Interactive map of the universe

by Matt on October 12, 2009 0 Comments

Interactive map of the universeas seen from the users perspective. This augmented reality application is a mash up of severl data sources and it shows you the geography around you, the stars, moon, and sun in the sky. You can even look directly downward past your feet to the antipodes, and see Australia from the under-side. You can also use the gadget as a clock and calendar by noting the position of astronomical bodies - a kind of modern Stonehenge. Unsurprisingly it was demoed at Burning in 2004.

http://nixweb.com/you-are-here/


You are Here - A Tour of the Sky from Nix on Vimeo.

Video Demo of augmented reality

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

Here'sa terrific video demonstration of the power of augmented reality to alter the way we extract information from the world around us. SEE VIDEO

Augmented Reality emerges as a disruptive medical technology

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

BodyViz software creates three-dimensional images from two-dimensional plates created by body scanning technology, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed axial tomography (CAT scan).

"This is disruptive technology that will revolutionize the way medicine is practiced," said Curt Carlson, chief executive of the Ames company created to market the body visualization software. READ MORE

William Gibsons dream a reality.

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

The twin towers rise again over the skyline of Manhattan thanks to Augmented Reality. It's the realization of a vison that William Gibson shared woith the world in his 2006 novel titled spook country. The Telegraph UK explains in detail...READ MORE

AR used to train soldiers

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

Virtual Reality System Could Be Used to Train Soldiers to Deal With IEDs

"Raytheon gathered big crowds at its stand during the AUSA show with the debut of its training system to prepare soldiers to deal with improvised explosive devices." READ MORE

KDDI + Twitter = new AR App

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

KDDI has launched a new application in the app store which allows you to layer Twitter comments on the worke around you. Say for example you are on a beach in Mexico and you are wondering what sort of food you might find at any of the local restaurants. Point your phone at the scene ahead and voila, if anyone had been there ahead of you and left some tweets about thier experience they will be layered over the scene for you to see. Useful or lame? It will really depend on the twitter sources.

Personally I think the information will be more or less useless.

John Mayer demos AR at Adobe Max 2009

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

John Mayer's augmented reality video offers fans an immersive experience "At Adobe Max 2009, Grammy award-winning musician, John Mayer unveiled an augmented reality video that puts fans in the picture. Built using Adobe Flash technology, the video is from Mayer's upcoming album, Battle Studies.READ MORE and SEE VIDEO

Newsweek covers augmented reality

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

Newsweek contributor covers the augmented reality applications wave and has his "mind blown".

"The only force equal to the pace of innovation is our ability to become blasĂŠ about it. The first time a little box on my rental car's dashboard talked to a geosynchronous satellite and then told me where to turn left, I was amazed. Now the GPS lady mostly annoys me... READ MORE"

Virtual Mirror demoed at CTAC

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

Instead of viewing yourself in a real mirror to verify the apperance of apparels, highly sophisticated 3D image processing techniques are used to visualize the look of new products without the need to actually put them on. A camera captures the real world and outputs the mirrorerd image onto a large display which replaces the real mirror. The 3D movements of the person are tracked in real-time and computer graphics models of the consumer articles are augmented into the video such that the person seams to wear the virtual objetcs.

The concept of a mirror realizes augmentation without the customer needing to wear glasses. No additional equipment has to be used as you can just step into the application and move freely like in front of a real mirror. This significantly enhances acceptability and immsersiveness while also reducing the effort needed for supervising such an application.READ MORE AND SEE ...

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Wikitude, augmented reality Wikipedia, is in the AppStore

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

Wikitude, augmented reality Wikipedia, is in the AppStore

Wikitude is an augmented reality application which uses Wikipedias content to add a layer of information to the world around you. Using the camera on your smart phone, or in this case an iPhone you can point your phone atsomething and wikitude will serve up any wikipedia infor that is available.

Also interesting is that Wikitude - in addition to using the content from Wikipedia - gets local reviews from London-based Qype, and crowd sourced information from its Wikitude.me website. As are result, you can write your own notes and eventually share them with other users...

Enough said. If you own the iPhone 3GS, this is one of those must have apps.

Augmented reality primer

by Matt on October 9, 2009 0 Comments

A good introductory article on how GPS based smart phones are creating the plattform upon which augmented reality applications can be developed. Heres the excerpt and link:

The world as we know it is about to change once again for personal navigation devices.

"Mobile Augmented Reality overlays your location with a multitude of real-world data. Your smartphone camera sees the real world that you see. Overlays identify what you are looking at or pointing to and provides a host of possible information such as identifying restaurants, shops, historical landmarks, public transportation gateways, and various points of interest. All this delivered to your screen. You control the amount of content and can specify different views, if you want to see what's around you from different perspectives, from standing on the street up or standing on a roof of a building. Each identified object will provide the user with additional levels ...

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Top 16 Augmented Reality Business models

by Matt on October 8, 2009 0 Comments

Gary Hayes wrote an in depth article on the top 16 Augmented Reality business models.

