augmented reality

Impression PI VR headset offers gesture control and position tracking

Impression PI VR headset offers gesture control and position tracking

Augmented and virtual reality headsets are booming right now with several different devices on the market trying to separate geeks from their money. Another VR headset has turned up called the Impression PI and it has some interesting features. The Impression PI is wireless and has 3D gesture control, position tracking, and combines VR and augmented reality into one device.

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Mini’s new concept AR glasses give you X-Ray vision

Mini’s new concept AR glasses give you X-Ray vision

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.

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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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Magic Leap’s new game teaser is the stuff AR dreams are made of

Magic Leap’s new game teaser is the stuff AR dreams are made of

Late last year, Google invested in a company called Magic Leap, which aimed to bring augmented reality to us on a broader scale. The promise was neat, and the tech sounds the part, so we’ve been quietly anticipating what Magic Leap might bring us. A video, posted today, shows how Magic Leap plans to implement augmented reality into our lives. Using the familiar medium of gaming, Magic Leap is showing off something they’re working on. You can see the full video below, and trust us — you’ll want to.

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ELF VRdrone takes selfies from the air

ELF VRdrone takes selfies from the air

People love to take selfies and lots of people use products that make it easier to take selfies like the much maligned selfie stick. If you want to get really high tech with your selfie staking, a new drone called the ELF VRdrone can take selfies for you from the air. The small flying drone can also take pictures of other things if you are so inclined.

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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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Project Morpheus PS4 controller demos shown at GDC 2015

Project Morpheus PS4 controller demos shown at GDC 2015

Sony's virtual reality presentation this week at GDC 2015 was delivered to the public in several tiers. First there was the Project Morpheus release date and updated specifications for the headset. That bit was revealed during a press conference. Then came the demoes and the data on what's next. That came in a developer-aimed talk that we're about to show you the juicy bits of right this minute. Here we've seen some of the awesome possibilities with Sony's VR headset Project Morpheus - some of the best of which include Augmented Reality interactions with your PS4's controller, the DualShock 4.

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AR game Ingress comes to small screen via Android Wear

AR game Ingress comes to small screen via Android Wear

Ingress players — they’re a dedicated bunch. It takes heart to traipse around town and hack imaginary portals only you can see, conversing with people that (probably) aren’t there, and being part of a collective full of folks you’ll probably never lay eyes on. Still, the augmented reality game gone physical is something special, and it just got a lot cooler. Now, you can hack portals without ever touching your phone, as Ingress makes its way to Android Wear, courtesy of Google’s Niantic Labs.

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RideOn goggles let you ski in AR

RideOn goggles let you ski in AR

AR isn't just for gaming, and recently we're seeing AR uses pop up in more specialized industries and niche markets. RideOn announced on Indiegogo that it plans to make AR goggles for the skis slopes. If you're skiing with friends, you can see their locations and call or message them all using their floating AR. There's no need for an additional device like a Go-Pro because you can take high-definition videos using RideOn's AR goggles. You may never need a map again because RideOn can highlight the ski lodges and lifts in the distance.

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SEER AR Helmet lets you see the world in 100 degree field of view

SEER AR Helmet lets you see the world in 100 degree field of view

Meet SEER developed by Caputer Labs, Inc. It boasts the world's largest 100 degree field of view for an augmented reality helmet. This field of view in SEER's "Immersive Augmented Reality Experience" is designed be be so large, that it becomes frameless. Its open source and controller flexibility create a uniquely immersive AR experience. The field of view on this device is massive. At 100 degrees horizontal, It compares to seeing a 200 inch (5.08 meter) from eight feet away. This is huge compared to Google Glass's 25 inches (63.5 centimeters).

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