AR-Recap 23rd of November: David Bowie, Apple’s new AR app and Facebook building glasses

Some time has passed and a lot of things happened in the AR-world. Let’s dive right in!

The David Bowie museum exhibition “David Bowie Is” will be released as an augmented reality mobile app for iOS and Android devices January 8th, 2019 – what would have been the late musician’s 72nd birthday. Hundreds of costumes can be put into the real world with Augmented Reality. Additionally, the devoted fan can browse many videos, handwritten lyrics and original artwork featured in the exhibit. Some of the pieces are app exclusive. Reportedly the first of its kind the app shows each object in 360-degree detail. The app will also boast an “immersive audio experience featuring Bowie’s music and narration.” We are excited! Read more:


On Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a rare television appearance to talk about and show off his current obsession: augmented reality. “In a few years, we’re not going to be able to imagine our lives without [AR]. It’s that profound a platform,” said Cook. Together with Allessandra McGinnis, an AR product manager at Apple, he demoed the app iScape. iScape allows users to create a virtual landscaping design with trees, shrubbery and flowers. Users can control the time of day in order to experience the final result in real conditions throughout the day. At one point, when asked about the possibility of long-rumored Apple AR smartglasses, Cook was evasive, as usual. More:


Facebook, on the other hand, is more open-hearted. Facebook confirms it is building augmented reality glasses. “Yeah! Well, of course, we’re working on it,” are the original words Ficus Kirkpatrick, head of augmented reality, used. The product could be Facebook’s opportunity to own a mainstream computing device on which its software could run after a decade of being beholden to smartphones built, controlled and taxed by Apple and Google. Furthermore, Kirkpatrick says  “We have no product to announce right now. But we have a lot of very talented people doing really, really compelling cutting-edge research that we hope plays a part in the future of headsets.” A patent application for AR glasses was spotted that detailed using “waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner” to project media onto the lenses. More about this and a video of the interview: