augmented reality

Augmented Reality Sandbox makes mudpies with Kinect

Augmented Reality Sandbox makes mudpies with Kinect

AR isn't just about flashing Google Project Glass alerts up in your line of sight, it's also about getting your hands dirty with some mediated reality thanks to an Augmented Reality Sandbox project by UC Davis. The handiwork of researchers at the W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences, the digital sandbox uses a projector and Microsoft Kinect sensor to track the contours of the sand and overlay a real-time topographic map complete with virtual water flow.

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Project Glass snaps Charlie Rose photo

Project Glass snaps Charlie Rose photo

The Google Project Glass team is aspiring to change the way we work with mobile devices, says Sebastian Thrun taking a photo without so much as a tap and a couple of nods. What we've got here is an interview Google X's leader Thrun took with Charlie Rose, he using the opportunity to wear and show off the glasses to the world once again. He not just took the photo, he posted it on Google+ during the interview - it showing up instantly, or so he said, and shared with the world via his online profile. This interview also had Thrun noting that it's not photography but the sharing of everything that's been seen thus far as the most compelling use-case for the project thus far.

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James May Science Stories Qualcomm AR app hands-on

James May Science Stories Qualcomm AR app hands-on

Augmented reality is headed into the museum today, though as a way of making science exhibits more engaging rather than relegating the tech to the history books. London's Science Museum has teamed with Top Gear presenter James May and app developer DigiCave to use Qualcomm's Vuforia augmented reality system to put a virtual guide on key exhibits. Nine of the Science Museum's most prized items now get a personal tour by May on your iPhone, iPad or Android device; check out our hands-on with James May Science Stories after the cut.

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Brother AiRScouter wearable displays launching June 15

Brother AiRScouter wearable displays launching June 15

The augmented reality floodgates have broken, and next up is Brother with its AiRScouter WD-100G/WD-100A headsets finally hitting the market come June 15. Announced back in 2010, the headsets - one for glasses-wearers, the other for everyone else - may not be as sleek as Google's Project Glass prototypes, but they do have the advantage of actually working, projecting an SVGA 800 x 600 picture into your left or right eye.

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Oakley confirms own Project Glass rival tech in pipeline

Oakley confirms own Project Glass rival tech in pipeline

Sunglasses manufacturer Oakley is working on its own augmented reality glasses technology, the company's CEO has confirmed, taking on Google's Project Glass with both standalone and tethered functionality. The wearables research has been going on for fifteen years, chief exec Colin Baden told Bloomberg, initially centering on sports applications though with plenty of other possibilities on the drawing board. "Ultimately, everything happens through your eyes," Baden points out, "and the closer we can bring it to your eyes, the quicker the consumer is going to adopt the platform."

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Valve confirms Wearable Computing R&D

Valve confirms Wearable Computing R&D

Valve has confirmed that it is doing its own research into wearable computing, joining a club that includes Google's Project Glass and Nokia R&D, though the company has warned not to expect a commercial product any time soon. Managing director Michael Abrash revealed his pet project this week, researching the future of hardware and software for wearable, "Terminator vision" style devices that could possibly be a direction Valve might follow.

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DARPA to get prototype dual focus contact lenses for testing

DARPA to get prototype dual focus contact lenses for testing

DARPA will be taking possession of a new set of prototype contact lenses that could be available to the public as early as 2014. DARPA will be testing the lenses, which can be paired with a compact heads-up display to allow images to be projected onto the lenses of the glasses. DARPA hopes that contact lenses will help increase the situational awareness of soldiers on the battlefield.

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DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

Google may be saying Project Glass is still "years away" but that hasn't stopped DIY versions of the AR headset by others inspired by the eye-catching demo video. Now, we've seen plenty of ironic parodies of Google's wearables - including what might happen if Microsoft waded in - but augmented reality developer Will Powell actually took the time to make a functional version, using a pair of Vuzix glasses, a custom-crafted UI, and Dragon Naturally Speaking for voice recognition. Check out the demo video after the cut.

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From Cyborgs to Project Glass: the Augmented Reality Story

From Cyborgs to Project Glass: the Augmented Reality Story

Google's Project Glass has been through the usual story arc - rumors, a mind-blowing concept demo, rabid excitement, practicality doubts and then simmering mistrust - in a concentrated three month period, but the back story to augmented reality is in its fifth decade. The desire to integrate virtual graphics with the real-world in a seamless way can be traced back to the days when computers could do little more than trace a few wireframes on a display; it's been a work-in-progress ever since. If Google's vision left you reeling, the path AR has taken - and where it might go next - could blow your mind.

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Google Project Glass still ‘years away’

Google Project Glass still ‘years away’

It wasn't because Google was close to a final product in the least bit that they showed off their heads-up user interface-toting Project Glass glasses this week - this device is still very much in pre-pre-production. As Project Glass gains massive amounts of feedback from prospect consumers after a very well-received preview in video form (shown below), it's a harsh reminder by Google co-founder Sergey Brin today that stings the ears: an actual consumer product is "many months, if not years" from reality.

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