augmented reality

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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Canon MREAL Mixed Reality Hands-on

Canon MREAL Mixed Reality Hands-on

Augmented reality is going to be big, and Canon is jumping straight in with its MREAL System for Mixed Reality, a combination of a clever head-mounted display and integration with 3D graphics software to create a real-time virtual world you can interact with. Better known for its cameras, Canon is bringing that knowledge of lenses and optics to an innovative display system that blends the real world with computer graphics, using marker recognition so that physical objects can be picked out and manipulated in the digital environment. We caught up with Canon to try MREAL out, and see what you get for $125,000.

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Good news: Google Glass isn’t just Pebble on your face

Good news: Google Glass isn’t just Pebble on your face

I admit it, I was getting worried. After the original Project Glass concept video promised far, far more than the wearable could deliver, and then the public tidbits from Googlers pointed to little more than a hands-free camera and the occasional email notification, I started to suspect Google had entirely dropped the ball with Glass. Less wearable computer, and more strap-a-Pebble-to-your-face.

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New Google Glass video demos true potential of water-resistant wearable

New Google Glass video demos true potential of water-resistant wearable

Google has spilled a fresh batch of Google Glass details, with a new video detailing what the wearable can do - including video, Google searches, photos, voice translation, and more - as well as showing the latest hardware. The new footage is apparently a far more realistic demonstration of Glass' potential than Google's original concept video, putting a preview pane of the Glass eyepiece in the upper right corner of the screen, and showing how the headset can react to spoken commands previewed with the order "OK, Glass."

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8,000 more Google Glass wearables on offer for creatives

8,000 more Google Glass wearables on offer for creatives

Google has re-opened preorders for its Glass wearable computer, though it's not just a case of opening up your wallet to the tune of $1,500: you'll need to have some good ideas as to what exactly to do with the wearable to qualify. First put up for sale at Google I/O 2012 as the limited edition Glass Explorer Edition, still yet to ship though promised sometime in early 2013, the new round of orders extends the net to developers across the US.

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Vuzix Wrap 1200AR augmented reality eyewear now shipping

Vuzix Wrap 1200AR augmented reality eyewear now shipping

Vuzix has been producing all sorts of video glasses for a number of years. One of the most recent products that the company has announced is called the Wrap 1200AR. These glasses are see-through augmented reality units providing lots of adjustability to allow wearers the ability to overlay video and other content on what they see in the real world.

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Meta plans true augmented reality with Epson-powered wearable

Meta plans true augmented reality with Epson-powered wearable

The augmented reality scene is hotting up, with the promise of full computer-mediated vision for the mainstream and another hint that Google won't have the Glass market all to itself thanks to an incoming headset from startup Meta. The wearable project actually goes one step further than Project Glass, putting a full twin-display digital environment - controlled by two hand 3D tracking - in front of the user, rather than floating notifications and prompts in the corner of their eye as Google's system does.

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Brin: Google Glass Explorer Edition will ship “in a couple of months”

Brin: Google Glass Explorer Edition will ship “in a couple of months”

Google's Project Glass Explorer Edition, the $1,500 limited-edition developer version of the wearable computer, will ship "in a couple of months" Sergey Brin has confirmed, after being spotted wearing a prototype headset in NYC this week. Brin, who has been a significant motivator for Google's augmented reality and wearables R&D, revealed the rough timescale to Noah Zerkin, who recognized the Google co-founder on the NYC subway. The exec also touched upon how many Glass prototypes are in the wild.

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