- Augmented reality used to be one of the tech industry’s hottest fads, until the Google Glass squashed that dream.
- However, Apple and Valve seem to be working together on new AR tech.
- Meanwhile, Pokemon Go creator Niantic has made some pretty impressive AR software advancements.
Back in the day, we used to think that augmented reality was the future. Everything from phone games to the Nintendo 3DS attempted to hop on the AR bandwagon. For a little while, it seemed like the world would soon be entirely overlayed with sci-fi graphics.
We can probably thank Google Glass for ruining that particular dream. Turns out, it’s no good having a groundbreaking piece of technology if it makes you look like a prat.
Apple + Valve = Every Nerd’s Fantasy
Apple is reportedly hopping back on the AR bandwagon, with a little help from Valve. | Source: hurricanehank/Shutterstock.com
Well, the dream was somewhat rekindled lately when information about an Apple and Valve AR partnership leaked.
A little while ago, Apple had supposedly stopped production on their AR device. Now, it turns out they’ve shifted their production to another company, reportedly Valve. If true, it means that we might be receiving a piece of AR tech with the design philosophy of Apple and the software resources of Valve.
Apart from being a nerd fantasy, this product could potentially bring wearable AR tech to the masses.
Initially, the device was being designed as primarily an iPhone accessory. While this still may be the case, color me skeptical that things haven’t changed. With Valve on the team, it’s unlikely that this AR tech will just relay screen notifications.