augmented reality

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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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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