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The making of Mojo, AR contact lenses that give your eyes superpowers

January 18th, 2020 at 6:05 pm » Comments Off

Using a display the size of a grain of sand to project images onto the retina, this startup could help everyone from firefighters to people with poor vision. When I looked into the user interface of Mojo Vision’s augmented reality contact lenses, I didn’t see anything at first except the real world in front of […]



CES 2020 : Panasonic unveils world’s first ultra HD VR eyeglasses

January 15th, 2020 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

  The lightweight VR glasses offer HDR visuals without the dreaded “screen-door” effect. At CES 2020, companies were hard at work promoting a fresh wave of groundbreaking technology that will soon be available for you to demo. This includes legendary Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic, which will be offering attendees a first-look at its compact VR […]



Cows on Russian farm get fitted with VR goggles to increase milk production

December 3rd, 2019 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

The VR headsets will hopefully relax the cows, offering them sun-filled summer views of green pastures. If you walked onto the RusMoloko dairy farm near Moscow, in Russia, you may think you’ve arrived onto a bizarre futuristic film set, where cows run around fitted with VR headsets. The VR goggles aren’t props for a film, […]



New virtual reality interface enables “touch” across long distances

December 2nd, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

Lightweight, flexible patch conveys a tactile sensation directly to the skin Adding a sense of touch can make virtual reality experiences feel more real. A woman sits at a computer, video chatting with her young son while she gently pats an interface on a separate screen. In response, a wireless patch on the child’s back […]



Smart contacts: The future of the wearable you won’t even see

November 28th, 2019 at 1:18 pm » Comments Off

One day, contact lenses could do much more than just correct our vision The notion of wearing lenses over our eyes to correct our vision dates back hundreds of years, with some even crediting Leonardo da Vinci as one of the first proponents of the idea (though that remains somewhat controversial). Material science and our […]



Smart glasses, smart designer babies and the future of work

November 24th, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

John B. Goodenough, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry last month, struggled to learn to read. “Back then,” he says, “You were just a backwards student.” His experience is still all too common, yet he and many like him demonstrate clearly that dyslexia is not a definitive barrier to career achievement. We must […]



Google used photogrammetry to create a detailed VR tour of Versailles

October 11th, 2019 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

It’s the largest photogrammetry capture ever done on the site. Versailles palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, but fighting those crowds in person can be frustrating. Now, Google and the Château de Versailles have teamed up to take VR users on a private tour of Louis XIV’s royal residence. […]



Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality

October 10th, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality EPFL scientists have developed a soft artificial skin that provides haptic feedback and—thanks to a sophisticated self-sensing mechanism—has the potential to instantaneously adapt to a wearer’s movements. Applications for the new technology range from medical rehabilitation to virtual reality. Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance […]



Digital twins could form the “end game” for optimum smart city design

September 19th, 2019 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Digital twinning technology can transform how cities are designed, monitored and managed Research finds that urban digital twinning and city modelling technology is having a transformative effect on how cities are designed, monitored, and managed. Urban modelling and digital twins, in particular, will form the “end game” of the smart cities journey to optimised design […]



Double’s new telepresence robot now drives you around like you’re a Sim

September 9th, 2019 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Click to drive When my colleague James Vincent tried out Double Robotics’ first telepresence robot in 2015, slowly wheeling around our New York office from his London home base, he described the experience as like playing Doom, but in an office. The company’s latest version of the robot, the Double 3, adds mixed reality video […]



HUD swim goggles put performance data in your face

August 24th, 2019 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Form Swim Goggles sell for US$199 Competitive swimmers certainly like to track their performance, often using devices such as swim watches – the problem is, the athletes have to stop to look at those things. A Vancouver-based startup is out to address that problem, with its head-up display (HUD) Form Swim Goggles. Looking for the […]



Apple wants to put AR navigation in your car

August 9th, 2019 at 3:56 pm » Comments Off

Apple Maps could make driving easier with augmented reality navigation tips. Apple is exploring ways to build augmented reality into Apple Maps. Rather than top-down views of roads and intersections, the company is considering overlaying route information onto live views of the road ahead of the car. Apple Maps has always lagged behind Google Maps. […]



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