Getting away from its normal application in the mobile device world, augmented reality gets a different sort of treatment in a new exhibition called the "Augmented Window: A Sensory Observatory."
This head-up display uses lasers to project 3D graphics out into the world around you, and it could be the future of automotive GPS systems.
Finding your way through a complex intersection with most GPS units can be tricky, especially when road you see through the windshield doesn't look anything like what's on the map. This GPS unit fixes that problem, by replacing the map with a live video view from a dash mounted camera.
Being from Oregon, and living in California, I tend to get all mopey when confronted with the unrelenting good weather down here. Magic Vision Lab has designed an augmented virtual reality system that's capable of turning any nice day into the wet and dreary wretchedness that I miss so much.
Augmented reality: it's like reality, only better. Usually it's something visual, but you can augment any of your senses, and Keio University has been able to augment taste with sound and vibration that can make licking a lollipop feel like your mouth is full of fireworks.
Intel's been messing around with Kinect-style 3D cameras lately. Using object recognition and projectors, they've come up with a system that does the imagining for you while you're playing with Legos....
Augmented reality can be a weird thing to try to describe. It uses what's around you and lays graphics or infomation over it. Sound boring? Well, let's use a real-world example. Just check out this new Star Wars game for the iPhone, which lays your surroundings behind a wicked space battle.
Japan's NTT Docomo has unveiled its latest creation designed to allow travelers to access directions or tourist information via augmented reality.
Scientists are determined to make Star Trek's holodeck a reality in the near future. This time the tool being proposed is augmented reality.
In a bid to jumpstart sales of its new 3D televisions, Panasonic has launched a promotion that combines augmented reality with the iPhone, and the result is possibly more interesting than their televisions will ever be.