An Augmented Reality Transparent Hood Could Keep You Out of Potholes

Aside from the sleek body designs and supercharged engines, part of the appeal of a sports car is feeling close to the ground, hurtling along with such close proximity to the roads as to feel a tangible connection to the street or circuit beneath you. But as Jaguar Land Rover's Transparent Bonnet concept shows,… » 4/09/14 8:30am 4/09/14 8:30am

The Future of Active Eyewear: An Interview With Oakley's R&D Division

The pinnacle achievement in active eyewear was once simply making a pair of sunglasses that were light and wouldn't shatter into your eyeballs. While that's still important, technology has obviously progressed. So what is the future, exactly? Heads-up displays? Augmented reality? Cybernetic retinal implants? » 3/19/14 4:40pm 3/19/14 4:40pm

I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. » 3/13/14 11:20am 3/13/14 11:20am

Forget Augmented Reality. What About Diminished Reality?

Technology Review ran an article this past week about a new app called PlaceAvoider that is being developed by computer scientists working at Indiana University. In a nutshell, PlaceAvoider allows the user of a first-person lifelogging device to essentially blacklist locations from visual storage and sharing by… » 2/12/14 1:20pm 2/12/14 1:20pm

Hands On Epson's Moverio BT-200: Augmented Reality Lite

A couple years ago we saw Epson's Moverio make its debut. It was kind of like a double-eyed Google Glass, but it had a lot of issues. It was bulky, it was dim, it didn't have any sensors. Basically, it didn't do much. Today, the BT-200 is here, and it's undeniably much, much better. The only question is, who's it for? » 1/06/14 7:20pm 1/06/14 7:20pm

Every GPS App Should Make You Follow an Adorable Pack of Penguins

For a while, novelty celebrity voiceovers were all the rage when it came to GPS navigation units. But the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo has come up with a far more adorable way to get to your destination: by following a muster of virtual waddling penguins. » 10/07/13 9:20am 10/07/13 9:20am

Pioneer's New HUD Brings Augmented Reality to Cars for Less Than $1,000

Just a couple of years ago, the idea of a device projecting information driving directions onto a car's windshield seemed super futuristic. Now they're becoming a reality, with the European release of Pioneer's NavGate head-up display the latest. And believe it or not, this one's actually pretty affordable. » 9/04/13 2:40pm 9/04/13 2:40pm

Google Glass for Police Brings Us Closer to a RoboCop Reality

Ok Glass, you can hear the cop now. Take a picture of that license plate. Try: Ok Glass. Record a video of this five alarm fire. Or even: Ok Glass. Search: gunshot wound treatment. It doesn't take much imagination to realize that Google Glass could be a valuable tool for first responders. And now, the first app has… » 8/19/13 2:04pm 8/19/13 2:04pm

Against Your Better Judgment, Mercedes Is Integrating Google Glass

People have said that Google Glass would be distracting since day one, not just for people looking at the Glassholes but also for the Glassholes themselves who have that tiny screen always blinking in front of their faces. We certainly don't want to put them behind the wheel. Right?! Mercedes Benz begs to differ. » 8/16/13 10:10am 8/16/13 10:10am

Ikea's New App Transports Furniture Right Into Your Living Room

Ikea's messed around with augmented reality before, but this year they've really outdone themselves. With just a phone and a copy of the catalog, you can now call up a digital version of any piece of furniture and put it anywhere in your home. » 8/02/13 12:40pm 8/02/13 12:40pm

Ping Pong Only Gets Better When You Add Crazy AR Visuals

The problem with ping pong—as cool as it is—is its complete and utter lack of insane, borderline seizure-inducing visuals. We can all agree on that, right? Well you don't have to worry anymore; the Pingtime augmented reality table has got that covered. » 7/12/13 10:22am 7/12/13 10:22am

Experience Rome's Coliseum Like It Just Opened Through This AR App

Even experiencing the ruins of a once great piece of architecture can be an amazing experience. But a company called AR-Media—the folks behind this instant mechanic app—have come up with another brilliant use for augmented reality that gives tourists a glimpse of a structure in all its original glory » 6/12/13 10:52am 6/12/13 10:52am

Anyone Can Be a Mechanic With This Brilliant Augmented Reality App

Have you ever had a problem with your car, but were left completely and utterly bewildered when you popped the hood in hopes of fixing it yourself? If this clever augmented reality app from Inglobe Technologies ever hits the market, even the most clueless driver will be able to easily maintain their vehicle, and maybe … » 5/27/13 3:00pm 5/27/13 3:00pm

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