augmented reality

Microsoft gaming helmet revealed in patent

Microsoft gaming helmet revealed in patent

It wasn’t too long ago that we learned Google were working on special glasses that would bring smartphone like functionality to your eyes. Most notably, Google were aiming to heavily feature augmented reality, overlaying information onto the real world as you wear the glasses. Now a patent reveals that Microsoft may be working on similar concepts: one designed to be a gaming helmet, with another posing as a pair of sunglasses to be used with a smartphone.

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Nintendo Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards revealed

Nintendo Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards revealed

Nintendo has shed some light on an as-yet untapped subject for its upcoming 3DS game Kid Icarus: Uprising. The game will have a collectible trading card component to it, requiring players to go to special real-life events to get cards to unlock special content within the game. The cards will be able to be scanned into the game through the 3DS's camera and augmented reality technology.

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Parrot AR.Drone controlled via wearable Android headset

Parrot AR.Drone controlled via wearable Android headset

Ever since first coming to the market, Parrot's AR.Drone has found a wide variety of uses thanks to its agile nature combined with a camera able to pipe video directly to your smartphone. Controlling the drone and seeing video on such small screens hasn’t always been ideal, though. Thomas Sohmers, tech geek and inventor, has come up with an alternate method of controlling the drone while keeping an eye on the feed.

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Wallit is like Foursquare with chat

Wallit is like Foursquare with chat

Wallit is an ambitious little app. It wants to be part Foursquare, part Facebook, part instant messaging, and part augmented reality. The final product is something that is genuinely unique in its own right. The app, which launched for the iPhone and iPad today, lets users create posts on a "Wall" of a stadium or other location, but only if those users are at said location.

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Total Immersion takes augmented reality games to new heights

Total Immersion takes augmented reality games to new heights

Total Immersion, a company dedicated to the niche but growing world of augmented reality technology, has created a new proof-of-concept racing game demo that puts you in the driver's seat. Among the advanced technology is the ability to use a webcam to implant a player's face in the game, complete with a racing helmet behind the wheel. And speaking of the wheel, gamers don't need a special controller; they can just hold up anything shaped like a steering wheel.

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Forget Embarrassment, I’d Wear Google’s AR Glasses

Forget Embarrassment, I’d Wear Google’s AR Glasses

I'm a geek, an early-adopter and a lover of science-fiction; I also have relatively little shame: of course I'm the ideal target audience for Google Glasses. If the rumors are to be believed, Google's wily engineers have used their "20-percent time" to cook up some Android-powered digital goggles, overlaying augmented reality data onto the real-world view. The first generation is likely to be oversized and expensive, but I'll still probably buy them anyway and wear them with pride. Here's why, and what I think Google needs to do if its Google Glasses are to succeed.

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Google Glasses wow geeks

Google Glasses wow geeks

Google's Android-based digital glasses will offer a near-iPhone 4S resolution floating interface for users, sources claim, though opinion remains divided over whether the wearable computer is realistic, useful or even safe. According to a Geek source, the Google Glasses will use a pair of micro LCD displays bouncing a combined 960 x 540 resolution image off two small angled surfaces integrated into the lenses, for the impression of a large screen floating in front of your face. That will be used for gaming, navigation and more.

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Sony feathers PS Vita store

Sony feathers PS Vita store

After lackluster game options were blamed for slumping Japanese PS Vita sales, Sony is doing its level best to avoid the same fate in the US and Europe with a range of games and other apps freshly released this morning. Hitting alongside first full in-store sales of the PS Vita, the fresh content includes Live Tweet, Flickr and Netflix, together with Touch My Katamari and Plants Vs Zombies. However there's already controversy over pricing, with Plants Vs Zombies coming in at $14.99.

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