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Entries in augemented reality (21)

Thursday
Feb272014

Choosing Restaurants Using Augmented Reality Head-Mounted Displays

Credit: KAIST

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) wants to help people choose restaurants while on the go. 

They developed K-Glass, a wearable, hands-free head-mounted display that enables users to find restaurants and check out their menus while they are out and about. 

Simply walk up to a restaurant and look at the name. Today's menu and a 3-D image of food will pop up before your eyes. The Glass can even show the number of tables available. 

Hoi-Jun Yoo, Professor of Electrical Engineering at KAIST, and his team developed, for the first time in the world, an AR chip that works just like human vision. This processor is based on the Visual Attention Model (VAM) that duplicates the ability of the human brain to process visual data. VAM, almost unconsciously or automatically, disentangles the most salient and relevant information about the environment in which human vision operates, thereby eliminating unnecessary data unless they must be processed. In return, the processor can dramatically speed up the computation of complex AR algorithms.

The AR processor also has a data processing network similar to that of a human brain's central nervous system. When the human brain perceives visual data, different sets of neurons, all connected, work concurrently on each fragment of a decision-making process; one group's work is relayed to other group of neurons for the next round of the process, which continues until a set of decider neurons determines the character of the data. Likewise, the artificial neural network allows parallel data processing, alleviating data congestion and reducing power consumption significantly.

"Our processor can work for long hours without sacrificing K-Glass's high performance, an ideal mobile gadget or wearable computer, which users can wear for almost the whole day," Professor Yoo said in a press release. "HMDs will become the next mobile device, eventually taking over smartphones. Their markets have been growing fast, and it's really a matter of time before mobile users will eventually embrace an optical see-through HMD as part of their daily use. Through augmented reality, we will have richer, deeper, and more powerful reality in all aspects of our life from education, business, and entertainment to art and culture."

Wednesday
Feb192014

Can Google Glass Make You an Instant Expert?

Behold the power of augmented reality. With a forthcoming Google Glass app, drivers become mechanics, with the information they need to fix their car problems overlaid on their engine via Glass.

Imagine quickly and easily fixing a common engine problem without a visit to the mechanic or even a glance at your manual. It could save you untold time and money -- while also protecting you from getting ripped off. With new apps being created all the time, Glass promises all that and more.

Just imagine the possibilities. Astronauts could use Glass to fix complicated technical problems in space. Award-winning chefs could walk home cooks through complicated recipes. Medical apps could help Glass users perform basic first aid and emergency procedures.

Oh, wait: A few of those already exist:

We can't wait to see where Glass shows up next.

Thursday
Dec192013

Report: Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Market Worth $1.06 Billion by 2018

 

Now’s the time to invest in VR and AR, folks.

According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, the virtual reality and augmented reality market is expected to grow to reach $1.06 billion in 2018.

Augmented reality technology has shown ubiquitous growth in mobile phone technology featured with a camera and a GPS, which allow the users to experience the technology beyond their anticipation. By 2015, augmented reality technology will be widely used in the education field for advanced learning and for teaching technologies. The augmented reality and virtual reality technology will be used to contribute to the projects with smart innovations in future, t hanks to its great fascination and potential.

Not surprisingly, the major driving forces of augmented reality technology and virtual reality are the advancement of in-computer technology and internet connectivity. The increased demand in virtual reality and augmented reality application in the healthcare industry is a direct cause for a tremendous growth in AR & VR market. The other driving force for virtual reality and augmented reality technology is the consumer demand in m-commerce industry. The technology used in augmented reality applications, i.e. marker-less, is at the apex and is expected to grow rapidly.  A major driving factor in this marker-less is use of GPS and compass which are used commonly in smart phones. The technology used in virtual reality application, sensors used, emerging trends like goggles, contact lens, and further opportunities are described in detail in the report.

Geographical split for every application is included in the report as the market share of different applications of augmented reality and virtual reality market varies from one region to another. North America and Europe is the market leader in the overall augmented and virtual reality market, but the rest of the world is starting to catch up.

Wednesday
Nov062013

AR App Puts Turn-by-turn Navigation on Your Windshield

Have you ever driven a little dangously while continually glancing down at your smartphone's navigation function? Then HUDWAY might be the app for you.

HUDWAY is a heads-up display navigation app that allows drivers to navigate the road with both hands on the wheel. Information like turn-by-turn directions, speed, distance and arrival time are displayed on the windshield to correspond with the road ahead.

Here's the coolest part: HUDWAY doesn't require any other equipment other than your smartphone. All you need to do is download the app, enter the destination, place your phone on your dashboard and drive. The glare from the window reflects the information displayed on the screen of the phone.

Not surprisingly, the info can be difficult to see when driving through well-lit areas, so the app works best at night or in fog. Here's hoping that future versions of the app will automatically adjust for lighting differences.

Wednesday
Oct162013

Motorcycle Helmet Co. Seeks to Save Lives with Augmented Reality

Every year, more than 4,000 people die in motorcycle accidents. But companies like Skully Helmets are leveraging the power of technology to try to change that.

The Skully P1 is an innovative new motorcycle helmet unlike any we’ve seen, with a rear-facing camera and augmented reality to improve the driver’s situational awareness at all times. The rearview camera offers him or her a 180-degree view of what’s out of their field of vision – clearly, a huge advantage for all types of roads and highways.

On top of that, the helmet also features the Skully Synapse, an augmented reality heads-up-display built into the visor. The display appears to float about 20 feet in front of the driver’s vision, continuously providing them with information to keep them safely informed. The display can provide video from the rear-view display or detailed turn-by-turn navigation. It even works on those long road trips; its lithium-ion battery provides power for up to nine hours per charge.

The helmet uses the Android operating system to integrate with a driver’s smartphone to play music, make calls and use the nav system.

Skully is about to start a beta program for the helmet, so click here to find out more. It might be your only chance to try this helmet out, because we’re guessing it will not come cheap.