augmented reality

Google Glass: 3 videos that will instigate a major perspective shift

Google Glass: 3 videos that will instigate a major perspective shift

Now that Google Glass is out - at least in its developer edition for those wishing to get in on the party first - it's time to track mind-blowing uses of this technology as they appear. Two of the examples you're seeing below are filmed with the Developer edition of Google Glass, showing us what's possible with some simple experiments. The third is a video that's not brand new, but should blow your mind nontheless: it includes a talk by Tom Chi showing how you'll be able to make a very rudimentary Google Glass yourself.

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Xbox 720 will do without IllumiRoom at launch, Microsoft confirms

Xbox 720 will do without IllumiRoom at launch, Microsoft confirms

Microsoft's IllumiRoom technology, which turns your living room into an augmented reality gaming arena by expanding graphics from the confines of your TV, won't be baked in time for the next-gen Xbox, the company has confirmed. The projection technology, which uses Kinect to digitally map a room and then digitally overlay dynamically changing graphics linked to the on-screen entertainment, will be shown off in concept form this year, Microsoft Research's Hrvoje Benko and Brett Jones confirmed to Engadget, but is nowhere near ready for commercial release.

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Microsoft IllumiRoom fleshed out: Gaming and movie AR for your living room

Microsoft IllumiRoom fleshed out: Gaming and movie AR for your living room

Microsoft's IllumiRoom immersive projected gaming system, first shown off at CES, has broken cover again for a more comprehensive demo, complete with more details of how the "TV expanding" augmented reality works. Still described as a proof-of-concept, though thoroughly whetting appetites for what the next-gen Xbox might one day evolve into, IllumiRoom will be presented at CHI 2013 [pdf link] this week, complete with learning the topography and design of your living room and then digitally manipulating it.

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Moverio BT-100 augmented reality glasses creators talk taking on Google Glass

Moverio BT-100 augmented reality glasses creators talk taking on Google Glass

The Epson Moverio BT-100 is a pair of augmented reality glasses that, in the wake of the future success of Google Glass and the Occulus Rift, keeps itself unique with its own combination of abilities. This week SlashGear had a chat with Eric Mizufuka, Product Manager of New Markets at Epson and Scott Montgomerie, CEO and lead developer of Scope Technologies about the newest use of this still very developer-stage pair of futuristic glasses: augmented reality industrial product training.

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Gibson meets Glass: Cyberpunk creator dons Google’s wearable

Gibson meets Glass: Cyberpunk creator dons Google’s wearable

Neuromancer author and arguably the father of wearable tech in fiction William Gibson finally met up with Google Glass at the weekend, donning the headset and finding - to his frustration - himself left intrigued by it. Gibson - whose 1984 novel coined the term "cyberspace" as well as kickstarted the cyberpunk genre - got to try out Google's developer-version of the wearable at an event at the New York Public Library, after one member of the audience brought along their new unit.

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Baidu Eye revealed as China’s Google takes on Glass

Baidu Eye revealed as China’s Google takes on Glass

Google's Glass wearable could get some Chinese competition, it's reported, with Baidu developing a head-mounted "Baidu Eye" system of its own. The headset would launch Baidu's open wearables program, Sina Tech claims, with the Chinese search company licensing out the technology to hardware manufacturers while it provides the software and cloud services. According to reports, Baidu is targeting functionality that includes face-recognition, photography, phone calls and more.

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GlassUp AR glasses hands-on: Google Glass gets competition

GlassUp AR glasses hands-on: Google Glass gets competition

Gagging for Glass but can't afford Google's $1,500 Explorer Edition? GlassUp thinks it may have the answer, a wearable display that looks almost like a regular set of glasses, and harnesses the power of your existing smartphone to flash real-time information into your eyeline. On show in prototype form at CeBIT, and set to ship later in the year, GlassUp takes a more humble approach to wearables than Google does with Glass, making its headset a companion display rather than a standalone computer.

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Google Glass in focus: UI, Apps & More

Google Glass in focus: UI, Apps & More

You've seen the Glass concept videos, you've read the breathless hands-on reports, but how exactly is Google's augmented reality system going to work? The search giant's Google X Lab team has been coy on specifics so far, with little in the way of technical insight as to the systems responsible for keeping the headset running. Thanks to a source close to the Glass project, though, we're excited to give you some insight into what magic actually happens inside that wearable eyepiece, what that UI looks like, and how the innovative functionality will work, both locally and in the cloud.

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