Augmented Reality Climbing Walls Turn Mountaineering Into a Game

There are lots of reasons to tackle a climbing wall at your local gym: it's great exercise, it can improve your hand-eye coordination, and it helps instill useful mountaineering skills should you ever find yourself trapped on a cliff. But researchers at Aalto University in Finland want to take them one step further » 7/23/14 1:44pm 7/23/14 1:44pm

These Augmented Reality Specs Can Turn a Regular Joe into James Bond

While 007 can seemingly pull off any impossible mission without breaking a sweat, real world field intelligence agents don't have it nearly that easy. They must maintain encyclopedic mental records of names and faces as well as relay information to and from HQ—all without blowing their covers. To give its agents an… » 6/25/14 7:40pm 6/25/14 7:40pm

An Augmented Reality Made With Hand-Drawn Cartoons and an iPhone

Prolific doodler Marty Cooper carries around animation cels, a marker, and some Wite-Out as he wanders the city, creating whimsical scenes that turn mundane background imagery into charming mini-stories. And he painstakingly captures them on his iPhone to create the animated world of Aug(De)Mented Reality. » 5/24/14 6:05pm 5/24/14 6:05pm

Turn an NYC Subway Map Into an Augmented Reality Adventure

Riding through New York City's subway can be a surprisingly solitary pursuit. Waiting on the platform is even worse. That's why creative technologist William Lindmeier built Tunnel Vision, an augmented reality app that uses the subway map as a canvas for displaying public data about the city's residents. » 5/21/14 3:20pm 5/21/14 3:20pm

A Smartphone Turns These Fast Food Trays Into Tiny Soccer Fields

Decades ago McDonald's realized that food wasn't the only way to draw kids into its restaurants. Toys, playgrounds, and cartoon characters all help the cause, and now a Brazilian food chain called Giraffas has come up with a clever way to lure soccer fans into its restaurants, just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. » 5/15/14 10:00am 5/15/14 10:00am

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