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smarterplanet:

Oakley Plans To Launch Its Own Brand Of AR Glasses - PSFK

At the start of this month, Google secretly began testing its augmented reality goggles with selected employees. The prototype eyewear allows users to view messages, videos, maps, and images in real-time. Now, Oakley has confirmed that it’s testing similar technology that will rival Google’s ‘Project Glass.’

Colin Baden, CEO of Oakley, stated in an interview that:

As an organization, we’ve been chasing this beast since 1997. Ultimately, everything happens through your eyes, and the closer we can bring it to your eyes, the quicker the consumer is going to adopt the platform.

Oakley has been working on technology to produce head-mounted displays for nearly 15 years, and has 600 patents mainly relating to optical specifications. Baden refused to confirm if Oakley would produce its own pair of smart glasses, or if the company would only license its technology.



via PSFK:

Posted at 3:41pm and tagged with: tech, technology, augmented reality, user interface,.

smarterplanet:

Oakley Plans To Launch Its Own Brand Of AR Glasses - PSFK
At the start of this month, Google secretly began testing its augmented reality goggles with selected employees. The prototype eyewear allows users to view messages, videos, maps, and images in real-time. Now, Oakley has confirmed that it’s testing similar technology that will rival Google’s ‘Project Glass.’
Colin Baden, CEO of Oakley, stated in an interview that:

As an organization, we’ve been chasing this beast since 1997. Ultimately, everything happens through your eyes, and the closer we can bring it to your eyes, the quicker the consumer is going to adopt the platform.

Oakley has been working on technology to produce head-mounted displays for nearly 15 years, and has 600 patents mainly relating to optical specifications. Baden refused to confirm if Oakley would produce its own pair of smart glasses, or if the company would only license its technology.

via PSFK:

stoweboyd:

Ross Douthat watches the Google Glasses video a few hundred times, and finds a reflection of our society in it:

Ross Douthat via NYTimes.com

[…] the video also captures the sense of isolation that coexists with our technological mastery. The Man in the Google Glasses lives alone, in a drab, impersonal apartment. He meets a friend for coffee, but the video cuts away from this live interaction, leaping ahead to the moment when he snaps a photo of some “cool” graffiti and shares it online. He has a significant other, but she’s far enough away that when sunset arrives, he climbs up on a roof and shares it with her via video, while she grins from a window at the bottom of his field of vision.

He is, in other words, a characteristic 21st-century American, more electronically networked but more personally isolated than ever before. As the N.Y.U. sociologist Eric Klinenberg notes in “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone,” there are now more Americans living by themselves than there are Americans in intact nuclear-family households. Children are much more likely to grow up with only a single parent in the home; adults marry less and divorce relatively frequently; seniors are more likely to face old age alone. And friendship, too, seems to be attenuating: a 2006 Duke University study found that Americans reported having, on average, three people with whom they discussed important issues in 1985, but just two by the mid-2000s.

The question hanging over the future of American social life, then, is whether all the possibilities of virtual community — the connections forged by Facebook and Twitter; the back alleys of the Internet where fans of “A Dance to the Music of Time” or “Ren & Stimpy” can find one another; the hum of virtual conversation that’s available any hour of the day — can make up for the weakening of flesh-and-blood ties and the decline of traditional communal institutions.

Douthat wants us to go back to the Cleaver’s ’50s, and as a result looks as the present as a fallen era.

First of all, having more weak ties does not lessen the strength of strong ones, but Douthat and others would rather that we don’t connect with many, but would rather that we get back into the nuclear family and commute to a soul-sucking job everyday out in the suburbs than flit around modern day hipster New York.

Posted at 2:20am and tagged with: tech, technology, augmented reality,.

15 MIT Research Projects That Will Make You Say ‘Whoa’

Full Story: CIO

Posted at 10:11am and tagged with: tech, technology, future, applications, augmented reality,.

15 MIT Research Projects That Will Make You Say ‘Whoa’

Full Story: CIO

How Google Glasses Make A Persistent, Pervasive Surveillance State Inevitable

Full Story: Forbes

Posted at 12:00pm and tagged with: augmented reality, tech, technology, sensors, panopticon,.

srikard:

The Truth About Google Glasses. 


There’s is a fine line between dreams and reality. 

Posted at 8:52am and tagged with: tech, technology, augmented reality, just because,.

srikard:

The Truth About Google Glasses. 
There’s is a fine line between dreams and reality. 

