augmented reality

K-Glass AR chip promises all-day wearables using human eye tricks

K-Glass AR chip promises all-day wearables using human eye tricks

A dedicated augmented reality chip that works just like human vision could open the door to wearables like Google's Glass running all day on a single charge, by only analyzing the most important details in view. The K-Glass AR processor, developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), takes a different approach to the do-it-in-software strategy Glass and other recent wearables projects have adopted, relying on customized hardware to trim power consumption by up to 76-percent, according to researchers.

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Beyond Glass: Inside Epson’s scheme to make the de-facto smart glasses

Beyond Glass: Inside Epson’s scheme to make the de-facto smart glasses

Epson can forgive you if your first thought when you hear augmented reality is Google Glass, even though you're wrong. Google may never had actually described its wearable as an AR device, but a combination of the over-promising original concept video and a general naivety about the segment overall led many would-be Glass wearers to be surprised at what the headset really is: a convenient notifications pane in the corner of your vision. If you're looking for true AR, though, Epson might have the answer. We caught up with the company to check out its latest headset, the Moverio BT-200, and find out why it's confident it can become the de-facto choice for augmented reality.

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Vuzix “designer sunglasses” styled Glass-rival due after 2015

Vuzix “designer sunglasses” styled Glass-rival due after 2015

Vuzix will take on Google Glass with a wearable headset resembling "designer sunglasses" rather than the somewhat clunky Borg-style tech companies are offering today, thanks to a newly announced deal with a mysterious "Tier 1" brand. The project, which Vuzix says will distill its waveguide-based eyepiece technology - expected to launch this year in industrial form - into a more consumer-friendly form, is expected to reach final design stage sometime in 2015, with a commercial launch beyond that.

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Lumus DK-40 hands-on: Glass put on notice

Lumus DK-40 hands-on: Glass put on notice

Lumus has brought its DK-40 wearable to CES 2014, showing off the new developer unit in public for the first time. The monocular headset is, like Google's Glass, an Android-powered wearable computer, but whereas Glass floats a small window for notifications and such in the upper corner of your eye, the DK-40 actually overlays a full VGA digital image over the right eye instead. We grabbed some hands-on time to see whether it lived up to our expectations from the original prototype we tried all the way back in early 2012.

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MetaPro AR glasses pack Iron Man tech into Aviator style

MetaPro AR glasses pack Iron Man tech into Aviator style

Wearables startup Meta has revealed its latest headset, the MetaPro, a consumer version of its Meta 1 developer device that amps up Google Glass by overlaying full digital graphics over the real world. Expected to ship in June 2014, for the not-inconsiderable price of $3,000, the MetaPro glasses look far less geeky than their dev-focused predecessors but still manage to fit two 720p HD lenses with 40-degree field of vision. That, Meta says, is 15x the screen area that Glass delivers.

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Vuzix M2000AR smart glasses debut Nokia hologram AR tech

Vuzix M2000AR smart glasses debut Nokia hologram AR tech

Vuzix has launched a new rival to Google's Glass, the Vuzix M2000AR HMD, using new Waveguide optics built in partnership with Nokia. Targeted at industrial users, though likely to spawn a consumer version soon, the M2000AR has a 720p display integrated into its monocular lens along with a 1080p camera, integrated head tracking, and a choice of bright monochrome or slightly more subdued full-color screens. According to Vuzix, the hologram-based system it uses is lighter, less bulky, and produces better graphics than the optics regularly used in headsets like Glass.

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PS4 Playroom DLC “Toy Maker” released: we go hands-on

PS4 Playroom DLC “Toy Maker” released: we go hands-on

Today the first DLC for the augmented reality game The Playroom built-in to the PlayStation 4 has appeared with the name Toy Maker. This update to The Playroom allows the user to take their smartphone or tablet and create their own toys to toss into their virtual world. With the PlayStation 4 camera, the user's environment becomes a place to create and play with not only miniature virtual robots, but a variety of odd objects as well.

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