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Augmented Reality magic video

Augmented Reality magic video

We've talked about augmented reality (AR) here on SlashGear before, but we've never seen it incorporated into magic.  Performer Marco Tempest has created a unique act in which classic card tricks are integrated with real-time AR; in this demonstration video, he shows both what's happening normally and what's brought to the performance by the computer.

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T-shirt Augmented Reality & Face-recognition Twitter

T-shirt Augmented Reality & Face-recognition Twitter

Flash-fiddlers and optical-recognition lovers Squidder have been showing off two new systems that tie augmented reality into Twitter and other social networking systems.  Their first project is a t-shirt with a FLAR barcode that, when recognized by a webcam-enabled computer, pulls up the encoded Twitter username and displays their latest tweet as a video overlay.  The second task, meanwhile, is cutting out the barcode and having the system recognize users by face.

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Nokia’s Augmented Reality GeoTagging Research

Nokia’s Augmented Reality GeoTagging Research

To me, "augmented reality" always sounds like the advertising gumph of some sort of hideous latex sex-aid, possibly with a USB plug because everything else seems to have one of the damn things these days.  However Nokia Research would like us to consider it in slightly less X-rated terms - superimposing data onto an image of your surroundings in real-time.  Using a 6680 handset modified to include accelerometers, compass and GPS, the team has put together a proof-of-concept system which monitors the location of the phone and overlays virtual information tagged to different objects as shown on the display from the camera's POV. 

Nokia Augmented Reality - info overlay on real-world viewURLs can be associated with objects, giving quick access to local information, and the device can both use data locally-stored or from a remote server.  The latter would allow applications such as "find a friend", where the moving location of another object could be streamed to a user's cellphone.  The prototype also has map functionality, accessed by holding the handset horizontally, which highlights the user's location and annotates nearby points of interest.  There are streaming videos of different functionality on the Research page, linked below.

Sony’s SmartEyeglass augmented-reality glasses on sale in 10 counties

Sony’s SmartEyeglass augmented-reality glasses on sale in 10 counties

Just after Sony unveiled its SmartEyeglass augmented-reality glasses a few months ago, it was quickly labeled by tech media and critics as dorky, unfashionable, and tacky. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), Sony has decided to press ahead in the wake of the Google Glass experiment and release the headgear in 10 countries, starting this week. Labeled as a Developer Edition, the SED-E1 SmartEyeglass will set lucky purchasers back a steep $840. Just don't expect people to jealous of how cool you look while wearing it.

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Meta 1 true augmented-reality headset dev-kit presales inked in for today

Meta 1 true augmented-reality headset dev-kit presales inked in for today

It's turning into a week of wearable computing, with Epson-partnered start-up Meta readying preorders for its true augmented reality headset. First revealed back in January, Meta offers a fully digitally-mediated view of the world - allowing for graphics, video, and text to be superimposed on real people and objects - rather than the Google Glass approach of floating a subdisplay in the corner of your eye. Sales for developers will kick off at 9am Pacific (noon Eastern) on Friday, May 17.

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Google VR will give you Virtual Reality access this week

Google VR will give you Virtual Reality access this week

Google I/O 2015 tipped to be another send-off point for Google Cardboard, the company's virtual reality pre-brand. The stars are aligned. It's time for Google to treat Cardboard - and the virtual reality community in general - like the sleeping tiger it really is. This week at Google I/O 2015, Google is likely to reveal far more than they did last year, when the VR headset Google Cardboard was given away with barely a word on what it was capable of doing. This platform is about to blow open.

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Microsoft shows how augmented, real spaces interact with cute robot

Microsoft shows how augmented, real spaces interact with cute robot

Microsoft’s Hololens is an interesting take on augmented reality, and now comes with robotic friends. At Build 2015, Microsoft announced B15, a robot that was also a holographic representation of something more. With core hardware meant for navigating, Microsoft showed how Hololens could be used to navigate B15 around a room, and be used to complete tasks. It’s also a learning machine, based on Hololens technology, and can reroute itself based on obstacles that may come up, and is always controllable by you.

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PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

Back in late 2013 we had our first opportunity to bring a magical experience to our living room with the PS4 game "PlayRoom." This game worked with the PlayStation 4 Camera, showing us our living room onscreen with augmented reality characters and objects galore. This week we've been given our first glimpse of what PlayRoom will look like in virtual reality, with Project Morpheus in 2016. These demos were the last part of the collection of early visions we were shown by Japan Studio, the same group of developers that made The PlayRoom.

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ZEISS VR One joins the virtual reality renaissance

ZEISS VR One joins the virtual reality renaissance

Virtual reality is getting another chance to go mainstream. It is fast becoming an interest, even an obsession, not only among gamers but even some technology outfits as well. Even mobile device makers seem to be trying to get in on the fun, which might not be surprising considering smartphones are invading every corner of the digital world. Somewhat surprising however, is the fact that optics experts Carl Zeiss is also joining the bandwagon with the ZEISS VR ONE, offering not only something cheaper but also something more open.

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Canon MREAL Mixed Reality Hands-on

Canon MREAL Mixed Reality Hands-on

Augmented reality is going to be big, and Canon is jumping straight in with its MREAL System for Mixed Reality, a combination of a clever head-mounted display and integration with 3D graphics software to create a real-time virtual world you can interact with. Better known for its cameras, Canon is bringing that knowledge of lenses and optics to an innovative display system that blends the real world with computer graphics, using marker recognition so that physical objects can be picked out and manipulated in the digital environment. We caught up with Canon to try MREAL out, and see what you get for $125,000.

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