1) The Technology Partnership (TTP), a Cambridge-based product development company, has created enhanced reality “specs” which looks like an ordinary eyeglasses.
Innovative Technology from TTP delivers major advantages over existing head mounted AR systems including 3D. For the first time, new augmented reality technology makes it possible to create head-mounted displays that look like conventional glasses and use transparent, curved lenses that do not obstruct the wearer’s field of view. And using simple low-power, miniature projector optics mounted in the temple arms, there is no need for bulky and unaesthetic frames that characterize the initial crop of early augmented reality head-up displays and spectacles. TTP has also invented a very high speed switchable fast focus lens technology that can be used to create a true 3D experience. Comparing with the present Google Glass implementation, where it is obvious that the user is looking into a screen in the corner of their glasses the TTP system is invisible to anyone watching, and doesn’t require a change of look by the wearer.
TTP has demonstrated its patented technology in prototype glasses and the innovative grating optics incorporated in the lens could be used for a wide range of optical designs and manufactured at low cost using conventional casting or injection molding processes. While TTP believes its new technology offers hands-free augmented reality for leisure and consumer applications such as ski goggles, running or cycling glasses and interactive gaming, it is also exploring uses in military, emergency services, logistics and manufacturing environments.
“Google has done a remarkable job of getting the world to alight on the idea of augmented reality,” says Carmichael. But he feels that the next step need to be to improve both the appearance of the system to the user and to other people. “It’s about creating desirability and elegance in how it appears,” he says.
2) The biggest news at Fashion Week in New York had as much to do with technology as it did with fashion. In a partnership with Google, prominent fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg hosted the first-ever runway fashion show featuring the new augmented reality Google Glasses. After supermodels took to the catwalk wearing Google Glasses, showing off Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Google CEO Sergey Brin and Diane von Furstenberg held hands at the end of the show to symbolically mark the start of a remarkable collaboration between the worlds of fashion and technology. As a result, the “DVF Through Glass” collaboration might very well usher in the era of wearable computing and change forever how we think about high-tech gadgets.
There has been much interest in augmented reality technology in the fashion industry. Some designers used AR technologies to show off their clothing, while others tried to engage consumers with mobile devices into a more dynamic engagement. Still there are people in fashion industry who are searching ways to incorporate innovative technologies in their works.
3) Intel, the chip giant, has released early details of its Haswell, forth-generation Core computer chips, due for release in the middle of next year. It said the improvement would mean devices could become thinner, faster and offer extended battery life. Haswell will feature smartphone-like voice recognition, touch, finger tracking, augmented reality, and gesture-based interfaces courtesy of clip-on sensors that will eventually be integrated into laptops, and more.
ARM-based designs are usually picked because of their reputation for low-energy use. But Intel hopes to gain an advantage by offering chips that can support the full Windows 8 system while using less energy than at present. Another innovation on the new chips is a more powerful GPU (graphics processing unit). This is designed to handle tasks in which a large number of calculations can be carried out simultaneously, rather than one-at-a-time.
In addition Haswell-based computers will also be better suited to tracking objects placed close to their camera sensors allowing further development of gesture controls and augmented reality.
4) Harmony successfully launched the 3d.me, a free Facebook app; the first of its kind that enables users to discover their animated characters. The application integrates with onvert to deliver augmented reality effects that makes user’s experience incredibly exciting.
the3d.me transforms you (and a friend) in a truly unique way. All you need is to log into Facebook to get started with the app, pick a couple of photos, grab your phone and find out who you are – a vampire, a pop star or something even more fantastic! The magic of your animated 3D.Me can only be revealed with the free onvert viewer app. Also don’t forget to switch on the sound as it is also revealed with the app.
The fun is not limited to discovering animated characters, but even participating in an entertaining competition that allows users to be nominated as the King or Queen of the month and in case they win receives Amazon gift vouchers.
the3d.me uses the onvert.com API which allows third parties to utilise the AR creation tools through their own interface. This is an opportunity for t-shirt design companies and card companies to create Augmented Reality overlays for designs within their own design interfaces.
5) Plans to construct memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington D.C. have been a topic of controversy for some time, but the planners of the memorial are going to enhance it with augmented reality technology in order to make more entertaining and educating for tech-savvy generation.
“The idea there, the aspiration, is we can engage a whole new generation that doesn’t know about this character in history that’s compelling and engaging, and that fulfills some of the storytelling and interpretation that the memorial is not designed to fulfill,” said Jake Barton, principal of Local Projects, the media design firm behind the e-memorial. “For a president and leader who invested so heavily in science and expression … it’s particularly fitting.”
The app will allow visitors to use their mobile devices to experience the memorial not just as a static exhibition. The interactive experience is coming through an application and once the visitors are inside the memorial they can walk among the engraved stones and depict images from the president’s political and military career.
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