Augmenting Augmented Reality
We all know IoT is going to be huge, and as with most technology, the industrial IoT will eventually eclipse its consumer…
which is a good thing
Mattel announced an update to its iconic View-Master handheld 3D-viewer toy in New York on Friday. The new View-Master was developed in…
Thinking really different
Like the iPod and iPhone, the HoloLens represents an inspiring connection of hardware and software that will take its company in a new direction. But unlike Apple’s immense successes, Microsoft is betting on a new and untested behavioral experience.
Mountain View-based startup Atheer plans to announce today a second developer version of its augmented reality glasses, moving it closer to the long-promised…
Meta, an early startup in the augmented reality industry, has raised a $23 million Series A round led by Horizons Ventures, Tim Draper, BOE…
I was able to try out HoloLens at Microsoft’s headquarters on Wednesday. HoloLens is a virtual reality headset running what Microsoft thinks…
Don't call it a hologram
Microsoft revealed a suite of augmented reality (AR) software called Windows Holographic that works on any device, including a new AR headset,…
How do I look?
A small robot floated in my vision and asked a simple question: Where would I like to go? His name was Sparky,…
It's not Shingy
We don’t yet have an established conception of virtual and augmented reality. Startups and corporations alike are making up its form and…
Department of greener pastures
Qualcomm President of Interactive Services Rob Chandhok has left the mobile technology giant to start the next act in his career, the long-time Qualcomm…
Augmented reality has yet to be done right. The amount of money pouring into Magic Leap suggests it has to be onto something, but few people have seen its product first hand.
We don’t know much about Magic Leap. But it is boldly presenting itself as a company that can solve the most pressing issues facing augmented reality.
The developer kit edition of Meta’s glasses has come a long way since last December. But it’s clear that augmented reality is still in its infancy.
Reports indicate that Samsung will release a headset compatible with its phones tomorrow, but a mysterious company called Vortex appears to have beaten it to the punch with a headset made for an LG phone.
Leap Motion released a plastic clip today that allows the motion-control devices to snap to the front of Oculus Rift headsets. But the bigger news is software updates that make it the perfect gesture tracker for virtual reality.
With new app Traces, messaging meets virtual reality. Users can only see a note when standing in a particular place and popping a virtual water droplet. The monetization possibilities are promising.
The startup recently canceled its crowdfunding campaign and shifted from consumer to enterprise customers. It will focus on industrial and medical applications before returning to working on a device for the general population.
The headset may be made of cardboard, but its software is anything but flimsy. Google is in the perfect spot to push virtual reality forward.
The startup cited a delayed shipping date, higher interest from companies than consumers and the need for hardware and software to improve before virtual reality glasses are ready for anyone.
Looks like there may be some consolidation in the augmented reality scene: TechCrunch reports that the U.K.’s Blippar has bought Dutch rival…
After months of skepticism, I finally tried on a virtual reality headset that used a mobile phone as a display. I was shocked to find it worked really, really well.
The headset uses a mobile phone as its screen. In exchange for Oculus’ software, Samsung will give the Facebook-owned company early access to its next generation screen, according to Engadget.
The German company has come up with a way to turn anything into a user interface, through a combination of existing augmented reality techniques and thermal imaging.
The glasses have a front-facing camera and motion tracking sensors, but they still rely on a handheld trackpad for interacting with the virtual world.
The augmented reality startup is thinking about making it easier for individuals to tune headsets to their own vision. Another patent would allow Atheer’s glasses to prevent the copying of copyrighted material.
The company makes a system that’s in many ways similar to Google Glass, but used to help blind people interpret the world around them. The investment will most likely feed back into Intel’s healthcare division and perceptual computing drive.
Layar, one of the first companies to bring augmented reality to mobile browsers, is now on Google Glass. The beta app scans print content, geo-layer, QR codes and even movie posters to provide information, videos and websites.
Swedish computer vision company 13th Lab has decided to focus on gaming technology, launching a crowdfunding drive for a new “reality gaming” platform called Rescape.
The glasses are available today on IndieGoGo and will ship to backers in the last quarter of 2014. A developer kit is also available.
With the MetaPro glasses, you can watch a movie, play an interactive tabletop game or interact with the real world in totally new ways.
Or at least will attempt to know all they can about your needs, wishes, and behavior, according to IBM’s annual (and slightly creepy) 5 in 5 list of technologies it thinks will hit mainstream in 5 years.
Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has invested in a company called Neurence through his Invoke Capital fund. Based in Cambridge, the firm…
When Valve laid off some of its staff earlier this year, the CastAR was put on ice. But now it’s revived, and seeking funding on Kickstarter
Thankfully, it seems augmented reality may be useful for more than animated ads and other marketing gimmicks.
The system makes use of existing Leap Motion and Siemens technology cobbled together. The resulting design can be outputted to a 3D printer.
CEO Soulaiman Itani said the company plans to lay the digital world over the physical world. If it succeeds, the platform will be much more promising than Google Glass.
As one app developer says, surgeons are high powered, they prize efficiency and they like to play with toys. They’re also well-paid, which doesn’t hurt.
Researchers in Madrid develop a system that helps professors and students exchange feedback on class lectures in real time– and this could point the way toward an interesting use case Google Glass.
Google Glass can’t deliver on the promises that most excite me, and the functionality it does achieve can just as well be delivered in a less embarrassing smart watch form factor.
Dekko is debuting its augmented reality operating system that uses the camera on your mobile device and powerful computer vision algorithms, backed by new seed funding.
There’s no question the kind of data collection Google has to do in the background to power its Google Now service can be a little intrusive — perhaps too intrusive for some. But it also makes the results extremely useful.
