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DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

Google may be saying Project Glass is still "years away" but that hasn't stopped DIY versions of the AR headset by others inspired by the eye-catching demo video. Now, we've seen plenty of ironic parodies of Google's wearables - including what might happen if Microsoft waded in - but augmented reality developer Will Powell actually took the time to make a functional version, using a pair of Vuzix glasses, a custom-crafted UI, and Dragon Naturally Speaking for voice recognition. Check out the demo video after the cut.

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Could Nokia beat Project Glass to the AR market?

Could Nokia beat Project Glass to the AR market?

Project Glass may have stolen attention over the past 24hrs, but Google isn't the only company working on wearable displays; in fact, Nokia has been playing with the technology for several years, quietly inking deals along the way. As far back as 2009, Nokia was showing off its own alternative to the Project Glass concept video, dubbed Nokia Mixed Reality, with a similar mixture of streaming information and location-based services.

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Vuzix and NEC scoop Google on cloud-connected Smart Glasses

Vuzix and NEC scoop Google on cloud-connected Smart Glasses

Vuzix and NEC BIGLOBE have partnered on cloud-connected Augmented Reality glasses, a wearable display that can identify people and match them with their Facebook and Twitter profiles, in an apparent attempt to get in ahead of Google's HUD Smart Glasses. Based on Vuzix's STAR series of AR video eyewear, which we made fools of ourselves wearing last September, the concept demo uses the headset's integrated camera and a persistent wireless web connection to NEC BIGLOBE's servers, though the potential applications go much further than simply showing you your neighbors latest tweets.

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Vuzix to introduce Ghost Recon-themed HUD glasses at CES

Vuzix to introduce Ghost Recon-themed HUD glasses at CES

Wearable technology is big at CES this year, and head-mounted display specialist Vuzix isn't about to be left behind. According to some preview images found by Bacon After Dark, the company will partner with UbiSoft and Nokia to bring some of the fancy headgear that the soldiers in the latest Ghost Recon game to life. They're developing a real-world heads-up display for the upcoming game Ghost Recon: Future Soldier that will bring elements of a traditional shooter HUD off the screen, and onto a scifi-style headset of your very own.

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Vuzix Smart Glasses add AR display to ordinary-looking specs

Vuzix Smart Glasses add AR display to ordinary-looking specs

Vuzix is promising Terminator-style augmented reality head-up displays, without the geeky oversized specs usually associated with the tech, in its new streamlined Smart Glasses. Built around a pair of reasonably ordinary-looking sunglasses, Vuzix's Smart Glasses use some licensed Nokia IP to fit a 1.4mm waveguide lens and a tiny display engine into frames that won't leave you looking like an 70s throwback.

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Vuzix secures Nokia technology license for see-through optics technology

Vuzix secures Nokia technology license for see-through optics technology

It appears that the folks at Vuzix have come one step closer to creating a perfect pair of displays in eyeglasses as they today collaborate with Nokia to enter into a technology license agreement to both develop and create see-through waveguide optics for near-eye display systems. This agreement is for head mounted displays as well as video eyewear, all of this based on Nokia's see-through EPE (Exit Pupil Expanding) optics technology. Will this bring your glasses into the display-toting future for a much easier way to tap into the science fiction of tomorrow? Let's see!

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Vuzix Wrap 1200VR video glasses on sale now

Vuzix Wrap 1200VR video glasses on sale now

Vuzix's Wrap 1200VR video eyewear has gone up for sale, offering a virtual 75-inch display with up to 720p HD resolution support along with head-tracking sensors. Announced back in August, the Wrap 1200VR supports side-by-side 3D video playback and virtual reality applications, thanks to a digital compass and nine other sensors, while inputs include DVI/VGA and USB 2.0

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Vuzix STAR 1200 augmented reality headset hands-on [Video]

Vuzix STAR 1200 augmented reality headset hands-on [Video]

Vuzix has demonstrated its latest augmented reality (AR) glasses for the first time, the Vuzix STAR 1200 (See-Through Augmented Reality), intended to drive development of personal head-up displays. Shown to SlashGear at ShowStoppers during IFA 2011 today, the STAR headset is a development of the WRAP 920AR we tested all the way back at CES 2010; however, the STAR system uses a pair of transparent 852 x 480 displays that allow you to see the real world with computer graphics overlaid on top.

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Vuzix Wrap 1200 and 1200VR offer wearable displays with sunglasses style

Vuzix Wrap 1200 and 1200VR offer wearable displays with sunglasses style

Vuzix continues to plug away at video eyewear, with its latest set, the Vuzix Wrap 1200, promising the equivalent of a 75-inch display viewed from 10 feet away. Each 16:9 eyepiece runs at 852 x 480 resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate, and supports 16-bit color as well as 2D and 3D playback. Meanwhile, a second version - the Wrap 1200VR - boosts connectivity and makes the headset ideal for virtual reality applications.

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Vuzix WRAP 920AR augmented reality glasses now shipping

Vuzix WRAP 920AR augmented reality glasses now shipping

If you are a fan of augmented reality gear, you may recall the Vuzix augmented reality glasses called the Wrap 920AR. We first spied the glasses back in January and then we spent a bit of hands on time with the 920AR at CES. If you liked the glasses and wanted a set for yourself the good news is that the things are finally shipping.

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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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Vuzix Wrap Fashion Shades probably won’t make video eyewear glamorous

Vuzix Wrap Fashion Shades probably won’t make video eyewear glamorous

To be honest, we're not entirely sure that a shortage of colors are what's holding back adoption of video eyewear, but Vuzix seem particularly excited by the idea of different versions of their Vuzix Wrap model.  The snap-in red, blue, amber and mirror-finish lenses will, reckons the CEO of Vuzix, allow you to "seamlessly complement any mood, personality or outfit."

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