For some great late night espionage and ambushing this Halloween season, the Discovery store has got the gear for you. Their Night Vision Goggles with Dart Launcher is equipped with a green night vision lens, dart launcher, and 2 bright LED lights to blind your victim before shooting them. So don't just wear any old costume this Halloween, get one that can really throw in some action. I suppose you can always pair this with a Green Goblin outfit. Available for $19.95.
Night Vision Goggles with Dart Launcher [Via: Coolest Gadgets]
BMW's Mini division just revealed its latest concept gadget, a pair of augmented reality glasses, at the Auto Shanghai show. Mini Augmented Vision is a new pairing of AR technology and driving. The design looks like a cross between aviator specs and actual aviation goggles and is capable of providing a variety of information in un-obstructive, see-through displays. The AR glasses are the result of a collaboration between BMW's DesignworksUSA and Qualcomm.
We've seen many a VR headset that try to utilize the computers that we already have in our pockets, our smartphones, but almost all of those cater to a small subset of smartphones, sometimes even just one. Cmoar is yet another such VR headset, but, as you might have guessed, it is doing a few things quite differently. It does make use of smartphones for displays but it can actually accommodate any smartphone within a certain size range. It can even make room for iPhones!
This week the 360-degree camera known as V.360 can officially enter the virtual reality space. The developer team at VSN Mobil have updated their V.360 controller app, allowing it to show images and video with full 360 vision. That means you can view the photos like you're inside the camera with a pair of virtual reality goggles on - turn your head to see any one of the 360 degrees of photo or video around you. This works for still images, video, and live surveillance.
It seems like almost everyone is getting on the VR trend these days. Surprisingly, even Apple seems to be game, or at least considered the possibility. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just granted Cupertino a patent for a "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display". Or to keep it short, a Samsung Gear VR-like accessory but powered by the iPhone instead. Is Apple now jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon? Probably not yet, but at least the legal groundwork has been established.
Google may be a bit ambiguous about Google Glass' future, but Sony seems unfazed. Either it has a very strong faith in the still non-existent smart eyewear market or it thinks it can take advantage of Google's failure there. Either way, it is pushing ahead with own attempt but also tries to approach the problem from a slightly different angle. SmartEyeglass Attach!, which is not to be confused with its other, odder attempt, may succeed in one area where Glass failed: flexibility.
It seems that after smartwatches, VR goggles are slowly becoming the latest tech darling. You are starting to see everyone trying to give their own spin to the gadget, from those that utilize smartphones for display and processing as well as those that don't. Panasonic, who has practically bowed out of the smartphone race, aside from a few mobile devices, is now trying its luck in this space. Its early VR goggles prototype shows a design that is easier to wear than an Oculus Rift but still less stylish than a Samsung Gear VR.
Google may have just recently "graduated" Project Tango from its incubation at its ATAP arm, but the future of research-oriented tablet and phone still hangs in the balance. In the meantime, however, developers and researchers are still tinkering with the few devices that are already out in the wild. But what exactly can one do with Tango's 3D sensing capabilities? Well, apparently, you can use it to draw in full 3D space, like what this new Space Sketchr app tries to demonstrate.
Microsoft has revealed its first virtual reality headset, the Microsoft HoloLens, delivering what the company calls "holograms" but what we perhaps know more as augmented reality. The headset, which resembles an oversized pair of ski goggles, overlays digital graphics onto the real world using transparent lenses and Windows 10. With the headset, Microsoft says, everything from gaming, through streaming media in apps like Netflix, to productivity apps, Skype video calling, or even creating virtual 3D objects in the new HoloStudio app - think Paint for the 21st century - are possible in a full standalone wearable computer.