It's been barely 24 hours since Google unveiled plans for its Project Glass augmented reality glasses and there's already a hearty spoof on it. You already saw Google's idea of what the future would look like, now take a look at the humorous dark side of wearing AR glasses in real life.
There were rumors that Google was secretly working on a pair of augmented reality glasses and now Google's made it official that it is indeed prototyping a pair of them. It's called "Project Glass" and it could change the way we live, or just make us ever more reliant on technology for everyday tasks.
So far, augmented reality has been primarily dispatched to control and interact with other humans, but a new system harnesses the technology to allow us to better control and interact with our increasingly useful robot population.
Google's always been a little bit hesitant to get into the hardware game, preferring instead to stick their software (and occasionally branding) on devices from others. But a new rumor suggests that Google may be working on a prototype for a pair of augmented reality glasses that they'll be marketing directly to the public.
Nowhere does there exist such a disparity in function as there does between the different kids of smartphone apps. They can be used to save your buns from driving too drunk, and now they can be used to shoot people. Of course. Laser tag for our post-laser age, the Xappr or Micro-Zappr Gun can attach to your smartphone and turn any place into a battlefield, at any time.
Our eyes are just not built for the future. It sucks, but it's true. We can't physically focus on things that are very close to us, which is why we're not all rocking high-resolution immersive virtual reality displays built into our eyeglasses. How do we fix this problem? Simple: we upgrade our eyeballs.
A science fiction-like world in which we leave our augmented reality (AR) mark on real locations to be found by others was amazingly depicted by novelist Bruce Sterling, and now Stiktu is hoping to make that imagined world a reality.
Remember those Terminator style augmented reality contacts we saw earlier this year? Well the team developing them has finally tested the first prototypes on some bunnies, and have declared the test to be a complete success.
Imagine being in one of those movie scenes where you have to defuse the ticking time bomb. Now imagine that instead of getting nervous verbal instructions via phone, you actually had a pair of holographic hands guiding yours to a successful solution. This is now a reality.
The applications of augmented reality, usually including a smartphone or special glasses, have slowed the adoption of this amazing technology. But now interactive firms are finding ways to deploy AR into the real world, where the only tool is your mind.