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@Blippar & @MagicLeap: immersive & engaging

@Blippar & @MagicLeap: immersive & engaging | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

video still shot at Web Summit -Lisbon-  from the Creatiff stage by Ambarish Mitra founder and CEO @ Blippar, demonstrating the stunning engaging power of top quality AR

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North's Focals smart glasses first look

North's Focals smart glasses first look | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
A start-up called North, formally Thalmic Labs, is introducing a pair of smart glasses that it thinks will appeal to the masses because the design looks so similar to normal glasses. They're called Focals, and they cost around $1,000.
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A new Apple Patent reveals work being done to integrate a Holographic Layer into a Quantum Dot Display - source patentlyapple.com

A new Apple Patent reveals work being done to integrate a Holographic Layer into a Quantum Dot Display - source patentlyapple.com | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

Apple patents on the matter of quantum dot displays began to surface in 2014. Since then Apple's work on a quantum dot display is in progress, the latest patent interestingly being about adding a holographic layer to a quantum dot display to provide realistic 3D images to a display without having to wear 3D glasses

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Latest patents released after the solution of a litigation issue with Qualcomm

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See-through holographic retinal projection display concept

See-through holographic retinal projection display concept | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

[...] Conceptually, our optical scheme is situated at the interface of geometric incoherent refractive imaging and radiative coherent diffractive imaging. The generation of an image occurs as a result of data transmission through a two-dimensional network of optical waveguides that addresses a distribution of switchable holographic elements. The device acts as a wavefront generator, and the eye is the only optical system in which the image is formed.

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LOVE IS IN THE AR  © 

Namco Museum Arcade Pac, the ultimate Nintendo Switch 2-in-1 game, launches today in physical and digital editions! The collection features the classi
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Tupac Hologram - Nuggets of Augmented Reality - lesson # 2

Tupac <<Hologram>>, 2012, an optical illusion (and NOT a hologram ! ). To AR people, to be re-immersed in such a a pioneering Magic experience.

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Apple buys startup focused on lenses for AR glasses: Akonia Holographics

Apple buys startup focused on lenses for AR glasses: Akonia Holographics | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

http://akoniaholographics.com REUTERS: "Apple Inc has acquired a startup focused on making lenses for augmented reality glasses, the company confirmed on Wednesday, a signal Apple has ambitions to make a wearable device that would superimpose digital information on the real world.

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The “neuropolitics” consultants who hack voters’ brains.

The “neuropolitics” consultants who hack voters’ brains. | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

The secret is To Learn...

These experts say they can divine political preferences you can’t express from signals you don’t know you’re producing."
Self-confidence a protection, learning  the self-defense

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“I measure hesitation. I can change your mind only if you hesitate. If you are a firm believer, I cannot change anything,” he says. “If you’re scared to be manipulated, learn. The more you learn, the more firm and stable your attitudes are, and the more difficult it is for someone to convince you otherwise.”

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Apple's Mixed Reality Headset Part 2: A 3D Document Editing and Viewing System

Apple's Mixed Reality Headset Part 2: A 3D Document Editing and Viewing System | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

"[...] one of the coolest patent filings Apple has made in some time [...]"

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Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's In-Depth Work on a Next-Gen Mixed Reality Headset is Simply Mind Boggling in Scope." It was one of the coolest patent filings Apple has made in some time. At the end of our report I presented a single patent figure from a second related patent that was published yesterday to demonstrate where Apple could take their next generation mixed reality headset. That patent figure is now presented in this follow-up report. The figure was taken from Apple's patent filing titled "3D Document Editing System."

 

In-part and in reality, Apple's mixed reality headset could double as a portable desktop and/or desktop replacement. For professionals on the road, using a mixed reality headset as their 30" display to work on large documents or architectural drawings or an ad campaign is vastly superior to a notebook to be sure.

 

Apple notes in their filing that conventional graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for text generation and editing systems work in a two-dimensional (2D) space (e.g., a 2D screen or page on a screen). Highlighting areas or portions of text using these GUIs typically involves adding some effect in 2D such as bold or italics text, underlining, or coloring.

 

Virtual reality (VR) allows users to experience and/or interact with an immersive artificial three-dimensional (3D) environment. For example, VR systems may display stereoscopic scenes to users in order to create an illusion of depth, and a computer may adjust the scene content in real-time to provide the illusion of the user interacting within the scene.

 

Similarly, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) combine computer generated information with views of the real world to augment, or add content to, a user's view of their environment. The simulated environments of VR and/or the enhanced content of AR/MR may thus be utilized to provide an interactive user experience for multiple applications, such as interacting with virtual training environments, gaming, remotely controlling drones or other mechanical systems, viewing digital media content, interacting with the internet, or the like.

 

Conventional VR, AR, and MR systems may allow content consumers to view and interact with content in a 3D environment. Conventional VR systems may provide tools and applications that allow VR content creators to create and edit 3D objects, and may provide a text generation and editing system with a conventional 2D GUI that allows content creators to generate text content that can be attached to 3D objects.

