Augmented Reality Roundup: November 2019

Let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the Augmented Reality space for November 2019.

Hololens 2 Launches

Aiming to be a significant upgrade over its predecessor in both field and overall performance, the second generation of the company’s head-mounted computer is geared primarily towards enterprise organizations, where Microsoft and its partners are continuing to experiment with and develop practical applications for augmented reality in the workplace.

Apple reportedly plans 2022 release for first AR headset, followed by AR glasses in 2023

Apple plans to release its first augmented reality headset in 2022, followed by a smaller device – a pair of AR glasses – in 2023, according to a new report from The Information.

The AR headset (N301) will look supposedly like Facebook’s Oculus Quest VR wearable that was released earlier this year. But Apple will reportedly deliver a sleeker design that will “make heavy use of fabrics and lightweight materials” to ensure a comfortable experience during extended use. The AR glasses (N421) are said to look like sunglasses, featuring “thick frames that house the battery and chips.”

Adobe Unveils Aero, Its First Augmented Reality App

Photoshop helped make graphic design more accessible. Now, Adobe Aero aims to do what Photoshop did for graphic design, but for the augmented reality (AR) space. Launched on Nov. 4 after more than a year in beta, Aero is the first platform that allows designers to create AR without any code, Adobe says.

It offers a visual user interface and provides step-by-step directions for building AR scenes, which can incorporate existing assets from your Creative Cloud library, both in 2D and 3D. Once finished, publishing the scene to the Aero app only takes a few clicks.

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