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Canon MREAL “Mixed Reality” Head-Mounted Display: Seamless AR Comes at a Price

Canon MREAL “Mixed Reality” Head-Mounted Display: Seamless AR Comes at a Price
Augmented/virtual reality headsets are nothing new, but Canon will finally throw its hat into the ring by launching its MREAL augmented reality HMD system in the USA on March 1st. Sadly though, unless you’re a developer or have plenty of cash to burn, you won’t be using one anytime soon.

WizDish Lets You Walk (Er, Shuffle) Through Your Favorite Games

WizDish Lets You Walk (Er, Shuffle) Through Your Favorite Games
As head-mounted displays and motion controllers improve, the possibility of truly-immersive virtual reality in our living rooms continues to get closer and closer to our reach. However one of the big challenges is that you’ll still be standing still or walking in place in any game that involves moving around.
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Real-time Motion Capture on Unreal Engine: That’s Unreal All Right

Real-time Motion Capture on Unreal Engine: That’s Unreal All Right
Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has proven to be quite versatile and accurate, but in the end’s it’s only one motion sensor. A company called Yost Engineering Inc. or YEI recently showed off how multiple motion sensors can be used in videogames, enabling real-time motion capture and virtual reality.

Oculus Rift VR Headset: In Your Face 3D

Oculus Rift VR Headset: In Your Face 3D
While the best way to play games today is on huge monitors or HDTVs, a company called Oculus believes that future games will be better off with a much smaller display. The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that displays 3D video, and it’s got the big fishes of the gaming industry nerdgasming in excitement.

iOptik Dual-Focus Contact Lenses Could Revolutionize Head-Mounted Displays

iOptik Dual-Focus Contact Lenses Could Revolutionize Head-Mounted Displays
These new high-tech contact lenses were developed by the Innovega Technology Manufacturing Lab, and they permit users to focus simultaneously on objects that are close up and far away, which could dramatically improve the ability to use tiny portable displays while still interacting with your real-world surroundings.

Monkey Avatar: Wired Primates Can Move and Feel Virtual Objects

Monkey Avatar: Wired Primates Can Move and Feel Virtual Objects
Movies like The Planet of the Apes and The Rise of the Planet of the Apes just freak me out sometimes. I mean, so we’ve been told that our closest ancestors are these primates because apparently, we’ve got a lot in common with these animals.

Invention Simulates Objects Passing Through Your Hand: Now You Can Get Stabbed, Virtually

Invention Simulates Objects Passing Through Your Hand: Now You Can Get Stabbed, Virtually
The Kajimoto research group at the University of Electro-Communications has invented a device that simulates something passing through your hand. It’s been made to improve the reality of some games and uses a vibration mechanism to create the sensory illusion.

Vuzix Wrap 1200 3D Video Goggles: 75 Inches in Your Pocket

Vuzix Wrap 1200 3D Video Goggles: 75 Inches in Your Pocket
If you thought that those Vuzix augmented reality glasses were hot, check out these new ones, which let you take a 3D-capable big screen with you everywhere you go. Yep, 3D isn’t so hot anymore, but I’ve always wanted goggles like these anyhow – especially for long trips.

Rare VFX 3D Virtual Reality Helmet Turns Up on eBay

Rare VFX 3D Virtual Reality Helmet Turns Up on eBay
I was browsing through the deep recesses of eBay today, when I stumbled onto this strange listing for a “Virtual Reality” system.

Microsoft Surface Monster Loves Bubbles, Random Everyday Objects

Microsoft Surface Monster Loves Bubbles, Random Everyday Objects
Meet the Microsoft Surface Monster. He’s half-real, half-virtual, 100% adorable. As you may have guessed, the monster was made specifically for the Surface, Microsoft’s super multitouch tabletop computer. Right now the monster can’t do much besides suck bubbles up its butt (and poop them out if its eye is poked), but it does a good job of illustrating the level of interactivity that’s possible with the Surface.

What You Write is What You Get: Scribblenauts in Real Life

What You Write is What You Get: Scribblenauts in Real Life
Made by Steven Zhou and Syed Olmer Gilani of the National University of Singapore’s Interactive Multimedia Lab, What You Write Is What You Get (WYWIWYG) is a visual way of learning about language. Just like 5th Cell’s critically-acclaimed DS game Scribblenauts, WYWIWYG can analyze written words and come up with a virtual representation of the corresponding object.

Eon Icube Offers Incredibly Immersive 3d Vr Experience

Eon Icube Offers Incredibly Immersive 3d Vr Experience
This VR technology provides for a completely immersive 3-dimensional experience by surrounding users in a cube of digital imagery, combined with stereoscopic glasses and motion-tracking hardware to provide for a dizzying ride through virtual environments. EON Reality’s ICube system uses an array of high-definition video projectors to bounce real-time CGI images into a cubic room covered with white screen surfaces.

Artoolkit V4.4: Augmented Reality Comes to the iPhone

Artoolkit V4.4: Augmented Reality Comes to the iPhone
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of augmented reality (AR), the technology is designed to superimpose 3D computer graphics with real world imagery in real time. While there are readily available open source tools to allow desktop computer users to create their own AR videos, I’m happy to report that there’s a self-contained version coming to the iPhone.

Hp Mscape: Augmented Reality Gaming Handheld

Hp Mscape: Augmented Reality Gaming Handheld
HP today revealed a prototype for a new handheld video game system which would take cues from your real-world environment and embed them into the game play. The Mscape concept allows you to use the portable gaming device as a “lens” to the world around you, superimposing interactive elements into the scene in real time.
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