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.
Let's be honest, no matter how outlandish some of those "future vision" videos produced by various companies are, they're always fun to watch. But sometimes the visions in the video are so tantalizingly real and within reach, hilarity turns into very real excitement. Microsoft just pulled that off.
Fans of the Iron Man movies will remember the amazing scenes of Tony Stark manipulating a holographic interface as he discovers the element vibranium. Now a real lab has concocted a similar method of studying molecules using augmented reality.
Augmented reality gets a fair bit of attention from the advertising world excited about the possibilities, but the technology's main area of growth is still in the world of art with pieces like the new Hyper(reality) construct.