The acquisition makes Blippar one of the largest AR players globally, giving it a powerful positioning in the AR and visual browsing space, which may help its adoption in the mass consumer space where AR has tended to languish. via UK Startup Blippar Confirms It has Acquired AR Pioneer Layar | TechCrunch. Layar was definitely… Continue reading UK Startup Blippar Confirms It has Acquired AR Pioneer Layar | TechCrunch
Even Moverio’s less powerful (compared to VR displays) head tracking would make something like Google Glass overheat, McCracken said, which is why Glass input is primarily voice command or a physical touch. McCracken, who has developed for Glass, said that more advanced uses can only be accomplished with something more powerful. via Epson Moverio BT-200… Continue reading Epson Moverio BT-200 AR Glasses In Person, Hands On
Google X formerly Labs founder Sebastian Thrun debuted a real-world use of his latest endeavor Project Glass during an interview on the syndicated Charlie Rose show which aired yesterday, taking a picture of the host and then posting it to Google+, the companys social network. Thrun appeared to be able to take the picture through… Continue reading Google X founder Thrun demonstrates Project Glass on TV show | Electronista
But it is early days yet. Google has made it clear that this is only the initial stages of Project Glass and it is seeking feedback from the general public on what they want from these spectacles. While these kinds of heads-up displays are popular in films and fiction and dearly wanted by this hack,… Continue reading Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs • The Register
What it means. “Augmented reality” sounds very “Star Trek,” but what is it, exactly? In short, AR is defined as “an artificial environment created through the combination of real-world and computer-generated data.” via Buzzword: Augmented Reality. Nice little survey from the people at Consumer Reports, with specific examples given from the Consumer Electronics Show this… Continue reading Buzzword: Augmented Reality
Ubiquitous computing, One Laptop per Child, Wearable Computers, the iPod Touch, the iPad and now the iPhone all descendants in a long lineage of predictions about the Future of Computing. But the newest wrinkle (pun intended) is the topic of ‘wearable’ computers. Given how portable and powerful smart phones are these days, why do we need to ‘wear’ the computer? (more)
WSJ want to bring the threat of Augmented Reality to brand managers savvy enough to keep up with new products being offered by companies like Layar. But what threat is there really, if the market uptake of Augmented Reality is so small, and the information store so much like a typical social networking stovepipe, ala Facebook? It is an interesting story so I encourage you to read the WSJ article about a squatter in the Layar domain. Read On:
Apple is planning it’s own mapping app for the iOS based devices, and is filing some interesting patents that might help differentiate the Apple Maps from Google Maps. What would be the value-add? Why Augmented Reality of course. Read On:
A lot of Augmented Reality today is centered on software developments running on smartphones. Whether they be Android or iPhone doesn’t matter they want those wonderfully powerful embedded computers available to do all the work onboard the device itself. But, what if the device was not required to do all that heavy lifting itself. What if it off-loaded that work to a data center in North Carolina and beamed back the results to your device?
Augmented Reality waxes and wanes in the blogosphere as new products come out and old ones get revised. As part of its press releases @ Computex 2011 (Taipei, Taiwan) Qualcomm announced a new developers toolkit for AR developers. So there’s still hope yet we will see further evolutionary or radically incremental improvements in the current crop of AR apps. But who knows maybe Qualcomm’s own contribution will light a fire in the developer universe.