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Smartglasses – The rising popularity and security threats

Smartglasses – The rising popularity and security threats

When smartglasses made their first appearance in the market, they were primarily aimed to entertain by offering an immersive experience to users. From bringing games to life by making users experience as if they were actually firing bullets or jumping over obstacles, to giving a […]

Smart glasses 2018: are they getting popular?

Smart glasses 2018: are they getting popular?

Developers and scientists think how smart glasses will become one of the most popular items of 2018. Do you want to find out why are they so special? Are you thinking to get one for yourself? How much do you know about nowadays technology? Because […]

Top smartglasses available in 2017

Top smartglasses available in 2017

Solos

The company behind Solos lays down a big claim, they say that their smartglasses are the world’s most technologically advanced smart sunglasses. The sporty looking glasses are designed for cyclists. They were actually designed with the cooperation of the USA Cycling Team for the aim of improving performance. The USA Cycling Team actually wore them while competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The concept of the smartglasses is to make you a better cyclist. It has a small heads-up display that shows your speed, cadence, heart rate and power zones. Furthermore, it connects with your phone where you can save your favorite tracks and look at your all-time statistics.

The Solo feature a Ghost Riding mode which allows you to compete against your previous times. Just turn it on and you will get real-time feedback comparing your current performance against previous ones on the same track.

The Solos are compatible with already existing exercise apps like Straya and MapMyRide. You will also be able to use the glasses as turn-by-turn navigation, so forget about checking your phone as you ride your bike. The Solo has Bluetooth connectivity and supports BLE and ANT+ sensors.

The Solos were projected to be shipped in late 2016 but up to this point has still not shipped. It is expected that the Solo will be available for consumers before 2017 ends. You can preorder for $375 which is $125 cheaper than the MSRP.

 

Osterhout Design Group’s R7 SmartGlass

ODG also brands themselves as being responsible for the world’s most advanced AR Smartglasses. These pairs are indeed quite astonishing when you take a closer look. They are untethered, fully integrated platforms, with impressive HD stereoscopic 3D displays.

They are run by a 2.7GHz quad-core processor with 3GB of DDR3 RAM. The glasses come with 64GB of internal storage. Furthermore they are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 enabled. On each lens of the R7 you will find a 720p see through display which projects at 80fps with a 37 degree FOV. With the 4 MP autofocus camera you can record 1080p video at 60fps. For gaze positioning the R7 uses a gyroscope, magnetometer and accelerometers. The whole platform is based on ReticleOS Custom Framework on Android Kit Kat.

The R7 is already available for purchase at $2,750 which is understandably pricey for many people. If you have time to spare you might want to wait for ODG’s release of their R8 and R9 models which is supposed to come in Q3 of 2017.

Vuzix Blade 3000

The Vuzix Blade 3000 looks slick, from a short distance you can’t even tell it is a pair of smart glasses. It’s also not only pretty from the outside – what is under the hood is also quite eye-catching.

With the Blade 3000 you can check and post to social media, take calls, check messages, listen to music, perform web searches, receive geo-specific content and more.

The Blade 3000’s display is projected onto the right lens of the glasses. What you see is a vivid, full color, high resolution display.

For your location and gaze tracking the Blade 3000 uses a built-in GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer and hull sensors from Myriad sensors.

There are a couple of ways to control the glasses. First off, you can use voice commands through the noise-canceling mic. And second of all, you can use a touch pad with uses vibration feedback to control the device with swipes and touches.

The device has an internal 64GB storage module, a MicroSD expansion slot, a Micro USB port, 7MP camera that allows 1080p video recording and is Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi enabled. The Blade 3000 is powered by Android 5.0 and a quad-core ARM CPU.

Vuzix plans to release the Blade 3000 in the second half of 2017 for about $1,000.

CastAR

This is a pair of augmented reality viewer made for board game lovers to have fun with. The CastAR is designed for tabletop gaming. It projects hologram-like images into real life using a retro-reflective material that is laid on a flat surface and two micro-projectors. If you want to see soldiers battling, or you want to play a game of virtual battleship on top of your kitchen table, you will be able to do so with the CastAR. Move around the projection to see what’s going on from all sides or look on top of the projection for a bird’s eye view.

With your CastAR you will receive a so called Magic Wand to help you interact with the projections. You can move augmented objects and select them among other options depending which game you are playing with the CastAR.

In late 2016 the company behind CastAR announced that they will be returning $1 million in Kickstarter money back to its supporters. This is because CastAR recently raised $15 million in venture capital from Playground Global. This investment will certainly translate into a final product which is top of the line. You can expect a consumer level release of the CastAP sometime in 2017.

Vue

While we are used relating AR of VR with smart glasses, the Vue doesn’t do any of those. These pair of smart glasses do delivers some quite interesting features.

The most intriguing probably being the bone conduction technology that allows you to listen to music or other audio without the use of earphones. With a touchpad you can make and take calls and also control your music. The music playback is quite well considering this is the first time such technology is coming on a consumer level.

