augmented reality

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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ST1080 head mounted augmented reality display gets priced

ST1080 head mounted augmented reality display gets priced

There are a number of head mounted displays on the market today that try and look like sunglasses and offer you a simulated larger screen for your video watching. We have talked about the offerings from Vuzix in the past with the firm showing off the Wrap 1200VR a couple months back. A new competitor on the market is from a company called Silicon Micro Display (SMD) and the glasses are the ST1080.

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AR-enabled contact lenses tested on rabbits

AR-enabled contact lenses tested on rabbits

Researchers are working on a crazy set of contact lenses that will allow the user to get augmented reality information projected right on their eye. Today we need a smartphone to view augmented reality data, but that might not always be the deal. If these contacts come to pass, there could be a whole new world of augmented reality for a myriad of uses.

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Ford 2012 Escape promoted with augmented reality experience

Ford 2012 Escape promoted with augmented reality experience

When you want to see what a product looks like in the space you live in, on your doorstep, in your yard, or in this case, on the baseball field, you use augmented reality - and that's just what Ford has done in collaboration with the folks at GoldRun to promote their new 2012 Ford Escape. What they did was promote the vehicle with what they so plainly called "the Campain," one in which users were invited to participate in either an L.A. Adventure or a Nationwide hunt. Users on the L.A. Adventure took part in a 3-day scavenger hunt through downtown Los Angeles during Blog World Expo 2011, capturing unique AR objects as they went, secret messages and content included, prizes in the wings!

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NEC TeleScouter offers wearable AR with Borg style

NEC TeleScouter offers wearable AR with Borg style

NEC has launched a wearable computer, the NEC TeleScouter, intended to allow fieldworkers to consult a virtual 16-inch transparent display projected in front of them while they go about their business. Consisting of a Brother AirScouter wearable display and a compact 500MHz ARM-based computer packing WiFi a/b/g and Bluetooth, the system currently targets industrial augmented reality (AR) applications, but NEC sees the future being far broader.

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