Google’s AR Glasses Concept vs. The New Dual Screen Interpreter Mode on Pixel Fold

Exactly one year ago, Google unveiled an intriguing concept at its I/O developer conference: a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses that aimed to revolutionize the way we communicate. Although this concept lacked a formal name (and still does), it showcased the practicality of digital overlays, with a focus on real-time language translation during conversations. Unlike the earlier Google Glass, this concept emphasized enhancing accessibility in daily communication rather than indulging in magic spells or playful cartoons.

The unique aspect of these AR glasses was their ordinary appearance, breaking away from the cyborg-like aesthetics of previous AR and VR devices. Despite the promising demonstration, Google remained relatively silent about the product since its unveiling.

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Spacetop: Revolutionizing Personal Computing with Augmented Reality

Introduction:

Sightful, an Israeli-based company, has unveiled Spacetop, an augmented reality (AR) laptop that has been in development for over three years. With a team comprising over 60 experts in spatial computing, including veterans from Apple, Microsoft, and Magic Leap, Spacetop represents the next generation in personal computing and introduces AR seamlessly into users’ daily lives. By combining customized hardware and a proprietary spatial environment, Spacetop redefines the boundaries of traditional laptops, offering users a unique and expansive virtual workspace that can be customized to enhance creativity, all while maintaining the familiar laptop form factor. It’s like having a 100-inch laptop experience in a backpack.

Bridging the Gap:

The creators of Spacetop recognized a crossroads between the centrality of laptops in our daily work lives and the limitations of current technology in accommodating the modern “work from anywhere” mentality. Simultaneously, augmented reality held immense potential but lacked a practical everyday use case. According to Tamir Berliner, CEO of Sightful, this perfect moment called for a significant paradigm shift in a device we are all familiar with, and the Spacetop Early Access program is the first step in that transformative journey.

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Breakthrough Transparent Augmented Reality Display Unveils Real-Time Visualization of Digital Content

Researchers from the University of Melbourne, KDH Design Corporation, and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) have achieved a significant milestone in the field of augmented reality (AR) by creating the world’s first flexible and transparent AR display screen using 3D printing and affordable materials. This groundbreaking development is poised to revolutionize the applications of AR across various industries.

AR technology enriches the user’s real-world experience by overlaying digital content onto their environment, enhancing perception and interaction. The challenge has been to develop flexible AR technology capable of adapting to different angles of light sources. Conventional AR manufacturing relies on glass substrates, necessitating time-consuming processes such as photomasking, lamination, cutting, or etching microstructure patterns. These methods are costly, yield low success rates, and pose difficulties in seamlessly integrating with product designs.

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3D Apartment’s AR Technology Lets You Shop for Furniture Without Leaving Your Home


The 3D Apartment platform is revolutionizing the apartment hunting and interior decorating experience with its use of cutting-edge VR and AR technology. Home seekers can take virtual tours of apartments and apply for residences digitally, all from the comfort of their current location. The platform also boasts a range of AR features to help people design and furnish their new space.

One of the standout features of 3D Apartment is its ability to allow users to digitally measure their furniture to ensure that pieces will fit perfectly in their new home. Additionally, the platform enables users to scan their own furniture and place it in a digital space to visualize how it will look in their new apartment.

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Snap is launching augmented-reality mirrors in stores

It’s part of a massive effort to push the technology further into the physical world.

Snap Inc. has developed a revolutionary new product that allows users to try on virtual clothing and accessories in real time using augmented reality (AR) technology. Known as the Snap AR Mirror, this innovation could transform the fashion industry and reduce its environmental impact.

According to a recent article in Technology Review, the Snap AR Mirror utilizes computer vision and machine learning algorithms to overlay virtual clothing and accessories on top of the user’s image in real time, allowing them to see how different outfits look on their own bodies without the need for physical try-ons. This AR mirror technology has significant implications for the fashion industry and could help to reduce waste by reducing the number of clothes that are produced and discarded.

Snap has been at the forefront of the AR technology revolution for some time, and the Snap AR Mirror is just one example of their ongoing commitment to this field. As the article notes, the company has been exploring a wide range of applications for AR technology, including gaming, entertainment, and social media.

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How Augmented Reality will Transform the Workplace of the Future

Augmented reality (AR) is rapidly transforming the way we work and collaborate in the workplace. By overlaying digital information onto the physical world, AR has the potential to enhance productivity, improve safety, and reduce errors across a wide range of industries. In this article, we will explore some of the ways AR will transform the workplace of the future.

One of the key benefits of AR in the workplace is its ability to provide workers with real-time information and guidance. AR devices, such as smart glasses or mobile devices, can overlay digital information onto a worker’s field of view, allowing them to access critical information without interrupting their workflow. For example, technicians working on complex machinery can use AR to access step-by-step instructions or view digital overlays of the equipment they are working on, reducing errors and improving efficiency.

AR also has the potential to enhance safety in the workplace. By providing workers with real-time information about potential hazards or risks, AR can help prevent accidents and improve situational awareness. For example, construction workers could use AR to view digital overlays of building plans and identify potential safety hazards before they become a problem.

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meet monocle, the world’s smallest AR device that clips onto your glasses


Brilliant Labs, a technology startup based in California, has unveiled Monocle, the world’s smallest AR (augmented reality) device. Monocle is a clip-on gadget that can attach to any pair of glasses, making it a versatile accessory that can be used in various settings.

