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LG Optimus 3D to have 3D augmented reality browser

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

If you love 3D, then LG has some good news for you today. The company has revealed that it will use Wikitude’s 3D browser in its LG Optimus 3D smartphone. The browser allows better interaction and engagement with real-time user environments. 3D Augmented Reality can show places, landmarks and objects in 3D, making them easier to distinguish and of course, much cooler to look at. The Optimus 3D, is set to arrive in Europe this summer.

It should be a hit since the Wikitude World Browser is the first AR smartphone browser ever and the LG Optimus 3D also incorporates several other world firsts. Like the world’s first dual-core, dual-channel, dual-memory architecture and they also claim that the phone is the first full 3D platform providing glasses-free viewing, recording and sharing of 3D content.

Pioneer outs GPS with augmented reality mapping

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

Pioneer Japan has introduced four new and very interesting in-car navigation systems. They use a dash-mounted camera to display live images on the screens and superimpose digital images on it to help you navigate. The Augmented Reality GPS systems include the AVIC-VH09CS, AVIC-VH09, AVIC-ZH09CS and AVIC-ZH09. The systems can also show distances between cars and points of interest.

But that’s not all. They can also tell which lane the car is in, if a light is red or green and it can identify other traffic signals. All four feature DVD video playback support, Bluetooth, USB ports, a 1Seg digital TV tuner, and an SD card slot. Hard drive-based navigation is standard, as well as three years of free map data updates.

AppToyz creates an AR iPhone blaster

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

AppToyz has unveiled another toy for your iPhone. This one will allows you shoot virtual monsters. Much like various Wii peripherals,this acts as a controller for your Augmented Reality games on your iPhone. Just attach your phone to the gun, run the app and pew pew pew.

The trigger presses a rubber stamp that touches the screen in place of your finger. And since it is all made of cheap plastic, this AR blaster will cost just $31 (£20).

Skullcandy lets you try on headphones using Augmented Reality

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

You can always buy a pair of headphones online, but sometimes you want to check them out in person to see how they would look and feel on your head and ears in the store. That isn’t always possible since certain styles can’t be found at retailers.

Well Skullcandy is changing that. The Skullcandy Virtual room will let you try on a pair of headphones using augmented reality. You can even record your session and send it over to your friends if you look great.

Augmented reality cosmetic mirror

Posted in Augmented Reality by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2010

If you are a lady or in a glam rock band, you’ll love this. If you happen to be in Japan anyway. Cosmetic company Shiseido has outted some Digital Cosmetic Mirrors in Tokyo malls to help ladies pick out makeup quicker.

The machine can recommend products for the user’s skin type and allow them to view it applied via augmented reality. When you are done, the machine prints out a shopping list and gives you before and after pictures to take with you.

AR.DRONE From Parrot controlled by iPhone

Posted in R/C Toys by Darrin Olson on January 11th, 2010

ar.drone controlled by iPhoneThe folks at Parrot have released a new toy RC toy called the AR.Drone, a “quadricopter” that can be controlled and viewed with an iPhone or iPod touch through a WiFi connection. The AR.DRONE works like a remote control helicopter with four separate helicopter blades to maneuver the device, but that is definitely not what makes this copter cool.

What really sets this guy apart from the others is that you can control it with your iPhone or iPod touch using the built-in accelerometers which will sense which way you tip the phone and maneuver the AR.Drone accordingly. The quadricopter also has a couple of cameras on board, one for “seeing” what the AR.Drone sees real-time through the iPhone, but also another camera on the bottom which can track speed and help the ‘copter maintain a still flight.

Epson gets into Augmented Reality

Posted in Epson by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2009

Epson thinks that greeting cards could use a face lift and it thinks it has found the answer in augmented reality greeting cards. On the website they’ve set up for the end of year nengajo cards and they show how easy it is to use one of their Colorio printers to print off a color postcard with a picture of your face over a cute picture of 2010’s year of the tiger character.

When you hold it up to a webcam it brings the augmented reality to life. If you like that sort of thing, a video can be found here.


Dimension Invaders augmented reality game hits iPhone

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on December 16th, 2009

dimensioninvaders-sbAugmented reality apps are becoming more and more popular. These are the sort of apps that let you aim your iPhone camera at a restaurant and get information about the business. They are cool, but very limited in how useful they are to many users.

Rapidito Games has announced that it has released a new augmented reality game for the iPhone 3GS called Dimension Invaders. The game lets you point your iPhone camera around the room or area you are actually in to aim a crosshair on the screen at blue blobs.

Ghostwire augmented reality game coming to your DSi in 2010

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2009

Use your Nintendo DSi to hunt ghostsBack in May we told you about the augmented reality game for the DSi, Ghostwire: Link to the Paranormal. The Ghostwire title had been previously unveiled, but Majesco has just signed on to publish it.

The game uses the DSi’s camera and microphone to allow you to hunt ghosts like those schmucks on TV. Once the ghost or ghosts are detected, it’s the player job to hunt down objects to make them rest in peace.

Vuzix Wrap 920AV head-mounted display

Posted in Video Glasses by Conner Flynn on January 2nd, 2009

Vuzix Wrap 920AV head-mounted displayLooks like Vuzix will introduce their latest head-mounted display at CES this year. It’s dubbed the Wrap 920AV. This wearable gadget has improved optics and will offer a better viewing experience. The most important aspect however, is the style change. The older models of the VR system looked like Geordi LaForge’s visor from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This new design is cool enough that people might actually wear them. Vuzix promises the optics are much improved and that you will actually feel like you’re watching a real screen. Previous versions had a poor POV that didn’t live up to its goal of immersive-style entertainment.

Augmented Reality Cyber Maid Alice for lonely nerds

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2008

Augmented Reality Cyber Maid Alice for lonely nerds
Humanity has accomplished some amazing things by combining virtual reality with plain ole reality. This is not one of those things. This is something designed to give randy nerds a few cheap thrills. The idea is that if you can’t find a girlfriend, Alice will take a shot at being the object of your affections.

It’s called “Dennou Figure ARis”, or “Cyber Figure Alice” in plain English. Buyers get the AR software, 2 cybersticks and 2 cybercubes. Place one of the cubes in front of the computer, point your webcam at it and the screen will display a 3D image of Alice standing on top of the cube. Here’s where your cybersticks come in handy. You’ll use them to touch, caress, fondle and peep at your new lady. Fear not, you can of course even undress Alice and change her clothes.