augmented reality

Are $1,500 Google Glasses a bargain?

Are $1,500 Google Glasses a bargain?

Being an early-adopter is seldom cheap, but is Google having a laugh with its $1,500 Project Glass Explorer Edition? Put up for surprise pre-order at Google IO today - though not expected to ship until early next year - the search giant demands a hefty sum for those wanting to augment their reality early. Cutting edge costs, sure, but there's the potential for significantly more affordable options that could be here just as soon as Google Glass is.

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Google IO 2012: Project Glass wrap-up

Google IO 2012: Project Glass wrap-up

Make no mistake, Project Glass dominated the Google IO 2012 keynote, with a blockbuster entrance worthy of a James Bond film, and the shock news that the wearable is actually up for preorder. Google's Sergey Brin interrupted the presentation with news that Glass-wearing skydivers were floating in a blimp above the Moscone Center, and would be jumping down while live-streaming through a Google+ Hangout. Check out the must-see video after the cut!

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Google Project Glass: exponential smartphone streamlining

Google Project Glass: exponential smartphone streamlining

Google's Project Glass will distill the sort of smartphone tasks that might take a minute into 2-4 second simplicity, lead project manager Steve Lee claims, sharing snippets on prototyping as he outlines the wearable display. "People clearly have a desire to be connected to the Internet" Lee told Fast Company Design. "We thought that was a really interesting problem to solve: trying to get technology out of the way while allowing people to still be connected out in the real world."

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PlayStation Wonderbook brings Harry Potter to life

PlayStation Wonderbook brings Harry Potter to life

This week the folks at Sony have revealed the first of many titles for a device called the Wonderbook - an accessory that works with the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Move. This device is a blank book which, with the PlayStation Move controller, comes to life as you view yourself in the camera on your screen. Basically you'll have your PlayStation making your television a reflection of you with this book, but this book is then brought to life with augmented reality.

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Project Glass reveals non-speech control as outsider tries headset

Project Glass reveals non-speech control as outsider tries headset

Google is gradually spilling more details on Project Glass, with co-founder Sergey Brin revealing a hidden trackpad that can be used to navigate when speech input might be too distracting. Brin brought the wearable device to The Gavin Newsom Show, with the California Lieutenant Governor being one of the first outside of Google to try Project Glass on and later telling Wired that "you can easily forget you have them on" and that despite the bright studio lights the "image was remarkably clear."

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Google Project Glass spills more prototype secrets

Google Project Glass spills more prototype secrets

Another public outing for Google's Project Glass has spilled even more details about the wearable augmented reality headset, including some of the first indications of just what's visible through that single display. New glimpses of the prototypes have been shown courtesy of a Google Glass Walk that took place earlier this week in San Francisco, including what seems to be the first shot of the headset not actually being worn.

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Sony PulzAR game unveiled

Sony PulzAR game unveiled

Sony is making good on its promise to make sure those "AR Play" augmented reality cards don't become quickly irrelevant. The company has announced a new game called PulzAR, which will allow players to use their PlayStation Vita camera in conjunction with the special AR cards in a bright and colorful puzzle game. It looks complicated, but hopefully it's one of those titles that seems easier once you actually get your hands on it.

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Silicon Micro ST1080 glasses are augmented reality now

Silicon Micro ST1080 glasses are augmented reality now

If you can't want for Google's Project Glass, these beauties will give you your fix, but they're not exactly comparable. A company called Silicon Micro wants to get on the augmented reality game before Google does. Project Glass is an ambitious idea that will most likely define the augmented reality industry. It's a very niche market right now but Google wants to bring it to the mainstream.

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Augmented Reality escapes apps for mobile browser

Augmented Reality escapes apps for mobile browser

Augmented reality is set to escape apps and arrive in the browser, according to industry stalwarts, Wikitude, which has a new version of its AR technology that does away with siloed apps. Wikitude AR Window allows webpage developers to access the camera on a smartphone or tablet and display a live view from it, complete with real-time overlays of relevant information, something that would previously have required a separate download.

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