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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