augmented reality

Osmo turns iPad into AR arena for kids

Osmo turns iPad into AR arena for kids

Osmo is an ecosystem of learning tools - apps and accessories - that transform the Apple iPad into a kid-friendly center for augmented reality. Two key components are a stand - holding the iPad up straight - and a mirror, allowing the iPad’s front-facing camera to work with the area in front of the tablet. From there, it’s all about the apps.

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Metaio Thermal Touch uses hot fingers to make anything AR

Metaio Thermal Touch uses hot fingers to make anything AR

A hot finger and a set of smart glasses could change the way we interact with the digital world, with Metaio tackling augmented reality interaction by turning every surface into a virtual touchscreen. The company's Thermal Touch system uses infrared and regular cameras to track the heat signature left when the user touches a surface, whether that be a display or a wall, and then overlays digital content on top.

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Sony demos AR and dynamic lighting technology with PlayStation 4

Sony demos AR and dynamic lighting technology with PlayStation 4

A couple of videos released by Sony Japan showcases PlayStation 4 doing great Augmented Reality and lighting simulations. It’s the kind of technology that appeals to gamers across the board and caters to craze of virtual reality. From what we know at the moment, it is safe to presume that the AR lighting technology is developed using the PlayStation 4 camera.

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Layar for Glass tries AR on Google’s wearable

Layar for Glass tries AR on Google’s wearable

Layar has launched its own Glassware app for Google Glass, bringing augmented reality-style Interactive Print advertisements and location-based points-of-interest to the wearable. The app uses Glass' camera and a new command - "OK Glass, scan this" - to recognize adverts and other content using image recognition, bringing up videos, product details, slideshows, and other content to the headset's display.

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Meta Pro 3D wearable computer hands-on

Meta Pro 3D wearable computer hands-on

GDC isn't just about gaming: virtual reality has dominated the show, and wearables startup Meta has brought along its latest Meta Pro prototype for its first proper public outing. Promising the best of augmented reality in a form-factor slightly more sunglasses-like than, say, Glass, Meta Pro isn't due to start shipping to preorder buyers until later in 2014, but we wheedled some testing time with one of the five prototypes currently in existence.

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iOS 8 Apple Maps revamp tipped

iOS 8 Apple Maps revamp tipped

Apple will significantly refresh Apple Maps in iOS 8, insiders claim, adding features like public transit navigation and even augmented reality for nearby points-of-interest. The significant update, which could arrive as soon as this year potentially alongside the much-anticipated iPhone 6, would address some of the lingering weaknesses in Apple's home-grown mapping app compared to rivals like Google Maps and Nokia's HERE platform.

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Samsung AR keyboard tech has you twiddling your thumbs

Samsung AR keyboard tech has you twiddling your thumbs

Samsung has developed a new virtual keyboard system that uses augmented reality and twiddling your fingers to replace physical keys, mapping the button layout to different points on the finger. The technology, revealed in a Samsung patent filing, places a dynamic key map over different sections of the fingers, and then relies on a camera to spot which is selected by the user's thumbs. The keyboard could have applications for wearable devices, like the rumored "Samsung Galaxy Glass" tipped to arrive sometime this year, or for alternative text-entry on tablets and phones.

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Meta.01 wearable demos 3D printing as dev release nears

Meta.01 wearable demos 3D printing as dev release nears

Wearables start-up Meta has spilled its first demo of the latest Meta.01 developer edition augmented reality headset in action, promising shipping of the wearable computer from as early as the end of April. The wearable, which uses twin transparent displays to overlay digital graphics on top of the real-world, will come preloaded with a gesture-controlled sculpting and 3D printing app, which Meta has demonstrated in its new video: the wearer is able to indicate the shape of the required object in front of them with their fingers, and have that virtual shape automatically rendered for a 3D printer and made real.

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