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From Cyborgs to Project Glass: the Augmented Reality Story

From Cyborgs to Project Glass: the Augmented Reality Story

Google's Project Glass has been through the usual story arc - rumors, a mind-blowing concept demo, rabid excitement, practicality doubts and then simmering mistrust - in a concentrated three month period, but the back story to augmented reality is in its fifth decade. The desire to integrate virtual graphics with the real-world in a seamless way can be traced back to the days when computers could do little more than trace a few wireframes on a display; it's been a work-in-progress ever since. If Google's vision left you reeling, the path AR has taken - and where it might go next - could blow your mind.

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Kinect PC becomes digital projector parrot thanks to Microsoft Research

Kinect PC becomes digital projector parrot thanks to Microsoft Research

Is that a Kinect on your shoulder, or are you just pleased to see me? Microsoft Research has indulged in a little motion-tracking experimentation and come up with the Wearable Multitouch Projector, the 21st-century equivalent of a pirate's useful parrot. A combination of a Kinect sensor bar and a portable projector, the wearable PC can create a virtual display on any wall, notepad, desk or even your hand, tracking movements and gestures as you interact with your data.

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Forget Embarrassment, I’d Wear Google’s AR Glasses

Forget Embarrassment, I’d Wear Google’s AR Glasses

I'm a geek, an early-adopter and a lover of science-fiction; I also have relatively little shame: of course I'm the ideal target audience for Google Glasses. If the rumors are to be believed, Google's wily engineers have used their "20-percent time" to cook up some Android-powered digital goggles, overlaying augmented reality data onto the real-world view. The first generation is likely to be oversized and expensive, but I'll still probably buy them anyway and wear them with pride. Here's why, and what I think Google needs to do if its Google Glasses are to succeed.

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Google Glasses wow geeks

Google Glasses wow geeks

Google's Android-based digital glasses will offer a near-iPhone 4S resolution floating interface for users, sources claim, though opinion remains divided over whether the wearable computer is realistic, useful or even safe. According to a Geek source, the Google Glasses will use a pair of micro LCD displays bouncing a combined 960 x 540 resolution image off two small angled surfaces integrated into the lenses, for the impression of a large screen floating in front of your face. That will be used for gaming, navigation and more.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day everyone! We know you've been busy taking the day to sit back and reflect on the important contributions people like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln made to this country. Ah, who are we kidding? It's an awesome chance for a day off, and to catch up on what's been making news in the tech world. Like this - Google TV is adding Siri-like voice controls and Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode. That's only the beginning of today's headlines. Read on for more...

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Google X glasses tipped, Android running Terminator-like tech

Google X glasses tipped, Android running Terminator-like tech

When it comes to futuristic projects coming out of the labs at such titanic companies as Apple and Google, there's no shortage of interest in even the smallest project, the simplest notion of a project - what we're hearing today is that there's not just a tiny project popping up in the mysterious off-campus lair known as Google X, there's a whole set of glasses. While Apple has been tipped just earlier today as working on a wrist set bangle / watch sort of iPod device that may well be a Siri-controlled peripheral, this Google project is set to be a standalone device which connects to the web with mobile data, displaying then the information you want to see in the lenses of the glasses as they sit on your face. Scanning, scanning, match found!

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 30 2010

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 30 2010

Welcome to this week's better late than never edition of the Week in Review! Monday we learned that HTC was planning to move from the hard to get Super AMOLED screen for its Desire and Nexus One smartphones to a Super LCD. The catch is that both screens will be used and apparently, there will be no way for the buyer to tell what screen they are getting.

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Vuzix WRAP 920AR eyewear hands-on

Vuzix WRAP 920AR eyewear hands-on

Do you know what's difficult to demonstrate on video?  Vuzix's WRAP 920AR augmented-reality video headset, that's what - after all, while to the outside observer  you could be merely enjoying some hands-free media playback from your PMP, in actual fact the eyewear is blending together a real-world view with computer-generated imagery on a virtual 67-inch display.  We caught up with Vuzix to try the 920AR headset out, and collared Michael Kwan to pose for some photos and a brief video.

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