Ex-Valve Engineers' Crazy AR Glasses Put Tiny Projectors On Your Face

Want some more tech to put on your face? Neither full-on goggles like the Oculus Rift nor slender no-AR-yet specs like Google's Glass, CastAR takes a whole different approach to modified-reality tech by slapping tiny projectors on your face, and The Verge got to take a peek. » 5/18/13 6:28pm 5/18/13 6:28pm

Turn Your Pool Table Into a Psychedelic Aquarium with Kinect-Powered…

Pool is a fun game, but with just some colored balls on a plain green field, the spectacle is a little lacking. We've already seen how some clever projection can turn anyone into a pool shark, but now OpenPool is taking it a step further by turning pool into a psychedelic rave of a game. » 3/09/13 4:00pm 3/09/13 4:00pm

New Dedicated AR Chips Could Keep Your Reality Augmented For Ever and…

Augment reality has always been cool, but it's never been too practical for extended use. Crazy processor demands chew up battery power and deliver a workable experience, but not one that can last. Metaio aims to but an end to that with the first ever dedicated augmented-reality chip, and it's coming as soon as the… » 2/21/13 1:54pm 2/21/13 1:54pm

Hand-Holding Robot Teaches Novice Surgeons to Move Like the Masters

It takes hundreds upon hundreds of practice hours for surgical students to develop the hand-eye coordination and muscle memory needed to handle complex operations. This new system aims to speed that process by literally holding the surgeon's hands. » 5/26/11 6:40pm 5/26/11 6:40pm

This Augmented Reality Dashboard May Save You From Painfully Real…

Currently, my dashboard is used for three things: speedometer checks, radio, and arhythmic hand drumming. Pioneer would like to change that, thank you very much, with a souped-up in-dash augmented reality system that shows you where lanes are, recognizes cars and traffic lights, and even knows the identity of some of… » 5/09/11 9:20pm 5/09/11 9:20pm

The Castle of Shadows, a 15th Century Virtual Reality Room

In 1420, Venetian engineer Giovanni Fontana proposed an elaborate mechanical room he dubbed the Castellum Umbrarum, or "castle of shadows." Sound awesome? It is. In a recent paper, French professor Philippe Codognet described it as "a room with walls made of folded translucent parchments lighted from behind, creating… » 2/22/11 3:20pm 2/22/11 3:20pm