augmented reality

ELF VRdrone takes selfies from the air

ELF VRdrone takes selfies from the air

People love to take selfies and lots of people use products that make it easier to take selfies like the much maligned selfie stick. If you want to get really high tech with your selfie staking, a new drone called the ELF VRdrone can take selfies for you from the air. The small flying drone can also take pictures of other things if you are so inclined.

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PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

Back in late 2013 we had our first opportunity to bring a magical experience to our living room with the PS4 game "PlayRoom." This game worked with the PlayStation 4 Camera, showing us our living room onscreen with augmented reality characters and objects galore. This week we've been given our first glimpse of what PlayRoom will look like in virtual reality, with Project Morpheus in 2016. These demos were the last part of the collection of early visions we were shown by Japan Studio, the same group of developers that made The PlayRoom.

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Project Morpheus PS4 controller demos shown at GDC 2015

Project Morpheus PS4 controller demos shown at GDC 2015

Sony's virtual reality presentation this week at GDC 2015 was delivered to the public in several tiers. First there was the Project Morpheus release date and updated specifications for the headset. That bit was revealed during a press conference. Then came the demoes and the data on what's next. That came in a developer-aimed talk that we're about to show you the juicy bits of right this minute. Here we've seen some of the awesome possibilities with Sony's VR headset Project Morpheus - some of the best of which include Augmented Reality interactions with your PS4's controller, the DualShock 4.

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AR game Ingress comes to small screen via Android Wear

AR game Ingress comes to small screen via Android Wear

Ingress players — they’re a dedicated bunch. It takes heart to traipse around town and hack imaginary portals only you can see, conversing with people that (probably) aren’t there, and being part of a collective full of folks you’ll probably never lay eyes on. Still, the augmented reality game gone physical is something special, and it just got a lot cooler. Now, you can hack portals without ever touching your phone, as Ingress makes its way to Android Wear, courtesy of Google’s Niantic Labs.

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RideOn goggles let you ski in AR

RideOn goggles let you ski in AR

AR isn't just for gaming, and recently we're seeing AR uses pop up in more specialized industries and niche markets. RideOn announced on Indiegogo that it plans to make AR goggles for the skis slopes. If you're skiing with friends, you can see their locations and call or message them all using their floating AR. There's no need for an additional device like a Go-Pro because you can take high-definition videos using RideOn's AR goggles. You may never need a map again because RideOn can highlight the ski lodges and lifts in the distance.

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SEER AR Helmet lets you see the world in 100 degree field of view

SEER AR Helmet lets you see the world in 100 degree field of view

Meet SEER developed by Caputer Labs, Inc. It boasts the world's largest 100 degree field of view for an augmented reality helmet. This field of view in SEER's "Immersive Augmented Reality Experience" is designed be be so large, that it becomes frameless. Its open source and controller flexibility create a uniquely immersive AR experience. The field of view on this device is massive. At 100 degrees horizontal, It compares to seeing a 200 inch (5.08 meter) from eight feet away. This is huge compared to Google Glass's 25 inches (63.5 centimeters).

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Google’s View-Master: here’s how it works

Google’s View-Master: here’s how it works

Believe it or not, you won't actually need a View-Master to view the content Google is presenting this week. The View-Master device is just a box with a magnetic switch - just like Google Cardboard. To "view" a View-Master reel - like the "reels" you remember from the original View-Master, you'll need only your smartphone. To view these reels correctly, you'll need a Google Cardboard headset - and that doesn't need to be manufactured by Mattel. The View-Master headset just makes everything easier to understand visually.

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This is Microsoft HoloLens

This is Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft has revealed its first virtual reality headset, the Microsoft HoloLens, delivering what the company calls "holograms" but what we perhaps know more as augmented reality. The headset, which resembles an oversized pair of ski goggles, overlays digital graphics onto the real world using transparent lenses and Windows 10. With the headset, Microsoft says, everything from gaming, through streaming media in apps like Netflix, to productivity apps, Skype video calling, or even creating virtual 3D objects in the new HoloStudio app - think Paint for the 21st century - are possible in a full standalone wearable computer.

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Windows Holographic: Windows 10’s augmented reality

Windows Holographic: Windows 10’s augmented reality

Forget what you know about Virtual Reality and the way Windows is generally used to make it happen. This week Microsoft have revealed Windows Holographic, a system which will place Windows all around your environment, over everything. "A few years ago we started asking ourselves - could we make things simple so technology would just disappear?" said Microsoft's Alex Kipman, "Until now we've immersed ourselves in the world of technology, but what if we could take technology and bring it into our world?"

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ODG Smart Glasses squeeze AR into pseudo-Wayfarers

ODG Smart Glasses squeeze AR into pseudo-Wayfarers

The tech world won't be content until we're wearing our computers and phones on our face, and Osterhout Design Group thinks it has the answer with its vaguely-Wayfarer-styled Smart Glasses headset. The consumer version of the ODG R-6 family of wearables, the 125g sunglasses support Qualcomm's Vuforia augmented reality system, overlaying 3D graphics on top of a view of the real-world, and offering a mixture of video playback, 3D gaming, navigation directly in your line-of-sight, and even a virtual workspace. None of that comes especially cheap, however, with ODG aiming high for when the Smart Glasses launch sometime this year.

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