MARVEL LAUNCHES AUGMENTED REALITY COMICS


Marvel has announced its new ‘ReEvolution’ initiative with an augmented reality app called Marvel AR that will include digital extras for readers and a digital-only imprint called Infinite Comics, which will offer comics that tie-in with print titles.


Full Story: PFSK


Posted at 3:40pm and tagged with: Augmented reality, tech, technology, applications, publishing,.

MARVEL LAUNCHES AUGMENTED REALITY COMICS

Marvel has announced its new ‘ReEvolution’ initiative with an augmented reality app called Marvel AR that will include digital extras for readers and a digital-only imprint called Infinite Comics, which will offer comics that tie-in with print titles.

Full Story: PFSK

smarterplanet:

Augmented Reality glasses

Will we all be on-line, all the time wearing AR glasses?

It’s just as Neal Stephenson predicted in his 1992 novel, Snow Crash. His detective tracks a murderer through both the real world and the virtual world with the help of his on-line specs.

via davesdailysip:

Posted at 5:54am and tagged with: tech, technology, Augmented reality,.

smarterplanet:

Augmented reality promises astronauts instant medical knowhow | Physorg.com

The Computer Assisted Medical Diagnosis and Surgery System, CAMDASS, is a wearable augmented reality prototype. Augmented reality merges actual and virtual reality by precisely combining computer-generated graphics with the wearer’s view. CAMDASS is focused for now on ultrasound examinations but in principle could guide other procedures. Credits: ESA/Space Applications Service NV

A new augmented reality unit developed by ESA can provide just-in-time medical expertise to astronauts. All they need to do is put on a head-mounted display for 3D guidance in diagnosing problems or even performing surgery.

Posted at 5:54am and tagged with: tech, technology, Augmented reality, health, space,.

smarterplanet:

Augmented reality promises astronauts instant medical knowhow | Physorg.com
The Computer Assisted Medical Diagnosis and Surgery System, CAMDASS, is a wearable augmented reality prototype. Augmented reality merges actual and virtual reality by precisely combining computer-generated graphics with the wearer’s view. CAMDASS is focused for now on ultrasound examinations but in principle could guide other procedures. Credits: ESA/Space Applications Service NV
A new augmented reality unit developed by ESA can provide just-in-time medical expertise to astronauts. All they need to do is put on a head-mounted display for 3D guidance in diagnosing problems or even performing surgery.

8bitfuture:

Innovega to release contact lens displays.

Innovega Inc has developed contact lenses capable of presenting high resolution images for entertainment or augmented reality applications.

“Conventional mobile device screens are too small to read and certainly too small to enjoy. Over the past months we have demonstrated contact lens enabled eyewear for mobile devices including smartphones, portable game devices and media players that deliver panoramic, high-resolution experiences for entertainment and planned Augmented Reality (AR)* applications”, said Steve Willey, Innovega CEO. “During this same period, we collaborated with partners to finalize initial specifications of launch platforms which include a screen size that is equivalent to a 240 inch television (viewed at a usual distance of 10 feet)”.

The lens uses ‘micro components’ which are so small that, when switched off, the user is able to focus normally on everyday objects. When switched on, it allows light from the display to pass through the center of the pupil, and light from the surrounding environment to pass through the outer portion of the pupil. Each of these sets of light rays produces an image on the retina simultaneously with the other set. They are superimposed to form a single integrated image.

While a consumer release of the product is likely 2-3 years away, the company is also working with DARPA for a military version of the device.

Posted at 3:27am and tagged with: tech, technology, augmented reality,.

8bitfuture:

Innovega to release contact lens displays.
Innovega Inc has developed contact lenses capable of presenting high resolution images for entertainment or augmented reality applications.
“Conventional mobile device screens are too small to read and certainly too small to enjoy. Over the past months we have demonstrated contact lens enabled eyewear for mobile devices including smartphones, portable game devices and media players that deliver panoramic, high-resolution experiences for entertainment and planned Augmented Reality (AR)* applications”, said Steve Willey, Innovega CEO. “During this same period, we collaborated with partners to finalize initial specifications of launch platforms which include a screen size that is equivalent to a 240 inch television (viewed at a usual distance of 10 feet)”.
The lens uses ‘micro components’ which are so small that, when switched off, the user is able to focus normally on everyday objects. When switched on, it allows light from the display to pass through the center of the pupil, and light from the surrounding environment to pass through the outer portion of the pupil. Each of these sets of light rays produces an image on the retina simultaneously with the other set. They are superimposed to form a single integrated image.
While a consumer release of the product is likely 2-3 years away, the company is also working with DARPA for a military version of the device.