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A document allegedly leaked from Microsoft details the company's possible plans for the ne...

Rumors about a possible next-gen Xbox have been swirling for quite awhile now, dropping minor details like Blu-Ray support and major details like software that prevents used games from playing. But those were tiny pebbles compared to the avalanche of possible features that were recently revealed when a 56-page document purportedly leaked from Microsoft showed up online.  Read More

At E3, we expected to see the WiiU and a new Call of Duty game, but we never expected thes...

Every year, once E3 rolls around, most gamers know what to expect. Almost anyone setting foot in the LA Convention Center already knew there is going to be a new Call of Duty, a new Halo, a new Assassin's Creed, more Kinect dancing games, and this year, the Wii U. But then there are those announcements which made a huge splash because, up until the show, almost no one had any idea they even existed.  Read More

Sony has unveiled its new Wonderbook Augmented Reality PlayStation 3 peripheral at E3, a f...

Sony has unveiled its new Wonderbook Augmented Reality PlayStation 3 peripheral at E3. The folding, book-like device is an Augmented Reality pad that works in conjunction with the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Eye and PlayStation Move motion controller to render superimposed computer graphics over the image of the Wonderbook and user on the TV. Targeted as an educational tool for children, the device will launch with J.K. Rowling's Book of Spells.  Read More

Vergence Labs' Social Video Electric Eyewear

There is a bandwagon just starting to roll containing various pairs of video-capable and augmented reality glasses. Google is currently in the driver's seat, but it's far from the only company working on ways to allow us all to record video from a first-person perspective and integrate what we see into our online lives. A case in point is Vergence Labs' Social Video Electric Eyewear.  Read More

Innovega's dual-focus contact lenses allow the wearer to focus near and far at the same ti...

The iOptik display system, consisting of modified contact lenses and glasses, promises to revolutionize head-mounted display-based augmented reality by allowing the wearer to focus on two planes at the same time. Innovega, the company behind the project, developed their ultra-small form-factor head-up display (HUD) setup in frames of DARPA’s Soldier Centric Imaging via Computational Cameras (SCENICC) program, and has now signed a contract with the agency to deliver a prototype.  Read More

German puzzle maker Ravensburger has created four new jigsaw puzzles which can be brought ...

For me, the satisfaction of completing a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle is relatively short-lived. True that I may have managed to bring together thousands of tiny colored sweets in one poster-sized mass of loveliness, or worked my way through miles and miles of blue sky without having a nervous breakdown – but what now? Germany's Ravensburger has the answer in the form of augmented reality. The company has released four puzzles that, upon completion, can be transformed into jaw-dropping video animation and sound effects on an iPhone or iPad via a free-to-download app.  Read More

Google's Project Glass hopes to deliver an augmented reality heads-up display

Google X (Google's futuristic technology development lab) has pulled back the curtain on Project Glass, its program to develop truly useful augmented reality "Google glasses." Project Glass aims to design and refine augmented reality technology to help a user explore and share their world armed with a wealth of relevant information - not at their fingertips, but rather at the end of their nose.  Read More

NASA Langley researcher Kevin Shelton wearing an early prototype (Credit: NASA Langley Res...

NASA has developed a pair of augmented reality glasses designed especially for commercial airline pilots to see during the worst visual conditions. The glasses include a heads-up display showing a virtual overlay of the runway and airport, head tracking technology, and voice controls - features that may help pilots keep their eyes where they're most needed.  Read More

A new app called Audioair promises to help users listen in to the silent screens that perv...

They're everywhere, when you think about it, the televisions. Screens are increasingly pervasive in public urban spaces - transmitting news, gossip, advertisements at us as we go. Usually they do so silently, not wishing to compete with the ambient drone of the city. What if it was possible to home in on a single screen and somehow hear what it had to say? Well apparently this is all possible now thanks to an iOS and Android app from the Airborne Media Group that it calls Audioair. It's a bold pitch, but what does the small print say?  Read More

The pistol grip can be detached to fit the AppTag's sensor and trigger to almost any toy g...

By now we've seen quite a few examples of augmented reality being used to let people zap virtual creatures in devices like the Nintendo 3DS and the appBlaster. Now John Atherton, inventor of the jaja stylus, is shaking up the concept by making the targets your friends and adding virtual collectibles and objectives into the mix. With his AppTag Laser Blaster attachment for smartphones, you'll be able to play first-person shooter games in the real world on any iOS or Android device, complete with virtual power-ups and other features usually reserved for console games.  Read More

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