augmented reality

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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Google co-founder’s Project Glass outing gets high-res reveal

Google co-founder’s Project Glass outing gets high-res reveal

Google co-founder Sergey Brin's Project Glass outing last night has been revealed in high resolution, with photographer Thomas Hawk showing off some detailed snaps of the wearable AR headset. The first public sighting of the head-mounted display - at least to be caught on camera - the Project Glass prototype is apparently functional to at least some extent, though still relatively glitchy according to Brin.

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Google’s Brin: Project Glass will be self-contained

Google’s Brin: Project Glass will be self-contained

Google is aiming to make the production version of Project Glass a self-contained device, according to co-founder Sergey Brin, an ambitious challenge of electronics and battery miniaturization. Spotted sporting a Project Glass prototype at a charity event for the blind, Brin confirmed to Robert Scoble that the eventual plan is for a single unit rather than a separate tethered headset, Scoble tells us. However, the current prototype is believed to be not quite so advanced.

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Google’s Sergey Brin caught wearing Project Glass

Google’s Sergey Brin caught wearing Project Glass

Google's Project Glass has been caught in the wild, with none other than company co-founder Sergey Brin spotted sporting a set of the augmented reality wearables at a charity event. Brin confirmed to Robert Scoble that the headset he's wearing is indeed a Google Glasses prototype, and it was functional too; although Scoble wasn't allowed to wear it himself, it was apparently clear that information was being flashed up to the tiny display above his right eye.

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Could Nokia beat Project Glass to the AR market?

Could Nokia beat Project Glass to the AR market?

Project Glass may have stolen attention over the past 24hrs, but Google isn't the only company working on wearable displays; in fact, Nokia has been playing with the technology for several years, quietly inking deals along the way. As far back as 2009, Nokia was showing off its own alternative to the Project Glass concept video, dubbed Nokia Mixed Reality, with a similar mixture of streaming information and location-based services.

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Google Project Glass: Siri or Clippy?

Google Project Glass: Siri or Clippy?

"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could" Jeff Goldblum memorably said in Jurassic Park, "that they didn't stop to think if they should"; has Google done the same with Project Glass? Initial reactions to the wearable computing concept shown off publicly yesterday were predictably gobsmacked, the eye-catching demo video showing an idealized and alluring view of augmented reality. After the dust has settled, though, comes the question: is Project Glass Google's Siri, or is it actually more like Microsoft's ill-fated Clippy?

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My wallet is open, Google, now hand over Project Glass

My wallet is open, Google, now hand over Project Glass

Project Glass has opened my eyes and my wallet: Google, please, come help yourself to my credit card. The much-rumored wearable augmented reality system has emerged from the Google[x] skunkworks and it's even more than we hoped for. No clunky headset like a bad pair of swollen sunglasses, but a sleek slice of transparent display with just enough Star Trek: TNG hints to keep the geeks happy. With a concept video and a handful of rumors, though, there are still plenty of questions remaining. Google hasn't talked technology regarding Project Glass, focusing instead on the potential user experience, but there's enough here to slot together a few suggestions.

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You don’t want Google’s Project Glass

You don’t want Google’s Project Glass

This week we're getting our first "real" taste of the Google X project known as Project Glass, and with this preview comes a very Alpha look at how augmented reality might look coming from Google. In my lifetime, I've seen several iterations of what was just simply called Virtual Reality, this starting at Tron's long run and the pre-eminent "computer world" vision, stopping somewhere along the line for Nintendo's Virtual Boy, and ending up here with Google's glasses and transparent projection project. What the whole tech world should be asking at this point is this: why limit ourselves by leaving the house?

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