Apple Adds AR Gaming to Arcade, Google Expands Availability of Glass, & Daqri Patents Hit Auction Block « Next Reality

While Apple’s AR wearables development continues clandestinely, its mobile ecosystem is laying the foundation for the software side of its smartglasses, with Apple Arcade serving as the latest example.

Google does have its own smartglasses in the wild, but it is squarely focused on enterprise users, for now. And the company just made it easier for those customers to buy them.

Finally, as one AR headset maker falls, another rises. Say goodbye to Daqri and hello to Lynx.

Apple Puts More AR in Its Arcade Service with Secret Oops!

With No Time to Die, the 25th installment in the James Bond saga, arriving in April and Black Widow, the first solo film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s own secret agent, following a month later, what better way to get in the espionage mood than some augmented reality spy gaming?

As luck would have it, Apple and game developer Mixed Bag are ready to satisfy that itch with Secret Oops!, a multiplayer puzzle game set in a cartoonish spy world that’s anchored in the players’ environment via ARKit’s plane detection capabilities.

Read further to learn more about the game and how Apple Arcade fits into the AR ecosystem for Apple’s future smartglasses

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Now Available Through Direct Resellers

Last December, Google unceremoniously killed off Google Glass Explorer Edition with a final software update, leaving the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 as the only remaining AR wearable from Google.

Now, Google is making it easier for enterprise customers and developers to acquire a pair of their smartglasses by enabling them to purchase the device directly from hardware resellers.

Continue reading for more details on how enterprises and developers can get their hands on Glass Enterprise Edition 2 and where the wearable stands in the enterprise smartglasses market

Daqri’s Demise Concludes with Sale of Patents & Intellectual Assets

After closing its office last year, enterprise AR company Daqri has moved on to the final stage of its lifecycle with the liquidation of its assets.

Hilco Streambank, who also administered the patent sale of former smartglasses maker Osterholt Design Group (ODG), and Rock Creek Advisors will handle the sale of Daqri’s patent portfolio.

Read further for more details on what is for sale and how the downfall of Daqri and other AR startups sounds a warning for others

Image via Daqri

REALITY BITES: SK Telecom is opening a Microsoft Mixed Reality Studio this spring in South Korea. Dubbed Jump Studio, it will be the first Asia-based volumetric capture studio using Microsoft’s technology.

Startup Lynx Unveils First Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Headset

The first headset running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset from an original equipment manufacturer is official.

On Monday at the San Francisco Photonics West conference, startup Lynx unveiled the Lynx Mixed Reality Headset. The headset is a $1500 passthrough AR/VR wearable with dual 1600 x 1600 pixel displays and 90 degrees field of view, resulting in 18 pixels per degree, and a four-fold catadioptric freeform prism serving as the optics engine.

Continue reading to learn more about the headset and how Lynx and Qualcomm are signaling the start of a new category in AR headsets

Cover image via Mixed Bag/YouTube

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