augmented reality

Google Glass inspired project brings real-time translation

Google Glass inspired project brings real-time translation

This week the inventor known as Will Powell has created a project with heads-up display technology in mind - near real time translation, right up to the mind's eye. If there's one thing Google's Project Glass has done for the world - even though it's not a product many of us can own quite yet - it's to inspire developers and technicians around the world. What Powell has done here is to take several components and combine them to create a pair of glasses that shows what a person has said in text right after they've said it - translated into any language you like.

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Ikea augmented reality catalog becomes reality

Ikea augmented reality catalog becomes reality

When you think of retailers that are on the bleeding edge of technology, Ikea isn't usually the one that comes to mind. But then again, it did launch its first ever consumer electronics device earlier this year - an Internet-connected TV that comes with a truly-Ikea style stand to hold it. And now the company is enhancing its mobile technology arm.

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Don’t be blind on wearable cameras insists AR genius

Don’t be blind on wearable cameras insists AR genius

The augmented reality researcher at the center of allegations of assault over sporting a wearable computer in public has warned that ubiquitous cameras - and the potential for privacy incidents - are only going to increase. Professor Steve Mann, the father of wearables who claimed McDonald's staff in Paris assaulted him and damaged his advanced EyeTap headset earlier this month, fired back at criticisms that his constantly-running camera was a provocation to the privacy-minded. "Ironically the people most frightened of cameras seem to be the ones who are pointing cameras at us (e.g. big multinational organizations)" Mann argues.

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Wearables expert releases new alleged assault image arguing McDonald’s denial

Wearables expert releases new alleged assault image arguing McDonald’s denial

Professional cyborg Professor Steve Mann has responded to McDonald's denials that its staff physically assaulted him, releasing a new photo that reportedly shows one employee in the process of striking his wearable computer. In an update to his original report, Mann added another image captured by his EyeTap headset itself, seemingly showing the primary perpetrator accused in the assault reaching out and making contact with the gadget.

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McDonald’s denies Steve Mann wearables assault

McDonald’s denies Steve Mann wearables assault

McDonald's has denied that staff at a Paris restaurant assaulted "father of augmented reality" Professor Steve Mann, insisting that no damage to the researcher's Google Glass-style wearable computer was caused. In a new statement provided to SlashGear, McDonald's says that it has individually interviewed "several staff members" at the Paris restaurant, and "all independently and consistently expressed that their interaction with Dr. Mann was polite and did not involve a physical altercation."

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Wearable Worries: Glass could trigger more than just virtual violence

Wearable Worries: Glass could trigger more than just virtual violence

If you listened to the whoops and hollers at Google IO last month, you'd have thought the world was more than ready for wearable tech like Google Glass. Beyond the braying developers, though, the real world is showing every sign that the Brave New World of augmented reality headsets will cause more headaches than just transparent eyepiece strain alone. The claims by wearables researcher Professor Steve Mann that he was physically assaulted in a French McDonald's after staff suddenly took offense at his digital eyewear highlight the shadow side of the cutting edge: it can hurt more than just your wallet if the rest of society isn't ready for it.

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Google Glass grabs developer outreach chief from Gmail

Google Glass grabs developer outreach chief from Gmail

Google's Glass wearable division has poached itself a new Community Manager, with former Gmail community lead Sarah Price jumping from email to augmented reality. Price's new role, confirmed on Google+, will see her engage with bleeding-edge Glass developers, who stand to get their hands on the first Explorer Edition in early 2013, as Google attempts to encourage coders to come up with apps suitable for a wearable display.

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Broken Glass: Father of wearable computing allegedly assaulted

Broken Glass: Father of wearable computing allegedly assaulted

Wearable computing pioneer Steve Mann has allegedly been attacked by employees of a French McDonald's after sporting his own version of Google's Glass AR headset, with the EyeTap eyepiece grabbing snapshots of those involved. Mann, who led MIT's Wearable Computers group and has been exploring mediated reality technologies for several decades, claims that while on holiday in Paris with his family he was challenged by staff at the fast food chain, who ripped up his medical documentation about the headset and then attempted to pull it from his head. Mann's system is "permanently attached and does not come off my skull without special tools."

Update: Official McDonald's statement after the cut.

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Google Glass controls and Artificial Intelligence detailed

Google Glass controls and Artificial Intelligence detailed

Google's cautious approach to allowing people to play with Project Glass means the UI of the wearable computer is something of a mystery, but a new patent application could spill some of the secrets. The wordy "Head-mounted display that displays a visual representation of physical interaction with an input interface located outside of the field of view" details a system whereby a preview of the controls of a wearable - such as the side-mounted touchpad on Google Glass - are floated virtually in the user's line of sight. The application also suggests Glass might maintain its own "self-awareness" of the environment, reacting as appropriate without instruction from the user.

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