augmented reality

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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Google Project Glass smart glasses revealed

Google Project Glass smart glasses revealed

This week Google is showing off their next gigantic project, a pair of augmented reality glasses that connect with your whole Google experience: Project Glass. This "Project Glass" experience is part of the Google X offices for experimental projects and is certainly not an April Fool's joke, though if it'd been released several days ago we may have tagged it as such. Instead this fantastical vision for the very near future is shown in a demonstration video that has us flipping over the prospect of this product being released in the very near future.

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Lumus OE-31 wearable display hands-on

Lumus OE-31 wearable display hands-on

Wearable displays are going to change the mobile market, not to mention gaming, and usher augmented reality into the mainstream. At least, they will if display specialists Lumus have anything to do with it: the company has already shown us its 720p twin-display wearable prototype back at CES 2012, and SlashGear caught up with the company again today to see arguably an even more impressive version, the OE-31. Lower resolution, true, but smaller, lower-power and easier to disguise in the average pair of glasses: this could be the way you consumer your Twitter, Facebook, email, GPS and more on the move in just a couple of years time. Read on for our first-impressions.

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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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