Earlier this morning, we posted about the Meta 1 augmented reality headset -- a rather unique pair of glasses that lets you play around with virtual 3D objects in the real world. Being right on schedule, the project has officially hit Kickstarter, with the goal of raising 100 grand in just 30 short days.
The Epson Moverio BT-100 is a pair of augmented reality glasses that, in the wake of the future success of Google Glass and the Occulus Rift, keeps itself unique with its own combination of abilities. This week SlashGear had a chat with Eric Mizufuka, Product Manager of New Markets at Epson and Scott Montgomerie, CEO and lead developer of Scope Technologies about the newest use of this still very developer-stage pair of futuristic glasses: augmented reality industrial product training.
Vuzix has been peddling all sorts of video glasses and other products for a number of years. The company was showing off augmented reality glasses before Google ever stepped into the game with its Glass project. Vuzix has announced the launch of its Star 1200XLD all-digital see-through video glasses.
Vuzix has been producing all sorts of video glasses for a number of years. One of the most recent products that the company has announced is called the Wrap 1200AR. These glasses are see-through augmented reality units providing lots of adjustability to allow wearers the ability to overlay video and other content on what they see in the real world.
The augmented reality scene is hotting up, with the promise of full computer-mediated vision for the mainstream and another hint that Google won't have the Glass market all to itself thanks to an incoming headset from startup Meta. The wearable project actually goes one step further than Project Glass, putting a full twin-display digital environment - controlled by two hand 3D tracking - in front of the user, rather than floating notifications and prompts in the corner of their eye as Google's system does.
A new app has launched for iPhone 5 users called iOnRoad that is designed to take advantage of the new processing power in the iPhone 5 and navigation integration available on iOS 6. The app is described as a black box video recorder that promises driver assistance when on the road. The app also offers turn-by-turn navigation using an augmented reality interface.
Augmented reality has blown up in 2012 thanks to Google's Project Glass, but a DIY eyepiece likened to a hearing aid for those without 3D vision shows there's more to wearables than recording point-of-view video. Gregory McRoberts' Borg-like DIY eyepatch augments his vision with senses humans wouldn't normally be blessed with: the ability to "see" temperature and precise distance.
Though the Nintendo Wii U is indeed a stationary sort of gaming machine, that's not stopping the folks at Google Maps from making an app for the platform - with augmented reality, no less! This app allows you to not just find your way around your city before you head out of your house, it allows you to check out Street View with a fully interactive look-around mode from your Wii U GamePad. This means you can bring up the Street View images from downtown Rome and use your Gamepad screen like a window, moving it around yourself looking up, down, left, right, all around and see what the original Street View camera saw - like magic!
Wearables competition for Google's Glass continues to surface, with a UK-based research team revealing its more discrete take on the head-mounted augmented reality display. The Technology Partnership (TTP) has embedded a micro-projector in one arm of a pair of ostensibly normal-looking glasses, the Guardian reports, beaming an image via a mirror onto a special reflective pattern etched into the lenses and straight into the wearer's eye.
Nokia has just started unleashing the details on their upcoming Windows Phone 8 attack all starting with their new flagship Lumia 920. Along with plenty of other details we've seen throughout the week they also just officially announced Nokia City Lens Augmented Reality for Windows Phone 8 and the Lumia series.