Popular Science adopts augmented reality for annual editorial feature

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  Magazine claims to be the first to use augmented reality for annual feature Augmented reality and magazines have been growing closer together recently. Some magazines have adopted the technology for marketing purposes, while others have covered the technology extensively in articles. This week, Popular Science, a monthly consumer magazine in the U.S., announced that its June issue will make use of augmented reality technology provided by Aurasma, a leading AR developer. The magazine is claiming to be the first of its kind to use the technology in an editorial…

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Hillcrest Labs launches new Freespace MotionEngine for mobile device manufacturers

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

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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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Microsoft files patent for new augmented reality project

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Microsoft is the latest addition to technology companies working on developing head-mounted augmented reality devices. The company has recently filed a patent for a new AR headset. The company has been very selective about the information it is sharing regarding its new project, but the device may be used for next generation gaming platforms. Early this year, news arose of Microsoft working on the Xbox 720, the successor to the massively successful Xbox 360. Given the company’s latest patent filing, the possibility of a new Xbox console may not be…

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

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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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lifeClipper augmented reality experience creates an alien world that people are free to explore

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Augmented reality is teeming with possibilities. As the technology garners more attention, developers around the world are keen to push the boundaries of the technology to unlock new experiences. This is especially true in the world of art, where technocratic artists are looking to blur the lines between the imagination and the real world. lifeClipper, an open air art project in Switzerland, is taking this concept to an extreme. The developers and artist behind the project jokingly claim that it could make LSD obsolete. The lifeClipper project is entirely housed…

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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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The future of health care may be in the hands of augmented reality and NFC technology

Ergonomidesign, a leading design consultancy firm, has revealed what the future of health care system may look like. A team of researchers from the firm have created a new system that combines the emerging trends in technology, life and health science, and social networking. Much of the system makes use of augmented reality technology to handle high detail displays of information. The physical aspects of the system use NFC technology as a way to enable quick communications between patients and health care professionals. To see the firm’s creation, it looks…

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Augmented reality project offers a glimpse of how technology will be used in the future

The possibilities of augmented reality technology have yet to be discovered and understood in full, according to some of the world’s most talented software designers behind the Aeon Project. The Aeon Project in an ambitious endeavor to explore the uses of augmented reality and how it can be used in the real world. These uses go far beyond the realm of marketing. Designers are looking for ways to integrate the technology into everyday activities. Currently, the entirety of the Aeon Project is housed in a relatively compact pod akin to…

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