Tag: augmented reality

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Jellynote talks edtech, music publishers and AI potential

At first glance, Jellynote may look like the latest, polished app to help people learn to play guitar, piano and other instruments. Yet there is more to the company than meets the eye, from its use of machine-learning...
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How Metaverse and Sony Music created a ‘Pokémon Go for country music’

Augmented reality (AR) startup Metaverse has been blogging about its recent partnership with Sony Music to create “a game like Pokémon Go, but for country music”. This happened at the 2017 CMA Fest in Nashville, with...
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IDC publishes latest AR / VR headset predictions

It’s been a relatively slow start sales-wise for virtual-reality headsets, let alone augmented-reality devices. However, research firm IDC remains confident that the market for both will grow at a pace in the coming years. The...
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The US will have 40m augmented-reality users this year

Well, that’s what research firm eMarketer is predicting anyway: that 40 million Americans will engage with some form of augmented reality at least monthly in 2017. That’s up 30.2% year-on-year. The growth is no surprise...
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Facebook f8: Spotify / Apple Music, bot ambitions and major AR push

“Being able to click on someone's music and play it is a great experience, but knowing that you helped a friend discover something new, and that you have the same taste in music, is awesome,” said Mark Zuckerberg. No,...
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Gorillaz launch a mixed-reality app ahead of Humanz album

Name an artist app that’s been a commercial success. Examples are extremely thin on the ground, bar hazy memories of Taylor Swift selling a decent amount of downloads through her Mobile Roadie-powered app back in the day,...
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Apple gets set for big augmented-reality push

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been expressing enthusiasm about augmented reality technology for some time. Now Bloomberg reports that his company is ready for a big AR push in its products. “People with knowledge of the company's...
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IDC predicts strong growth for VR and AR headset sales

Take any prediction for how many virtual and augmented reality headsets will be shipping in five years’ time with a mountain of salt. More than many technologies, the future consumer demand for these devices is up in...
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MelodyVR promises ‘aggressive expansion’ and hints at AR move

Startup MelodyVR has published its annual financial results, revealing a net loss of £2.6m in 2016 as it geared up to launch its musical virtual-reality app. The British startup’s parent firm EVR Holdings is a public...
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Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park: ‘Technology and music are like left and right hands’

The Midem conference has a high-profile new keynote speaker from the artist community: Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. He’ll be speaking on 7 June at the event, as well as being a jury member in its Midemlab startups competition. Shinoda...
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Shazam goes deeper with its augmented reality tech

Shazam is no newcomer to the augmented reality (AR) space: it might not have any Pokémon to catch, but its visual-recognition features launched in 2015. Since then, brands and artists alike have been able to make posters,...
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Startup 8i raises $27m for celebrity-hologram app Holo

The hype around dead musicians returning as holograms has died down a bit, but there are still some interesting companies exploring related technologies. 8i, for example, has just raised $27m to continue developing a mixed-reality...