"As promised a more specific 'commercial' follow up to my previous post on this topic which was more 'story' centric. I am developing and producing a range of Augmented Reality (or if you prefer AR, 'blended or layered ') applications at the moment. I have also been asked to present at a few conferences and create a detailed white paper on the implications of AR for government&business looking at privacy, legal, copyright &crime issues. As readers of this blog will know I also lecture, run workshops and work with creative teams to come up with future 'social entertainment' based around and augmented reality."

See the rest of the article plus some great charts here.


Review of the i-Glasses HR 920

by Matt on October 6, 2009 3 Comments

i-Glasses HR 920 - Introduction

IO Display Systems i-Glasses series was, for many years, essentially the default choice for keen enthusiasts, professionals and aspiring-professionals who wanted top-level image quality and functionality without the bulk (or price) of a pro-level HMD system such as the Liteye LE-750A. The older i-Glasses models were successful and popular video glasses and you didn't have to spend long wearing them to understand why. However, like every other sector of the technology market, there are some very competitive rivals, in terms of both price and features. Video glasses such as Myvu Crystal EV and the newly announced Vuzix Wrap 920 AV have meant the most recent video glasses and video eyewear have been held to higher standards and have found it a little harder to stand-out.

Which brings us to the i-Glasses HR 920, a head mounted display that, for the price, seems determined to wrestle ...

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HR 920 Specifications

by Matt on October 6, 2009 1 Comment

i-Glasses HR 920 - Specifications


Product Classification: Binocular Head Mounted Video Display

Mechanical:
Virtual Screen size: 80 inches from 6ft - 8ft away

Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Polymer

Headset Weight: 2.4 oz

Battery Operation Time: 3.5 Hours

Headset Temples: Foldable

Battery Charging: USB Mini Connection Cable, 5 Volts/350 mA

Charging Time:
Earphones: In-Ear, removable

Display:

Operating Temperature: 0 - 40 degrees Celsius

Optical System: CyberDisplay速 VGA

Electrical:

Display Resolution: 920,000 pixels | 640 x 480 (VGA)

Color Depth: 24 bit Color

A/V Input Connector: 3.5 mm A/V Jack

Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Video Input: Composite Video, NTSC/PAL

3D Video Format: Interlaced 3D Video

Field of View: 35 degrees diagonal

Audio Input: Stereo line audio or headphone audio input

Eye Relief: N/A mm

Video Controls: Volume, Brightness, Contrast

Display Technology: Transmissive LCD MicroDisplay

Audio Controls: Volume

Nominal IPD Accomodation: N/A mm

Other:

Display Focal Distance ...

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HR 920 Body and Design

by Matt on October 6, 2009 0 Comments
i-Glasses HR 920 - Body and Design

The HR 920 immediately identifies itself as part of the i-Glasses / i-Theater family, but there are a number of distinct differences between it and older versions. The big improvement is in the new Kopin displays. Prior models at this price point had a QVGA resolution of around 230,000 pixels or approximately 320 x 240. This resolution is fine for iPod videos but not so hot when hooked up to an Xbox 360. Most of the video glasses being sold today use the same Kopin displays which puts the emphasis, when making comparisons, on the construction, accessories and price.

The frame is considerably lighter than previous versions of the i-Glasses. It weighs around 2.4 ounces and is worn over the ears like a standard set of glasses. The older style, looked more like a gamers head mounted display. The new frame also boasts ...

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HR 920 User Experience and Conclusion

by Matt on October 6, 2009 0 Comments
i-Glasses HR 920 - User Experience and Conclusion


i-Glasses HR 920


We tested the HR 920's with a number of devices in a variety of situations. The input devices were as follow:

· Xbox 360

· iPod

· Laptop


XBOX 360 and i-Glasses HR 920

The image and audio quality while watching a video through the Xbox 360 is good and depending on your situation they might make a
good choice for you. For example, if you plan to travel with your Xbox and or portable gaming device and will not have access to a large HDTV, a pair of HR 920's will work nicely for you. They would also work well for you if you have a small non-HDTV and do not intend to upgrade.

But the HR 920's cannot replace an equally priced HDTV for the following reasons. While the image appears about the size of a 42 - 80 inch screen from ...

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All about video glasses and HMD's

by Matt on October 5, 2009 2 Comments

Video Glasses are a type of Head Mounted Display. They are also sometimes called video eyewear, video goggles and personal media viewer. A typical HMD has either one or two small displays with lenses and semi-transparent mirrors embedded in a helmet, eye-glasses or visor. The display units are miniaturised and may include CRT, LCDs, Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCos), or OLED. Some Video Glasses vendors employ multiple micro-displays to increase total resolution and field of view. Video glasses enable smart mobile device users, such as iPhone, iPod, Blackberry or Palm Pre owners to view movies and TV on an 80" virtual screen anywhere any time.

Video glasses can also act as large screen monitor in some cases replacing existing monitors and allowing smart mobile device users, iPhone owners, to experience an augmented reality. Augmented reality refers to the experience of having virtual information superimposed over the real world. For example ...

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