Metaio’s chip, which will be built into ST-Ericsson’s upcoming smartphone chipsets, offers a lot of help in making AR more battery-friendly. But its ideal application is in smart glasses, not smartphones.
Project Glass, Google’s augmented reality smart glasses, is the ultimate expression of the wearable tech trend. Paul Armstrong of @TheMediaIsDying says that whether you like it or not, the technology is coming–and the changes are going to be profound for the media business.
Google’s Project Glass won’t just change how you consume small snippets of information on the world around you – it will quite possibly also lead to a whole new generation of apps that use the real world as a platform and gamify your life.
Can’t get enough Angry Birds? Maybe you should invite the birds and pigs over to play the game in your home or office enviroment. A nifty proof-of-concept shows what it would look like on an iPad, giving us a glimpse of an immersive gaming future.
Owners of older Nokia Lumia smartphones may be missing out when Windows Phone 8 arrives, but Nokia is bringing some new innovation to the old models. City Lens, an augmented reality application, is now freely available for the Lumia 710, 800 and 900 smartphones.
Moshi Monsters creator Mind Candy has announced the purchase of UK games studio Origami Blue to help lead its experimental labs project – but the company’s first acquisition is unlikely to be its last, with a new head of M&A joining.
Google’s I/O conference last week was one of those rare mobile industry events that actually matched — and perhaps even exceeded — its hype. The company trotted out Android 4.1 (dubbed Jelly Bean), showcased a new tablet and offered an eye-catching demonstration of its Project Glass, among other things. But technology is a world where a company’s fate can change very quickly, and so with that in mind, here are four important questions to consider regarding Google’s strategy in mobile.
The U.S. government has ordered a prototype contact lens that will help the military see virtual information directly on a pair of glasses while still viewing their surroundings. The contacts could take the place of heads-up displays, smart glasses or other consumer augmented reality solutions.
Smartphones have Google Goggles, an image-recognition search app, but consumers may one day have “Google glasses.” Google has introduced Project Glass, a concept for glasses that integrate directly with Google services. It may sound like a silly project, but there’s a reason the device makes sense.
Marvel (NYSE: DIS) Comics is beefing up its digital presence with a new digital-only line and print-digital bundles.
Forget those old X-ray specs in the back of comic books (which never worked anyway). Google is reportedly working on a pair of Android-powered glasses that could record data and display information for around $400 to $500 and make you look ever dorkier.
Advertisers and publishers have swarmed over QR codes as they try to add interactivity to analog media. Now the Swiss team behind retooled mobile app Shortcut hopes they can help make the black-and-white glyphs a thing of the past.
As an avid e-book reader and lover of gadgets, I love the concept of this “virtual” book. Siglio Press is offering 250 copies of a print book that requires a webcam and computing device to actually be read.
Telefonica (NYSE: TEF), the multinational operator with mobile networks spanning across Europe and Latin America, is now fully focused on sq…
Qualcomm demonstrated an Augmented Reality application that lets people point their smartphone camera at a DVD box and instantly pull up trailers for the movie inside. It’s a simple, easy to use application that shows off the practical power of Augmented Reality.
Shadow Cities sounds like a car crash of trendy ideas — an iPhone game that uses your location and network to draw a playing surface onto the real world. In fact the game, which has just added 13 territories in Europe, is great fun.
GoldRun, a New York start-up that allows brands to use augmented reality to create innovative marketing campaigns that end in real-world rewards, just raised $1.1 million in an angel round. The company is showing the promise of augmented reality and the power of tangible rewards.
— Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Goggles: Google has released a new version of its “visual-search” app that expands the kinds of content that the app…
A new iPhone translation app, called Word Lens, is turning heads by showing how the power of augmented reality can be applied to real-time translation. But doesn’t Google do this with Goggles? I took them both for a quick spin to see how they stack up.
Augmented reality still seems more of a solution in search of a problem to some, but two promising applications show how virtual reality can bring real-world value. Trying on virtual clothes and shoes could be the killer application for augmented reality to hit its stride.
Layar, creator of a mobile augmented reality (AR) platform, today announced $14 million in funding led by Intel Capital. The funds will be used for three purposes, all of which are meant to create “augmented reality experiences to people’s everyday lives,” says Maarten Lenz-FitzGerald of Layar.
Augmented reality is one of those technologies that has always appealed to me, but without a practical application I can use. That changed since installing Lookator for Android, a Wi-Fi hotspot detector that uses AR to show the location of the hotspots in the real world.
A new patent filed by Apple called “Interactive Gaming with Co-Located, Networked Direction and Location Aware Devices” describes new possibilities for iPhone gaming in the real world. Essentially, the tech described would use players’ iPhones to recreate what amounts to a game of laser tag.
Navigon today introduced its MobileNavigator software, which brings GPS navigation to Google Android phones in the U.S. With such a similar feature set to Google’s free Navigation solution for Android, how can Navigon compete with a $40 app? By combining augmented reality with points of interest.
A new iPhone and Android app called “Sex Offender Tracker” uses augmented reality to show you the location of any registered offenders who are in your area when you hold up your phone. What happens when this kind of app pulls up other info as well?
While augmented reality proponents have tried to push the edge of the technology with limited success, they’re now making a concerted effort to empower developers to incorporate AR into their apps. It’s a bet that developers can help AR can finally find a home in consumer’s lives.
Combining a smartphone with virtual information to see the world around you is certainly a value-add concept. But is the market too fragmented by different apps and platforms? Would it make sense to add these virtual layers to a more widespread, mainstream application?
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To help promote next week’s summer movie behemoth Tranformers 2, Paramount recently launched a web site using augmented reality, in which real-world…