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 shows off Project Glass – augmented reality glasses for a new generation

Future of augmented reality right in front of your face!   Technology giant Google has been working on a pair of augmented reality eyeglasses recently. The company was initially shy about sharing information on the projects, but has been more forthcoming in the past few weeks. The world of augmented reality is growing more popular, especially with tech-savvy consumers who are looking forward to the future. This growing popularity has spurred companies like Google to develop new augmented reality systems. Google has focused its work on a head-mounted device that…

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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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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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Microsoft files patent for new augmented reality project

Augmented Reality Glasses

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

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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NASA looks to make aviation safer with new pair of augmented reality glasses

Military training with augmented reality

NASA announced this week that it is developing a pair of augmented reality glasses. The agency joins a number of companies looking to use the technology in the same way, including Google. Unlike its potential competitors, the agency will not be developing these glasses for a commercial market. Instead, the glasses will be available to pilots and those in the aviation industry. They are being designed to prevent the most dangerous hazards pilots face when landing and taking to the air. Fog is a very common and significant threat in…

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How the New iPad compares to iPad 2

New ipad

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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Sony opens up about the augmented reality technology behind the Playstation Vita

Augmented reality’s incorporation into the world of gaming is currently being championed by Japanese developer Sony and their new handheld device the Playstation Vita. In the months and weeks before the handheld console was released, Sony had touted the device as one of the most advanced gaming platforms ever made. This was mostly because of its use of augmented reality. The company kept the specific details of the technology used in the Vita under wraps, even in the days before its release. Now, however, Sony is finally willing to show…

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

Augmented Reality Video

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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Total Immersion to show off D’Fusion platform at CeBIT 2012

Augmented Reality

Total Immersion, a leading developer of augmented reality software, has announced that it will be showing off its latest program at the CeBIT 2012 conference in Hanover, Germany. The company will be letting attendees get their hands on the D’Fusion platform, a 3D rendering platform that is designed to create immersive augmented reality experiences. The platform will be used on the Intel’s Ultrabook and Total Immersion believes that it will push the boundaries of the powerful computer platform. The D’Fusion platform is designed to build entertaining augmented reality gaming experiences.…

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