partake in multiplayer lightsaber battles, fend off blaster fire from Stormtroopers, and play Holochess. All that is possible with Mirage AR, a Lenovo-built headset that uses your smartphone to power the experience. Update: Disney has unveiled a brand new lightsaber alongside the Dark Side Expansion pack. Setup The packaging for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges looks like it can fit a full desktop computer. There are a lot of components, so if you bought this for a child, you may want to spearhead the setup process. Inside the box is the Mirage AR headset, a lightsaber controller, a tracking beacon, a MicroUSB charging cable for the lightsaber, and two AA batteries for the beacon. … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars: Jedi Challenges’ review
Augmented reality vs virtual reality
A couple weeks ago, I moderated a panel at the inaugural SplitX: VR/AR Summit, where we explored the false narratives that have been souring the milk, so to speak, in the mixed reality industry for several years now and which have served to aggravate an already volatile market and extend its hype cycle by setting startups and companies up to fail. Krasimir Nikilov, cofounder & CEO at Quark VR, harks it back to a Bill Gates quote on the human tendency to “overestimate the two year impact of technology, and underestimate the ten year impact,” which I definitely think seems to be a root factor at play. Regardless, the collateral damage is very real and I’d like to share some of the primary narratives that were scrutinized during the panel. So what are the four false narratives that are damaging mixed reality? East versus West The first relates to a piece I published last month, where I encouraged startups and companies to embrace China’s mixed reality … [Read more...] about 4 false narratives confusing our understanding of mixed reality
Augmented reality is the result of using technology to superimpose information — sounds, images and text — on the world we see. Picture the "Minority Report" or "Iron Man" style of interactivity. Augmented reality vs. virtual reality This is rather different from virtual reality. Virtual reality means computer-generated environments for you to interact with, and be immersed in. Augmented reality (also known as AR), adds to the reality you would ordinarily see rather than replacing it. Augmented reality in today's world Augmented reality is often presented as a kind of futuristic technology, but a form of it has been around for years. For example, the heads-up displays in many fighter aircraft as far back as the 1990s would show information about the attitude, direction and speed of the plane, and only a few years later they could show which objects in the field of view were targets. In the past decade, various labs and companies have built devices … [Read more...] about What is Augmented Reality?
Pundits have gone round and round debating the merits of iPad as computer or computer as potential touch tablet, but here's the honest truth: Both can be equally powerful options for very, very different tasks. As much fun as it would be to ring up another round in the heavyweight battle that is iPad versus Mac, I say we call the whole thing off. Instead, let's focus on what actually matters: tailoring the tasks you need to accomplish with the computer that makes sense for those tasks. The iPad and iPad Pro can be an incredible device for artists, those that need a portable cellular connection, or extreme portability. In contrast, the MacBook (and by extension, MacBook Pro) laptops are perfect for those who need a super-charged multitasking machine, a compact Mac, or a permanent keyboard solution. Both can be ideal on planes, in coffeeshops, studying in classrooms, presenting in boardrooms, and relaxing in living rooms. But which one is ideal for you? Check our reviews We'll chiefly be … [Read more...] about iPad and iPad Pro vs. MacBook and MacBook Pro: Which should you buy?
Visual communication is changing. While market penetration is currently limited, both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are on the brink of rapid growth. In fact, it could be argued, AR is already witnessing this with the huge success of Pokemon Go in 2016.Forecasts suggest that the combined global AR and VR market will see huge growth post 2018, reaching $215 billion by 2021. While the US is forecasted to lead the total amount of spending in AR/VR, statistics also show that Europe is gaining ground in the VR/AR space.The UK, in particular, is the European leader in the VR landscape, with its market value predicted to increase to £354.3 million by 2020—a 390 per cent increase from 2016.In this exclusive article for Business2Community, I want to take a look at these two technologies and explore where they’re going and which, could emerge to become the dominant medium.The differences between VR and ARVR and AR are both transformative technologies, with … [Read more...] about VR vs AR: Which will become the dominant technology?