augmented reality

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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Vuzix and NEC scoop Google on cloud-connected Smart Glasses

Vuzix and NEC scoop Google on cloud-connected Smart Glasses

Vuzix and NEC BIGLOBE have partnered on cloud-connected Augmented Reality glasses, a wearable display that can identify people and match them with their Facebook and Twitter profiles, in an apparent attempt to get in ahead of Google's HUD Smart Glasses. Based on Vuzix's STAR series of AR video eyewear, which we made fools of ourselves wearing last September, the concept demo uses the headset's integrated camera and a persistent wireless web connection to NEC BIGLOBE's servers, though the potential applications go much further than simply showing you your neighbors latest tweets.

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Vuzix Smart Glasses add AR display to ordinary-looking specs

Vuzix Smart Glasses add AR display to ordinary-looking specs

Vuzix is promising Terminator-style augmented reality head-up displays, without the geeky oversized specs usually associated with the tech, in its new streamlined Smart Glasses. Built around a pair of reasonably ordinary-looking sunglasses, Vuzix's Smart Glasses use some licensed Nokia IP to fit a 1.4mm waveguide lens and a tiny display engine into frames that won't leave you looking like an 70s throwback.

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Sony: We won’t make PSP mistakes with PS Vita

Sony: We won’t make PSP mistakes with PS Vita

Sony has admitted it made a mistake with how PSP games were handled, dropping the ball when the PS3 arrived, and insists that it will not make the same mistake the the PS Vita. ""In the past we launched PSP and then shifted our attention to PS3 when that came on the horizon, which we now concede was a mistake" Sony worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida told the official PlayStation blog, "so with PS Vita we are working on this huge range titles and planning ahead for a constant supply of excellent games."

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Google grabs Clever Sense for Siri-beating local recommendations

Google grabs Clever Sense for Siri-beating local recommendations

Google's Majel Siri-rival could soon be delivering personalized entertainment suggestions on Android smartphones, with the news that the search giant has acquired AI recommendations service Clever Sense. The software company produces Alfred, an Android and iOS app that promises to curate nearby restaurants and make suggestions it believes fits with the user's tastes, with a combination of artificial intelligence and machine-learning improving results over time. Clever Sense's team will join Google's local services division, though the potential for future Android integration is huge.

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