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Sixense MakeVR 3D Immersive Design tools demo

Google’s Project Glass – user experience demo

Although I’m hearing mixed opinions Google look like being the first to market with a general purpose consumer heads-up display and interaction experience. I see this still as the beginning of a next-gen mobile NUI that will become the norm as fashion and technology find a balance.

WebBlast interview – What trends do you see in web-tech this year?

I was interviewed by a new startup called Vimily at WebBlast event that I was sponsoring as Virtual.Offis and SkunkMonk. Was just a quick grab about what technology trends interest me. Of course you all know that since you follow my posts on :)

“Forces of the Next 30 Years” – Talk by Charles Stross

Charles Stross (Author of one of my fav SF books Accelerando) gave a seminar recently to engineering students at Olin College (south of Boston), on the next thirty years.

Microsoft NUI

Some marketing blurb from Microsoft on NUI. Good on them I say for spreading the word.

Dual-Eye Augmented Reality Goggles Recognise Faces, Gestures

Product of an experiment by the R&D department at Brilliantservice, a Japan-based app development house, the Viking operating system takes a different approach to wearable computing, relying on gesture controls and projecting a 720p image into both eyes at once. Brilliantservice threw together from off-the-shelf parts just for testing purposes, and use the Viking OS to draw a painting, open apps and even match names with people’s faces just by looking at them. Written in Objective C, Viking relies on gesture controls as its primary form of input. As hand is held out in front of face, the cameras on top of the nose bridge recorded movements and you are able to see a graphical avatar of your hand projected on the heads-up display.

All up a very interesting mashup of current tech as a proof of concept. Products combined are Vuzix STAR 1200XL glasses ($4,999), a generic RGB camera and a PMD CamBoard nano depth camera to make the demo headset we used. However, Brilliantservice has no plans to market and sell its own AR goggles. Instead, the company is looking to partner with a hardware developer who can work with the company to design and manufacture a much more attractive headset that uses the Viking OS.