Do-it-yourself augmented reality glasses shed some light on Google’s Project Glass

Homemade augmented reality glasses! Last week, Google unveiled its augmented reality glasses product called Project Glass. The company has been working on developing the glasses for more than two years and claims to have overcome some of the significant challenges inherent with the technology. Project Glass is not the only augmented reality glasses initiative currently in development, but Google believes it will be the most successful among consumers. Many in the technology community were initially enthusiastic about Project Glass, but some have questioned how difficult it could be to make…

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Tokyo Shoseki launches line of augmented reality textbooks for New Horizon brand

Augmented reality education   Japanese publishing firm Tokyo Shoseki is taking a bold approach to education with a new line of augmented reality textbooks. The books are part of the company’s English course called New Horizon. The series is meant to help adults study the English language and the company believes that augmented reality will make the process more intuitive and effective. There has been some experimentation with the use of mobile technology in Japan, such as using iPads in classrooms, but Tokyo Shoseki believes that a simple smart phone…

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Google files for patent for mobile ad sensitive to light, sound, and temperature

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Google has been making several moves to prepare for the predicted spike in mobile marketing this year and to continue to deliver highly effective mobile advertising options, such as its recent patenting of mobile ads that are temperature, noise, and light sensitive. This effort has been made to help Google to better deliver its ads based on the specific environment of a smartphone user, when combined with his or her behavioral profile. Its filing was granted through US patent 8,138,930 and allows a mobile device such as a smartphone to…

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Hillcrest Labs launches new Freespace MotionEngine for mobile device manufacturers

Hillcrest Labs freespace augmented reality

Hillcrest Labs, a leading developing of motion processing software, has announced the launch of its latest motion control technology called Freespace. The technology is available to manufacturers of smart phones and other mobile devices. Hillcrest claims that the new technology will improve a mobile device’s motion sensors, allowing these devices to better facilitate augmented reality. Manufacturers using Hillcrest’s new technology will be able to produce mobile devices that are capable of handling the demands of high-level augmented reality software, making them more appealing to consumers interested in interactive technology. The…

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Mozilla places focus on “do not track” feature for mobile

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Mozilla, creator of the popular Firefox web browser for computers, has announced that it is now developing an open-source operating system for both tablets and smartphones that will supports “do not track” from its very foundation. Many standard web browsers for computers now include a feature that allows users to opt out of online tracking with a “do not track” option which indicates to third parties – such as marketing companies, advertisers, etc. – that the user does not want to be tracked. This option has been exceptionally limited for…

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Lumus unveils new QE-31 augmented reality glasses, offers hands-on demo at technology conferences

Augmented Reality Glasses Example

Augmented reality glasses seem to be the rage amongst technology companies these days. Lumus, makers of high-tech eyewear, have been working on an augmented reality system housed within a pair of glasses for some time. During this year’s Consumer Electronics Show held in January, the company showed off an early version of its new glasses. Now, the company has unveiled an upgraded model called QE-31, which is billed as a major improvement upon previous designs. The new model consists of a durable frame that serves as a mount for the…

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What impact with the New iPad have on online retailers?

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It should come as no surprise to retailers that mobile commerce is now becoming a vital part of remaining competitive, but what many people are wondering is what sort of difference the New iPad will be making in this marketplace and what that will mean to the holiday shopping season for this year. There are already over 82.2 million Americans who use smartphones, and online retailers are making certain that they optimize their websites in order to cater to these consumers. That said, the release of the “iPad 3” is…

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Microsoft Research’s Beamatron hints at the possible future of augmented reality

Beamatron

Developers from Microsoft Research, the development wing of Microsoft that focuses on emerging technologies, have been experimenting with a new system they call Beamatron. The system uses the Xbox 360 Kinect motion-capture camera to help generate digital images that are projected onto a physical surface using augmented reality. In this sense, the Beamatron system lives up to its name. Developers believe that the system could have significant implications for a variety of industries, especially communications, where the system could be used to facilitate holographic communications between people. Currently, the Beamatron…

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How the New iPad compares to iPad 2

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The details about the New iPad have been released and consumers are now wondering whether they should splurge on this brand new device when it is released, or if they should save their money and stick with the iPad 2 previous generation. To help you to make this decision, you first need to understand the difference between the two devices and what they have to offer. Though the tablet market is growing and there are an increasing number of devices always becoming available, Apple has always stood out as unique,…

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Technology today and tomorrow according to Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Mobile World Congress

Eric Schmidt MWC 2012

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, was a keynote speaker at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, and though he focused on the new mobile Chrome browser app, and Android, he also spoke of the state of technology in the world today, and where he believes it will be going in the near and more distant future. Schmidt began his presentation almost immediately with a demo of the newly released Google Chrome for Android, with the assistance of Hugo Barra from Android. Barra explained that the mobile browser was designed…

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Microsoft shows off their new augmented reality mirror called Holoflector

Microsoft is currently working on a new type of augmented reality system that could change the way people see themselves. The famed technology company showed off a series of prototypes this week at the Microsoft TechForum event in Redmond, Washington, for their new augmented reality mirror called the “Holoflector.” While the name may sound a little corny, the technology behind the system is the true star. Microsoft claims that their system is one of the most advanced AR systems and was eager to show off how it worked. The Holoflector…

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