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Pokémon Sleep Wants to Make Snoozing a Game Too

HONG KONG — For a few heady months in 2016, Pokémon Go transformed the morning commute for millions of people into a critter-hunting safari, populating the ordinary world with a reality-augmented menagerie of Pikachus, Charmanders and Eevies.Now its creators hope to do the same to the nightly snooze.Pokémon’s chief executive, Tsunekazu Ishihara, said Wednesday that the Japanese franchise planned to release a new game called Pokémon Sleep in 2020 aimed at nothing less than taking the world of video games into dreamland.“The concept of this game is for players to look forward to waking up every morning,” Mr. Ishihara announced at a news conference in Tokyo.Or as…

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Magic Leap Raises $280 Million From NTT DoCoMo

Magic Leap, the maker of augmented-reality goggles, has already raised $2.3 billion, an extraordinary amount for a start-up. Now it has secured yet another investment — and could raise still more cash.The company said Friday that it had garnered $280 million from NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest cellphone service provider, as part of a new partnership between them. It will also reopen its most recent fund-raising round to potentially accept even more cash from new and existing investors.It is the latest move by Magic Leap to build its vision of making its flavor of augmented reality — where people see computer-generated images in the real world, thanks to…

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Trending: The Future Is Here, Almost: Virtual Travel Becomes More of a Reality

As virtual and augmented reality apps continues to develop, it’s becoming more likely that travelers will interact with these technologies, whether before or after their trips.“We’re seeing lots of people play with different forms of what I call ‘content excitement,’” said Mike Croucher, the chief architect at the technology company Travelport. Examples of that are the websites of hotels with 360-degree “look-arounds” of their properties, he said, and airlines are experimenting more with digitally immersive experiences as well.The global virtual-reality market is expected to increase from $7.9 billion last year to $44.7 billion by 2024, according to a recent research report published by Markets and Markets.While these…

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Want to See All the Vermeers in the World? Now’s Your Chance

AMSTERDAM — Johannes Vermeer, whose acute eye captured the quiet beauty of Dutch domestic life, was not a prolific artist: Just 36 paintings are widely acknowledged as his work. Still, anyone who wanted to see them all had to travel far and wide — to New York, London, Paris and beyond.Until now.The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, which owns what is perhaps Vermeer’s best-known masterpiece, “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” has teamed up with Google Arts & Culture in Paris to build an augmented-reality app that creates a virtual museum featuring all of the artist’s works.For the app, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has contributed images of…

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A Hologram Hits the Runway

AdvertisementIn the Times AR team’s first rendition of video that you can walk around, Ashley Graham is “a model in motion without the filters, the Photoshopping and the angles the fashion industry is used to.”ImageAshley Graham, surrounded by cameras, on a feedback monitor at Metastage, a brand new volumetric video studio at the Culver City Studios complex in Los Angeles.CreditCreditGraham Roberts/The New York TimesSept. 5, 2018Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times.When we stepped out of an Uber at Culver City Studios in Los Angeles, the place where cultural touchstones such as “Citizen Kane,” “Beetlejuice” and…

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After Volcano Eruption in Guatemala, Re-creating a Truck Covered in Ash

AdvertisementHow 727 photos taken in 29 minutes became an immersive 3D experience.By Niko KoppelJune 20, 2018Screen capture of Augmented Reality experience of truck buried by Volcano in GuatemalaPublished OnJune 20, 2018CreditImage by Niko Koppel/The New York Times Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times.On June 3, Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala erupted, sending burning lava, rocks and gas surging down the slopes toward the communities at the volcano’s base. The village of San Miguel Los Lotes was swallowed by the volcano’s pyroclastic flow — a current of gases, sand, ash, rocks and tree trunks. More than…

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At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality

In augmented reality, the ability to work across disciplines is especially valuable. The medium represents a mash-up of modern technological marvels — computer vision, haptics, artificial intelligence — and more conventional creative endeavors, like screenwriting and character animation. In late 2016, the Libermans’ unique background caught the attention of executives at Snap, which, one year earlier, had demonstrated A.R.’s potential as a creative platform with the rollout of animated overlays on selfies. The company jointly hired the foursome to develop animated A.R. characters based on Bitmoji. “They’d been there and done that,” said Eitan Pilipski, vice president of camera platform at Snap, Snapchat’s parent company. “There was…

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