The rumours of Apple launching their first augmented reality device has been whispered since 2017 following a report made by Bloomberg. Now, it appears that Apple is closer than ever to launching their first augmented reality product, thought to be the ‘Apple Glasses’.
As this year comes to a close, the ar.rocks team looks back at all the groundbreaking augmented reality news we’ve covered. We’ve ranked our top 10 augmented reality experiences of the year, keep reading to see who is number 1!
In this week's weekly round up of Augmented Reality news, we look at PTC’s Vuforia Expert Capture Augmented Reality software which assisted in the manufacturing of 13,000 NHS Ventilators, 8th Wall’s recent update which makes WebAR available across all major iOS apps, as well as Snapchat’s partnership with Google to create an augmented reality version of ‘Year In Search’.
8th Wall already provides frictionless WebAR experiences to a massive audience and the company’s most recent update makes it even better. The new iOS 14.3 update features camera access to WKWebView, allowing for WebAR experiences to now work in all major iOS apps, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn and Chrome. The update allows WebAR experiences built on the 8th Wall platform to be easily discovered and reach the 728 million iPhone users around the world.
The Smithsonian has 19 world-class museums, galleries, gardens, and even a zoo. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the museums and galleries remain closed. However, the Smithsonian have created a virtual way for visitors to see the Smithsonian, with augmented reality.