Augmented Reality

Former Valve employees' augmented reality projector castAR Kickstarted after two days

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Like all the really great things in geekdom, it began with Star Wars. Former Valve employees Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson have come up with a way to bring that holoprojected chess match between R2D2 and Chewbacca, Dejarik, a reality, and the solution is castAR: augmented reality projecting glasses. After 18 months of prototyping, Ellsworth and Johnson have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish production.

Valve's Michael Abrash examines the future of virtual and augmented reality

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In a lengthy update on the Valve Time blog, Michael Abrash has offered his view on the future of AR and VR technology. It's a comprehensive and clear-headed look at the field that does a lot to clear up terminology and set the stage for future discussion.

Google glasses just got real

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According to a post over on Google+ (remember that?), engineers from the top secret Google[x] laboratory have just confirmed one of tech's most interesting rumours. They're working on a pair of glasses that includes a heads-up display for augmented reality information.

There's little in the way of detail on the Google+ landing page, but The New York Times has some interesting extra information, including a few quotes from someone who claims to have used the glasses in question.

Wearable HUDs arrive in Europe

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Looking to perfect your Adam Jensen look in time for the office Christmas party? Vuzix' new AR eyewear might be just the aug you're looking for: a pair of glasses designed to withstand high velocity projectile impact with their own tiny heads up display.

Vuzix has been making virtual reality eyewear for a long time now, but the problem with most of its glasses is that they entirely block you off from the world around you. Their tiny LCD screens can replicate the look of a cinema display, but it's still a computer desktop you're looking at rather than the analogue clarity of the real world.

It's latest virtual world goggles look altogether more interesting. They're called the Tay-Eye LT.