Augmented Reality (AR) x Interconnection = Hot Tech!

| April 29, 2019

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A couple of years ago, people went crazy over Pokémon Go, an AR mobile game which sent gamers from all walks of life and of different ages, on to the streets with their smart phones in hand to capture Pokémon as they appeared. Using the phone’s camera with mobile location services, a Pokémon overlay video would appear on the phone display as if seen in a real-world environment. This proved to be a winning mix for gamers in search of a truly interactive experience.

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PlayStation VR Google Tilt Brush details revealed

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The new chair of the FTC and antitrust 2.0

Article | June 22, 2021

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Waylaid by Daydream VR & focused on Lens, Google far from AR glasses

Article | February 14, 2020

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Sony’s new DualSense PS5 controller promises more realistic tactile feedback

Article | April 8, 2020

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