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Google's augmented reality spectacles have been shown-off at SXSW

Google Glass isn't yet publicly available, but it already has apps functional enough to be demonstrated to a live capacity crowd of developers and curious folks in a ballroom at the South By Southwest in Austin, Texas today. Timothy Jordan, Google's senior developer advocate for Glass, showed off the augmented reality spectacles running apps for Gmail, Evernote and the New York Times in a highly technical presentation that covered some guidelines and even some of the code involved to develop apps for Glass.  Read More

The prototype is somewhat portable, but not quite lightweight

Todd Humphreys and his students at the University of Texas in Austin are tired of waiting for augmented reality that meets the promise of the technology we've been hearing about and seeing in science fiction for years now. So they set out to build it themselves, and presented a very rough prototype for the first time at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) in Austin on Friday.  Read More

Vuzix's Wrap 1200AR see-through Augmented Reality glasses, featuring two independent stere...

Adding to its previously released set of video eye-wear glasses, the Wrap 1200, Vuzix is now shipping the Wrap 1200AR. The AR (Augmented Reality) part of the tag is thanks to the addition of a stereoscopic camera pair mounted on the frames, which support VGA video capture at 30 frames per second and enable the display of 3D or 2D AR content.  Read More

The 'virtual humanoid' prototype will allow you to physically interact with a computer-gen...

Different Dimension Inc., a Japanese start-up company, will begin marketing an Augmented Reality robot doll that can take on the appearance of any virtual character. Essentially, a computer-generated image is projected in real-time onto a robot (covered in green screen material) that is viewable through a head-mounted display (HMD). It's a spin-off of a bizarre research project led by Michihiko Shoji at the Yokohama National University and the Japan Science and Technology Agency, originally developed in 2006.  Read More

meta's 3D gesture-controlled augmented reality glasses

It’s been a staple of science fiction for decades, but now the idea of augmented reality (AR) enhancing our lives by way of hi-tech wearable glasses is finally becoming a reality for consumers. Google's Project Glass may be getting the lion's share of attention, but prototypes and new ventures abound with any number of goggle-like devices offering immersive 3D gaming through to simply capturing your everyday life for sharing online. Now a start-up called meta has joined the fray, partnering with Epson to create AR glasses that allow virtual objects to be controlled in 3D space using hand gestures.  Read More

A diagonal view of the Vuzix M100

With Google's Project Glass gaining plenty of attention in recent times, it's safe to say that the era of augmented reality eyewear is almost upon us. At CES 2013 we had a chance to strap on the M100 Smart Glasses from video eyewear specialist Vuzix to get at least a partial taste of what this AR future will feel like.  Read More

The augmented reality-enhanced TARDIS model (Photo: Greg Kumparak)

Doctor Who. He'd be nothing but an incredibly brainy (if strangely dressed) bloke with two hearts and an attitude if not for his TARDIS. The TARDIS is a combination time machine and spacecraft that can poke into virtually any nook or cranny in the entire history of the Universe. Aside from the marvelous transport capabilities, the most notable thing about the TARDIS is that "It's bigger on the inside!" – a running gag throughout the show. Now, Greg Kumparak has produced an augmented reality model of the TARDIS that produces a remarkable illusion, making the TARDIS indeed appear to be bigger on the inside.  Read More

The LuminAR Bulb works with standard light fixtures and projects an interactive image onto...

We've all seen gigantic touch screens on the news or in movies, but what if you could achieve the same type of interface by simply replacing the bulb in your desk lamp? That's the idea behind the LuminAR, developed by a team led by Natan Linder at the MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group. It combines a Pico-projector, camera, and wireless computer to project interactive images onto any surface - and is small enough to screw into a standard light fixture.  Read More

An experimental new dieting technology uses augmented reality to make food items appear la...

You might think that your feeling of satiation when eating is due simply to your stomach filling up. According to the Hirose Tanikawa Group at the University of Tokyo, however, the visual perception of food also has something to do with it – the greater the amount of food that a person sees that they’re eating, the sooner they feel full. With that in mind, the team has created a prototype dieting system that uses augmented reality to trick people into thinking their food items are larger than they actually are.  Read More

The patent outlines plans for augmented reality cakes and other food products that would d...

We've seen some creative uses of augmented reality show up in almost everything, from sandboxes to shopping aisles, but now it looks like we may soon see AR technology implemented in the unlikeliest of places: our food. A recent patent from Disney outlines plans for augmented reality cakes and other food products that would display interactive movies and images on edible treats using a projector and motion sensors.  Read More

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