Between Page and Screen shows how augmented reality can be used to bring print to life

Between Page and Screen

Print may not be dead, but it has certainly been crippled by the advent of technology. The print industry has been struggling to keep up with the pace of technology, but it has proven difficult to keep up with a media that is undergoing constant change. Technology may not be the outright enemy of the print industry, however, as it can be used to breathe new life into books. Augmented reality can accomplish this feat and as the print industry grows more comfortable with using the technology it understands the…

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Vuzix to develop new head mounted augmented reality eyewear for the U.S. military

This is not a Vuzix helmet - This is a helmet mounted cueing system

Vuzix, a manufacturer of augmented reality devices, has announced a new project that will bring the technology to the U.S. military. The project concerns a head-mounted device based upon the company’s Smart Glasses products. Smart Glasses are specialized eyewear that contains augmented reality technology. These devices are made for the general public to enhance their day-to-day lives, but Vuzix believes that augmented reality can take the nation’s soldiers to the next level of performance and, perhaps, make them safer in the field. As opposed to the eyewear that Vuzix has…

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Ice.com launches new mobile app that lets shoppers try on virtual jewelry

Augmented Reality Mobile App

Shopping for jewelry can be a tricky business. Ice.com Inc., a custom jewelry company, is working to make shopping for the right items a bit easier and has announced the launch of the Ice mobile app, which utilizes augmented reality technology to help consumers find the right piece for them. Ice.com specializes in selling items over the Internet. The drawback of e-commerce, however, is that consumers cannot try on the pieces before they make a purchase. Using the Ice app, shoppers will be able to see how jewelry will look…

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ST-Ericsson and Metaio to participate in EU Venturi initiative to expand augmented reality in Europe

Mobile-Commerce

ST-Ericsson, a leading developer of mobile platforms and wireless technology, has announced that it will be participating in an initiative from the European Union that will expand augmented reality throughout the region. The project, called Venturi, has a budget of $7 million and aims to boost the presence of augmented reality applications in Europe. ST-Ericsson joins Metaio, a leading augmented reality development firm based in Germany, to meet the goals of the project. The Venturi initiative may signal a paradigm shift in the worlds of technology and marketing. Work on…

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Augmented reality system could change the way the security world works in the future

Mobile Security threats

Motorola Solutions, the expansive business wing of the prestigious telecommunications company, recently held an innovation contest searching for the most ambitious context-aware application platforms in the country. Each platform entered into the contest was based upon the Golden-i headset computer system. The system combines cloud computing with augmented reality to give users access to a wide variety of information. Motorola awarded Appear, a vendor of specialized mobile applications, and Ryerson University’s Flybits, a R&D organization. Appear has built a new system to be used with the Golden-I platform that caters…

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Researchers at the University of Tokyo build a gesture-powered computer

A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo has developed a new way to use augmented reality in what they are calling a major advancement in human computer interaction. The concept behind the development – which is titled Invoked Computing – is that any physical object can be paired with a computer interface and turned into a communication device or several other tools that may be useful. This is accomplished using augmented reality technology. While the technology is most commonly known for its penchant for digital imaging, researchers say…

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Head-mounted augmented reality device aimed at fieldworkers to launch in Japan

NEC Headquarters Tokyo

NEC, a prestigious Japanese technology company, has launched a new headset that seeks to provide a new layer of information to fieldworkers. The device, called TeleScouter, is a lightweight pair of eye glasses that are connected to a compact computer that can fit into a person’s back pocket or worn on their belt. The glasses themselves are equipped with another device that paints the lenses with transparent digital imagery using augmented reality technology. NEC believes that the headset will help fieldworkers be more efficient in their duties as the device…

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How augmented reality is being used to find a cure for cancer

Scripps Research Institute in California

Augmented reality is commonly associated with games, marketing or science fiction, but the technology is becoming invaluable to scientists looking for a way to beat cancer. The technology’s penchant for 3D imaging allows scientists to interact with large-scale models of molecules and chemicals in a way they have never done before. Art Olsen, a professor of chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in California, is using augmented reality to see how new drugs are interacting with molecules as a way to determine their effectiveness when fighting the disease. Olsen, along…

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Augmented reality helmet could set the standard for more practical uses of the technology

Augmented reality continues to generate a fair amount of buzz for its uses in entertainment and advertising, but the practical uses of the technology are beginning to garner more attention. Scientists and electronic engineers have long theorized that the technology could be used to restore sight to the blind or help people with sensory disabilities experience the world in a new way. Tackling such problems is a lofty goal, however, and some believe that more can be learned by utilizing the technology to solve more mundane problems. Maxence Parache, a…

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Augmented reality is getting more attention for its practical applications as design firm develops a Touch Vision Interface

As augmented reality continues to become more advanced, much of the attention surrounding the technology is focused on its uses for entertainment and marketing. Many of the ways the technology has been used in recent times has branded it as novelty, along the same lines as 3D in the film industry. However, Teehan+Lax, an interactive design firm, is working to reverse the unjust branding of augmented reality technology. The company has developed a new software suite dubbed Touch Vision Interface that may bring a new dimension to augmented reality. The…

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New augmented reality platform seeks to bring new life to the world of board games

A new augmented reality project seeks to bring new life to board games through the use of technology. In bygone years, board games and other strategy-based games were a reliable form of entertainment. As technology grew to encompass the whole of society, people turned to more convenient forms of entertainment such as online games and surfing the Internet. While technology struck a grievous blow to the world of turn-based games, it may also be the one thing that can bring the industry back from the brink of obsolescence. OggBoard, a…

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