eyewear

Microsoft, U of W Functional Contact Lens set to report blood sugar wirelessly

Microsoft, U of W Functional Contact Lens set to report blood sugar wirelessly

The University of Washington and Microsoft Research have released information on a project they've been working on for some time now, one that should, if completed, allow those with diabetes to monitor their glucose levels through special contact lenses. After reporting weeks and weeks of tech news without such a thing, it's nice to write about a medical breakthrough that comes in the form of gadget advancements in such an elegant vehicle as a contact lens. Without a doubt, if such a project can succeed, there's no doubt we're in the future - now we just need a pair that'll allow me to see when a can of caffeine will have the best effect.

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Eyez by ZionEyez Brings Live Streaming to Facebook

Eyez by ZionEyez Brings Live Streaming to Facebook

Eyez by ZionEyez has been in the development stage for a while now. The concept is a pair of glasses that include a 720p HD camera that can record onto the 8 GB of internal flash or live stream into cloud storage or social networking sites like Facebook. Not the first product to tackle this concept, and will certainly not be the last. No official release date has been set, but ZionEyez is currently accepting preorders on their site.

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DIY wearable computer uses Beagleboard & wireless keyboard

DIY wearable computer uses Beagleboard & wireless keyboard

Perhaps it makes us unbearably geeky, but we do have more than a soft spot for wearable computers.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for what little sartorial dignity we have left these days) manufacturers are proving more reluctant to put out suitable products, and that leaves the niche clear for DIYers.  Martin Magnusson pointed us in the direction of his own project, taking a Myvu Crystal eyepiece and hooking it up to a Beagleboard fanless computer and four AA batteries.

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DIY AR headset is a home-made Vuzix WRAP 920AR

DIY AR headset is a home-made Vuzix WRAP 920AR

Vuzix's WRAP 920AR, Kopin's Golden-i, even Apple looks to be considering getting in on the augmented reality bandwagon.  If you can't be bothered waiting for an off-the-shelf system, then how about making your own headset that overlays digital graphics onto a real-world view?  F00 at Tailor Made Toys took an Eye-Trek video headset and embedded a laptop webcam into the bridge, then hooked up an Eee PC for running AR software.

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Kopin Golden-i wearable PC hands-on [Video]

Kopin Golden-i wearable PC hands-on [Video]

Don't let anybody tell you tech blogging is all glamour; sometimes in the name of a great story - and showcasing a fantastic gadget - you end up looking pretty darn ridiculous.  Wearable computing specialists Kopin were walking the MWC 2010 show floor giving demonstrations of their Golden-i head-mounted PC, which promises a 15-inch virtual display that can be voice-controlled while leaving your hands free.  Check out our first-impressions and a demo video after the cut.

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Vuzix WRAP 920AR eyewear hands-on

Vuzix WRAP 920AR eyewear hands-on

Do you know what's difficult to demonstrate on video?  Vuzix's WRAP 920AR augmented-reality video headset, that's what - after all, while to the outside observer  you could be merely enjoying some hands-free media playback from your PMP, in actual fact the eyewear is blending together a real-world view with computer-generated imagery on a virtual 67-inch display.  We caught up with Vuzix to try the 920AR headset out, and collared Michael Kwan to pose for some photos and a brief video.

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Opto-electronic contact lenses promise wireless displays

Opto-electronic contact lenses promise wireless displays

The opportunity to jab yourself in the eye with a tiny computer display is one step closer, thanks to the ongoing work with opto-electronic contact lenses taking place at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The lab there has been showing off the latest prototype, the handiwork of Dr. Babak Parviz: a semi-transparent array - including an LED - embedded into a contact lens that receives 330 microwatts of power wirelessly from a nearby RF transmitter.  Parviz has been using the prototypes to display biosensor feedback about the wearer's vital signs, but they'll eventually serve as a heads-up display for displaying other data.

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Gumstix-based wearable Linux computer packs WiFi, digital compass

Gumstix-based wearable Linux computer packs WiFi, digital compass

Tempt you with a difficult-to-pronounce acronym, sir?  No?  Well how about a wireless head-mounted embedded Linux wearable computer?  The work of Pascal Brisset, the WXHMD takes a pair of Vuzix VR920 video eyewear and straps to them a Gumstix Overo Fire computer-on-module stick, making for - with some wireless networking, a battery and a few other gizmos - a self-contained heads-up display ideal for telepresence work and augmented reality guidance.

NEC Tele Scouter wearable computer goes on sale in 2010

NEC Tele Scouter wearable computer goes on sale in 2010

Wearable computer concepts aren't new, and we've even seen the odd DIY effort, but NEC are hoping to drive the idea into the mainstream market.  The NEC Tele Scouter also attempts to solve one of the fundamental issues wearables suffer: sufficient processing power for real-time functionality while ensuring the end result is light and compact enough to be carried and doesn't guzzle its way through batteries.

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Q-London 3D 80″ Video Eyewear review

Q-London 3D 80″ Video Eyewear review

Video glasses still haven't caught on quite as manufacturers might like them to have, but that hasn't stopped them from scaling up the specifications and the marketing hyperbole to try and tempt us in.  Latest to cross the SlashGear test bench are Q-London's 3D 80-inch Video Eyewear, billed as providing the same viewing experience as having an 80-inch TV two meters away.  Bold claims; read on to see whether the Q-London system delivered.

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