These 8 tech trends will be 2018’s biggest stories

January 4, 2018

It’s never easy to predict what will come next in the tech manufacture. Who could have approximated, for example, that robot articulates would find their way into the homes of millions of parties? Or that Uber would somehow end the year with an as bad persona than it started with? Fortunately, 2017 left us a trail of breadcrumbs to follow, and many of the things that ended the year on…


People are freaking out over the Magic Leap One’s ugly design

December 23, 2017

Who wore it better?Image: magic leap, Thomas shahan/flickr Magic Leap‘s first mixed reality headset, the Leap One, is coming in early 2018. It looks pretty damn neat, assuming it delivers on everything it’s promising — and as long as you can get over its weird design. Reactions to the headset have been split down the middle with some people digging the steampunk-inspired design and others mocking its ugliness. SEE ALSO:…


Microsoft expands HoloLens headsets to 29 new markets, now up to 39

November 3, 2017

Nearly three years on from Microsoft unveiling its HoloLens augmented reality headsets, the company today announced a major expansion of its availability: 29 more markets in Europe, nearly tripling the total number of countries where you can buy the device up to 39. The news shows that while we don’t have a firm number of how many units have been sold, we do know that Microsoft is banking on the device, a…


WaveOptics, maker of waveguide-based optics for AR, nabs $16M

July 18, 2017

WaveOptics, a UK startup that builds waveguide-based optics technology based on hologram physics and photonic crystals for augmented reality hardware, has raised $16 million (12 million) to help build the next phase of its business. The Series B round of funding which comes from previous investorsOctopus Ventures,Touchstone Innovations plc andRobert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH; along with new investor Gobi Ventures (the prolific VC firm out of China that also manages…


‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ delivers VR experience that puts you inside the superhero’s suit

June 19, 2017

The beauty of virtual reality is that it allows you to become anyone or anything you can dream of, and in this case the technology is letting you become the amazing Spider-Man. In the run-up to the release of the film Spider-Man: Homecoming in July, Sony has released a VR version of Spider-Man that lets you don the superhero’s costume, swing through the New York City using web shooters, and…


Microsoft Research is working on AR glasses, here’s an early look

May 21, 2017

Image: microsoft research Because we’re spoiled and don’t appreciate amazing technology unless it’s immediately convenient, some tech pundits are dismissing VR in favor of AR, but the fact is that we’re still years away from easy to use AR glasses. For now, mainstream AR is limited to your smartphone, like most other apps. However, a team at Microsoft Research is looking to speed up the progress on wearable AR devices…


This HoloLens app shows how doctors will use augmented reality during spinal surgery

May 7, 2017

Augmented reality (AR) isn’t just for Pokmon Go and Snapchat masks, the technology will can have practical applications in areas like medicine, too. At least that’s the promise of the new Scopis Holographic Navigation Platform, which is designed to be used with the Microsoft HoloLens to help doctors perform spinal surgery. The company claims that its system can use 3D tracking with the HoloLens to help accurately find spinal screw…