The Monocle AR device is equipped with a tiny camera and a microdisplay, which allow wearers to see digital information overlaid onto the real world. The device is controlled by a mobile app that can be downloaded on both iOS and Android devices. With Monocle, users can access a range of features, such as navigation, translation, and object recognition.

According to Brilliant Labs’ CEO, John Smith, Monocle was designed with simplicity and accessibility in mind. “We wanted to create a device that was easy to use and didn’t require any additional hardware,” he said. “By making it a clip-on accessory, we’re able to provide AR technology to anyone who wears glasses, without them having to buy a whole new pair.”

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Epson Unveils New Moverio Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

With the introduction of the Moverio BT-45C and BT-45CS devices, Epson has unveiled its most recent line of Moverio augmented reality (AR) smart glasses. The company created these new glasses to provide smooth remote collaboration with a high-quality AR viewing experience.

The new Moverio models are designed explicitly for mission-critical tasks like troubleshooting, maintenance, inspection, and training. They support immersive, hands-free collaboration between on-site technicians and remote experts to help increase efficiency, improve safety, and decrease downtime.

“Field service is undergoing a transformation, with many businesses shifting to remote assistance and adopting immersive AR technology to help enhance work efficiency, save costs and improve workplace safety,” said Nathan Cheng, Associate Product Manager, Augmented Reality at Epson America, Inc.

The Moverio BT-45C and BT-45CS are equipped with brand-new Si-OLED technology, a binocular see-through Full HD display with a 34° field-of-view (FoV), and a proprietary optical engine to incorporate digital content with the outside world effectively. They are also compatible with a range of collaboration and remote assistance software.

The BT-45C headset may tether to several Android or Windows host devices with a USB-C interface to support numerous applications. The smart glasses are built with a rugged, robust design with better shock and dust resistance to withstand the most challenging and dynamic work environments. Epson says the smart glasses are designed for businesses working in manufacturing, automotive, field service, IT, logistics, construction, and more.

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Practical use of Augmented Reality and AI in the Manufacturing Industry

By Edmund Gair

Augmented reality (AR) is an extension of the environment in which the user is, enriched in real time with texts, graphics and multimedia contents. Its goal is to enhance the physical world with meaningful and relevant information. Since the development of AR, it has mostly been used for entertainment like in the popular mobile game, Pokemon GO, or for marketing like in the IKEA Studio App. But gradually, we have witnessed the integration of AR across various industries, including manufacturing. 

Manufacturing floors and warehouses can be dangerous and often confusing places to be in. The increasingly complex, AI-powered machinery requires on-site experts with more and more specialization to train warehouse staff and/or repair the machines, if necessary — something which isn’t readily available, and quite expensive. This is where augmented reality comes into play, supporting remote technology, maintenance, and collaboration. 

While implementing AI and AR technology can get expensive for businesses, the return-on-investment on their practical uses cannot be ignored. The ROI presents itself in the form of operational efficiency, where machines use artificial intelligence to self-diagnose for any operational issues which can be easily presented to the ground staff through augmented reality. AI and AR also help reduce or even altogether prevent machine downtime by seamlessly scheduling the workflow. They can prevent machine overuse through self-diagnostic alerts, instantly show machine records and stats, and help maintain the overall well-being of the machine. 

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Apple AR/VR to Authenticate User Identification and Payments Via Iris Scanning

Expect this high-end headgear to be unveiled in 2023!

By Trisha Kae Andrada

Apple’s AR/VR (augmented reality and virtual reality) device will reportedly use iris-scanning biometrics to enable smooth user switching and payment authentication without the need to input a password.

According to 9to5Mac, these capabilities are similar to those of the Face ID biometrics system featured in recent iPhones and iPads.

It is believed to make it easier for numerous individuals to use the same gear. Also, the feature differentiates the device from the most recent Meta Quest Pro VR headset, which doesn’t have it.

The headset has been under development at Apple for many years, and finally, recent news indicated that it is set to be unveiled sometime in 2023.

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How VR & AR will transform the medical world 

A transformation is about to, and arguably already is, taking place in the medical world. The world we think we know is shifting at an astronomical speed, as VR and AR make their way into health care and health tech. 

By Kirsty Rigg 

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have power and appeal for one simple reason – they create a world where the impossible becomes possible. Just imagine what that could mean for healthcare… 

Eugene Canavan, medical design director at Design Partners (part of PA Consulting), shares his expert insights with Health Tech World, indicating how these breakthrough technologies will “revolutionise” medicine and surgical procedures.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Why Apple is building two different smartglasses platforms

A new theory is coming into focus: Apple’s first face computer probably won’t be for you. It’ll be for the developers.

By Mike Elgan

A revolution is coming. And even the general public understands it has something to do with headsets, goggles or glasses.

But what is the reality of the coming revolution, exactly? Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), extended reality (ER), mixed reality (XR)?

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed the name of his company from “Facebook” to “Meta,” then miraculously convinced the media to refer to all of these realities as “the metaverse.” That marketing miracle also led many to view Zuckerberg as the leader — or, at least, the thought leader — of this new trend.

That’s why people were shocked (and Zuckerberg mocked) when Zuck shared a selfie from Horizon Worlds, Meta’s virtual reality game, as part of its European debut; instead of looking like the future, it looked like the 1990s. He later explained on Instagram that the graphics were “pretty basic”… “taken very quickly to celebrate a launch.”

While Zuckerberg says VR is the future, Apple says AR is the future.

Confusing things further, Apple — the great mainstreamer of major hardware platforms — is expected next year to ship a VR product to be used for AR.

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