Apple could rake in $11 billion from augmented reality

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Apple AR could help you shop for LEGOs in your living room, and help Apple make lots of cash.
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Augmented Reality (AR) is still an emerging technology, but Apple is poised to profit from it significantly. Or that’s the prediction of one analyst anyway.

And all the extra billions in revenue wouldn’t require the rumored Apple AR Glasses, though that would help.

Crazy GIF shows how iPhone X may pave the way for Apple Glasses

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Will smart glasses replace iPhone as our main communication device?
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The iPhone X’s ugly notch could pave the way for Apple to dominate the smart glasses market.

Augmented reality glasses are poised to become the hottest tech gadget of the next decade and Apple’s already laying the foundation with the iPhone X. It may not seem like the two will be directly related, but this clever concept shows how the key lays in the TrueDepth camera hidden in the notch.

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This AR card could be the future of business

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This is the future of business cards.
Photo: Oscar Falmer

Apple’s ARKit technology is poised to change the way we interact with everything, including business cards.

iOS & ARKit developer Oscar Falmer previewed his newest AR business card concept on Twitter and it looks freaking rad. Using ARKit 2.0 with image tracking, Falmer’s concept pulls up all of the person’s contact info, website, social media accounts and more for you to interact with digitally.

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Gaze detection could give iMacs a sixth sense

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Down the road, as you gaze into the monitor of a new iMac, the screen could gaze back.

Apple was awarded a patent Thursday by the United States Patent & Trademark Office for adjustable reflective display technology that can track your gestures, including eye and head movements.

Apple is seeking a UI designer to help with its AR plans

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Apple is all-in on augmented reality!
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Looking for a job for Apple working on a technology that Tim Cook has personally endorsed as one of the most exciting pieces of tech around?

If so, you may be interested in a recent job posting for a 3D UI Frameworks Engineer, underscoring Apple’s interest in all things augmented reality. Who knows? You could even wind up working on Apple’s rumored AR headset.

Lightsaber battles get personal in Jedi Challenges

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It's not your father's lightsaber, but Jedi Challenges lets you battle your megalomaniac dad or whiny son. Virtually, of course.
It's not your father's lightsaber, but Jedi Challenges lets you battle your megalomaniac dad or whiny son. Virtually, of course.
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Just in time for May the Fourth-be-with-you, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges added multiplayer lightsaber battles so you can take on your friends in virtual reality combat. 

Of course, doing so requires a couple of $150 AR helmets and lightsabers. But still.