augmented reality

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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Google admits Project Glass UI falls well short of promo video

Google admits Project Glass UI falls well short of promo video

Google has admitted that the view through its Project Glass wearable computer won't quite be the Terminator-style augmented reality that its eye-catching demo video initially suggested. Rather than full-view overlays of context-based information and buttons, a Google spokesperson confirmed to CNET, Project Glass' display will hover in the wearer's vision "about where the edge of an umbrella might be." Meanwhile, there's news from the patent office about the physical design of the headset.

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Fraunhofer sees eye-control in Project Glass rival

Fraunhofer sees eye-control in Project Glass rival

Another day, another step closer to wearable computing: German researchers Fraunhofer have been polishing their own Project Glass alternative, boosting the resolution of their eye-tracking microdisplays. While Google may have got most of the attention recently for its voice- and gesture-controlled headset, Fraunhofer has been quietly working away with some big-name partners to commercialize its own augmented reality alternative that uses your own eyes for navigation.

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Project Glass shares snapshot and gets Google exec outing

Project Glass shares snapshot and gets Google exec outing

Google continues its Project Glass public testing, sharing new samples from the wearable computer's camera, while Google+ chief Vic Gundotra has jumped on the augmented reality bandwagon too. Gundotra was snapped sporting a Project Glass prototype by colleague Bradley Horowitz, though his feedback on the headset was minimal: "Having a fun day at work today. Go Project Glass!" he wrote.

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