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Vuzix Announces 'Augmented Reality Video Eyewear'

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Vuzix Announces 'Augmented Reality Video Eyewear'

Our favourite 3D glasses manufacturer with a military background is at it again...

Vuzix has unveiled a potentially game-changing 'Augmented Reality Accessory Kit' for its flagship VR920 glasses which can superimpose 3D into real world environments. The company uses a children book example with "3D animated characters that literally pop out of the book and fire breathing dragons from a fantasy tale can swoop overhead."

The effects are created using two features: 'CamAR' a clip-on USB camera that mounts onto a pair of Vuzix glasses and tracks objects and the user's position in three dimensional space. Secondly, 'PhasAR' which is a wireless controller that can be used like a Wii remote to show the system exactly where a user is touching in both virtual and real worlds.

"This capability, known as Augmented Reality (AR), will open up new applications in the gaming, education and business sectors," said Vuzix CEO, Paul Travers. "The applications for gaming and education will range from books that come alive to interactive worlds with 3-D characters that materialise right in your living room. You have to ask yourself, why play video games on your flat panel when it can be brought right into your living room?"

Of course in instances such as this a video is worth a thousand words (my RSI sighs in relief). Price and availability info? You must be joking…

Link:

Press Release

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james1000

March 27, 2009, 3:22 am

Despite this little teaser, I still cant help feeling disenchanted and somewhat letdown. Cast your minds back to 1983. I remember it as if it were yesterday, cough. Sat there clutching my Tomytronic 3d Planet Zeon I couldnt help but think "wow, if they can make something like this now, whats it gonna be like in 20 years?! Well its now 26 years and I still dont see any 3d/ vr trumping what was, an incredible game.


http://www.handheldmuseum.com/...

Chocoa

March 27, 2009, 5:12 am

"Augmented Reality" LOL! I do love the hyperbole of some tech companies.


Personally, I could do with a reality reduction!

Keldon

March 27, 2009, 7:24 am

I like it, has promise for certain markets.





Chess and tabletop wargames are just two that spring to mind :D

MarioM

March 27, 2009, 5:49 pm

@Keldon - quick, patent that idea before Games Workshop/Wizards of the Coast bag it and clean up. I personally didn't take to Magic the Gathering/Pokemon etc but they would certainly be improved by this - imagine the glasses picking up a small barcode on each card, and not only animating the card but other stuff, eg you draw a '+1 magic squirrel', stack it on one of your other cards (overlapping or something) and suddenly the two characters or items interact and move between cards. Imagine the possibilities. Terrain based games like Carcassonne would totally evolve.

Robovski

March 28, 2009, 9:40 am

Once again, looks like gadgetry that passes-by the glasses wearing nerd/technophile.





Oh well, I suppose I'll have to get by with my other toys.

SK13d

March 29, 2009, 12:21 am

In response to Chocoa's comment: Augmented Reality isn't merely a marketing term. It's a very interesting concept that is far more practical than VR, because it still lets you see your surroundings while viewing computer-generated 3D objects.

J4cK1505

March 30, 2009, 2:37 pm

anyone else think this product will be used for porn?

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