augmented reality

Forget the iPad Mini, we want Apple’s Google Glass

Forget the iPad Mini, we want Apple’s Google Glass

Apple's engineers are experimenting with wearable displays that could one day present an iOS rival to Google's Project Glass, a newly assigned patent suggests, bouncing projected light through specially created lenses. The patent, "Peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays", was filed back in 2006 and granted this week, and tackles what's perhaps the most difficult element of wearables, making displays in close-proximity to the wearer's eyes look suitably distant without causing eye-strain.

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Don’t Doubt Google’s People Skills

Don’t Doubt Google’s People Skills

Google IO opened with a bang last week, spilling Jelly Beans, cheap tablets, augmented reality and more, but for all the search giant knows we're looking for, is it still out of touch? After the buzz of Google Glass and its base jumping entrance - thoroughly milked the following day by Sergey "Iron Man" Brin - attendees have been adding up what was demonstrated and questioning Google's understanding of exactly how people use technology. Geeks getting carried away with "what can we do" rather than "why would we do it" is the common refrain, but make no mistake, everything Google showed us is rooted in solid business strategy.

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Will Google Glass Help Us Remember Too Well?

Will Google Glass Help Us Remember Too Well?

When Google sent BASE jumpers hurtling from a blimp as part of the first day Google I/O Keynote presentation, I was barely impressed. The jumpers were demonstrating the Project Glass wearable computer that Google is developing, and which I and just about all of my friends are lusting over. I had seen plenty of skydivers jumping with wearable cameras strapped to them. Then the Googlers landed, and another team started riding BMX bikes on the roof of the Moscone center, where the conference is being held. Yawn. Finally, climbers rappelled down the side of the building. Ho-hum. The point seemed to be that Google Glass was real, and that the glasses would not fall off your face as you fell onto San Francisco from a zeppelin. But then Google showed something that blew my mind.

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Consumer Google Glasses due less than 12 months after developer version

Consumer Google Glasses due less than 12 months after developer version

Google aims to get its Google Glasses augmented reality headset shipping to consumers within a year of the $1,500 Explorer Edition arriving with developers, the company has confirmed. That consumer version will be "significantly" cheaper than the Explorer Edition prototype hardware, Google co-founder and Glass project lead Sergey Brin told TechCrunch, though this won't be a race to the bottom.

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Qualcomm extends Vuforia augmented reality to the cloud

Qualcomm extends Vuforia augmented reality to the cloud

Remember Vuforia? Qualcomm’s augmented reality platform allows you to scan real world objects and create “interactive experiences” on your smartphone or tablet. The technology had its limitation though, only scanning photos against a local database of 80 images. Now Qualcomm has announced that by adding the cloud into the mix, so the platform can perform image recognition against over one million images.

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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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