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Tag: Augmented Reality

Microsoft SemanticPaint Creates Labeled 3D Models of Real Objects Splatoon-style

Microsoft SemanticPaint Creates Labeled 3D Models of Real Objects Splatoon-style
Microsoft Research’s Shahram Izadi and Philip Torr of the University of Oxford have come up with an intuitive way of teaching computers the names of objects while simultaneously creating 3D models of said objects. Their SemanticPaint system learns the names of objects by simple voice commands and can then automatically identify similar objects.

Bloxels Builds Video Game Levels with Colorful Real World Bricks

Bloxels Builds Video Game Levels with Colorful Real World Bricks
Normally, if you want to design your own video game levels, you need some sort of programming skills to do it. A new system has landed on Kickstarter called Bloxels that lets anyone design levels for a game world using blocks and a square game board in the real world.
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Augmented Reality Tattoo: AltAR Ego

Augmented Reality Tattoo: AltAR Ego
We’ve featured a few augmented reality tattoos before, but in all of them the QR code or bar code were visible, if not the only figure drawn onto the skin. Illustrator Sutu’s take on the permanent trick hides the magic in plain sight.

Seer Head-mounted Display Has 100ºFOV: Augmented Reality or Augmented Screen?

Seer Head-mounted Display Has 100ºFOV: Augmented Reality or Augmented Screen?
Head-mounted displays (HMD) have been around for years, though they tend to be prohibitively expensive. Caputer Labs is touting its Seer as an augmented reality display, though it could end up simply being a cheap HMD instead.

Augmented Reality Calendar: CalendARRRR

Augmented Reality Calendar: CalendARRRR
Last year, advertising agency We Are Royale made a 2015 calendar as a holiday gift for their friends and families. Then the agency decided to turn it into a special year-long present by making a companion mobile app that added augmented reality features to the calendar.

Brand Killer Head-mounted Display Blocks Brands and Logos in Real Time: They Owe You

Brand Killer Head-mounted Display Blocks Brands and Logos in Real Time: They Owe You
Ad-blocking software is a double-edged sword, but overall I still think it needs to exist. But as Sean Tejaratchi so effectively explained, the barrage of ads online is nothing compared to what’s happening in the real world.

Immersis Projection Mapping System: IllumiRoom 2.0

Immersis Projection Mapping System: IllumiRoom 2.0
Last year, Microsoft Research made headlines with its IllumiRoom concept, which extends video from a console or media player to the walls and objects around the TV. A company called Catopsys is working on an similar but theoretically much better version of IllumiRoom called Immersis.

RomoCart Lets You Make Race Tracks for Robots: DIY Anki Drive

RomoCart Lets You Make Race Tracks for Robots: DIY Anki Drive
You might have heard of Anki Drive, the racing game where you control a toy car with your mobile device and race on a track against computer-controlled cars. Ken Kawamoto and Tomoaki Akitomi made their own robot racing game based on Romo, a programmable robot powered by the iPhone.

Pango Turns Sketches into 3D Models: Pop-up Book 2.0

Pango Turns Sketches into 3D Models: Pop-up Book 2.0
Like any tool, 3D printers can’t magically produce the thing you want on its own. You have to provide detailed instructions to the machine in the form of a 3D model, which of course requires training and studying to master.

Totem: A VR Headset With Forward Facing Cameras

Totem: A VR Headset With Forward Facing Cameras
This is Totem, yet another VR headset on Kickstarter. I’m posting about it, however, because it can do some really cool things that other VR goggles we’ve seen can’t, and I don’t think the developers have even realized all of the potential they have with this hardware design yet.

Sega Augmented Reality Sandbox: Terramapping

Sega Augmented Reality Sandbox: Terramapping
Japan’s arcades will soon have a game that requires a more hands-on approach. Sega’s Eederu Sunaba is an augmented reality game that uses sensors and projectors to display virtual landscapes and animals on a sandbox. The landscapes and animals instantly appear based on what you build with the sand.

DAQRI Smart Industrial Helmet: Augmented Worker

DAQRI Smart Industrial Helmet: Augmented Worker
The last time we featured augmented reality company DAQRI, it had borderline gimmicky applications for its specialty. But DAQRI is dreaming big with its smart helmet. Meant for field workers, the helmet leverages augmented reality to help professionals get around, learn, document and overall perform their job better.

Using Google Glass to Help the Deaf: Signglasses

Using Google Glass to Help the Deaf: Signglasses
We’ve seen Google Glass used to help blind people. Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) on the other hand are using Glass as well as other head-mounted displays to help deaf students learn. They call their project Signglasses.

Metaio Thermal Touch Uses Heat from Your Fingers to Turn Any Surface into a Touchscreen

Metaio Thermal Touch Uses Heat from Your Fingers to Turn Any Surface into a Touchscreen
We’ve seen a couple of prototypes that enable or at least emulate touch-sensitivity on everyday objects. But as wearable technology continues to flourish, we’re going to need a simple and portable solution. Augmented reality company Metaio thinks they may have an answer with Thermal Touch, a technology that emulates touch-sensitivity using “the heat signature left by a person’s finger when touching a surface.”

TapPainter: See What Your Room Looks Life Before You Paint It

TapPainter: See What Your Room Looks Life Before You Paint It
Choosing the right paint color for rooms in your pad isn’t always easy, because colors do look slightly different when they are actually on walls, and it’s especially hard to get an idea from a few little paint swatches.

Ghostman Augmented Reality System Lets You Learn from a Teacher’s Perspective

Ghostman Augmented Reality System Lets You Learn from a Teacher’s Perspective
Watching a master at work is a great way to acquire motor skills. But it’s not that easy to keep an eye on someone else while looking at your own movements to see if you’re doing it right.
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