augmented reality

Without a phone, Microsoft's AR efforts may be worthless

Without a smartphone, Microsoft's augmented reality (AR) efforts may be overshadowed by Apple's ARKit and Google's ARCore phone-based approaches.

Smartglasses as smartphones – why your social and privacy concerns may not matter

The next generation of adults, unconcerned about social and privacy issues, may readily accept smartglasses as smartphone replacements.

Google Glass and HoloLens clash in the enterprise en route to consumers

Google Glass is back and like Microsoft's HoloLens its fighting for the enterprise. Whichever wearable wins the enterprise will likely win consumers.

What is ambient computing and why does it matter to you?

Ambient computing is a term that is becoming more popular of late. But what is it and why does it matter to consumers, communities, society and tech companies?

Microsoft's 'Surface phone' should include AR glasses, a pen and exclusive apps

Apples consumer-focused strategy wrested the smartphone market from Microsoft and is doing the same with AR. A company-supported Surface phone with AR glasses, pen and a suite of "Surface apps" may be Microsoft's last hope.

Even without consumer-focused HoloLens, Microsoft must market AR sooner than later

Even without a consumer-ready HoloLens, Microsoft has an "augmented reality" story to tell. But it must market that story, as well.

If 3D is for everyone, why isn't Microsoft marketing Paint 3D to anyone?

Microsoft said its bringing 3D to everyone with Paint 3D. Sadly consumers don't know this because Microsoft hasn't told them.

How Microsoft's mixed reality strategy may augment its Home Hub and IoT visions

Microsoft's augmented reality vision may bring holographic computing to the ambient world of the Internet of Things.

Apple may be building augmented reality glasses; Should Microsoft worry?

Will Apple's rumored consumer-focused wearable benefit from Apple's unique way of harnessing marketing and media to grab mindshare from Microsoft's HoloLens?

Part II, Microsoft's aggressive push to rule personal computing: cross-platform clouds and alternate realities

In this second installment of "Microsoft's aggressive push to rule personal computing" we look at the company's use of Microsoft Cloud, cross-platform apps, partnerships with automakers and more in their push to assimilate the masses into Microsoft's ecosystem.

Microsoft 3D audio tech makes virtual sounds sound real

Microsoft's research into 3D audio could become a big boon to virtual and augmented reality applications like the Oculus Rift and Valve's 3D glasses. Essentially, the technology turns simple headphones into ones that can mirror where the sound is supposed to be coming from to create an even more immersive environment in applications like gaming.

Mossad for Windows Phone 8 updated, name and price change comes into play

Mossad is an interesting Windows Phone 8 title that incorporates your Windows Phone location services into an augmented reality spy game. You are assigned various missions that are location based and basically involves locating or hiding virtual items.

The Windows Phone 8 game was recently updated to version 1.0.05 that changes the game’s title from Mossad to Super Agent. The change was brought about to avoid any confusion with the Israeli Mossad.

Alphega for Windows Phone pinpoints where tweets and check-ins are coming from

This new app we’re writing about is either really cool or really creepy. Alphega for Windows Phone shows the status updates and check-ins near you on a map. Updates from social networks that take place in your vicinity will appear in the real direction relative to you. The app is currently in open beta and it’s also available on Android devices.

Head past the break to watch our hands-on video and walkthrough.

Windows Phone spy game Mossad updated, puts bugs to rest

On New Year’s Day, we wrote about a recent App Campus game released for Windows Phone 8: Mossad, from Israel-based indie developer GreenShpits. Mossad marries location-based gaming with searching for virtual items in the real world via augmented reality, something you don’t see all that much on Windows Phone.

While Mossad’s unique gameplay made the game noteworthy, a few major bugs tempered my enthusiasm for it. The developer took notice of our report, and quickly released a patch that addresses most of my concerns. Head past the break for post-update hands-on video and impressions!

Mossad: an augmented reality spy game for Windows Phone

Location-based games and mobile are a great fit since smartphones usually have a GPS built in and people take their phones around everywhere. Why not work that into a game, right?

Israel-based developer GreenShpits recently released its own location-based/augmented reality game for Windows Phone 8 called Mossad as part of the AppCampus program. The word “Mossad” means “Institute” in Hebrew and is used to refer to the Israeli equivalent of the CIA. Mossad allows players to travel around playing spy and acting out their own missions, but some major bugs cut into the fun.

Blippar comes to Windows Phone 8, gives you augmented reality advertisements

We’re closing in on the end of 2013 and as we look back it’ll hard to argue that this wasn’t an incredible year for Windows Phone in terms of gaining new apps. There have been so many big name apps that joined the platform this year. But more importantly, startups have increasingly been turning their attention and resources to focus on Windows Phone. Blippar is a fairly young startup that’s just released their application for Windows Phone 8. Let’s check it out.

Kinect has a life outside of gaming - videos showcase a new world of retail

When the majority of us think about Kinect, we think about shouting “Xbox, Play” to get our Netflix movie rolling or we picture ourselves waddling around the living room trying to get our groove on with games like Dance Central. If we step outside the world of gaming, we can see how the Kinect for Windows SDK can be used in retail. To help us imagine the world for Kinect outside of gaming, Microsoft has released a video showcasing how the high tech accessory can be used in various retail scenarios.

Yelp for Windows Phone receives update with minor fixes for bugs

Ever since Yelp ( hit version 2.0 earlier this year, the company has been steadily trickling our new features to give it parity with its iOS and Android counterparts. Last night the latest version of the app, one for Windows Phone 7.x and one for 8, was bumped to version and respectively and it brings along with it a few nice changes.

There isn’t a detailed changelog though we do note you still can’t add full reviews. Instead, the app will save a “draft”, which you then need to finish on your own time on the PC. That's kind of a weak implementation, though we suppose it may weed out the insta-angry reviews that sometimes people bang away while still in the restaurant.

Microsoft files patent for augmented reality gaming glasses - surgeon simulator just got real

We can’t help, but to love the United States Patent Office – it gives away too many good secrets. This week, a user at NeoGAF found a Microsoft patent filling for a pair of augmented reality glasses. The high-tech head mounted eye wear appears to be aimed at the gaming community and might just bring our favorite titles to the streets – literally.

Bing Translator smashes the language barrier, arrives on Windows 8/RT devices

Today Microsoft released the Bing Translator App for Windows 8. Just like the Translation application on your Windows Phone, you can now easily convert between 40 different languages using your PC.

Bing Translator app is based on years of Microosft Research and advanced machine learning. The application can translate text, visual images, and content you find on the web. Simply type in what you would like translated, point the tablet’s camera for an augmented experience, or use Windows 8’s share charm to translate content anywhere on your PC.