Texas Instruments Commits to Augmented Reality for OMAP
Texas Instruments today announced new partnerships with metaio and Total Immersion in hopes of delivering augmented reality applications for mobile devices using its OMAP processors. Both metaio and Total Immersion have created software developer kits so that application writers can target OMAP-based devices. The SDK from metaio includes gravity awareness and visual tracking technology for 2D and 3D objects. The SDK from Total Immersion offers quick image recognition, rendering capability, and tracking abilities. Both SDKs are available for download starting today.
Google Says ARCore Will Push Augmented Reality to the Android Masses
Google today introduced ARCore, a software developer kit that will bring augmented reality to existing and future Android smartphones without the special hardware required by Project Tango. Google says it built ARCore on the foundation set by Project Tango, but has tweaked it in a way the will allow most devices to run AR apps and content.
Apple Targets Augmented Reality
Apple says its new mobile platform will soon become the biggest augmented reality platform with the adoption of ARKit, a new way for developer to take advantage of existing iOS hardware and software to generate AR experiences. Apple is already working with game and other content developers to bring AR to the iPhone and iPad.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Project Tango Phone Now On Sale
Lenovo made the Phab 2 Pro, the first Project Tango augmented reality handset, available for sale on its web site today. The phone was originally expected to go on sale in September.
Google to Kill Off Project Tango in Favor of ARCore
Google today said it has decided to wind down Project Tango, its ambitious augmented reality platform that used on-device cameras and sensors to blend reality with computer-generated content. "As we focus on bringing augmented reality to the entire Android ecosystem with ARCore, we’re turning down support of Tango," said Google.
Qualcomm Debuts Snapdragon SDK for Virtual Reality
Qualcomm today announced a new software developer kit meant to help app writers create better virtual reality experiences for phones that are powered by Snapdragon processors. The SDK will school developers so their apps can handle the "extreme power consumption constraints and challenging performance requirements ...