Outdoor planetarium creates unique augmented reality experience

augmented reality experience - Person looking at night sky stars - constellations

AR tech helps planetarium visitors understand the stars in the night sky. ObservEtoiles is a one-of-a-kind outdoor planetarium augmented reality experience located in Quebec, Canada. In fact, ObservEtoiles claims to be “the world’s first open air augmented reality planetarium. Visitors are taken on a detailed tour of the night sky. The unique 90-minute show enables visitors to take a virtual trip through the solar system, which includes a detailed tour of the actual night-time sky, reported CityNews. The newly launched show is currently held weekly every Saturday night and is…

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IKEA Place app bring augmented reality experience to Android users

IKEA Place App - IKEA Store

The augmented reality mobile commerce and home décor application is no longer limited to iOS. The IKEA Place app has now been updated to make it possible for Android users to experience its augmented reality features. These have already been available to iPhone users but are now expanded to Android users. The augmented reality feature lets shoppers preview the way an object would look in their home. Therefore, users of the IKEA Place app could use augmented reality technology to better inform themselves. They could look through their mobile device…

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eBay augmented reality features to change shopping experience

Ebay augmented reality Mobile Commerce

The online marketplace has been undergoing a huge number of large changes over the last while. Among all the changes going on with the online marketplace, eBay augmented reality is one of the latest features headed to its m-commerce site. The news about its dabbling with AR comes at a time when it has nearly entirely severed itself from PayPal. The near full separation from PayPal was easily the most surprising change. However, word has now been revealed that suggests that there are a number of different consumer experience changes…

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Art Gallery of Ontario creates augmented reality experience with ReBlink exhibit

art gallery - augmented reality experience

The world renowned gallery is bringing its classic paintings to life with AR technology. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), located in Toronto, Canada, has created a new augmented reality experience for visitors to some of the classic exhibits there. The goal of the AR technology is to bring a new layer of excitement into the artwork in the exhibit. The augmented reality experience is called ReBlink. The AR artwork app creator’s goal was to provide mobile device users with a new perspective when it comes to classic artwork. According…

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IKEA augmented reality strategy is designed to make home décor a snap

ikea augmented reality m-commerce app

Now, shoppers can see how a piece will look in their home without ever needed an Allen key. A new IKEA augmented reality component has been added to the overall mobile commerce experience offered by the furniture retailer. The forward-thinking business has always carved its own unique path through the shopping experience. Still, this represents a shift for IKEA, which is mainly focused on the shopper’s in-store experience. Now, the IKEA augmented reality experience is letting consumers turn to their smartphones to make their purchasing decisions, too. It’s clear the…

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Augmented reality car design techniques among Ford’s latest strategies

microsoft hololens augmented reality car

The automaker is using Microsoft’s HoloLens as a part of its process for creating future models. Ford has joined a growing number of companies using Microsoft’s HoloLens, in this case as an augmented reality car designing tool. The AR headset has been taking gradual steps into the commercial market in 2017. Ford is joined by NASA, Lowe’s, Volkswagen, Volvo and Audi among others testing the HoloLens. In actuality, Ford has been using the Microsoft HoloLens headset for a while now. It recently completed an initial pilot testing phase. Now, it…

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Google augmented reality goal is “100 million” devices before next spring

smartphone Google augmented reality

The search engine giant is geared up to bring an AR technology to millions of devices throughout the winter. A recent Google augmented reality announcement revealed the search engine giant has plans to rival Apple in the AR technology sphere. The reason is that its future upcoming platform that will make it possible for Android phone users to use AR apps without hardware changes. Apple has been working on its own iOS update which will include a push toward augmented reality use. At the same time, a Google augmented reality…

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Augmented reality glasses patent filed as Facebook Oculus takes the next step

augmented reality glasses patent (note: these are not real ar)

The social network filed a patent this month, showing an early design of the new AR wearable technology. Facebook Oculus filed an augmented reality glasses patent earlier this month which reveals drawings of an early prototype design for this type of wearable technology. The social network giant has previously confirmed its interest in pursuing this type of tech. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spoken about augmented reality technology on a number of different occasions. In fact, it comes as no surprise that the company filed an augmented reality glasses patent as…

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Virtual and augmented reality market is on the edge of an explosion

Android Pokemon Go augmented reality market

A new report forecasted an annual doubling in spending for AR and VR technology from now through 2021. The International Data Company released a report focused on the future of the virtual and augmented reality market. It predicts that global spending on VR and AR technology will double each year from now through 2021. That prediction is not at all limited to the sale of games and headsets but goes far beyond in the tech’s uses. The virtual and augmented reality market is still exceptionally young but is preparing to…

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Snapchat augmented reality leading the way, says research

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New data shows that mobile AR technology is being driven by certain social media tools. eMarketer released a report showing that Snapchat augmented reality is fueling the popularity of that technology, particularly when it comes to mobile device use. The report pointed to Snapchat Lenses as a leader with the tech, followed by Facebook and Instagram. The eMarketer report indicated that while Snapchat augmented reality may be the top driver for AR tech use, Facebook Stories and Instagram Stories are both playing their own roles. Although augmented reality took a…

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Retail augmented reality marketing used to draw consumers

fashion retail augmented reality

A futuristic looking form of advertising is becoming increasingly common in the hopes of appealing to shoppers. A new form of retail augmented reality marketing is starting to pop up here and there across the United States. While it remains very limited in its use, a growing number of retailers are catching on. The appeal to shoppers is quite evident. The idea is to use this high tech design and sleek style to draw customers into brick and mortar stores. Among the companies using retail augmented reality technology to market…

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