Apple has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for a pair of portable media viewing goggles. The patent says they "may resemble ski or motorcycle goggles." The device would likely allow for a 3D viewing experience reminiscent of that found in the Oculus Rift VR headset.
In my part of the country, we don't get to participate in winter sports. We rarely get snow and when we do and couple inches of snow is a lot. That means we would have no use for these cool Buhel Speakgoggle G33 ski goggles that not only protect your eyes from snow and glare, but also allow you to talk using your smartphone via Bluetooth while you fly down the slopes.
Sensics is showing off its new Android-based 3D SmartGoggles at CES, and we've tried it out. The 3D head-tracking, eye-tracking, "don't I look like a space marine" headset is designed to give a total immersion experience in connected devices, playing with an external controller or the sensors built into the device itself. The screens, sensors and other electronics are all housed in the front unit, with a pair of headphones covering your ears and a large brace arcing over your head.
Liquid Image has a trio of new sports cameras to show at CES this week, two sets of goggles with integrated still and video recording and a flexible-mount model, each packing WiFi connectivity. The new Liquid Image EGO, TORQUE HD and APEX HD target Contour and GoPro buyers, offering up to 1080/30p or 720/60p HD video recording and 12-megapixel stills together with the ability to wirelessly stream video via WiFi to a smartphone app or your laptop.
Google Goggles for Android has just gotten an update to version 1.6 that will make using the feature easier than before. The Goggles app allows you to take photos of pretty much anything and then have the photo submitted to Google's servers to find relevant search results. For instance, you can snap a photo of a landmark and Google will be able to return relevant information regarding that landmark. Now, the app is even more convenient to use.
Microsoft has licensed augmented reality technology from specialist GeoVector, potentially opening the door to "pointing-based local search" being included in future mobile devices like Windows Phone handsets. The deal - financial terms of which have not been revealed - covers "spatially aware mobile computing"; GeoVector holds patents in digital watermarking, as well as overlaying digital graphics on top of a live view, such as showing cut-aways and other information.
The programs that DARPA runs often result in some of the coolest hardware and gear for military and civilian use being invented. One of the cool things that DARPA and its contractors have been working on are holographic goggles that give soldiers a bit of augmented reality on the battlefield.
Liquid Image has been making goggles for scuba drivers for a long time now that have an integrated video camera in them to film the underwater wonders divers see for us land locked folks to enjoy. The company has announced a new line of goggles aimed at the off roader that wants to record their riding or skiing prowess.
There's been plenty of concepts in the past that showcase how GPS can be integrated into our every day life, without having to hold some kind of navigational unit in our hands, or even our phones. And while concepts are all well and good, especially considering many of them include plenty of advanced, almost futuristic technology, we're more exciting to see companies actually release something we can use now. Recon Instruments has just made their Recon-Zeal Transcend goggles available to order, in two variations, featuring GPS-based information in the first head-mounted display.
Over the years, you've probably been able to discern that we have a natural fondness for steampunk. We just can't get enough of it. And, we especially love when designs take on the popular trends in tech. Like, for example, the growing need to see things in 3D. There's no stopping it, so we might as well embrace it. Which becomes increasingly easy when we see things like the Kraken Steampunk 3D goggles.