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Apple Outguns Samsung and LG in Filing micro-LED Patents in South Korea

Apple Outguns Samsung and LG in Filing micro-LED Patents in South Korea | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Discovery of Apple's Secret Micro-LED Display Testing Plant in California Rattles Display Maker Stocks in Asia." Now we're learning that Apple and its subsidiary LuxVue Technology have applied for more Micro-LED patents in South Korea than Samsung and LG.
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Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Discovery of Apple's Secret Micro-LED Display Testing Plant in California Rattles Display Maker Stocks in Asia." Now we're learning that Apple and its subsidiary LuxVue Technology have applied for more Micro-LED patents in South Korea than Samsung and LG.

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Toshiba partners with Atheer: AiR™ Enterprise solutions  to integrate dynaEdge smart-glasses

Toshiba partners with Atheer: AiR™ Enterprise solutions  to integrate dynaEdge  smart-glasses | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Atheer Inc., a leader in industrial enterprise AR solutions, today announces a strategic partnership with Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. for the Atheer AiR™ Enterprise AR solution and the dynaEdge™ AR Smart Glasses.

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"Using AiR Enterprise, the new Toshiba dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses offer an ideal solution for industrial applications such as field service, dealer service, manufacturing and repair operations, assembly line management, technician and expert training, warehouse picking, asset inspection and repair as well as remote visualization and support"
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Using AiR Enterprise, the new Toshiba dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses offer an ideal solution for industrial applications such as field service, dealer service, manufacturing and repair operations, assembly line management, technician and expert training, warehouse picking, asset inspection and repair as well as remote visualization and support

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- Press Release - Vuzix Begins Mass Production of the World's 1st Windows-based Smart Glasses for Toshiba

- Press Release - Vuzix Begins Mass Production of the World's 1st Windows-based Smart Glasses for Toshiba | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
Maintenance, Remote Expert, Manufacturing, QA Inspection & Audit, Logistics, Training and Knowledge Transfer
The Toshiba/Vuzix dynaEdge AR100 smart glasses  connect directly to the DE 100 Mobile Mini PC which can be belt-worn with a USB Type-C ™ cable and  comes equipped with Vision DE Suite, a Windows -10- based remote support dedicated application.
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" Workers and technicians can communicate with each other via text messages, video, audio and still images. The dynaEdge smart glass solution enable users run Windows applications to browse PDFs, movies and photos as well as the ability to shoot photos and movies with sound. Additionally, the Vision DE Suite from Toshiba also comes equipped with Microsoft's Skype for Business. [...].
"Vuzix' ability to develop and manufacture a new class of smart glasses for Toshiba within an aggressive set of timelines was remarkable."- Paul Travers, President and CEO
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Intel wants smart glasses to be a thing

Intel wants smart glasses to be a thing | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

The glasses are called Vaunt, and they are nearly indistinguishable from regular glasses. Instead of some cumbersome headset with a special screen, Intel’s Vaunt glasses are simple plastic frames that weigh under 50 grams . They work with prescription and non-prescription lenses.

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The glasses are called Vaunt, and they are nearly indistinguishable from regular glasses. Instead of some cumbersome headset with a special screen, Intel’s Vaunt glasses are simple plastic frames that weigh under 50 grams . They work with prescription and non-prescription lenses

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The AR Ultra-light-weight Revolution is on rs-Display

Enabler of the next-generation ultra-light-weight form-factor AR glasses, Lemoptix's low-cost MEMS-LBS laser pico-projector (as of 2011, now Intel)

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Light-weight MEMS pico projectors and Retinal Scanning Displays are close to enable that light-weight revolution long sought for by engineers and technologists looking for effective miniaturizazion in the development of AR displays.
Light-weight form factor is the ultimate requirement in term of AR glasses, mainly consumers'. To suceed in such implementation would represent 'the' true technological revolution

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NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster

NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
Lockheed Martin engineers wear the goggles to help them assemble the crew capsule Orion—without having to read thousands of pages of paper instructions.
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Britney Spears Guide to Semiconductor Physics: Photonic Crystals

Britney Spears Guide to Semiconductor Physics: Photonic Crystals | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
Britney Spears lectures on semiconductor physics, photonic crystals, photonic band gaps, photonic crystal fibre.
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New display design could make lightweight, compact smart glasses a reality

New display design could make lightweight, compact smart glasses a reality | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a fundamentally new approach to a see-through display for augmented reality, or smart glasses. By projecting images from the glass directly onto the eye, the new design could one day make it possible for a user to see information such as directions or restaurant ratings while wearing a device almost indistinguishable from traditional glasses.
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"User-experience in wearable displays". A UX-Standards Platform based on UX/Usability testing. A novel approach for smartglasses benchmarking

"User-experience in wearable displays". A UX-Standards Platform based on UX/Usability testing. A novel approach for smartglasses benchmarking | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

Sara Mautino, Mark Melnykowycz,  User-experience in wearable displays: a proposal for standards definition

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Wearable computers functionalities may be thought of as built up of several blocks.

Thad Starner, back in the 1999, in his pioneering thesis work on wearable computing at MIT[2], lists those context-awareness “blocks” into perception (as a collection of context data through sensing equipment), interface, context modeling. It is such modeling, described by Starner as including

“observations of the user, the environment and the wearable computer itself” which nowadays still needs to be investigated and developed.

