augmented reality

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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Magic Leap adds Neal Stephenson as VR “chief futurist”

Magic Leap adds Neal Stephenson as VR “chief futurist”

If you thought Google-invested startup of augmented reality mystery Magic Leap couldn't get any more intriguing, think again: famed science-fiction author Neal Stephenson is now onboard. The writer - perhaps best known for his novel Snow Crash, which included plenty of augmented and virtual reality technology - will be Magic Leap's Chief Futurist, it was announced today, joining the hype-causing team experimenting with ways to project light fields onto the retina and use them to deliver believable three-dimensional environments. Turns out, Magic Leap's demonstration was enough to convince the award-winning author that the technology has some serious potential.

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Apple job listing suggests VR platform on the horizon

Apple job listing suggests VR platform on the horizon

Virtual Reality is a big deal, at least for early adopters willing to strap a piece of cardboard or plastic to their face and split the screen on a smartphone or tablet. That’s not for everyone, but Apple might make it a bit more approachable for the masses. A new job posting suggests Apple is looking for someone adept in 3D graphics and virtual reality experiences. The goal for whoever Apple ends up hiring isn’t quite known, either, save for creating “next generation software experiences”.

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Proxy42 mixes AR and shooters with a smartphone attachment

Proxy42 mixes AR and shooters with a smartphone attachment

If you are any type of gamer, especially of the FPS bent, you will probably have dreamed of a day when you can play out your action fantasies in the real world. Without dire consequences, of course. Laser tag games and their limited, simulated environments just don't cut it. Those dreams might soon become reality thanks to the efforts of Proxy42, its AR game called Father.io, and a new 363R Trigger smartphone accessory that turns the whole world into your virtual sci-fi shooter playground.

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“Transparent cockpit” AR could fix driver blind spots

“Transparent cockpit” AR could fix driver blind spots

Who says augmented reality is just for games or entertainment? The same ideas and technologies that allows us to superimpose virtual images onto real objects in almost realistic fashion could very well save lives in the future. Take, for example, this "transparent car" concept from researchers from Keio University in Japan, a system that could potentially work around drivers' blind spots, letting them see crucial information that are otherwise occluded to them by doors, windows, ceilings or floors, giving them the details that they need to make that life-saving decision.

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Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

You’ve probably never heard of Magic Leap, and that’s cool (we hadn’t either). You might be hearing a lot more from them in the near future, though. The startup just finished a venture capital funding round that garnered them a cool $542 million. Leading that funding round was Google, but not Google Ventures. The company proper is making the investment, which also puts Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai on Magic Leap’s board. After their tongue-in-cheek cardboard giveaway at Google I/O, it seems augmented and/or virtual reality is a serious game for Google.

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RoomAlive augments IllumiRoom: totally interactive rooms

RoomAlive augments IllumiRoom: totally interactive rooms

While some, like Oculus and now Samsung, want to immerse you in virtual worlds by constraining your eyes to a single point and faking the world, others are taking immersion from the other end. RoomAlive can turn any regular room into a completely interactive environment for games and other content, using only off the shelf components and some specialized software.

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Meta 1 shipping today: New AR apps demoed

Meta 1 shipping today: New AR apps demoed

Immersive wearable headset manufacturer Meta has begun shipping Meta 1, its first batch of true augmented reality glasses. 1,500 pre-order customers, mainly looking to develop apps for Meta's unusual computing platform, will be getting units, each capable of creating a virtual office, theater, or gaming arena overlaid on top of their view of the real world.

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DAQRI puts Android inside a hard hat for some AR help

DAQRI puts Android inside a hard hat for some AR help

Smartwatches, fitness bands, Google Glass, Gear VR. All these fancy Android devices were designed with consumers in mind. But what about customers that need something more robust for industrial scenarios? Chances are, they're out of luck. That is, until augmented reality developer DAQRI jumped on the case.

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NASA Augmented Reality app brings Mars Rover to your desk

NASA Augmented Reality app brings Mars Rover to your desk

The NASA Spacecraft 3D app has been updated today to allow all iOS and Android users take part in an experience which puts spacecraft in their living room. This app utilizes augmented reality in a way that the creators of the PlayRoom for PS4’s Camera would be proud of. Place a ship here, run it around there, and take photos all the while.

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Virtual Reality Star Wars on may be on Disney’s horizon

Virtual Reality Star Wars on may be on Disney’s horizon

Not just Star Wars 7, and not just the rest of the Star Wars movies, but every Disney-owned property should be feeling fairly confident after words shared by Disney CEO Bob Iger in the 125th anniversary edition of the Wall Street Journal this week. In it, Iger speaks of the future of entertainment, centering on Storytelling - and virtual reality.

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Metaio wants to help you build a Holodeck

Metaio wants to help you build a Holodeck

Google's Project Tango isn't the only play for augmented reality out there, with Metaio releasing what it describes as a 6D Augmented Reality Holodeck system for developers wanting to get more immersive in their apps. Initially targeting tablet apps, such as games and educational titles, but with full immersive environments using Oculus Rift and Kinect movement tracking expected to follow, it's not quite the Star Trek Holodeck we might be holding out for, but as the demos show it certainly has potential.

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