Furthermore it has other features like Find My Glasses, gesture control, wireless charging and has up to 7 days of standby time.  All of this without looking like ordinary, bulky smart glasses. They are actually quite indistinguishable from a normal pair of eyeglasses.

What would also be welcoming to many people is that they function as any other pair of glasses in the sense of you can order them with prescription lenses or as sunglasses.

While Vue’s Kickstarter page is still active, it will gives you a chance to buy a pair for 33% of the projected retail price. The glasses are planned to be shipped as early as July of 2017.

Learn more about Smartglasses’ security threats.

 

 

 

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10 AR apsp

10 AR apsp

Many people have still not realized the multitude of augmented reality (AR) apps that is out there waiting to be downloaded. To most the concept is still futuristic without realizing that they have been using such apps for a long time. Snapchat and Pokémon Go are prime examples of AR apps which are quite popular. That being said here is a list of AR apps that are either fun to use or simply shows how far AR technology has already been implemented in applications for mobile devices.

  1. Ingress (Android, iOS) (Free)

The game Ingress was the winner of the Grand Prize at the 2015 Japanese Media Arts Festival. The same people who are behind Pokémon Go are behind this app; Niantic, Inc. Just as Pokémon Go you have to take the streets to play this game. Players join rival teams “The Enlightened” and “The Resistance” and battle against each other. Playing this game will lead you on a path to many famous buildings and landmarks.

  1. Wikitude (Android, iOS) (Free)

This app gives you the ability to give your surroundings augmented reality content, connecting you to the world in its own special way. You can use the app to search for something specific like “hamburger joint” and then look around through your phone to see what your surrounding area has to offer. This does not only work for restaurants but you could use the app to scan anything around you to see if they provide AR content. Scan a magazine and see if you get additional content like videos or promotions!

  1. Star Walk 2 – Night Sky Guide (Android, iOS) (€2,99)

If you have ever looked up to the sky and wondered what exactly you are looking at then you should consider buying this app. This app is a map of the stars, planets, moons, constellations and other wonders in the sky. After launching the app, point your camera to the sky and you will get detailed information of your camera is capturing. You can even track man-made made missions and satellites like the ISS.

  1. Quiver – 3D Coloring App (Android, iOS) (Free, in-app purchases)

This app is a mix between traditional coloring books and AR. You can use this app to make your drawings come to life! You can download free templates using the app, print them out and then fill them out with your favorite colors. Afterwards simply use the app to scan your drawings and see them portrayed in 3D. The apps also boast other features like being able to interact with animated characters by ‘touching’ them.

  1. Amikasa (iOS) (Free)

If you ever been furniture shopping you probably know the hassle of trying to picture how exactly they will look like in your room. This app changes that. With this app, you can use AR to decorate your room using furniture and decors from real brands. From now on you will only buy furniture that actually fits and looks good in your room!

  1. Google Translate (Android, iOS) (Free)

If you are a traveler you simply should have this app on your smartphone. The app allows you to point your camera to a text in a foreign language and have it translated to the language of your choice. Is a menu in Chinese? Through the screen of your phone, it could be in Spanish, English or any other language! The app also gives you the ability to download language packages so you don’t have to have an active internet connection to use it.

  1. WallaMe (Android, iOS) (Free)

WallaMe is a fun little app allowing you to leave either hidden or public messages virtually on any wall in the real world. You simply have to walk up to a wall, take a picture of it and then leave a message or a freehand sketch. Afterwards, you can also choose to share your AR creations with your friends.

  1. Yelp (Android, iOS, Kindle) (Free)

When it comes to reviews about restaurants and businesses worldwide Yelp has always been the leader. Combine this with AR technology and you got yourself an app worth having in your arsenal. The app uses your GPS location to display markers on reviewed businesses in your surroundings. It also has a feature for those who have signed up for a Yelp account where you see which businesses your friends have recently been to. Note: Depending on when you are reading this, the AR part of Yelp could still only be available on the iOS.

  1. Anatomy 4D

This app is one of the best educational apps currently available for your smartphone. It’s a wonderful tool to learn about the anatomy of the human body. The visuals are stunning and you can also interact with them. You simply have to print out an image from the app’s “Target Library”, put the image on a flat surface and then scan it with your smartphone to see the educational show.

  1. Inkhunter

For those who are too afraid of getting a tattoo because they don’t know how it will look on them, there is an app for them. Using AR, Inkhunter lets you virtually place a tattoo on a body party which you can then see from different angles. You can use your own tattoo designs or choose one included in the app.

Our top VR game recommendations

Our top VR game recommendations

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How does augmented reality work?

How does augmented reality work?

In the last few years virtual reality has been making big leaps. A lot of people have been eager to experience it themselves. The feeling and quality of the immersion can be quite fascinating to some. Elon Musk once said if we as humans are […]


What's augmented?

