When the unmanned CRS-7 flight blew up in midair yesterday en route to the International Space Station (ISS), it destroyed a lot more than a shipment of freeze dried shrimp cocktail. It also meant the loss of dozens of experiments. One of more exotic of these was Sidekick; a project by NASA and Microsoft that uses the latter's HoloLens technology to provide astronauts with their own holographic augmented reality.
Within the 2015 Tokyo Toy Show, at the
end of June, Toyota displayed the fourth episode in its Camatte series of exploratory concept vehicles. This year’s story was called Hajime (begin) and was a miniature copy of the
car design process. It enabled children (and adults) to create their own
vehicle concepts on a dedicated tablet and then drive their designs and
themselves around a model town, all in augmented reality. Gizmag went along to experience the
Camatte Vision for real.
While we've come to expect a host of new and exciting games from E3, this year saw focus shift a little. The big, glossy new games were still there, but certain companies, Microsoft in particular, offered a second focus – one of augmenting the gaming experience with meaningful peripherals.
Cimagine has updated its markerless AR system with new functionality, allowing users to place multiple virtual objects in a real environment. It's another promising step for the company, which recently brought its tech to consumers via a partnership with Shop Direct, the UK's fourth-largest online retailer.
Smartglasses, or augmented reality glasses, may have found niches in military and industrial circles, but haven't really caught on with consumers for a number of reasons – a major one being that they're extremely conspicuous. To help rectify this, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena, Germany, has developed technology that allows for a more unobtrusive design, while also providing improved functionality.
The smallest distraction can break a golfer's concentration and ruin their shot, so how would they react to tanks and explosions? If they were at the 18 hole course at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, last week, probably not at all. That's because the fairways and greens were only turned into a battlefield complete with tanks, mortar fire, and smoke thanks to the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Augmented Immersive Team Trainer (AITT), which made the firefight visible only to participants wearing special glasses.
A team from the University of Texas wants to create virtual reality and
augmented reality systems that can better integrate with the real world.
Along the way, they just might revolutionize the geolocation systems we
all use on our mobile devices.
Goggle Pal marries wearable technology with the smooth exhilarating feeling of flying down a snow-covered mountain on a board or skis by placing a unobtrusive augmented reality HUD on any pair of goggles. Three levels of models add fitness and ride data, AR games, and social communication and tracking to an otherwise normal run. You can now pledge for the model of your choice on Kickstarter, where GogglePal is seeking funding.
Given that both heads up displays for our cars
and smart glasses
are emerging (if still niche) product categories, it’s not surprising that a company would try to combine the two into a single product. Earlier this week we had the opportunity to try out Mini’s new Augmented Vision
, a set of driving goggles that brings some of the features of your standard heads-up display to a set of glasses, making for an interesting look at the future of both connected eyewear and connected vehicles.
If you want to drive with something more personal than a heads-up display
, Mini is hoping to bring technology to your car in the form of a pair of connected eyewear. Called Mini Augmented Vision, the smart glasses work a bit like Google Glass
or ODG's smartglasses
, projecting information in front of you relevant to your drive. Information appears in your field of vision, but in such a way that it doesn’t obstruct your view of the road. BMW showed off a working prototype of the glasses earlier this month at the Shanghai Auto Show.