Answering questions such as :
“What object might be viewable form this room?”,

“What is the user doing?”[2]

 

is still, after almost 15 years since, an open issue

 

In modern terms, what is missing is a framework of AR-UX standard protocols defining an overall conceptual and operative infrastructure for testing and defining

 

observables, units, test bed cycles and user cases

(and their relative systems, objects, context)

This lack has been evidenced by three meaningful works published in the years 2005-2008 by Gabbard [3], Swan [4] Dunser [5] and coworkers, who performed statistical analysis about the number of publications appeared in the years 1992-2007 focusing on user-centered studies in augmented reality.

Apart from the scarce attention devoted by the scientific community to the user centered research for AR domain, what matters is that the already existent work is still fragmented, unorganized and specifically oriented according to technologies, methods and contexts.

 

We think a big effort is needed in the direction of rearranging what has been done till now, and then re-use it in order to create upon the existent  state of the art more solid bases for the future.

 

In doing this, it should be kept in mind the importance of the emotional aspect in the user experiences, often dismissed in the technology driven
development trend of wearable displays.

Emotion and quality of user perception and engagement play in the end a fundamental role in the effectiveness
of an AR product and consequently, in its choice

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Pepper's Ghost - Nuggets of Augmented Reality - lesson # 1

Back to the origin of Augmented Reality, @theatre the first use case ever. Reality, Augmentation, the combiner, the optical source, nothing is in fact missing.
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Apple Granted Patents for their TrueDepth Camera's Dot Projector

Apple Granted Patents for their TrueDepth Camera's Dot Projector | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

from Patently Apple - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two inventions. The first granted patent is for one of the inventions behind Apple's TrueDepth Camera's Dot Projector that uses Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs). The second granted patent relates to a customizable 3D avatar application that Apple was working on since 2010 that over time morphed into the iOS 12 feature called Memoji that's found in Messages.

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Magic Leap’s headset is real and yeah, it’s pretty cool

Magic Leap’s headset is real and yeah, it’s pretty cool | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
It’s taken years of work and billions of dollars in venture funding to build a working mixed-reality headset for developers. Now what?
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"Magic Leap’s headset is real and yeah, it’s pretty cool",

is the original title from TheDownload, newsletter of  MIT Technology Review on "today's most important stories in emerging technology"

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Apple's In-Depth Work on a Next-Gen Mixed Reality Headset is Simply Mind Boggling in Scope

Apple's In-Depth Work on a Next-Gen Mixed Reality Headset is Simply Mind Boggling in Scope | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
Buried in a plethora of patent applications published by the U.S. Patent Office today was a patent filing with a completely new vision for Apple's future headset. It's mind boggling in scope and even provides us with a vision 10 years out of a desktop replacement using a head mound display system that's wild
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Buried in a plethora of patent applications published by the U.S. Patent Office today was a patent filing with a completely new vision for Apple's future headset. It's mind boggling in scope and even provides us with a vision 10 years out of a desktop replacement using a head mound display system that's wild

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The Discovery of Apple's Secret Micro-LED Display Testing Plant in California Rattles Display Maker Stocks in Asia

The Discovery of Apple's Secret Micro-LED Display Testing Plant in California Rattles Display Maker Stocks in Asia | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
Patently Apple has been covering Apple's work on micro-LEDs for some time now. Apple's patents have shown that one of their display teams have worked on micro-LEDs with Quantum dot technology and in context with next-gen AR smartglasses and much, much more. Today we're learning that Apple's secret plant for micro-LED testing was discovered i
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Richard Platt's curator insight, June 9, 3:01 AM

Patently Apple has been covering Apple's work on micro-LEDs for some time now. Apple's patents have shown that one of their display teams have worked on micro-LEDs with Quantum dot technology and in context with next-gen AR smartglasses; another Apple display team revealed their work in another patent for micro-LEDs in context with a possible future iPhone that uses liquid metal as a shape memory alloy in a folding iPhone form factor; yet another patent shows Apple's engineers working on a micro-LED display that uses 'smart-pixel' technology. More importantly, we reported back in November that Apple was working with TSMC on a micro-LED project to enhance manufacturing of future micro-LED displays which up to this point has been very difficult to reach mass production status.  We're now learning that "Apple Inc. is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, according to people familiar with the situation.

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"Who Is Seeding The AR Cloud?"

"Who Is Seeding The AR Cloud?" | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it
Competition to build the AR Cloud and a Universal Visual Brower have begun. These are trillion dollar opportunities and ideas as big and transformative as the mobile phone.
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Press Release - Multibillion-dollar tech startup Magic Leap turns to Saudi Arabia to raise over $400 million in additional funding, Business Insider

Press Release - Multibillion-dollar tech startup Magic Leap turns to Saudi Arabia to raise over $400 million in additional funding, Business Insider | HMD hot spot | Scoop.it

Press Release 7 March : "Magic Leap Announces $461 Million in Second Closing of Series D Funding" - Magic Leap has now raised over $2.3 billion. Smartglasses go on sale this year

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