Our top VR game recommendations

Our top VR game recommendations

There are already hundreds of VR games out there and dozens that are highly recommended by their players. The top VR games are always different depending on who you ask. Even so, there are a few games that do stick out as being top-shelf games. The following are our top, cherry-picked VR games that we are sure will appeal to anyone who tries them.

  1. I Expect You To Die (Oculus Rift, PlayStation® VR)

On the top of our list, we have a puzzle game which has proved to be a prime example of how VR games should be made.

In this escape-room type game you play an elite secret agent who is trying to hinder the evil plot of a villain, in the process you find yourself in life threatening situations and it’s up to you now to make a grand escape. The challenging part is that you only have your problem-solving skills, wit and the power of telekinesis on your hands to solve puzzles, clues, and secrets that will get you to safety.

I Expect You To Die is well polished, very fun to play and has excellent use of VR and motion controls. It is highly recommended to use the Oculus Touch controllers or PlayStation Move motion controllers to experience the complete submersion the game offers.

  1. Raw Data (HTC Vive, Oculus Touch)

It is the year 2271 in Neo-Shinkuju and the seemingly benign Eden Corporation owns the world. You are part of the Sydik8 which is an elite hacker resistance movement who have figured out that Eden Corp’s intentions with their new line of robotic products are malevolent. As an elite operative, your aim is to destroy Eden Corp. To do so you go on a mission to infiltrate Eden Tower to steal all the Raw Data you possibly can. As the secrets are slowly unwrapping it becomes clear that there is much more than meets the eye.

Raw Data is an action packed virtual reality game with intense an intense gameplay, intuitive controls and amazing graphics that will definitely make you feel submerged into another reality. You can play this game a single-player but you can also go at it as a team of two.

  1. Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel (HTC Vive)

Go on an adventure. Grab a weapon in your hand and fight monsters as big as you are in face-to-face melee. The more you engage in battle the better and stronger you become which will give you the ability to fight more powerful and advanced enemies. Take a step back and enjoy the scenery from time to time. Discover treasure chests, weapon shops, undead foes, mystic writing, banished gods, lost artifacts, ancient tombs and a moonlit forest. Make your way deep in the Vanishing Reals and be ready to be taken on a wild ride.

Vanishing Realms is one room-scale VR game that everyone should get their hands on. With this game you don’t need to hit a button to attack, defend or duck – you physically move to perform those actions! One-to-one motion controls and movements make you truly feel like you are actually in the game.

  1. Arizona Sunshine (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)

Arizona Sunshine is definitely not just another zombie game. VR shooters might be abundant but take it from us that Arizona Sunshine definitely comes out as one of the better ones.

After an outbreak of zombie, you are left to wonder if there are any survivors any survivors in the post-apocalyptic Grand Canyon state. You suddenly hear someone’s voice over the radio and your hopes are confirmed! It is up to you know to survive the horde of brain eating zombies coming at you if you want to make contact with other humans. Scavenge the environment, loot your enemies and manage your ammo and consumables. You’ll have a big range of weapons like pistols, shotguns, machine pistols, Uzis, sniper rifles, and grenades at your disposal.. if you can manage to find them in abandoned cars and buildings.

This game uses real life weapon handling, you are free to explore your surroundings and offers unprecedented VR realism. Choose for the single player campaign or get a friend to play the co-op multiplayer with you.

  1. Alien Isolation (Oculus Rift)

If you want a game that will show you fear and have your heart beating at a fast pace then this is the game for you.

When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter Amanda Ripley she would return home for her 11th birthday. Amanda never saw her again. After the disappearance of the Nostromo spacecraft and her mother, Amanda is approached by Christopher Samuels of the Weyland-Yutani corporation. He invites her to go on a mission to retrieve flight recorder of the Nostroma which is onboard another spacecraft, the Sevastopol. Upon arrival, she finds out about a “monster” lurking on the now damaged Sevastopol. Amanda is committed to finding the flight recorder no matter the cost.

What makes this game so great is how it uses your every move to react and deliver a subversive and thrilling experience that makes you not simply want to finish the game but to also gives you the feeling of wanting to survive.

  1. Assetto Corsa (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, OSVR)

Our favorite VR racing game out there is Assetto Corsa. This is mostly because of its attention to detail, realistic physics, customization, and moldability. The game certainly delivers a realistic driving experience.

With the exception of one track, all locations which you can race your car on has been modeled using laser-scanning technology. Pick between Monza, Silverstone, Imola, Mugello and many more tracks.

To make it all even better, cars have been reproduced with the best accuracy possible with the cooperation of official car manufacturers. You can pick between a multitude of officially licensed content from car manufacturers as McLaren, Scuderia Glickenhaus, Pagani, Porsche, Audi, BMW and much more. There are over eighty cars to choose from!

There are quite a few game modes you can choose from. There is a career mode, special events, quick races, drag races and much more. You play can the game as a single player or in (online) multiplayer modes.

Perhaps one of the most welcoming parts of the game is the ability for 3rd party modifications and customization. So you will be able to download or make your own cars and tracks other players have created

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