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Augmented Reality

Wearables

Optinvent's hybrid headphones function like a wearable tablet

With mobile media consumption growing fast, companies are looking for novel ways to enhance entertainment experiences. The latest in augmented reality blurs the line between real life and audio/video hardware. Optinvent's Android-powered Ora-X headphones are designed with an adjustable virtual display that allows users to listen to music, watch videos, or play games on the go.Read More

Automotive

Hyundai Virtual Guide app updates the car owner’s manual

Having previously converted the traditional owner's manual into an iOS app in 2010 and following up in 2014 by putting it inside the vehicle's touchscreen, Hyundai has continued the evolution of the former glove box staple with the Hyundai Virtual Guide. The augmented reality (AR) app will initially be compatible with the 2015 Sonata, with additional models to follow.Read More

Good Thinking

Student-designed aid for the deaf converts speech to AR captions

Speech-to-text systems already exist, as do augmented-reality displays. Now, a group of New York City teens led by Daniil Frants (who interned at the MIT Media Lab when he was 14) have combined the two technologies to form the Live Time Closed Captioning System (LTCCS). Once up and running, it could revolutionize the way in which deaf people communicate with the hearing world.Read More

VR

Film festival brings AR/VR to architects and designers

Architects and designers who attended the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) in New York this past week got a first hand look at how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) can be used in their respective industries. For the first time in the festival’s seven year history, an AR/VR lounge was set up separate from the traditional film screenings to showcase short films that illustrated the immersive abilities of both of these technologies.Read More

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