In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computers in Jobs' parent's modest ranch house in Los Altos, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley. Nearly 40 years later, in a Los Altos Hills mansion on a hilltop with a view of what Silicon Valley has become, Meron Gribetz is leading a startup that he contends could be the next Apple.
The startup, Meta, is developing so-called augmented-reality glasses that combine the power of a laptop and smartphone in a pair of stylish specs that map virtual objects into the physical world, controlled by your hands, similar to the movie portrayals of app control via gestures in "Iron Man" and "Avatar." … Read more
When purchasing a giant Ikea shelving system, there's always that concern it will turn your living room into a habitrail. Ikea's 2014 Catalogue app offers a new augmented-reality function to help you ensure that what you're buying is just the right size.
To use the free Android or iOS app, you just need to place a printed copy of the catalog booklet in the room you want to decorate. Using the camera on your phone or tablet, the app then captures an image of the room, using the catalog as a size guide, for the virtual furniture that you can place in the room. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- How hotel Wi-Fi killed my Chromecast travel dreams.
- Burger grown from cow stem cells in laboratory put to taste test in London.
- Japanese scientist creates "poop burger"? Surely not.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Update to yesterday's story: Employer tipped police off to pressure cooker searches, not Google.
- Couple surprised to find new home filled with awesome TMNT memorabilia.
- Our favorite heartfelt scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the movie.
- Haagen-Dazs stays classy with augmented-reality Concerto Timer app.
Microsoft may be getting its augmented-reality game on for the Xbox. In a newly published patent application, the company details augmented-reality glasses and a method for matching players via the glasses.
A system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device are provided. In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game. The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/… Read more
The Google Glass proliferation is beginning. And, for those who want a piece of the action it's going to take knowing friends in high places.
Google started sending out e-mails to some of the owners of the Google Glass Explorer Edition on Tuesday saying that these select few were allowed to invite one friend to join the program, according to Marketing Land.
"We love sharing glass with our friends, because adventures through Glass are more fun with others," Google wrote in the e-mail. "Here's your chance to invite one friend into the Glass Explorer Program.&… Read more
Daqri is getting into the Kickstarter game to promote an app aimed at bringing augmented reality into the mainstream. Elements 4D enables an augmented reality experience using six physical blocks engraved with different symbols of the periodic table. Combining the blocks creates various chemical reactions that appear on a tablet or smartphone screen in 3D in the Elements 4D app viewer. "It is the first killer app for augmented reality," the company boasted.
"We wanted to design a product from the ground up that had augmented reality [which Daqri calls '4D'] at its core. Up until now … Read more
Nearly two years ago, before Google Glass was introduced, Francesco Giartosio started work on augmented reality eyeglasses with Gianluigi Tregnaghi, who developed heads-up displays for air force pilots' helmets, and Andrea Tellatin, who worked on the development of the smartwatch I'm Watch. The result is GlassUp, smartphone-connected eyewear that displays e-mails, tweets, Facebook updates, news, and other data as if it's in the air in front of users' eyes, via a low-powered Bluetooth connection.
GlassUp differs from Google Glass in several ways. It is currently a "receive only" device, lacking mechanisms such as voice input to … Read more
Shawn Hardin is a true believer in augmented reality.
After two decades as an Internet executive at companies such as NBC, AOL, Yahoo and Flock, he is placing his bets on Mind Pirate, a 13-person startup he founded to redefine games for what he described as the "day when eyePhones replace iPhones."
For Hardin, the eyePhone is a proxy for the successors to the iPhone, a head-mounted, hands-free device, such as Google Glass and the emerging class of wearables, enabling an immersive, augmented reality experience that integrates virtual and physical space. He predicts that within five years "… Read more