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PairASight lets other people in on what you're seeing


June 27, 2013

One of the PairASight prototypes shown at CE Week in New York

One of the PairASight prototypes shown at CE Week in New York

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Imagine if you were having a real-time conversation with someone at another location, and wanted them to see what you were seeing, from the perspective you were seeing it. Well, you soon may be able to do just that, once the PairASight project is up and running.

PairASight utilizes a tiny 1080p HD video camera and a two-way audio communications system, integrated into headgear such as glasses. Video and audio content is wirelessly streamed from that system to the user’s smartphone, from which it can then be transmitted anyplace in the world via the internet.

Users could confer with other people on what they were looking at, without having to hold their laptop, tablet or phone up to it like a camcorder. This would keep their hands free, and avoid any confusion arising from seeing the same subject from different points of view.

The technology is still in the prototype stage, although the designers hope that it could ultimately have applications in fields such as automotive repair, healthcare and retail. It will be interesting to see how the system stacks up against its obvious competitor, Google Glass.

Source: PairASight

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For years I have watched NCIS/LA where they use this technology with a live real time feed. I know the show is fiction, but is the technology also?

Don Duncan

At first, I thought they did the smart thing and made it a stereographic device with TWO cameras. Certainly, most receivers would be viewing on a flat monitor; however, the really cool part, even if only 720p, would be stereographic viewing on a 3D monitor or TV with the necessary left-right flipping glasses or on a stereographic headset like Occulus. But, NOOOOoooo... they made it monocular so that the product would die as Google Glass, with its immediate name recognition, similar function, and superior other features, will stomp all over it. Differentiation is the name of the game, folks.


@kalqlate: There are currently two identical cameras in the device along with an accelerometer, gyroscope, two speakers and two microphones. There may also be versions available with reduced hardware for application specific purposes.

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