augmented reality

Microsoft’s Google Glass rival tech tips AR for live events

Microsoft’s Google Glass rival tech tips AR for live events

Microsoft is working on its own Google Glass alternative, a wearable computer which can overlay real-time data onto a user's view of the world around them. The research, outed in a patent application published today for "Event Augmentation with Real-Time Information" (No. 20120293548), centers on a special set of digital eyewear with one or both lenses capable of injecting computer graphics and text into the user's line of sight, such as to label players in a sports game, flag up interesting statistics, or even identify objects and offer contextually-relevant information about them.

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Google Ingress revealed as massive augmented smartphone adventure

Google Ingress revealed as massive augmented smartphone adventure

Those of you with Android devices should get mega pumped-up at the word we're seeing today from Google - word of a massive game played by everyone with a device that's ready to take on their environment straight through their back-facing camera. This game goes by the name Ingress and was up until now shown as a viral ad collection by the name of Niantic Labs. This game is still just a bit cryptic, but appears to be having users walk around their city finding clues and solving mysteries by tapping locations when they discover magical properties through their smartphone's camera.

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Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 takes on Google Glass in 2013

Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 takes on Google Glass in 2013

Vuzix has revealed its challenge to Google's Glass, the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100, a wearable Android computer set to hit the market in early 2013. Resembling an oversized Bluetooth headset, the Ice Cream Sandwich-based M100 consists of a virtual display eyepiece, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, a 720p HD camera, and head-tracking sensors, and can work in partnership with your iOS or Android smartphone for all manner of augmented reality applications.

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Vuzix STAR 1200 XL see-through AR headset gets even more immersive

Vuzix STAR 1200 XL see-through AR headset gets even more immersive

Vuzix has revealed its latest augmented reality headset, the STAR 1200 XL, featuring transparent lenses for overlaying digital graphics on top of the wearer's view of the real world. Billed as see-through eyewear, the STAR 1200 XL offers a Wide Field of View (WFOV) perspective for 35-degree graphics, with each eyepiece running at WVGA 852 x 480 resolution.

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Quantigraphic camera promises HDR eyesight from Father of AR

Quantigraphic camera promises HDR eyesight from Father of AR

Augmented reality isn't just a gimmick for Google Glass and Nokia City Lens, but could make industrial work safer and improve visibility for those with partial sight, according to new research. The team at Eyetap, led by "father of AR" Professor Steve Mann, has cooked up a so-called quantigraphic camera for a new WeldCam HDRchitecture (HDRchitecture) helmet that rather than simply mask the bright lighting produced by welding equipment, actually uses HDR photography techniques to pick out the details the wearer most needs to see.

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Nokia City Lens released from Beta for Lumia devices

Nokia City Lens released from Beta for Lumia devices

It's time for the greatness of Nokia's own City Lens technology to be released into the wild, the same powerful beast shown earlier this year at CTIA and more recently on the Lumia 820 and 920 lineup! This software brings the power of Nokia Maps to the virtual universe showing an overlay of places and attractions on your real world view through your device's camera. City Lens will be available for several Nokia devices for real, in a v1.0 version out of Beta, starting today!

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Wonderbook: Book of Spells lands on November 13

Wonderbook: Book of Spells lands on November 13

Sony's new Wonderbook project has left some scratching their heads, but if you're a Harry Potter fan, you may be pleased to know that the first game in the Wonderbook series will launch on November 13. That first game is dubbed Wonderbook: Book of Spells, and in it, players will use the augmented reality capabilities of the PlayStation Move and Eye to learn about and cast spells from the Harry Potter series, including Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa, and Harry's own signature spell, Expelliarmus. Dark wizards should probably look elsewhere, as we doubt the family-friendly nature of Wonderbook: Book of Spells will allow for incantations such as Crucio and Avada Kedavra.

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TTP augmented reality glasses prototype takes on Google Glass

TTP augmented reality glasses prototype takes on Google Glass

Wearables competition for Google's Glass continues to surface, with a UK-based research team revealing its more discrete take on the head-mounted augmented reality display. The Technology Partnership (TTP) has embedded a micro-projector in one arm of a pair of ostensibly normal-looking glasses, the Guardian reports, beaming an image via a mirror onto a special reflective pattern etched into the lenses and straight into the wearer's eye.

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Google Glass hits the runway for DVF at Fashion Week

Google Glass hits the runway for DVF at Fashion Week

Google's smart glasses project has hit the catwalk, with designer Diane von Furstenberg sending models backstage and on the runway wearing Google Glass headsets. Intended to "capture the DVF creative process from entirely new perspectives," the partnership saw models, make-up artists, stylists, and the designer herself don different colors of the Glass wearable in preparation for the New York Fashion Week show. The eventual results will be combined into a short film, but already there's a preview gallery available.

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Nokia City Lens Augmented Reality gets official for Windows Phone 8

Nokia City Lens Augmented Reality gets official for Windows Phone 8

Nokia has just started unleashing the details on their upcoming Windows Phone 8 attack all starting with their new flagship Lumia 920. Along with plenty of other details we've seen throughout the week they also just officially announced Nokia City Lens Augmented Reality for Windows Phone 8 and the Lumia series.

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Nokia teaser tips City Lens augmented reality for WP8

Nokia teaser tips City Lens augmented reality for WP8

Nokia's Windows Phone 8 secrets may have been spilled - in part - already, but the company is still teasing ahead of its big NYC event on Wednesday this week. Latest is a short video for what looks to be an augmented reality app, pulling together the company's City Lens technology - released as an updated Windows Phone beta earlier this week - with social networks.

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Saga takes on Siri and Google Now in mobile context

Saga takes on Siri and Google Now in mobile context

Siri, Google Now and other digital personal assistants have a new rival in the shape of Saga, a mobile app that uses learns from users to provide contextual help, suggestions and more. A free app, currently iPhone-only, Saga pulls in data from Facebook, Twitter and other apps to build an understanding of the individual user, and then crunches that with schedules and preferences to produce suggestions as to nearby restaurants, when would be a good time in the day to run, where friends are (and who users might actually like to hang out with), and other recommendations. However, Saga's future is most definitely in wearables like Google's Glass.

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